On this day, April 11, 1988, at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, the actress and singer Cher collects the Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance in Moonstruck. Cher was surely moonstruck, as well she should have been. After all, she won the Oscar for Best Actress (“Moonstruck”), over the likes of Meryl Streep, Glenn Close, Sally Kirkland, and Holly Hunter.
To pick up her golden statuette, Cher did not disappoint, wearing a black mesh Bob Mackie with strategically placed sequins barely covering key areas of her famously sculpted body.
“Moonstruck” struck gold again as Olympia Dukakis picked up the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress, and John Patrick Shanley won for Best Writing/Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen.
Winning in every category in which it was nominated was the “The Last Emperor” (Jeremy Thomas, producer) including Best Picture, and Best Director (Bernardo Bertolucci). Michael Douglas received the Best Actor award for his performance in “Wall Street”; Sean Connery for his Best Supporting Actor role in “The Untouchables”;and “Dirty Dancing” which had the winning Music/Song, “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life” (music: Frank Previte, John DeNicola and Donald Markowitz, lyrics: Frank Previte).
Funny man Chevy Chase hosted the fun-filled event.
1893 – Lou Holtz (comedian, actor: Follow the Leader , School for Romance , When Do We Eat? ; died Sep 22, 1980)
1907 – Paul Douglas (actor: The Mating Game, Panic in the Streets, Executive Suite, This Could be the Night, The Gamma People; died Sep 11, 1959)
1931 – Johnny Sheffield (actor: Tarzan Finds a Son, Tarzan’s Secret Treasure, Tarzan’s New York Adventure; died Oct 15, 2010)
1932 – Joel Grey (Katz) (Tony & Academy award-winning actor: Cabaret [1967 & 1972]; singer, dancer: Broadway: Stop the World – I Want to Get Off, George M!; films: Man on a Swing, Buffalo Bill & the Indians, Kafka, Buffy the Vampire Slayer; actress Jennifer Grey’s father)
1939 – Louise Lasser (actress: Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman, Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex [But Were Afraid to Ask], Frankenhooker, Rude Awakening, The Night We Never Met, Slither)
1947 – Peter Riegert (actor: The Mask, Oscar, Crossing Delancey, Local Hero, National Lampoon’s Animal House, Middle Ages)
1950 – Bill Irwin (actor: Stepping Out, Scenes from a Mall, Hot Shots!, My Blue Heaven, Eight Men Out, Popeye; choreographer: The Regard of Flight)
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