This Day in Showbiz History… February 11


Durban director-actor Steven Stead (pictured), of Durban’s award-winning KickstArt theatre company, turns 52 today, while Jennifer Aniston turns 54 and Twilight star Taylor Lautner turn 31.

Others celebrating birthdays today include Sheryl Crow (61), Damian Lewis (52, Sergio Mendes (82) and Kelly Rowland (42).

Diva Whitney Houston died on this day in 2012, aged 48, while on this day in 1976, actor Lee J Cobb died, aged 65. He was Broadway’s original Willy Lowman in the Arthur Miller play, Death of a Salesman.

On the music scene, this day in 1922 saw April Showers, by Al Jolson, hit No 1 on the US hit-parade.

The song topping the South African Springbok Radio chart this day in 1982 was Tainted Love by Soft Cell which spent five weeks at No 1. Just saying…