By David Gewirtzman
and Robert Viagas and Anne Bradley
05 Feb 2013
1908 Birthday of conjoined twins Daisy and Violet Hilton, who will go on to star in vaudeville and the Ziegfeld Follies. Their lives will become the subject of a 1997 musical, Side Show.
1959 Gwen Verdon is a Redhead and, more importantly, plays the intended victim of a serial killer in this musical choreographed and directed by Bob Fosse. Richard Kiley co-stars. It will run at the 49th Street Theatre for 452 performances and win the Tony Award as Best Musical.
2003 London's troubled Old Vic theatre company announces that American actor Kevin Spacey will take over as its new artistic director. Spacey had given the Old Vic one of its biggest successes in recent years, a revival of The Iceman Cometh.
2009 You're Welcome America. A Final Night with George W Bush, which casts former "Saturday Night Live" star Will Ferrell as a comical version of the 43rd President of the United States, opens at Broadway's Cort Theatre.
More of Today's Birthdays: Maxine Elliott 1868. John Daly Murphy 1873. Frederick Lonsdale 1881. John Carradine 1906. Red Buttons 1919. John Guare 1938. Jonathan Freeman 1950. Jennifer Jason Leigh 1962. Laura Linney 1964.