This Day in Showbiz History… April 3


The 50th Academy Awards ceremony was held on this day in 1978, when Annie Hall took the Best Picture award while Woody Allen was named as best director and Diane Keaton took the award for best actress. The Best Actor Oscar went to Richard Dreyfuss for The Goodbye Girl. That same day, The French film, Madame Rosa, received the Best Foreign Language Film statuette.

Singer-actress Doris Day (pictured) married producer Martin Melcher on this day in 1951. She married on the day of her 29th birthday.

Celebs celebrating birthdays today are comic actor Eddie Murphy (62), singer Leona Lewis (38), actor Alec Baldwin (65) and actor David Hyde Pierce (64). Locally, actor Graham Clarke, who played Nick Wilmot on the old TV series The Villagers, turns 81 today.

Tony Orlando, lead singer of hit band Dawn (remember Knock Three Times, Tie a Yellow Ribbon and Say Has Anybody Seen My Sweet Gypsy Rose?) turns 79 today. Today also marks the birthday of Oscar-winner Marlon Brando, who died in 2004, aged 80.

On this day in 1960, The Beatles held the top six spots on the Australian singles chart.

And on this day in 1970, Love is a Beautiful Song by Dave Mills was enjoying the first of its four weeks topping the Springbok Radio chart. Just saying…