This Day in Showbiz History… April 25


South African stage and TV legend Alvon Collison (pictured) – still perhaps best known for his Pharoah in the original SA production of the musical Joseph,  in the 1970s – would have turned 81 today. He died in Cape Town on January 22, 2021, aged 79.

Also celebrating his birthday today is Durban drummer Mali Sewell, of the popular The Reals showband, while Oscar-winner Al Pacino turns 82, actress Renee Zellweger turns 53, Rocky actress Talia Shire turns 76 and Bjorn Ulvaeus of Abba turns 77.

On this day in 2021, the South African film, My Octopus Teacher, took the Oscar for Best Documentary Feature, while Frances McDormand took the Best Actress Oscar for Nomadland, a movie that received the Best Picture statuette.

The disaster movie, Volcano, starring Tommy Lee Jones and Anne Heche, was released on this day in 1997, and, still talking movies, today, in 1911, marked the birthday of dance great Ginger Rogers, who died in 1995.

On this day in 1987 Sometimes by Erasure hit the top of the South African Springbok Radio singles chart, where it remained for two weeks. Just saying…