Events in Film & Television in 1985

  • 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

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

Jan 26 42nd Golden Globes: "Amadeus", F. Murray Abraham, & Sally Field win

  • Feb 14 Hostage CNN reporter Jeremy Levin is released in Beirut

Music releaseAlbum Release

Feb 14 "Whitney Houston" debut album by Whitney Houston is released (Grammy Award Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female 1986, Billboard Album of Year 1986)

Singer and Actress Whitney Houston
Singer and Actress
Whitney Houston
  • Feb 15 35th Berlin International Film Festival: "The Woman and the Stranger" and "Wetherby" win the Golden Bear (tie)

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Feb 24 Yul Brynner reprised his role in "The King & I"

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Mar 1 Liza Minnelli enters Betty Ford Drug Center

Singer & Actress Liza Minnelli
Singer & Actress
Liza Minnelli

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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"

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

Mar 12 11th People's Choice Awards: Clint Eastwood & Meryl Streep win (Motion Picture) and Tom Selleck, Joan Collins & Linda Evans win (TV)

Actor and Director Clint Eastwood
Actor and Director
Clint Eastwood
Actress Meryl Streep
Actress
Meryl Streep
Actor Tom Selleck
Actor
Tom Selleck
  • Mar 18 Capital Cities Communications Inc acquires ABC for $3.5 billion, first transfer of ownership of a TV network

Film tv awardsFilm Awards

Mar 25 57th Academy Awards: "Amadeus", F. Murray Abraham & Sally Field win

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


  • 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 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

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

Music releaseAlbum Release

Jun 1 Weird Al Yankovic released his Dare To Be Stupid LP

Parody Singer and Comedian Weird Al Yankovic
Parody Singer and Comedian
Weird Al Yankovic

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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

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

Founder of CNN Ted Turner
Founder of CNN
Ted Turner
  • Jul 3 Tinker Bell's first nightly flight at Walt Disney World Resort, Florida

Film release premierFilm Release

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

  • Jul 15 Deborah Carthy-Deu, of Puerto Rico, crowned 34th Miss Universe
  • Aug 1 18th San Diego Comic-Con International opens at Hotel San Diego

Music releaseMusic Recording

Aug 7 Barbra Streisand records "Broadway Album"

Singer-songwriter & Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-songwriter & Actress
Barbra Streisand

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

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

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

Comedian Jerry Lewis
Comedian
Jerry Lewis
  • Sep 14 Susan Akin (Miss), 21, crowned 59th Miss America 1986

Appears on tv showTelevision Debut

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

Actress and Comedian Betty White
Actress and Comedian
Betty White
Actress Estelle Getty
Actress
Estelle Getty
  • 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, Cosby Show & Tyne Daly win
  • Sep 29 "Alfred Hitchcock Presents," returns to NBC-TV

Appears on tv showTelevision Debut

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

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

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

Radio shock jock Howard Stern
Radio shock jock
Howard Stern
  • 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

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Nov 5 CBS' premiere of TV made Lucille Ball drama "Stone Pillow"

Actress and Comedian Lucille Ball
Actress and Comedian
Lucille Ball
  • 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"

Film release premierFilm Premier

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

Italian Dictator Benito Mussolini
Italian Dictator
Benito Mussolini
Actor George C. Scott
Actor
George C. Scott
  • Dec 1 Noraly Beyer becomes Neth's 1st black TV newscaster

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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

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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 release premierFilm Premier

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)

Actress Meryl Streep
Actress
Meryl Streep
Film Director, Producer and Actor Sydney Pollack
Film Director, Producer and Actor
Sydney Pollack
Actor Robert Redford
Actor
Robert Redford
  • Dec 11 General Electric acquires RCA Corp & its subsidiary, NBC
  • Dec 20 Sportscaster Howard Cosell retires from television sports after 20 years with ABC