This Day in Showbiz History… March 20


British singer Dame Vera Lynn (pictured),  a singing icon of the war years, was born on this day in 1917. She died, aged 103, in 2020. She had been in the music industry for 96 years and released a compilation album of hits in 2017.

Oscar-winning actor William Hurt – who died of prostrate cancer, aged 71, on March 13, 2022 – was born on this day in 1950. Actor Michael Rapaport turns 53 today and actor David Thewlis turns 60. Director Spike Lee turns 66 and actress-model Ruby Rose turns 37.

Today also marks the birthday, in 1828, of Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen, who died in 1906. His dramas include Hedda Gabler and A Doll’s House.

Still on the theatre scene, this day in 2011 saw the Broadway debut of the Aussie hit, Priscilla Queen of the Desert: The Musical. It starred Tony Sheldon, Will Swenson and Nick Adams.

It was also on this day in 2010 that London’s Adelphi Theatre saw the revival of the macabre Stephen Sondheim musical, Sweeney Todd, Directed by Jonathan Kent, it starred Michael Ball and Imelda Staunton.

The Disney musical Aladdin made its Broadway debut on this day in 2014, starring Adam Jacobs in the title role.

On this day in 1976, Let Me Into Your Life by South African group Flood was crowning the Springbok Radio chart, where it remained for three weeks. Just saying…