This Day in Showbiz History… January 5



Shock-rocker Marilyn Manson (pictured) turns 49 today, while one of the world’s highest paid actors, Bradley Cooper, turns 43, and Oscar-winner Robert Duvall turns 87. Actress-model Deepika Padukone turns 32. Former professional footballer-turned-actor Vinnie Jones turns 53 and actress Diane Keaton turns 72.

This day in 1998 marked the death, aged 62, of singer Sonny Bono, former sidekick of Cher. On the theatre scene, this day in 1984 saw the opening, on Broadway, of the Tom Stoppard success,  The Real Thing, teaming Jeremy Irons, Glenn Close and Christine Baranski, all of whom went on to win Tony Awards while the production took the statuette for best new play and for direction by Mike Nichols.

Also, on this day in 2003, reports Playbill, the Pulitzer-winning drama Proof, which originally starred Mary-Louise Parker, closed on Broadway, after 917 performances – chalking up one of the longest runs for a non-musical in recent years.

On this day in 1981, South Africa’s Springbok Radio chart was topped by the  Odyssey song, Going Back to My Roots, which enjoyed three weeks at No 1. Just saying…