The 47th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards arrived during a fascinating time in pop culture history.
In 1995, Dolly the sheep was cloned, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum opened in Cleveland and audiences flocked to theaters to see “Babe,” a film about a happy pig. Additionally, more than 150 million people tuned in to watch the verdict in the O.J. Simpson murder trial, while shows like “Friends," “Frasier,” "ER” and “Seinfeld” were changing the landscape of television.
Before you tune into the Emmys this Sunday, here's a look back at some of the most memorable moments from the 1995 ceremony.
1. Singing and dancing hosts
Emmy hosts Cybill Shepherd and Jason Alexander kicked off the show by entering the stage performing a campy tango dance number. After the bit, Shepherd deadpanned, “I know what you're thinking: 'Is she really that tall or is he really that short?'" The hosts also served hors d'oeuvres to audience members and Alexander sang “Rawhide” as part of a quintet doing a medley of old series theme songs.
2. Close "Friends"
“Friends” co-stars Jennifer Aniston and Matthew Perry appeared on the red carpet holding hands and wearing huge grins. It was the height of the “Rachel" haircut craze. Created by hairstylist Chris McMillan, the bouncy, square-leveled 'do was wildly popular and copied by women the world over.
3. She just wants to have fun
Cyndi Lauper won Outstanding Guest Actress In A Comedy Series for her stint on “Mad About You,” though reactions to her outfit were divided. The pop icon, clad in a black bodice, red ruffled mini skirt and furry heels, wowed the crowd with her fluorescent yellow hair and outrageous fashion sense.
4. Retro romance
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series nominee Jerry Seinfeld reportedly met Shoshanna Lonstein in Central Park when she was a 17-year-old high school senior and he was 38. The chance encounter sparked a relationship that would become ripe for tabloid fodder and lasted four years.
5. “I have to watch these shows”
Barbra Streisand received a kiss from date Jon Voight — and a standing ovation — after winning the first of two awards for HBO's “Barbra: The Concert.” The songbird claimed a lack of familiarity with primetime television. “I have to watch these shows now that I've met these people,” she joked.
6. The doctor is in
George Clooney, nominated for his portrayal of Dr. Doug Ross on “ER,” was dating MTV VJ Karen Duffy when the pair appeared together at the awards show. It was a short-lived romance, but the two have remained friends. Duffy was a visitor at Clooney's Lake Como home in Italy in 2010.
7. Fashion flashback
Funny gal Julia Louis-Dreyfus, nominated for her work on “Seinfeld,” appeared in a fashionable (for 1995) plunging, black gown and sported huge, teased hair with of-the-moment blond, frosted tips. The actress would go on to receive numerous accolades, including 20 Emmy nominations and an induction into the Television Academy Hall of Fame in 2014.
8. Friendly competition
Freshman comedy series “Friends” nabbed two acting nominations: one for Lisa Kudrow for her role as Phoebe, a bohemian masseuse and musician, and the other for David Schwimmer for his portrayal of socially awkward Ross Geller. "Friends" would go on to become one of the most celebrated shows in television history, garnering 62 Primetime Emmy nominations.