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Today in History: Monday, December 13, 2021

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Television and Radio
Actor James Dean began his career with an appearance in a Pepsi commercial in 1950…The first time NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” used a delay was in 1975. The host was Richard Pryor…Made-for television movie “Charles and Diana: Unhappily Ever After,” starring Roger Rees and Catherine Oxenberg as the troubled royal couple aired on ABC in 1992. Four days earlier, the media reported that the couple had separated…In 1999, Ray (Ray Romano) foolishly thought that a family portrait was the perfect holiday gift on CBS sitcom “Everybody Loves Raymond.” For more on Christmas-themed episodes of television series, click here.

Darla Hood made her final appearance on the “Our Gang” (aka “The Little Rascals”) film short series in “Wedding Worries” in 1941…The film drama “Anastasia” opened on this day in 1956. This marked the Hollywood comeback of actress Ingrid Bergman, whose extramarital affair had caused a scandal, and it resulted in an Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role…“Peyton Place”, based on the novel by Grace Metalious and starring Lana Turner and Hope Lange opened in 1957. It spun-off into a TV drama on ABC from 1964 to 1969…“Driving Miss Daisy” was released in theaters in 1989. It won four Oscars including Best Picture and Best Actress in a Leading Role (Jessica Tandy)…“A Beautiful Mind”, based on the biography by Sylvia Nasar, directed by Ron Howard and starring Russell Crowe premiered in Los Angeles in 2001. It won four Oscars including Best Picture and Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Jennifer Connelly).

Celebrity Birthdays:
Legendary actor Dick Van Dyke is 96; Oscar winner Jamie Foxx (“Ray”) is 54; singer Taylor Swift is 32.

Did You Know?
Peter Boyle was the only regular cast member on “Everybody Loves Raymond” (from the inception_ not to win an Emmy Award. Doris Roberts won four times, followed by Brad Garrett with three trophies, Patricia Heaton with two and Ray Romano with one. But Boyle did take home an Emmy in 1996 for a guest appearance on Fox’s “The X-Files.