This Day in Showbiz History… February 7

lieslllIt was 10 years ago today that award-winning Durban actress Liesl Coppin (pictured) had one of her kidneys transplanted into her then-two-and-a-half-year-old son, Josh, now 12 and doing well. Josh had been diagnosed at 11 months with Stage 4 kidney cancer. Liesl appeared most recently in the Durban production of The Sound of Music and her awards include a Durban Theatre Award for her performance in The Glitter Girls.

On this day, in 2002, film star Kevin Bacon appeared on Broadway as a former minister suffering a crisis of faith, in An Almost Holy Picture.

On this day in 1980, movie star Janet Gaynor made her Broadway debut in Harold and Maude. It was panned by critics and closed two days later. Also

Still on Broadway, Playbill reports that this day in 2012 marked a revival of the acclaimed Terrence McNally drama, Master Class, starring Tyne Daly, the star of TV’s Cagney and Lacey, as diva Maria Callas.

Birthdays today? Ashton Kutcher turns 39, Chris Rock turns 52 and James Spader turns 57.

The song topping the Springbok Radio chart this week in 1975 was You Ain’t Seen Nuthin’ Yet by Bachman Turner Overdrive their third and final No 1 hit in South Africa. It spent five weeks crowning the chart. Just saying…