Famous stars of the 70s – Where are they now?


The 1970s was a decade filled with glittering disco balls, big hair, and even bigger smiles. So many famous faces were created in the ‘70s, but have you ever wondered what they’re all up to now?

Maureen McCormick – Then

Most TV fans will instantly recognize the face of Maureen McCormick, who is best known for playing Marcia Brady in The Brady Bunch. However, before her big role catapulted her to stardom, Maureen had already dabbled in the celebrity world. Featuring in TV commercials for Barbie and Chatty Cathy dolls, along with roles in Bewitched and I Dream of Jeannie, it’s clear this starlet was always destined for fame. Her world came crashing down, however, when The Brady Bunch was canceled in 1974.

Maureen McCormick was known for playing Marcia Brady in The Brady Bunch in the 70s

Maureen McCormick – Now

After the abrupt cancellation of The Brady Bunch, Maureen McCormick suffered from substance abuse; something many child stars seem to battle with. Many directors allegedly found that Maureen McCormick was a difficult person to work with, which meant that work dried up for the star. While she may have featured in several of The Brady Bunch spin-offs, her issues meant that she never reached the dizzying heights of fame she had dreamt of. After a stint in rehab, however, McCormick is back – stronger than ever.

Maureen McCormick suffered substance abuse as she got older but has since been to rehab

Sally Field – Then

Sally Field first hit our TV screens in shows like Gidget, The Flying Nun, and The Girl With Something Extra. However, her big break came in the TV movie Sybil, for which she won an Emmy Award in 1977. That same year, Field landed a role in the second highest grossing movie, Smokey and The Bandit alongside Burt Reynolds and Jackie Gleason. It wasn’t long before this young woman became a true star of the ‘70s and future decades!

Sally Field made a name for herself in Sybil and Smokey and The Bandit

Sally Field – Now

Thanks to some incredible, award-winning roles throughout the 1970s, it wasn’t hard for Sally Field to find work in Hollywood. Norma Rae, in 1979 was a real standout role for the star, and this secured her acting work for future decades – including Mrs. Doubtfire, Forrest Gump, The Amazing Spider-Man, and many more. In 2014, Sally Field received her much-deserved star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Most recently, Field has been treading the boards playing Amanda Wingfield in The Glass Menagerie on Broadway.

Sally Field continues to act, only on Broadway instead of in movies now

Bo Derek – Then

When Bo was just 16-years-old, she became romantically involved with a married man 30 years older than her – John Derek! She married John when she was 19, and he gave her a ‘Hollywood makeover’ in an effort to make her a star. Her first big movie was Orca – The Killer Whale, but it wasn’t until her role in 10, alongside Dudley Moore, that she really started to make a name for herself as an actress and sex symbol!

Bo Derek got her big break in the movie 10, acting with Dudley Moore

Bo Derek – Now

Bo Derek became a big star in the 80s, starring in movies such as Tarzan, the Ape Man, and Bolero, which were directed by her husband. Unfortunately, all of the movies she starred in that were directed by her husband received rather negative reviews. She has continued to act through the decades, winning the infamous Golden Raspberry Awards for her apparent poor performances. Her husband, John Derek, passed away in 1998, she is now in a relationship with John Corbett.

Bo Derek has been in some movie flops over the years, winning several Golden Raspberry Awards

Valerie Perrine – Then

The stunning Valerie Perrine was unsurprisingly destined for big things, starting her career off as a Las Vegas showgirl. After a small role in the soft-core adult film Slaughterhouse-Five, Perrine was picked up by Playboy magazine for a shoot. Nearly every man (and woman) in the 1970s will recognize Valerie Perrine for her sometimes controversial work in the ‘70s – especially when she became the first actress to deliberately appear nude on TV on the PBS showing of Steambath.

Valerie Perrine made a name for herself playing risky roles and posing in Playboy

Valerie Perrine – Now

After baring all during her breakthroughs, Valerie Perrine was cast as Lenny Bruce’s wife in Lenny in 1974. This role earned her Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations, which secured her place as a Hollywood ‘one to watch.’ Most people will recognize Perrine for her roles in Superman, both in 1978 and 1980. However, since the 1980s, things have been quiet for the up-and-coming starlet. She has been involved in some smaller projects, including a little role in What Women Want in 2000.

Valerie Perrine has been in smaller roles since the 1980s, including in What Women Want

Cybill Shepherd – Then

Cybill Shepherd first experienced fame as a model, which is allegedly how she managed to secure her first acting role. It was her feature on the cover of Glamour Magazine in 1970 that caught Peter Bogdanovich’s eye, and he instantly picked her for the role of Jacy in The Last Picture Show which he was directing. Her first movie earned her a Golden Globe nomination, and she carved herself an impressive film career on the back of it.

Cybill Shepherd was nominated for a Golden Globe for her role in The Last Picture Show

Cybill Shepherd – Now

With some huge movies under her belt in the 1970s, including the renowned Taxi Driver, things slowed down a little for the star. However, in the mid-80s, Cybill Shepherd wowed audiences once again with the standout performance of her career, in ABC’s Moonlighting. Since then, Cybill has appeared in various movies, TV shows, Broadway shows, and published a bestselling autobiography. Oh, and she has won three Golden Globe Awards! It seems as though nothing can stop Cybill Shepherd.

Cybill Shepherd has three Golden Globe Awards and has been successful since the 70s

Kate Jackson – Then

This actress had big dreams of becoming a star, which led to her dropping out of University and joining the American Academy of Dramatic Art instead. Kate Jackson’s risky move paid off, however, as she landed her first role in 1971 on Dark Shadows the TV show. She quickly followed this with four seasons in The Rookies, before landing one of the biggest parts of her career – Sabrina Duncan in Charlie’s Angels. This role is what Kate Jackson was most recognized for in the ‘70s.

Kate Jackson is most known for her role as Sabrina Duncan in Charlie’s Angels

Kate Jackson – Now

Since her role in Charlie’s Angels, Kate Jackson has continued to wow audiences in both TV shows and movies. The star has three Emmy Award nominations and four Golden Globe nominations to her name and has been writing her memoir entitled The Smart One. While her acting career may have been a success, the same can’t be said of her love life, unfortunately. With three marriages, three divorces, and numerous alleged relationships, it seems Kate Jackson never found true love.

Kate Jackson has had plenty of award nominations over the decades

Alison Arngrim – Then

Alison’s acting career started at a very early age, after a brief stint as a child model. Her first roles were in TV commercials before she landed the part of Nellie Oleson in the TV series Little House on the Prairie. She was just 12-years-old when she got her big break, and her role as the ‘spoiled bad girl’ of the show became a cultural reference of the 1970s. Alison Arngrim played Nellie for seven seasons of the show.

Alison Arngrim is best known for playing Nellie Oleson in Little House on the Prairie

Alison Arngrim – Now

Alison Arngrim later described playing Nellie as “like having PMS for seven years” during a standup routine years later. Along with her Little House on the Prairie role and some standup comedy, the star also recorded a comedy album entitled Heeere’s Amy. In 2002, Alison Arngrim won the prestigious Former Child Star Lifetime Achievement Award for her work on Little House on the Prairie – so that seven-year PMS was definitely worth it! Arngrim is married to musician Robert Paul Schoonover.

Alison Arngrim won a Former Child Star Lifetime Achievement Award in 2002

Liv Ullmann – Then

Things were a little different for Liv Ullmann, who was born in Tokyo to Norwegian parents. She moved to Toronto and New York, before settling back in Norway where she started working as a stage actress. However, she became most notable as becoming a ‘muse’ for Swedish director, Ingmar Bergman, who cast her in ten of his movies. Her face was all over the big screen in the ‘70s, in movies such as Autumn Sonata, A Bridge Too Far, and the award-winning The Emigrants.

Liv Ullmann made a name for herself as one of Ingmar Bergman’s muses

Liv Ullmann – Now

Things never really slowed down for the world-renowned actress, who has continued acting through the decades; both in Hollywood blockbusters and on TV. Liv Ullmann has also dabbled in directing, winning a Palme d’Or for her second feature film, Faithless. The star has been nominated over 40 times for awards, including nominations for Best Actress Academy Award for The Emigrants and Face to Face. Liv Ullmann is married to real estate developer Donald Saunders and is a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador.

Liv Ullmann has had an incredible acting and directing career over the years

Goldie Hawn – Then

Goldie Hawn is easily one of the most recognizable faces of the 1970s – and for good reason, too! The wannabe star took tap dance lessons from an early age, before pursuing her love of acting. After winning an Academy Award for her role in Cactus Flower, it was clear to everyone that Goldie Hawn was destined for big things. Notable roles in the ‘70s included Butterflies Are Free, Shampoo, and Foul Play. Her star continued to shine bright for over three decades!

Goldie Hawn is one of the most recognizable stars of the 1970s

Goldie Hawn – Now

By 2002, Goldie Hawn decided that it was time to take a break from the world of acting – embarking on a 15-year hiatus, before returning in the 2017 movie Snatched. However, it’s now her children who are stealing the limelight, it seems. Oliver and Kate Hudson, children from Goldie’s second marriage, are established actors in their own right. Wyatt Russell, her child with Kurt Russell (who she has been in a relationship with since 1983), is also an actor and ice hockey player.

Goldie Hawn took a 15-year hiatus before returning in 2017 for the movie Snatched

Jane Seymour – Then

One of the earliest breakout roles for Jane Seymour was in the 1973 James Bond movie, Live and Let Die, where the starlet got to play alongside Roger Moore. Playing a Bond girl is bound to get you noticed, and it certainly worked! Her next role was in Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger, before truly making a name for herself in the movie and TV show, Battlestar Galactica. By the end of the 1970s, everyone had heard of Jane Seymour.

Jane Seymour made a name for herself in the James Bond movie, Live and Let Die

Jane Seymour – Now

Luckily for Seymour, things have stayed on a pretty even keel when it came to her acting career over the decades. Through the ‘80s the actress had several roles in TV movies and series such as The Richest Man in the World. More recently, you may recognize her face for small parts in modern shows such as Smallville and How I Met Your Mother. Not forgetting her role in Wedding Crashers – call me Kitty Cat… Meow, she’s still got it!

Jane Seymour played a small role in the comedy movie Wedding Crashers most recently

Jodie Foster – Then

It may seem surprising that Jodie Foster started making a name for herself in the 1970s, considering she is still so young today! However, this world-famous actress has been on our screens since she was 3-years-old. After a few successful TV commercials, Jodie Foster went to a casting alongside her brother Buddy. While he wasn’t picked for the role, the directors saw something special in the young starlet and chose her to star alongside Robert De Niro in Taxi Driver!

Jodie Foster started acting at three and is known for her role in Taxi Driver

Jodie Foster – Now

Jodie Foster’s acting career has gone from strength to strength over the decades, with plenty of award-nominated and award-winning roles to her name – including playing the incredible Clarice Starling in Silence of the Lambs. While she may have experienced a few setbacks in the early noughties, things really took off for Foster when she turned her hand to directing. She has since gone on to direct episodes of Orange is the New Black, House of Cards and Black Mirror, along with several movies.

Jodie Foster is now known for her directing work, including directing episodes of Black Mirror and House of Cards

Cher – Then

Who can forget Cher in the ‘70s?! Not only had her and her husband (Sonny Bono) dominated the charts with their smash hit, I Got You Babe, but they were also given their own TV show in the ‘70s. The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour was an incredible hit, with around 30 million people tuning in every week. Their TV show catapulted the pair to the dizzying heights of fame, but it was Cher who was getting most of the attention!

Cher made a name for herself singing and in The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour

Cher – Now

There is no denying that Cher is as famous (if not more so) as she was in the 1970s. Not only has she sold millions of records, but she has also bagged herself roles in award-winning movies (such as Moonstruck), been a shining star on Broadway, and put on one of the highest-grossing concert tours of all time. Determined not to rest, Cher is currently putting on a series of shows in Las Vegas and Maryland, dubbed ‘Classic Cher.’

Cher is now one of the best-selling artists of all time and continues to perform to this day

Susan Dey – Then

Dey is best known for her great television role as Laurie Partridge on the sitcom “The Partridge Family.” In 1977, she returned to the screen on the weekly network television, as the co-star of the short-lived situation comedy “Loves Me, Loves Me Not.” During the years 1986-1992, she played the role of D.D.A Grace Van Owen on “L.A. Law,” a role for which she won a Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series. She also appeared in some episodes of the TV show “Third Watch.”

Susan Dey – Now

Nowadays, Susan Dey has stepped completely out of the spotlight. Unlike her younger days which were filled with stardom, Susan now enjoys a quiet life away from the hecticness of Hollywood with her husband, Bernard Sofronski, and her now adult daughter, Sara Dey-Hirshan. While she no longer acts or models, the ex-actress still looks absolutely fantastic for her age.

Rene Russo – Then

If you’re lucky enough to remember the ‘70s, you’ll probably remember that you couldn’t turn a corner or read a magazine without seeing Rene Russo on a billboard or magazine cover. This beautiful brunette started off her career in 1972 after a modeling agent spotted her singing and dancing at a Rolling Stones concert. Before too long, she was adorning the pages of Vogue, Cosmopolitan, Mademoiselle and major fashion magazines as one of the most in-demand models of the ‘70s.

Rene Russo was a model who was spotted at a Rolling Stones concert before she was signed

Rene Russo – Now

After making her modeling debut in the ‘70s, Rene Russo had a taste for fame and wanted more. At the turn of the decade, Rene decided to try her hand at acting and later made her movie debut in the 1989 blockbuster, Major League. Since then, she has continued to act in major motion pictures such as Thor, The Thomas Crown Affair, Nightcrawler and more. In recent years, she has made her transition into the realm of movie production.

Rene Russo has since become popular as an actress in the likes of Thor and Major League

Faye Dunaway – Then

Although Faye Dunaway made her acting debut in the ‘60s, she really came into her own in the ‘70s, and absolutely dominated the world of Hollywood. During this decade, Dunaway worked up an impressive list of acting credits, including The Three Musketeers, Chinatown, The Towering Inferno, Network and more. Her acting talents were rewarded this decade when she was awarded an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award and a Kansas City Film Critics Award. Yep, she absolutely rocked it!

Faye Dunaway was awarded an Academy Award and Golden Globe during the 1970s

Faye Dunaway – Now

During the ‘80s and ‘90s, Faye Dunaway continued to work with major filmmakers and directors on impressive Hollywood blockbusters- but decided to take a change of course during the early ‘00s. After a change of heart, Faye chose to work with more independent artist to create lesser-known movies for the screen. In 2015, she took a break from acting together to focus on her ill health and her family but made a triumphant return to the screen in 2016.

Faye Dunaway took a break from acting in 2015 but returned in 2016

Dolly Parton – Then

Known as the Queen of Country, Dolly Parton and her impressive hairstyles made their debut into our lives in the 60s, as she wrote hit songs for other artists. Yet, towards the end of the ‘60s, she was fed up of giving away the glory and released her first album in 1967. As she moved into the 1970s, Dolly continued to provide her fans with hit songs that topped the charts and had people dancing in their chairs

Dolly Parton started off by writing songs for other people, before releasing her own music

Dolly Parton – Now

Today, Dolly Parton is still regarded as one of the biggest stars in the world of country music. Although her sales have declined since the ‘70s, she is still credited with some of the greatest songs of all time – and it’s not just us who think so. In recent years, Dolly has been inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame, and as if that wasn’t enough, she is also an actress and creating her own Broadway musical!

Dolly Parton has been inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame for her services to music

Kim Basinger – Then

As a teenager, Kim Basinger became heavily involved in the pageant world and was later featured in advertising campaigns for pageant around America. It was here that she was spotted by an agent from Ford Modelling Agency, who quickly signed her to their agency. Before too long, she became one of the most in-demand models of the ‘70s and even became the Breck Shampoo girl! In 1976, she made the move to become an actress – which sparked her now legendary acting career.

Kim Basinger started off her career as a model before making the move to become an actress

Kim Basinger – Now

Since her transition from model to actress, Kim Basinger has leaped from strength to strength. In 1983, she struck gold when she was cast as the Bond girl, Domino Petachi, and was asked to star alongside Sean Connery in Never Say Never Again. Since then, she has starred in major movies such as Batman, The Nice Guys, 8 Mile, and Fifty Shades Darker. She was also married to Alec Baldwin from 1993 until 2002. What a lucky guy!

Kim Basinger went on to become the Bond girl for the popular James Bond movie, Never Say Never Again

Michelle Pfeiffer – Then

Although she is now one of the most popular leading ladies in Hollywood, the ‘70s actually served as Michelle Pfeiffer’s debut decade. After a short stint in the beauty pageant world, Pfeiffer decided that she wanted an acting career, and soon landed herself small roles in the likes of Fantasy Island, Charlie’s Angels, Delta House and more. She did struggle to obtain work through this period, but little did she know that the best was yet to come…

The 1970s served as Michelle Pfeiffer’s debut into the world of Hollywood

Michelle Pfeiffer – Now

Thankfully, Michelle didn’t have to struggle for too long, as she landed her breakout role in 1982. After taking on the leading role in the critical flop, Grease 2, Michelle was cast in a movie that would change her life forever: Scarface. As one of the most popular movies of all time, this exposure worked wonders for Michelle’s resume, and she has since worked in the likes of Hairspray, Catwoman, What Lies Beneath, Dangerous Minds and more.

Michelle Pfeiffer starred in Scarface, which exposed her to a wealth of producers

Olivia Newton-John – Then

When you think of the ‘70s, you’ll probably automatically think about the T-Birds, the Pink Ladies, and a whole load of Greased Lightning. Yep, after trying her hand in the music world during the early ‘70s and competing for the United Kingdom in the Eurovision Song Contest, Olivia Newton-John was cast as the leading Sandra-Dee in the hit musical, Grease. This performance shot the Australian native to fame and helped her become the successful artist and actor she is today.

Olivia Newton-John started her musical career in the ‘70s and was later cast as the lead in Grease

Olivia Newton-John – Now

Nowadays, we all still remember Olivia with her quaffed hair, her leather pants, and her high heels, but she has also made a name for herself outside the realm of Grease. In fact, she has become one of the most influential musicians of all time. With four Grammy Awards under her belt and around 100 million records sold across the world, Olivia Newton-John is a musical legend. Sadly, Olivia has been diagnosed with breast cancer for the second time.

Olivia Newton-John has won four Grammy Awards and sold around 100 million records

Barbra Streisand – Then

Barbra Streisand first entered the world of professional performing arts in the ‘60s, but it’s fair to say that the 1970s proved to be some of her most successful years of all time. After performing in nightclubs, Barbra was eventually given a chance to work on television, and even release her own album. During the ‘70s, she had numerous songs top the pop charts, including ‘You Don’t Bring Me Flowers,’ ‘The Way We Were,’ ‘No More Tears’ and more.

Barbra Streisand released numerous top 10 hits during the ‘70s

Barbra Streisand – Now

As a singer, actress, and filmmaker, Barbra Streisand continues to be one of the most legendary figures in the world of Hollywood. Not only has she won Academy Awards and Golden Globes for her acting career, but she has also won Grammy and Tony Awards – as well as selling around 68.5 million albums over the course of her career. In recent years, Barbra starred alongside Seth Rogen in The Guilt Trip and embarked on her own North American tour.

Barbra Streisand has won numerous awards for her acting talents, as well as her singing