From the fashion to the cinema and trends that pushed the envelope, the 1970’s was an era that defined a generation. But one has to wonder—with over 4 decades gone by, where did all the best of the best celebrities end up?
As one of the most famous television characters coming out of the 70’s, Dukes of Hazzard’s Daisy Duke could only have been played by the enigmatic Catherine Bach. Today, Catherine is a prime member of The Young and the Restless soap opera cast.
Whether you loved her as the iconic Princess Leia, or for the real and honest woman she was in her personal life, it’s no question that Carrie Fisher was a prime staple of the 70’s. Sadly, we lost this Star Wars icon too soon in 2016.
The 1970’s saw Jodie Foster as the coolest kid actor around, starring in some serious film classics such as Freaky Friday and Bugsy Malone. Today, Jodie is still a household name, cranking out only award-winning films that take our breath away.
Diane Keaton’s acting career has quite frankly never hit a lull. She came onto the scene as Annie Hall in the 70’s, and continues to win accolades for her incredible films and humanitarian work.
From Charlie’s Angels to sweet Billboard pop hits, Cheryl Ladd was a reining face of the 1970’s. While she still lands acting roles today, Cheryl spends most of her time lobbying for causes dear to her heart.
This uptown girl was the epitome of beauty in the 1970’s and the muse for many of former husband Billy Joel’s most well-known hit songs. Unsurprisingly, today Christie is still just as gorgeous and almost seems to age backwards.
A prime Charlie’s Angel until being eventually replaced by Cheryl Ladd, Farrah Fawcett was the face of hair, fashion, and all-around grace in the 1970’s. She would go on to have a successful acting career, but sadly passed away from cancer in 2009.
You can retell the story of Bonnie and Clyde a million times over, and you’ll never get a better Bonnie than Faye Dunaway. Though Faye has been brilliant in films since the 70’s, she tends to stay in the spotlight of theater shows, which is where her acting career actually began.
Private Benjamin was just the start of our beloved Goldie’s long career. Now, all these years later, Goldie is just as beautiful, witty, and easygoing. While she’s slowed down the acting to spend time with her ever-growing family brood, she recently released 2 Christmas movies with longtime partner, Kurt Russell.
Within just the 70’s decade, Jacqueline Bisset was starring in nearly 20 films, so it’s safe to say she was to the 1970’s what Angelina Jolie or Nicole Kidman is today. And at 76 years old, she’s still the best British import we’ve ever seen.
Before she was designing heart jewelry and giving us life as Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman, Jane Seymour ruled the 70’s as an iconic Bond Girl, a space treat in the OG Battlestar Galactica, and the ultimate historical heroine in Four Feathers.
From Tarzan to Bolero, Bo Derek was THE sex symbol of the 70’s. Today, she lives a quieter life on her California ranch with her longtime love, John Corbitt. She continues to take on small roles here and there, but has said she’s pretty much considered retired from acting.
As the first ever to snag academy awards for work in front of the camera and behind it, Dyan Cannon’s rise to big fame would come in the late 70’s with the film, Heaven Can Wait. Today, Dyan is constantly busy, with her charity work, writings, and reflections on her marriage to Cary Grant.
Three’s Company would never have had its magic without the bubbly Suzanne Somers, but that was only the very beginning of her stardom. She would go on to change the beauty and fitness world.
Who could ever forget the true love interest in the explosive film The Graduate? Katharine Ross solidified what she could do in front of the camera in the 1970’s alongside Dustin Hoffman, and though she doesn’t do acting now, she still lives a happy life with her family on her Western ranch.
As the original Wonder Woman, it was hard for any female lead to compare up against Lynda Carter. She was the ultimate superhero face of the 70’s, and though she’s taken on other acting roles since then, at the end of the day, Lynda Carter and Wonder Woman are still one and the same.
Alison Arngrim is a lesser-known name than a face, as one of the villainous kids on the show, Little House on the Prairie. She didn’t do much after the show ended, until more recently when she wrote a hilarious memoir full of antidotes about being the 70’s most despised TV kid bad guy.
With her famous phrase, “I dress for women and I undress for men.”, Angie Dickinson was fierce, tough, and the definition of independent woman in the 1970’s era. After starring on the hit show, The Police Woman for over half the decade, Angie’s life quieted down after 1980.
This blue-eyed babe has done plenty of film work, but she’s most known for her iconic role as Laurie on The Partridge Family. Currently, Susan is retired and lives in upstate New York with her husband.
This copper-haired beauty was unforgettable in her starring role in the 70’s hit show, Taxi. But her versatility for her acting talents is visible in the many types of roles she’s taken on since. Today, Marilu can be seen frequently in Hallmark original movies, especially around the holidays.
This blonde bombshell was in just about every hit show in the 70’s, from Happy Days to Dallas. Audiences loved the way Morgan perfectly played the sultry villain, and nowadays, Morgan continues to impress on our favorite modern-day soaps.
Swedish-born Britt Ekland was in what would become some of the most classic 1970’s movies, including The Wicker Man and Get Carter. She currently lives in London where she does theater work.
Grease is still the word for Olivia Newton-John, as it catapulted her into massive fame in the early 70’s. Now, Olivia leads a slightly quieter, retired life, though occasionally meets up with her Grease co-star, John Travolta, for charity events.
From Gator to Welcome to L.A., Lauren Hutton did so many amazing films in the 70’s, it’s hard to pick which one is the best. She would go on to star in films and TV for the next 4 decades, and she continues to do modelling work today.
Dubbed famously as “The 1st Lady of Rock”, Linda Ronstadt was a multi-winning Grammy artist whose career was longer than most. Unfortunately, Linda had to hang up the mic after being diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2013.
Ali MacGraw was not only America’s Sweetheart in the 1970’s, but she was also half of the super duo Hollywood couple with her then-spouse, Steve McQueen. More recently, Ali has made headlines with her rekindled teenage romance with her co-star in her breakout film, Love Story from 1970.
As the original Foxy Brown, Pam Grier’s beauty and sass dominated the 1970’s. The last decade or so, Pam has been wise on her choice of roles, making appearances in blockbusters like The Man with the Iron Fists.
Raquel Welch has never been just a pretty face in a bikini on the beach. She’s won Golden Globes, and started a beauty/fitness empire that’s more than stood the test of time.
As the original Rizzo character in the Broadway version of Grease, Adrienne Barbeau was the raven-haired beauty of the 70’s that trailblazed her way to stardom with not only her theater work, but her television chops, too. Today, she’s blissfully retired and looks about 20 years younger than her actual age. #GOALS
When you think of music in the 70’s, you’ve got to immediately be reminiscent of Swedish pop sensation, Abba. Lead singer, Agnetha, would go on to try out solo albums, but the magic didn’t seem to resonate past the 1970’s decade. Today, she lives a private life, having released an autobiography in 2016.
Audrey Landers was another Dallas favorite, playing the role of Afton Cooper. Today, Audrey continues to expand on writing, singing, and voice work.
Best known as a Playboy regular and one of Hugh Hefner’s closest friends, Barbi not only modeled back in the 70’s, but she also was a successful singer. Barbi is retired now, enjoying her $20 million net worth in NYC.
As the first ever African American supermodel to grace the covers of Elle, Vogue, and countless other magazine all over the world, Beverly Johnson is synonymous with the breakthrough in the fashion world of the 1970’s. Today, she focuses on nonprofit work and interviews for her tell-all memoir.
That voice! That hair! That quirk! Carol Kane has been in some of the best films and shows, and she never lets us down with her one-of-a-kind performances. As another Annie Hall alum, Carol went on to star in cult classics like The Princess Bride, and most recently was a part of the charity reunion with the original cast.
Another Dallassuperstar graces this list! Charlene Tilton was the epitome of the Shakespeare quote “she be little, but fierce” in her role as Lucy Ewing. Charlene left acting fame behind in the 70’s, but does tons of nonprofit work now within the child foster system.
Shelley Duvall is an amazing film actress, probably best known for her work in The Shining. Shelley is retired now from acting, but she continues to give interviews and insights on things that need to change for women within the industry.
From Carrie to Coal Miner’s Daughter, Sissy Spacek’s acting range has been out of this world since the beginning. As the years have gone on, Sissy has appeared in fewer films but wowed us all with her starring role in Hulu’s hit show, Castle Rock.
If the internet had been around in the 70’s, Cheryl Tiegs would’ve broken it with her Sports Illustrated spreads and famous “pink poster” that has become a symbol of the era. She currently is retired, but finds herself constantly embroiled in controversy with her unpopular opinions on plus sized models.
This Memphis native was in the top 3 movies of the 70’s, boasting starring roles in The Heartbreak Kid, Taxi Driver, and The Last Picture Show. Her career’s momentum never seemed to cease, either, and she even had a successful sitcom in the late 90’s named aptly, Cybill.
It’s hard to find the line where Dawn Wells begins and Mary Ann Summers ends! The 1970’s saw the insanely popular Gilligan’s Island, and though that’s pretty much the only role Dawn played, it never quite lost its glory. Sadly, Dawn passed away at 82 years old in 2020.
Dolly won our hearts with her music, but continued to wow us with starring roles in hit 70’s films. She went on to open so many mega businesses (including the sprawling Tennessee Dollywood), and today she makes inspirational films with Netflix.
The 70’s saw the rise of the incredibly talented Ellen Burstyn, though most people probably remember her best as the mother in The Exorcist. Ellen still acts today, always choosing roles that knock our socks off.
Actress Erin Gray writes acting tutorial books now, but in the 70’s and 80’s, she was the starring lead of one of the most successful comedy shows of the century, Silver Spoons.
She was a gorgeous brit full of class, humor, and acting chops for days—and absolutely nothing has changed for dame Helen Mirren. From the lead in Anthony & Cleopatrato all billion awards she’s won today, Helen still leads the pack in the acting world.
From Charlie’s Angels to arguably one of the most fortuitous fashion and home brands of all time, Jaclyn Smith seems to never have known a day not full of deserved success.
Jill St. John
As the first Bond girl ever, Jill St. John honestly didn’t need any other credits on her CV. She also married a Bond (Rodger Moore), and now runs a wildlife foundation in L.A.
This actress/model was every child’s favorite face in the 1970’s, with her starring role on the show, Secrets of Isis. She now lives a chill life in California with no husband or kids to tie her down.
The timeless Julie Andrews has been lending her acting and singing chops for decades, giving us iconic characters in Mary Poppins and Sound of Music. Today, Julie continues to wow us with acting and voiceovers.
Another Charlie’s Angel on our list is the incomparable Kate Jackson. Though she left the Angels early, she went on to have an amazing acting career until she retired in 2007.
Before Batman or 50 Shades Darker, Kim Basinger was a household name in the 70’s, her portfolio boasting model and TV actress. Today, Kim is mainly in retirement, along with working on her charity endeavors.
While most people think Kirstie’s career started with Cheers, she was actually a prime Vulcan in the 1970’s Star Trek franchise. Kirstie’s career has been through transformation after transformation, but most recently, she’s had starring roles in Scream Queens.
Who could ever forget the sass and beauty that was Dallas’ Sue Ellen? Linda Gray’s talents, smarts, and good looks didn’t fade with time. In fact, she still makes appearances on Hallmark and Lifetime original series and movies today.
As the other half of the famous 70’s hero, Bionic Man, Lindsay Wagner was the Bionic Woman, kicking butt and taking names all over the decade. Though she’s retired now, she makes regular appearances at comic conventions.
Once a real-life love for the heartthrob, Burt Reynolds, Loni Anderson was so much more than big blonde hair and dimples. She won countless awards in the 70’s and today, her $12 million net worth is a pretty penny to enjoy in her retirement.
Though she left this world in the late 80’s, no one quite changed the course of TV history like Lucille Ball did. I Love Lucy may have been prominent in the 60’s, but the 70’s saw the beginning of a life of successful spin-offs for Lucille, going all the way into the 80’s right before her death.
Mary Tyler Moore
We may have lost this legend in 2017, but Mary Tyler Moore’s legacy will live on forever. Her comedy sitcom ran for nearly the entire decade of the 70’s, and it was the first of its kind.
The well-known joke about Meryl Streep always taking home all the acting awards rings true even back to the 1970’s when she made a TV movie accolade worthy. As everyone knows, Meryl would go on to make the best movies, and still to this day is winning every award. And deservedly so.
This 70’s rock star released countless hits with her sister and their band Heart, and many of them can be found on games like Guitar Hero. Today, Nancy is about to embark on a brand-new world tour with classic and new music.
Italian actress and model Ornella Muti was only in Italian films until her big break in the English film, Flash Gordon. Since then, she’s been in a plethora of successful projects, and has even been named “Most Beautiful Woman in the World”. Twice.
As a Buck Rodgers Show favorite, Pamela Hensley. She did a handful of movies after, but she will always remain Princess Ardala in our hearts.
Paula Prentiss’ acting range is almost unparalleled. She went from comedienne to the lead of the horror-laden pack in The Stepford Wives. Paula still has the horror genre itch today, starring more recently in Netflix’s ghostly drama, I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House.
It’s hard to find anyone who doesn’t know who iconic actress Sally Fields is. From Flying Nunto her memorable role in Smokey and the Bandit, Sally has continued to take home awards and blow our socks off with her incredible performances in movies and TV.
Alien’s resident badass, Sigourney Weaver, actually began her career before she was in just about every hot film of the 1980’s. Yep, Sigourney is another claim to fame with 1977’s classic, Annie Hall. Since then, she’s never slowed down and still continues to act in the best of the best today.
There is no 70’s classic albums without Stevie Nicks, especially within the world-renowned band, Fleetwood Mac. Stevie continues to tour, make appearances on popular TV and cinema, and honestly, she’ll never stop being the true Gypsy.
This blonde bombshell tried her hand for the entire 70’s decade to take on acting gigs, but it just didn’t pan out. That wasn’t so bad though, because Susan Anton’s modeling experience landed her as the face of the world’s number 1 selling cigars. Today, Susan tends to stay out of the limelight and enjoy her retirement in Las Vegas where she resides.
She played Barbara on One Day at a Time for nearly the entirety of the 70’s decade, and Valerie Bertinelli has gone on to have a multi-faceted career booming with success. From talk shows to TV to lucrative businesses, Valerie is still making waves.
She ruled the screen in big 70’s films like Superman and Slaughterhouse 5, with countless other roles as the years went on. She’s now retired in Texas with her wife of 50+ years.
From films to activism, Jane Fonda has never been quiet about her success and her passions. She still advocates for causes near and dear to her even today.
Known for her titular role in An Unmarried Woman, Jill did several award-winning movies in the 70’s. Sadly, she passed away from leukemia in 2010.
This petite beauty was everywhere in the 70’s, breaking stereotypes in all the best films and TV shows. She continued to make appearances throughout the years, but found herself focusing on fostering children and crafting her memoir, right before her death just this year.
As part of the British government before her acting career took off, Glenda has always been a woman of many talents. She actually didn’t retire from politics until 2015, and the world is still in awe at her massive amount of achievements during her life.
The 70’s were only the beginning of Parisian actress Isabelle Adjani’s time to shine. She would go on to star in the best of the best films, and make history when she won 5 whopping Cesare Awards.
Most may know her as Aly from The Notebook, but decades before, Gena Rowlands was the blonde beauty starring in some of the most renowned films of the 1970’s, including Opening Night.
Whether you remember her as Adrienne from Rocky or Connie from The Godfather, Talia Shire never chose a role that wasn’t nomination worthy. Today, she’s still making waves in award-winning streaming television.
This actress made big strides in the 1970’s, and not just with her striking looks. She was in every genre of film, and now, she spends her days as a speaker and writer on ageism in Hollywood.
Comedic genius Cloris Leachman tragically passed just this year, but she will forever be remembered as a pivotal part of the 1970’s decade-long running of The Mary Tyler Moore Show.
Liza Minnelli had such a big personality, that she never was overlooked as just the daughter of legend Judy Garland. Broadway was made better by Liza, and though she hasn’t done any stage work in quite a while, she recently made headlines for her thoughts on the new Judy Garland bio pic.
Walking into our hearts on the massive hit musical film Rocky Horror Picture Show, Susan Sarandon never slowed down on her career since then, and she’s now one of the most sought-after actresses in the world.
Though she would go on to be part of plenty of other films, Maureen McCormick will always be the one and only Marcia Brady from The Brady Bunch. Now, Maureen makes appearances on celeb-based reality shows, like Dancing with the Stars.
Making her big debut in 1970’s The Jerk, Bernadette Peters has lived her life on stage through acting and writing. Her life motto seems to be pretty solid—” You’ve got to be original, because if you’re like someone else, what do they need you for?”
Cathy Lee Crosby
With starring roles in Wonder Woman and Coach, this former tennis pro went on to have her own successful talk show, and is now the CEO of an entertainment studio.
In 1970, Jayne Kennedy won Miss Ohio, and then went on to have a stellar film career for the rest of the decade. She’s been retired for years now, but she still is deeply involved in Black Women rights and activism.
Debbie Harry took her band, Blondie, and changed the face of music. As the first female singer to rap, she could do just about any kind of tune. She still rocks out today, releasing a brand-new album just 3 years ago.
Known as the “Queen of Disco”, Donna Summer was a whole vibe of music in the 1970’s. Sadly, she passed away after a battle with cancer in 2010.
The original Battlestar Galacticawas a huge cult success in the 1970’s, and one of the big stars of the hit show was Maren Jensen. She’s still loves the sci-fi fandom, though, and regularly participates in comic-con and other genre conventions.
She was a shining star in Twin Peaks, and we lost her way too soon from cancer recently. But before that, Peggy Lipton was the IT girl of The Mod Squad.
Once married to crooner, James Taylor, Carly Simon was an artist in her own right, releasing some of the top music singles in the 1970’s. She went on to later write explosive memoirs, and even today, Carly is never shy about spilling the tea that came with 1970’s celebrity.
The other half of the 1970’s beloved band Heart is Ann Wilson. She still rocks it out with her sister, and they currently have a world tour scheduled for 2022.
Barbara Carrera was everywhere in the 1970’s, from a villain in a Bond film to a starring part in The Island of Dr. Moreau. This Nicaraguan beauty is now retired on a career’s earning of $15 million.
There is no way you can think about true, amazingly good music from the 1970’s without thinking about Tina Turner. Known for her voice, those legs, and that awesome Mad Max cameo, Tina still belts out the tunes even today.
She was known throughout the 70’s as the “punk poet”, and she still performs today at festivals. She’s also written countless memoir and poetry-esque books.
This actress/model/writer/singer is the majestic Lady Coco in our hearts, and she ruled cinema in the 1970’s era. After arriving in NYC before her career took off with just $26 bucks in her pocket, it’s safe to say she’s more than doubled her money by now.
She’s been called one of the greatest European actresses of all time, and rewind back to the 1970’s, and the whole era is likely to agree. Liv is retired from the screen now, but she still holds the title for one of the most expressive faces in cinema.
Most people think of Bab’s voice when they hear the name “Barbra Streisand”, but that isn’t how she originally became famous. The 1970’s would see a slew of award-winning movies for her, which then led to her astronomically impressive music career we see today.
It’s hard to imagine Hollywood in any capacity without Anjelica Huston. In the 70’s, she came onto the scene hot in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, and she hasn’t stopped since.
Even 40-something years later, Jessica Lange seemingly has barely aged a day. She’s brought that classic look with her from the 70’s into now, recharging her career with several projects with esteemed TV genius, Ryan Murphy, including American Horror Story and Feud.NEXT
Barbara Hershey has been in just about everything, and continues to impress today with only award-winning films. Love Comes Quietly and The Pursuit of Happiness are only naming a couple of big hit movies she had in the 1970’s.NEXT
Mia Farrow has come quite far from Rosemary’s Baby and Frank Sinatra’s wife. Her sweet nature carried forward with her raising several adopted children, and living a quiet life in Connecticut. Currently, Mia has been on board with the #MeToo movement against ex-partner, Woody Allen.NEXT
As the ultimate Latina sex symbol of 70’s comedy, Graciela Alfano put an exotic spin on the blonde bombshell, Bardot look. In retirement, she posts her adorable family regularly on her Instagram page.NEXT
This Italian actress paved the way for the girl-next-door-discovering-herself trope in films, with her big blue eyes and convincing curiosity in front of the camera. She’s still working and still rocking those gorgeous looks, most recently being part of the Italian show Before Pintus airing in 2021.