This Day in Showbiz History… February 5

clare-mortimerON THIS DAY IN 2021:

Durban actress Clare Mortimer (pictured), award-winning star of such stage successes as Wit, A Voice I Cannot Silence and Private Lives, turns 48 today, while South African actress and singer Sanli Jooste, seen in Here’s to You, The Sound of Music and KickstArt’s Sweeney Todd, turns 32.

Actress Charlotte Rampling turns 75 today. Oscar-winning actress Laura Linney turns 57, Bobby Brown, singer and former husband of Whitney Houston, turns 52, while Beaches actress Barbara Hershey turns 73. British actor Michael Sheen turns 51 and actress Jennifer Jason-Leigh turns 59.

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…