The 1980s was a transitional decade for many celebrities. As cable expanded, so did America's thirst to get all the juicy news about their favorite stars. Tabloids such as The National Enquirer dug up dirty scoops on actors, politicians and other famous figures. Affairs that used to be private were now front-page news.
Shows such as Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous revealed the giant mansion and glamorous getaways for some of the globe's richest people. On the flip side, Cops documented a rougher world some TV viewers had never experienced before. In between those two extremes, 80s TV celebrated sitcoms like Cheers and Newhart, police dramas and sci-fi adventures, Captain Picard, anyone?
Feathered hair. Parachute pants. Jean jackets. A Swatch watch slapped across one's wrist. The style and fashion of the 1980s are identifiable with just one glance. Songs like Don't Stop Believin' and Eye of the Tiger became instant classics and are still played regularly on most stations. The whole world attended the fairy tale wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diane on July 29, 1981.
Did you know that in 1980, the average price for a gallon of gas was $1.19? Yet by the time the decade ended, the average price for a gallon of gas was still only $1.00. Aliens and action heroes dominated the box office during the 1980s. E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial was the highest-grossing movie of the decade, followed by the two Star Wars sequels: The Empire Strikes Back and The Return of the Jedi.
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