30th Anniversary of Fame!

FameIt was 30 years ago today, on May 16, 1980, that audiences were introduced to the (fictional) students of the (real) New York School For The Performing Arts, in the hit musical film, Fame. From the audition process on through to graduation, audiences followed the trials and tribulations of five gifted students, each with a dream of stardom. The question was – did they possess the raw determination and grit needed to succeed? With a colorful cast of unknown actors and a foot-tapping musical score, Fame quickly won the hearts of millions.

Let’s peek in on the audition process that takes place in the first few moments of the film:

And now, let’s take a look at one of the musical numbers that endeared movie audiences thirty years ago:

Fame has remained popular over the years, thanks in part to a 1982 television series based on the film, a Broadway musical this is still performed around the world, and a 2009 film remake. With the tagline “I want to live forever,” it would appear that, to date, Fame has lived up to those words pretty well so far.

What are your memories of this feel-good film? Did it inspire you to seek your own stardom, or just appreciate those that do? Share your thoughts as we celebrate the 30th anniversary here at Retroland.

2 Responses to “30th Anniversary of Fame!”

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  1. NostalgiaTV says:

    Dear Eric,

    Comic/Character actor Bill Britten..who had played”Johnny

    Jellybean”on WJZ/WABC TV Ch.7 NYC’s”Time For Fun” and who

    was WPIX TV Ch.11 NYC’s first”Bozo” appeared in “Fame”(The Movie).

    He played a drama teacher having to put up with a nutzy student

    doing a ridiculous audtion in his class.

  2. jennifer harris says:

    You got dreams,you want fame,well fame costs,and right here,where’s you’ll be paying in sweat. I loved the tv.show.I never got the chance to watch the movie.

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