Events in Film & Television in May 1987

  • May 6 Gary Hart denies affair with model Donna Rice
  • May 7 Diane Chambers' (Shelley Long) final episode on TV comedy "Cheers"

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

Actress, Comedian and T.V. Host Joan Rivers
Actress, Comedian and T.V. Host
Joan Rivers

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

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

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May 19 1st American Comedy Award: Johnny Carson & Betty White

Actress and Comedian Betty White
Actress and Comedian
Betty White
Comedian and TV Host Johnny Carson
Comedian and TV Host
Johnny Carson
  • 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 Jim & Tammy Bakker appear on "Nightline" after PTL scandal
  • May 29 "Twilight Zone" 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