This Day in Showbiz History… March 29


Marilyn Monroe (pictured) was the star, alongside Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon, of the classic screen comedy, Some Like It Hot, released on this day in 1959.

At the 48th Academy Awards, on this day in 1978, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest became only the second film, after 1934’s It Happened One Night, to win the five major Oscars – for best film, actor (Jack Nicholson), actress (Louise Fletcher), director (Milos Forman) and adapted screenplay (Laurence Hauben and Bo Goldman). The only other films to take Oscars in these five important categories was 1991’s Silence of the Lambs and 1934’s It Happened One Night.

Italian actor Terrence Hill of the Trinity western movies turns 83 today, while actor Christopher Lambert turns 65, and both musician Vangelis and Monty Python member Eric Idle turn 79.

It was on this day in 1986 that records by The Beatles were officially allowed to go on sale in Russia, while on this day in 1827, some 20 000 people reportedly attended the Vienna burial of composer Ludwig von Beethoven.

On this day in 1988, They Say It’s Gonna Rain by Hazell Dean was crowning the Springbok Radio chart, where it remained for one week. Just saying…