This Day in Showbiz History… August 24

ON THIS DAY IN 2018:

Rupert Grint (pictured), who play Ron Weasley in the Harry Potter films, turns 30 today, while Stephen Fry turns 61 and Steve Guttenberg, star of the Police Academy movies, turns 60. Chad Michael Murray of One Tree Hill turns 37 today, and musician Jean-Michel Jarre turns 70.

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…