This Day in Showbiz History… August 24


Rupert Grint (pictured), who play Ron Weasley in the Harry Potter films, turns 34 today, while Stephen Fry turns 65 and Steve Guttenberg, star of the Police Academy movies, turns 64. Chad Michael Murray of One Tree Hill turns 41 today, and musician Jean-Michel Jarre turns 74.

Director and actor Richard Attenborough, who made Ghandi, died on this day in 2014, aged 90.

Marlee Matlin, the only deaf actress to win the Best Actress Oscar – for Children of a Lesser God – was born on this day in 1965, in Illinois. This day also marked the wedding, in 1970, of Peter Sellers and model Miranda Quarry.

On this day in 2008, Playbill reports, Phantom of the Opera closed down on Broadway for four performances so that technicians could update sound design technology on the long-running production.

Joe Dolan scored his fourth South African No 1 on this day in 1979 when My Love rose to the top of the singles chart. It spent two weeks crowning the chart. Just saying…