This Day in Showbiz History… June 27


TV reality star Khloe Kardashian (pictured) turns 38 today, and actor Tobey Maguire turns 47, while film and TV director J J Abrams turns 56 and actor Ed Westwick, of TV’s Gossip Girl, turns 35. Locally, Durban singer-guitarist and songwriter Rowan Stuart also celebrates his birthday today.

On this day in 1959, the original Broadway production of West Side Story closed at the Winter Garden Theatre after 734 performances, while on this day in 1971, the musical You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown closed on Broadway after 31 performances.

It was on this day in 1993 that a then-25-year-old Julia Roberts married country singer Lyle Lovett, 11 years her senior, in Indiana; while that legendary star of musicals, Ethel Merman, married actor Ernest Borgnine in Beverly Hills on this day in 1964.

The eighth James Bond movie, Live and Let Die, teaming Roger Moore and Jane Seymour, opened in America on this day in 1973.

My Sentimental Friend by Herman’s Hermits rose to the top of the South African singles chart on this day in 1969, and remained there for four weeks. Just saying…