Unpublished Vintage Photos Show A Different Side To History

By Sophia Maddox | August 3, 2023

Henry Winkler, Shelley Long and Michael Keaton from the film, "Night Shift," 1982.

Pop culture fans rejoice! This collection of groovy-era photos you’ve never seen before will not only make you miss the old days of skateboards, boomboxes, and Happy Days re-runs, but will give you some behind-the-scenes tidbits and facts you never knew about your favorite movie and television stars, the biggest films, the coolest trends, and the hottest singers. You might learn a few things you never knew before about the sixties, seventies, and eighties. 

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The 1982 comedy film, Night Shift, which was directed by Ron Howard, is full of surprises when we rewatch it now. First, Night Shift was Michael Keaton’s first starring role. He appears alongside Henry Winkler of Happy Days fame (a TV show he co-starred in along with Ron Howard). Shelley Long plays a prostitute, Belinda, who, through a series of odd happenings, helps the men open a brothel in the city morgue where Keaton and Winkler’s characters work the night shift. Look closely though, and you will see a young Shannen Doherty as a Bluebell scout, a young Kevin Costner as a frat boy, Charles Fleischer as an inmate, and Vincent Schiavelli as a food deliveryman. 

Johnny Carson as Tarzan and Betty White as Jane in the skit, "Tarzan And The Apes," on "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson" - 1981.

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An unlikely Tarzan and Jane. In a comedy skit for The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson that ran in 1981, Carson played the role of the Lord of the Jungle and Betty White, who was 59 years old at the time, played Jane. Carson and White enjoyed a long friendship that, at times, seemed flirtatious. Betty White often guest-starred on The Tonight Show and she enjoyed bantering with him. They were both quick-witted and had a similar sense of humor, which the audience loved. Carson sought out White’s advice on upcoming skits and the two were able to collaborate on them.