32 Gorgeous Stars Of The 70s Then And Now

By | March 30, 2019

1. Cheryl Ladd

Cheryl Ladd began her acting career by playing the role of Kris Munroe in the hit TV series Charlie’s Angels in 1977. In 1978, she released her first single named Think It Over, which ranked #34 on Billboard. She went on to sing and released 3 more albums. Most recently, she made an appearance in the TV mini-series The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story.

2. Loni Anderson

In the early ’70s, Loni Anderson started her career by only landing small roles on various TV series. However, her luck changed in 1978 when she starred in WKRP in Cincinnati as Jennifer Marlow, which quickly made her a household name. Her career continued to flourish in TV series and movies like Partners in Crime and White Hot: The Mysterious Murder of Thelma Todd. Most recently, she landed a role in the 2017 Amazon original film Love You More.

3. Kate Jackson

Kate Jackson is most well-known for playing the role of Sabrina Duncan, a butt-kicking beauty who fights crimes, in the ’70s TV series Charlie’s Angels. However, she left the show after the third season ended and appeared instead in shows like Scarecrow and Mrs. King and Baby Boom. Recently, she ventured to a different art – writing and planned to publish a memoir in 2010.

4. Linda Ronstadt

Linda Ronstadt started her music career by playing shows at the Troubadour, a noted nightclub in West Hollywood. She made a few tweaks to her original style of music and was soon being called the “Queen of Rock” and the “First Lady of Rock”, by national media. She went on to have over 30 gold and platinum records and won 10 Grammys. Sadly, in 2013, she announced she was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease, which resulted in her retirement from singing. She released her memoir, “Simple Dreams: A Musical Memoir”, that same year.

5. Meryl Streep

Streep has gone on to be one of the most celebrated and decorated actresses in the industry. She has more Oscar nominations than any other actor or actress. She started her acting career on stage. In the early 1970s she performed on Broadway, but, in 1977, she got her film debut in the TV movie “Deadliest Season”. She rounded out the decade with a strong performance in 1979’s “Kramer v Kramer”. For her performance of Joanna Kramer she received a Golden Globe and Oscar for Best Supporting Actress.

6. Goldie Hawn

Goldie Hawn rose to fame by becoming a regular on Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In. Due to her lovely and approachable personality, she began landing roles in more extensive comedic productions such There’s a Girl in My Soup and Butterflies are Free. Her career in comedic films continued and today has many well-known performances on her resume, such as in Death Becomes Her and The First Wives Club. She took a hiatus from acting in 2002, after her performance in The Banger Sisters. However, she returned in 2017, appearing alongside Amy Schumer in Snatched.

7. Carol Kane

Carol Kane shined in 1970s. Her first major role of Gitl in “Hester Street”, in 1975, earned her a Golden Globe nomination. Her performance was also noticed by many in the industry including Woody Allen. He soon after cast her in his Oscar-winning film, “Annie Hall”. Her career has yet to slow down and she has landed roles in hit films such as “The Princess Bride”, “Addams Family Values”, and “Scrooged”. One of her most recent roles from 2015-2017 as Lillian Kaushtupper in the the Netflix series “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”.

8. Linda Gray

Linda Gray got her big break in a very unusual way. She portrayed Mrs. Robinson’s body double in “The Graduate”. That “performance” was good enough for her to land her own roles. Her breakthrough acting role came as Sue Ellen on “Dallas”, which she played from 1978-1991. She reprised her role in the show’s remake from 2012-2014. Her most recent on-screen appearance was in 2017, on 2 episodes of “Hand of God”.

9. Maureen McCormick

Maureen McCormick is best known for her role as Marcia Brady on the TV sitcom “The Brady Bunch”. She reprised the role several times in spin-off feature films and TV movies. She has appeared on several reality TV shows such as “I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here!” and “Dancing with the Stars”. Her most recent role was in 2017, in the drama film “The Neighborhood”.

10. Teri Garr

Teri Garr’s breakthrough role was as Igna in 1974’s “Young Frankenstein”. She continued to land roles and has appeared in films such as “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” and “Tootsie”. Sadly, in 2002, she publicly announced that she had been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. However, she has used that diagnosis for good and has become a National Ambassador for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and National Chair for the Society’s Women Against MS program.

11. Charlene Tilton

Charlene Tilton is best remembered as Lucy Ewing on “Dallas”. She was given nickname the “poisonous dwarf” because or her short stature of 4 feet and 11 inches, as well as her character’s wild personality. After portraying Lucy, Charlene dabbled in music and began singing pop music. Although she still appears in various shows and films, today, she concentrates less on acting and singing and more on charity work. She is very involved in organizations that help foster children.

12. Pam Grier

Pam Grier rose to fame by playing bold and assertive women, in early 1970s blaxploitation movies. She played roles in hit films such as “Coffy”, “Foxy Brown”, and “Sheba, Baby”. Since the 70s, her acting resume has continued to grow with roles in hit films such as “Foxy Brown”, “Man with the Iron Fists”, and “Mars Attacks!” She currently has roles in 3 movies that are in post-production which are expected to be completed soon.

13. Kim Basinger

After becoming a successful model, Kim Basinger decided to jump into acting. She made her on-screen debut in the series “Gemini Man”. She continued to land roles through the 70s, in several TV movies and shows. However, she was able to make the transition onto the big screen in the 1980s, including her famed role of Lynn Bracken in “L.A. Confidential”. In 2016, she appeared alongside Russell Crowe in “The Nice Guys” and, in 2017, she appeared in the movie adaptation of “Fifty Shades Darker”.

14. Barbara Streisand

After having a successful singing career and appearing in two musical films (Funny Girl and Hello, Dolly!) in the late 1960s, Barbara Streisand’s career flourished in the 1970s. She has truly succeeded in the spotlight and today has titles to her name such as Producer, Director, Composer, and Writer. She is still acting as well as singing, and she even recently finished a tour. In 2015, it was announced that she would be writing a memoir, which is scheduled to be released in the near future.

15. Cicely Tyson

Cicely Tyson is a model turned actress who has received much critical acclaim for her performances in films and TV shows such as “Sounder”, “The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pitman”, “Roots” and “King”. Although she is 92-years-old, Tyson doesn’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon. Her most recent appearance was in 2017 in the hit TV series “How to Get Away With Murder”.

16. Billie Jean King

Bille Jean King became a sports legend, in 1973, after winning the “Battle of the Sexes” – a tennis match verse the male-champion tennis player, Bobby Riggs. She furthermore inscribed her fame after she became the first prominent female athlete to come out as gay, in 1981. In 1987, she was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame. Her story was recently immortalized in a film starring Emma Stone and Steve Carell, appropriately called “Battle of the Sexes”.

17. Debbie Harry

Debbie Harry, born Angela Tremble, is best known as the lead singer of the band “Blondie”. The band’s first album was released in 1976 and they quickly shot into fame. In 2011, Debbie Harry was inspired by Elton John and decided to become more involved with charity work. She has worked with charities such as the Endometriosis Foundation of America and Amnesty International Human Rights. In May 2017, Blondie released its 11th studio album, “Pollinator”.

18. Ann-Margret

Ann-Margret’s breakout role was in 1963, as Kim Mcafee in the movie adaptation of “Bye Bye Birdie”. Since her role as Kim, her career has yet to slow down. Her most recent role was as Annie Santori in the 2017 film “Going in Style”, which also featured actors such as Morgan Freeman and and Michael Caine. She is also a successful singer and has released 14 albums and has even been nominated for multiple Grammys.

19. Allison Arngrim

Alison Arngrim may be best remembered for her role of Nellie Oleson in “Little House on the Prairie”. After playing little, nasty Nellie, Arngrim landed roles in several TV shows and movies. However, she never saw the same success as her days on the Prairie. In 2010, she released  a comedic memoir titled “Confessions of A Prairie Bitch: How I Survived Nellie Oleson and Learned to Love Being Hated.” Today she is actively involved in charity work.

20. Paula Prentiss

Paula Prentiss rose to fame as a comedic actress in the 1960s. However, in 1975, she proved she could play roles beyond comedy when she appeared in the cult horror film “The Stepford Wives”. Although her career has remained steady, she has not appeared in any lead roles for many years. Her most recent role was as Iris in the 2016 horror film “I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House”.

21. Loretta Swit

Loretta Swit is best remembered as Major Margaret “Hot Lips” Houlihan in the military TV series “M*A*S*H”. She was 1 of 4 cast members that remained on the show for its entire duration, 11 seasons. She won two Emmy awards for her performance as Houlihan. Her last on-screen appearance was in 1998. But, she did some voiceover work in 2015. However, she is currently credited with a role in a film that is set to be released in 2018.

22. Jane Seymour

Jane Seymour rose to international fame after playing the Bond girl, Solitaire, in “Live and Let Die”. With her new found status as Hollywood hottie, she quickly landed roles in productions such as “Battlestar Galactica” and “The Four Feathers”. Her acting still continues till today. However, she has taken on several other ventures such as writing self-help and inspirational books as well as jewelry design.

23. Lorraine Gary

Lorraine Gary helped bring the everyone’s underwater nightmare come to life in the “Jaws” films. Although she said she was going to retire from acting after appearing in the film “1941” (released in 1979), she came out of retirement to reprise her role of Ellen Brody in the Jaws franchise’s final installment “Jaws: The Revenge” (released in 1987). She is actively involved in charity work and is a member of the Humans Rights Watch Africa Advisory Committee and the Human Rights Watch Women’s Rights Advisory Committee.

24. Diane Keaton

Diane Keaton’s breakthrough role was as Kay Adams-Corleone in “The Godfather.” But it was her collaboration with Woody Allen, on films such as “Play it Again Sam,” “Sleeper,” “Love and Death,” and “Annie Hall,” that truly made her a household name. Her performances as the title role of “Annie Hall” even won her an Oscar for Best Actress. Her most recent role was in the 2017 rom-com “Hampstead”.

25. Sissy Spacek

Sissy Spacek burst onto the Hollywood scene in the 1970s. She was given critical acclaim for the 1973 film “Badlands”, which was soon followed by her portrayal of the title role of the cult horror film “Carrie”, in 1976. For her portrayal of Carrie, she was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress. Spacek is 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).

26. Faye Dunaway

Faye Dunaway began her acting career on stage on Broadway. She got her on-screen debut in 1967’s “The Happening”. Her big break would come later that same year as Bonnie Parker in “Bonnie and Clyde”, a role for which she received an Oscar. Her career has never wavered and her most recent role was in the 2017 thriller film “Inconceivable”.

27. Karen Lynn Gorney

Karen Lynn Gorney began her rise to fame playing Tara Martin, from 1970-1974, on the soap opera “All My Children”. However, her biggest role to date was as Stephanie Mangano in the hit film “Saturday Night Fever”. Gorney took a hiatus from acting in the 1980s, but returned in the 1990s and had roles on shows such as “Law & Order” and “The Sopranos”. Her most recent role was in the 2016 drama “H.O.M.E.”.

28. Julie Andrews

Julie Andrews is synonymous with amazing acting talents as well as a beautiful singing voice. She rose to international fame after playing the lead roles in movie-musicals “Mary Poppins” and “The Sound of Music”. She made the jump back to TV, when she headlined 5 variety specials on ABC between 1973-1975. Her most recent role was as the voice of Gru’s mom, in the animated film “Despicable Me 3”.

29. Katharine Ross

Katharine Ross rose to fame in the late 1960’s with critically acclaimed performances in “The Graduate” as well as “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid”. She secured that fame with roles in 1970’s films such as “The Stepford Wives” and “The Betsy”. She married famed, southern-drawl sounding, cowboy actor Sam Elliott in 1984. They are still happily married and they have one daughter together.

30. Beverly Johnson

Beverly Johnson made history in August 1974 when she became the first African-American model to appear on the cover of American Vogue. She continued to make history the following year when she became the first African-American woman to appear on the cover of the French edition of Elle. In 2014, Johnson wrote an article in “Vanity Fair”. In the article, she accuses Bill Cosby of drugging her in the 1980s. Her memoir, which was released in 2015, also touches on the incident.

31. Ellen Burstyn

Ellen Burstyn shined in the 1970s. She began the decade strong and received her first Oscar nomination, in 1971, for Best Supporting Actress for her role in “The Last Picture Show”. Only a few short years later, she received another nomination for her performance in the cult classic film, “The Exorcist” (1973). She finally won the award for Best Actress, in 1975, for her portrayal of Alice Hyatt in “Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore”. Her most recent appearance was alongside Sharon Stone, in the 2017 film “A Little Something For Your Birthday”.

32. Marilu Henner

Marilu Henner began the 1970s traveling the United States, with the national touring company of the Broadway musical “Grease”. However, by the end of the decade she received her first film role in 1977’s “Between the Lines”. But, it was in 1978 that Henner became a household name, after landing the role of Elaine Nardo in the sitcom “Taxi”. Besides acting, Henner is 1 of only 12 people to have Highly Superior Autobiographical Memory, a trait that allows her to remember every little detail of her life.