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Photos from the ‘Independence Day’ Premiere
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Twenty-five years ago, nearly every celebrity in Hollywood turned up for the premiere of a big-budget movie about an alien invasion. The movie, Independence Day, opened on July 3, 1996 (though some theaters started showing the movie on July 2) and would become the highest-grossing film of the year, beating Mission: Impossible and Twister. The movie was packed with big names. It helped continue Will Smith’s transformation from a sitcom star to a big-budget action hero. It gave Bill Pullman a star turn as the president/fighter pilot. It reintroduced the world to Judd Hirsch. It provided some good Jeff Goldblum fun. And, most importantly, it was a wildly enjoyable disaster flick. The L.A. premiere, which took place on July 1, was a spectacle of famous people from the ’90s, as these photos show.
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Will Smith and family showed up in camouflage to the Independence Day premiere in California on June 25, 1996.
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Randi Quaid, with his wife Evi, plays a conspiracy theorist in the film who claims he was abducted by aliens—back when wild conspiracy theorists weren’t potentially dangerous insurrectionists.
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Bill Paxton, who starred in one of ’96’s other box office hits, Twister, made it to the Independence Day premiere in—a silk shirt?
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Yes, that’s cousin Ashley from The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, aka, Tatyana Ali.
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Robin Williams with his wife, Marsha Garces.
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David Spade and Erin Smith.
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Jeff Goldblum with a very spread collar.
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James Woods, before he became your crazy uncle on Facebook.
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Harry Hamlin brought his son, Dimitri.
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Bill Pullman, ladies and gentlemen.
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Harry Connick Jr., with his wife Jill Goodacre, giving a big ol’ thumbs up.
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The whole Independence Day gang: Vivica Fox, Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman, Will Smith, Harry Connick Jr., director Roland Emmerich, and Margaret Colin.
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Tisha Campbell and Tichina Arnold turned up in camo.
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Christie Brinkley with her soon-to-be fourth husband, architect Peter Cook.
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Jada Pinkett, Will Smith, and Trey Smith.
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Billy Crystal and his wife, Janice Crystal.
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Ed Burns, looking very Ed Burns, with Maxine Bahns.
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