Grease, Forrest Gump, and Star Wars. Happy Days, Three’s Company, and The Brady Bunch. The Beatles, Rolling Stones, and Pink Floyd. That’s right; we’re taking a trip down memory lane, to the 70’s that is. This was a time when film, music, designer clothes/fashion designers, and more defined the modern era and opened the floodgates of creativity. Take a look at some of the biggest 70’s stars who helped mold the era and what they’re up to today.
Cybill Shepherd was literally a beauty queen, becoming a model on the cover of Glamour Magazine. After that film director Peter Bogdanovich recognized her and launched into stardom with films such as The Last Picture Show and The Heartbreak Kid. She’s Funny That Way was her latest role.
Starting her acting career back in 1970, Diane Keaton is truly a woman of many talents! Her role in the legendary film, The Godfather, was her first and most historical role to this day. Diane’s career, both on and off screen, has positively continued to flourish — starring in a handful of Award winning movies, winning a handful of awards herself, become a skilled photographer, real estate developer, singer (occasionally), and even an author. Alright Diane, what can’t you do?
Jamie Lee Curtis
Thanks to her first acting role as Laurie Strode in John Carpenter’s Halloween , Curtis has become renowned as one of the top actresses in Hollywood. Not only do we adore Jamie on the big screen, but the actresses’s awesome philanthropic efforts, as well as her skilled blogs/articles for The Huffington Post, makes us appreciate/love her even more!
Starting her career as a child star at the young age of 12 years old, Brooke Shields is currently a highly famous actress and model. However in 1983, Brooke ended her modeling career for education, attending Princeton University and graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Romance Languages. Shields still acts in film and television roles in this day. A gorgeous actress on and off screen.
You most likely will remember her from The Brady Bunch back in the ’70s, but since then, Maureen has released music and even an autobiography that she wrote. Once she was done with The Brady Bunch, she went on to do some more acting. However, that didn’t last very long, unfortunately. She had some personal difficulties that led to her not getting many acting jobs. Throughout the years she recovered and is now an author.
Loni Anderson is most famous for her role in the sitcom WKRP in Cincinnati during the ’70s. Despite a lull in her career, she began getting guest roles in various TV shows before becoming more known and advancing her career. Since then she has played in many roles in both TV shows and movies. She also came out with her own autobiography titled My Life in High Heels.
With an outstanding 60+ years of acting experience, Maggie Smith is no stranger to Hollywood. Maggie has accomplished countless milestone including winning four BAFTA Awards for Best Actress, a BAFTA award for Best Supporting Actress, and three Golden Globe Awards. From 2011 to 2016 Maggie delightfully charmed audiences worldwide with her performance in the hit TV British drama series Downton Abbey.
Making her big break thanks to the popular James Bond film Live and Let Die,Jane Seymour has continued to shine bright in Hollywood earning an Emmy Award, two Golden Globe Awards, and a Star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame. Since then Jane has published four self-help inspirational books, several children’s book, and has even become quite the talented fashion designer.
Tennessee born and raised, the ultimate Southern Belle aka Ms.Dolly Parton. Dolly is hands down one of the most honored female country singers of all time. As a Country Music Hall of Famer, Dolly has received an amazing 46 Grammy nominations. Just last year, she kick started her Pure & Simple tour.
Raquel Welch was one of the biggest “sex” symbols back in the 60’s and 70’s. Because Raquel wanted to break her status of the submissive sex symbol, many of the roles she took on portrayed strong female characters. Welch currently is very successful in both beauty and business — proving brains is just as powerful, if not more then looks.
Kate Jackson is most known for her role as Sabrina Duncan in the Charlie’s Angels series. And thanks to the success from this role, Kate landed a spot on the front cover of Time magazine, alongside Farrah Fawcett and Jaclyn Smith. She’s currently working on a memoir.
Keeping with former stars of Charlie’s Angels, Cheryl Ladd is up next. After Charlie’s, Ladd was a familiar face on TV having starred in some 30 made-for-television films. Recently she has had more guest roles on shows like Chuck and NCIS.
Granted Jaclyn’s Charlie’s Angels days are long behind her, but she’s still acting and modeling to this day. Smith has most recently appeared on Law and Order: Special Victims Unit, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, and The District. Oh yeah, she also developed and marketing her own line of clothing and perfume.
Definetly an ageless actress! Can you believe this beauty is now in her early 70’s? Whatever she is doing, clearly she is doing something right because she’s looking fabulous! Goldie’s fame came with her role in the 70’s show Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In. Her and her daughter Kate Hudson have become renowned on the big screen as two of Hollywood’s favorites. In fact, Hawn has just appeared in her first film in over 15 years with Ms. Amy Shumer — Snatched came to the big screen May 12th.
Jodie Foster is frequently noted as one of the best actresses of her generation, the 70’s. Her role in Martin Scorsese’s Taxi Driver led to her big break-through. Since the early 2000’s Jodie has focused her visions towards directing, which includes various episodes of the ever-so popular Orange is the New Black and House of Cards. Definitely a highly talented woman.
Charlene Tilton is presumably best remembered for her role as Lucy Ewing, J.R. Ewing’s playful niece, in the TV series Dallas. She most recently starred in 2014’s Not Another Celebrity Movie.
Let’s be honest, it doesn’t get more famous than the man, the myth, the legend himself, Mr. Robert Redford. Beginning his career in 1960 as a guest star on several hit TV shows. In addition to his TV career, Redford recognition as Best Supporting Actor for The Voice of Charlie Point won him an Emmy Award in 1962. Actor, director, producer, businessman, environmentalist, philanthropist, what can’t he do? It goes without saying, Redford is an inspiration to all.
Regan, or more commonly known as Regan (the possessed child) from the horror film The Exorcist. This role earned her an Academy Award nomination, winning a Golden Globe. Aside from her many acting roles over the years, she is also an animal rights activist and humanitarian.
Ah yes, Susan Sarandon — one of Hollywood’s most favorite actresses and social/political activists. Susan has won numerous Academy Awards and BAFTA awards. She currently stars in Feud as Bette Davis in FX’s anthology series.
Like many stars, Ali got her big break while filming commercials. In the year 1970, she was noticed by producers and was casted in the film Love Story. Even though the film did well in the box office, Ali was only casted for three more roles over the next 10 years. Recently, she starred in the stage production of Love Letters with her Love Story co-star Ryan O’Neal.
Robert De Niro
“Are you talking to me, are you talking to me?” One of the most awarded actors of this generation, De Niro has been in many films since the 60’s. He won a best actor Oscar for his role in “Raging Bull.” His most recent film was a dramedy starring Anne Hathaway called “The Intern.” He also founded the Tribeca Film festival in New York City which is about to celebrate its 15th anniversary.
Presumably most famous for her role on the hit 80’s TV show, “Three’s Company”, Suzanne is currently a lifestyle guru, publishing several books on how to live a healthier life, as well as how to age well. Oh and how can we forget one of her strongest milestones in the 80’s, the “ThighMaster”. Finishing in 9th place on ABC’s “Dancing With The Stars” proves just how inspiring this 70-years-old star is. A beaut inside and out.
Betty Rizzo (Rizzo) from Grease is hands down the most memorable role for Stockard Channing. Additionally she’s renowned for her role as the dreamy First Lady Abbey Bartlet on The West Wing. She’s also won 13 Primetime Emmy Awards and 7 Tony Awards. Recently Stockard has a reoccurring role on The Good Wife.
“Dirty Harry” Callahan is for sure one of Clint Eastwood’s most iconic roles that he played back in a 1971 series of movies which catapulted him to stardom. Not only did Clint manage to conquer the acting world with various roles, but he also directs, winning an Oscar for Unforgiven and Million Dollar Baby.
Olivia Newton John
Back in the early 70’s designers surely loved Olivia Newton-John, and I don’t think they ever stopped loving Ms. Sandra Dee aka Sandy from the iconic film Grease. Winning four Grammy awards and a long-time activist for environmental and animal rights issues makes Olivia a woman of many talents and passions. She was also a guest judge for Dancing with the Stars back in 2015.
Faye Dunway has quite the collection of honorable awards including several Academy Awards, three Golden Globes, a BAFTA, an Emmy. Oh and she also was the first ever recipient of a Leopard Club Award, honoring film professionals whose work left a mark on the collective imagination. Even though Faye began her acting career back in the 60’s it wasn’t until her later work came out that helped her flourish to the highly respected actress she is today. In 2016 she has work on two films that’ll be released later on and she also participated in the 89th Academy Awards.
The early 70’s welcomed Sissy and this was the year that gained recognition thanks to her role in Badlands. However her career-defining role came in 1976 when she played Carrie White in Brian De Palma’s horror film Carrie. A six-time Oscar nominee and three time Golden Globe winner to date, whose career is still going strong.
With a couple Academy Awards and Tonys, she established herself in the books as a legend. The American Theatre Hall of Famer is also one of few actresses that won the infamous Triple Crown of Acting. To this day, she is still acting in various film and TV series.
Known for some of the biggest hit films in the 70’s/80’s like “Cannonball Run”, “Smokey and The Bandit”, and “Deliverance.” The last big movie role Reynolds had was back in 1997 for the legendary film “Boogie Nights,” where he received an Oscar nomination. Nowadays he he spends his time nowadays on his Florida Ranch, but no one will ever forget that 70’s Cosmopolitan spread where he appeared nude even if he is 80-years-old now.
One of the most iconic female pop singers of all time in a male-dominated industry (girl power for real). Cher became a television personality in the 70s with The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour, which was watched by over 30 million viewers weekly. She is a super talented artist who is the only one to have a number-one single on a Billboard chart from the 60s to the 2000s. Apart from singing and acting, she is also known for her political views, philanthropic endeavors and social activism. She’s also a model, a fashion designer, and comedian.
Starting her acting career in 1978, Pfeiffer’s known for her role in Grease 2, and not long after she started gaining attention. She has earned many honors in her career and is still acting to this day.
During the 70s Kim pursued a highly successful modeling career but then when she moved to LA she became an actress. To this day she continues to inspire fashion designers with her impeccable fashion style. Recently having starred in The Nice Guys and Fifty Shades Darker, Kim is still stronger then ever on the big screen.
Still very active as an actor, his most recent role was in the critically acclaimed film, “The Giver” He also come from an acting family with Lloyd Bridges as his dad, and Beau Bridges as his brother. His next film is in post-production, called “Comancheria” but people will never forget him as “the Dude” in the cult classic, “The Big Lebowski.”
Rene Russo started out as a popular fashion model in the 70s, appearing numerous times on fashion designer magazine covers such as Vogue and Cosmopolitan. In the late 80s Rene starred in a lot of popular big budget thrillers and action movies. To this day she is still acting, with her latest action comedy film Villa Capri, coming out later this year.
Major Margaret “Hot Lips” Houlihan from M*A*S*H, this is how many of us will always remember Loretta Swit. This role granted her two Emmy awards. Her last and final time on the big screen was in 2010 in the play Amorous Crossings.
Hester Street (earning her an Academy Award nomination) and Annie Hall were two of Carol’s claim-to-fame roles. Since 2015, Kane has been a main cast member on the Netflix original series Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.
An actor who has been consistently working since the 60’s in roles such as “Scent of a Women”, “Scarface”, and “The Godfather.” Pacino’s most recent film was for “Danny Collins” in 2015. Apart from his acting career Pacino has been married three times, and is one of the few actors to hold awards in all categories of acting. An Oscar, a Tony, and an Emmy all grace his mantel.
Sally Field is one of the most popular actresses of her generation. Some of Sally’s most iconic roles include the mom in “Forrest Gump, “Mrs. Doubtfire”, and “Steel Magnolias.” Her latest film has received a vast amount of attention, playing the love interest of a much younger man in “Hello My Name Is Doris.”
Barbra Streisand, a one-of-a-kind legendary iconic actresses to viewers worldwide. Oh not to mention her the title as “Mother of All Contemporary Pop Divas” or “Queen of The Divas”. With two Academy Awards, a Tony Award, 10 Grammy Awards, five Emmy Awards, an American Film Institute award, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, four Peabody Awards, and nine Golden Globes — yea she’s a rock star. Ah and we can’t forget about her sixth tour that went down just last year. Ya, Barbara isn’t leaving Hollywood just yet.
Candice, former fashion model, has paved the way for many designer clothes, as well as starred in numerous films and TV shows since the lovely decade of the 70’s including some work on Broadway. What is she up to nowadays? Well, Candice is currently working on the film Home Again.
Bisset, an English actress who’s most notable for her roles in “Airport”, “The Deep” and other various TV roles. Recently she commits a lot of her time to not as big roles. She was recently in “Miss You Already” with Drew Barrymore and Toni Collette.
Next up, Meryl Streep, the best actress of her generation as well as our current generation. It’d be silly to list all that she’s recognized for, because well yea the list would be pages beyond pages long. But just to give you an idea, she’s received an astonishing 30 Golden Globe nominations! Like what? In 2017, she earned the Golden Globe Cecil B. DeMille Award. Five Came Back debuted March 31st, 2017 which is Meryl’s most recent work in this documentary film as the narrator. We love you Meryl!
An actress, political activist, writer, comedian, former fashion model, and fitness guru — this is Jane Fonda. Born to legendary actor Henry Fonda, Jane Fonda was (clearly) destined at an early age to an influential and successful life in Hollywood. From the 60s, to the 70s, 80s and 90s, Jane Fonda continues to amaze, entertain, and enlighten audiences everywhere. Her most recent claim-to-fame is for her role in the popular Netflix series Grace and Frankie, alongside hilariously talented actress Lily Tomlin aka the dynamic duo.
PUH-lease, as if Princess Leia needs any kind of introduction. As soon as Carrie Fisher hit the Hollywood scene in 1969, she was a huge success. Both on and off screen, most say it’s thanks to her charm, wit, and overall character. Tragically at age 60 in December 2016, our dear Princess passed away from cardiac arrest.
81 year old Alan Alda is a seven-time Emmy Award and Golden Globe Award winner – all thanks to his roles as Captain Hawkeye Pierce in the M*A*S*H, as the host of Scientific American Frontiers, and also as Presidential hopeful Arnold Vinick in The West Wing. Alda’s most recent TV role was on Broad City in 2016.
As one of the 80’s and 90’s biggest/hottest actors, Michael Douglas is more than happy to be alive, especially after his recent unfortunate battle of Throat Cancer. But as the strong actor as he is, Douglas kicked cancer’s butt! Married to the ever-so lovely Catherine Zeta Jones, Douglas and Catherine have two children together. His latest role was in the Blockbuster hit Antman , alongside funny-man Paul Rudd.
Mary Tyler Moore
Moore is known for her roles on The Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Dick Van Dyke Show, and her film roles Thoroughly Modern Millie, and Ordinary People. While starring on the TV shows we listed, Mary Tyler Moore a cultural icon and inspired tons of young actresses, professional women, and feminists. In January 2017, Moore passed away at age 80.
Four-time Emmy nominee and six-time Golden Globe nominee, Farrah Fawcett made news worldwide when her iconic red swimsuit poster was released. From 1976 to 1977, Fawcett starred on the television series Charlie’s Angels. From there, her fame only rose on Broadway, film, TV, and TV movies. In 2006, Fawcett was diagnosed with anal cancer and three years later, at age 62, she passed away.
Oh man, what didn’t Paul Newman do? No, seriously. Newman was an actor, director, producer, race car driver, entrepreneur, philanthropist, and activist. Yeah, that’s a pretty long list! We won’t list all of his awards and accolades as we’d be here for a long, long time. The man was a legend. Cool Hand Luke and Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, anyone? In 1953, he married actress Joanne Woodward – for 50 years, they were happily married up until Newman’s death in 2008.
Speaking of Joanne Woodward… She is best known for her 1957 Academy Award-winning role in The Three Faces of Eve. Woodward’s last role was a voice role in 2013 on Lucky Them. Nowadays the 87 year old dedicates her time as an activist and philanthropist.
As far as antiheroes and vulnerable characters go, Dustin Hoffman is the king. With numerous awards to his name, Hoffman’s career has been nothing short of extraordinary. In fact, in 2012 he was awarded the Kennedy Center Honors, with the this commendation: “Dustin Hoffman’s unyielding commitment to the wide variety of roles he plays has made him one of the most versatile and iconoclastic actors of this or any other generation.”
French actress Catherine Deneuve became known due to her roles as an aloof, mysterious beauty. The 14-time César Award nominee is also known for her support for liberal causes. Deneuve is still acting, in fact she has two films coming out in 2018.
Well if it isn’t everyone’s (okay just the ladies) most favorite Grease star, Mr. Danny Zuko. It’s no secret that Danny Zuko was one of Travolta best roles in the 80’s. However with over 70 other hit films, his own airport, Kelly Preston as a wife, three healthy children, and appearing (recently) on the FX TV show, “American Crime Story: The People Vs. OJ Simpson”, Travolta seems to be doing just fine these days.
75 year old Canadian actress Geneviève Bujold is best known for her role as Anne Boleyn in Anne of the Thousand Days (for which she earned a Golden Globe). Although she’s starred in a number of works and currently she works more in independent films.
1951 is when Lee Grant made her film debut in Detective Story, for which she earned an Oscar and the Best Actress Award at the Cannes Film Festival. However the following year she was blacklisted for 10 years in acting jobs as she refused to testify against her husband in the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) hearings. 1962 is when she made her return, earning seven Emmy nominations between 1966 and 1993. Grant made a return to the stage in 2013.
60 years, that’s how long Sally Kellerman’s career spans and what a career its been. Kellerman earned an Oscar nomination for her role as Major Margaret “Hot Lips” Houlihan in the film M*A*S*H. In fact, she appeared in many of Robert Altman’s films, however he wasn’t the only director Kellerman worked with. In 2013, she released her memoir detailing her life in the entertainment world.
The Texan southern belle first began her career as a Las Vegas showgirl and in 1973, she actually became the very first actress to purposely appear nude on American TV by completely baring her breasts. Her role in the 1974 film Lenny earned her an Academy Award, a Golden Globe, and the Best Actress Award at the Cannes Film Festival. The 74 year old actress is now retired.
It’s The Bionic Woman! Lindsay Wagner’s portrayal of Jaime Sommers is a pop culture icon, it’s also a role she has since reprised, earned awards for, and has inspired many with. To this day, the 68 year old is still acting in both film and television.
A three time Academy Award nominee, Dyan Cannon made her debut in 1958 with her last role in 2008. Throughout her career, Cannon was also a director, screenwriter, producer, and editor.
When Quentin Tarantino calls you “cinema’s first female action star”, you’re a pretty big deal. Grier starred in Foxy Brown, Sheba, Baby, Jackie Brown , The L Word, and Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child to name a few. In 2010, her memoir was published, Foxy: My Life in Three Acts.