This Day in Showbiz History…December 21

Today marks the 80th birthday of Oscar-winner Jane Fonda (pictured), while Samuel L Jackson turns 69 and Kiefer Sutherland blows out 51 candles. This day also marks the anniversary of the 2010 death, aged 72, of a Broadway great – Marcia Lewis, who played Miss Lynch in Grease, Miss Hannigan in the original Broadway run of Annie and Golde in New York’s 1990 revival of Fiddler on the Roof, reports Playbill.

Also, on this day in 1980, Broadway saw the opening of the Beth Henley drama, Crimes of the Heart, teaming Mary Beth Hurt, Mia Dillon and Julie Nesbitt.  A film version followed in 1986.

Also of note on this day, in 1937, was the premiere of the first full-length animated feature film, the Walt Disney classic, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

Today, in 1932, marked the first Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers movie teaming (Flying Down to Rio) while on this day in 1933, Fox Films signed five-year-old Shirley Temple to a studio contract.

South Africa’s top single this week, in 1972, was Sorrow by David Bowie. It spent five weeks topping the chart. Just saying…