This Day in Showbiz History… March 27

Debbie Reynolds (pictured) and Gene Kelly became stronger box-office favourites after the release, on this day in1952, of Singin’ in the Rain, a musical that many critics rate as the best ever made.Today also marks 15 years to the day that English comic and musician Dudley Moore (star of Arthur and 10) passed away.

Birthdays today? Mariah Carey turns 46, Fergie of Black Eyed Peas turns 42 and singer Jessie J turns 29. Director Quintin Tarantino turns 54.

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…