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 for the rights to a single screening of the Oscar-winning Gone With the Wind.

Dancer Derek Hough turns 37 today and singer Enya turns 61. TV’s Bob Saget , who died on January 9, 2022, was born on this day in 1956. Actor Dennis Hopper was born on this day in 1936 and was 74 when he died in 2010.

Locally, Durban guitar ace Barry Thomson turns 55 today and award-winning Durban lighting designer Michael Taylor-Broderick turns 59.

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…