The 1970s saw the rise of bell-bottom pants, the creation of video games and multiple political turmoils. It was a time of emerging cultures and new technological innovations. Along with the new advances came new faces into the Hollywood spotlight, including many beautiful women. These women were hugely successful in the 1970s, but find out what they’re doing today.
Patsy Ann McClenny, better known as Morgan Fairchild, became a household name after landing the role of Jennifer Pace on the TV series “Search For Tomorrow”. She played the role of Pace from 1973-1977. Due to her newfound fame, she was quickly able to land more roles and appeared in productions such as “Happy Days”, “Kojak”, and “Dallas”. However, one of her more famous roles did not come until the 1980s, when she played Constance Weldon Semple Carlyle in the TV series “Flamingo Road”. She still continues to act, and recently returned to her roots of soap opera on “Days of Our Lives”.
Linda Ronstadt began her music career by playing shows at the Troubadour, a famous nightclub in West Hollywood. She made a few tweaks to her original style of music and was soon being called the “Queen of Rock” and the “First Lady of Rock”, by national media. She went on to have over 30 gold and platinum records and won 10 Grammys. Sadly, in 2013, she announced she was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease, which led to her retirement from singing. She released her memoir, “Simple Dreams: A Musical Memoir”, that same year.
Goldie Hawn rose to fame by becoming a regular on Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In. Due to her likable and approachable personality, she began landing roles in more extensive comedic productions such There’s a Girl in My Soup and Butterflies are Free. Her career in comedic films continued and today has many well-known performances on her resume, such as in Death Becomes Her and The First Wives Club. She took a hiatus from acting in 2002, after her performance in The Banger Sisters. However, she returned in 2017, appearing alongside Amy Schumer in Snatched.
Pam Grier rose to fame by playing bold and assertive women, in early 1970s blaxploitation movies. She played roles in hit films such as “Coffy”, “Foxy Brown”, and “Sheba, Baby”. Since the 70s, her acting resume has continued to grow with roles in hit films such as “Foxy Brown”, “Man with the Iron Fists”, and “Mars Attacks!” She currently has roles in 3 movies that are in post-production which are expected to be completed soon.
Linda Gray got her big break in a very unusual way. She portrayed Mrs. Robinson’s body double in “The Graduate”. That “performance” was good enough for her to land her own roles. Her breakthrough acting role came as Sue Ellen on “Dallas”, which she played from 1978-1991. She reprised her role in the show’s remake from 2012-2014. Her most recent on-screen appearance was in 2017, on 2 episodes of “Hand of God”.
After becoming a successful model, Kim Basinger decided to jump into acting. She made her on-screen debut in the series “Gemini Man”. She continued to land roles through the 70s, in several TV movies and shows. However, she was able to make the transition onto the big screen in the 1980s, including her famed role of Lynn Bracken in “L.A. Confidential”. In 2016, she appeared alongside Russell Crowe in “The Nice Guys” and, in 2017, she appeared in the movie adaptation of “Fifty Shades Darker”.
After having a successful singing career and appearing in two musical films (Funny Girl and Hello, Dolly!) in the late 1960s, Barbara Streisand’s career flourished in the 1970s. She has truly succeeded in the spotlight and today has titles to her name such as Producer, Director, Composer, and Writer. She is still acting as well as singing, and she even recently finished a tour. In 2015, it was announced that she would be writing a memoir, which is scheduled to be released in the near future.
Billie Jean King
Bille Jean King became a sports legend, in 1973, after winning the “Battle of the Sexes” – a tennis match verse the male-champion tennis player, Bobby Riggs. She furthermore inscribed her fame after she became the first prominent female athlete to come out as gay, in 1981. In 1987, she was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame. Her story was recently immortalized in a film starring Emma Stone and Steve Carell, appropriately called “Battle of the Sexes”.
Mindy Cohn played Natalie Green on the hit TV series “The Facts of Life” from 1979-1988. After “The Facts of Life”, she went on land roles on multiple TV series such as “The Second Half”, “The Kids From Room 402”, and “The Secret Life of an American Teenager”. Younger generations may know Cohn not as Natalie, but rather as Velma. From 2002-2015, Cohn voiced the character of Velma Dinkley in the Scooby-Doo franchise. Her most recent role was in a 2017 drama titled “Hollywood Dirt”.
Ann-Margret’s breakout role was in 1963, as Kim Mcafee in the movie adaptation of “Bye Bye Birdie”. Since her role as Kim, her career has yet to slow down. Her most recent role was as Annie Santori in the 2017 film “Going in Style”, which also featured actors such as Morgan Freeman and Michael Caine. She is also a successful singer and has released 14 albums and has even been nominated for multiple Grammys.
Paula Prentiss rose to fame as a comedic actress in the 1960s. However, in 1975, she proved she could play roles beyond comedy when she appeared in the cult horror film “The Stepford Wives”. Although her career has remained steady, she has not appeared in any lead roles for many years. Her most recent role was as Iris in the 2016 horror film “I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House”.
Loretta Swit is best remembered as Major Margaret “Hot Lips” Houlihan in the military TV series “M*A*S*H”. She was 1 of 4 cast members that remained on the show for its entire duration, 11 seasons. She won two Emmy awards for her performance as Houlihan. Her last on-screen appearance was in 1998. But, she did some voiceover work in 2015. However, she is currently credited with a role in a film that is set to be released in 2018.
For a few years in the 80s, Jennifer Grey was one THE It Girls of Hollywood. She starred in two of the eras biggest blockbusters: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and Dirty Dancing, which earned her a Golden Globe nomination. In the 90s her career faltered, appearing in many forgettable movies and TV shows, but in the 2000s she started working steadily again. She won Dancing With The Stars in 2010 and can most recently be seen on Red Oakes.
Barbara Carrera will forever be remembered as an unofficial Bond girl. She starred alongside Sean Connery in 1983’s Never Say Never Again. It was an unofficial 007 movie. While it was a hit with fans, it isn’t considered part of the series and has faded from the limelight in recent years. Unlike her biggest hit, Barbara remained a beloved actress through the whole 1980’s and 1990’s.
Denise Austin has been a fitness star for decades. Since the 90’s her workout videos have been huge sellers, leading her to have her own program, Getting Fit with Denise Austin, on ESPN2. She continues to be involved in the fitness industry, making yearly videos focusing on exercise and nutrition, and was even named to the President’s Council On Physical Fitness and Sports.
Kate Jackson is best known for playing the butt-kicking, crime-fighting beauty, Sabrina Duncan is the 1970s TV series “Charlie’s Angels”. However, she left the show at the end of the third season. After leaving “Charlie’s Angels”, she appeared in TV shows such as “Scarecrow and Mrs. King” and “Baby Boom”. She has recently begun exploring a different art, writing. She is writing a memoir that is set to be published in 2020.
Barbara Mandrell released her first chart-topping hit “Sleeping Single in a Double Bed”, in 1978. Her first hit was soon followed by her second “(If Loving You Is Wrong) I Don’t Want to Be Right.” Due to her success, TV producers saw an opportunity and asked Barbara if she would like her own show. She agreed and “Barbara Mandrell and the Mandrell Sisters,” ran for 2 seasons. The sisters have mainly stayed out of the public eye together, but sometimes can be seen supporting various charities.
Doris Day is considered one of the 20th century’s most successful entertainers. Starting in the late 30’s, her career has spanned decades, including the recording of nearly 1000 songs and appearing in dozens of films. She has received lifetime achievement Grammys and Oscars. Today she’s retired and lives a lovely life in California.
Cicely Tyson is a model turned actress who has received much critical acclaim for her performances in films and TV shows such as “Sounder”, “The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pitman”, “Roots” and “King”. Although she is 92-years-old, Tyson doesn’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon. Her most recent appearance was in 2017 in the hit TV series “How to Get Away With Murder”.
Linda Even exploded onto the scene twice. Once in the 1960’s with her role in The Big Valley and again in the 1980’s with her role as Krystle Carrington in Dynasty. She was also famous for having a nearly ten-year marriage with big-time director John Derek. It was a marriage that would end sadly. In 1997, Linda officially retired and has since moved to Washington.
Debbie Harry, born Angela Tremble, is best known as the lead singer of the band “Blondie”. The band’s first album was released in 1976 and they quickly shot into fame. In 2011, Debbie Harry was inspired by Elton John and decided to become more involved with charity work. She has worked with charities such as the Endometriosis Foundation of America and Amnesty International Human Rights. In May 2017, Blondie released its 11th studio album, “Pollinator”.
Lorrie Morgan had a few close brushes with success when she first started out. While just a teen in 1978, Morgan released a minor radio hit called I’m Completely Satisfied With You. Her career calmed drastically for ten years and only bloomed again in 1989 when she released her debut album Leave On The Light. Her debut was followed by a string of successes that lasted throughout the whole 1990’s and followed her into the 2000’s.
Lara Flynn Boyle
Lara Flynn Boyle first burst into our imaginations when she portrayed Donna Hayward on the cult series Twin Peaks. She followed this up with movie roles in Wayne’s World and Red Rock West, before returning to television with her Emmy nominated role in The Practice. Since the show ended in 2003, Boyle has continued working in film and television but nothing compared to her early success and she has not acted since 2014.
Crystal Gayle stepped onto the music scene with her 1975 self-titled debut album. The album spawned minor hits, but it wouldn’t be until a couple years later that she’d release the song, Don’t It Makes My Brown Eyes Blue that she’d become a superstar. She’d release a number of successful hits throughout the 1970’s and 80’s. She’d even manage to do a duet album with Tom Waits.
The year was 1976 and at the humble age of 18 Linda Lusardi stepped onto the scene and through the world into a stir. It was on this year that the young model appeared on The Sun’s page three. People went absolutely insane for this young sensation. In fact, Lusardi was so popular that they voted her the best page three girl ever. In the 1980’s Linda ended up marrying Terry Bailey and the two were featured on the magazine Sunday. Today she frequently delves into acting. You may have seen her on shows like The Bill, Emmerdale and Brookside.
Katharine Ross rose to fame in the late 1960’s with critically acclaimed performances in “The Graduate” as well as “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid”. She secured that fame with roles in 1970’s films such as “The Stepford Wives” and “The Betsy”. She married famed, southern-drawl sounding, cowboy actor Sam Elliott in 1984. They are still happily married and they have one daughter together.
Beth Chapman was born in Denver, Colorado. When she was 29-years-old, she became the youngest licensed bail bondsman in Colorado history. (That record was later broken by her step-daughter, Lyssa Chapman.) Today, Beth is best known for being one of the main characters in the series “Dog the Bounty Hunter” and “Dog and Beth: On The Hunt.” In 2017, she battled cancer and won.
Joan Collins has been a professional actress for over 50 years. Although her career spanned decades and included roles in film, television, and theater, she only burst into the public’s wider consciousness when she was cast on the hit soap opera, Dynasty, in 1982. Collins received a Golden Globe for the role, as well as her own star on the Hollywood walk of fame. Since then she has continued acting though she hasn’t had a role as impactful as on Dynasty. She has also written several books and in 2015 was named a Dame by Queen Elizabeth II.
We were first introduced to Denise Crosby back in 1987 when she starred in Star Trek: The Next Generation as Lt. Yar. Sadly, while the role was a hit, money issue got between her and the producers and she left the show after the first season. Her career went on a major slow down after that and she never did get picked up again. Today she still does show up at Star Trek conventions.
Jane Seymour rose to international fame after playing the Bond girl, Solitaire, in “Live and Let Die”. With her new found status as Hollywood hottie, she quickly landed roles in productions such as “Battlestar Galactica” and “The Four Feathers”. Her acting still continues till today. However, she has taken on several other ventures such as writing self-help and inspirational books as well as jewelry design.
Diane Keaton’s breakthrough role was as Kay Adams-Corleone in “The Godfather.” But it was her collaboration with Woody Allen, on films such as “Play it Again Sam,” “Sleeper,” “Love and Death,” and “Annie Hall,” that truly made her a household name. Her performances as the title role of “Annie Hall” even won her an Oscar for Best Actress. Her most recent role was in the 2017 rom-com “Hampstead”.
Sissy Spacek burst onto the Hollywood scene in the 1970s. She was given critical acclaim for the 1973 film “Badlands”, which was soon followed with her portrayal of the title role of the cult horror film “Carrie”, in 1976. For her portrayal of Carrie, she was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress. Spacek is the first person to act in an Academy Award nominated film in each of the 4 most recent decades: Coal Miner’s Daughter (1980), Missing (1982), JFK (1991), In the Bedroom (2001) and The Help (2011).
Faye Dunaway began her acting career on stage on Broadway. She got her on-screen debut in 1967’s “The Happening”. Her big break would come later that same year as Bonnie Parker in “Bonnie and Clyde”, a role for which she received an Oscar. Her career has never wavered and her most recent role was in the 2017 thriller film “Inconceivable”.
Alison Arngrim may be best remembered for her role of Nellie Oleson in “Little House on the Prairie”. After playing little, nasty Nellie, Arngrim landed roles in several TV shows and movies. However, she never saw the same success as her days on the Prairie. In 2010, she released a comedic memoir titled “Confessions of A Prairie Bitch: How I Survived Nellie Oleson and Learned to Love Being Hated.” Today she is actively involved in charity work.
Teri Garr’s breakthrough role was as Igna in 1974’s “Young Frankenstein”. She continued to land roles and has appeared in films such as “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” and “Tootsie”. Sadly, in 2002, she publicly announced that she had been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. However, she has used that diagnosis for good and has become a National Ambassador for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and National Chair for the Society’s Women Against MS program.
Julie Andrews is synonymous with amazing acting talents as well as a beautiful singing voice. She rose to international fame after playing the lead roles in movie-musicals “Mary Poppins” and “The Sound of Music”. She made the jump back to TV, when she headlined 5 variety specials on ABC between 1973-1975. Her most recent role was as the voice of Gru’s mom, in the animated film “Despicable Me 3”.
Victoria Principal first appeared on the silver screen in 1972 as Marie Elena in “The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean.” However, it was her role at the end of the decade that made her a true star. From 1978-1987, she played Pamela Barnes Ewing on the soap opera “Dallas.” Afer Dallas, she landed roles in various TV series and films. Her last role was in 2001 in “Titans.” Since 2001, she has spent her time working on various philanthropic efforts, specifically on animal protection.
Beverly Johnson made history in August 1974 when she became the first African-American model to appear on the cover of American Vogue. She continued to make history the following year when she became the first African-American woman to appear on the cover of the French edition of Elle. In 2014, Johnson wrote an article in “Vanity Fair”. In the article, she accuses Bill Cosby of drugging her in the 1980s. Her memoir, which was released in 2015, also touches on the incident.
Karen Lynn Gorney
Karen Lynn Gorney began her rise to fame playing Tara Martin, from 1970-1974, on the soap opera “All My Children”. However, her biggest role to date was as Stephanie Mangano in the hit film “Saturday Night Fever”. Gorney took a hiatus from acting in the 1980s, but returned in the 1990s and had roles on shows such as “Law & Order” and “The Sopranos”. Her most recent role was in the 2016 drama “H.O.M.E.”.
Lorraine Gary helped bring the everyone’s underwater nightmare come to life in the “Jaws” films. Although she said she was going to retire from acting after appearing in the film “1941” (released in 1979), she came out of retirement to reprise her role of Ellen Brody in the Jaws franchise’s final installment “Jaws: The Revenge” (released in 1987). She is actively involved in charity work and is a member of the Humans Rights Watch Africa Advisory Committee and the Human Rights Watch Women’s Rights Advisory Committee.
Ellen Burstyn shined in the 1970s. She began the decade strong and received her first Oscar nomination, in 1971, for Best Supporting Actress for her role in “The Last Picture Show”. Only a few short years later, she received another nomination for her performance in the cult classic film, “The Exorcist” (1973). She finally won the award for Best Actress, in 1975, for her portrayal of Alice Hyatt in “Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore”. Her most recent appearance was alongside Sharon Stone, in the 2017 film “A Little Something For Your Birthday”.
Meryl Streep began her acting career on stage. In the early 1970s she preformed on Broadway, but, in 1977, she got her film debut in the TV movie “Deadliest Season”. She rounded out the decade with a strong performance in 1979’s “Kramer v Kramer”. For her performance of Joanna Kramer she received a Golden Globe and Oscar for Best Supporting Actress. Streep has gone on to be one of the most celebrated and decorated actresses in the industry. She has more Oscar nominations than any other actor or actress.
Marilu Henner began the 1970s traveling the United States, with the national touring company of the Broadway musical “Grease”. However, by the end of the decade she received her first film role in 1977’s “Between the Lines”. But, it was in 1978 that Henner became a household name, after landing the role of Elaine Nardo in the sitcom “Taxi”. Besides acting, Henner is 1 of only 12 people to have Highly Superior Autobiographical Memory, a trait that allows her to remember every little detail of her life.
Carol Kane shined in 1970s. Her first major role of Gitl in “Hester Street”, in 1975, earned her a Golden Globe nomination. Her performance was also noticed by many in the industry including Woody Allen. He soon after cast her in his Oscar-winning film, “Annie Hall”. Her career has yet to slow down and she has landed roles in hit films such as “The Princess Bride”, “Addams Family Values”, and “Scrooged”. One of her most recent roles from 2015-2017 as Lillian Kaushtupper in the the Netflix series “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”.
Barbi Benton is best known for posing on 4 covers of a famous men’s magazine: July 1969, March 1970, May 1972, and December 1985. In 1969, she became the longtime girlfriend of Hugh Hefner, but the two separated in 1976. She eventually made the jump into acting and had roles in series such as “Sugar Time!” and “The Love Boat”. She married real estate developer, George Gradow, in 1979. Her last public appearance was in 2014, when she revealed that Bill Cosby was a frequent visitor of the magazine’s mansion.
Susan Dey became the dream “girl-next-door” when she began playing the role of Laurie Partridge on “The Partridge Family”. She played Laurie until 1974, after which she had roles in several films. However, she saw most of her success on TV, with roles on shows such as “L.A. Law” and “Love & War”. Her most recent on-screen role was in 2004, on “Third Watch”. She has chosen to remain out of the spotlight, and has kept a low profile, since her last role.
Diana Ross rose to musical fame as the lead singer of “The Supremes” in the 1960s. The Supremes was and is still considered one of the most successful vocal groups in the United States. They released multiple number-one hits such as “Stop! In the Name of Love” and “You Keep Me Hangin’ On”. Ross left The Supremes in 1970, and began her own solo career with her self titled album. The album contained the number-one hit “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough”. Diana Ross has never stopped preforming and still goes on tour today. In 2016, she was awarded the he Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Obama.
Cybill Shepherd’s film debut was “The Last Picture Show”, in 1971. The film was a huge success and was the foundation of Cybill’s blossoming career. She went on to land roles in other hit movies such as “The Heartbreak Kid” and “Taxi Driver”. In 2012, she moved to stage acting and appeared alongside James Earl Jones in “The Best Man” on Broadway. Her most recent on-screen role was in the 2015 film “Do You Believe?”
The Swedish pop group ABBA was form in 1972. The word ABBA was taken from the names of the members, each letter was the first letter of each member’s name. One of the A’s was Agnetha Faltskog. The group produced hits such as “Dancing Queen” and “Take a Chance on Me”. The group disbanded in the early 80s. After which, Faltskog began her solo career, but only achieved moderate success. She released her biography, “Agnetha Fältskog: The Girl with the Golden Hair”, in 2016.
Carly Simon’s first album was released in 1971. The album included her first hit “That’s the Way I’ve Always Heard It Should Be.” Riding on huge success, she quickly released her second album “Anticipation” only a few months later. However, it was 1972, that Simon soared ito internation fame with her single “You’re So Vain”. In 2015, she released her memoir “Boys in the Trees: A Memoir”, which details her life from childhood to her marriage with James Taylor.
Sigourney Weaver made her film debut in 1977’s “Annie Hall”. Although her role was minor, her talents shined through. By the end of the decade, she landed her first starring role, as Ripley in “Alien”. She went on to reprise the role of Ripley in several other “Alien” installments. She also had roles in hit films like “Ghostbusters”, “Hole” and “Avatar”. Along with on-screen acting, she is also done work on Broadway and has even won a Tony award.
Catherine Bach is best known for playing Daisy Duke, from 1979-1985, on “The Dukes of Hazzard”. After playing Daisy, she landed roles in several films. In 2012, she landed the recurring role of Anita Lawson in the hit soap opera “The Young and the Restless”. Her most recent role was in the 2016 TV movie “My Best Friend”.
Raquel Welch was a Hollywood bombshell, and certainly showed it off in her fur bikini during “One Million Years BC”. After that film, her career continued to soar. She landed a role in 1973’s “The Three Musketeers”, a performance for which she won a Golden Globe. Aside from acting, she is also a business woman and released a Total Beauty and Fitness Program book and videos. Her most recent role was as Celeste in 2017’s “How To Be A Latin Lover”.
Chris Evert began playing tennis at the age of 5. By her teens, she was already becoming an icon in the sport. She became a world champion in several years: 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1980, and 1981. In 1976, she became the first female athlete to receive Sport Illustrated’s “Sportswoman of the Year award”. Today, she runs a tennis academy in Florida and has also designed a fashion line of women’s tennis apparel.
Dolly Parton took the world by storm with her amazing country music. In 1974, she released chart-topping hit singles such as “Jolene”, “I Will Always Love You” and “Love is Like a Butterfly”. Her career only continued to see huge success. She was even given her own variety show, called “Dolly!”, from 1976-1977. She held her largest U.S. tour to date, in 2016, with performances in 60 cities. She also recently remade her hit single “Jolene” with the a cappella group the Pentatonix.
Lauren Hutton redefined beauty standards in the modeling world. Although she had a gap-tooth, the model made imperfections acceptable (and beautiful) in the industry. She set a record of 27 “Vogue” covers. She also did some acting and appeared in productions such as “The Gambler” and “The Joneses”. She is currently credited with a role in the film “I Feel Pretty”, which is set to be released in 2018.
Jacqueline Bisset became a household name after playing the female lead, opposite Frank Sinatra, in 1968’s “The Detective”. She continued to land big roles throughout the 1970s, and appeared in 17 films by the end of the decade. In 2017, she appeared in 2 films “9/11” and “The Double Lover”. But, she isn’t done yet and she is credited with roles in multiple productions that have yet to be released.
Dawn Wells is best known for being stranded on “Gilligan’s Island”, from 1964-1967. She reprised her role of Mary Ann Summers in 1978’s TV movie sequel, “Rescue from Gilligan’s Island” and in 1979’s “The Castaways on Gilligan’s Island.” After playing Summers, she made her way to the stage and toured with multiple musical productions. She released her book “What Would Mary Ann Do? A Guide to Life,” in 2014, and in 2016, she was named a Marketing Ambassador to MeTV network.
Olivia Newton John
Olivia Newton John became the girl-next-door turned bad girl Pink lady, in the hit musical movie, Grease, in 1978. Although she is still best remembered for this role, she has appeared in many other films. She has also released several studio albums. Her most recent album was released in 2016 and is titled “Friends for Christmas”. She still regularly tours with her music. Her most recent on-screen role was in 2017’s “Sharknado 5: Global Swarming”.
Samantha Fox got her first record deal when she was only 16-years-old. However, she didn’t see much musical success until she was 20-years-old, when she released her single “Touch Me”. The single reached number 1 in 17 countries. Since her release of “Touch Me”, she created 6 more studio albums. In 2016, she appeared in Celebrity Big Brother 18. She was eliminated right before the finale episode.
Susan Anton rose to fame, in the 1970s, by appearing as the main model in Muriel cigar commercials. Along with appearing on several Merv Griffin shows in the 1970s, she was also given a variety series with country singer Mel Tillis. Unfortunately, the show only lasted 4 weeks. Despite the show’s failure, she was still named one of TIME‘s “Most Promising Faces in 1979”. She continued to act and her most recent on-screen role was in the 2016 TV movie “Sharknado 4: The 4th Awakens”.
Christie Brinkley is best known for her work in the Sports Illustrated swimsuit addition. In the late 1970s, she landed on a record 3 covers of the special edition. She was, soon after, named a Covergirl, a position which she held for 25 years, and landed several other editorial campaigns. She recently made headlines, when she, once again, appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated alongside her 2 beautiful daughters.
Traci Lords rose to fame through the adult film industry. But, with her popularity, she was able to make the jump into mainstream productions. She had roles in productions such as “Married With Children”, “Cry-Baby” and “MacGyver”. She also appeared in hit shows such as “Melrose Place” and “Nash Bridges”. Traci Lords also dabbled in singing and even sung songs on several movie soundtracks.
Joanna Cameron is best known for playing the title role of the children’s TV show, “The Secrets of Isis”. The show ran from September 6, 1975, to September 3, 1977. Unfortunately, Cameron’s career fizzled by the 1980s. After leaving the entertainment industry, she worked in home healthcare for several years and then marketing for hotels.
Lynda Carter was the original female heroine, “Wonder Woman”, from 1975-1979. During her time as the super hero she also released a pop album titled “Portrait”. Some of the music from this album was also featured on the show. She recently returned to the super hero world and had a small role in the CW series “Super Girl”. She is credited with a role in the upcoming film “Super Troopers 2” (expected to be released in 2018).
Talie Shire gained national fame after playing the role of Connie Corleone in “The Godfather” films. Her fame only continued after she landed the role opposite, Sylvester Stallone, as Adrian Pennino is “Rocky”. For both roles she received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress and Best Actress, respectively. Her most recent role was as Annette Kulina in the TV series “Kingdom”, in 2017.
Born Loletha Elayne Falana, Lola Falana, broke into fame overseas as an Italian film star. Her acting and singing was so stellar, it caught the eye of singing legend Sammy Davis, Jr, and the two went on tour together. She made her U.S. film debut in 1970’s “The Liberation of L.B. Jones”. Like many other performers, she took her talents to Las Vegas. She eventually became known as the “Queen of Las Vegas”. She has not appeared on camera since 1989, as she was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 1987.
In 1971, Jane won her first Oscar award or Best Actress, for her work in “Klute”. Unfortunately, her career declined for a few years after this win. But, it was soon revived after she began her production company IPC films. In 1977, she produced and starred in “Fun with Dick and Jane”. Her career continued until she took a short acting hiatus in the 90s. However, she returned in 2005 for “Monster-In-Law”. She currently stars in the Netflix series “Grace and Frankie”.
Like many actors, Ali MacGraw began her career working in commercials. But, in 1970, she landed her big break playing Jenny, in 1970’s “Love Story”. Despite the success, she only appeared in 3 other films in the 1970s: “The Getaway,” “Convoy,” and “Players.” Her most recent on-screen role was in 1997’s “Glam. However, in 2016, she reunited with her “Love Story” co-star, Ryan O’Neal, in the stage production of “Love Letters.”
Jaclyn Smith is best known for her role of Kelly Garrett in the TV series “Charlie’s Angels.” After fighting crime as an Angel, Smith’s acting career continued. She appeared in several TV shows and films such as “Christina Cromwell” and “The District”. Her most recent role was in the 2015 TV movie “Bridal Wave”. Smith is also a clothing designer and is one of the first celebs to release her own line rather than just endorsing others.
In 1977, Cheryl Ladd began playing the role of Kris Munroe in the hit TV series “Charlie’s Angels”. The following year she released her first single titled “Think It Over”. The single peaked at #34 on the Top 100 Billboard chart. Despite not breaking the top 10, she continued to sing and released 3 more albums. Her most recent role was in the 2016 TV mini-series “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story.”
Linda Kozlowski burst into stardom opposite Paul Hogan in the blockbuster hit Crocodile Dundee. The two fell in love on set and married. Kozlowski continued acting, including in the two Dundee sequels but decided to retire after she was fed up with the lack of quality roles she was offered.
The world will forever associate the name of Jan Smithers with Bailey Quarters, the character that she portrayed on WKRP in Cincinnati. Since the shows end in 1982, Jan has been largely out of the spotlight. Throughout the 1980’s she made guest appearances on shows like Murder, She Wrote and The Love Boat. She now resides in California and last appeared on the reunion of WKRP in Cincinnati.
Maureen McCormick is best known for her role as Marcia Brady on the TV sitcom “The Brady Bunch”. She reprised the role several times in spin-off feature films and TV movies. She has appeared on several reality TV shows such as “I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here!” and “Dancing with the Stars”. Her most recent role was in 2017, in the drama film “The Neighborhood”.
Loni Anderson began the 1970s only landing small roles on various TV series. However, in 1978, she began playing Jennifer Marlow on “WKRP in Cincinnati.” The role quickly made her a household name. She continued to see much of her success on TV such as in the series “Partners in Crime” and “Easy Street,” as well as in the TV movie “White Hot: The Mysterious Murder of Thelma Todd.” Her most recent role was in the 2017 Amazon original film “Love You More.”
No matter what she did before or after, Tina Louise will always be known as Ginger on Gilligan’s Island. Lousie won the Golden Globe for Best New Star in 1958 for her first role in God’s Little Acre and worked steadily for the next few years in television and film but it wasn’t until 1964 when she was cast on Gilligan’s that she truly became an icon. She is considered one of TV’s greatest sex symbols. After the show ended, Louise continued working until the 90’s and still occasionally pops up in films.
Bo Derek made her way into the Hollywood scene in the 1977 film “Orca”. However, her best-known role of the decade was as Jenny Hanley in 1979’s “10”. Her most recent role was in 2013’s comedic-drama “Highland Park”, alongside actors such as Danny Glover and Billy Burke. Derek is a prominent activist and has given her support to various organizations such as Richard Branson’s Wild Aid, and various disabled veterans organizations
Erin Murphy is best remembered for a role she played as a young child – Tabitha on Bewitched. She, and her twin sister, received the role when they were only 2-years-old. However, Erin was used for all the close-up scenes. Murphy appeared as Tabitha from 1964-1972. Murphy mainly stayed out of the limelight after “Bewitched”. However, still added a few acting credits to her name. She most recently appeared in the 2017 TV movie “Life Interrupted “.
Marsha Mason is a four-time best actress Oscar nominee. She made her film debut in 1966’s Hot Rod Hullaballoo and in the coming years was nominated for her work in Cinderella Liberty, The Goodbye Girl, Chapter Two, and Only When I Laugh. She also had an impressive career in television and theatre, having been nominated for an Emmy for Frasier and received a Grammy for her work on Broadway. Currently, she can be seen on Netflix’s Grace and Frankie.
Julie Christie is a British acting icon who won Oscars, Golden Globes, and BAFTAs for best actress. She international breakthrough came with the role in Dr. Zhivago for which she won the Academy Award. Since the 70s she has worked steadily in mainstream Hollywood films and indie productions, earning acclaim for her work, most recently for her role in Away From Her.
Lisa Niemi is an actress, dancer, writer-director. She is most well known for being the wife of Patrick Swayze, but the two also collaborated for years, appearing together in Steel Dawn, Beat Angel, and One Last Dance. The couple also ran a horse farm together and wrote a joint memoir, The Time Of My Life, that was released a little before Swayze’s death.
Charlene Tilton is best remembered as Lucy Ewing on “Dallas”. She was given nickname the “poisonous dwarf” because or her short stature of 4 feet and 11 inches, as well as her character’s wild personality. After portraying Lucy, Charlene dabbled in music and began singing pop music. Although she still appears in various shows and films, today, she concentrates less on acting and singing and more on charity work. She is very involved in organizations that help foster children.