This Day in Showbiz History… July 12


Christine McVie (pictured) of Fleetwood Mac, who in June 2017 released a new studio album with Lindsay Buckingham, turns 78 today, while comedian and TV star Bill Cosby turns 85.

Both actor Topher Grace and actress Michelle Rodroguez turn 44 today, while Cheryl Ladd, of TV’s Charlie’s Angels fame, turns 71.

This day in 1973 marked the death of American actor Lon Chaney jnr, who found fame on screen as Wolfman. He died, aged 57, after a long illness. It was also on this day, in 1985, that doctors reportedly discovered a cancerous growth in the colon of former screen star turned US President, Ronald Reagan.

The Andrew Lloyd Webber musical, Sunset Boulevard, opened at London’s Adelphi Theatre on this day in 1993.

Olivia Newton John achieved her third and last UK No 1 hit with Xanadu, featuring ELO, on this day in 1980. It spent two weeks crowning the chart. Just saying…