This Day in Showbiz History… September 7


Disco queen Gloria Gaynor (pictured), of I Will Survive and Never Can Say Goodbye fame, turns 79 today while Chrissie Hynde, lead singer of The Pretenders, turns 71. Former child actress Evan Rachel Wood, now known for TV’s Westworld series, turns 35 today.

Keith Moon, drummer with The Who, died in London, aged 32, on this day in 1978.

It was on this day in 1949 that the legendary Mae West starred on Broadway in a popular revival of her own play, Diamond Lil, while this day in 2008 marked the close, after 12 years in New York, of the original season of the musical Rent, which featured Idina Menzel and Taye Diggs.

Singer-actress Janet Jackson, aged 18, married R&B singer James DeBarge, then 21, on this day in 19834.

On this day in 1974, Why Me? by Kris Kristofferson was enjoying the first of eight weeks atop the South African singles chart. Just saying…