On This Day

May 1985 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV

  • May 13 Laura Elena Martinez-Herring, 21, (Texas), crowned 34th Miss USA
  • May 18 1st remote location for "Nightline" (South Africa)
  • May 20 38th Cannes Film Festival: "When Father Was Away on Business" directed by Emir Kusturica wins the Palme d'Or

Film release premierFilm Premier

May 22 "A View to a Kill", 14th James Bond film, last to star Roger Moore, also starring Grace Jones and Christopher Walken, premieres in San Francisco

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 23 President Ronald Reagan awards Jimmy Stewart the Presidential Medal of Freedom and promotes him to Major General on the Retired List

Actor James Stewart
James Stewart
US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • May 1 Drew Sidora, American actress

Person of interestLily Allen

May 2 Lily Allen, English singer-songwriter ("It's Not Me, It's You") and TV presenter (Lily Allen and Friends), born in London

Recording Artist & Fashion Designer Lily Allen
Recording Artist & Fashion Designer
Lily Allen
  • May 3 Greg Raposo, American singer and actor, born in New York
  • May 5 Shoko Nakagawa, Japanese actress and media personality, born in Tokyo
  • May 8 Mashio Miyazaki, Japanese actress
  • May 14 Sally Martin, American actress
  • May 16 Stanislav Ianevski, Bulgarian actor
  • May 21 Kano [Robinson], English rapper and actor, born in London, England
  • May 22 Caridee English, American Model
  • May 25 Luciana Abreu, Portuguese singer and actress (Floribella), born in Massarelos, Porto, Portugal

Weddings in Film & TV

LovePerson of Interest

May 13 American rock singer-songwriter Bruce Springsteen (35) weds American actress Julianne Phillips (25) at Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church in Lake Oswego, Oregon; divorce in 1989

Singer-Songwriter Bruce Springsteen
Bruce Springsteen

Deaths in Film & TV

  • May 1 George Pravda, Czech actor, dies at 68
  • May 2 Hal LeRoy [John LeRoy Schotte], American vaudeville, Broadway and film dancer (Ziegfeld's Follies of 1931), dies at 71 after surgery
  • May 6 Julie Vega, Filipina child actress and singer, dies at 16
  • May 7 Dawn Addams, British actress (A King in New York, Star Maidens) who married the Prince of Roccasecca, dies of cancer at 54
  • May 8 Adolphus "Dolph" Sweet, American actor (Gimme a Break, Which Way is Up), dies of cancer at 64
  • May 8 Redmond "Edmond" O'Brien, American actor (The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, Sam Benedict, Johnny Midnight), dies of Alzheimer's at 69
  • May 11 Jorja Curtright, American actor (Whistle Stop), dies of a heart attack at 89
  • May 13 Selma Diamond, Canadian-American comedy writer (Your Show Of Shows), and actress (Night Court, 1984-85 - "Selma"), dies of lung cancer at 64
  • May 15 Jackie Curtis, actor (Underground USA), dies of a drug overdose at 38

Person of interestMargaret Hamilton

May 16 Margaret Hamilton, American actress (The Wizard of Oz), dies at 82

  • May 17 Hugh Burden, actor (Night of Laughing Dead), dies at 72
  • May 18 Tex Terry, American actor (Apache Rose, Timberjack), dies at 82
  • May 20 George Memmoli, actor (Earl-Hello Larry), dies at 46
  • May 27 Kay Campbell, actress (All My Children), dies at 80
  • May 29 Madge West, American actress (McLean Stevenson Show), dies at 93