This Day In Showbiz History… January 31


Justin Timberlake (pictured) turns 40 today, while Bollywood star Preity Zinta turns 46, actress Kerry Washington turns 44, actress Minnie Driver turns 51 and Aussie actress Portia de Rossi, the wife of Ellen DeGeneres, turns 48.

This day in 1902 marked the birth of actress Tallulah Bankhead, while this day in 1921 marked the birth of stage and film star Carol Channing, who was the first to play the title character in Hello Dolly! She died in 2019.

Also, today in 2009, marked the 30th anniversary of the stage comedy Shear Madness, the longest-running non-musical play in the history of American theatre. The play, staged by the late Themi Venturas in Durban, is a comedy in which a murder occurs in the Shear Madness Hair Styling Salon, and it is up to the audience to vote on who is guilty of the crime.

On this day in 1975, local singer Neil Herbert rose to the top of the Springbok Radio Top 20 with She’s a Woman, which spent one week at the top of the chart. Just saying…