This Day in Showbiz History… February 5

clare-mortimerON THIS DAY IN 2023:

Durban actress Clare Mortimer (pictured), award-winning star of such stage successes as Wit, A Voice I Cannot Silence and Private Lives, turns 50 today, while South African actress and singer Sanli Jooste, seen in the stage hits Here’s to You, The Sound of Music and KickstArt’s Sweeney Todd, turns 34.

Actress Charlotte Rampling turns 77 today. Oscar-winning actress Laura Linney turns 59, Bobby Brown, singer and former husband of Whitney Houston, turns 54, while Beaches actress Barbara Hershey turns 75. British actor Michael Sheen turns 53 and actress Jennifer Jason-Leigh turns 61.

Held on this day in 2023, the 65th Grammy Awards, hosted by South Africa’s Trevor Noah for the third time in a row, saw Beyoncé collecting her 32nd Grammy statuette, thereby beating Hungarian-British conductor Georg Solti for the record of most Grammy wins in the ceremony’s history. With a career total of 88 nominations, Beyoncé tied that same year with her husband Jay-Z as the nominated artists in Grammy history. At the same 2023 ceremony, Harry Styles took the Album of the Year award for Harry’s House.

Glenn Miller and his orchestra recorded the classic Tuxedo Junction on this day in 1940, while on the classical music scene, on this day on 1887, the Giuseppe Verdi opera, Otello, premiered at La Scala in Italy.

The Dave Edmunds hit, I Hear You Knocking, rose to the top of South Africa’s Springbok Radio hit-parade on this day in 1978. It spent a week there. Just saying…