This Day in Showbiz History… March 16


Comedian Jerry Lewis (pictured), who died in 2017, would have turned 94 today, while Nancy Wilson, lead vocalist with rock band Heart, turns 66.

Actor Victor Garber, of TV’s Alias, turns 710 today, French actress Isabelle Huppert turns 71 and film director Bernardo Bertolucci turns 79.

Eighteen years ago to the day, the Irish dance spectacle, Riverdance, finally opened on Broadway, at the Gershwin Theatre, after years of international touring. Presented as Riverdance – On Broadway, the show ran for 605 performances.

Sticking with theatre, on this day in 2014, Mitch Leigh, composer of the popular musical The Man of La Mancha, which spawned the hit song The Impossible Dream, died at the age of 86.

On this day in 1961, at the 18th Golden Globe Awards, Spartacus took the statuette for best film, while Burt Lancaster received the award for best actor.

On this day in 1975, local country singer Bobby Angel was topping South Africa’s Springbok Radio chart with You Asked Me To. It remained on top for three weeks. Just saying…