This Day in Showbiz History…December 15


On this day in 1985, actor Sylvester Stallone (pictured in Rocky), and then aged 39, married Rocky IV actress Brigitte Nielsen (then 22), while on this day in 2008 pop star Madonna divorced British director Guy Ritchie, after years of marriage.

Remember Do They Know It’s Christmas? by all-star band Band Aid? Well, it was 38 years ago today that it originally hit the No 1 spot on the UK singles chart, where it stayed for five weeks.

Also note that on this day, in 1997, Spice World The Movie, starring pop group The Spice Girls, had its premiere in Leicester, London. It went on to be nominated for a Golden Raspberry Award as worst movie of the year.

Still with music… on this day, in 2003, Courtney Love was sentenced to 18 months in drug rehab, while Don Johnson, hit-maker and star of television’s Miami Vice, was born on this day in 1949.

On this day in 2010 film director Blake Edwards died, while actress Joan Fontaine passed away, aged 96, on this day in 2012,  jazz pianist Thomas ‘Fats’ Waller in 1943, and Walt Disney in 1966. Just saying…