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Today in entertainment history: Dec. 12

Today in entertainment history: Dec. 12

ROBIN WILLIAMS: Robin Williams - "Mork" - gives his patented naive expression for an alien from outer space to the delight of Pam Dawber - "Mindy" - both of the TV series "Mork and Mindy", during the fifth annual People's Choice Awards in Los Angeles, March 8, 1979 - Williams and Dawber were named favorite male performer and favorite female performer in a new TV program. Photo: Associated Press/Reed Saxon

A look at the entertainment industry headlines from years past.

1967: Brian Jones of the Rolling Stones successfully appealed his nine-month jail sentence for a drug conviction. He was placed on probation instead.

1968: “The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus” was filmed in London, featuring the Stones, Eric Clapton, John Lennon and The Who. It remained unreleased for 28 years.

1981: Singer Smokey Robinson was honored on an “American Bandstand” special.

1990: Comedian Robin Williams got a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

1991: Actor Richard Gere and model Cindy Crawford eloped in Las Vegas. They have since divorced.

2001: Actress Winona Ryder was arrested for shoplifting more than $5,000 worth of merchandise from a department store in Beverly Hills, California.

Today’s birthdays:
Game show host Bob Barker is 90. Singer Connie Francis is 76. Singer Dionne Warwick is 73. Singer-guitarist Dickey Betts (Allman Brothers) is 70. Actor Wings Hauser is 66. Actor Bill Nighy (NY) (“Pirates of the Caribbean”) is 64. Singer-percussionist Sheila E. is 56. Actress Sheree J. Wilson (“Walker, Texas Ranger,” ”Dallas”) is 55. Guitarist Eric Schenkman of Spin Doctors is 50. Bassist Nicholas Dimichino of Nine Days is 46. Actress Jennifer Connelly is 43. Actress Madchen Amick (“My Own Worst Enemy,” ”Twin Peaks”) is 43. Actress Regina Hall is 43. Actress Mayim Bialik (“Blossom”) is 38.

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