Due to the success of the first star filled extravaganza in 1980 another celebration for the Actors Fund was broadcast in 1985,   For the 1985 edition, Jim Henson (#272) appeared in a sequence set to "One" from A Chorus Line, on the arm of a Rockette, along with other male celebrities. In addition, the Muppets were featured in a salute to New York City.

In the New York set-piece, Big Bird (#18) sang a duet with Carol Channing (#17). Near the finale, an assortment of Muppets (#23) from various shows appear in a bus, crooning "New York, New York". Driven by Fozzie Bear, the mixed bus occupants included Count von Count, Grover, Telly Monster, Oscar the Grouch, Ernie, Bert, Janice, Floyd Pepper, Dr. Teeth, Scooter, Rowlf, Dr. Bunsen Honeydew, Beaker, The Swedish Chef, Gonzo, Uncle Traveling Matt, and Statler and Waldorf. Kermit the Frog pops up, as the only soloist in the group, and Barkley stands outside, punctuating the finale with a chorus of barks.

Another great sequence was introduced  by comedian Henny Youngman in a salute to  the origin of "Burlesque".  This along with a look at Broadway musicals,  a circus salute, a look at dancing and famous dance teams,  American jazz and  the Diamond Fashion Show which was introduced by Joan Collins and Barbara Walters’s and Walter Conkrite’s hosting a section on news and newsmakers make this a true collectors gem.  It was also nominated for three emmy awards.

Other celebrities in that edition included Debbie Allen, Ed Asner, Drew Barrymore, Leonard Bernstein, Tempestt Bledsoe, Bob and Ray, Lisa Bonet, Pierce Brosnan, Carol Burnett, George Burns, Michael Caine, Cab Calloway, Dyan Cannon, Lynda Carter, Nell Carter, Dick Clark, Dabney Coleman, Billy Crystal, Tony Danza, Placido Domingo, Sandy Duncan, Charles Durning, Michael J. Fox, Soleil Moon Frye, Theodor Geisel, Whoopi Goldberg, Mark Hamill, David Hasselhoff, Florence Henderson, Doug Henning, Gregory Hines, Geoffrey Holder, Lena Horne, Jeremy Irons, James Earl Jones, Danny Kaye, Ed Koch, Patti Labelle, Linda Lavin, Hal Linden, Heather Locklear, Mary Tyler Moore, Jim Nabors, Bob Newhart, Donny Osmond, The Pointer Sisters, Vincent Price, Juliet Prowse, Keshia Knight Pulliam, Charlotte Rae, Tony Randall, Christopher Reeve, Kenny Rogers, Brooke Shields, Dinah Shore, Leslie Uggams, Dick van Dyke, Barbara Walters, Malcolm-Jamal Warner, Raquel Welch, and Joe Williams.

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