This Day in Showbiz History…December 7

On this day in 2003, the wonderful trio of Meryl Streep (pictured), Al Pacino and Emma Thompson pooled talents in the HBO TV adaptation of the Tony- and Pulitzer-winning Angels in America, a play by Tony Kushner. It drew 4.2 million viewers, making it the year’s top cable movie, and went on to scoop 11 Emmy Awards, the most ever for a single broadcast.

Today sees recording star Tom Waits turn 68, while actor Nicholas Hoult turns 28 and actress Ellen Burstyn (an Oscar-winner for One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest) turns 85.

South Africa’s top-selling single during this week in 1972 was Mammy Blue by Charisma, which was not really a band, but a group of session musos under Graeme Beggs. Interestingly, the song spent 12 weeks at No 1 in South Africa, just falling short of the record set by Johnny Nash classic, I Can See Clearly Now, which enjoyed 13 weeks at the top of the chart. Just saying…