1987 in Film & Television History

Events in Film & TV

  • Jan 22 Pennsylvania politician R. Budd Dwyer shoots and kills himself at a press conference on live national television, leading to debates on boundaries in journalism
  • Apr 5 Fox TV network premieres showing "Married With Children" and "The Tracey Ullman Show"
  • May 30 North American Philips Company unveils compact disc video
  • Jun 5 "Nightline" presents its 1st "Town Meeting" the subject is AIDS and the show runs until 3:47 AM
  • Aug 4 FCC vote 4-0 to rescind fairness doctrine for broadcasters
  • Oct 4 "The Last Emperor" directed by Bernardo Bertolucci and starring John Lone, Joan Chen and Peter O'Toole premieres at the Tokyo Film Festival (Best Picture 1988)
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Film & TV Awards in 1987

  • Jan 18 3rd Soap Opera Digest Awards - Days of Our Lives wins
  • Jan 25 3rd Sundance Film Festival: "Waiting for the Moon" and "The Trouble with Dick" (tie) win Grand Jury Prize Dramatic
  • Jan 31 44th Golden Globes: Platoon, Bob Hoskins, & Marlee Matlin win
  • Feb 20 37th Berlin International Film Festival: "The Theme" wins the Golden Bear
  • Mar 14 13th People's Choice Awards: Clint Eastwood & Meryl Streep win (Motion Picture) and Bill Cosby & Cybill Shepherd win (TV)
  • Mar 29 7th Golden Raspberry Awards: "Howard the Duck" wins
  • Mar 30 59th Academy Awards: "Platoon", Paul Newman & Marlee Matlin win
  • May 19 1st American Comedy Award: Johnny Carson & Betty White
  • May 19 40th Cannes Film Festival: "Sous le soleil de Satan" directed by Maurice Pialat wins the Palme d'Or
  • Jun 30 Emmy 14th Daytime Award presentation - Susan Lucci loses for 8th time
  • Aug 6 20th San Diego Comic-Con International opens at Holiday Inn
  • Aug 29 44th Venice Film Festival: "Au revoir les enfants" ("Goodbye, Children") directed by Louis Malle wins Golden Lion
  • Sep 19 12th Toronto International Film Festival: "The Princess Bride" directed by Rob Reiner wins the People's Choice Award
  • Sep 20 39th Emmy Awards: LA Law, Bruce Willis & Sharon Gless win

Weddings in Film & TV

  • Jan 3 Singer and former Miss America Vanessa Williams (23) marries Ramon T. Hervey in NYC; divorce 1997
  • Jan 3 Tennis player champ Mats Wilander (22) weds model Sonya Mulholland in South Africa
  • Mar 1 "The Last Picture Show" actress Cybill Shepherd (37) weds Dr. Bruce Oppenheim (38) in San Fernando Valley

Divorces in Film & TV

  • Jul 14 Actor Michael Biehn (30) divorces actress Carlene Olson (32) after 7 years of marriage

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