Stars Of The 70s: Then & Now
The 1970s was a decade that witnessed many major events: from the creation of video games to several political turmoils. It was decade marked by technological innovations and emerging cultures. And of course, the rise of new beautiful women into the spotlight. Let’s check how these successful women of the 70s look in the modern days.
After having a successful music career during the 1960s, Barbara decided to try acting. In1968, she reached a big popularity with her role in “Funny Girl,” for which she received an Academy Award and Golden Globe for Best Actress. She is still showing her talents with her amazing music and good acting performances. Her last appearance was in the 2017’s adaptation of “Gypsy.”
Pam became a symbol of early 70s movies by playing bold and assertive characters as in Coffy (1973), Foxy Brown (1974), and Sheba, Baby (1975). She also participated in the movies Jackie Brown, The Man with the Iron Fists, and starred the TV series the L Word.
Thanks to her role on Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In, Goldie became a Hollywood icon in no time. Nowadays, Goldie is still acting and returned to the big screen since 2002 in the comedy “Snatched.” Her daughter is following her steps and she has coupled with Kurt Russell since 1983.
Linda made 31 gold and platinum records and also won 10 Grammys. Therefore, the media gave her the nickname the “Queen of Rock” and “First Lady of Rock.” Sadly, Linda was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease so she can no longer sing. However, she released her autobiography in the same year titled, “Simple Dreams: A Musical Memoir.”
Alison is famous for her role as Nellie Oleson in “Little House on the Prairie” (1974-1982). Since then, she has continued acting in many TV movies and series. In 2010, Alison released a comedic memoir named, “Confessions of a Prairie Bitch: How I Survived Nellie Oleson and Learned To Love Being Hated.” Nowadays, she is very involved in charity to raise awareness for aids and child abuse.
Ann received a lot of attention for her role as Kim Mcafee in “Bye Bue Birdie.” After this, she received academy awards nominations for her work in “Tommy” and “Carnal Knowledge”. Her most recent apparition was in the 2014s series “Ray Donovan.”
Mindy is known for her interpretation as Natalie Green in the hit TV series “The Facts of Life.” After this, she made different roles in several TV shows as “The Second Half,” “The Secret Life Of an American Teenager,” and “The Kids From Room 402.” She is also known for giving her voice to Velma Dinkley in Scooby-Doo shows (2002-2015). Her last role was in 2017 in the film “Hollywood Dirt.”
Billie Jean King
Billie is known for being the winner in a tennis match called the “Battle of the Sexes” which she won the male tennis champion, Bobby Rigs, in 1973. She was the first famous female athlete to admit to being gay. She was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 2009. She launched the “Billie Jean King Leader Initiative” as a program to incentive inclusion and raise awareness about diversity issues in work.
Katharine received great fame after her role as Mrs. Robinson’s daughter in “The Graduate” in 1967. She had many lead roles during the 70s in movies such as “The Stepford Wives,” “Voyage of the Damned,” The Swarm,” and “The Betsy.” She also wrote several children books.
Sissy called the attention by her role in Badlands. But her fame reached its highest for her iconic role in the horror film “Carrie” in 1976 which let Sissy to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress. She was the first actress to act in an Academy Award-nominated film in 4 different decades: Missing (1982), JFK (1991), In the Bedroom (2001), and the Help (2011)
Faye began her career in the 60s but her popularity rose with her role in the film “Bonnie and Clyde,” which led her to receive an Academy Award for her great performance. She also did excellent roles in “The Arrangement” and “The Thomas Crown Affair.” Faye is still acting today.
Diane’s major film role was as Kay Adams-Corleone in “The Godfather.” But it was her performances in Woody Allen’s films that put her in the spotlight. Especially her role in Annie Hall which led her to win an Academy Award for Best Actress. Her most appearance was in the TV series “The Young Pope” as Sister Mary.
Jane gained great fame in her role as Solitaire in the 1973s James Bond film, Live and Let Die. After her role as a Bond girl, she continued acting in different TV series and movies such as “The Four Feathers,” and “Battlestar Galactica.” She al wrote several self-help books (“Jane Seymour’s Guide to Romantic Living” and “Remarkable Changes,” and “Among Angels”). Nowadays, Jane is still acting in support roles in many movies.
Debbie is best-known as the lead singer of the band “Blondie”. Her success with the band was so extraordinary that Blondie was featured on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine. In 2014, the band released its 10th album, “Ghosts of Download.” She is also helping organizations like the Endometriosis Foundation of America and Amnesty International Human Rights.
There is no doubt that Meryl Streep is one the best actresses of all time. Since her debut in the 1977s TV movie, “Deadliest Season,” she has continued to have success. Thanks to her role in the film “Kramer vs Kramer”, she received both Academy Award and Golden Globe. She is the person with more nominations for an Academy Award than any other actor or actress. She is involved with charity work for women’s equal rights.
Ellen received her first Academy Award nomination for her performance in the movies “The Last Picture Show,” and “The Exorcist.” But in 1975, she received the Academy Award for Best Actress for her role in the film “Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore.” Ellen is now making the post-production of several movies.
Lorraine is known for her role of Ellen Brody in the Jaws films. Since her last participation in the film Jaws: The Revenge in 1987, she retired from the spotlight. She is also a member of the Human Rights Watch Africa and HRW for Women’s Rights.
Karen Lynn Gorney
Karen participated in the soap opera “All My Children” from 1970 to 1974. But her biggest role came in 1977 for the film “Saturday Night Fever,” with the actor John Travolta. Although she made a hiatus in the 80s, she returned with roles in TV series like “The Sopranos,” and “Law & Order”. Her most recent participation was in the short film “Behind the Wall.”
Beverly was the first African-American woman to appear on the cover of the magazine American Vogue in 1974. In 1975, she became the first African-American model to appear on the cover of the French magazine Elle. In 2014, wrote an article for Vanity Fair which she accused Bill Cosby of abusing her in the 80s. In 2015, she published her memoir (The Face that Changed It All) which gave more details about the incident.
Carol rose to fame in the 70s with her performance on the film “Hester Street,” for which she was nominated for the Golden Globe Award. She also is known for her role in the Woody Allen’s film, “Annie Hall.” Carol continued her career in several TV series and movies such as “Taxi,” “The Princess Bride,” and “Adams Family Values.” In 2015, she participated in Netflix’s “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.”
Agnetha is one of the A’s from the famous pop group ABBA. This Swedish pop music quartet brought mega-hits like “Dancing Queen,” “Waterloo,” and “The Winner Takes It All.” Sadly, ABBA disbanded in the early 1980s. Agnetha tried to start a solo career which achieved a moderate success. She wrote an autobiography, “Agnetha Faltskog: The Girl With The Golden Hair,” in 2015.
Cybill’s debut was in the film “The Last Picture Show” in 1971 which it was a hit and received several nominations and Academy Awards. She also participated in several films such as “The Heartbreak Kid,” and “Betsy in Taxi Driver,” receiving positive reviews. In 2015, she portrayed a grieving mother by the loss of her daughter in the film “Do You Believe?”
Lynda is known for her role in the TV series “Wonder Woman”. She also released a pop album “Portrait” which two songs of that album were included in Wonder Woman episodes. Nowadays, she is still active and has appeared in several episodes of the new CW series “Supergirl”.
Talia is known for her roles as Adrian Pennino in the Rocky films and Connie Corleone in The Godfather films. Due to these performances, she was nominated for Academy Awards for Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress respectively. Talia has continued her career participating in many films and TV movies. Her most recently participation was in the movie “Dreamland.”
Raquel’s iconic role in One Million Years BC is still remembered even nowadays. In the 1970s, Raquel won a Golden Globe award for her performance in the film “The Three Musketeers” in 1973. She expanded her influence in modern pop culture by releasing her book and videos, “Total Beauty and Fitness Program,” and her own line of wigs called “HAIRuWEAR.” Raquel recently participated in the TV movies “The Ultimate Legacy,” and “House of Versace.”