The 1970s was a decade filled with glittering disco balls, big hair, and even bigger smiles. But what we remember most are the famous faces that graced our television screens. These women were absolutely gorgeous in their prime, but it’s been almost 50 years since then. So you can bet that these stars you knew so well look entirely different now, years later. Here are the faces you used to know and love, and what they’re up to today.
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 – 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.
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 – 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.
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 – 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.
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 – 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.
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 – 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.
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 – 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.
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 – 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.’
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 – 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.
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 – 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.
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 – 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!
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 – 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!
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…
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.
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 – 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.
Suzanne Somers – Then
This actress shot to fame in the late ‘70s when Suzanne was cast to play Chrissy Snow on Three’s Company. The role saw young Suzanne become a heattrob across the globe as everyone began to fall in love with the actress.It was role after role for the next few years as the Hollywood blonde was everywhere you looked. Due to her popularity, Suzanne also landed the spokeswoman job for the famous Thighmaster that became popular in the 1990s.
Suzanne Somers – Now
After years of being one of the most sought-after actresses, shortly after the turn of the century work began to dry up for Suzanne. The actress has been living the high life, but it wasn’t until 2012 that she made her comeback. Suzanne landed her own online talk show, as well as a spot on Dancing with the Stars. There are rumors that at 71 years old the actress has begun to go under the knife to try and regain her youth.
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 – 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.
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 – 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.
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 – 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.
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 – 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.
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 – 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!
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 – 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.