This Day in Showbiz History… March 22


Oscar-winning actress Reese Witherspoon (pictured) turns 45 today, while recording star George Benson turns 78, actor Matthew Modine turns 62 and actress Lena Olin turns 66. Broadway great Stephen Sondheim, who write Into the Woods, Sweeney Todd and Company, among other shows, turns 91 today.

Actor M Emmet Walsh, perhaps best known for his role in the film Blade Runner, turns 86 and French actress Fanny Ardant turns 72.

On this day in 1962, a star was born when Barbra Streisand made her Broadway debut as Miss Marmelstein in I Can Get It For You Wholesale. Also, it was on this day in 1997 that Sunset Boulevard closed on Broadway after 977 performances.

Also of note is that The Beatles released their first album, Please, Please Me, on this day in 1963, while the US band My Chemical Romance announced their break-up on this day in 2013.

On this day in 1974,  Little Jimmy by South African teen singer Gwynneth Ashley-Robin rose to the top of the Springbok Radio chart, where it remained for one weeks. The singer tragically died, aged 15, in a light aircraft crash in 1976. Just saying…