This Day in Showbiz History… June 4


Both Oscar-winner Angelina Jolie (pictured) and scruffy British comedian Russell Brand turn 48 today, while actor Bruce Dern turns 87 and former ER star Noah Wylie turns 52. Actor Scott Wolf turns 55.

On this day in 1970, Billy Crystal, then aged 22, married guidance counsellor Janice Goldfinger, while on this day in 1960, a then-36-year-old Marlon Brando wed then 42-year-old American-Mexican actress Movita Castaneda.

It’s also of note that Bob Dylan wed his back-up singer, Carolyn Dennis, on this day in 1986. He was 45. She was 32.

Playbill reports that it was on this day in 1968 that stage and screen star Dorothy Gish died in Rapallo, Italy. Her first New York stage appearance was in 1903 in East Lynne. She began her film career in 1912, but resumed her stage career in 1928. She was 70 years old, adds Playbill.

Olivia Newton John rose to the top of the South African singles chart on this day in 1971, with If Not For You. It spent a week topping the chart and marked the future Grease star’s first No 1 hit here. Just saying…