Today in entertainment history: July 3

Today in entertainment history: July 3

THIS DAY IN 1969:John Wayne won his first Oscar after 200 films for playing Rooster Cogburn in "True Grit." Photo: Associated Press

1969: Former Rolling Stones guitarist Brian Jones was found dead in his swimming pool at home in England. The coroner’s report cited death by misadventure.

1969: John Wayne won his first Oscar after 200 films for playing Rooster Cogburn in “True Grit.”

1971: Doors singer Jim Morrison died of heart failure in Paris. He was found in his bathtub. News of Morrison’s death was not made public until days after his burial in a Paris cemetery, leading many fans to believe he was still alive.

1986: Singer Teddy Pendergrass was critically injured when the specially equipped van he was driving hit a utility pole in Philadelphia. Pendergrass was paralyzed in a 1982 auto crash.

Today’s Birthdays: Singer Judith Durham of The Seekers is 71. Actor Kurtwood Smith (“That 70s Show”) is 71. Actor Michael Cole (“The Mod Squad”) is 69. Country singer Johnny Lee is 68. Writer Dave Barry is 67. Actress Betty Buckley is 67. Guitarist-singer Paul Barrere of Little Feat is 66. Actress Jan Smithers (“WKRP In Cincinnati”) is 65. Talk show host Montel Williams is 58. Country singer Aaron Tippin is 56. Synthesizer player Vince Clarke of Erasure is 54. Actor Tom Cruise is 52. Actor Thomas Gibson (“Dharma and Greg”) is 52. Actress Hunter Tylo is 52. Actress Connie Nielsen (“Gladiator”) is 50. Actress Yeardley Smith (“The Simpsons”) is 50. Keyboardist-guitarist Kevin Hearn of Barenaked Ladies is 45. Actress Shawnee Smith (“Saw,” ”Becker”) is 45. Country singer Trent Tomlinson is 39. Singer Tonia Tash of Divine is 35. Actor Grant Rosenmeyer (“Oliver Beene”) is 23.

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