Your Daily Entertainment Advent: December 1st!

Entertainment AdventWelcome to the Babble Entertainment Advent Calendar! Every day between now and Christmas we will treat you with fun facts and information about this day in entertainment history.

December 1st:

The first day of December is a great day for birthdays in the entertainment world.

Marie Tussaud, founder of Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum, was born on December 1st of 1761. Originally an art tutor to the royals, she began making masks of the dead during the French Revolution.

Woody Allen, who may or may not have just been banned from eating in the VIP room by the owner of the Knicks, is turning 78 today. He is currently in post-production on his latest film, Magic in the Moonlight.

Always there for us in some of our favorite movie tear-jerkers, the divine Miss M (Bette Midler) is 68 today. Send her a happy birthday message on Twitter. If you tell her how you did something to make the planet better today you will be “The Wind Beneath Her Winds.”

Gone too soon is comic and actor Richard Pryor. He was born on this day in 1940 and died just a few days after turning 65 years old. Last month, brothers David Henry and Joe Henry, published a captivating biography of the star, Furious Cool: Richard Pryor and the World That Made Him. This book is something to think about when you are looking for the perfect gift to an appreciator of old school.

Entertainment Advent: birth of Dr. Pepper128 years ago some lucky person enjoyed the very first ever sip of Dr. Pepper. The soft drink made its debut in 1885 and has been enjoying being NOT cola ever since. My favorite instance of Dr. Pepper in film is the scene in Forrest Gump where he realizes it is an open bar at the White House. Forrest pounds bottle after bottle and when it’s finally time to meet JFK he tells him, “I gotta pee.”

Rosa Parks Day
BET will be airing the 2002 TV movie staring Angela Bassett as Rosa Parks this month. Check your local listing.

World AIDS Day
Established in 1988, World AIDS Day was the first ever health day acknowledged around the world.

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