15 Famous Women From The 1970s: Then & Now

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We’ve all got our favorite actresses from the glory days of Hollywood, and we’ve got great news for you: they’re all here! And you get to see what they looked like when they entered our televisions and movie screens as well as what they’re looking like today. This is going to be a fun ride down both memory lane and today’s world. All of these actresses were at the top of the industry in their heyday and we want to pay tribute to them!

Catherine Bach

Who didn’t love Catherine Bach from the get-go? Catherine Bach is best known for her role as Daisy Duke on The Dukes of Hazzard (1979-1985). She landed the part on the spot, even though the producers were originally looking for a Dolly Parton-type.  In 2012, she joined the cast of the CBS soap opera The Young and the Restless as Anita Lawson. So we’re happy to see she is still active in the world of acting. She was such a legend as Daisy Duke that we could never forget her, even if we tried.

Lindsay Wagner

Lindsay Wagner is remembered for starring in The Bionic Woman (1976-1978), where she played Jaime Sommers.  The show lasted two years, with Wagner winning an Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Dramatic Role in 1977. Following the show, Wagner has appeared in many television shows. Recently she appeared in the 2019 videogame Death Stranding, where she performed motion capture and lent her likeness to the character Bridget and Amelie Strand.

Suzanne Somers

Suzanne Somers is best known for her portrayal of Chrissy Snow on Three’s Company (1977-1984) and Carol Foster Lambert on Step by Step (1997-1998). As of 2020, Somers has mainly stuck to TV appearances with her latest in 2017.

Laurette Spang

Laurette Spang is mainly known for her role playing Cassiopeia on the original Battlestar Galactica (1978). Spang studied at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and graduated in 1969. In 1972 a Universal Studios talent agent spotted Sprang and signed her to 7- year contract with the studio. After Battlestar, Spang made appearances on The Love Boat, Fantasy Island, The Dukes of Hazzard, and Magnum P.I. Spang retired from acting in 1984, however, she still makes occasional appearances such as a movie and Battlestar Galactica related media.

Susan Anton

Susan Anton has made several appearances on television, film, theater, and concerts since the 1970s. She began doing commercials for Muriel Cigars, gaining a small following in 1976. She also appeared heavily in ads for the Perfect mattress by Serta. Later in the 70s, Anton made 30 appearances on the Merv Griffin TV show, and in 1979, Time Magazine chose her as one of the “Most Promising Faces of 1979” after her short run on a variety series with country star Mel Tillis. In her film debut, a Goldengirl (1979), she was nominated for a Golden Globe award Best New Star of the Year in a Motion Picture—Female and soon after made a deal with NBC to star in her own variety show. ABC also signed her onto a deal to star in Cliffhangers. After the 70s, Anton went on to costar in many Broadway productions, record music, and work on TV/Film projects.

Diane Keaton

Diane Keaton was born Diane Hall. She studied acting at the Neighborhood Playhouse in New York City after dropping out of college. She became an understudy to the lead in the original Broadway production of Hair in 1968. Keaton gained some notoriety for not performing nude in the role. After spending nine months in the play, she auditioned for Woody Allen’s stage production Play it Again, Sam, where she received a significant part. After a successful run, Keaton ended up starring in many of Allen’s films throughout the 1970s. She is still quite active in films to this day, with her latest appearance coming via voice work for the TV series, “Green Eggs and Ham”.

Susan Sarandon

Susan Sarandon is a legend in the industry. She’s never stopped going, and she’s been rewarded handsomely for her hard work. SHe got her start in 1970, and by 1975, she got her shot and she took it, starring in The Rocky Horror Picture Show. After that, it was off to the races. You remember her in the 1995 classic Dead Man Walking, right?

Susan Dey

Susan Hallock Dey is best known for playing Laurie Partridge on the sitcom The Partridge Family (1970-1974) as well as Grace Van Owen on the drama series L.A. Law (1986-1992). Before cast as Laurie, Dey worked as a model. She had no previous acting experience before the part.  In 1988, she finally won a Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Drama Series. As of 2004, Dey has retired from acting.

Morgan Fairchild

Morgan Fairchild, born Patsy Ann McClenny, began acting at an early age performing in children plays at 10. Since then, she has appeared in many live theater performances as well as TV shows such as Maude (1972-1978), where she got a Golden Globe nomination for her guest appearance. Most recently, she played Mrs. Kringle in the 2019 movie, “A Date by Christmas Eve”.

Jacqueline Bisset

Winifred Jacqueline Fraser Bisset started her acting career in 1965. By 1968, she was nominated for the most promising newcomer at the Golden Globes for her role as Vickie Cartwright in The Sweet Ride. She also acted in prominent movies such as The Detective, Bullitt, Airport, Day for Night, Murder on the Orient Express, and The Deep. In her later career Bisset has appeared in many TV series and movies. Also an interesting fact, she is godmother to Angelina Jolie.

Brigitte Bardot

Bardot shined brighter than most in the 1950s and 1960s. She grew famous for her empowering roles in major motion pictures. Bardot began her career as a model before quickly veering into acting. By 1957, she was snowballing popularity as an actress, but it was the film “And God Created Woman” that skyrocketed her into international fame.

Betty Brosmer

Betty Brosmer was born on August 2, 1935, in Pasadena, California. At only 13, she began her modeling career debuting in the Sears & Roebuck catalog in 1948. She moved to New York in the early 50s and began what would become a very successful modeling career. By 1953, she decided Hollywood was the next stop on her life tour. The rest….is history!

Cheryl Ladd

Cheryl Jean Stoppelmoor, also known as her stage name Cheryl Ladd, was born July 12, 1951. She is an American actress, singer and author, and has inspired many people in an array of industries. Ladd is most famous for her role as Kris Munroe in ABC’s “Charlie’s Angels”. She was hired to replace Farrah Fawcett during the second season in 1977. Though Fawcett was popular, it goes without saying Ladd is undoubtedly the face of Kris Munroe.

Raquel Welch

Raquel Welch (born as Jo Raquel Tejada) won the 1974 Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture Actress in a Musical or Comedy for her acting work in Three Muskateers. When she took on the role for One Million Years B.C. – she was hesitant because there was only three lines of dialogue for her character. But the first-ever deer-skin outfit she wore throughout the film – no one had ever seen anything like it before – launched her into superstardom status!

Cathy Lee Crosby

How many former professional tennis players go on to become famous screen stars? Well, at the least, this one does. Cathy Lee Crosby was the first Wonder Woman on TV. Many people think it was Lynda Carter, but no. Cathy Lee Crosby starred in the television movie Wonder Woman in 1974. The next year, it became a weekly series with Carter as the star.


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