I remember watching the Emmys years ago, seeing an actress accept her award by gushing something to the effect of thanking “the people of this town for your support.” A few minutes later, David Letterman, either as host or winner, dryly wondered aloud whether when she referred to the people of “this town,” she was referring to Hollywood… or to Pasadena?
From 1977 to 1997, the Primetime Emmys were held at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium. Between 1998 and 2001, Pasadena was relegated to the Creative Arts Emmys. Now, there are none handed out here at all. The awards are coming up this weekend and I thought we could take a look back at some great Pasadena Emmy moments.
So let’s take our Emmy time machine to that magical decade known as the 80’s and see the glamour on the red carpet on Green Street.
Not much has changed at the Auditorium since 1980. Though the area around it is quite different these days, now that the new convention center next door is complete. Let’s run across the street and watch the stars as they arrive…
Why there’s Danny Glover in 1985. And what’s that behind him? It IS! The Plaza Pasadena mall, replaced by the Paseo!
Could anyone outdo Danny’s fabulous outfit? Of course Betty White can. There she is, sassy as always, nominated for her role on “Saturday Night Live.” I mean “The Golden Girls.” Jamie Lee Curtis has a warm glow around her. And there’s Fred Savage, and Tim Reid! All from 1989.
Let’s sneak inside…
The 1980 set design is definitely pre-high-def.
But I don’t want to miss the action out front. Back outside we go…
What happened?! Our time machine seems to have malfunctioned and taken us back to 1932. These unidentified young ladies happened by a construction site and posed for a picture in front of the nearly completed building. Just look at them there. What riffraff. What commoners. They don’t know the meaning of well-dressed or style or glamour.
At last. Back to the 80’s. I’ll leave you with some well-dressed celebrities arriving in their Emmy finest for television’s most important night. What style! What glamour!
Happy Emmy watching!
The 62nd Primetime Emmy Awards. Sunday Aug. 29, 8:00ET (5:00PT), NBC.
(Images from the LA Public Library Photo Collection)