Guest stars, gags, and a gyrating blond ingenue named Goldie Hawn (right) made NBC’s Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In must-see TV. In 1996, Hawn – now a powerful, well-preserved blond star – would have a career-reviving hit, The First Wives Club, behind her, and a film version of the musical Chicago ahead of her. ”RAINDROPS KEEP FALLIN’ ON MY HEAD,” sung by B.J. Thomas, tops the pop chart, in part because it’s the theme to the Paul Newman-Robert Redford Western Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. Ten years later, Redford names his film institute after his outlaw character. THE VICTORIAN-ERA novel The French Lieutenant’s Woman commands the best-seller list. In 1981, Meryl Streep’s movie turn as the title character earns her a third Oscar nod (out of 10 to date). AND IN THE NEWS, Dave Breger, creator of G.I. Joe, dies after a Nyack, N.Y., car crash.
Posted January 16 1998 — 12:00 AM EST
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