318 posts categorized "TOTALLY AWESOME '80S"

Aug 25 2014
Night Of The 100 Living Stars I Comments (0)

As a kid, I was absolutely transfixed by Night of 100 Stars (aired March 8, 1982, would love to know when it was taped?), a lavish, tacky, nostalgic, heart-warming, spirited tribute to the 100th anniversary of the Actors' Fund. For me, it was also a way to learn more about the stars of yesteryear, a subject always close to my heart.

What's odd is that these days, kids have more access to old movies and old movie stars' stories via the Internet, but I don't think they make the same effort like the previous generation did—we had to track down books, wait for old movies to pop up on limited channels on TV and rely on information from friends.

And, of course, watch stuff like Night of 100 Stars! (Where else do you get to see Ken Howard, Milton Berle, Lynn Swan, Theodore Bikel and Burt Lancaster, in that order, in a chorus line?)

Hollywood: Please air this event again! (There was a II in 1985 and a III in 1990.)

Because I am sick and need help immediately when it comes to long posts, especially long posts about Old Hollywood, I wondered how many of the 100 stars from 1982—32 years later—are still with us. Interestingly enough, the actual number of stars who showed up was 197...and exactly 100 remain alive today!

100 - stars - Playbill

After the jump, the results of my research...

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Aug 21 2014
Midnight Snack Comments (0)


Flashing back to the Chippendales boys of the '80s. One more after the jump...

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Aug 20 2014
Desperately Paging DR. MADONNA Comments (0)


The debut of Dr. Madonna is devoted to Desperately Seeking Susan...

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Aug 17 2014
Ad Men Comments (0)


Here's a seductive ad from the '80s. Woof!

Aug 15 2014
Totally Awesome '80s: Girl Power Comments (0)


Debbie was decidedly upbeat about Madonna in 1987, as seen in the (now defunct) New York Talk Magazine.

Aug 13 2014
Lana, Too Comments (0)

Lana-Turner-Laurence-OlivierWaiting for you...

That list I did regarding Madonna's “Vogue” put me in a Lana Turner mode, so I dug out this memorable shot of Turner meeting Sir Laurence Olivier at Night of 100 Stars II (1985), when she was 64 and he was 77.


The man with her is Eric Root (allegedly 35 then) who later wrote a dishy book about his ladyfriend, one that engendered some pretty contemptuous Amazon reviews (see above!).

Thanks to Root, we have this observation of the moment Turner met Olivier, which is loaded with insight into Turner's view of herself:

“She's waited her whole career to meet that man.”

The photo was taken by Katia Beebe and published as a full page in Life.

Aug 11 2014
Robin Williams Dies After Apparent Suicide Comments (0)

Large good will hunting2July 21, 1951—August 11, 2014

MorkIn hard-to-believe news, Oscar winning actor and legendary stand-up comedian Robin Williams has died of asphyxiation in what is being surmised to have been an act of suicide.

The inimitable comic had been battling depression.

Williams shot to international fame as “Mork” on Mork & Mindy (1978—1982), a spin-off of Happy Days (1974—1984), only to go on to considerable success as a leading man in films.

Robin-Williams-ModelMaster of the absurd

Along with winning an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for his exceptional performance in Good Will Hunting (1997) and acclaim for Good Morning, Vietnam (1997), Williams was, of course, the star of the beloved film Mrs. Doubtfire (1993), one of history's biggest box-office hits.


He also starred in one of the most successful gay-themed films of all time, The Birdcage (1996).

Most recently, Williams was the star of the David E. Kelly (b. April 4, 1956) series The Crazy Ones on CBS.

Aug 10 2014
Need To Know: Grande Illusion + Church Won't Allow Them To Gay-Bury + Fonda Gosling + Bulge De-Mystified + MORE! Comments (0)

*widget boy cultureBig Brother cast flips out upon learning Frankie is semi-famous.

*widget boy cultureChurch cancels funeral because the deceased was gay. (No, really!)

*widget boy cultureInspired by God, man follows church-goer into parking lot, calls him a faggot.

*widget boy cultureJane Fonda loves sitting on Ryan Gosling's face.

*widget boy cultureUnsurprisingly, Donald Trump has no idea what he's talkin' about.

*widget boy cultureHaring/Madonna/Basquiat/Warhol, all mixed up together.

*widget boy cultureLucille Ball would've turned 103 this week.

*widget boy cultureAmazing Silvertop house for sale; first time since '74.

*widget boy cultureIdris Elba admits his bulge isn't his.

*widget boy cultureD-bag MN café charges minimum-wage fee.

*widget boy cultureWendy Davis runs tough ad in Texas gubernatorial race: