This Day in Showbiz History… January 29



Today marks the 78th birthday of the star of TV’s Magnum PI, Tom Selleck (pictured), while Oprah Winfrey turns 69 and flamboyant former American Idol favourite, Adam Lambert, turns 41.

Actress Heather Graham turns 52. Singer Amii Stewart (remember her disco version of Knock on Wood?) turns 67 and actor Edward Burns turns 55.

On this day in 2003, the soundtrack of the film Chicago, starring Richard Gere and Catherine Zeta-Jones, peaked at No 2 on the Billboard chart.

This day in 1966 marked the Broadway opening of the Bob Fosse hit, Sweet Charity, starring Gwen Verdon in the title role. Playbill reports that the show ran for 608 performance. It adds that the date is notable, too, for marking the reopening of the Palace Theatre in Times Square after a refurbishment. Once the pinnacle of vaudeville and a fading concert venue, it henceforth served as a regular Broadway theatre, Playbill adds.

Sticking with Broadway, this day in 2003 marked the debut on the solo show by Golden Girls and Maude star Bea Arthur, Bea Arthur on Broadway: Just Between Friends, which received a Tony Award nomination.

The Stanley Kubrick classic, Dr Strangelove, starring Peter Sellers, premiered in the US on this day in 1964, while at the 34th Golden Globe Awards, held on this day in 1977, Rocky, starring Sylvester Stallone, took the statuette for best film. On the same day in 1983, the Steven Spielberg classic, ET: The Extraterrestrial, took the award for best film at the 40th Golden Globes ceremony. Just saying…