Entertainment News Dec 30

By: AP
By: AP
On December 30th, 1944, Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys made their first appearance on the Grand Ole Opry...
Singer Noel Paul Stookey of Peter, Paul and Mary is 75...
Western character actor Harry Carey Jr. dies at 91...

This 1940s publicity photo released by SCVHistory.com (Santa Clarita Valley Historical Society) shows actor, Harry Carey, Jr., in character from the film, "She Wore A Yellow Ribbon." Carey Jr. starred in such Westerns as "3 Godfathers" and "Wagon Master." His daughter, Melinda Carey, said he died Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012, of natural causes surrounded by friends and family at a hospice facility in Santa Barbara, Calif. (AP Photo/SCVHistory.com)

In 1962, singer Brenda Lee was slightly injured when she tried to rescue her dog from her burning home in Nashville. The dog died of smoke inhalation.

In 1979, composer and lyricist Richard Rodgers died in New York at the age of 77. His musicals include "The King and I" and "The Sound of Music."

Also in 1979, Emerson, Lake and Palmer announced they were splitting up. They later reunited.

In 1981, XTC played their first American concert, in Philadelphia.

In 1999, an intruder broke into George Harrison's home outside London and stabbed Harrison and his wife. Michael Abram was later found innocent by reason of insanity.

Also in 1999, singer Johnny Moore of The Drifters died on his way to a London hospital after having breathing difficulties. He was 64.

In 2002, singer Diana Ross was arrested for drunk driving in Tucson, Arizona.

Today's birthdays:

Actor Joseph Bologna is 78. Actor Russ Tamblyn ("West Side Story") is 78. Singer Noel Paul Stookey of Peter, Paul and Mary is 75. Director James Burrows ("Cheers," "Taxi") is 72. Actor Fred Ward ("The Right Stuff") is 70. Singer Mike Nesmith of The Monkees is 70. Singer Patti Smith is 66. Musician Jeff Lynne is 65. TV host Meredith Vieira ("Today," "The View") is 59. Actress Sheryl Lee Ralph ("Moesha") is 57. Country singer Suzy Bogguss is 56. Actress Patricia Kalembar ("Sisters") is 56. "Today" show anchor Matt Lauer is 55. Actress-comedian Tracey Ullman is 53. TV host Sean Hannity is 51. Singer Jay Kay of Jamiroquai (jah-MEER'-oh-kway) is 43. Drummer Byron McMackin of Pennywise is 43. Actress Meredith Monroe ("Dawson's Creek") is 43. Actor Jason Behr ("The Grudge," "Roswell") is 39. Actress Lucy Punch ("Ben and Kate") is 35. Singer-actor Tyrese is 34. Actress Eliza Dushku (DOOSH'-koo) ("Dollhouse," "Buffy the Vampire Slayer") is 32. Guitarist Tim Lopez of Plain White T's is 32. Actress Kristin Kreuk (CROOK) ("Smallville") is 30. Singer-guitarist Wesley Schultz of The Lumineers is 30. Singer Ellie Goulding (GOL'-ding) is 26. Drummer Jamie Follese (FOL'-es-say) of Hot Chelle (SHEL) Rae is 21.

Western character actor Harry Carey Jr. dies at 91
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Harry Carey Jr., a character actor who starred in such Westerns as "3 Godfathers" and "Wagon Master," has died in California at the age of 91.
His daughter, Melinda Carey, says he died Thursday of natural causes at a hospice facility in Santa Barbara, Calif.
Carey's career spanned more than 50 years and included such John Ford films as "She Wore a Yellow Ribbon" and "The Searchers." He also appeared in the movies "Gremlins" and "Back to the Future Part III."
His memoir, "Company of Heroes: My Life as an Actor in the John Ford Stock Company," was published in 1994.
Carey was the son of silent-film Western star Harry Carey Sr. and actress Olive Carey.
He is survived by his wife, son, two daughters, three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Katie Holmes' Broadway play 'Dead Accounts' closes
NEW YORK (AP) -- Katie Holmes' return to Broadway will be much shorter than she would have liked.
The former Mrs. Cruise's play "Dead Accounts" will close within a week of the new year. Producers said Thursday that Theresa Rebeck's drama will close on Jan. 6 after 27 previews and 44 performances.
The show, which opened to poor reviews on Nov. 29, stars Norbert Leo Butz as Holmes' onstage brother who returns to his Midwest home with a secret. Rebeck created the first season of NBC's "Smash" and several well-received plays including "Seminar" and "Mauritius."
Holmes, who became a star in the teen soap opera "Dawson's Creek," made her Broadway debut in the 2008 production of "All My Sons." She was married to Tom Cruise from 2006 until this year.

Chile charges 8 people in singer's killing
SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) -- Eight former army lieutenants have been charged in the killing of communist singer and songwriter Victor Jara almost four decades ago.
Appellate Court Magistrate Miguel Vazquez also ordered the arrest of Hugo Sanchez Marmonti and Pedro Barrientos Nunez, who lives in the U.S. state of Florida, as the authors of the killing, and the other six former military officials as accomplices. All have been detained except Barrientos, who is expected to undergo extradition proceedings.
Jara was detained along with many others at Chile's State Technical University the day after the Sept. 11, 1972 coup that toppled President Salvador Allende. His body was found several days later, riddled with bullets and bearing signs of torture. The killing transformed Jara into a symbol of struggle against Latin America's military right-wing dictatorships.

Animal rights group settles lawsuit with Ringling
WASHINGTON (AP) -- An animal rights group will pay Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus $9.3 million to settle its part of a lawsuit stemming from claims the circus abused its elephants.
The circus company's owners announced the settlement with the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals on Friday. The animal rights group was one of several that in 2000 sued the circus' owner, Feld Entertainment Inc., claiming elephants were abused. Courts later found that the animal rights activists had paid a former Ringling employee to bring the lawsuit and that the man didn't have the right to sue the circus.
The Vienna, Va.-based Feld Entertainment then sued the animal rights groups, accusing them of conspiracy to harm its business other illegal acts. Friday's settlement covers only the ASPCA.


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