This Day in Showbiz History… October 12


Aussie actor Hugh Jackman (pictured) turns 54 today and Kirk Cameron, former teen star of TV’s Growing Pains, turns 52. Josh Hutcherson, of The Hunger Games movies, turns 30 today.

Former Durban-based actress Janna Ramos-Violante turns 40 today and award-winning Durban choreographer Janine Bennewith, now based in Australia, turns 46.

Opera great Luciano Pavarotti, who died in 2007, was born on this day in 1935. Also note that Canadian singer John Denver died on this day in 1997.

On this day in 2013 singer-songwriter Pharrell Williams, then aged 40, married model Helen Lasichanh in Florida.

Steven Spielberg, creator of Jaws and ET, married actress Kate Capshaw, star of Spielberg’s Indiana Jones and The Temple of Doom, on this day in 1991.

Rising to the top of the South African singles chart on this day in 1984 was Manuel Goodbye by Audrey Landers, then an actress on TV’s Dallas. Rather unbelievably, the song spent five weeks at No 1. Just saying…