This Day in Showbiz History… January 20

annieeIt was on this day in 1978 that Columbia Pictures paid a then-whopping $9.5 million for screen rights to the musical Annie, which starred Aileen Quinn (pictured),who is now 45 and still acting in film and on stage.

Actress Audrey Hepburn, born in 1929, died on this day in 1993, while British comedienne Beatrice Lillie died on this day in 1989, aged 94.

Kiss frontman Paul Stanley was born on this day 65 years ago. Actor Skeet Ulrich turns 47 today, while British actor Tom Baker, known for his role on the television series Doctor Who, celebrates his 83rd birthday.

In theatre, this day in 2005 marked Harvey Fierstein taking over the role of Tevye in the Broadway revival of Fiddler on the Roof.

This week in 1980 saw Michael Jackson topping the South African Springbok Radio Top 20 chart with Don’t Stop ’Til You Get Enough. It was at No 1 for five weeks. Just saying…