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 74 today, while comedian and TV star Bill Cosby turns 80 and both actor Topher Grace and actress Michelle Rodroguez turn 39. Cheryl Ladd, of TV’s Charlie’s Angels fame, turns 66 today.

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…