This Day in Showbiz History… May 24


Singer-songwriter Bob Dylan (pictured) turns 81 today, while Patti LaBelle turns 78 and Priscilla Presley turns 77.

Actor Alfred Molina turns 69 today, actress Kristen Scott Thomas turns 62 and Black Crowes guitarist Rich Robinson turns 523.

On this day in 1966, the musical Mame, with Angela Lansbury in the title role of the flamboyant aunt, opened on Broadway. The show, later turned into a film starring Lucille Ball and Beatrice Arthur, ran for 1 508 performances at new York’s Winter Garden, then Broadway Theatre.

The war drama Apocalypse Now, directed by Francis Ford Coppola and featuring Marlon Brando, shared the Palme d’Or prize at the 32nd Cannes Film Festival on this day in 1979. It tied for the award with Die Biechtrommel, directed by Volker Schlondorff.

This day in 1989 marked the world premiere of the Steven Spielberg hit, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.

On this day in 1975, the country song As Soon As I Hang Up the Phone, by Loretta Lynn and Conway Twitty, was topping the South African singles chart, where it remained for five weeks. Just saying…