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Saturday, August 23, 2014

Emmy Awards Flashback starring The Golden Girls and many others

In honor of the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards on Monday, I thought it would be fun to look back at some past Emmy winners and production numbers. So below I've selected 17 videos for your viewing enjoyment:

Lucille Ball wins an Emmy in 1967 for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for The Lucy Show (Barbara Eden and Carl Reiner are the presenters).

Get Smart's Don Adams wins his first Emmy in 1967 for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series (Barbara Eden and Carl Reiner are the presenters).

The Monkees win two Emmys in 1967 for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Comedy and Outstanding Comedy Series (Barbara Bain & Martin Landau and Jimmy Durante & Family Affair's Anissa Jones are the presenters).

The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour wins an Emmy in 1969 for Outstanding Writing Achievement in Comedy, Variety or Music - and a young Steve Martin is one of the writers (Bill Cosby is the host and Leslie Uggams and Paul Lynde are the presenters).

Edward Asner and Valerie Harper win Emmys in 1971 and 1972 for Outstanding Supporting Actor and Supporting Actress in a Comedy for The Mary Tyler Moore Show (All in the Family's Sally Struthers also wins in 1972, and Jack Benny and Lucille Ball are the presenters in 1971).

Family's Sada Thompson wins an Emmy in 1978 for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series (Henry Winkler is the presenter).

Shirley MacLaine and Edward Asner are the hosts of the 33rd Primetime Emmy Awards in 1981, featuring an opening medley called "Happy TV Family" with the casts of Happy Days, CHiPs, WKRP in Cincinnati, The Love Boat, Real People, Dallas, Dynasty, Barbara Mandrell and the Mandrell Sisters, The Dukes of Hazzard, That's Incredible!, Trapper John, M.D., Little House on the Prairie, Monday Night Football, Quincy, M.E., Too Close for Comfort, The Jeffersons, It's a Living and The Facts of Life.

In 1981, The Jeffersons' Isabel Sanford becomes the first African American actress to win an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series (Trapper John's Gregory Harrison, Christopher Norris and Pernell Roberts are the presenters).

Barbara Stanwyck wins an Emmy in 1983 for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or a Special for The Thorn Birds (Lionel Stander, Stefanie Powers and Robert Wagner from Hart to Hart are the presenters).

The 37th Primetime Emmy Awards in 1985 features a musical opening of themes to popular TV shows, including appearances by Linda Evans, David Hasselhoff, Douglas Barr, Connie Selleca, William Shatner, Linda Gray, Ricky Schroeder, Cathryn Damon, Michele Lee, Jack Warden, John Rubinstein, Angela Lansbury, Soleil Moon Frye, Ted Danson, Kristy McNichol, Dirk Benedict, Heather Thomas, Perry King, George Hamilton, Jameson Parker, Inga Swenson, Joe Penny, Charlotte Rae, Howie Mandel, Gary Coleman, Dick Clark, Cybill Shepherd, Bruce Willis, Lorenzo Lamas, Harry Anderson, Gavin MacLeod, Susan Saint James, Jane Curtin, Christopher Hewett, Emmanuel Lewis, Robert Guillaume, Joan Van Ark, Tony Danza, Michael J. Fox, Phylicia Rashād, Pierce Bronson, Mr. T, Tom Poston and host John Forsythe.

The 38th Primetime Emmy Awards in 1986 features a production number of TV stars and their theme songs, including John Forsythe (Dynasty), Marlo Thomas (That Girl), Linda Lavin (Alice), Bea Arthur (Maude), Loretta Swit (M*A*S*H), Richard Thomas (The Waltons), Gabe Kaplan (Welcome Back, Kotter), Edward Asner (Lou Grant), Esther Rolle (Good Times), Adam West (Batman), Lorne Greene (Bonanza), Bob Denver (Gilligan's Island), Tom Wopat (The Dukes of Hazzard), Redd Foxx (Sanford and Son), Bert Parks (who was fired from the Miss America Pageant in 1979), Dinah Shore, Dick Van Dyke, June Lockhart, Lassie and Carol Burnett.

The 1986 Emmy Awards also features a finale of the song "Old Friends" (from the Stephen Sondheim musical, Merrily We Roll Along) with hosts David Letterman and Shelley Long, Golden Girls Bea Arthur, Betty White, Rue McClanahan and Estelle Getty, Sammy Davis Jr., Steve Allen, Jayne Meadows, Audrey Meadows, Dick Van Dyke, Red Buttons, Shari Lewis and Lamb Chop, Milton Berle, Dick Clark, Raymond Burr, Bert Parks, Dennis Weaver, June Lockhart, Jack Paar, Robert Stack, George Burns, Eve Arden, Imogene Coca, Sid Caesar and others.

The Golden Girls win Emmys for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series (Betty White in 1986, Rue McClanahan in 1987, Bea Arthur in 1988) and Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series (Estelle Getty in 1988). David Letterman, Howie Mandel, Peter Falk and John Forsythe are the presenters.

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