Entertainment Highlights in History

Thursday, September 14th 2000, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

Entertainment highlights during the week of Sept. 17-23:

85 years ago: W.C. Fields' first screen appearance was in ``Pool Sharks,'' and Douglas Fairbanks' first feature film, ``The Lamb,'' was released.

75 years ago: Harold Lloyd's most popular film, ``The Freshman,'' premiered, and ``Don Q, Son of Zorro,'' starring Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Astor, was released.

60 years ago: Gary Cooper and Walter Brennan attended the premiere of ``The Westerner'' in Fort Worth, Texas. Brennan won an Oscar for his role in the film.

50 years ago: Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis debuted on ``The Colgate Comedy Hour'' with a skit satirizing the effect of television on film. Five days later, they apologized to irate theater owners for making fun of the movie industry.

40 years ago: Hank Ballard and the Midnighters became the first group with three singles in the Top 100 simultaneously. The songs were: ``Let's Go, Let's Go, Let's Go,'' ``Finger Poppin' Time'' and ``The Twist,'' which Ballard wrote. ``The Twist'' became an international hit for Chubby Checker.

35 years ago: ``I Dream of Jeannie,'' starring Larry Hagman and Barbara Eden, made its debut on NBC. ``Get Smart,'' starring Don Adams, premiered on the same network.

25 years ago: Sidney Lumet's ``Dog Day Afternoon,'' starring Al Pacino and John Cazale, premiered.

Bruce Springsteen's ``Born to Run'' album was released.

And the Bay City Rollers made their TV debut on the ``Saturday Night Variety Show.'' They performed ``Saturday Night,'' their only No. 1 single.

20 years ago: The opening of ``Ordinary People,'' starring Mary Tyler Moore, Donald Sutherland, Judd Hirsch and Timothy Hutton, marked Robert Redford's debut as a movie director.

And Bette Midler's concert film ``Divine Madness!'' premiered.

15 years ago: The first ``Farm Aid'' concert was held in Champaign, Ill., featuring John Mellencamp, Willie Nelson and Neil Young.

And Frank Zappa appeared before a Senate panel to protest a proposal to rate the lyrics of rock music based on sexual and violent content.

10 years ago: Martin Scorsese's ``GoodFellas,'' starring Robert DeNiro, Ray Liotta and Joe Pesci, opened in theaters across the country.

The Macon City Council in Georgia voted to name a road Little Richard Penniman Boulevard. It had previously been called ``the downtown connector.''

And ``Tonight'' by the New Kids on the Block was the group's ninth consecutive Top 10 hit.

Five years ago: Actress Fay Wray appeared at the opening of the Virginia Festival of American Film in Charlottesville to introduce 1933's ``King Kong,'' her most famous movie.

And actor Andy Garcia received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

One year ago: Singer Diana Ross was arrested and subjected to a body search while trying to board a plane at London's Heathrow Airport. A security guard accused her of assault, but no charges were filed.

And illusionists Siegfried and Roy, accompanied by two of their tiger cubs, attended the unveiling of their star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Spoken 10 years ago:

``When you're introduced into the movie business, they remember you in the first strong images they have of you. The images of me were always as bad guys.'' — Actor Bruce Dern.