The 1970s were an incredible time when it came to the world of entertainment. Mass communication had really become that – mass. As recently as the 1930s, not everyone in the country had a radio. Meanwhile, very few people were able to afford televisions.
Keep in mind, this was a time that computers were not even around, a time when IBM was known more as a jumble of letters than as the computing giant we know them today.
Yet by the time that the 1970s had rolled around, everyone had access to a radio. Additionally, this was the first time that the vast majority of people in the United States either had a television or had the ability to easily go over to somebody else’s house in order to watch something.
Because of this, the stars of the 1970s really made a huge impact on the American psyche and how American culture developed. While there are still distinct cultures across the United States, the differences were much starker before this great equalizer of technology.
Now, anyone, from the Partridge Family to the Cassidys, were able to get their message and their music across to the entire United States simultaneously. They were able to perform and entertain us in our own living rooms. They were some of the first people to have their names and the details of their lives known by every American.
This was the beginning of the golden age of television. An age when the biggest stars were able to project themselves anywhere they wanted. When shows like The Jeffersons, M*A*S*H, Happy Days, and so many others were influencing American styles and social norms.
We wanted to catch up to these stars and see what they had gotten up to. Where were these people who so influenced our tastes and cultures, and whose impact he have felt more than two generations later? Well, it turns out that…
Then – David Cassidy
David Cassidy was just a kid when he played the role of Keith in The Partridge Family. Every girl back then had a major crush on this feather-haired young man. The child star was sent straight into the limelight with this role. The role, along with his status as a teen idol, resulted in a combination career as a musician and television actor. He starred in The Partridge Family with his on-screen mother Shirley Jones, who was also his step-mother, off-screen.
Now – David Cassidy
After his acting debut, David became successful in the world of music. He released several albums before returning to film and television in the 90s. His career really did manage to stand the test of time…mostly. Since 2008, when David publicly admitted that he struggled with alcoholism, he was arrested twice and charged with driving under the influence. He has 2 children, one of them being Katie Cassidy – an actress who has starred in the Nightmare On Elm Street reboot and on the Gossip Girl series.
Then – Helen Hunt
Helen Hunt started acting when she was 8 years old. She spent the 70s playing roles in shows such as Amy Prentiss, Swiss Family Robinson, and The Fitzpatricks. During her years as a child actress, she was mostly cast in made-for-tv movies and as an extra on shows like The Facts of Life. She gained valuable experience working with big name stars such as Patrick Swayze, Anthony Hopkins, and Matthew Broderick. Little did she know…
Now – Helen Hunt
… That her career was going to take off! Hunt continued to act, so well in fact, that she won herself an Oscar for her role in 1998 for as As Good As It Gets. Before she became an Oscar-Awarded actress, she had a successful on one of the most beloved television sitcoms of all time – Mad About You – and won 4 Emmy’s for her role in the show. She’s also starred in Castaway with Tom Hanks, What Women Want with Mel Gibson, Pay It Forward with Kevin Spacey, and in Bobby alongside Demi Moore and Sharon Stone.
Then – The Jackson Five
Michael, Tito, Marlon, Jermaine, and Jackie were the five siblings that made up The Jackson Five. Under the guidance of their father and band manager Joe Jackson, the boys were signed underneath Motown after a short contract with Steeltown Records. The kids struck gold with five hit singles within the space of one year. After Michael’s departure from the group in 1983, the remaining 5 members performed poorly in album sales and were dropped from the Motown label.
Now – The Jackson Five
The siblings haven’t sung together in years, even growing slightly apart. But after the most famous brother, Michael, died, the siblings came together for a memorial tour. In 2011 Jermaine held a tribute concert to Michael and released a solo album on Itunes for the time in 21 years. Janet was the only Jackson to continue a successful music career into the 2000’s, until retiring from the entertainment industry after marrying her current husband.
Then – Johnny Whitaker
Johnny Whitaker spent the better part of the 70s acting in shows such as General Hospital and Family Affair. He also grabbed a movie role in the cult-classic musical Tom Sawyer, alongside Jodie Foster. After Tom Sawyer, Johnny worked as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and attended Brigham University in Utah. In 1999, Whitaker was honored with the Young Artist Former Child Star Lifetime Achievement Award at the 20th Annual Youth in Film Awards Ceremony.
Now – Johnny Whitaker
After his wife of 4 years left him for his best friend in 1988, Johnny battled drug abuse issues until he kicked the habit entirely due to an intervention. Of his addiction and failed marriage he stated, “that was what I called the precipitous event which caused me to lose faith in God and faith in myself and whatever else and kind of went to the dark side, Luke Skywalker. I started hanging out in bars and smoking marijuana and then going from marijuana to cocaine and methamphetamine and smoking heroin and losing three cars, four apartments, five jobs and a company that I’d started and ran into the ground.”
Then – Kim Richards
Kim starred in films like Escape to Witch Mountain and the subsequent sequel, Return from Witch Mountain. She also appeared in an episode of Little House on the Praire and starred in the television series, Nanny and the Professor. As a teenager she played minor roles on Diff’rent Strokes, The Dukes of Hazzard, Magnum P.I., James at 16, The Love Boat, and The Rockford Files. Everyone thought Kim’s presence in the limelight would remain forever.
Now – Kim Richards
Alas, that was not the case. Her last movie role was as Christina’s Ricci’s mother in Black Snake Moan in 2006. The former child star can now be seen on the E! Channel’s reality show The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills; but only reruns of the show, as new episodes don’t include her, as she was let go. Her departure from the E! Channel series was due to her personal struggles with the law. In 2015, Richards was arrested for trespassing, public intoxication, resisting an officer, and battery. She returned to the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills for a guest slot during the 6th season.
Then – Danielle Spencer
Spencer had a role on Whats Happening as Dee Dee Thomas starting in 1976 through 1979. She played the classically annoying younger sibling, and coined the phrase “Oooooh, I’m tellin’ Mamma”. After the show went off the air, she attended veterinary school in Tuskegee, Alabama and became a certified animal doctor in 1996. Since 1997, she has appeared in films like As Good As It Gets and The Crucifix in minor roles. She considers herself to have retired from acting.
Now – Danielle Spencer
In 2014, she was diagnosed with breast cancer but is now in remission. That same year she was inducted into the Smithsonian Museum as part of the permanent African-American cultural exhibit. She has been living in California and practicing animal for over 25 years. Spencer released an autobiography describing her experience as a working child star, entitled “Through the Fire: Journal of a Child Star..” Her most recent public appearances were on the Wendy Williams Show and Unsung Hollywood to discuss her book and her battle against cancer.
Then – Leif Garrett
The 70s made Leif Garrett famous. His roles in Walking Tall and Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band being brought him to the forefront of American minds.
Now – Leif Garrett
Garrett had a little too much too soon, the result being a drug addiction that he just couldn’t shake off. Since the 70s, Leif hasn’t done much of anything, disappearing into the unknown.
Then – Barbi Benton
Barbi Benton – originally Barbara Klein – is most well-known for her work with Playboy from the 1960s to the 1980s. She appeared on the show Playboy After Dark, as well as on the cover of the Playboy magazine several times, and she was in a relationship with Hugh Hefner for a few years. She was also a pretty successful musician in the 1970s, composing and writing many of her own songs by herself, and even going so far as to produce her last album.
Now – Barbi Benton
These days Barbi does not act or sing professionally, having retired from the entertainment business in the 1980s to focus on raising her children. You can mostly see her today in reality shows based in Hollywood, where she makes the occasional appearance, mostly due to her previous work with Playboy, or due to her relationship with Hugh Hefner. She is also on occasion featured on reality television due to her acting roles and her singing.
Then – Lynda Carter
Lynda Carter struck Hollywood gold when she emerged on the action scene as comic book heroine Wonder Woman. The role solidified her spot not just in the entertainment industry but in the world of geeky fandom for a lifetime. Lynda was (and still is) a feminist icon, that is praised for her work as one of the first televised female superheroes.
Now – Lynda Carter
Lynda Carter still looks like Wonder Woman today! In the 90’s she took a break from acting to raise her 2 children with attorney husband Robert Altman. In the early 2000’s, she dipped her toes back into the spotlight and has appeared on the broadway stage and in Law & Order for special guest appearances.
Then – Mark Lester
Mark’s claim to fame was being cast in the 1970 musical Oliver. The play was based on Oliver Twist, by Charles Dickens. Mark could sing and matched the look of the character, but couldn’t sing for the life of him so his singing was dubbed.
Now – Mark Lester
After his earlier acting gigs, Lester decided to stop acting around the age of 20, choosing to study Osteopathy instead. He also had a very good relationship with friend Michael Jackson before Jackson’s death.
Then – Mason Reese
Mason Reese’s looks are what made him special in Hollywood. He was the face of various television commercials and talk show appearances. He appeared in over 70 commercials throughout the years.
Now – Mason Reese
Reese capitalized on his success from his youth and took the money he made into the restaurant business. Reese opened three restaurants in New York City, putting his commercial past behind him.
Then – Robbie Rist
Robbie Rist played the role of Oliver, the young cousin on The Brady Bunch. His appearance was towards the end of the show, as the Brady children were growing up and a young character was needed to grow the ratings.
Now – Robbie Rist
After The Brady Bunch, Rist took to voice acting and made out quite well for himself. These days, Robbie was on the Sharknado films soundtrack, for one reason or the another…
Then – Robbie Benson
Benson was one busy actor in the 70s. He played in films like Jory, Jeremy, and Ode to Billy Joe. Not to mention his television stints, like his role on Search For Tomorrow.
Now – Robbie Benson
Later in life Benson hit the mother-lode when he voiced ‘Beast’ in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. Since then, however, he has lay pretty low due to medical issues that have needed four surgeries to date.
Then – Ron Howard
Before the epic success he made for himself later in life, Ron was on the show Happy Days as well as some random gigs on The Andy Griffiths Show. Man, he never would have guessed how big he would actually make it.
Now – Ron Howard
Just how big did he make it? Howard is an Academy Award winning producer and director. He was the brains behind films like Apollo 13, A Beautiful Mind, and The Da Vinci Code. When he has some time though, he narrates the comedy hit Arrested Development.
Then – Scott Baio
Chachi! Happy Days wouldn’t have been the same without Scott’s good looking, teen heart crushing, character. He also had a starring role in Bugsy Malone, alongside Jodie Foster.
Now – Scott Baio
These day, Scott is mostly known for his political opinions. Backing the current former business mogul turned United States President while he was on the campaign trail in 2016, his views on the presidency were heard clearly in the Republican National Convention.
Then – Karen Carpenter
Karen was one part of the band The Carpenters alongside brother Richard. They had two singles reach ‘hit’ status in the 70s. Karen was considered to be an amazing drummer, a compliment not afforded to women usually.
Now – Karen Carpenter
Sadly, Karen passed away in 1983 due to an extreme case of Anorexia Nervosa, an eating disorder that left her too weak and her eventual death due to heart attack and organ failure.
Then – Lance Kerwin
Another child star from the 70s. Lance got his start in Emergency. After which, he continued to act throughout the years in minor television and movie roles.
Now – Lance Kerwin
In an interesting turn of events, after battling a serious drug addiction, Kerwin decided to turn his face towards his faith and become a minister. He used his faith to continued to act until 1995. He had a severe drug problem through his acting career and decided to leave to become a Minister. Kerwin attributes his faith to how he managed to get clean.
Then – Barry Williams
Barry was cast as Greg, the eldest Brady on the super successful series The Brady Bunch. He was just 14 at the time. Barry was beloved by his fans, growing up on the show and alongside them. He also released four albums throughout the show with his on-screen family.
Now – Barry Williams
Replacing television with musical theater, Barry kept the acting bug pretty tame after the show. He went on to write an autobiography titled Growing Up Brady which is, as you can tell, about his life on and off the show during its run.
Then – Maureen McCormick
The Partridge and the Brady’s – those were the two 70s show everyone watched. So it’s no surprise that everyone fell for Marcia Brady. Maureen was only 12 when she started playing the role of the beautiful teen, which ended right around her 18th birthday.
Now – Maureen McCormick
And the Child Star Syndrome strikes again. Most child stars are afflicted with drug and alcohol issues, and Maureen was no different. She had a drug problem that she finally managed to get a handle on a few years later.
Then – Danny Bonaduce
Danny played the mischievous middle child on The Partridge Family – aptly named Danny as well. His character played the bass guitar in the family musical group. He also counted David Cassidy as a form of real-life brother to him.
Now – Danny Bonaduce
Here’s a title you never thought you would put by the Bonaduce’s name – professional wrestler. It’s true, along with being a musician and comedian, Danny’s a pro wrestler too. Interesting…
Then – Tatum O’Neal
Tatum started her career out with a bang. She won an Oscar at the tender age of 10 for her performance in Paper Moon in 1974. Since then she played in films like Nickelodeon and Bad News Bears.
Now – Tatum O’Neal
Tatum kind of lost herself somewhere in the 80s and 90s, but come the 21st century, O’Neal found her acting chops again, and got roles in Rescue Me and Law and Order.
Then – Linda Blair
Scarring the pants off of us in the 70s, Linda played the eery role of possessed youth in The Exorcist. The movie got her so much aclaim that she was nominated for an Oscar and actually won a Golden Globe award for her acting. Was it the head spinning skills?
Now – Linda Blair
Horror was the way to go for Blair. She stayed in the scary catergory throughout her career, getting roles in smaller horror movies. She has also had a recurring cameo in the thriller series, Supernatural.
Then – Jodie Foster
We have Bugsy Malone, Taxi Driver and many more examples of Jodie’s acting abilities. She started acting when she was just 3 years old and kept very busy all through the 60s and 70s, showing the world that even though shes’s young, she can definitely hold her own.
Now – Jodie Foster
These days, Foster is a two-time Academy Award winner, and had added the title of director to her many talents. Her career has been as upbeat as ever, starring in films like The Silence of the Lambs, Panic Room, and Anna and the King.
Then – Valerie Bertinelli
Bertinelli starred in the tv sitcom One Day at a Time – appearing in 208 out of 209 episodes. She spent the years between 1975 and 1984 on the show, earning herself a Golden Globe in 1981.
Now – Valerie Bertinelli
Valerie’s career never saw a dull moment in the 90s and early 2000s. She had roles in television shows, such as Sydney and Touched by an Angel. More recently she’s been a spoksperson for Jenny Craig, as they have helped her shed the pounds he always wanted to.
Then – Mackenzie Phillips
Phillips was 12 when she got noticed. She had a role in American Graffiti alongside stars like Ron Howard. Afterwards she found herself on yet another hit show, One Day At a Time.
Now – Mackenzie Phillips
Mackenzie, like many other child stars, had a bit of a substance abuse situation. The problem got to the point where the One Day At a Time producers decided to fire her. Finally, in 1992, she got help and tried to reboot her acting career.
Then – Kristy McNichol
It seemed as though Kristy was everywhere. She has cameos on show like The Bionic Woman, Starsky & Hutch, and The Love Boat. However, it was her role in Family that scored her two Emmy Awards.
Now – Kristy McNichol
McNichol quickly moved to film. She starred alongside Mark Hamill and Dennis Quaid in the film, The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia, and recieved a Golden Globe nomination for Only When I laugh.
Then – Adam Rich
Adam got the role of Nicholas Bradford in Eight is Enough. He basically made the bowl-cut haircut popular. His role on the show would have him pegged as the adorable little one that everyone loved.
Now – Adam Rich
And another child star bites the dust. As soon as Adam grew up a bit, he went down. Way down. Once again, illicit substances and libations played a part in an actors troubles, so much so that he was arrested for robbing a pharmacy. My how the mighty have fallen.
Then – Haywood Nelson
Haywood got noticed when he got a cameo appearance in the show Sanford & Son, in the role of Grady. He would be so good that he would eventally get a spin-off. He continued to act on the show What’s Happening!!.
Now – Haywood Nelson
After his great start, Nelson thought his career would skyrocket from there, but it didn’t. He got very few acting jobs thereafter and has since moved to working behind the screen.
Then – Faye Dunaway
The 70s were the decade Faye became a hit girl. Starring as Bonnie in the classic Bonnie & Clyde, Dunaway made her acting as noticable as her features. She also starred in films such as Mommy Dearest, Chinatown, and Network. For the film, Network, Faye won herself an Oscar.
Now – Faye Dunaway
Faye has had a long and steady career sine the 70s. Most recently she’s had an appearance on the hit show Grey’s Anatomy. However, other than that she has pretty much left her acting days behind her.
Then – Clint Eastwood
In the 70s, Clint was one of the most good looking men in Hollywood. He was not only a very successful actor but the 70s also inspired him to become a director of the films he was in. For example High Plains Drifter, The Eiger Sanction, The Gauntlet, and Escape from Alcatraz. He also spent the 70s married to his first wife Maggie Johnson.
Now – Clint Eastwood
You probably know this, but Clint has since become one of the most well respected people in Hollywood as well as one of the richest. His long list of credits would fill up this whole page if we listed it, but his top hits were The Bridges of Madison County, Mystic River, Million Dollar Baby, Letters from Iwo Jima, and American Sniper… to name a few.
Then – Robert De Niro
Back in the 70s Robert was a budding young actor with a lot of talent to spread around. Most notably he was in The Godfather Part II, Taxi Driver, The Last Tycoon, and New York, New York. There was just something about his face that attracted the gangster flicks for some reason. In the 70s and 80s, Robert was married to Diahnne Abbott.
Now – Robert De Niro
Robert’s career went from strength to strength, his movies are a wide range of drama, comedy, action, and everything in between. Most recently he’s been in films like Little Fockers, Limitless, Silver Linings Playbook, The Big Wedding, American Hustle, Last Vegas, The Intern, and Joy. He is known to be one of the most beloved actors to work with; not surprising at all.
Then – Burt Reynolds
Burt Reynolds made 20 movies during the decade of the 1970s. That astonishing amount of films was because Burt was one good looking man, and an actor to boot. His credits from the 70s include The Longest Yard, Hustle, Smokey and the Bandit, and Hooper. He was also a producer on some of the productions, he liked being a part of the film as a whole.
Now – Burt Reynolds
Burt is now 80 years old and is considered a Hollywood legend. He no longer acts as he was injured several years ago on set which caused him to have further substance dependence and other health issues. His hard work over the decades in Hollywood have left their mark though, that’s for sure.
Then – Harrison Ford
Harrison was all about Star Wars in the 1970s, or was it us that were all about Star Wars? Either way, Harrison was busy playing Han Solo and we all went from not knowing who this random previously a carpenter to being totally obsessed with him and his character.
Now – Harrison Ford
Harrison is now still known for being Han Solo but also for his role as Indiana Jones, he really had a thing for franchises! He is also married to fellow actress Calista Flockheart (you may remember her from Ally McBeal). Harrison is obviously still acting and not showing us any movement to the contrary.
Then – Jeff Bridges
Jeff starred in his first film in 1970 (we aren’t counting his role when he was a baby, no one knew it was him!). His role in the 1971 film The Last Picture Show, was the one that put him on the map. His beach blonde hair and chiseled good looks were a shoe in in move stardom. Add to that a film like Thunderbolt and Lightfoot and Jeff was on route to being one of the top grossing and famous actors in Hollywood.
Now – Jeff Bridges
Would you look at that? Jeff kept good on our premonition. He is one of the top grossing actors in Hollywood, with such a long list of credits, it’s hard to pin point the exact moment he became a household name, but he sure is.
Then – Sally Field
Sally got her start in acting in the 60s but her 70s job list is the one that got her noticed. Her role as Carrie in Smokey and the Bandit, as well as Gwen Doyle in Hooper, made her sweet face all the more recognizable. She has the innate ability to turn herself completely into her characters, a true acting chameleon.
Now – Sally Field
Sally is now everyones favorite lovable leading lady. She has been on television and film for so long that her name is synonymous with quality. Her roles in Amazing Spider-Man, Lincoln, and Hello – My Name is Doris, solidified everyones affection for Field. Her five year stint on the show Brother & Sisters showed her diversity of film and television.
Then – Robert Redford
Robert started on television before transitioning to film. In the 70s, Redford played in the highly acclaimed films All the President’s Men, and Jeremiah Johnson. During these decades Robert was married to former model Lola Van Wagenen. His ability to draw viewers into his scenes is one that is not easily done, yet he managed to do just that in almost every movie he’s been in.
Now – Robert Redford
Now at 80 years of age, Robert looks slightly weathered in comparison to his 70s decade, but his Hollywood street cred has done him wonders. He is far from finished, he has been in films like Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and The Company You Keep, and has two more films coming out in 2017.
Then – Barbara Bach
Barbara shot to fame when she played the role of Anya Amasova in the James Bond film The Spy Who Loved Me in 1977. Not to mention her role of Maritza Petrović in Force 10 from Navarone, in 1978. Barbara was married to Augusto Gregorini from 1968 to 1978.
Now – Barbara Bach
After her failed marriage to Augusto Gregorini, Barabara went on to marry Beatles band member Ringo Starr. The two are still happily married today. In terms of her career, Barbara has not acted since the mid-80s, deciding to focus her energy on her charitable efforts and family.
Then – Al Pacino
Come on. The 1970s were ALL ABOUT The Godfather! Al hit it big with the role of Michael Corleone, which even he was surprised as to the effect it had on his career. The Godfather was followed by two more chapter/parts for continued success for the franchise. Al was nominated for several Academy Awards, one for The Godfather Part II.
Now – Al Pacino
The film Scent of a Woman got Al his first Academy Award win of his career. He has been a significant part of major films and television shows both in front and behind the camera. Most notably was his HBO miniseries Angels in America, that reminded the world of Al Pacino outside of the world of The Godfather.
Then – Michael Douglas
Michael’s claim to fame was his part in the ridiculously successful film One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. The film won an Academy Award for Best Picture, a BAFTA Award for Best Film, and a Golden Globe for Best Picture. Wow. Because Michael was one of the films producers, it means that these awards applied to him as well.
Now – Michael Douglas
So Michael has enjoyed epic success, as well as a brilliant marriage to fellow actress Catherine Zeta-Jones. The couple has two children together that look like a perfect combination of the two of them. Michael has recently been in Ant-Man and Beyond the Reach.
Then – Meryl Streep
Meryl made her film debut in the 1977 picture The Deadliest Season. With talent like hers it’s no surprise that just one year later she would be going to the Oscars as a nominee in her role in The Deer Hunter.
Now – Meryl Streep
Since her incredible debut decade Streep has collected over 19 Oscar nominations and has been in more films than we can count. Her more recent roles include The Devil Wears Prada, It’s Complicated, and August: Osage County.
Then – Goldie Hawn
Funny girl Goldie Hawn first broke out in the 1960’s but achieved critical success during the 70’s after winning an Academy Award for Cactus Flower. The lovable blonde was an occasional singer and became well-known for the comedic acting chops in movies such Housesitter, Private Benjamin, and Overboard. For a brief period of time she type-casted as a dumb blonde with a bubbly personality, although Goldie is remembered for being so much more than just the average, charming actress.
Now -Goldie Hawn
Goldie has managed to mantain her iconic star status well into her later years and has been in a steady, longterm relationship with actor and Overboard co-star Kurt Russell since 1983. She has 3 children that also work in the film industry – Kate Hudson, Oliver Hudson, and Wyatt Russell. She just completed her most recent project alongside Amy Schumer, set to be released in 2017.
Then – Sylvester Stalone
Sylvester Stallone was the epitome of manliness back in the 70’s, and he proved his macho worth timeand time again with the Rocky franchise that immortalized his legacy. In 1977 he was nominated for 2 Academy Awards for playing the title character of Rocky Balboa and he entered the 80’s as a veteran action star. He would go on to star in the Rambo franchise, Angels with Dirty Faces, Cobra, and Tango & Cash.
Now – Sylvester Stalone
Sylvester Stallone has continued throughout the decades as a successful action star. He has been featured in films such as The Expendables, Get Carter, and won a Golden Globe for his role in 2015’s Creed. He has been married to model and actress Jennifer Flavin for 20 years and they share 3 daughters together.
Then – Suzanne Somers
Suzanne Somers became a household name as Chrissy on Three’s Company alongside John Ritter. Once the 70’s ended, she invested her time and effort in becoming a healthy lifestyle guru and invented the Thighmaster – a machine that would change the lives of housewives all over the nation. She’s also authored a few self-help books that give advice on how to age gracefully in the new age.
Now – Suzanne Somers
Suzanne’s most recent televised appearance was on the ABC reality competition Dancing With The Stars. The former 70’s star came in 9th place. In 2013, she also hosted a 13 episode season of The Suzanne Show which welcomed guests to discuss their fitness and health lifestyles with a live crowd. The show wasn’t renewed for another season, but re-runs still play on Wednesday mornings on The Lifetime Network.
Then – Richard Dreyfuss
Richard Dreyfuss was a big deal in the 1970’s. He starred in smash-hits like Jaws, Close Encounters of the 3rd Kind, American Graffiti, and Mr. Holland’s Opus before falling off the face of the Earth. In 1977 he was nominated for an Academy Award for his performance in The Goodbye Girl. Unfortunately, he struggled with a cocaine addiction into the early 80’s and it stunted his acting career.
Now – Richard Dreyfuss
It wasn’t until the early 90’s that Richard Dreyfuss was able to make a comeback and rehabilitate his image after he was charged with possession in the mid-80s. In 2002 he was nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award for his role in The Day Reagan Was Shot. In 2006 Dreyfuss went public with his diagnosis of Bipolar Disorder and has since undergone treatment for his mental illness. He is now married to Svetlana Erokhin and they live in San Diego, California.
Then – Pam Grier
Pam Grier stepped into the 70’s scene as the fierce and fearless Foxy Brown. Once she made waves as the iconic character, she pursued a career in film and maintained moderate success well into the 90’s. She was featured in Quentin Tarantino films, most notably as Jackie Brown.
Now – Pam Grier
Pam Grier became a sexual identity symbol as Kit Porter on Showtime’s controversial LGBT show The L Word. She was considered a feminist icon that owned her sexuality as well as her femininity. In 2015 she appeared in the made-for-tv movie Cleveland Abductions playing a nurse.
Then – Paula Prentiss
Paula Prentiss was the original sketch comic of her day. In the 60’s and 70’s, she starred ABC’s show He & She alongside her husband Richard Benjamin. She also appeared in The Stepford Wives, What’s New Pussycat?, and The Black Marble. He & She is still a cult-television success today.
Now – Paula Prentiss
Paula stopped appearing on television and in films about 30 years ago. She does, however, still act in theater productions. Today she is still married to Richard Benjamin and they have 2 adult children; Ross and Prentiss Benjamin. She did appear in one feature film for the first time in three decades in 2016; I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House directed by veteran director, Oz Perkins.
Then – John Travolta
John Travolta has made over 70 films during the span of his acting career. He starred in old-school classics Grease, Saturday Night Fever, and his breakout role was on the late night sitcom, Welcome Back Kotter. John has been married to Kelly Preston since 1991.
Now – John Travolta
Now, John is popular for being an active member of the Church of Scientology. He still has a successful career in film and in 2016, he played Robert Shapiro in the anthology series American Crime Story: The People Vs. OJ. Sadly in 2009, Kelly and John’s son passed away while on a family trip to the Bahamas.
Then – Jack Nicholson
Jack Nicholson is one of the most successful and revered actors in the Hollywood film industry. In the 70’s he shot straight to superstardom with classics like One flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest, The Shining, Chinatown, and Easy Rider. He’s also a notorious ladies man who’s known to have a sharp eye for pretty women.
Now – Jack Nicholson
Jack Nicholson has received 12 Academy Award nominations and has been presented with the Best Picture 8 times throughout his career, which is more than any other actor or actress in history. After 40 years of movie-making, Jack Nicholson retired after 2010 upon the completion of How Do You Know – a movie he co-starred in with Paul Rudd and Reese Witherspoon.
Then – Jacqueline Bisett
Jacqueline Bissett was the English actress that stole everyone’s hearts in the 70’s. She starred in movies like Airport and The Deep, as well as various other television shows throughout the next decade. During the 70;s, she won an Academy Award and a Golden Globe.
Now – Jacqueline Bissett
Jacqueline continued acting well into the 90’s, with her last majorly publicized role as Joan of Arc in 1999. After the mini-series ended, she moved on to another small-screen project for BBC on Dancing With Edge, a role she won another Golden Globe for. Today, even her 70’s, Bissett continues to dabble in the occasional film project from time to time.
Then – Mia Farrow
Mia Farrow was a talented actress who grabbed the world’s attention with Rosemary’s Baby in 1968. By the 70’s, she launched a film career that span over the next 3 decades and accumulate to over 50 movies total. Her private life became a frequent topic of discussion; she was once married to Frank Sinatra and had a long-term relationship with director Woody Allen. She starred in 13 of her former flame’s films.
Now – Mia Farrow
Today, Mia is 71 years old and the ultimate family woman. She’s a charitable activist, spends a modest amount of time with her grandchildren, and still acts for the Brooks Atkinson Theater. She has a total of 14 children, 10 of which were famously adopted.
Then – Olivia Newton-John
The 1970’s were kind to Olivia Newton-John as she kick-started her career with the cult-classic Xanadu and as Sandy in the musical Grease. Newton-John is also a multi-platinum award-winning music artist who is famous for her 80’s hit “Physical.”
Now – Olivia Newton-John
After the 80’s, Olivia Newton-John became a mother and chose to spend most of her time focusing on raising her children. In 2008, she opened the Olivia Newton-John Cancer and Wellness Centre in Melbourne, Australia and organized a walk through the Great Wall of China to advocate cancer research and show support to survivors. She has appeared as a guest judge on Dancing With The Stars and Ru Paul’s Drag Race.
Then – Jane Seymour
Jane Seymour was immediately recognized as one of the best-looking Bond women of the 1970’s. With Live and Let Die, the actress’ career took off without a hitch and she became a television sensation throughout the 80’s and 90’s. She was best known as Dr. Quinn the Medicine Woman from 1992 until 1998.
Now – Jane Seymour
Jane’s most publicized role in the last decade was as Christopher Walken’s wife in the Vince Vaughn comedy Wedding Crashers. Recently, she divorced her 4th husband Stacy Keach, and has 4 children. Jane has received 2 Golden Globe Awards, an Emmy Award, and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Then – Jane Fonda
Jane Fonda made a splash in the 60’s that carried well over into the following decade. Jane didn’t just come from an acting dynasty, she was a political activist with a voice louder than any other human rights leader you can think of. With Barbarella alone Jane set the standard for actress expectations and became an evolving, style icon throughout the 80’s and 90’s.
Now – Jane Fonda
Today Jane is just plain fabulous. She still acts and if you need to get your weekly fix of some Fonda you can find her on the Netflix original series Grace & Frankie. Over the years, she also released a set of workout tapes (which would probably explain that bangin’ body she still rocks).
Then – Bo Derek
No one did beach bunny better than Bo Derek in the flesh. During the 70’s, the popular, much sought-after was known as the “perfect 10” for obvious reasons. She’s the only woman in publication history who has been listed as being more beautiful than Marilyn Monroe. Bo starred in more than 10 films during the 70’s and 80’s.
Now – Bo Derek
After a successful career in film and being named one of the hottest women alive, Bo retired to her ranch in Long Beach, California to raise her blue-ribbon horses. As if we weren’t envious enough of her already, she’s been snuggled up with actor John Corbett since 2002. Yup! Bo Derek bagged Aiden Shaw from SATC everyone!
Then – Dolly Parton
Country singer and beloved actress, Dolly Parton hit stardom in the 1970 with her musical talent. Her first album, Hello, I’m Dolly, was released in 1967, and really gained a lot of attention throughout the 1970s. Her big blonde hair and curvy figure garnered her the attention of people everywhere. Dolly was more than just a beautiful voice though, she wrote all of her own songs, either alone or with another individual.
Now – Dolly Parton
These days, Dolly is a country music legend and a true star. She is known for some of her acting roles, such as Steel Magnolias, and Joyful Noise (opposite Queen Latifah). She is also the godmother to songstress Miley Cyrus! Dolly has her own theme park in Tennessee where visitors can enjoy her music and playful rides.
Then – Barbara Streisand
Barbara started her career in music back in the 1960s and really hit it big in the 1970s. Her albums Barbra Joan Streisand, The Way We Were, Superman, and Songbird (just to name a few since she released an album every single year), marked her 1970s presence. While Barb was busy singing her heart out, she also managed not only to find time to act but to do so so well that she was nominated and won Golden Globe and Academy Awards. Barbara won an Oscar and Golden Globe Award for her music and role in A Star Is Born.
Now – Barbara Streisand
Seeing as the 70s were just a start, Streisand has truly become an inseparable part of Hollywood. In 1983, she played the role of Yentl, as well as directed, produced and co-wrote the film. She won a Golden Globe Award and nominated for another. Her music in the films she has been in has won her critical acclaim over the years and made her name synonymous with Hollywood royalty.
Then – Rene Russo
During the 1970s, Rene was a Vogue cover model. Her 5 foot 8 stature and long stems made her a perfect fit for the modeling world. Her impressive cheek bones and overall classical features had people doing a double take when they flipped through the pages of the magazine. She modeled until the 1980, when she decided to transition into acting.
Now – Rene Russo
Once Rene set her sights in acting, the rest was history. Rene has been in films like Lethal Weapon 3, Outbreak, Get Shorty (for which she was nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award), and The Thomas Crown Affair. In 2005 she decided to take a break from acting, returning later to do the film Nightcrawler.
Then – Susan Sarandon
Susan got her career started with her first motion picture role in the film Joe in 1970. She continued her acting gigs, with a role on the television soap A World Apart. In 1975 Susan played the starring role in the musical film The Rocky Horror Picture Show as the role of Janet. The film was not loved at first, but has become a cult classic.
Now – Susan Sarandon
Susan has built herself a mega-successful acting career since the 70s. She was nominated for an Oscar for her role in films like Atlantic City, Thelma & Louise, Lorenzo’s Oil, and The Client. She finally won her first Academy Award in 1995 for Dead Man Walking. Since her film successes she has also been on several television shows, such as Malcolm in the Middle, and Friends.
Then – Diane Keaton
Diane started her career in the 70s but she was anything but a struggling actor. Her first role was as Kay Adams-Corleone in the 1972 film The Godfather! Her real impression on the acting world and on audiences was in her roles in Woody Allen’s films. Her first role in Allen’s films was in the 1972 film Play It Again, Sam and continued with Sleeper, Love and Death, and Annie Hall. She won the Oscar for her role as Annie Hall.
Now – Diane Keaton
After starting out as Woody Allen’s muse, Diane went on to play in films such as Baby Boom, Father of the Bride, The First Wives Club, and The Family Stone, to name a few from the VERY long list of credits that Diane has under her name.
Then – Helen Mirren
Helen got her start in acting in the theater. She was part of the Royal Shakespeare Company and was in many of their productions. She simultaneously acted in films and gained notoriety with her creative thinking and her approach to acting. She acted in all forms of production – theater, film and television.
Now – Helen Mirren
Helen is now an Academy Award, Golden Globe Award, BAFTA Award, Screen Actors Guild Award winner, a nominee many times over. Her roles in films such as The Queen and Godford Park are the films responsible for her film accolades. Her television role in Prime Suspect won her many Emmy Awards. In addition to it all she is a Tony Award winner for her role in The Audience in 2015.
Then – Jeremy Irons
Very much like Helen Mirren, Jeremy Irons got his start in acting on the stage. He was a part of the West End Theatre productions of Much Ado About Nothing, The Winter’s Tale, The Taming of the Shrew, Macbeth, Richard II, and Embers. He moved onto television versions of famous plays on English television.
Now – Jeremy Irons
Jeremy’s most famous roles are, well, first of all, being the voice behind Scar in Disney’s The Lion King; as well as, The Man in the Iron Mask, Reversal of Fortune (for which he won an Academy Award), Die Hard with a Vengeance, Lolita, and The Merchant of Venice. Jeremy is married to fellow actress, Sinéad Cusack; the couple has two children together, including their up and coming famous son, Max.
Then – Patrick Stewart
What is it about the theater? Sir Patrick Stewart got his start on the stage with the Royal Shakespeare Company and in English television shows. He was on the BBC shows, Hedda, and I, Claudius. Here we see him on stage with a dog in one of his earlier productions in London.
Now – Patrick Stewart
Honestly, what Patrick is really famous for is his role as Captain Jean-Luc Picard in the film, Star Trek: The Next Generation. He is also famous for his role as Professor Charles Xavier in the X-Men film franchise. He added the extra ‘sir’ to his name in 2010 when he was knighted by the Queen of England herself!
Then – Blythe Danner
First we have to take a moment and acknowledge (or gawk) at the fact that Blythe Danner in her youth looks exactly like her daughter, Gwyneth, or Gwyneth looks just like her mother, that is. Blythe got her first film role in 1972 in the film To Kill a Clown, and continued with films like 1776, Hearts of the West, Futureworld, and The Great Santini.
Now – Blythe Danner
Since her early days, Blythe has had her name remembered by the biggest names in Hollywood as ONE of the biggest names in Hollywood herself. She has been in all three performing platforms, television, film and theater. Her most recent roles have been in films like The Lucky One, Murder of a Cat, I’ll See You in My Dreams, and her Emmy nominated performance on Will & Grace.
Then – Anjelica Huston
Anjelica comes from a well-respected Hollywood family. She is the daughter of Oscar winning director John Huston, and the granddaughter of yet another Oscar winner, actor, Walter Huston. Anjelica officially started acting in late 1969, in the film, A Walk with Love and Death, and continued to make one more film in the 1970s – The Last Tycoon.
Now – Anjelica Huston
After her break in the 70s, Anjelica made acting her goal in life, and boy did she succeed! She is the third generation in her family to win an Academy Award, for her role in the 1985 film Prizzi’s Honor. She is well beloved for her role as Morticia Addams in the Addams Family films. These days Anjelica does a lot of voice over work, most recently in the films Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast, and Arctic Justice: Thunder Squad.
Then – Kim Basinger
Kim Basinger started her career in the 1970s as a very successful model. She had everything modeling agencies were looking for – tall, thin, blonde, stunning, and witty. In 1976, after a great stint in modeling, Kim began her transition into acting. She started slow, with television movies, such as From Here to Eternity.
Now – Kim Basinger
Since moving into acting, Kim has been nothing but successful in the field. She won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in the 1997 film L.A. Confidential. Her other memorable roles are Batman, I Dreamed of Africa, and Cellular. She is also known for her relationship with actor Alec Baldwin, to whom she was married for nine years, and has daughter Ireland with.
Then – Richard Simmons
Richard Simmons became Hollywood’s popular fitness guru at the time when the disco was happening and when people were still watching aerobics videos. He swept everyone off their feet, literally, with his energetic and vibrant personality. He also led special weight-loss programs and opened a gym, pretty much making fitness accessible to everyone in Beverly Hills. Simmons was pretty much everywhere.
Now -Richard Simmons
It seems like his glory days are pretty much behind him, as Simmons is considered ‘missing’ these past few months. The 68-year-old hasn’t been in the public’s eye for a long time and the only way people can see the former fitness instructor is on Youtube or on old video tapes. It has been rumored that Simmons wants to be left alone and is leading a private life away from the cameras and away from his closest peers. His mysterious disappearance even has a podcast that is dedicated just to revealing what really happened to Richard Simmons. At least he had enough energy which lasted for years.
Then – Dustin Hoffman
The Graduate may have been in the late 60s but Dustin’s fame from the film sent him lightyears into the 1970s. On the heels of The Graduate, young Hoffman went on to star in films such as Lenny, All the President’s Men, Marathon, and Kramer vs. Kramer. He was nominated for two Academy Awards in the 70s, for his roles in Lenny and Midnight Cowboy.
Now – Dustin Hoffman
The list of Hoffman’s successes got longer and longer over the years. His role in the film, Hook, introduced him to a whole new generation of audience as well as got him nominated for a Golden Globe, but his role in Rain Man won him the Oscar and a Golden Globe in 1989! Dustin has shifted his focus from just acting to adding the title of Director to his resume. We look forward to many more Hoffman productions.
Then – Susan Dey
Another Partridge Family alum. Susan began her career as a model (obviously) and was hired to be on the show to attrack the young demographic that the network needed for the show ot succeed. She had never acted before the show.
Now – Susan Dey
As would happen, Susan had a fling with equally good looking co-star, David Cassidy. After the show, Dey continued to act in small roles in film. Such films were, Little Women, Skyjacked, and Disappearance.
Then – Lee Majors
This 70s icon was born in Detroit, Michigan, and landed his first movie role at the age of 25. The movie was called “Strait Jacket” and it was a horror film starring Diane Baker and Joan Crawford. Major’s big break came almost six years later when he landed the role of Steve Austin in the movie “The Six Million Dollar Man”.
Now – Lee Majors
Majors continued working and nowadays, at the age of 77, he has appeared in more than 100 movies and TV shows. Even today. he’s still working on three new upcoming movie production.
Then – Victoria Principal
Victoria Principal hit her breakout role in the television soap opera Dallas in 1978. She was on the show from 1978 to 1987 and shot to all new levels of stardom due to the show. Victoria also spent the 70s starring in films like The Naked Ape, Earthquake, and Vigilante Force.
Now – Victoria Principal
The later years of her career were spent in television, appearing in television shows such as Jack & Jill, Family Guy, Providence, The Practice, Titans and as herself in the television special Dallas Reunion: The Return to Southfork.
Then – Raquel Welch
Raquel Welch as the ultimate symbol of the 1970’s after the release of some of her hottest movies; Bedazzled, Fantastic Voyage, Myra Breckinridge, and 100 Rifles are displayed the actress’ stunning beauty as well as her on-screen talents. According to Playboy, she’s the #3 hottest star in the 20th-century.
Now – Raquel Welch
At 75 years old, Raquel Welch is just a fantastic looking as she ever was. Clearly keeping the fountain of youth to herself, Welch has continued to act and make appearances on tv shows and in film. She most recently worked on The Muppets and CSI: Miami. Also, the gorgeous icon launched a wig line called, HairUWear.
Then – Cybill Shepherd
What started a very successful career was Cybill’s role in The Last Picture Show, and Martin Scorsese film, Taxi Driver, alongside not-so-veteran (yet) actor, Robert De Niro.
Now – Cybill Shepherd
Fast forward to today, Cybill has many more project under her belt, such as the television series Moonlighting, alongside Bruce Willis. Shepherd also starred in the show, aptly named, Cybill. Which was loosely based on her life.