The events and styles in the 70’s are quite unforgettable. The political issues of the time, flower power, advances in technology, and not to mention the fashion which appears to have resurfaced, are all quite iconic. But do you remember the celebrities of the said decade who may have stayed in Hollywood or have chosen to leave it for another line of work? Whatever the case may be, they sure have captured our hearts. Let’s go down memory lane and see who they are.
Prior to gaining the title “First Lady of Rock,” Linda Ronstadt used to perform at the Troubadour nightclub in West Hollywood. The singer who is also known as the “Queen of Rock” had more than thirty gold or platinum albums and won ten Grammy’s! Unfortunately, she was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2012 which ultimately killed her illustrious musical career. A year after she was diagnosed with the disease, she published a memoir retelling her journey in the spotlight. It is called Simple Dreams: A Musical Memoir.
Another star that stole our hearts in the 70’s is Goldie Hawn. She first rose to fame in Martin’s Laugh-In. She then moved on to many different roles. She appeared in movies like There’s a Girl in My Soup and Butterflies are Free. Her blockbuster films are The First Wives Club, Overboard, and Death Becomes Her. These movies established her acting career. Anna Faris, the star in the Overboard remake, said that Goldie Hawn is a fan of the said film. After her short break from the movies, she returned to the big screen in Snatched and appeared with Amy Schumer. The said movie was released in 2017.
Pam Grier started working in Hollywood in the early 70’s by appearing in many blaxploitation movies like Coffy, Foxy Brown and Sheba, Baby. She also starred in thrillers like Mars Attacks!, Man with the Iron Fists, and Bad Grandmas. In addition, she wrote a book describing her life, and it’ll soon be a biopic soon. Currently, she is part of the cast of This is Us, playing a grandmother.
Linda Gray may be more famous for her movies, but her legs started it all. She first worked as Mrs. Robinson’s double in The Graduate. If you thought those legs on the poster were Anne Bancroft’s then you have never been more wrong! They was Gray’s and she was said to have been paid $25 per leg! She then starred in the hit show Dallas as Sue Ellen and even got the chance to reprise her role in the remake. She also worked with Sylvester Stallone in the movie Oscar. You may also see her in films like Star of Jaipur, The Entertainers, and most recently, Prescience where she plays the leading role.
Aside from being a model, Kim Basinger is also a pretty successful actress. She made her debut in the 1976 mini-series Gemini Man. She then got a role in L.A. Confidential as Lynn Bracken. She still acts to this day and even starred with Russell Crowe in The Nice Guys. She most recently appeared in Fifty Shades Darker.
I’m sure that we don’t need to tell you who Barbara Streisand is, but here’s a rundown of all her works. She started working in Hollywood in the late 1960’s, starring in musical shows such as Funny Girl and Hello, Dolly! These projects caused her to rise into the ranks of famous Hollywood stars. Aside from being one of the most successful musicians of all time, she has also done some work as a writer, producer, director, and composer. She is reported to star with Gwyneth Paltrow in the upcoming series on Netflix called The Politician.
Billie Jean King
The famous tennis legends Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs had what is now known as the “Battle of the Sexes” in 1973. After winning such a momentous battle, Billie Jean King rose to fame, and so did her fortune! She was the first female athlete to ever publicly come out. In 1987, she divorced her husband Larry King and was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame. Now, she lives in New York with Ilana Kloss, her former doubles partner. Emma Stone is set to play as King in an upcoming movie, depicting the famous tennis match.
Ann-Margret may be best known in the movie adaptation of Bye Bye Birdie as Kim Mcafee, her breakout role. She starred with Morgan Freeman in Annie Going in Style as Annie in 2017. She then played Barbara in Papa in 2018. She has also received a Grammy award nomination.
Alison Arngrim is best known for her portrayal of Nellie in Little House on the Prairie. After her phenomenal role as Nellie, she has since struggled to achieve the same level of success after the show ended. She has portrayed some smaller roles and also bravely wrote the memoir “Confessions of a Prairie Bitch: How I Survived Nellie Oleson”. She also wrote “Learned to Love Being Hated”. Aside from these, she is also an active philanthropist.
Teri Garr was dearly loved in her portrayal of Igna in Young Frankenstein, written by Gene Wilder. She then moved on to have quite a successful career in Hollywood. She headlined movies like Close Encounters of the Third Kind and Tootsie. In the early 2000’s, she announced that she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis which led to her retirement from acting in 2007. However, she is still active as the National Chair for Women Against MS, as well as the National Ambassador for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
Cicely Tyson first started out as a model before venturing into acting. She is well-known for her roles in movies like Sounder, King, The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pitman, and Roots. Tyson is still active these days at 93 years old! She most recently played a role on How to Get Away with Murder, a famous TV series.
Charlene Tilton rose to fame in her role in Dallas. She played Lucy Ewing which got her the nickname “poisonous dwarf.” This is mostly due to the short height and nasty attitude of the character she was playing. After Dallas, she tried singing for a while but eventually left it for her philanthropic work. She is currently actively raising awareness for Autism.
Paula Prentiss appeared in comedic roles, but her first claim to fame was her role in the 1975 thriller The Stepford Wives. She is well-known and is remembered with fondness for the characters she played in movies like The Black Marble, What’s New Pussycat, and the TV show He & She. Most recently, she starred in the horror film I am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House in 2016.
Kate Jackson portrayed the role of Sabrina Duncan on the hit TV show Charlie’s Angels. After being in the show for three seasons, she retired from her crime-fighting career. She later on starred in other shows like Mrs. King, Baby Boom and Scarecrow. She is set to release her memoir in 2020.
Loretta Swit is most famous for playing Major Margaret in M*A*S*H. In 1985, this Emmy award-winning actress penned A Needlepoint Scrapbook. Although she hasn’t been acting since the 1990’s, she did some voiceover work for Play the Flute, an upcoming movie that is set to be released in 2019.
Born Angela Trembel, Debbie Harry is the lead vocal of Blondie, a rock band which was formed in the 1970’s. In 1976, they released their first album which had a great success. After resting for fifteen years, they made music again in 1997. Debbie Harry was inspired by Elton John’s devotion to charity which then spurred her into working to fight endometriosis and cancer. “After witnessing Elton John and his tireless efforts against HIV/AIDS, I decided to get involved as well. 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 said.
Ali MacGraw first gained recognition from doing commercials. Her first big role was in the 1970 film Love Story where she played Jenny. Although the movie was a great success, Ali only starred in three movies in the ten years that succeeded the release of the said movie. You can see her in The Getaway, Convoy, and Players. She then appeared in the movie Glam in 1997. She was even reunited with Ryan O’Neal, her co-star in Love Story, in the stage production, Love Letters.
Loni Anderson also had a slow start in her career, performing small roles on television in the 1970’s. However, she got her big break in 1978 when she played Jennifer in WKRP in Cincinnati. She then went on to appear in Easy Street, Partners in Crime, and the movie made for television, White Hot: The Mysterious Murder of Thelma Todd. Recently, she starred in Amazon’s Love You More, alongside the comedian Bridget Everett.
We know that everybody loves The Brady Bunch, so for sure fans will still remember the actress who played Marcia Brady, Maureen McCormick. In the movie and TV spin-offs of the said show, she was the one to reprise her role. You can also see her in the reality television shows Dancing with the Stars and I’m a Celebrity…Get me Out of Here! She also starred in The Neighborhood with Danny Aiello. Can you guess where she will star next?
Jane Seymour established a successful acting career from her role in Solitaire in Live and Let Die. After that, she appeared in movies like Battlestar Galactica and The Four Feathers. Aside from acting, she has also released some self-help books, and endeavors to help victims of childhood abuse and neglect. Seymour shared her own story of harassment by a Hollywood producer in the 1970’s in her interview with Playboy. In 2018, she posed for the said magazine for the third time, making her the oldest woman to pose for it at 67 years old!
Although Diane Keaton debuted in the movie The Godfather as Kay, she first rose to fame in her acting projects with Woody Allen. She starred in some of his movies which include Play it Again Sam, Annie Hall, Sleeper, and Love and Death. Her performance in Annie Hall gave her an Oscar. To this day, she has had many successes, bagging roles in movies like The First Wives Club, Father of the Bride, and the Family Stone. Aside from acting, she is also an author, a photographer, a real estate developer, and sometimes, a singer.
Sissy Spacek first rose to stardom from her critically acclaimed performance in the film Badlands. She followed up this success by bagging the monumental role as Carrie, the titular role of the movie. She received an Academy Award nomination for playing the said role. She then continued acting in movies like Missing, The Help, Coal Miner’s Daughter, and In The Bedroom.
Faye Dunaway first started her acting career on Broadway, and got her big break on the big screen in 1967 in the movie The Happening. Her performance in Bonnie and Clyde as Bonnie won her an Oscar and established her acting career. Recently, she played a role in the movie Inconceivable, with Nicholas Cage and Gina Gershon. She is quite private, but we do know that she has had two marriages, the second one with Terry O’Neil, with whom she has a son. Their marriage ended in divorce in 1987.
Julie Andrews also started her acting career on Broadway where she performed in shows like My Fair Lady and Camelot. She is well-loved for her voice and musical talents. She has charmed audiences in her performances in movies like Marry Poppins and The Sound of Music. She also starred in many variety specials in the 70’s. Her talents are not limited to acting and singing only, she is also a good voice actor. She recorded the voice of Gru’s mother in Despicable Me 3. Aside from this, she has also written a memoir and some books for children.
Beverly Johnson was the first African-American woman to ever grace the covers of Vogue America and Elle in France, making history. She can also be seen in several movies. She wrote about how Bill Cosby drugged her in the 1980’s in a Vanity Fair article which was published in 2014. She also mentioned the same incident in her memoir which was released in 2015.
Karen Lynn Gorney
Karen Lynn Gorney is best remembered in her role opposite John Travolta in the classic hit Saturday Night Fever, although she also starred in All My Children as Tara Martin. After her short break from Hollywood in the 80’s, she returned to the spotlight with roles in television shows like Law & Order and The Sopranos. Most recently, she appeared in the film H.O.M.E., and has other movie projects still in production.
Lorraine Gary became famous in her leading role in Steven Spielberg’s famous thriller Jaws. She decided to retire after the movie which was released in 1975. However, she came out of retirement in 1987 to reprise her role in the movie Jaws: The Revenge. These days, she is busy with her charity work in organizations like the Human Rights Watch Africa Advisory Committee and the Human Rights Watch Women’s Rights Advisory Committee.
Ellen Burstyn is one of the critically acclaimed actresses on this list. She was nominated twice in the Academy Awards for her performances in The Exorcist and The Last Picture. She also won an Oscar for her performance in Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore, a film by Martin Scorsese. You can also see her in movies like Requiem for a Dream and Resurrection. Her most recent work was in 2018 in The Tale, an HBO movie where she starred with Laura Dern.
Meryl Streep is one of those stars who doesn’t need an introduction. After her initial career on Broadway, she went on to land a role in Deadliest Season, a movie made for television released in 1977. In Kramer v Kramer, her next role, she earned both a Golden Globe and an Oscar. She is now considered one of the most acclaimed stars in Hollywood, garnering more Oscar nominations than any other actor. She is set to star in Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, the remake of the the film Mama Mia!, as well as the second season of Big Little Lies, an HBO show.
Marilu Henner also had her start in Broadway. In fact, she is one of the original cast members of Grease. She started her career on the big screen in movies like Between the Lines and Bloodbrothers where she starred with Richard Gere. However, her role in Taxi as Elaine was what established her as a Hollywood actress. Aside from acting, she has also tried her hand at radio hosting, and producing. She has even written books about advocating non-dairy diets and healthy living by means of exercise. She also openly talks about her unusual condition, highly superior autobiographical memory, which makes her remember even the most vague details in her life.
Carol Kane first became famous in Hester Street as Gitl in 1975. This earned her a nomination in the Golden Globes. She then went on to appear in movies like Addams Family Values, Annie Hall, Scrooged, and The Princess Bride. But who doesn’t love her as Lilian in Unbeakable Kimmy Schmidt, a Netflix original series?
Talia Shire is best known for her role as Adrian in Rocky, working alongside Sylvester Stallone, and as Connie in The Godfather. Both movies got her a nomination at the Academy Awards. Her most current works include the series Kingdom and films such as Dreamland, Palo Alto, and Con Man.
If there ever was a legend, Diana Ross would be it. She started her career as the lead vocal for The Supremes, but later on went solo and successfully established a career as a solo artist, releasing hit singles such as “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” and “Reach Out and Touch (Somebody’s Hand).” She also starred in movies. The Supremes were recently inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and they are still recognized as one of the best bands in U.S. history. Diana Ross also inspired the character Deena Jones, played by Beyoncé, in the film Dreamgirls. She received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2016, awarded to her by President Barack Obama.
Mindy Cohn first started her career in The Facts of Life as Natalie, but she later played other roles in shows like The Second Half, The Kids from Room 402, and The Secret Life of The American Teenager. Until now, she continues to charm audiences by being the voice of Velma, the mystery-solving character in Scooby-Doo. Oh, and you may have seen her recently in the show Hollywood Dirt.
Cybill Shepherd is another star on this list who is multi-talented. She initially started her career in 1971 with a role in The Last Picture Show. She then appeared in The Heartbreak Kid and Taxi Driver. In 2012 she made her way to Broadway in The Best Man, playing alongside James Earl Jones. Additionally, she also starred in shows such as The L Word, Psycho, and Rose, where she acted alongside Pam Grier and James Brolin.
ABBA’s first letter was taken from Agnetha Faltskog’s name. Not many bands were as influential on a global stage as this Swedish pop sensation, with their hit songs like “Waterloo” and “Dancing Queen.” Agnetha first got her big break as part of ABBA, which disbanded in the 80’s to their fans’ dismay. However, ABBA made new music after taking a break from the spotlight for more than 35 years. Agnetha Faltskog also had a short career as a solo artist, and wrote an autobiography in 2016.
Carly Simon first released an album in 1971. The said album included the hit “That’s the Way I’ve Always Heard it Should Be.” Its success was so phenomenal that she released her second album just a few months after. However, Simon only experienced true star status in 1972 when she released her hit single “You’re so Vain.” She still performs now, and recently joined Taylor Swift in a music tour. In 2015, she wrote a memoir that gave details on her childhood and her unsuccessful marriage to fellow singer James Taylor.
Sigourney Weaver first appeared in Annie Hall, a film by Woody Allen. Despite getting a minor role in the said film, it was enough exposure to land her the leading role in Alien. The said movie is a franchise of several films. Sigourney Weaver also appeared in films like Ghostbusters, Holes, and Avatar, which is also another franchise. Weaver even won a Tony for her Broadway performance.
Catherine Bach is the iconic Daisy in The Dukes of Hazzard. This helped her get roles in films and television shows alike. She was part of the cast of the soap opera The Young and the Restless as Anita Lawson, and also starred in the made-for-TV movie My Best Friend.
Lynda Carter was Miss America World in 1972. This helped her secure the role of Wonder Woman which defined her career in 1979, when Wonder Woman first hit television. Her most recent works include Sky High, Super Troopers 2, The Dukes of Hazzard, and Super Girl. Aside from acting, Carter is also a good singer.
Chris Evert, at the young age of 5 started playing tennis. She was a world champion from 1974 to 1982. In 1976, Sports Illustrated named her the first “Sportswoman of the Year.” Although she has long retired from tennis, Evert is still busy these days as an ESPN analyst and a coach. Aside from these, she also has an active apparel line. Evert and Serena Williams have tied for their number of wins in the US Open, with six championships.
Shelley Duvall was first noticed by movie producers when she appeared in Robert Altman films. This gave her the opportunity to land roles in movies like Brewster McCloud, 3 Women, McCabe & Mrs. Miller, Nashville, and Thieves Like Us. However, what made her a household name was her role in Popeye and The Shining. In the early 2000’s, she retired from being an actress but she has not stopped working as a children’s show producer. In 2016, Duvall was in a scandal that made headlines…USA Today and Dr. Phil even called her mentally ill.
Cloris Leachman was quite famous in the 70’s, but her career didn’t take off until this decade when she won an Oscar for her performance in The Last Picture show. She went on to star on The Mary Tyler Moore show as Phyllis, which also earned her many awards. At 90 years old, she has more than 300 credits to her name now, making her one of the most hardworking and prolific actresses in Hollywood!
Jodi Foster started acting in the 1960’s with some roles in commercials. She then moved on to television in the 1970’s when she got her first leading role in Paper Moon, a show based on a movie. She got her real shot at stardom in Taxi as Iris. Jodi Foster has won many awards, including two Oscars. These days, she is focusing more on her career as a director.
Rene Russo was first a model, gracing the covers of magazines such as Cosmopolitan and Vogue. She transitioned into acting in the 80’s when she joined the cast of Sable. She then when on to appear in movies like Tin Cup, Nightcrawler, Major League, The Intern, and Thor.