2017 Looks Back At 1977
Forty years ago, Carrie Fisher made her debut as Princess Leia is the box office smash hit Star Wars.
Last week, we lost Carrie Fisher. She was on a book tour promoting The Princess Diarist, a book she published of the diaries she kept while filming Star Wars. Fisher was 19 when she filmed the blockbuster with Mark Hamill and Harrison Ford. She remembers it as her Singin' In The Rain. Her mother, Debbie Reynolds was 19 when she made that iconic film with Gene Kelly and Donald O'Connor.
Memorial Day weekend, Star Wars turns 40.
What was 1977 like?
Well, it certainly was different. Here's a quick look back.
Star Wars was the highest grossing film of the year at the box office. It was also the era of Disco with John Travolta in Saturday Night Live; Diane Keaton in Woody Allen's Annie Hall; Richard Dreyfus in Steven Spielberg's Close Encounters of the Third Kind; and, Roger Moore was 007, James Bond in The Spy Who Loved Me. George Burns was supreme in Oh God and Mel Brooks was hilarious in High Anxiety.
The Raiders beat the Vikings 32-14 in Super Bowl XI. Bill Murray joined the cast Saturday Night Live and the Coneheads made their debut. Ricardo Montleban debuted as Mr. Roarke on ABC's Fantasy Island. The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries also premiered. Top shows of '77 included The Bionic Woman, Charlie's Angels, Police Woman, Wonder Woman, Chico and the Man, Happy Days, M*A*S*H and The Six Million Dollar Man. Carol Burnett was just starting her final season of her variety show.
American Bandstand hosted by Dick Clark celebrated its 25th anniversary. KISS played its first concert at Madison Square Garden. The band Lynyrd Skynyrd was killed in a plane crash. Shakira, Gavin Degraw, Jason Mraz, Robin Thicke and Kanye West were all born in 1977.
Other notable 1977 births include Sarah Michelle Gellar, Brittany Murphy (who died in 2009), Donald Trump, Jr., Kerry Washington, James Van Der Beek, Tom Welling, Zachary Quinto, Orlando Bloom, Tom Hardy, Tom Brady, Daunte Culpepper, Randy Moss and John Cena.
Just like 2016, 1977 was a year for tragic passings of famous celebrities. Elvis died on August 16th. Comedian Freddie Prinze from Chico and the Man died in January. Charlie Chaplin died on Christmas day. Bing Crosby suffered a fatal heart attack while golfing in October. Groucho Marx died a couple days after Elvis. The voice of Fred Flintstone, Alan Reed died in June. Legendary film actress Joan Crawford died in May. Her death spawned the memoir and film, Mommie Dearest by her adopted daughter Christine.