This Day in Showbiz History… January 17



Betty White (pictured), of hit TV series The Golden Girls, would have celebrated her birthday. She died, aged 99, on December 31, 2021. Singer Francoise Hardy turns 79 and British singer Paul Young celebrates his 67th birthday. Actress Zoey Deschanel turns 43, Jim Carrey turns 61 and Kid Rock turns 52. Chart-topper Calvin Harris turns 39 and Susannah Hoff, formerly of hit group Bangles, turns 64.

Also on this day, in 2004, Tony Award-nominated producer Ray Stark, 88, died of a heart attack. Stark brought the musical Funny Girl to Broadway, and later to the big screen (his mother-in-law was Fanny Brice).

The Anton Chekhov classic, Cherry Orchard, opened at the Moscow Art Theatre on this day in 1904, and also on this day, in 1982, Bucks Fizz was topping the UK singles chart with Land of Make Believe. It enjoyed two weeks at No 1. Just saying…