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Today in entertainment history: Dec. 19

Today in entertainment history: Dec. 19

'9 TO 5:' Dolly Parton in 1980, the year her movie "9 to 5" premiered. Photo: Associated Press

A look back at headlines from Dec. 19.

1980: Dolly Parton’s first movie, “9 to 5,” opened nationwide.

1985: Country singer Johnny Paycheck was arrested for shooting a man during a fight in Hillsboro, Ohio. He was released from jail in 1991.

1991: Oliver Stone’s controversial film “JFK” premiered in Dallas, where President Kennedy was assassinated in 1963.

1997: The movie “Titanic” opened. It was the most expensive movie ever made.

2000:
Musician Pops Staples of The Staple Singers died at his home outside Chicago at the age of 84. He had been recovering from a concussion suffered four weeks earlier. That same day, guitarist Rob Buck of 10,000 Maniacs died of complications from liver failure. He was 42.

2010: Guitarist Carlos Santana married drummer Cindy Blackman of Lenny Kravitz’s band during a rainy ceremony in Maui.

Today’s birthdays:
Country singer Little Jimmy Dickens is 93. Actress Cicely Tyson is 79. Singer Maurice White of Earth, Wind and Fire is 72. Actress Elaine Joyce is 70. Actor Tim Reid is 69. Musician John McEuen of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band is 68. Country singer Janie Fricke is 66. Actor Mike Lookinland (“The Brady Bunch”) is 53. Actress Jennifer Beals is 50. Actor Scott Cohen (“Gilmore Girls”) is 49. Actor Robert MacNaughton (“E.T.”) is 47. Magician Criss Angel is 46. Actress Kristy Swanson is 44. Model Tyson Beckford is 43. Actress Alyssa Milano is 41. Actor Jake Gyllenhaal (“Brokeback Mountain,” ”October Sky”) is 33. Actress Marla Sokoloff (“The Practice”) is 33.

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