Who doesn’t look back at the 70’s with nostalgia? It was a period of political turmoil, true enough, though let’s not forget that this was also the time of video games, flower power, and those rocking bell-bottom jeans! Apart from all that, there is something else that we all remember with fondness. We are talking about none other than biggest stars from the decade! These lovely ladies were Hollywood actresses, famous models, and wonderful performers. We definitely can’t forget about them.
The musician Linda Ronstadt first made a name for herself after performing at the Troubadour nightclub in West Hollywood. Perhaps you know her better by her other monikers like “Queen of Rock” or the “First Lady of Rock.” Over the years, she was able to garner 10 Grammys and more than 30 gold and platinum albums. Sadly, she was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease back in 2012. Her condition forced her to retire as it was making singing more difficult for her. In 2013, she released a memoir about her life and career called Simple Dreams: A Musical Memoir.
Now, we bet everyone is familiar with this movie star. She got her big break after appearing in Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In, and it landed her parts in comedy films like There’s A Girl In My Soup and Butterflies Are Free. She might no longer be in her prime, though we will never forget her stellar performances in The First Wives Club, Death Becomes Her, and Overboard. She took some time off from acting during the early 2000s, though she has since made a comeback with the 2017 movie Snatched. Oh, and if you wanted to know, she totally approved the remake of Overboard with Anna Faris as the star.
Back in the early 1970’s, Pam Grier became famous after working on various Blaxploitation films. Perhaps you recall her in Coffy, Sheba, Baby, and Foxy Brown. After the decade wrapped up, she kept acting in projects like Mars Attacks!, Bad Grandmas, and Man with the Iron Fists. A biopic about her is presently in the works, and her book served as the inspiration for it. More recently, she appeared in This Is Us in the role of the Grandma.
All right, are you ready for the next story? It is not the common breakthrough role that you regularly hear about. Linda Gray actually served as the body double for the role of the infamous Mrs. Robinson in The Graduate. Apparently, her legs were also used for the promotional poster instead of Anne Bancroft’s, and she was paid at the rate of $25 per leg for it. After this gig, she landed the lead role of Sue Ellen on the TV program Dallas and even reprised the same character for the remake! Apart from these, she also appeared in projects like The Entertainments, Star of Jaipur, and Oscar. Her more recent projects include the upcoming 2019 film Prescience.
The talented Kim Basinger seems to kick butt in whatever she does, from acting to modeling. She made her onscreen debut when she appeared in the miniseries Gemini Man, and this 1976 role launched her into stardom. Now, how can we ever forget her portrayal of Lynn Bracken in 1997 film L.A. Confidential? You will be pleased to hear that she is still enjoying a wonderful acting career. In the past few years, she appeared in the films The Nice Guys and Fifty Shades Darker.
Come on now, we are sure that Barbara Streisand is someone you know and maybe even adore! She became successful after performing in musicals like Funny Girl and Hello, Dolly! back in the late 60’s. It was in the 70’s, however, that she truly became famous. She is a composer, director, producer, and writer in one package if you can believe it! Oh, and let us not fail to mention that she is one of the most successful musical artists in history. You can watch her and Gwyneth Paltrow in their upcoming Netflix series The Politician.
Billie Jean King
Billie Jean King is a sports legend most famous for her 1973 tennis match with Bobby Riggs. This match later earned the nickname the “Battle of the Sexes,” and Emma Stone portrayed the tennis player in a movie of the same name. Moreover, she became the first big female athlete to have come out in public as a lesbian after making an announcement in 1983. Six years after this event, she was honored with a spot in the International Tennis Hall of Fame, and her marriage to Larry King came to a close. She has since been in a relationship with her doubles partner Ilana Kloss, and they reside in New York.
Do you remember Ann-Margret in the movie adaptation of the musical Bye Bye Birdie? She played the character Kim McAfee, and this role paved the way for a highly successful career. She remains active in the entertainment industry these days. She played Annie in the 2017 film Going in Style alongside Morgan Freeman and portrayed Barbara in the 2018 movie Papa. Apart from acting, this talented woman also received a Grammy nomination for her work in music.
Alison Arngrim is best known as Nellie in the classic Little House on the Prairie. After portraying the character, she moved on to other projects for both the big and small screen. Sadly, she never achieved the same level of success that her most prominent role granted her. However, a lot of people had great things to say about her memoir Confessions of a Prairie Bitch: How I Survived Nellie Oleson and Learned to Love Being Hated. These days, she spends her time on charity work.
We also have the lovely Maureen McCormick who portrayed Marcia Brady on the well-loved family sitcom The Brady Bunch. Even when the show wrapped up, she reprised the character in the spin-off projects. Aside from this, she also appeared on the reality TV shows Dancing with the Stars and I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! When it comes to the big screen, she was also in The Neighborhood with Danny Aiello. The actress remains active in Hollywood, so don’t be surprised to see her in upcoming films!
Now, Terri Garr is best known for playing the character Inga in Young Frankenstein alongside Gene Wilder. She also worked on Close Encounters of the Third Kind and Tootsie. In 2002, the actress announced that she had just been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. She has since gone on to become the National Ambassador for the organization National Multiple Sclerosis Society! In addition to this, she is also the National Chair for the society’s program called Women Against MS. She has largely retired from the entertainment industry since 2007.
Cicely Tyson actually started out as a model before she made the transition into acting. She has appeared in productions of works like Sounder, Roots, The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pitman, and King. The 93-year-old performer is still making waves in the industry these days! Perhaps, you even saw her in the Netflix drama series How To Get Away With Murder.
Up next, we have yet another Dallas actress on our list! Charlene Tilton was cast in the role of Lucy Ewing and the part, together with her short physique, earned her the nickname “poisonous dwarf.” After she was done with Dallas, she turned to singing. After several years of performing, however, she decided it was time to change directions yet again. She has since focused on philanthropic work, and she is particularly passionate about autism awareness.
When Paula Prentiss first tried her hand at acting, she became famous as a comedian. When 1975 rolled in, she was able to prove her skills in the horror film The Stepford Wives. We bet her fans will look back at her performance in The Black Marble, What’s New Pussycat?, and He & She with fondness. Although it has been a while since she was cast in the leading role, she did star in the 2016 horror flick I Am The Pretty Thing That Lives In The House.
The Emmy Award-winning actress Loretta Swit is well known for portraying Major Margaret on the TV show M*A*S*H. However, she did not remain active in the acting industry after the late 90’s passed. However, it is nice to know that she did some voiceover work back in 2015. She also landed a part in the upcoming movie Play the Flute. Oh, and let’s not forget that she released a book called A Needlepoint Scrapbook in 1985!
The Blondie lead singer Debbie Harry was actually born Angela Tremble. The band released their first album back in 1976. In 1997, 15 years later, Blondie started making music once again. These days, they continue to perform, and they came out with an album just last year. Harry also dedicates some of her time to charity after she was inspired by Elton John’s works. She revealed, “After witnessing Elton John and his tireless efforts against HIV/AIDS. These things are important to my life now. I have the privilege of being able to get involved, so I do. I applaud people like Elton John, who have used their position to do so much good.” She is especially passionate about fighting endometriosis and cancer.
Interestingly, Ali MacGraw’s acting career actually started in commercials. In 1970, things changed for the actress when she was cast as Jenny in Love Story. She might have achieved plenty of success in the role, though she would only ever star in three other movies in that decade: Players, The Getaway, and Convoy. Her last acting credit was for the 1997 film Glam. Did you know that she and Ryan O’Neal, her Love Story leading man, starred in a stage production of Love Letters?
The 70’s was not a prosperous time for Loni Anderson right away as she only landed minor roles on TV shows in the beginning. In 1978, however, she got the part of Jennifer in WKRP in Cincinnati, and things started going well for her. She went on to star in Easy Street, White Hot: The Mysterious Murder of Thelma Todd, and Partners in Crime. In more recent news, she appeared in the Amazon movie Love You More together with Bridget Everett.
Jane Seymour became a household name after she portrayed Solitaire in the film Live and Let Die. After this gig, she moved on to projects like Battlestar Galactica and The Four Feathers. She is active in the industry today, and she has even penned self-help and inspirational books. Moreover, she has worked on helping kids who have been victims of neglect and abuse. In 2018, the 67-year-old actress became the oldest model to pose for the magazine Playboy when she worked with them for the third time. In one interview, she talked about how she had been sexually harassed by a film producer back in the 70’s.
Her breakout role was actually when she portrayed Kay in the classic film The Godfather. However, her fame reached new heights after she collaborated with director Woody Allen in his films Annie Hall, Love and Death, Sleeper, and Play It Again Sam. She even won an Oscar for her work on Annie Hall. After those projects, she went on to land parts in movies like The Family Stones, Father of the Bride, and The First Wives Club. Aside from acting, she has worked as an author, singer, photographer, and real estate developer.
Sissy Spacek first made waves in the 70’s when she appeared in the hit crime film Badlands. Not long after, she received critical acclaim for playing the titular character in the horror flick Carrie. She was even nominated for an Oscar for her performance! She continued acting in several blockbuster hits over the next few decades. Her other works include Coal Miner’s Daughter, In The Bedroom, Missing, and The Help.
Faye Dunaway’s acting career began on the Broadway stage. In 1967, she finally made her on-screen debut when she appeared in the film The Happening. However, we daresay that it was her performance in Bonnie and Clyde that took her to a whole other level, even earning her an Academy Award! From then on, she enjoyed a successful acting career. More recently, she appeared in the film Inconceivable with Nicolas Cage and Gina Gershon. The actress actually prefers keeping her personal life private, though we do know that has been married two times. She and her second husband Terry O’Neill welcomed a son together, though they eventually separated in 1987.
Julie Andrews actually started her career on the Broadway stage, so it is not surprising to see how great she was on the big screen! Before she appeared in the classic musical films Mary Poppins and The Sound of Music, she first appeared in the theater productions of My Fair Lady and Camelot. The actress also appeared in the variety specials of the ABC network back in the 70’s. She is still active in the industry and even provided the voice to Gru’s mom in the animated flick Despicable Me 3. She released her memoir in 2008, and she has also written children’s books.
Beverly Johnson made a name for herself when she became to first African-American model to appear on the covers of the American Vogue and the French Elle. She also dipped her toes into acting later on. In 2014, she penned a Vanity Fair article about how she was drugged by Bill Cosby in the 80’s. You can find out more about the tragic incident in the memoir she released in 2015.
Karen Lynn Gorney
We bet you remember Tara Martin from All My Children! The character was actually played by the actress Karen Lynn Gorney. You might have seen her in other projects like Saturday Night Fever with John Travolta. She decided to go on a hiatus in the 80’s, however. She made her comeback after a decade by appearing in various shows like Law & Order and The Sopranos. Recently, she appeared in the flick H.O.M.E, and she continues to work on other projects. Expect to see more of her in the future!
Lorraine Gary rose to popularity after she starred in the Spielberg horror classic Jaws. After the iconic role in the 1941 flick, she went into retirement right away. In the end, however, she came back to work on the 1987 sequel Jaws: The Revenge. These days, the former actress is busy with her philanthropic work and she works with both the Human Rights Watch Africa Advisory Committee and the Human Rights Watch Women’s Rights Advisory.
Back in the 1970’s, it was undeniable that Ellen Burstyn was a real star. She was nominated for an Academy Award for her work on The Last Picture Show and later on The Exorcist. She ended up taking home an Oscar for her performance in the Martin Scorsese film Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore. Her other notable projects include Requiem for a Dream, as well as Resurrection. Burstyn continues to act and you might have even seen her in the 2018 movie The Tale with Laura Dern.
Meryl Streep is yet another big star who started her acting career on the Broadway stage. In 1977, she landed a part in the TV movie Deadliest Season, and this is how her on-screen career began. She soon worked on Kramer vs Kramer and earned both an Oscar and a Golden Globe for her performance in it. In fact, the actress has more Academy Award nominations than any other person in the industry! Have you seen her new movie Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again? Great news, you can also catch her on the second season of Big Little Lies.
Marilu Henner first became famous when she joined the original Broadway cast of the musical Grease. Meanwhile, she made her onscreen debut in the movie Between the Lines and then starred in the flick Bloodbrothers with Richard Gere soon after. However, it was her performance as Elaine in Taxi that gave her the fame she enjoys. She is also an author, radio host, and a producer. Interestingly, she is an advocate of non-dairy diets and healthy lifestyle choices. Another fascinating detail about this actress is that she has an uncommon condition called Highly Superior Autobiographical Memory, and this allows her to memorize many things in great detail.
Carol Kane first made a name for herself when she played Gitl in the 1975 flick Hester Street. She was even nominated for a Golden Globe award for her performance! After this, she also appeared in the films Addams Family Values, The Princess Bride, Annie Hall, The Princess Bride, and Scrooged. These days, more people are familiar with her for portraying Lillian on the show Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.
Talia Shire became famous after she played Connie in The Godfather franchise. She also went on to portray Adrian in the classic film Rocky. She was nominated for Academy Award for those two roles! She continues to act and she recently worked on projects like Kingdom, Dreamland, Palo Alto, and Con Man.
We bet you remember Diana Ross from the time she served as the lead singer of the musical group The Supremes. We daresay that The Supremes are still one of the best bands in the history of the United States. It might have been some time since then, though Ross managed to launch a successful solo career thanks to her songs, “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” and “Reach Out and Touch Somebody’s Hand.” Over the years, she has also dabbled in acting and earned a spot in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with the Supremes. She continues to perform to this day and she was even awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom back in 2016. Oh, and isn’t it amazing that Beyonce played a Diana Ross-inspired character called Deena Jones in Dreamgirls?
Mindy Cohn is best known for playing Natalie on the show The Facts of Life. After her excellent portrayal, she went on to play various characters in projects like The Second Half, The Kids From Room 402, and The Second Half. The members of the younger generation probably know her better for providing Velma’s voice in Scooby-Doo. One of her recent works includes the 2017 film Hollywood Dirt.
Cybill Shepherd started her movie career when she appeared in the 1971 drama film The Last Picture Show. The actress later landed parts in hit movies like The Heartbreak Kid and Taxi Driver, cementing her status as a big star. She appeared in the 2012 Broadway production of The Best Man opposite James Earl Jones. She also worked on projects like The L Word, Rose, and Psycho.
Agnetha Faltskog is perhaps most famous as a member of the Swedish pop music group. Her name actually stands for one of the A’s in the name of the band. We’re sure you would not be able to stop yourself from singing along to “Dancing Queen” and “Take a Chance on Me.” The group disbanded back in the 80’s, unfortunately. This is why it was a pleasant surprise when they reunited to release new music in 2018! Faltskog also launched a short solo career and released an autobiography.
In 1971, the singer-songwriter Carly Simon came out with her first album. This is where the hit song “That’s The Way I’ve Always Heard It Should Be” came from! Her following album was released just several months later. However, the 1972 hit “You’re So Vain” took her to new levels of fame. She has been performing for many years now, and she even joined Taylor Swift on the younger musician’s Red tour. In 2015, she released a memoir that talked about her life all the way from her childhood to her failed marriage to James Taylor.
Believe it or not, Sigourney Weaver actually made her film debut in the Woody Allen film Annie Hall. It might have been a small role, though it certainly propelled her to stardom. She landed the lead role in the movie Alien and reprised the role in the installments of the movie. She has since appeared in Avatar, Holes, and Ghostbusters. She has also appeared on the Broadway stage and took home a Tony award. She continues to act and she has even signed onto the upcoming Avatar movies!
That’s right, Catherine Bach portrayed Daisy Duke on the American comedy show The Dukes of Hazzard. After she portrayed the iconic character, she moved on to the big screen. She played Anita Lawson in the TV show The Young and the Restless back in 2012. Aside from this, she also appeared in the TV movie My Best Friend.
Before Lynda Carter went on to play Wonder Woman, she first won the 1972 Miss World America pageant. She portrayed the comic book character for TV until the year 1979. She later continued acting and even dabbled in music. She has also worked on Sky High, The Dukes of Hazzard, Super Troopers 2, and Super Girl.
Her work on several Robert Altman movies earned her a fair bit attention in the industry. You definitely remember her from multiple 70’s films like Brewster McCloud, McCabe & Mrs. Miller, 3 Women, Nashville, and Thieves Like Us. After about a decade, she earned the status of a household name when she landed iconic parts in The Shining and Popeye. After the 90’s, she largely focused on producing children’s shows instead of acting. Her final acting credit was for a project in the early 2000’s. In 2016, her name made headlines when Dr. Phil and USA Today called her a mentally ill person.
Back in the 70’s, Cloris Leachman was not a stranger to the spotlight. Her impressive Hollywood career started during this decade. This was the time she received an Academy Award for her performance in The Last Picture Show. After that, she continued to win multiple awards for her portrayal of Phyllis on The Mary Tyler Moore Show. She has 300 acting credits under her belt! She might be over 90 years old now, though she still continues to act. Can anything ever stop this amazing actress?
During the 1960’s, the young Jodie Foster first made a name for herself by appearing in various commercials. People quickly saw her potential, and she was soon given small TV roles. By the time the 1970s rolled in, she made an appearance in the short-lived Paper Moon, the TV adaptation of the movie. Her first acting credit as an adult was for Taxi Driver where she portrayed the character Iris. She has since become a full-fledged star and earned two Oscars. These days, she chooses to focus on directing instead of acting.
Back in the 70’s, Rene Russo entered the entertainment industry as a model. She graced the covers of popular magazines like Vogue and Cosmopolitan among other publications. However, her career only really took off during the 80’s as this was the period when she landed a part on the drama show Sable. She also appeared on the big screen in projects like Major League, Tin Cup, Thor, Nightcrawler, and The Intern.
Helen Mirren started acting on the theater stage and she had actually worked with the Royal Shakespeare Company for quite some time. It goes without saying that the talented actress was able to make a smooth transition from Shakespearean plays to onscreen projects. Once she started starring in films, people took notice of her quickly. She had been able to land roles in blockbuster hits like The Queen and Hitchcock. She is also an official winner of the “Triple Crown of Acting,” which means she has an Oscar, Grammy, and Tony to her name!
Like Helen Mirren, Annette Bening is yet another actress who launched her career by joining the theater. In fact, she went to university to study theater and later worked with the Colorado Shakespeare Festival Company. During her time there, she starred in Pygmalion and Macbeth among other works. Meanwhile, she made her film debut in Manhunt for Claude Dallas, and this bit role propelled her to stardom. When the 90’s came in, she received nominations for the Oscars and the Screen Actors Guild Award for her performance in American Beauty and other movies. She continues to act to this day.
When she was a theater student at NYU, Jami Gerz would get her big break after a talent agent discovered her. Her film debut was for a small role in the 1981 film On the Right Track, though she only truly made it big after playing Muffy in Square Pegs. Her career continued to blossom with roles in TV series like Ally McBeal, Entourage, The Facts of Life, and ER.
Mia Sara was the daughter of a pair of photographers, so it must not have been surprising to find out she is a creative person as well. She made it big after portraying Lilly in the 1985 sci-fi film Legend. She became even more famous when she played Sloane in the teen film Ferris Bueller’s Day Off opposite Matthew Broderick. After these projects, she went on to enjoy a great film career well into the 2000’s. She was once married to Jason, Sean Connery’s son, and is now happily married to Brian Henson.
In 1978, Karen Allen made her onscreen debut in the hilarious film Animal House. A few years later, the actress landed a part in Raiders of the Lost Ark opposite Harrison Ford. It is safe to say that this was when her career took off. She has since appeared in movies, such as Sandlot, A Year By The Sea, The Glass Menagerie, and The Perfect Storm. She currently lives in Massachusetts and works as a yoga teacher.
Mia Farrow actually started acting back in the 60’s, though she was only able to land small roles back then. In 1964, she landed the role of Allison MacKenzie on the teen film Peyton Place. This helped her get bigger projects like the horror classic Rosemary’s Baby in which she played the main character. She has since become one of the most successful Hollywood actresses. Recently, she appeared in the projects Be Kind Rewind, Dark Horse, and Widows’ Peak. She is also well-known for the humanitarian work she does across the world.
A long time ago, Jennifer Connelly was a child model who used to appear in advertisements, as well as magazines. She started acting when she got a role in the crime flick called Once Upon A Time In America, and she got her first lead role in the horror flick Phenomena not long after. She continued landing film roles and even took home the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her work on the film A Beautiful Mind. You can see more of her in the movies Requiem for a Dream, American Pastoral, and Blood Diamond.
In 1979, Michelle Pfeiffer’s acting career started when she portrayed the bombshell on the American sitcom Delta House. It did not take long before the actress earned the lead role in the musical film Grease 2. A year after this, she landed what would become her most famous role in the crime flick Scarface. She is also known for movies like Dangerous Minds, Batman Returns, and What Lies Beneath.
Considering the fact that Diane Lane came from a family heavily involved in the industry, it came as no shock that she went into acting. She had a tough time growing up, though it was fortunate that she found a safe place in the theater. She made her film debut in the 1979 movie A Little Romance. Back in the 80’s, nothing could have stopped her from turning into a successful artist! You probably remember her from films, such as, The Outsiders and Rumble Fish. The actress has remained active in the entertainment industry even today. She most recently portrayed Karen in Serenity alongside Anne Hathaway and Matthew McConaughey.
Jennifer Jason Leigh
During the late 70’s, Jennifer Jason Leigh was just a regular teenager. However, everything changed for her when she started playing minor parts on the big and small screen. Many consider her breakout role to be Stacy in the 1982 teen flick Fast Times at Ridgemont High. She then went on to star in films like Miami Blues and Last Exit to Brooklyn. She continues to act even today and you will see more of her work in the shows Twin Peaks and Atypical.
After her excellent performance as Francesca in Stay as You Are, the German actress Nastassja Kinski became a big star. She got the lead role in Tess and she was even nominated for two Golden Globes for it. She continues to act in both America and Germany. Among her most recent projects are the David Lynch film Inland Empire and the 2013 drama Sugar. She is also quite an accomplished dancer as you will learn from Let’s Dance, a German show.
Dolly Parton is such a big star, and there is no way we could not include her on a list about 70’s stars! The country music legend came out with the hit songs “Jolene,” “Love is Like a Butterfly,” and “I Will Always Love You” during the decade. She has since found a great deal of success. Until 1977, she even had her own variety show called Dolly! In 2016, she held her biggest American tour and performed in 60 cities across the country. She also released a “Jolene” remake with the popular acapella group Pentatonix. Here’s one last tidbit about her: she is the godmother of Miley Cyrus!
Isn’t it insane to think that Lauren Hutton changed the rigid beauty standards of the 70’s with her distinctive gap tooth? The model made it fine to show off your imperfections, even if you are a famous model! She also set a record when she appeared on the cover of Vogue a grand total of 27 times. She also dipped her toes into acting, and you can find her in The Gambler and The Joneses. She was recently a part of the cast of Amy Schumer’s comedy movie I Feel Pretty.
Jacqueline Bisset appeared in the 1968 noir film The Detective opposite Frank Sinatra. Many fans claim that this was the part that skyrocketed her to fame. By the end of the decade, the actress starred in 17 movies altogether. It definitely was not the last time she appeared on the big screen, however! In fact, she appeared in two 2017 projects: 9/11 and The Double Lover. We are just as excited as you are to see her in more projects soon!
We doubt that you have forgotten the actress who played Mary Ann Summers in the sitcom Gilligan’s Island! Dawn Wells has since reprised the same role multiple times. She also continued to act and she once went on tour with a musical theater group. In 2014, she came out with a memoir titled What Would Mary Ann Do? A Guide to Life. In 2016, the actress became the MeTV network marketing ambassador as well.
How can we forget to mention Olivia Newton-John who portrayed Sandy in the 1978 musical film Grease? A lot of people remember the actress best in that role. She has played multiple notable roles as well, however. Moreover, she has produced her own music and released the album Friends for Christmas in 2016. These days, she goes on music tours on the regular. Among her recent onscreen projects is the sci-fi film Sharknado 5: Global Swarming.
Although the actress had been appearing in onscreen projects since 1978, she first made it big when she portrayed Saavik in the film Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. A lot of people probably know her as Rebecca from the sitcom Cheers, and this was a role she took home a Golden Globe for. She recently played Ingrid Hoffel on Scream Queens. Interestingly, the actress is an outspoken and prominent Scientologist.
Ever since she was young, Sophia Loren was already full of raw talent and beauty. She started acting at the tender age of 15. However, it was her performance as Cesira in the 1960 drama film Two Women that shone the spotlight on the Italian actress. She even won the Academy Award for Best Actress with her performance! She went on to star in hits like A Special Day, Man of La Mancha, and Brass Target. Her last acting role was back in 2013, though she remains an influential figure in the industry.
Samantha Fox was only 16 years old when she received her first record deal. It was only four years later that the young women experienced some success, however. In fact, her song “Touch Me” shot to the top spot in 17 countries and propelled her to stardom! She has since released 6 more albums, and she also appeared on Celebrity Big Brother in 2016. Unfortunately, her partner Myra Stratton died in 2015.
In the American sitcom Bewitched, Erin Murphy portrayed an adorable character called Tabitha. She actually started out sharing the character with her fraternal twin sister but eventually completely took over the role. Once the show wrapped up, she began working on the TV series Lassie and starred in several commercials and advertisements. She has since worked as an acting coach, fashion stylist, motivational speaker, casting director, and makeup artist. The actress is also passionate about autism awareness as she has a son with this condition. Among her recent works is the made-for-television film Life Interrupted.
During the 70’s, Susan Anton was a well-known model for the Muriel brand of cigars. She also made numerous appearances on various Merv Griffin shows. At last, she landed a variety series with Mel Tillis, though this turned out to be a short-lived gig. The actress had been a part of the TIME’s list of the “Most Promising Faces in 1979.” She continues to act, and you might have even seen her in Sharknado 4.
Traci Lords is probably best known for her work in the adult film industry. After she became a huge hit, she started working in the so-called mainstream media. Maybe you even saw her in MacGyver, Cry-Baby, and Married With Children! Interestingly, she also appeared on several TV shows such as Melrose Place and Nash Bridges. Her singing career and film soundtrack work are also worth mentioning. She released an autobiography in 2013, and she currently stars in the web television series Swedish Dicks.
Jane Fonda made it big when she starred in the thriller Klute. She even took home the Academy Award for Best Actress when she played Bree Daniels in that film! She might have suffered from a simmer in her career, though she has more than made up for it in recent years. Did you know that she also appeared in workout videos? Jane Fonda’s Workout was her first VHS, and it ended up becoming the best-selling VHS in the world. She has also starred in Coming Home, 9 to 5, and Fun with Dick and Jane. During the later parts of her career, the actress appeared in the films Georgia Rule and Monster-in-Law, as well. She is now working on the Netflix show Grace and Frankie with Martin Sheen, Sam Waterston, and Lily Tomlin.
Joanna Cameron is best known for playing the lead role in the children’s show The Secrets of Isis. The actress enjoyed plenty of success when the show ran from 1975 all the way to 1997. However, her career experienced a dip when the next decade rolled in. After leaving Hollywood, she started working in the field of home health care before going into hotel marketing.
Did you know that Daryl Hannah attended the University of South California to study acting and ballet? She landed her first film part in the 1979 horror flick The Fury, though she only truly made it big in the 80’s. This was when she got roles in Splash and Steel Magnolias. After this period, she also appeared in My Favorite Martian, The Little Rascals, Crimes and Misdemeanors, and A Walk To Remember. The actress also appeared in the iconic movies Blade Runner and Kill Bill. She is now a member of the Sense8 cast, and she has been with Neil Young since the year 2014.
Barbi Benton used to pose for Playboy, though she only became famous when she started going out with Hugh Hefner. They dated from 1969 to 1976. She soon transitioned into the acting industry, and you will find her on shows like Sugar Time!, Fantasy Island, and The Love Boat. In 1979, the actress and model tied the knot with the real estate developer George Gradow. They have since welcomed two kids into the family. She last made a public appearance in 2014 when she alleged that Bill Cosby used to be a frequent visitor at the Playboy mansion.
Up next, we have Susan Dey who earned fame after her portrayal of Laurie Partridge on the adorable musical sitcom The Partridge Family. The show wrapped up in 1974 and Susan Dey had to say goodbye to playing Laurie. She then transitioned to the big screen, though she never reached the same level of success as her television days. We bet you remember her from L.A. Law and Love & War! Her last acting credit goes to her two appearances on the crime drama Third Watch, and she has since remained outside the spotlight.
Lola Falana is a true talent as she can sing, dance, and act. This New Jersey-born and Philadelphia-raised American actress found fame in Italy with the help of Dinah Washington and Sammy Davis, Jr. She became a huge figure in Italian cinema and her American onscreen debut only came with the 1970 film The Liberation of L.B. Jones. She started working as a dancer in Vegas after this and earned the moniker “Queen of Las Vegas.” Unfortunately, she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis back in 1987, and she has not starred in projects since 1989. She did, however, go up on stage in 1997 for a local production in Branson, Missouri. She now spends her time in her apostolate and with the Save Sub-Saharan Orphans organization that helps children in Africa.
Jaclyn Smith is best known for her portrayal of Kelly in the TV show Charlie’s Angels. When the actress was done playing Kelly, her acting career kept going. She appeared in multiple projects in both the big and small screen. You can find her in Christina Cromwell, The District, and, more recently, Bridal Wave. Moreover, she also works as a clothing designer, and she has since released her very own clothing line. She has been married to a Houston cardio-thoracic surgeon called Dr. Brad Allen since the year 1997. She was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2003 and survived to recount her experience in a breast cancer documentary afterward.
Uma Thurman was already aware that acting was her passion when she was a middle school student. However, she actually started out as a model, and this was how casting directors discovered her. In 1988, she starred in three movies, including the drama film Dangerous Liaisons. It goes without saying that her big break came with the Quentin Tarantino film Pulp Fiction. She also played the lead role in his Kill Bill duology. Among her recent works are the movies Down a Dark Hall and War with Grandpa.
Christie Brinkley is probably best known for her modeling work in the swimsuit edition of Sports Illustrated. She made a name for herself when she posed for three covers of the special edition during the late 70’s. She also worked as a model for the cosmetics brand CoverGirl among other marketing campaigns. She was recently on the cover of Sports Illustrated yet again, this time with her two daughters. Oh and let’s not forget she portrayed Jerry’s wife in the sitcom Parks and Recreation.
Kate Jackson is well known for playing the gorgeous Sabrina Duncan in the beloved American crime drama series Charlie’s Angels. When she left the show, she went on to appear in Baby Boom and Scarecrow and Mrs. King. She is currently working on a memoir that is slated for release in 2020.
Can you believe that the Denver-born beauty Beth Chapman was only 29 when she became the youngest qualified bail bondsman in the history of the state? Her stepdaughter later broke the same record for Colorado! She has since become famous for appearing on the reality shows Dog the Bounty Hunter and Dog and Beth: On the Hunt. She was diagnosed with throat cancer back in 2017, though she ended up winning against the disease.
Do you, by any chance, recall Victoria Principal when she played Marie in the 1972 western film The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean? We’ll let you go off easy if not as it was not her most remarkable role. However, we are sure you remember her as Pamela Barnes Ewing in the television show Dallas. After she was done playing the character, she starred in numerous movies and shows. However, her most recent acting credit was for the short-lived TV series Titans. These days, the actress is more concerned with her charity work, and she is especially passionate about helping animals.
Patsy Ann McClenny later became famous under a different name: Morgan Fairchild. She experienced success when she played Jennifer Pace on the soap opera Search For Tomorrow. She portrayed the character from 1973 to 1977, and it landed her parts on Kojak, Happy Days, and Dallas. However, she did not get another big role until the 80’s rolled in. Of course, we are talking about the part of Constance Weldon Semple Carlyle on the television movie Flamingo Road. She continues to act even today, and she has recently appeared on Days of Our Lives.
The Spanish-American actress has made a name for herself in many ways, though the most important might just be coming up with the catchphrase ‘cuchi-cuchi.’ She started out as a singer and musician back in the 70s, though she also worked as a comedian. Her claim to fame was her lack of English fluency. Her acting career might have slowed down since the 2000s, though she continues to act nonetheless. Maybe you even saw her in the Syfy film Sharknado 5: Global Swarming!