On This Day

May 1987 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV

  • May 7 Diane Chambers' (Shelley Long) final episode on TV comedy "Cheers"

Film & TV History

May 15 Last episode of "The Late Show with Joan Rivers" after the host is fired by the Fox network

Music History

May 16 Weird Al Yankovic performs live at 72nd National Orange Show

  • May 19 40th Cannes Film Festival: "Sous le soleil de Satan" directed by Maurice Pialat wins the Palme d'Or
  • May 20 Wrestler Jerry Lawler sues WWF & Harley Race for trademark name "king"
  • May 26 Cecilia Bolocco, 22, of Chile, crowned 36th Miss Universe
  • May 27 Christian evangelists Jim and Tammy Bakker appear on "Nightline" after PTL scandal
  • May 29 "Twilight Zone: The Movie" director John Landis found innocent of involuntary manslaughter in death of actor Vic Morrow and 2 child actors during filming
  • May 30 North American Philips Company unveils compact disc video

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • May 1 Matt Di Angelo, English Actor (Eastenders), born in London, England
  • May 6 Moon Geun-young, South Korean actress
  • May 6 Adrienne Warren, American Tony Award-winning actress and singer (Tina), born in Chesapeake, Virginia
  • May 13 Hunter Parrish [Tharp], American screen and stage actor (Weeds; Spring Awakening) born in Richmond, Virginia
  • May 15 Jennylyn Mercado, Filipina actress and singer
  • May 18 Luisana Lopilato, Argentine actress and model and singer, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • May 21 Ashlie Brillault, American actress (Lizzie Guire), born in San Francisco, California
  • May 29 Alessandra Toreson, American actress, born in Palo Alto, California

Weddings in Film & TV

Yun Fat Chow

May 6 Actor Yun Fat Chow (31) weds Jasmine Tan

Tom Cruise

May 9 Actor Tom Cruise (27) weds actress Mimi Rogers (33)

  • May 16 American singer David Crosby (45) weds Jan Dance (35) at Hollywood Church of Religious Science in Los Angeles, California

Deaths in Film & TV

  • May 3 Dalida [Yolande Christina Gigliotti], French-Italian actress (The Sixth Day), singer (Bambino), and Miss Egypt 1954, commits suicide at 54
  • May 4 Cathryn Damon, American actress (Mary-Soap, She's Having a Baby), dies of cancer at 56
  • May 7 Colin Blakely, Northern-Irish character actor (Shattered, Equus, King Lear), dies of leukaemia at 56
  • May 14 Rita Hayworth [Margarita Cansino], American actress (Gilda, Cover Girl, The Lady from Shanghai), dies of Alzheimer's disease at 68
  • May 15 Wynne Gibson, actor (Night After Night, Aggie Appleby), dies
  • May 21 Alejandro Rey, Argentine-American actor and director (Carlos-Flying Nun), dies lung cancer at 57
  • May 24 Hermione Ferdinanda Gingold, British actress (Gigi; Music Man), dies at 89
  • May 28 Charles Ludlam, American playwright and actor (Big Easy), dies at 44
  • May 31 Dorothy Patrick, actress (Torch Song, New Orleans, High Wall), dies