Women Of The 70’s Amazing Careers Part 2

If you’ve read our previous article about them, you know what we’re talking about. If you’re in the mood for more sensational 70s divas, you’ve come to the right place.
 
Enjoy learning about these talented, groundbreaking heroes.

Lorraine Gary

Gary is recognized most for starring in the Jaws films as Ellen Brody. She retired early from acting after starring in Spielberg’s 1941.

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These days she spends her time volunteering as a member of the Humans Rights Watch Africa Advisory Committee and the Human Rights Watch Women’s Rights Advisory Committee.

Cheryl Ladd

Cheryl Ladd gained recognition for playing Kris Munroe in the hit series “Charlie’s Angels,” from 1977-1981.  In 1980, she gifted the Super Bowl with her voice while singing the National Anthem.

 

Recently she starred in the hit series “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story” and has continued to appear in various T.V series and movies.

Sophia Loren

Sophia Loren started acting in 1950 at age 15. Her international fame came after her performance as Cesira in “Two Women” for which she won an Academy Award for Best Actress.

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Her final appearance came in the 2014 short film “Human Voice.” She may no longer be acting, but she is definitely still beautiful.

Katharine Ross

Katharine Ross became famous in 1967 after playing Mrs. Robinson’s daughter in “The Graduate. In 1975, she played the lead role of Joanna Ingalls Eberhart in “The Stepford Wives.”

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To this day, she still acts and recently had roles in 2 movies, The Hero and attachments. She has also co-authored numerous children’s books.

Raquel Welch

Raquel ended the 60’s with a bang, playing her iconic bikini-wearing character in One Million Years BC.  In 1973, she played in The Three Musketeers for which she won a Golden Globe.

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Aside from acting, she wrote a Total Beauty and Fitness Program book and videos, as well as, a signature line of wigs called “HAIRuWEAR.”

Catherine Bach

Bach was made famous by her role as Daisy Duke, a seductive brunette in denim cut-off shorts in the Dukes of Hazzard T.V series from 1979-1985.

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In 2012, she was cast on the daytime soap opera, The Young and the Restless, to play Anita Lawson. In 2010 and appearances on T.V shows “Monk” and “Hawaii Five-O” in 2015.

Morgan Fairchild

Morgan Fairchild, originally known as Patsy Ann McClenny, gained critical acclaim after she played Jennifer Pace on the soap opera “Search for Tomorrow,” from 1973-1977.

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However, her career really took off after she appeared in “Flamingo Road” and “Falcon Crest.” She still acts today, recently starring in 2016’s “A Christmas in Vermont,” alongside Chevy Chase.

Victoria Principal

Victoria Principal landed her first part in a movie as Marie Elena in “The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean.” However, she is most recognized for her role of Pamela Barnes Ewing in the soap opera “Dallas.”

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Her last appearance was on the series “Titans” in 2001. She is very active in animal protection charities such as the Humane Society.

Beth Chapman

In the mid-90s Beth Chapman met Duane Chapman. Millions of viewers have watched the two find fugitives across the country in their reality T.V series “Dog the Bounty Hunter.”

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Unfortunately, she was diagnosed with cancer in 2017 and, despite going into remission, Chapman passed away two years later, on June 26, 2019.

Jacqueline Bisset

The 1970s saw great success for the actress. She has acted in 17 movies throughout the decade including, “Airport,” “The Mephisto Waltz,” and “Day for Night.”

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In 2015, she acted alongside Drew Barrymore and Toni Collette in “Miss You Already.” Fun fact- she is godmother to actress Angelina Jolie.

Lola Falana

Lola Falana hit it big in Vegas and became known as the “Queen of Las Vegas.” At the time, Falana was the city’s highest-paid female performer.

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Since her last acting role in 1989, she hasn’t returned to the camera. This is perhaps due to her being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 1987.

Jaclyn Smith

Jaclyn’s Smith breakthrough role came as Kelly Garrett on the television series “Charlie’s Angels.” She held the role alongside Kate Jackson and Farrah Fawcett.

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She played the title role in “Christina Cromwell” from 1989-1990. Her latest acting role was in 2015 when she played Felice Hamilton in the T.V movie “Bridal Wave.”

Paula Deen

Paula Deen began with a catering business in her home. She now owns several restaurants and is expected to open at least one more in 2018.

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She has written 15 cookbooks and is the host of a successful cooking show, where she is notoriously known to put a lot of butter in her food.

Loretta Lynn

Loretta Lynn was discovered by a record label in the 1950s while performing in a local pub. Her songs aren’t about your everyday romance and feelings, however.

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She sings about more controversial subjects. She is the most decorated female country singer and currently working on her album which will be released in 2018.

Traci Lords

Traci Lords started her career in the adult film industry for which she had great success. In the early 1990s, she held parts in shows such as “Married With Children,” “Cry-Baby” and “MacGyver.”

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Following that, she acted in “Melrose Place,” “Blade” and “Nash Bridges.” Her work didn’t stop there; she has also recorded songs for multiple movie soundtracks.

Sigourney Weaver

Sigourney Weaver’s first minor role was in Woody Allen’s Annie Hall. In 1979, she got the part as Ripley in the film “Alien”.

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Since then, she has starred in other major hits including “Ghostbusters”, “Hole” and “Avatar”. For her performances, she has received a Tony Award as well as nominations for an Oscar and Golden Globe.

Lucille Ball

Lucille Ball quickly became one of the most loved actresses while staring in the comedy show “I Love Lucy.” She is regarded as one of the best comedic actresses of all time.

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After “Here’s Lucy,” she took a break from acting for a number of years but then created another series called “Life With Lucy,” in 1986.

Mindy Cohn

Mindy Cohn is famous for playing Natalie Green, aka Frenchie, in the hit T.V show “The Facts of Life.”

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After the role, she held several recurring roles in series such as “The Second Half,” “The Kids From Room 402”, and “The Secret Life of an American Teenager.”

Diana Ross

Diana Ross found fame as the lead singer of “The Supremes.” They produced multiple number one hits such as “Stop! In the Name of Love” and “You Keep Me Hangin’ On”.

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To this day, she is still performing and going on tours. In 2016, she received the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Obama.

Catherine Oxenberg

Catherine Oxenberg is the daughter of Princess Elizabeth of Yugoslavia. She started acting in the early 1980s and is most recognized for her part as Amanda Bedford Carrington in the soap opera “Dynasty.”

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In 2018, she announced that she would be releasing a book about becoming alienated from her daughter, India, who apparently joined a cult.

Neile Adams

Neile worked as a spy for the Philippine resistance during World War II and moved to New York to study acting and dance in New York’s theater district.

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In the 1950’s she was a Broadway actor and acted in At The Grand opposite Paul Muni. Neile continued to act throughout the 70s, 80s, and early 90s.

Barbara Minty McQueen

The third and last wife of actor Steve McQueen, Barbara used to be an elite model who was on many covers of magazines in the 1970s.

 

She authored a book in 2006 called titled “Steve McQueen – The Last Mile.” Her husband died in 1980 from mesothelioma. Nowadays, she is an ambassador for the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization.

Kultida Woods

Kultida is the mother of one of the best, if not the best, professional golfers ever. You may have heard of him; Tiger Woods.

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What does she do? Tiger has since had a nasty public divorce, but he and Kultida maintain a close relationship. Tiger has two children, Sam and Charlie, and Kultida is a proud grandmother.

Samantha Fox

Samantha Fox started to act at the young age of 3 in theater productions. At the age of 20, she released her first hit album “Touch Me.”

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She later released another 6 albums. In 2016, she was a participant in Celebrity Big Brother 18 but didn’t make it to the finale.

Daryl Hannah

Daryl Hannah made her introduction into the world of film in 1979 in the supernatural horror flick, “The Fury.” Following the film, she rose to fame thanks to hit movies like “Splash” and “Steel Magnolias.”

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She continued to act in major films including “Grumpy Old Men,” “My Favorite Martian,” and “A Walk to Remember.”

Erin Murphy

This actress joined the cast of Bewitched at the age of two, with her fraternal twin sister Diane, and together they played the part of Tabitha.

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She was part of the cast for 6 seasons, from 1964-1972. Most recently, in 2017, she acted in a TV movie Life Interrupted.

Sally Field

Sally Field has acted in several films in the 1970s like “The End”, “Norma Rae” and “Smokey and the Bandit.” Her career stayed strong, scoring roles in hit films such as “Mrs. Doubtfire”, “Forrest Gump” and “Lincoln.”

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Recently she starred in the 2017 Netflix comedy, horror film “Little Evil.”

Olivia Newton-John

Olivia gained worldwide fame after starring in the film adaptation of Grease. After acting in the film, she released her second album, Totally Hot.

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In 2015, Olivia recorded a song with her daughter and the song was the first mother-daughter song to reach number-one single on Billboard’s Dance Club Play chart. Today she is still touring internationally.

Christie Brinkley

Christie Brinkley gained international attention after she was on the cover of the Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition in the late 1970s.

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For the 2017 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition, she once again took to the cover, this time with her similarly stunning two daughters.

Dawn Wells

From 1964-1967, Dawn Wells played the role of Mary Ann Summers on “Gilligan’s Island.” Following her performance on Gilligan’s Island, she toured with musical theater productions.

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In 2014, she published “What Would Mary Ann Do? A Guide to Life,” which she co-authored with Steve Stinson. Sadly, Dawn passed away in  December 2020, she was 82-years-old.

Carrie Fisher

Her claim to fame was her performance as Princess Leia Organa in the Star Wars films. Besides this hit, she also starred in other hit films like “The Blue Brothers,” “When Harry Met Sally,” and “Heartbreakers.”

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Sadly, she had a heart attack and passed away when she was 60-years-old in December 2016.

Lauren Hutton

Lauren Hutton was originally rejected by agents due to the gap in her teeth but later was signed to Revlon in ’73 which became the biggest contract in the history of the modeling industry.

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She’s been on the cover of Vogue 27 times. In 2013, she acted with Demi Moore and David Duchovny in The Joneses.

Dolly Parton

It’s safe to say that when Dolly Parton released her three solos, Jolene, I Will Always Love You, and Love is Like a Butterfly, the world was hooked

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She has had 25 songs reach number one on the Billboard country music charts. Dolly has garnered nine Grammy Awards, two Academy Award nominations, and more.

Chris Evert

A former world champion in Tennis, Chris evert was the first female to get the Sports Illustrated “sportswoman of the year award” in 1976. .

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Nowadays, she owns her own tennis academy in Boca Raton, Florida, and her own line of tennis apparel for women.

Carly Simon

After a successful first albm, in 1972, she released her next album, No Secrets, for which she achieved international fame. “You’re So Vain” received three Grammy nominations.

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In 2015, she released her memoir called Boys in the Trees: a memoir in which she discusses her childhood and her marriage to James Taylor.

Agnetha Faltskog

Agnetha was in the famous ABBA Swedish pop group. Agnetha went on to have a mildly successful solo career. She had her first solo album called “Wrap Your Arms Around Me” receive moderate success.

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In 2016, Daniel Ward published a biography called “Agnetha Fältskog: The Girl with the Golden Hair,” which was released in the UK.

Cybill Shepherd

Cybill’s first acting experience was in 1971 in The Last Picture Show. Shortly after in 1972, she played Kelly in the Heartbreak Kid and Betsy in Taxi Driver in 1976.

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Her last film was in 2015 in Do You Believe in which she played a mother who loses her daughter.

Talia Shire

Most recognized for her roles as Connie Corleone in The Godfather films and Adrian Pennino in the Rocky series, Talia Shore was a big influence in the ’70s.

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Afterward, she starred in different films and TV movies. She also acted in his film Dreamland alongside one of her sons Jason Schwartzman.

Jane Fonda

Jane Fonda won her first Academy Award for Best Actress in 1972 for her work in Klute playing the role as a prostitute. She then formed a production company IPC films and produced her 1977 comeback film Fun With Dick and Jane.

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After starring in a plethora of films, Fonda these days stars in the hit TV show “Grace and Frankie” alongside Lilly Tomlin.

Carol Kane

Carol Kane received her first Golden Globe nomination for her role in Hester Street as Gitl. She also starred in Woody Allen’s film, Annie Hall.

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In the early 80s, she played the role of Simka Dahblitz-Gravas on the popular T.V show “Taxi.” In 2015, she landed the part of Lillian Kaushtupper in Netflix’s “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.”

Marilu Henner

Marilu started her career playing Marty in Broadway musical Grease. She made her film debut in Between the lines in 1977.

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Her role which brought her major fame was in the comedy sitcom Taxi as Elaine Nardo. She is also the author of several books including Changing Normal: How I Helped My Husband Defeat Cancer.

Meryl Streep

Meryl Streep is often described as the “best actress of her generation.” Streep started her acting career like many others, on Broadway.

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Streep has the most Academy Award nominations than any other actor. She is also involved with a lot of charity work for women’s rights.

Kirstie Alley

Kirstie is another big name from the ’70s and still today. Her breakout role was in 1982 when she played Saavik in “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.”

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Her most memorable was as Rebecca Howe on Cheers for which she won a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress and Golden Globe for Best Actress in 1991.

Ellen Burstyn

Ellen Burstyn has been nominated multiple times and won several awards. She won an Academy Award in 1975 for playing Alice Hyatt in the Martin Scorsese film Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore.

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Her career continues to be strong and is set to perform in a few more in the upcoming years.

Karen Lynn Gorney

Gorney found fame in her role as Tara Martin in the soap opera All My Children, which she held from 1970 to 1974. However, her biggest role came as Stephanie Mangano in Saturday Night Fever with John Travolta.

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Following the part, she took a decade long break from acting and came back to act in Law & Order and The Sopranos. Recently, she acted in a short film Behind the Wall.

Beverly Johnson

In August 1974, Beverly graced the cover of American Vogue, becoming the first African American woman to ever do so. Moving forward, she ventured into acting.

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Fun fact:  She was on The New York Times list for one of the 20th century’s most influential people in fashion in 2008.

Julie Andrews

Julie Andrews starred in The Sound of Music in 1965, playing Maria von Trapp, for which she won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress.

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She starred in Marry Poppins and countless films. Besides her musical career, she has authored children’s books and published her autobiography in 2008 Home: A Memoir of My Early Years.

Sissy Spacek

Sissy shot to fame in 1976, after playing the iconic title role of the horror movie Carrie, for which she received a nomination for an Academy Award for Best Actress.

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Over the years, she has received numerous awards, including an Academy Award, three Golden Globe Awards, a Screen Actors Guild Award and more.

Faye Dunaway

Faye started her career in the ’60s as an actress on Broadway. Her major role was in the film Bonnie and Clyde, where she played Bonnie Parker and later received an academy award.

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Faye’s career continues to thrive. She is still acting today and starred in a number of movies in 2017, including Inconceivable, opposite Nicolas Cage.

Diane Keaton

Keaton’s major breakthrough was in Woody Allen’s films: Play it Again Sam, and Annie Hall. She won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance in the title role in Annie Hall.

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Recently, she starred in the romantic comedy, Book Club, alongside Jane Fonda.

Ali Macgraw

Ali began her career acting in T.V commercials. She was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress and appeared in another three films in the 70s: The Getaway, Convoy, and Players.

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In 2016, she acted in the stage production of Love Letters, and once more acted with her former co-star Ryan O’Neal.

Jane Seymour

Jane is most recognized for her role as Bond Girl, Solitaire in the film Live and Let die. She continued to star in roles in the 70s, such as Battlestar Galactica and The Four Feathers.

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She began to write self-help books in the 80s. She continues to make appearances in T.V series and films.

Debbie Harry

Born as Angela Tremble, Debbie found fame in being the lead singer of the rock band “Blondie.” They received a feature on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine in 1979.

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In 2017, the band produced their 11th album, called Pollinator.

Barbi Benton

Barbi graced the cover of Playboy magazine four times. She dated Playboy founder Hugh Hefner for several years and resided with him from 1969 until 1976 in the Playboy mansion.

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After her relationship with Hugh, she married George Gradow, a real-estate developer. The two have 2 daughters. In 2006, her husband was convicted of tax fraud.

Loretta Swit

Loretta became a known star after playing Major Frank Burn’s love interest, Major Margaret “Hot Lips” Houlihan in the TV series M*A*S*H.

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Loretta took an almost 20-year acting hiatus, before returning to the big screen to fill the role of Mrs. Kincaid in the upcoming drama Play the Flute.

Paula Prentiss

Paula started off her career as an actor in comedy films. She acted in the cult horror film The Stepford Wives as Bobbie Marlowe.

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After a 30 year hiatus from acting, she proved that she still has what it takes and acted in 2016’s horror film I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House.

Charlene Tilton

Most recognized for her role as Lucy Ewing on Dallas. Measuring at only 4’11, Charlene received the nickname poisonous dwarf because of her character’s wild personality and short height.

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Nowadays, she uses her power for the better of the people, doing charity work for foster kids.

Cicely Tyson

Cicely started played Rebecca Morgan in Sounder and received her first Academy Award nomination for the role in 1972. Two years later, she won two Emmy Awards for The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pitman.

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She acted in the Best Picture-nominated movie The Help and appeared in the popular series How to Get Away with Murder.

Teri Garr

Teri’s first big role was in the film The Conversation (Francis Ford Coppola.) Her real breakthrough came when she played Igna in Young Frankenstein.

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In 2002, she came forward as having multiple sclerosis and shortly after, became a national ambassador for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and National Chair for the Society’s Women Against MS program.

Maureen McCormick

Known most for playing the eldest daughter in the Brady Bunch clan, Marcia, Maureen continued to make other television appearances in Happy Days and Love Boat.

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In 2016, she tested her luck at dancing and placed 8th on Dancing with the Stars.

Allison Arngrim

Allison is recognized most for her role in “Little House on the Prarie” as Nellie Oleson. She played the part from 1974 to 1982.

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She released her book in 2010 titled “Confessions of A Prairie Bitch: How I Survived Nellie Oleson and Learned to Love Being Hated.”

Billie Jean King

King found fame after she won the 1973 “Battle of the Sexes” tennis match verse male tennis star, Bobby Riggs.

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In 2014, she used her power and influence to launch the Billie Jean King Leadership Initiative to deal with inclusion and diversity problems in places of work.

Susan Anton

Despite being 68-years-old, Susan Anton doesn’t look a day over 40. She’s had a long acting career, which has spanned over 35 years.

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From her very first film in 1979, Goldengirl, she already became a nominee for the Golden Globe. Nowadays, the former actress is spending her time with family and practicing her swing at golf.

Barbara Eden

Barbara’s career started when Hollywood was still young. Her breakthrough came when she starred in I Dream of Jeannie.

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Now, the star is 87-years-old and happily retired.

Lynda Carter

Lynda was brought to fame by her superhero part in the TV series Wonder Woman, which she held from 1975-1979. During the same time, in 1978, she released her pop album Portrait.

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She was also a model and was crowned Miss World America in 1972. She proceeded to finish as a semifinalist in the Miss World 1972 pageant.

Mandrell Sisters

This blonde beauty’s 1978 single “Sleeping Single in a Double Bed,” debuted at number one on the Billboard Chart. The show came out, called “Barbara Mandrell and the Mandrell Sisters.

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The sisters haven’t seen together much anymore but did join forces to host the Unleashed fundraiser for the Nashville Humane Association.

Ann-Margret

Ann-Margret garnered major attention after she starred in the movie adaption of the musical Bye, Bye Birdie as the role of Kim Mcafee.

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In 2014 she acted in the Showtime series “Ray Donovan” and in 2017 in the comedy movie “Going in Style,” which was directed by Zach Braff and also starred Morgan Freeman.

Barbra Streisand

Barbra is another admirable woman from the 1970s and one of the most successful personalities in show business. In 1968, she starred in and won major awards for her debut role in Funny Girl.

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She continues to release platinum albums and gift the world with stellar performances in various T.V. series and movies

Linda Lusardi

In the late 1970s, this brunette bombshell got overnight fame as one of England’s notorious Page Three models. Sun Readers called her “The Best Page Three Girl Ever.”

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She still models today and has also given her talent to the acting world, playing in roles on The Bill, Emmerdale, and Brookside.

Adrienne Barbeau

Adrienne’s career started before she was the “scream queen” of the ’80s. She gained recognition after starring in Maude with Bea Arthur.

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Nowadays, the actress is still doing what she does best; acting. She continues to appear in tons of movies and television series.

Susan Dey

Dey found fame as Laurie Partridge on the sitcom “The Partridge Family” which she held from 1970-1974.

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In 2002, she acted as D.D.A Grace Van Owen in the television movie “L.A. Law: The Movie.” She also starred in two episodes of the hit T.V show “Third Watch.”

Kate Jackson

Jackson is most recognized for her role as Sabrina Duncan in the popular 1970’s T.V series Charlie’s Angels. She left the series in 1979 after three seasons.

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Nowadays, she spends her time working on her memoir, called The Smart One, which she is hoping to have out by 2020. The star is a three-time Emmy Award nominee and a four-time Golden Globe Award nominee.

Bo Derek

Bo Derek had her first major role in 1977 when she played Annie in the adventure movie Orca. Her breakthrough role shortly followed in the 1979 film 10.

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On top of this, she has her own line of organic shampoo and conditioner for dogs called “Bless the Beasts.”

Loni Anderson

Popular during the 1970s and ’80s, this actress started her career in mini-movies and as a regular in soap operas.

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The blonde bombshell continues to act today and recently starred in the T.V series “My Sister is So Gay,” from 2016-2018. She played the role of Frances.

Kim Basinger

Kim started off as a model and got her feet wet while debuting as an actor in the TV series “Gemini Man.

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Her most celebrated role and one that she won an Oscar for Best Actress in a Supporting Role was as Lynn Bracken in “L.A. Confidential.” In 2016, she starred in “The Nice Guys,” and in 2017’s “Fifty Shades Darker.”

Linda Gray

Linda Gray started her career as Mrs. Robinson’s body double in “The Graduate.” Her breakthrough role followed when she starred as Sue Ellen in the “Dallas” remake.

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Since then has had parts in the series Hand of God and Hilton Head Island. It looks like her career is still going strong.

Pam Grier

Pam was very present in the 1970’s blaxploitation movie scene, where she played strong and dominant women.

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At the moment she is starring in the T.V. series This is Us, alongside Mandy Moore, and just finished production for the upcoming comedy movie Poms with Diane Keaton.

Goldie Hawn

Goldie has acted in multiple comedies like There’s a Girl in My Soup and Butterflies are Free and has shown her talent in satirical dramas like The Sugarland Express and Shampoo.

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Recently she returned to the big screen alongside comedian Amy Schumer in the mother-daughter comedy, “Snatched.”

Linda Ronstadt

Linda was named the “Queen of Rock” and “First Lady of Rock,” by the media. She has produced an impressive 31 good platinum record and won a whopping 10 Grammys.

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Linda has sadly been diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease. She still managed to release her memoir that same year, which she titled “Simple Dreams: A Musical Memoir.”