The 1970s were famous for the flower power generation, freedom of expression and artistic exploration for all. The women of the ’70s took these elements to heart and were inspired to be as creative as they could be, without fear of judgment.
The women of the 70s are some of the most beautiful women of all time – maybe the free-spirited vibe made these women even more beautiful on the outside, but it seems as if they were. The models, actresses, and musicians of the decade were immensely talented, leaving an impression on us all the way through to today’s 21st-century crowd.
These women were unapologetic when they took the world by storm. They weren’t settling on just being eye-candy any longer – they were trailblazers now. With powerful females like these becoming so widely known, they owned the decade. From TV shows like Charlie’s Angels and Wonder Woman, and talented singers like Dusty Springfield and Joni Mitchell at the top of the charts, this decade truly belongs to the ladies.
Many of these fierce women of the ’70s are still around, and some of them have taken their careers even further since that beautiful decade. So what have they been up to since, and where are they now?
Then – Mary Tyler Moore
Moore was busy on The Mary Tyler Moore Show in the 70s. Her character, obviously named after herself, was a 30-something news producer living the single life. Mary Tyler Moore was an icon at the time. Her fashion style and outspoken personality were new to the world of conservative America, not to mention her fantastic comedic timing – a rarity in Hollywood.
Now – Mary Tyler Moore
Mary’s career since then did not have many hiccups. She won multiple Tony and Emmy Awards and continued to act in television shows, such as Hot In Cleveland, for the rest of her life. Mary Tyler Moore sadly passed away in January 2017 at the age of 80. Her television legacy will live on in the many projects she worked on in both television and film. Her name will always be remembered as that of one of the greats of Hollywood.
Then – Faye Dunaway
Faye Dunaway is a name that is synonymous with Hollywood. Her career may have technically begun in the 60s, but it was not until the 70s that she really broke out. Her roles in The Towering Inferno and Network catapulted her to the limelight. In 1977, Faye won an Academy Award and a Golden Globe Award for her role in Network; a fabulous start to an even more fabulous career!
Now – Faye Dunaway
Faye is in her 70s these days and has recently come back to acting after a 6-year hiatus (her long list of credits and awards warrants her a nice long retirement if you ask us!). This does not negate the fact that her acting career was long and impressive. She was also awarded multiple accolades over the length of her career. Her role in Gia won her another Golden Globe, and her role in Columbo won her an Emmy Award.
Then – Dolly Parton
Dolly was a country music starlet with her star just beginning to rise. Her hit song, Here You Come Again, skyrocketed her to fame in a blink of an eye. Her name went before her from that day forward.
Now – Dolly Parton
Today, Dolly is more into acting than singing (and sometimes both together), and has kept very busy throughout the years since her rise. Her ever-growing assets are a bubbly topic amongst fans to this day.
Then – Kim Basinger
Starting her career as a model, and more specifically, a cover girl, Kim’s beauty was enough to make anyone in a room silent. She began acting in the 70s, snagging roles in television, such as her 1977 role as an officer in Dog and Cat, to start off.
Now – Kim Basinger
Apart from being Alec Baldwin’s ex-wife, Kim has made a name for herself in Hollywood. Her role as Vicki Vale in the 1989 version of Batman exposed her to the mainstream media and notoriety.
Then – Carrie Fisher
Princess Leia was one of the most beloved characters in the ’70s, both because of the epic storyline of the Star Wars films, and due to the fact that Carrie Fisher had very little on during certain scenes in the films. Her role in the Star Wars Films made her an icon and favorite of the space opera genre. General Organa, or Princess Leia, depending on your preference for the films, gave Carrie the feminist platform she wanted to have.
Now – Carrie Fisher (deceased)
Fisher had recently reprised her role as Princess Leia in the new installment of the Stars Wars film, The Force Awakens. All too sadly though, Carrie passed away in December 2016 after a massive heart attack. Fans all over the globe were devastated to hear the news, as if the Princess herself had truly gone from the world.
Then – Michelle Pfiffer
The best thing to come out of the 70s – Scarface. The most beautiful female to come out of that film and into the ranks of the rich and famous – Michelle Pfeiffer.
Now – Michelle Pfiffer
Pfiffer is still very much in front of the camera, still looking as amazing as ever, and showing no indication of stopping any time soon. These days she’s acting in films such as Mother! and Murder on the Orient Express.
Then – Cher
The 70s were all about Sonny and Cher. Being one half of the musical duo moved Cher’s career to a whole new level of recognition. So much so that it was only natural that she would transition into acting as a result.
Now – Cher
With Grammy Award, Emmy Award, Academy Award, and three Golden Globes winner (phew!), Cher has been the triple threat she promised to be at the very beginning of her career.
Brigitte Bardot then
Brigitte Bardot was a French actress, model, and dancer who became a wildly popular symbol of beauty in the 1960s and ‘70s. She was hugely successful in France, and made a number of French movies before making her splash on Hollywood. She appeared in films such as Act of Love, Helen of Troy, Two Weeks in September, The Frenchie King, and more. She was also the official face of a French liberty movement called Marianne, from 1969 to 1978.
Brigitte Bardot now
Unfortunately, the ‘70s is where Brigitte left her acting career behind. She officially retired after her final film, The Edifying and Joyous Story of Colinot. However, while she may not have been acting, she certainly kept busy. She became very involved in animal rights activism, and in 1986 founded the Brigitte Bardot Foundation for the Welfare and Protection of Animals. Outside of animals rights, she is also very active politically. Her current husband, Bernard d’Ormale, who she married in 1992 was formerly an advisor for the Front National party in France.
Then – Loni Anderson
Loni is well known for her role as receptionist Jennifer Marlowe on the show WKRP in Cincinnati. She was on the show for four years. In the late 70s, Loni was also a guest star on Three’s Company, furthering her recognition in the United States.
Now – Loni Anderson
After the epic years of the 70s, Loni was known for being the wife of the super good-looking actor, Burt Reynolds. The two were married for only six years, but it sure did leave an impression. These days, Loni is on the small screen, with appearances in So NoTORIous, and Baby Daddy.
Then – Cheryl Ladd
Cheryl Ladd’s career as a Charlie’s Angel was both unexpected and unintended. She originally came to Hollywood with the intent of pursuing a singing career and was first cast as a voiceover actress for Josie and the Pussycats. When she replaced Farrah Fawcett on Charlie’s Angels. She became a pin-up sensation and a 1970s sex symbol.
Now – Cheryl Ladd
Throughout the 70s and 80s, Cheryl ended up releasing 4 studio albums of her own. She eventually remarried after her divorce from David Ladd in 1980, with whom she had 1 child. Today, she is married to music producer Brian Russell. She still occasionally acts.
Then – Olivia Newton John
Olivia had her breakout role early in her film career as Sandy in the uber successful film, Grease. The Australian newcomer had no fear in front of John Travolta, holding her own as the very talented woman she is.
Now – Olivia Newton John
Since Grease, Olivia has had the pleasure of being a judge on the talent contest show, Dancing with the Stars. She has also graced the big and small screens with cameo appearances.
Then – Barbra Streisand
Our little Yentl, Barbra Streisand’s immense talent was evident from the moment she performed for the first time (during the 60s and 70s). Between her singing voice and acting chops, the world couldn’t resist her.
Now – Barbra Streisand
Streisand has since won Eight Grammys, as well as Academy Awards and Golden Globes. She also received a Lifetime Achievement Award. We wonder, with that many statues, how do you stay as humble as Babs is?
Then – Jodie Foster
The 70s had Jodie very, very busy. She starred in Bugsy Malone, Freaky Friday, and Candleshoe. Foster did take a break after those films though, attending Yale University to have a backup plan for acting. Ha, as if she needed one.
Now – Jodie Foster
Now the LGBT advocate continues to act sporadically, most recently in the film Hotel Artemis, and making cameo appearances on TV, mostly as herself. She’s not as busy as she used to be, but we have a feeling it has more to do with her wanting it that way, than it being an indication of her abilites.
Then – Jane Seymour
Pocahontas, is that you? The resemblance is striking, however Jane had her big break in the James Bond film, Live and Let Die. Obviously if you’re a Bond girl, you know your career is going to go somewhere.
Now – Jane Seymour
Since Bond, Jane has played the lovable role of Dr. Quin Medicine Woman on television, having a whole new generation grow up with her. She’s also made appearances on tv shows like Jane the Virgin and How I Met Your Mother.
Then – Goldie Hawn
The super smiley and shiny, Goldie, became widely-known on Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In. It was hard not to fall in love with her infectious laugh and big blue eyes. She had our hearts ever since.
Now – Goldie Hawn
Fast forward 30 years later and Goldie will have earned herself an Academy Award and Golden Globe for the Cactus Flower, as well as other winnings and nominations for Private Benjamin, and The First Wives Club.
Then – Rene Russo
Tall and leggy, Rene started her Hollywood run as a model. The 70s were spent for her on the covers of magazines and in photoshoots. Her spicy red-headed look grabbed the attention of the world.
Now – Rene Russo
First comes modeling, then comes acting. Russo made the classic move from one part of the limelight to the other. Lately you can find her in films such as Thor, and the latest Da Niro film, The Intern.
Then – Bo Derek
Bo was known for her jog along the beach in the film 10. Her golden swimsuit and cornrows made quite the impression among viewers, making Bo a name to remember over the years. Her role in ’10’ got her a Golden Globe Award for Best New Star. Her award was more than warranted, running along the beach and looking good while doing it is not the easiest job in the world!
Now – Bo Derek
Talk about aging well! Bo is just as beautiful as her ’10’ days. Her career has managed to stand the test of time as much as the leading lady, with Bo’s television appearances and made-for-tv films. She may not have gotten critical acclaim since her first films, but Bo still manages to stay relevant today. She was married to actor John Derek until 1998 (when he sadly passed away) and has been the partner of actor John Corbett since 2002.
Then – Maureen McCormick
We knew her as Marcia Brady. Maureen played young Marcia in the ’70s and ’80s. Her signature smile and impressive acting for such a young lady captured America’s heart.
Now – Maureen McCormick
She didn’t become quite as well-known as she’d hoped to be, but Maureen has published her own autobiography about her life as a Brady, and takes many small supporting roles to keep herself in the public eye.
Then – Susan Sarandon
In 1975, Susan Sarandon was just playing the young and innocent Janet in The Rocky Horror Picture Show. We’re not sure even she thought she’d make it as big as she later would.
Now – Susan Sarandon
Sarandon became one of the most recognizable actresses ever. She continued to act in films like The Witches of Eastwick, Little Women, Stepmom, and White Palace.
Then – Ali MacGraw
Ali MacGraw first caught the world’s attention when she starred in the 1969 film Goodbye, Columbus about a love affair between a working class young man and an Ivy League college girl. She even snagged herself a Golden Globe Award for Most Promising Newcomer for this performance. MacGraw also received the Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Motion Picture Drama for possibly her most notable role as Jenny in Love Story.
Now – Ali MacGraw
Today, MacGraw focuses on animal activism and yoga. She found inner peace in her 50s and created a bestselling yoga video Ali MacGraw Yoga Mind and Body that is still popular over a decade later. Vogue even credited her with being responsible for the yoga craze and popularity that took off in the U.S. during the mid to late 2000s.
Then – Meryl Streep
Theater first for this one! Streep caught the acting bug, but more on the theater end. She even got herself a Tony Award nomination, for her role in 27 Wagons Full of Cotton.
Now – Meryl Streep
Then came film! Meryl won us over with her acting chops. There is no doubt that she is a force to be reckoned with. Just check her out in The Devil Wears Prada, Doubt, Florence Foster Jenkins, and Into the Woods (using her fine musical chops) and see what we mean.
Then – Diane Keaton
Diane’s roles in Woody Allen’s and in Francis Ford Coppola’s films were her stepping stone to greatness. Her performance as Annie Hall really made everyone understand how serious of an actress she was, winning her an Academy Award for a job well done!
Now – Diane Keaton
Keaton has continued to act, of course, even going into voice work in the animated film Finding Dory. Her most recent roles were in Love the Coopers and Hampstead.
Then – Cheryl Tiegs
Considered to be America’s first supermodel, Cheryl Tiegs is best known for gracing multiple covers on the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue and Time. Her infamous “Pink Bikini” poster from 1978 became one of the most iconic images of the ’70s.
Now – Cheryl Tiegs
During the last few years, Cheryl has appeared in the sci-fi horror-comedy film Sharknado 4 and did some voice work on Fox’s animated series Family Guy. She is also active in the philanthropic community, and is a spokesperson for City of Hope, a not-for-profit clinical research center in California.
Then – Lynda Carter
For those who perhaps forgot, Lynda Carter won Miss World USA in 1972, just before her role as the wonderful Wonder Woman! Who can forget that iconic costume!
Now – Lynda Carter
Lynda made memorable appearances in The Dukes of Hazzard and in Sky High. She currently plays President Olivia Marsdin in the TV series Supergirl.
Then – Kate Jackson
One third of the hit Charlie’s Angels, Kate spent 1976-79 acting her heart out alongside her fellow female co-stars. The show was one of the most talked about at the time (and since!), keeping Kate in the public eye.
Now – Kate Jackson
Charlie’s Angels was so beloved that there were more versions of it made in the 2000s. Kate was not in the remakes, though. She was busy with smaller roles on television, such as in Criminal Minds and in the Bravo reality show, Shear Genius.
Then – Valerie Bertinelli
The role of Barbara Cooper Royer on the show One Day at a Time was all Valerie Bertinelli needed to do in order to launch her career.
Now – Valerie Bertinelli
Recently she’s played in the funny sitcom Hot in Cleveland, side by side with yet another funny lady, Betty White. She is also well-known for her personal life – her marriage to Eddie Van Halen (that ended in divorce in 2007).
Then – Elizabeth Montgomery
Elizabeth was, and still is, known to us as Samantha from Bewitched. She was even nominated for Emmy Awards and Golden Globes for being the amazing Samantha she was.
Now – Elizabeth Montgomery
Elizabeth passed away in 1995 after a battle with cancer. Up until her death, Elizabeth was very devoted to helping those involved with the AIDS epidemic and making sure the issue was talked about.
Then – Christie Brinkley
Brinkley came on the scene with a bang! She broke a record without realizing what she was doing; in the 70s, she was on three Sports Illustrated Issues, in a row. She was the only model at the time to ever get such an honor.
Now – Christie Brinkley
Fast forward to today, Christie was married to Billy Joel, had a daughter, and continued to model nonstop, eventually appearing on more than 500 magazine covers globally.
Then – Farrah Fawcett
Starting in a small role in Harry O, and The Six Million Dollar Man, Farrah got her big break with her role in Charlie’s Angels. She ended up being on the hit show for only one season, later only making guest appearances, but it left all of the impression it needed to.
Now – Farrah Fawcett
Sadly, Farrah passed away in 2009 after a long battle with cancer. Before her death, Fawcett had a couple of roles on television shows, such as a comedic role in Spin City and a more dramatic one in The Guardian.
Then – Dusty Springfield
Dusty’s claim to fame was with her first album, Dusty in Memphis, that came out in 1969. Her single, Son of a Preacher Man, was a huge hit, along with her other blues-style music. Dusty was quite an interesting character; when pushed about her sexual preferences, she said,”Many other people say I’m bent, and I’ve heard it so many times that I’ve almost learned to accept it … I know I’m perfectly as capable of being swayed by a girl as by a boy. More and more people feel that way and I don’t see why I shouldn’t.”
Now – Dusty Springfield
In 1999, at the age of 59, after a long battle with breast cancer, Dusty passed away. Her music lives long after her, and her mark on the musical world is immeasurable.
Then – Bernadette Peters
Red headed beauty, Bernadette is known for her starring roles on Broadway musicals, such as On The Town and Mack & Mabel. Her introduction to the public was as a theater actress. Her acting on the big screen earned her a Golden Globe for her role as Eileen in the 1981 film Pennies from Heaven.
Now – Bernadette Peters
Since them, Bernadette has done a lot of voice over work, which makes total sense since she is both very dramatic in her annunciations, but also has a singing voice for the world to envy. Bernadette has no children, but has a very fond place in her heart for her four legged friends, as an advocate for animals rights.
Then – Helen Reddy
Helen is known for a few things, but the most prominent thing about her that mostly women remember, is that she sang the unofficial anthem for all feminists – I Am Woman. We can hear it playing in our heads now! Since the release in 1972, women everywhere have been singing, “Oh yes, I am wise / But it’s wisdom born of pain / Yes, I’ve paid the price / But look how much I gained / If I have to, I can do anything / I am strong / I am invincible / I am woman”!
Now – Helen Reddy
After branching out into theater and film for a while, in 2002 Helen officially decided to retire from performing. However, she briefly came out of retirement to perform in several venues in 2012 and 2013.
Then – Joni Mitchell
The angelic voice of Joni Mitchell is what the 70s sound like. She is the brains and vocals behind albums like Blue, For the Roses, and Court and Spark. Her folk style songs spoke to the flower generation, in inspiration for peace and a simple time. Joni’s songs Chelsea Morning and Both Sides, Now, were very big folk hits of the time.
Now – Joni Mitchell
Joni is currently 73 years old, and has had a few very serious health complications. In 2010 she said she was suffering from Morgellons syndrome, a form of delusional infestation. Joni stated, “I have this weird, incurable disease that seems like it’s from outer space, but my health’s the best it’s been in a while.”
Then – Charo
Charo’s career pretty much began and ended in the 1970s, but while it lasted it was brilliant. Charo was on almost every television variety show of the decade, and headlined shows in Vegas.
Now – Charo
The closest to television that Charo has gotten since the 70s was when she was on reality television shows and when she made small cameo appearances on television series, mostly as herself.
Then – Morgan Fairchild
Morgan got her start on television on the soap opera Search for Tomorrow, where she acted from 1973 to 1977. In 1978 she hit it big when she landed a role on the acclaimed television series Dallas. Morgan also found herself on Mork & Mindy, among other one-episode stints.
Now – Morgan Fairchild
As if no time has passed, Morgan somehow looks better today than she did back in the 70s. The woman has happily spent her days on day time television and movies, like Perfect on Paper, and A Christmas in Vermont. Her television appearances in Two and a Half Men, My Name is Earl, and The Bold and the Beautiful have kept her pretty busy.
Then – Susan Anton
Susan got her moments to shine after a commercial for Muriel Cigar, where she sang “Let Muriel turn you on / That is my desire / Muriel lights a flame in me / Where there’s Muriel smoke, there’s fire”. She also appeared several times on Merv Griffin’s television show.
Now – Susan Anton
Aging very well, Susan is all over the television circuit. She has had roles in Baywatch, Law and Order: SVU, and Sharknado: The 4th Awakens. Whatever her current work is, she is an icon of the 70s for sure.
Then – Pamela Hensley
Pamela is best known for her role as Princess Ardala on the television series Buck Rogers in the 25th Century. She also had roles in The Six Million Dollar Man, B.J. and the Bear, and Kingston: Confidential.
Now – Pamela Hensley
The now 66-year-old Pamela lives in California and no longer acting. She recently published a cookbook titled The Jewish-Sicilian Cookbook. She has been married since 1982 to a television executive producer. The following image features (right-to-left) Pamela, her husband, and friends.
Then – Suzanne Somers
The 70s were all about Suzanne Somers. She mastered the role of ditsy blond Chrissy Snow in Three’s Company. Her performance was so good, we were sure she was like that in real life (just for the record, she isn’t).
Now – Suzanne Somers
Since her Chrissy days, she has gifted the world with her epic fitness videos, as well as published self-help books, like the one titled ‘Ageless: The Naked Truth About Bioidentical Hormones’.
Then – Lola Falana
After she was discovered by Sammy Davis Jr., and subsequently left him to advance her career, Lola Falana became a widely-known singer and dancer. Her career took off in the 70s, as she appeared in shows such as The New Bill Cosby Show and The Streets of San Francisco, and was nominated for a Golden Globe for her performance in The Liberation of L.B. Jones. She made the most controversial and talked about move of her career when she posed for Playboy in 1970.
Now – Lola Falana
Unfortunately, Lola was forced to retire from her musical career in 1987 after her multiple sclerosis partially paralyzed her. In a ‘94 interview, Lola stated she couldn’t sing, couldn’t find the rhythm, and her tongue felt paralyzed. To cope with her disease, she renewed her faith in God and currently works at the Lambs of God Ministry, aiding orphans in Africa.
Then – Lynda Day George
Lynda Day George began her career as a young model, who broke into the world of film in the 60s. In 1970, she met and married actor Christopher George on the set of Chisum. She placed motherhood and being a wife as a high priority, but had plans to pursue her career further. For her performance in Mission: Impossible, she received Golden Globe and Emmy nominations in 1972 and 1973, respectively.
Now – Lynda Day George
Lynda retired from acting after her husband suffered a fatal heart attack at the age of 52. After that she only made minor appearances in shows like Murder She Wrote and Blacke’s Magic, but rarely took roles offered to her later in life. She is now 72 years old and moves back and forth between Los Angeles and Gardiner, Washington.
Then – Erin Gray
Erin Gray transcended the gender gap that frequently limited female actresses in television. In 1978, her role on Evening in Byzantium gave her the publicity she needed to succeed in Hollywood. Erin was then offered a critical role on Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, and she played the first female Colonel on a television series in history. At the time this was unheard of, and, to be frank, a very big deal.
Now – Erin Gray
Erin took a brief part appearing on Magnum P.I. along Tom Selleck. Afterwards, she took a part on the web series Star Trek Continues. Today, Gray is still active, acting on a number of different series and movies. She also has 2 children and is married to her second husband, Richard Hissong.
Then – Shelley Hack
Shelley Hack came to be known as the Charlie’s Angel who just didn’t fit in, and sadly, was blamed for the failed ratings the show received by the time she left the show in 1980. After 25 episodes, she was replaced by Tanya Roberts. Shelley, however, moved on to a positively reviewed career in a variety of shows and films.
Now – Shelley Hack
Although Shelley Hack doesn’t act anymore, she is still heavily involved in the entertainment industry. She is married to Harry Winer, and both of whom are company principals for the production company Smash Media. Together, they produce content for television, new media, and film.
Then – Deidre Hall
Deidre Hall was a 70s television star, having starred in Kung Fu, Adam 12, and Columbo before taking a role on the soap opera Days Of Our Lives. Then, she became a crime-fighting vixen on Electra Woman and Dyna Girl, which was viewed on Saturday mornings.
Now – Deidre Hall
Deidre was nominated for a Daytime Emmy three times during her career. Today, she is a mother to two boys and has been married 4 times. In 2014, she finally received her own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Then – Maren Jensen
Battlestar Galactica made Maren Jensen a 1970s overnight sensation. During the 70s, she was a popular model who appeared on the covers of Vogue and Mademoiselle. By 1977, she was starring in tv hits like The Hardy Boys Nancy Drew Mysteries, just before she made it big with sci-fi hit, Battlestar Galactica.
Now – Maren Jensen
Maren Jensen’s final role was in 1981, in Wes Craven’s Deadly Blessing. Shortly afterwards, she was diagnosed with Epstein-Barr Syndrome, which left her constantly fatigued. She settled down in New York City and lives a quiet life with her family. She has been out of the limelight since then. The following image is from then-boyfriend Don Henley’s music video Not Enough Love in the World – Maren’s last appearance in show business, in 1985.
Then – Jayne Kennedy
Jayne Kennedy broke the mold for African-American women trying to pursue an entertainment career in the ’70s. She was the first black woman to be crowned Miss Ohio and immediately began a successful modeling and acting career. She appeared on television shows such as Sanford & Son, Shaft, Starsky and Hutch, and The Six Million Dollar Man.
Now – Jayne Kennedy
In 1978, Jayne became one of the first female sportscasters in the US. Now, she is married with 4 children, and stepped out of the limelight permanently. She has been labeled one of the most influential African-American women of the 21st century.
Then – Catherine Bach
Bach’s first movie role was as a corpse in the film The Midnight Man, which led to her next role in Thunderbolt & Lightfoot. In 1979, she finally got the role of her dreams – as Daisy Duke in The Dukes of Hazzard. Catherine made cut-off shorts an unstoppable fashion staple and her legs were actually insured for $1 million. She also played the role of Margo Dutton in African Skies.
Now – Catherine Bach
After the Duke days were over, she starred in a few low-budget films but didn’t make a grand comeback until 2006 when she guest-starred on Monk. In 2012, she joined the cast of The Young and the Restless as Anita Lawson. She also launched a line of diamond jewelry.
Then – Adrienne Barbeau
Before Adrienne Barbeau became the “scream queen” of the 1980s, she was a broadway star and tv actress in the 70s. She first gained critical success (and a Tony Award nomination) on broadway in Grease. She became a familiar name in the mainstream circuit after starring in Maude, alongside Bea Arthur.
Now – Adrienne Barbeau
Not surprisingly, Adrienne Barbeau is still a sought-after, talented actress who has appeared in HBO series such as Carnivàle. Fun fact: during the 90s she was voice over actress for Catwoman on the animated Batman series! She has been married to Billy Van Zandt since 1992 and they have twin boys together, as well as another son from Adrienne’s first marriage.
Then – Cathy Lee Crosby
Cathy Lee Crosby started her career as a professional tennis player. She became an actress in the early 70s with roles on Emergency!, Cannon, and Barnaby Jones. Believe it or not, she was the original Wonder Woman! She starred in the made-for-tv movie but since she didn’t resemble the comic book character, Lynda Carter was given the role in the acclaimed series.
Now – Cathy Lee Crosby
Cathy Lee still acts and produces occasionally. She is involved in several charities, mostly ones that help children, such as Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, and Babies with Aids. Talk about an eclectic resume!
Then – Phyllis Davis
Phyllis Davis was the original showgirl of the 1970s. Her career took off when she acted in Beyond the Valley of the Dolls. She was quickly offered starring roles in the early 70s. She appeared on The Odd Couple and The Streets of San Francisco before becoming Beatrice Travis in the television series Vega$. The show ran for 69 episodes and ended in 1981.
Now – Phyllis Davis
Phyllis Davis passed away in 2013 at the age of 73 due to cancer. For her whole life she remained a single, independent woman, but she did have two long term relationships – one with Dean Martin during the 70s and with a horse jockey named Laffit Pincay, Jr. in the 80s.
Then – Angie Dickinson
Angie Dickinson’s career began in the 50s, and by the time the 70s rolled around she was an influential woman in the entertainment business. Angie’s acting skills impressed the industry, especially after she debuted in Police Woman as Sergeant Suzanne “Pepper” Anderson. Her performance as the sergeant paved the way for series like The Bionic Woman and Charlie’s Angels.
Now – Angie Dickinson
Angie’s most memorable film was the erotic crime-thriller Dressed To Kill. She received a Saturn Award in the Best Actress category for this role. Throughout the last 20 years, Angie has appeared in films including Pay It Forward, Sabrina, and Ocean’s Eleven. She has had one of the longest careers in Hollywood to date. Angie had one child with her now ex-husband, composer Burt Bacharach.
Then – Joanna Cameron
Joanna Cameron, better known as Isis to all 70s kids, began her career as the queen of commercials. She was discovered by her friend’s father, Bob Hope, who cast her in one of his films – How To Commit Marriage. Joanna got her big break in 1975, when she took the role of a science teacher on The Secrets of Isis. Sadly for the blossoming actress, the show only ran for two seasons.
Now – Joanna Cameron
Following the end of The Secrets of Isis, Joanna opted for a more modest career path. She began marketing for hotel chains and working in the healthcare industry. Before she left the acting world for good, she made final appearances in The Amazing Spider-Man and McMillan & Wife.
Then – Gretchen Corbett
Some of you may remember Gretchen Corbett as Beth Davenport from The Rockford Files. She left the show after 4 years, following a dispute with Universal. Before she took on the role of Beth, she gained a cult-following for her performance in the horror film Let’s Scare Jessica To Death. Following the 70s, she made various appearances on variety shows and her career remained primarily on television.
Now – Gretchen Corbett
We were pleasantly surprised to discover that Gretchen has a recurring role on the Fred Armisen creation, Portlandia. She currently resides in Portland and in 2014 directed Bo-Nita at the local Center Stage. She also acted as the Artistic Director at the Havens Project, which provides underprivileged children in Portland with access to a theater and drama program.
Then – Sissy Spacek
It’s hard to believe that a face as angelic as Sissy Spacek’s is able to instill so much fear in us, due to her role as Carrie. The lovely young woman scarred us straight with her take-no-prisoners high school attitude. After her role in Carrie, Sissy was in two other films to close out the decade – Welcome to L.A. and 3 Women.
Now – Sissy Spacek
Now, Sissy still has her angelic look, perhaps a little more weathered but as honorable as always and only getting more defined over the years. Her acting career has been a longstanding one, with her acting in films such as The Help, and her guest appearances on the show Big Love. She has been in acclaimed films such as North Country, Nine Lives, and A Home at the End of the World.
Then – Victoria Principal
Victoria Principal was born in Fukuoka, Japan, as her father was stationed there as a United States Air Force Sergeant. She gained prominence for her role as Pamela Ewing on the show Dallas.
Now – Victoria Principal
Principal has since retired from acting but has become an author. She is also an avid environmentalist, raising money to help Sea Lions and deal with Deepwater Horizon’s oil spill.
Then – Barbi Benton
At a rather young age, Barbi posed for Playboy magazine several times, making her instantly known to American men everywhere. She was on American Bandstand as herself, as well as on Fantasy Island, and The Love Boat, which got her 15 minutes of Playboy fame to last much, much longer.
Now – Barbi Benton
These days, Barbi is well remembered for her time as Hugh Hefner’s girlfriend. Her appearance on his reality show, The Girls Next Door, was her way to also be seen again. During her career Barbi amassed quite a real estate list, some of which was featured on Million Dollar Rooms in 2012. Barbi has two children with her husband of over 30 years, George Gradow.
Then – Raquel Welch
Raquel was a sight for sore eyes when she happened upon the Hollywood scene in the mid-60s. She got her true breakout role in the film Bedazzled, followed by Bandolero!, 100 Rifles, and Myra Breckinridge.
Now – Raquel Welch
Today you can find Welch enjoying the fruits of her labor and continuing to act. Her latest film came out this year, titled How to Be a Latin Lover.
Then – Cybill Shepherd
The 70s were huge for Cybill. She starred in The Last Picture Show and The Heartbreak Kid, among other acting gigs. Her beauty was well known and her style was a regular topic of conversation. It’s hard to imagine that a career that just began in 1971 managed to skyrocket as quickly as Cybill’s had. Her blonde locks, blue eyes and porcelain skin won the hearts of fans everywhere.
Now – Cybill Shepherd
Shepherd has maintained a steady career in Hollywood since the 70s. Most recently working mainly in television, on shows the likes of The L Word, Criminal Minds, and Eastwick. Cybill is still as sharp as ever, involved behind the camera as well as in front of it in production and writing. When you’re in Hollywood as long as she has been, you get to do whatever you want!
Then – Jaclyn Smith
You probably remember her as Kelly Garrett in the popular action-drama series of the late ’70s to early ’80s, Charlie’s Angels, alongside Kate Jackson and Farrah Fawcett. The role launched the young beauty into stardom, leading to a Golden Globe nomination for her role in the film Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy in 1981.
Now – Jaclyn Smith
Jaclyn was last seen in a made-for-TV comedy film titled Bridal Wave. Before that, she appeared in a couple episodes in the crime-dramas Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.
Then – Stevie Nicks
Stevie Nicks was most notably a member of Fleetwood Mac. Her music shaped the 70s for what they were. Her pop rock tunes guided a whole generation towards the future of rock and musical ballads.
Now – Stevie Nicks
Believe it or not, Stevie still tours and performs her own music (sign us up, please!). She is also very dedicated to her foundation, “Stevie Nicks’ Band of Soldiers”, benefiting wounded soldiers.
Then – Susan Dey
Susan, also known as Laurie Partridge on The Partridge Family, hit it big beginning with the show’s air in 1970 to 1974. Her blue eyes were unforgettable once you saw them, leaving a mark on the world as much as the show did on pop culture.
Now – Susan Dey
One big break after another. Susan was a part of the show L.A. Law, and for her performance won a Golden Globe! The show was so good they decided to make it into a movie, in which, of course, she played a part.
Then – Barbara Eden
Barbara Eden began her television career in the 1950’s, as a semi-regular on The Johnny Carson Show. She appeared on several TV shows and films, including dramas like The Wayward Girl and From the Terrace, as well as comedy The Brass Bottle. After seeing her in the latter, producer Sidney Sheldon cast her as Jeannie in the popular fantasy sitcom, I Dream of Jeannie. That’s when she truly rose to fame, and she’s still remembered for it.
Now – Barbara Eden
Since I Dream of Jeannie, Barbara continued to other ventures, appearing on shows like the comedy A Brand New Life and the highly successful drama Dallas, as well as the TV movie I Still Dream of Jeannie. The actress also wrote a memoir called Jeannie Out of the Bottle, which was published in 2011, depicting her years in acting, her three marriages, and the loss of her only child to substance abuse. And even though she’s taken a step back from acting, she still remains a TV icon.
Then – Doris Day
It’s impossible to say whether Doris Day is a better singer or actress because she is just so talented at both, it’s too hard to choose. Made famous by her singing career, her acting didn’t start until about a decade later.
Now – Doris Day
Whether you remember her from Calamity Jane, The Man Who Knew Too Much, or The Doris Day Show, this woman made her mark on Hollywood. Aside from her wildly popular films and shows, she was also an extremely successful artist, recording over 650 songs in just 20 years.
Then – Aretha Franklin
It would be a crime to have a list of 70s stars and leave out the Queen of soul herself, Aretha Franklin. Ranked by Rolling Stone magazine as the number one greatest singer of all time, she certainly has her share of accolades in music history. The song that she is perhaps best known for is “Respect,” with modern day millennials belting out the hook line even today.
Aretha Franklin – deceased
It saddens us to say that Aretha is no longer with us physically, but we can all find common ground with the fact that she is definitely with all of us spiritually and emotionally. Her legacy as a singer and a person will live on forever, and as Jack Black said bluntly in the hit comedy film School of Rock, “Everyone wanted to party with her.”