Women Of The 70’s Amazing Careers

Many fads from the 1970’s are no longer with us today, such as The Pet Rock and the 8-track tape. However, the 1970’s also saw many inspirational women who have remained influential to this very day.
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Read on and remember all the iconic films and TV shows of that colorful decade. The amazing pioneer, and extremely talented women who concord the leading roles in our culture.

Linda Ronstadt

Linda’s career began in folk-rock and country-rock music, where she used to play at the Troubadour. Afterward, she discovered her true talent and was quickly named the “Queen of Rock” and “First Lady of Rock,” by the media. She has produced an impressive 31 good platinum records and won a whopping 10 Grammys.

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Since her singing days, Linda has sadly been diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease and was forced to put down the mic. Despite the diagnosis, she still managed to release her memoir that same year, which she titled “Simple Dreams: A Musical Memoir.”

Goldie Hawn

Goldie had her breakthrough role on Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In where she played as a regular. Since then, her career took off. She has acted in multiple comedies like There’s a Girl in My Soup and Butterflies are Free and has showed her talent in satirical dramas like The Sugarland Express and Shampoo.

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In 2013, Goldie recorded the voice as Peggy McGee in the animated series Phineas and Ferb. Apparently, Goldie still hasn’t tired of acting as she is returning to the big screen for the first film since 2002 and will star alongside comedian Amy Schumer in the mother-daughter comedy, “Snatched.”

Pam Grier

Pam was very present in the 1970’s blaxploitation movie scene, where she played strong and dominant women. She acted in Jack Hill’s Coffy in 1973 and other movies like Foxy Brown and Sheba, Baby. Since then, she has acted in Jackie Brown and The Man with the Iron Fists and in the series L World.

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In 2017, she starred in Bad Grandmas, a dark comedy feature film following four grandmothers who mistakenly kill a con man. 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.

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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She  played the role from 2012-2014. She has also starred in the movie “The Entertainers,” “Expecting Mary,” and “Hidden Moon.” From 2016-2017, she acted in the T.V series “Hollyoaks,” as Tabby Maxwell-Brown and since then has had parts in the series “Hand of God” and “Hilton Head Island.” It looks like her career is still going strong.

Kim Basinger

Kim started off as a model and got her feet wet while debuting as an actor in the TV series “Gemini Man.” It was here that the world discovered her talent. Throughout the 70’s, she played in different T.V. series and movies like the remake of “From Here to Eternity.”

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In the 1980’s she started to land bigger roles. 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.”

Loni Anderson

Popular during the 1970’s and 80’s, this actress started her career in mini-movies and as a regular in soap operas. Her signature platinum blonde hair bore a strong resemblance to Marilyn Monroe.

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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.

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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The actress dedicates her time to philanthropy initiatives like Richard Branson’s Wild Aid and other disabled veterans organizations. On top of this, she has her own line of organic shampoo and conditioner for dogs called “Bless the Beasts.”

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. After playing a crime fighting angel, she moved on to TV series like Scarecrow and Mrs. King and Baby Boom.

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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.

Susan Dey

Dey found fame as Laurie Partridge on the sitcom “The Partridge Family” which she held from 1970-1974. In 1977, she returned to television as the co-star of the short-lived situation comedy “Loves Me, Loves Me Not.”

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From 1986-1992, she played D.D.A Grace Van Owen on “L.A. Law,” and won a Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series. 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.”

Adrienne Barbeau

Adrienne’s career started before she was the “scream queen” of the 80’s. She formerly gained critical acclaim for her work on Broadway in Grease, for which she also was a Tony Award nominee. She gained recognition after starring in Maude with Bea Arthur.

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She also recorded the voice for Catwoman on the animated Batman series in the 90’s.  Nowadays, the actress is still doing what she does best; acting. She continues to appear in tons of movies and television series. Besides the time she spends on screen, she likes to spend her time with her husband Billy Van Zandt and their two twin boys as well as with her son from Adrienne’s precious marriage.

Linda Lusardi

In the late 1970’s, 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.

Barbra Streisand

Barbra is another admirable woman from the 1970s and one of the most successful personalities in show business. She has made a whopping $400 million over the span of her career. She started off with a successful music career in the 1960s which later turned into acting. In 1968, she starred in and won major awards for her debut role in “Funny Girl.” She took home both an Academy Award and a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress.

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

Ann-Margret

Ann-Margret garnered major attention after she starred in the movie adaption of the musical “Bye, Bye Birdie,” where she gave a talented performance in her role of Kim Mcafee. She has seen a very successful career following the film during the 70’s. She received numerous Academy Award nominations for her acting in “Carnal Knowledge” and “Tommy.”

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Since then, she’s acted in other movies and TV shows. 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.

Mandrell Sisters

This blonde beauty’s 1978 single “Sleeping Single in a Double Bed,” debuted at number one on the Billboard Chart. Shortly after, she came out with her second hit “if loving you is wrong I don’t want to be right.” The singer’s popularity amongst the public attracted producers’ attention. They wanted Barbara to have her own show. The show came out, called “Barbara Mandrell and the Mandrell Sisters.” The series followed the country singer and her sisters, Louise and Irene. The show wasn’t so successful and ran for only two series.

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

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.” Two of her songs were also included in episodes of “Wonder Women.”

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Following her role as a superhero with superhuman strength and flight power, she played more “normal” roles in film and on TV. Recently, she played the role as President Olivia Marsdin in the CW series “Supergirl” and starred in the movie “Super Troopers 2.” Not surprising, considering Lynda’s stunning appearance, she was also a model and was crowned Miss World America 1972. She proceeded to finish as a semifinalist in the Miss World 1972 pageant.

Barbara Eden

Barbara’s career started when Hollywood was still young. While she didn’t star in A list films with James Dean and Elizabeth Taylor, she nonetheless had some pretty famous roles. 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.

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. She sings, she acts, it seems there’s nothing she doesn’t do.

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From her very first film in 1979, Goldengirl, she already became a nominee for a Golden Globe. After that, she starred in the popular T.V drama Cliffhangers. She has also starred in the beloved broadway musical, Hairspray. Nowadays, the former actress is spending her time with family and practicing her swing at golf.

Billie Jean King

King found fame after she won the 1973 “Battle of the Sexes” tennis match verse male tennis star Bobby Riggs. In 1981, she came out as gay, making her the first athlete to do so. King was a very successful player throughout the years, and was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1987

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In 2009, she received the Presidential Medal of Freedom. 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.

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. Since those days in the prairie, she has continued to act in different TV movies and films and write.

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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.” In the book, she talks about her experience as one of television’s most memorable characters. Today, she gives back to charity to raise awareness for aids and child abuse.

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 2015, she played in the Australian version of I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! She was on the show for 42 days before getting eliminated right before the season finale. In 2016, she tested her luck at dancing and placed 8th on Dancing with the Stars.

Teri Garr

Teri’s first big role was in the film The Conversation which was directed by Francis Ford Coppola. Her real breakthrough came when she played Igna in Young Frankenstein. She moved on to other roles in Close Encounters of the Third Kind and The Black Stallion.

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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.

Cicely Tyson

Cicely started as a model and later turned to acting which proved to be a wise choice. She demonstrated her capabilities while playing 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 has continued acting in film, T.V, and broadway, and has had roles in award winning shows like Roots and King. She acted in the Best Picture-nominated movie The Help and appeared in the popular series How to Get Away with Murder.

Charlene Tilton

Most recognized for her role as Lucy Ewing on Dallas, she is a small girl with a big influence. Measuring in at only 4’11, Charlene received the nickname poisonous dwarf because of her character’s wild personality and short height. Following the role, she became a pop singer in the 1980’s.

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Nowadays, she uses her power for the better of the people, doing charity work for foster kids. She also played a small part in the movie “Road Less Traveled,” that was released in 2017.

Paula Prentiss

Paula started off her career as an actor in comedy films. In the 1960’s, she played roles in Where the Boys are, The Honeymoon Machine and Bachelor in Paradise. Following that, she acted in the cult horror film The Stepford Wives as Bobbie Markowe.

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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.

Loretta Swit

Lorette 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. She was on the show for all 11 seasons, being 1 of only 4 cast members to do so. She received two Emmy Awards for her performance.

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In 2015, she narrated the documentary Never the Same: The Prisoner of War Experience. The documentary depicts prisoners of war who use their creativity and humor to survive. 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.

Barbi Benton

Barbi graced the cover of Playboy magazine four times; in July 1969, March 1970, May 1972, and December 1985. 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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She is known for discovering the Playboy Mansion West, where Hefner lived until his death in 2017. From 1972-1983, she acted in “Hee Haw” performing short comic sketches. Following that, she starred in several recurring roles on “Sugar Time.” and “The Love Boat.” She also had a country singing career. 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 and pleaded guilty.

Debbie Harry

Born as Angela Tremble, Debbie found fame in being the lead singer of the rock band “Blondie.” After Blondie’s album, titled Blondie, was released in 1976, the group became a hit sensation. They received a feature on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine in 1979.

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In 2011, Debbie told Britain’s The Sun that Elton John was her inspiration to do charity work. She has since given back to organizations like the Endometriosis Foundation of America and Amnesty International Human Rights. In 2014, the band produced its tenth studio album, Ghosts of Download, a double album released in celebration of the band’s fortieth anniversary. And in 2017, the band produced their 11th album, called Pollinator.

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, including Jane Seymour’s Guide to Romantic Living (1986), Two at a Time: Having Twins (2002), Remarkable Changes (2003), and Among Angels (2010). In 2008, she partnered with Kay Jewelers to create the “Open Heart Collection.” She continues to make appearances in T.V series and film.

Sissy Spacek

Sissy started her acting career in the early 70’s. She started to make her mark in the film industry with her performance in Badlands. Her fame continued to grow 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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In 2012, her memoir, My Extraordinary Ordinary Life was published. Spacek became the first person to act in an Academy Award-nominated film in each of the 4 most recent decades: Coal Miner’s Daughter (1980), Missing (1982), JFK (1991), In the Bedroom (2001) and The Help (2011). Over the years, she has received numerous awards, including an Academy Award, three Golden Globe Awards, two Critics’ Choice Movie Awards, a Screen Actors Guild Award and has been nominated for four BAFTA Awards, three Primetime Emmy Awards and a Grammy Award.

Ali Macgraw

Ali began her career acting in T.V commercials, including a commercial for the Polaroid Swinger camera. She gained stardom in 1970 after she played Jenny in “Love Story,” opposite Ryan O’Neal. The film is one of the highest-grossing films in the U.S. ever. She was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress and was featured on the cover of Time magazine. She appeared in another three films in the 70s: “The Getaway,” “Convoy,” and “Players.” In the 80s, she acted in TV series “The Winds of War” and “Dynasty.”

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In 2008, she made GQ magazine’s list of “Sexiest 25 Women in Film Ever.” In 2016, she acted in the stage production of Love Letters, and once more acted with her former co-star Ryan O’Neal.

Diane Keaton

Keaton’s first big role came as Kay Adams-Corleone in “The Godfather.” However, her major breakthrough was in Woody Allen’s films: “Play it Again Sam,” “Sleeper,” “Love and Death,” and “Annie Hall.” She won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance as the title role in Annie Hall.

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To this day,  Diane continues to star in major movies such as “Something’s Gotta Give” and “First Wives Club.” In 2016, she was in a few episodes in the TV series “The Young Pope” as Sister Mary. Recently, she starred in the romantic comedy, Book Club, alongside Jane Fonda which is about  four best friends whose lives forever change after they read 50 Shades of Grey in their monthly book club.

Faye Dunaway

Faye started her career in the 60’s as an actress on Broadway and later appeared in her first film in 1967, “The Happening” playing Sandy.  Her major role was in the film Bonnie and Clyde, where she played Bonnie Parker and later received an academy award. In the 60’s she acted in “The Thomas Crown Affair” and “The Arrangement.”

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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.

Julie Andrews

Julie Andrews is an English actress, who started her career as a  child, appearing in the West End in 1948 and making her Broadway debut in The Boy Friend in 1954. In 1956, she starred in a number of Broadway musicals including My Fair Lady in 1956 and Camelot in 1960. She made her film debut in Mary Poppins for which she won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance in the title role. She also starred in The Sound of Music in 1965, playing Maria von Trapp, for which she won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Comedy or Musical.

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Julie Andrews became one of the biggest names in the industry in the 60’s. Her success didn’t stop just there. In the 70’s, she starred in Darling Lili,” and “10.” From 1973 and 1975, she headlined five variety specials on ABC. To this day, she is prominent in TV and film.  She voiced the character of the Queen in all the “Shrek” films and Gru’s mom in “Despicable Me.” In 2017, she starred in Netflix’s “Julie’s Greenroom,” an educational series for preschoolers. Besides her musical career, she has authored children’s books and published her autobiography in 2008 Home: A Memoir of My Early Years .

Beverly Johnson

In August 1974, Beverly graced the cover of American Vogue, becoming the first African American woman to ever do so. In 1975, she did it again and became the first African American woman on the cover of the French edition of Elle. Moving forward, she started acting. She wrote a controversial article in which she accused Bill Cosby of drugging her  in a meeting at home in Manhattan in the 1980’s.

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In 2015, she wrote a memoir called The Face That Changed It All in which she discusses the Cosby incident. Fun fact:  She was in The New York Times list for one of the 20th century’s most influential people in fashion in 2008.

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.

Carol Kane

Another star of the 70’s, 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. In the early 80s, she played the role of Simka Dahblitz-Gravas on the popular T.V show “Taxi.”

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Kane has continued to act in popular films like “The Princess Bride” and “Adams Family Values.” From 2005-2014, she played the wicked principal Madame Morrible in the Broadway musical “Wicked.” In 2015, she landed the part of Lillian Kaushtupper in Netflix’s “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.”

Ellen Burstyn

Ellen Burstyn has had a successful acting career in which she’s been nominated multiple times and won several awards. In 1971, she acted in The Last Picture Show for which she received her first nomination for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. She then received another nomination for Best Actress for her role as Chris MacNeil in The Exorcist. She finally won an Academy Award for Best actress 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 she has acted in many films in the last few years and is set to perform in a few more in the upcoming years.

Kirstie Alley

Kirstie is another big name from the 70’s 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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She has since appeared in several films and TV series. 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. She appeared in the Fox TV series “Scream Queens.”

Meryl Streep

Meryl Streep is often described as the “best actress of her generation.” Streep started her acting career like many others, on Broadway. She had her film debut at the age of 28 in the T.V movie, Deadliest Season and held a small part in Julia later that year.

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Streep has the most Academy award nominations than any other actor. She definitely uses her power and fame for the betterment of society and is involved with a lot of charity work for women’s rights.

Marilu Henner

Marilu started her career off in the 70’s with a national touring company playing Marty in Broadway musical Grease. She made her film debut in Between the lines in 1977. Her role which brought her major fame was in the comedy sitcom Taxi as Elaine Nardo.

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Fun fact – she is one of twelve known people in the world with Highly Superior autobiographical memory and was in 60 minutes and 60 minutes Australia in a two part special. She is also the author of several books including Changing Normal: How I Helped My Husband Defeat Cancer.

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. Following the role, she didn’t get work as an actress. She then formed a production company IPC films and produced her 1977 comeback film Fun With Dick and Jane.

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Jane Fonda won her first Academy Award for Best Actress in 1972 for her work in Klute playing the role as a prostitute. Following the role, she didn’t get work as an actress. She then formed a production company IPC films and produced her 1977 comeback film Fun With Dick and Jane.

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 70’s. She received nominations for both films for Academy Awards for Best Supporting Actress and Best Actress.

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Afterwards, she starred in different films and TV movies. Her son is Robert Schwartzman who is best known as the lead vocalist of the rock/pop band Rooney and also a screenwriter and director, She acted in his film Dreamland alongside one of her sons Jason Schwartzman.

Cybill Shepherd

Cybill’s first acting experience was in 1971 in The Last Picture Show. The movie received critical acclaim and won several Academy Awards as well as nominations. Shortly after in 1972, she played Kelly in the Heartbreak Kid and Betsy in Taxi Driver in 1976.

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In 2012, she had her Broadway debut when she played in the Revival of the Best, starring alongside James Earl Jones and John Stamos. Her last film was in 2015 in Do You Believe in which she played a mother who loses her daughter.

Agnetha Faltskog

Agnetha was in the famous ABBA Swedish pop group. The group recorded such songs like “Dancing Queen” and “Take a Chance on Me.” The group split up in the early 80’s and 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. Besides her singing success, Fältskog has major stage fright, fear of crowds and open spaces, and a fear of heights.

Carly Simon

She released her first album in 1971 and with it her hit “That’s the Way I’ve Always Heard It Should Be.” Carly saw almost immediate success and won her first Grammy Award for Best New Artist. Her second album was released later that year called Anticipation. Both albums were very successful. In 1972, she released her next album, No Secrets, for which she achieved international fame.

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The album took the number 1 spot on the Billboard 200 for five weeks and brought with it the worldwide hit “You’re So Vain”, for which she received three Grammy nominations, including Record of the Year and Song of the Year. To this day, people wonder who the song was about. 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.

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. She began to play tennis at age 5 and was already winning big titles by age 16. She was the world champion for 7 consecutive years in a row from 1974 to 1981.

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

Dolly Parton

Dolly Parton, a prolific songwriter, country singer, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, actress, businesswoman and philanthropist, is a queen of country music. It’s safe to say that when she released her three solos, Jolene, I Will Always Love You, and Love is Like a Butterfly, the world was hooked. All three were number one on the country chart. She continued to produce top hits throughout the decade. She hosted her own variety show called Dolly! from 1976-1977.

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In 2016, Dolly set off on her biggest U.S tour to date and she graced 60 cities with her voice. Recently, she collaborated with the a cappella group the Pentatonix and they released a cover of Jolene. The most honored female country performer of all time, she has had 25 songs reach number one on the Billboard country music charts. Dolly has garnered nine Grammy awards, two Academy Award nominations, ten Country Music Association Awards, as well as seven Academy of Country Music Awards, three American Music Awards, and is one of only seven female artists to win the Country Music Association’s Entertainer of the Year Award. On top of that, Parton has received 47 Grammy nominations.

Lauren Hutton

Lauren Hutton is an American model and actress. She 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 has continued to work in her seventies, appearing in ads for H&M, Lord and Taylor and Alexander Wang. She made the gap-tooth look cute. She’s been on the cover of Vogue 27 times. She has also done some acting, receiving positive reviews for her role as Billie in The Gambler. In 2013, she acted with Demi Moore and David Duchovny in The Joneses.

Carrie Fisher

Her claim to fame and what led her to receive a Hollywood star is 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. She is survived by one daughter Billie Lourd.

Dawn Wells

From 1964-1967, Dawn Wells played the role of Mary Ann Summers on “Gilligan’s Island.” In 1978, she brought back the role for the T.V reprisal “Rescue from Gilligan’s Island” and in 1979, “The Castaways on Gilligan’s Island.” Following her performance on Gilligan’s Island, she toured with musical theater productions. Sadly, she never was cast in any big TV or movie roles after Gilligan’s Island.

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In 2014, she published “What Would Mary Ann Do? A Guide to Life,” which she co-authored with Steve Stinson. In May 2016, she became the Marketing Ambassador to MeTV network. Sadly, Dawn passed away in Los Angeles in December 2020, she was 82-years-old.

Christie Brinkley

Christie Brinkley gained international attention after she was on the cover of the Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition in the late 1970’s. She was the face of Covergirl for 25 years and has been featured in hundreds of other magazines. That’s no surprise as this supermodel is drop dead gorgeous.

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Christie today at the age of 63 has seemed to withstand the test of time as she doesn’t look much different from when she was younger. For the 2017 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit edition, she once again took to the cover, this time with her similarly stunning two daughters.

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.

Sally Field

Sally Field had her breakthrough role as Sister Bertille in The Flying Nun. Her career took off after she played this role. She acted in several films in the 1970’s like “The End”, “Norma Rae” and “Smokey and the Bandit.”

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Her career has been staying strong, scoring roles in hit films such as “Mrs. Doubtfire”, “Forrest Gump” and “Lincoln.” Recently she starred in the 2017 Netflix comedy, horror film “Little Evil.”

Erin Murphy

This actress started her career off at quite the early age. She joined the cast of Bewitched at the age of two, with her fraternal twin sister Diane, and together they played the part of Tabitha. The two were cast together for the role due to child labor laws. Erin’s talent was evident, and producers used her for close-up scenes with Diane being used for long-shots. She was part of the cast for 6 seasons, from 1964-1972.

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Since her days in the show, Murphy has continued to be quite the normal teenager, even becoming a cheerleader and homecoming queen. Most recently, in 2017, she acted in a TV movie Life Interrupted.

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 and appeared in multiple hit movies such as “Splash” and “Steel Magnolias.”

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She continued to act in major films including “Grumpy Old Men,” “The Little Rascals,” “My Favorite Martian,” and “A Walk to Remember.” Recently, she played the role as Angelica in the Netflix series “Sense8”.

Samantha Fox

Samantha Fox started to act at the young age of 3 in theater productions. At the age of 15, she started to study at the Anna Scher Theatre School. A year later, she signed her first record deal with Lamborghini Records, however it wasn’t so successful. At the age of 20, she released her first hit album at 20-years-old, “Touch Me.” Her single “Touch Me (I Want Your Body),” went to number one in 17 countries.

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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.

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. In 1969, Kultida married Early Woods, who formerly served in the army. In 1975, they had Tiger, their only child.

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

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. They two met after Steve had seen a photo of her and got in touch with her. They were married a few months after.

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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.

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. After the show finished in 1957, Ball proceeded to act in “The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour” from 1957-1960, which was later followed by “The Lucy Show” from 1962-1968, and then from 1968-1974 she starred in “Here’s Lucy.”

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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.

Neile Adams

Neile worked as a spy for the Philippine resistance during World War II and after moved to New York to study acting and dance in New York’s theater district.. In the 1950’s she was a Broadway actor and acted in At The Grand opposite Paul Muni.. Her and Steven married in 1956 but unfortunately they divorced in 1972.

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Regardless, Neile continued to act throughout the 70s, 80s, and early 90s.

Catherine Oxenberg

When you are the daughter of a princess, it’s safe to say that you spend a lot of time in the public eye. Catherine Oxenberg is the daughter of Princess Elizabeth of Yugoslavia. She started acting in the early 1980’s and is most recognized for her part as Amanda Bedford Carrington in the soap opera “Dynasty.”

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She acted throughout the 1980’s, most recently in 2015. In 2018, she announced that she would be releasing a book about becoming alienated from her daughter, India, who apparently joined a cult.

Diana Ross

Diana Ross found fame as the lead singer of “The Supremes,” one of the most influential bands in the 60’s. They produced multiple number one hits such as “Stop! In the Name of Love” and “You Keep Me Hangin’ On”. Ross decided to go off on her own and came out with her self-titled album in 1970. She found major success with her solo career and produced the number-one hit “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough.”

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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.

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.” Apart from playing Natalie Green, Cohn also voiced the character of Velma Dinkley in the Scooby-Doo franchise, during the years of 2002-2015. Recently, she acted in 2017’s drama-film “Hollywood Dirt,” playing the role of Thelma.

Sigourney Weaver

Sigourney Weaver’s first minor role was in Woody Allen’s Annie Hall. Following the role, she began to be cast in major roles. 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.

Traci Lords

Traci Lords started her career in the adult film industry for which she had great success. Following her time working in that field, she began to act in mainstream productions. 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 and worked as a clothing line designer.

Loretta Lynn

Loretta Lynn was discovered by a record label in the 1950’s while performing in a local pub. She has been singing since the release of her first album in 1963. Her songs aren’t about your everyday romance and feelings, however.

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She sings about more controversial subjects like birth control and double standards for men and women. Her lyrics and confidence to express her feelings inspired other country stars to do the same. She is the most decorated female country singer and currently working on her album which will be released in 2018.

Paula Deen

Paula Deen demonstrates where hard work can get you. She held several odd jobs until she decided to give in to her true passion in life, food. She opened up a catering business out of her home and called it The Bag Lady.

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The business was very successful and became too big for her home kitchen. In 1991, she opened up her first restaurant called The Lady. Since then, she has grown her company immensely. She now owns several restaurants and is expected to open at least one more in 2018. 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.

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. After the role, her career continued to flourish, and she appeared in several T.V shows and movies.

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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.” We must say, this 73-year-old actress looks phenomenal.

Lola Falana

Lola Falana, is another prominent actress who rose to fame in the late 1960’s while working abroad as an Italian actress. At the same time, she worked and toured with Sammy Davis, Jr. In 1970, she finally hit the American screens and starred in “The Liberation of L.B. Jones.” In the late 70’s, she moved to Vegas where she brought her act and even became known as the “Queen of Las Vegas.” At the time, Falana was the highest paid female performer in Las Vegas.

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Her show ran twenty weeks a year and became a top tourist attraction. 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.

Jacqueline Bisset

British-born Jacqueline Bisset became famous worldwide in 1968, after playing the role of Norma MacIver, in “The Detective,” opposite Frank Sinatra. 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.

Beth Chapman

Beth Chapman was raised in Colorado. In her late 20’s, she had a change of heart and decided she wanted to become a bail bond agent. She received her license becoming the youngest person to do so in Colorado history. (Her step-daughter, Lyssa, later broke that record.)

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In the mid-90s she met Duane Chapman, and they quickly became romantic partners as well as business partners. Millions of viewers have watched the two find fugitives across the country in their reality T.V series “Dog the Bounty Hunter.” Unfortunately, she was diagnosed with cancer in 2017 and, despite going into remission, Chapman passed away two years later, on June 26, 2019.

Victoria Principal

Victoria Principal was a doctor before she got into a serious accident. After the incident, she decided to pursue acting instead. She left everything and moved to Hollywood in 1970 and in 1972, she 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.” She played the part as Pamela from 1978-1987.

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After “Dallas,” Principal acted in several TV shows and films. However, her last appearance was on the series “Titans” in 2001. Since 2001, she has spent her time doing charity work. She is very active in animal protection charities such as the Humane Society.

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. Her performance got her guest roles on “Happy Days,” “Kojak,” “and “Dallas.” However, her career really took off after she appeared in “Flamingo Road” and “Falcon Crest,” in the 80s.

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She still acts today, recently starring in 2016’s “A Christmas in Vermont,” alongside Chevy Chase.

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. After the series ended, Bach had roles in a few low-profile films.

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

Raquel Welch

Raquel ended the 60’s with a bang, playing her iconic bikini wearing character in One Million Years BC. Her fame only continued to rise in the 1970’s. In 1973, she played in The Three Musketeers for which she won a Golden Globe award for her performance.

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She also appeared in the thriller The Last of Shelia. Aside from acting, she wrote a Total Beauty and Fitness Program book and videos, as well as, a signature line of wigs called “HAIRuWEAR.” Recently, she has appeared in the House of Versace and The Ultimate Legacy.

Katharine Ross

Katharine Ross became famous in 1967 after playing Mrs. Robinson’s daughter in “The Graduate.” The roles she played in the 70’s made her name a legend in Hollywood. In 1975, she played the lead role of Joanna Ingalls Eberhart in “The Stepford Wives.” She finished the 70’s with roles in “Voyage of the Damned,” “The Betsy,” and “The Swarm.”

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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 books.

Sophia Loren

Sophia Loren started acting in 1950 at age 15. She started her career in small roles until getting signed by Paramount with a 5-film contract. Her international fame came after her performance as Cesira in “Two Women” for which she won an Academy Award for Best Actress. She became the first actress to win an Oscar for a foreign-language film. Her career further grew with roles in movies such as “Man of La Mancha,” “A Special Day,” and “Brass Target.”

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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.

Cheryl Ladd

Cheryl Ladd gained recognition for playing Kris Munroe in the hit series “Charlie’s Angels,” from 1977-1981. In 1978, she had her first single “Think It Over,” reach #34 on the Top 100 Billboard chart. She released three more albums following that. In 1980, she gifted the Super Bowl with her voice while singing the National Anthem.

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Since the ’70s, her most memorable performances were in “Millennium” in 1989, and “Poison Ivy,” in 1992. In 2016, she played in the hit mini television series “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story.” She has continued to appear in various T.V series and movies.

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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However, she came back briefly for a reprisal of Ellen Brady in Jaws: The Revenge in 1987. Since her reprisal of the 1987 Jaws sequel, Gary has once again retired from the spotlight. She is married to entertainment industry executive Sidney Sheinberg, and the pair has two children. 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.