This Day in Showbiz History… February 4

cooperRocker Alice Cooper (pictured) turns 69 today and also celebrating birthdays are singer Natalie Imbruglia (42) and John Steel (76), the former drummer with The Animals.

Locally, South African theatre icon Andrew Buckland turns 63 today.

It was on this day in 1965 that T S Eliot was found dead, aged 77, in London. His book of poems, Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, provided the inspiration for the musical Cats.

Also on this day, in 2004, reports Playbill, director Sam Mendes, choreographer Rob Marshall and former cast members attended the 2 378th and final performance of the 1998 Tony Award-winning Cabaret revival at New York’s Studio 54.

Flamboyant pianist Liberace died of complications from Aids on this day in 1987, aged 67, while on this day in 1970, the movie Patton, starring George C Scott, premiered in New York, and went on to take the Oscar for best film the following year.

Crowning South Africa’s Springbok Radio hit-parade this week in 1977 was Howzat by Aussie band Sherbert, which spent four weeks at No 1. Just saying…