This Day in Showbiz History… March 27


Debbie Reynolds (pictured) and Gene Kelly became stronger box-office favourites after the release, on this day in 1952, of Singin’ in the Rain, a musical that many critics rate as the best ever made.Today also marks the day in 2002  that English comic and musician Dudley Moore (star of Arthur and 10) passed away.

On this day in 2022, Coda took the Best Picture Oscar, while Will Smith won his first Best Actor Oscar, for King Richard . However, he will surely be remembered more for creating the tackiest moment in Academy Awards history for having dramatically slapped presenter Chris Rock live on TV, shortly after Rock made a joke about the hair loss problem of Smith’s wife, actress Jada Pinkett Smith.

Birthdays today? Mariah Carey turns 51, Fergie of Black Eyed Peas turns 47 and singer Jessie J turns 34. Director Quintin Tarantino turns 59.

Charlie Chaplin received France’s distinguished Legion of Honour award on this day in 1931, and also of note is that, on this day in 1983, Broadway welcomed the Neil Simon play, Brighton Beach Memoirs, starring a young Matthew Broderick.

On this day in 1980, Please Don’t Go by KC and The Sunshine Band was crowning the Springbok Radio chart, where it remained for seven weeks. Just saying…