This Day in Showbiz History… November 18

On This Day in 2020:

Kids in America and Cambodia singer Kim Wilde (pictured) turns 59 today, while actor Owen Wilson turns 51 and actor Damon Wayans Jnr turns 37.

Actress Chloe Sevigny turns 45 and singer John Parr, of St Elmo’s Fire fame, turns 65. Gruff-voiced French singer Amanda Lear – remember the hit Give a Bit of Hmm to Me? – reportedly turns 81 today, while Dynasty star Linda Evans turns 78.

It was on this day in 1959 that the classic Ben-Hur, starring Charlton Heston,  premiered in New York. It went on to take the Best Picture Oscar the following year.

This day in 1980 saw the New York premiere of Heaven’s Gate, starring Christopher Walken and Kris Kristofferson, one of the biggest box-office flops in history.

The Matthew’s Southern Comfort hit, Woodstock, was crowning the UK singles chart on this day in 1970. The song, written by Canadian Joni Mitchell, spent three weeks in the top spot. Just saying…