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EDDIE MURPHY

On April 3, 1961: Comedian, singer, and Golden Globe winning actor, Eddie Murphy was born in Brooklyn. He was a former cast member on Saturday Night Live, and the fourth highest grossing actor in the United States. Murphy is know for roles in the Beverly Hills Cop series, Dr. Dolittle, and The Nutty Professor. He is also accomplished in the world of animated movies, famously voicing characters like “Mushu” in Disney’s Mulan and “Donkey” in the hit Dreamwork series, Shrek.

FOUR WINS FOR WOODY

On April 3, 1978: Woody Allan’s film Annie Hall was nominated for five Oscars at the 50th Academy Awards. The film went four for five, taking home Oscars for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actress in a Leading Role, and Best Original Screenplay.

IS YOUR REFRIGERATOR RUNNING?

On April 3, 1991: Illustionists and entertainers, Penn and Teller opened their Refrigerator Tour at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre. Things started with a bang, as the show’s namesake refrigerator seemingly came crashing down on the magicians during the opening act.

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