Celebrity swells: Photos of the Dallas social scene in the ’80s and ’90s

by | Fete Set, Parties, People

Deneuve, Minnelli, Hepburn, the royals — they all came. In fact, they all came in the mid-’80s and early ’90s. What was it about that glittery, golden time in Dallas? Dallas Morning News photo librarian JEROME SIMS offers some visual evidence.

They were magical times in Big D, the mid-1980s. CBS’ original Dallas series brought international attention. The skyline was evolving as one world-class architect after another added a signature building. Shannon Wynne’s ultra-hip “O”-spots — 8.0, Nostromo — popped up like 21st-century Starbucks. The Republicans even had their 1984 National Convention here. The magic would begin a slow dissolve with Black Monday — the great stock market crash of October 1987 — but until it did, Dallas was the place to be. Stars from film, music, fashion and politics came for benefits, galas, premieres and openings — and The Dallas Morning News Fête Set column chronicled it all. Here, from the News’ archives, are some of the more notable sightings.