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By On This Day in NYC's History

ELLEN CLEGHORNE

On November 29, 1965: Comedian Ellen Cleghorne, best known as a cast member of SNL from 1991 to 1995, was born in Brooklyn. An accomplished stand up comedienne, Cleghorne has also appeared in films such as Coyote Ugly, Little Nicky, and Old School.

 

LIVE! FROM NEW YORK, IT’S OTELLO

On November 29, 1948: Verdi’s Otello became the first opera to be televised; it was relayed from the Met stage. Today, the Met is broadcasted in Live HD around the country in movie theaters, traditional theaters, and other public spaces.

A GAY OL’ TIME

On November 29, 1932: Cole Porter’s Gay Divorce opened on Broadway at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre. It starred Fred Astaire in his last role on Broadway. The show featured the hit song “Night and Day,” to which Fred Astaire famously danced. The production was adapted into a film in 1934.

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