This Day in Showbiz History… May 17


Disco diva Donna Summer (pictured) died on this day in 2012. She was 63.

Also of note is that the 10th Cannes Film Festival was held on this day in 1957. The William Wyler film, Friendly Persuasion, took the coveted Palm d’Or.

Also on this day, in 1975, America’s NBC network paid a whopping $5million the rights to a single screening of the Oscar-winning Gone With the Wind.

Dancer Derek Hough turns 35 today, singer Enya turns 59, TV’s Bob Saget turns 64 and actor Dennis Hopper turns 78. Locally, Durban guitar ace Barry Thomson turns 53 today and award-winning Durban lighting designer Michael Taylor-Broderick turns 57.

This day in 1971 marked the debut Off-Broadway, at the Cherry Lane Theatre, of the Stephen Schwartz musical Godspell. It went on to have its Broadway debut five years later.

On this day in 1969, Where Do You To My Lovely?, by Peter Sarstedt, was topping the official South African singles chart, where it stayed for one week. Just saying…