This Week in 1981, See a Young Harrison Ford, Plus Princess Diana & More: Vintage StarTracks

Between Oscar night, press conferences and parties around town, the A-list was busy in at this time 43 years ago

Published Time: 01.04.2024 - 18:31:14 Modified Time: 01.04.2024 - 18:31:14

Between Oscar night, press conferences and parties around town, the A-list was busy in at this time 43 years ago.

In March 1981, actors like Robert De Niro and Sissy Spacek took home Academy Awards and celebrated theirs wins at afterparties around Los Angeles. On TV, viewers could see Ed McMahon chatting with then-host Johnny Carson on The Tonight Show, or they could tune into an episode of Taxi featuring a cameo appearance by Danny DeVito's mom. Across the ocean, a newly engaged Princess Diana — then Lady Diana Spencer — toured the U.K., and Elton John dressed up for a night out in Paris.

From Beverly Hills to the streets of Manhattan, travel back in time to see what the hottest stars of the decade were up to in March 1981.

Shortly after her engagement to Prince Charles, soon-to-be-princess Lady Diana Spencer visited the English town of Cheltenham in a naval-inspired suit on March 27.

A 15-year-old Brooke Shields posed with Michael Jackson, then 23, at the 1981 Oscars.

Wearing just his minimalistic swimsuit, Harrison Ford lounged poolside on March 10, a sunny day in Los Angeles.

Dolly Parton looked dazzling in a studded black gown at the 53rd Academy Awards on March 31, 1981, in Los Angeles.

Sigourney Weaver smiled at the 1981 Oscars in L.A. on March 31, where she and Nastassja Kinski presented the award for Best Costume Design.

Elton John was seen wearing a fuzzy wolf sweater outside of his hotel in Paris while abroad on March 27.

Barbara Stanwyck and John Travolta hung out at former celebrity hotspot Chasen's Restaurant in Beverly Hills on March 24.

Sylvester Stallone and Mr. T get up close and personal at a March 27 press conference for Rocky III at the Los Angeles Sports Arena.

Prince continued his Dirty Mind tour with a performance at the Ritz Carlton in New York City on March 21.


Goldie Hawn took home honors from the Publicists Guild of America Awards on March 27 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in L.A.

Muhammad Ali goofed off at Chasen's Restaurant in Beverly Hills, pretending to punch photographer Ron Galella during a night out on March 29.

Road Games costars Jamie Lee Curtis and Stacy Keach reviewed their careers at a brunch hosted by the Hollywood Foreign Press in Los Angeles.

Ed McMahon sat down with late-night legend Johnny Carson for an episode of The Tonight Show on March 18.

Angie Dickinson wore a sparkling purple dress to Swifty Lazaar's Academy Awads party at Bistro Gardens in Beverly Hills on March 31.

Danny DeVito's mom, Julia DeVito, joined her son on the set of Taxi to film the episode "Louie's Mother," which aired on March 26.

Jane Seymour and Richard Pryor presented the Best Film Editing category at the 53rd annual Academy Awards on March 31.

Diana Ross wowed in polka dots to the 53rd Academy Awards on March 31.

Alana and Rod Stewart caught up with Jacqueline Bisset at Swifty Lazar's 1981 Oscar party in L.A.

John Denver and George Burns costarred in the 1981 ABC special John Denver with His Special Guest George Burns: Two of a Kind.

Despite wearing a neck brace, Erik Estrada stepped out on March 27 for the Easter Seals Black and White Ball honoring Pat Boone in N.Y.C.

Robert De Niro and Sissy Spacek — the 1981 Oscar winners for the Best Actor and Best Actress awards, respectively — posed with their prizes after the ceremony.

Britt Ekland wore her hair in ringlets at an L.A. screening of Dark Eyes on March 23 at the Warner Beverly Theater.

Robert Redford nabbed his first Oscar for Best Director with Ordinary People at the 1981 event at L.A.'s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.

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