This Day in Showbiz History…December 12


Actor Bill Nighy turns 73 today, former recording star Connie Francis is 85 and Dionne Warwick turns 82. Today also marks the birthday of Frank Sinatra (pictured), who died in 1988, aged 82.

Interestingly, today, in 2008, marked the death, at the age of 92, of Van Johnson, a screen star who reached such heights of popularity during the 1940s that he was called “The Voiceless Sinatra”.

Legendary US dancer Anne Reinking, who had legs for days, died on this day in 2020, aged 71. She was visiting her brother, went to bed and did not wake up. The star, a muse of Bob Fosse, starred in All That Jazz, Fosse, Annie and was the Tony-winning choreographer of the stage revival of Chicago. 

Playbill reports that on this day in 2013, American Psycho, a musical based on the 1991 Bret Easton Ellis novel, had its world premiere at London’s Almeida Theatre. Doctor Who star Matt Smith starred as serial killer Patrick Bateman.

South Africa’s most popular song this week, in 1976, was Mississippi by Dutch group Pussycat. It spent eight weeks at No 1 on the Springbok Radio Top 20. Just saying…