This Day in Showbiz History… February 5

clare-mortimerON THIS DAY IN 2020:

Durban actress Clare Mortimer (pictured), award-winning star of such stage successes as Wit, A Voice I Cannot Silence and Private Lives, turns 47 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 31.

Actress Charlotte Rampling turns 73. Oscar-winning actress Laura Linney turns 56 today, Bobby Brown, singer and former husband of Whitney Houston, turns 51, while Beaches actress Barbara Hershey turns 62. British actor Michael Sheen turns 50 and actress Jennifer Jason-Leigh turns 57.

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…