The Night of 100 Stars * 1982

The Night of 100 Stars * 1982

On this day in 1982, a lot of stars gathered together in New York to raise money for the Actor’s Fund of America with a spectacular variety show titled “Night of 100 Stars.” Let’s look back at some of the truly astounding, inspiring clips that survive.
Liza Minnelli was on hand to introduce some famous movie couples, including Warren Beatty and Diane Keaton in Reds as famous reds John Reed and Louise Bryant. Then they all joined hands and sang “Love Makes the World Go Round.” Just take a minute to let that wash over you.
Easily the highlight, however, was the fashion show, which featured looks from history plus modern designs modeled by Cicely Tyson, Eva Gabor, Brooke Shields, and Linda Evans of Dynasty. The grand finale was Cher in a wedding ensemble which looks to have been party gold lamé.

Produced by
Alexander H. Cohen ... executive producer
Lou Del Prete ... associate producer
Bill Hinckley ... associate producer
Hildy Parks ... producer
Roy A. Somlyo ... co-producer
Music by
Buz Kohan
Glen Roven

Art Direction by
Charles Lisanby

Costume Design by
Alvin Colt

Makeup Department
Craig Lyman
... makeup artist
Dale Miller
... personal hair stylist: Ann Jillian
Production Management
Alan Hall
... production supervisor
Outstanding Achievement in Music Direction
Elliot Lawrence (music director)
William Elton (principal arranger)
Tommy Newsom (principal arranger)
Torrie Zito (principal arranger)
Lanny Meyers (principal arranger)
Jonathan Tunick (principal arranger)
Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Program
Alexander H. Cohen (executive producer)
Hildy Parks (producer)
Roy A. Somlyo (co-producer)
Primetime Emmy Outstanding Achievement in Music and Lyrics
Buz Kohan (composer/lyricist)
For the song "What's Your Line?"
Outstanding Directing in a Variety or Music Program
Clark Jones (director)

Outstanding Lighting Direction (Electronic)
Bill Klages (lighting designer)

The show returned in 1985 with an intro so wondrous, it must be seen to be believed. It featured a Pan Am 747 cruising the streets of New York City before stopping at Radio City Music Hall to disgorge a bunch of celebrities for the show. The credits took an eternity, and included both a troupe of trained sea lions and Gloria Steinem.


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