This Day in Showbiz History… October 31

Rapper Vanilla Ice (pictured) turns 50 today, while actress Piper Perabo turns 41 and Willow Smith, daughter of Jada Pinkett and Will Smith, turns 17. Actor Stephen Rea turns 71.

New Zealand film director Peter Jackson turns 56 today, while Italian film director Federico Fellini died on this day in 1990, aged 73. Another who died on this day in 1993 was actor River Phoenix.

The Barbra Streisand album, People, reached No 1 in America on this day in 1964 – and stayed there for five weeks.

Crowning the South African singles chart on this day in 1986 was Venus by British all-girl group Bananarama, which spent three weeks at No 1. The song first hit No 1 in this country in March 1970, with the original recording by Dutch band Shocking Blue. Just saying…