Events in Film & Television in 1985

Music Premiere

Jan 7 Revival of Rodgers and Hammerstein's musical "The King & I", still starring Yul Brynner opens at Broadway Theater, NYC; runs for 191 performances

  • Jan 15 CBS' premiere of TV made teen drug abuse drama, "Not My Kid", based on the previous year's book by Beth Polson
  • Jan 22 Kelly Hu, 16, of Hawaii, crowned 3rd Miss Teen USA
  • Jan 23 Britains House of Lords debate 1st televised

Music Premiere

Jan 31 Max Showalter and Peter Walker's musical "Harrigan 'n Hart", starring Harry Groening and Mark Hamill, opens at Longacre Theater, NYC; runs for 4 performances

  • Feb 3 Max Showalter and Peter Walker's musical "Harrigan 'n Hart", starring Harry Groening and Mark Hamill, closes at Longacre Theater, NYC, after 4 performances
  • Feb 14 Hostage CNN reporter Jeremy Levin is released in Beirut
  • Feb 15 35th Berlin International Film Festival: "The Woman and the Stranger" and "Wetherby" win the Golden Bear (tie)
  • Feb 19 British soap opera "Eastenders" premieres on the BBC

Music History

Mar 1 Liza Minnelli enters Betty Ford Drug Center

Television Premiere

Mar 3 "Moonlighting" with Cybill Shepard & Bruce Willis premieres on ABC TV in the US

  • Mar 5 38th British Film and Television Awards (BAFTAs): "The Killing Fields" Best Film, Wim Wenders Best Director
  • Mar 6 Yul Brynner appears in his 4,500th performance of "The King & I"
  • Mar 18 Capital Cities Communications Inc acquires ABC for $3.5 billion, first transfer of ownership of a TV network

Film & TV History

Mar 27 Billy Dee Williams receives a star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

Theater Premiere

Mar 28 Neil Simon's play "Biloxi Blues" premieres in NYC

  • Apr 30 "Shoah", French documentary about the Holocaust, directed by Claude Lanzmann, starring Richard Glazar and Raul Hilberg, premieres in Paris
  • 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 Premiere

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

Film & TV History

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

Album Release

Jun 1 Weird Al Yankovic releases his "Dare To Be Stupid" album

Television Debut

Jun 3 "Larry King Live" debuts on CNN, airing each weeknight through December, 2010

Music City News Awards

Jun 10 19th Music City News Country Awards: Statler Brothers, Barbara Mandrell win

Film Release

Jun 13 "Prizzi's Honor", starring Jack Nicholson, Kathleen Turner, and Anjelica Huston, is released

  • Jun 14 "Michael Nesmith In Television Parts" premieres on NBC-TV
  • Jun 15 "Pryor's Place" children's show last airs on CBS-TV

Film Release

Jul 3 "Back to the Future" directed by Robert Zemeckis and starring Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd is released

Film & TV History

Jul 3 CBS announces a 21% stock buy-back to thwart Ted Turner's takeover

  • Jul 3 Tinker Bell's first nightly flight at Walt Disney World Resort, Florida
  • Jul 15 Deborah Carthy-Deu, of Puerto Rico, crowned 34th Miss Universe

Film & TV History

Jul 25 Spokeswoman for Rock Hudson confirms he has AIDS

  • Aug 1 18th San Diego Comic-Con International opens at Hotel San Diego

Daytime Emmy Awards

Aug 1 Emmy 12th Daytime Award presentation - Susan Lucci loses for 6th time

Television Premiere

Aug 16 CBS' premiere of its TV adaptation of "Death of A Salesman", starring Dustin Hoffman and John Malkovich

  • Aug 26 42nd Venice Film Festival: "Sans toit ni loi (Vagabond)" directed by Agnes Varda wins the Golden Lion

Telethon

Sep 2 Jerry Lewis' 20th Muscular Dystrophy telethon raises $33,100,000

Film & TV History

Sep 13 Super Mario Bros game first appears, created by Shigeru Miyamoto at Nintendo

Television Debut

Sep 14 "The Golden Girls", starring Bea Arthur, Betty White, Rue McClanahan, and Estelle Getty, debuts on NBC

  • Sep 14 10th Toronto International Film Festival: "The Official Story" directed by Luis Puenzo wins the People's Choice Award
  • Sep 14 Susan Akin (Miss), 21, crowned 59th Miss America 1986
  • Sep 18 "The Equalizer" TV spy/crime drama debuts in the US on CBS (starring Edward Woodward)
  • Sep 20 Walt Disney World's 200-millionth guest
  • Sep 22 37th Emmy Awards: "Cagney & Lacey", "The Cosby Show" and Tyne Daly win

Music History

Sep 28 "Don't Lose My Number" by Phil Collins peaks at #4

  • Sep 29 "Alfred Hitchcock Presents," returns to NBC-TV

Television Debut

Sep 29 "Amazing Stories" by Steven Spielberg, debuts on NBC-TV

  • Sep 29 "MacGyver" starring Richard Dean Anderson, debuts on ABC-TV

Film & TV History

Sep 30 Howard Stern gets fired from WNBC AM (NY)

  • Oct 26 CBS' premiere of fact based TV film "Children of the Night", based on sociology student Lois Lee's expose on female crime and inconsistent enforcement of prostitution laws in Los Angeles
  • Nov 1 Nostalgia Television begins on cable
  • Nov 4 "Edge of Darkness" first airs on BBC Two, featuring Bob Peck and Joanne Whalley

Television Premiere

Nov 5 CBS premieres "Stone Pillow", a dramatic made-for-TV movie starring Lucille Ball as a homeless woman

  • Nov 11 1st AIDS theme TV movie - "An Early Frost" screens in US on NBC
  • Nov 14 Holmfriour Karlsdottir of Iceland, 22, crowned 35th Miss World
  • Nov 17 NBC's premiere of controversial TV thriller "Hostage Flight"

Music Single

Nov 18 Paul McCartney releases film theme single "Spies Like Us"

Television Premiere

Nov 24 NBC miniseries "Mussolini: The Untold Story" starring George C. Scott premieres in the US

  • Dec 1 Noraly Beyer becomes Neth's 1st black TV newscaster

Film & TV History

Dec 1 TV mini series "Anne of Green Gables" based on the novel by Lucy Maud Montgomery, starring Megan Follows is first shown on CBS in Canada

Film & TV History

Dec 3 7th ACE Cable Awards: Shelley Duvall wins the Golden CableACE for "Faerie Tale Theatre"

  • Dec 8 NBC premiere of thriller "Final Jeopardy", starring Richard Thomas and Mary Crosby

Film Premiere

Dec 10 "Out of Africa", based on the book by Isak Dinesen, directed by Sydney Pollack and starring Meryl Streep and Robert Redford premieres in Los Angeles (Best Picture 1986)

  • Dec 11 General Electric acquires RCA Corp & its subsidiary, NBC

Film Premiere

Dec 16 Film "The Color Purple" based on novel by Alice Walker, directed by Stephen Spielberg starring Whoopi Goldberg and Danny Glover premieres in New York

  • Dec 20 Sportscaster Howard Cosell retires from television sports after 20 years with ABC