This Day in Showbiz History… September 27


Singer Meat Loaf (pictured) turns 74 today, while actor Jim Caviezel turns 53, Canadian singer-songwriter Avril Lavigne turns 37 and US rapper Lil Wayne turns 39. Oscar-winner Gwyneth Paltrow turns 49 today.

At the 74th Tony Awards recognising Broadway’s finest, held on this day in 2021, Moulin Rouge! The Musical took the award for Best Musical (and its star Aaron Tveit was named as best actor in a musical), while Matthew Lopez‘s The Inheritance was named as Best Play.

It was on this day in 1997 that Grammy-winning rapper Coolio, then 34, married Los Angeles DJ Josefa Salinas, three years his senior, in Las Vegas. Also, it was on this day in 1998 that actor Brendan Fraser, then 30, wed actress Afton Smith, two years his senior, in Los Angeles.

Boom! Shake the Room! By DJ Jazzy Jeff and The Fresh Prince, was topping the UK singles chart on this day in 1993. The Fresh Prince, of course, was a young Will Smith. Just saying…