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Amazing Celebrities From the 70’s Then & Now

Who was your favorite 70’s star? Raquel Welch? Deborah Harry? Donny Osmond? We’re taking a closer look to see what these 70’s stars have been up to in the decades that have passed.

Cybill Shepherd

The model, singer and actress, Cybill Shepherd, is better known bring one of those 70’s stars in shows like ‘The Heartbreak Kid’ in 1972, and also in ‘Taxi Driver’ in 1976. Since then she’s gone to become a Golden Globe-winning actress, more specifically for her roles in 80’s films – ‘Moonlighting’. Can you guess who the next 70’s star looks like now? Hint: She was a former fashion model.

Kim Basinger

Kim started her career as a successful model but moved on to acting where she won an Oscar for her supporting role in L.A. Confidential. Her acting career is continuing to grow, you will be able to see her star in the 50 Shades sequel, appearing in cinemas next year.

Olivia Newton-John

Of course, we all remember Olivia Newton-John from her role in that 70’s classic, ‘Grease’, but did you know that she’s gone on to do some even more impressive things? She’s had a brilliant musical career and has even been classed as one of the world’s best-selling artists of all time.

Mark Harmon

His real name is Thomas Mark Harmon, and he’s best known for being a 70’s star in a wide range of TV shows. Since then he’s become famous for playing Dr. Jack McNeil in ‘Chicago Hope’.

Henry Winkler

If you’ve ever seen ‘Happy Days’, you’ll know who Henry Winkler is. He was Arthur Fonzarelli, otherwise known as Fonzie. He’s been in his fair share of TV shows since, including ‘Drunk History’, ‘Children’s Hospital’, ‘Royal Pains’, and ‘Malcolm in the Middle’.

Lynda Carter

She’s famous for playing Wonder Woman, but that’s not all Lynda Carter did with her life. The actress, songwriter and singer is also the queen of beauty pageants, winning Miss World America in 1972.

David Cassidy

He was a big hit with the ladies as one of the biggest male 70’s stars, but the singer, guitarist and songwriter, David Cassidy is also a celebrated TV star with shows such as ‘The Partridge Family’.

Raquel Welch

Not just a 70’s star but a super siren too, Raquel Welch was shot to fame in the 1966 hit, ‘One Million Years B.C.’. She may have only had three lines in the movie but that bikini made her a surefire hit.

Faye Dunaway

Her career started in 1967 with the movie ‘The Happening’, and she’s since gone on to win three Golden Globes, a BAFTA, an Academy Award, and even an Emmy for movies such as ‘Gia’, and ‘Columbo’.

Shaun Cassidy

Not just a singer and an actor, Shaun Cassidy is also a screenwriter, and a creator of TV shows, as well as being a producer too. Most will remember him as the younger brother of fellow 70’s stars hunk, David Cassidy.

Erik Estrada

He’s a cop as well as a voice actor and TV / film actor. It was ‘CHiPs’ that made him famous, and since then he’s gone on to appear in many movies and TV shows, including ‘Drake & Josh’.

Brooke Shields

The child model went on to do great things with her acting career, and it was 1978’s ‘Pretty Baby’ which catapulted her to stardom. She took a break for a while to go back to university, but has wracked up appearances in a string of TV shows and films.

Maureen McCormick

The American actress Maureen McCormick has also become an author and a recording artist in the fifty years she’s been in the limelight, although she’ll always be well recognised from her part in ‘The Brady Bunch’.

Donny Osmond

“And they called it pu-pp-y lo-ooo-ve…” Admit it; you sang it with us. Donny Osmond, one of the Osmond family and group, was a massive hit with the ladies in the 70’s and 80’s, and many of them (just like my mom) are still talking about him.

Bo Derek

It was the 1979 movie ’10’ which shot Bo Derek to fame, with that swimsuit and braided hair combo. Guys wanted to date her, and girls wanted to be her but despite becoming a favorite, later movies weren’t well received by critics.

Lee Majors

He grew to fame in the 60’s to then become a 70’s star, Lee Majors was in ‘The Six Million Dollar Man’ for five years and became somewhat of a pop icon. He’s been in a few things since then, but nothing huge recently.

Jamie Lee Curtis

It was the 1978 hit ‘Halloween’ which saw interest in Jamie Lee Curtis grow, a franchise of movies she’s grown with. These days she’s a blogger and author and appeared regularly in ‘The Huffington Post’ as well as keeping on with her acting career.

John Travolta

He was Danny in ‘Grease’, and we’ve all swooned for John Travolta a hundred times over since then, with movies such as ‘Swordfish’, ‘Pulp Fiction’, and ‘Face/Off’ putting him firmly in the Hollywood hall of fame.

Mary Tyler Moore

It was the ‘Mary Tyler Moore Show’ which shot this American actress to fame. She’s since gone on to become an Academy Award nominee for the 1980’s movie, ‘Ordinary People’.

Robert Redford

Another 70’s star who’s career started in the 60s; Robert Redford was in a number of TV shows, and even went on to have movie and Broadway success. He has one movie due out in 2017 – ‘The Discovery’.

John Schneider

John Schneider got his start on the 70s hit show, Dukes of Hazzard, as “Bo” Duke. He continued acting as Jonathan Kent in Smallville and as Jim Cryer in The Haves and the Have Nots.

Alan Alda

Now an author, director and screenwriter as well as an actor, Alan Alda is well-known for shows such as ‘M*A*S*H’ and ‘The West Wing’. For almost fifteen years, he was the host of a science and technology show called ‘Scientific American Frontiers’.

Suzanne Somers

She’s a self-help author as well as an actress now, but Suzanne Somers has covered a wide range of niches. With poetry, diet books and even a couple of autobiographies under her belt, you can say she’s definitely a savvy businesswoman.

Deborah Harry

Blondie frontwoman, Deborah Harry has been a firm favorite over the years, and during the 1970’s and 80’s had a string of musical hits. Since then she’s gone on to star in many TV shows and has had over 60 appearances in films.


We all know who Cher is – she’s the woman who hasn’t aged a drop in all the years since she was one of the biggest 70’s stars. Her musical career precedes her, and she’s also gone on to have appearances in hit movies such as ‘Burlesque’.

Diane Keaton

Diane Keaton has been stealing the screen since the 70s. She won an Academy Award for Best Actress in Annie Hall. Since then, she has continued to thrive in the industry with lead roles in more recent films like, Something’s Gotta Give and The Family Stone. Her films have earned over $1.1 billion in just North America!

Woody Allen

Woody Allen’s career has spanned over six decades. From Annie Hall to Match Point, Allen has won four Academy Awards. He is a hugely successful actor, comedian, filmmaker, playwright, and musician.

Mia Farrow

Mia Farrow stole the screen in numerous 70s films including Rosemary’s Baby, John and Mary, The Great Gatsby, and Death on the Nile. The actress/model also had some high profile relationships. She dated Woody Allen and was in thirteen of his fourteen movies during that time period. She also had a short marriage with Frank Sinatra.

Kurt Russell

Kurt Russell is known for his acting in 70’s movies when he signed a 10-year contract with The Walt Disney Company. Since then he has continued to make widely successful films like Overboard where he met his partner, Goldie Hawn.

Chevy Chase

Chevy Chase became a star in the 70s after staring in Foul Play, Caddyshack, and Spies Like Us.He has hosted the Academy Award twice. He was one of the original cast members of Saturday Night Live and started the saying “Live from New York, it’s Saturday Night!”

Susan Sarandon

The Academy Award winning actress got her start in the 70s film Joe. She was also in the 70s cult classic, The Rocky Horror Picture Show before some of her later classics like, Thelma & Louise, The Client, Bull Durham, and Little Women.

Tim Curry

Tim Curry became well known after acting in the 1975 cult film The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Many do not known that Curry acted in the original stage production of The Rocky Horror Show in London in 1973. Since then, he has stared in many roles on Broadway and TV.

Tom Wopat

Tom Wopat achieved fame in the 70s after staring in The Dukes of Hazzard. Since then, Wopat has mostly scored roles in musicals. He was also in the comedy series Cybil. He has a small role in Django Unchained.

Todd Bridges

Everyone knows Todd Bridges from his role as Willis Jackson on the popular 70s sitcom, Diff’rent Strokes. After struggling with some legal issues and battling a crack cocaine addiction, Bridges got back into acting. He also had a recurring role on Everybody Hates Chris.

Agnetha Faltskog

One fourth of ABBA, Agnetha Faltskog was part of the group who took the world by storm and became one of the best-selling musical artists in history. In the 90’s and early 2000’s, she took a hiatus and has since made a couple of musical comebacks.

Meryl Streep

One of the best actresses of all time, Meryl Streep, got her start in the 70s after receiving a Tony Award for A Memory of Two Mondays/27 Wagons Full of Cotton. In 1979, she won Best Supporting Actress for her role in Kramer vs. Kramer. She has continued to receive critical acclaim for her roles. She has one more than three competitive Academy Awards and 29 Golden Globes.

Sam Waterston

Most people know Sam Waterston from his time on the long running TV series Law & Order, but many do not realize he got his film debut as Tom in the TV film, The Glass Menagerie. He continued to thrive in the 70s with films like Savages, The Great Gatsby, and Journey into Fear. His successful acting career continues to soar with his role in the hit Netflix series Grace and Frankie.

Dustin Hoffman

After winning the Academy Award for Best Actor for his role in Kramer vs. Karmer in the 70s, Dustin Hoffman made his mark in Hollywood. He won the same award again for his role in Rain Man. Throughout his career, Hoffman has had many successes. Hoffman has had a long acting career. In 2013, he was treated successfully for cancer. He is married to his wife Lisa Hoffman of almost 40 years and he has six children.

Roy Scheider

Roy Scheider got his claim to fame for his leading roles in Jaws, The French Connection, and The Seven Ups. He also had a career as an amatuer boxer. Sadly, Scheider passed away in 2008 from cancer.

Max von Sydow

Max von Sydow has been is hundreds of films and TV shows. He got his start in the 70s after staring in The Exorcist. Since then, he has been in many hit films like Awakenings, Minority Report, and Solomon Kane. His career continues to thrive as he now is in the cast of the HBO hit series, Game of Thrones.

Jack Nicholson

Jack Nicholson has been around in Hollywood for a long time. He is the most nominated male actor in Academy Award history! In 1975, he won the Academy Award for Best Actor for his role in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. He won the same award again for As Good As it Gets.

Ron Howard

We all know Ron Howard from his 70s debut on Happy Days. He got his start on The Andy Griffith Show and then went on to do many films and TV shows. Howard went on to focus on directing films like Apollo 13, A Beautiful Mind, and The Da Vinci Code. Now at 62 years old, he is still married to his wife, Cheryl Alley. The couple has four children.

Burt Reynolds


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