The 1970s was a glorious time, where political and freedom of expression soared in popularity worldwide. The women of the 70s were some of the most beautiful of all time – feminine, free and stylish. In 2017 we look back on these days fondly and take a look at where these gorgeous women are now…
Kim Basinger started off her career as a model, and first appeared on TV screens in the late 1970s, most notably in the 1970s TV series Cat And Dog.
Her stunning and distinctive looks gained her instant attention and she worked steadily throught the 70s and 80s – her biggest roles to date were as Vicki Vale in TIm Burton’s 1989 Batman movie, and alongside Micky Rourke in the steamy 9/12 weeks.
Despite having aged considerably, she’s still active today aged 63 and has a starring role in the hit 50 shades movie 50 Shades Darker (2017)
Nowadays Kim’s 22 yeard old daugher Ireland Baldwin (from father Alec Baldwin) grabs more press attention than Kim, and is seemingly very similar to Kim in looks – a future star in the making?
Bo Derek (born Mary Cathleen Collins) first rose to prominence in the hit movie 10 (1979). She became an international renownked beauty during the 1980s and won several high profile roles, including Tarzan The Ape Man (1981), Bolero (1984) and Ghosts Can’t Do It (1989)
She’s a lifelong conservative and supprted Mitt Romney for president in 2012.
She still makes occasional TV appearances but has been replaced by younger and hungrier actresses.
Latest news from Bo Derek is that Kim Kardashian is a big fan, and modelled her cornrow hairstyle on the famous 70s actress. It is unknown whether Bo is impressed, happy or embarassed by her new fan club!
Feast your eyes on the before and after photos of Michelle Pfeiffer and you’ll see she’s one of the rare female actresses who seems immune to the ageing process.
She’s a worldwide icon who began her acting career in 1978, but her breakout role was in the 1982 hit crime movie Scarface, playing alongside Al Pacino.
She’s since had a string of hit movies, including playing Catwoman in the 1982 Batman Returns comic book franchise series, also winning an Academy award for best actress in the 1988 hit Dangerous Liasons.
One of the younger actresses on this list, Foster was born in 1962 and acheived success at a very early age, with a big part in the 1978 critically acclaimed worldwide hit Taxi Driver, starring alongside Robert DeNiro (when he actually put in great performances!)
She’s continued to act ever since then right to this day – you’ll catch her with another strong performance in the Matt Damon sci fi Elysium (2013)
She’s one of the most successful actresses of all time, with three BAFTA awards, three Golden Globe awards and the Cecile B DeMille award.
Dolly Parton, the world famous country and Western singer released her first album in 1967 to considerable critical and commerical acclaim.
Her album sales peaked in the 70s when she had a string of hit records and albums, quickly becoming the worlds most recognisable and wealthy country singer of all time. Over her lifetime she is estimated to have amassed a fortune of well over $200 million.
She also had a successful side career as an actress, and is the only actress in history ever to have been nominated for an Emmy, Oscar and Tony Award for films such as Steel Magnolias and Rhinestone.
One of the older actresses on the list, Susan Sarandon was born in 1946 and has enjoyed a career spanning decades from the early 1970s onwards.
She debued with the relatively unknown movie Joe (1970), but starred in the cult classic The Rocky Horror Picture Show in 1975.
Her career reached her peak the the late 70s through to the 90s, when she garnered 3 Academy Award nominations, finally winning the Oscar for best actress in Atlantic City (1980)
Rene Russo will be familar even to younger readers, since her acting career didn’t really take off until the 1990s. She was a famous model in the early – late 70s, but only appeared on the silver screen in 1989 with the comedy Major League.
She appeared in a slew of movies in the 90s however, including One Good Cop (1991), Lethal Weapon 3 and 4 (1992, 1993), Tin Cup (1996) and Ransom (1996).
She took a 6 year acting break frmo 2005 onwards but had a major role in the hit 2014 movie Nightcrawler. She’s also due to appear in the 2017 movie Just Getting Started, to be released in December 2017.
Goldie Hawn, born late 1945 is another of the older actresses on our list – but one of it’s brightest stars in the 1970s.
She was one of the most bankable stars in Hollywood for 3 decades from the 70s onwards – starring in a string of hit movies including The SugarLand Express (1975), Private Benjamin (1980) and Death Becomes Her (1992).
Unusually for Hollywood she’s had a longstanding marriage to Kurt Russel since 1983. Russel himself has had a resurgence in his career during the late 2010 period onwards and you’ll see him still going strong in 2017.
Born in 1949, Meryl Streep has often been cited as the best actress of her generation. She’s been nominated for an unbelievable 20 Academy Awards (and has won 3, tied with Daniel Day Lewis), and 30 Golden Globe Awards (winning 8). She’s been nominated and won more awards than any other actor or actress in history.
Her big breakthrough came in 1979 when she played the wife of Robert De Niro in the hit Martin Scorcese vietnam war picture The Deer Hunter.
Since then, she’s racked up too many numerous performances to count, including most recently playing the late Margaret Thatcher (UK Prime Minister in the 70s) in the Iron Lady. She won considerable accclaim for her performance but also some criticism for playing the movie whilst Thatcher was still alive.
Diane Keaton is another heavyweight actress on our list – her movies have cumulatively earned over $1.1 billion worldwide.
Her first major role was playing opposite Al Pacino in The Godfather, where she played Kay Adams. Her performance won considerable acclaim, including the world famous director Woody Allen. She subsequently starred in numerous Woody Allen movies, finally winning an Oscar for her performance in Annie Hall.
She’s still going strong in 2017 and is due to reunite with her Good Wives Club co stars Bette Middler and Goldie Hawn (also on this list!)
The original Wonder Woman, Lynda Carter became a worldwide sensation after winning the Miss World America prize in 1972.
From there she became Wonder Woman in the hugely popular 1975 – 1979 ABC TV Series.
As you can see from our picture, she’s aged very well – despite checking into a rehabilitation clinic for alcoholosim in 1998. She managed to pull through however and in a 2014 interview she stated she’s been a teetotaller ever since.
Raquel Welch became a worldwide icon for her combination of sultry, alluring screen goddess looks and strong, confident on screen performances.
Despite only saying four lines in the hit movie One Million Years BC, Welch became known worldwide for her gorgeous looks in the skimpy cavewoman outfit – an image which is still famous in 2017.
Now in her 70s she is still revered , and in 2011 Men’s Health awarded her the no 2 slot on the hottest women of all time list. Men all around the world secretly hope to meet a woman like this their whole lives!
She shot to fame as the suffering teenager in the film adaption of Stephen Kings first ever published novel (Carrie) in 1976 and went on to win an Oscar for her performance in the Coal Miners Daughter (1980).
Like some of the other actresses on our list, Sissy earned multiple award nominations, including 6 Oscar nominations and in 2001 won a third Golden Globe award for a strong performance in In The Bedroom.
She has since transitioned to Netflix movies and starred in the hit series bloodline, playing the matriarch Sally Reyburn, though the series was cancelled in 2016 and will air for the final time in late 2017.
One of the most successful models of all time, Christie Brinkley’s career began in the late 70s with three consecutive Sports Illustrated cover model appearances – more than any other model.
She spent an incredible 25 years as the face of CoverGirl, and has appeared on over 500 covers on high value fashion / sports / mens health magazines.
She’s been married four times but sadly none of these marriages worked out. Aged 63, she is now worth over $80 million, having invested her money wisely in high value real estate in the USA.
Barbara Streisland is probably the most successful actress of all time. She’s won two Academy Awards, 10 Grammy awards, 5 Emmy awards, the Presidential Award, 4 Tony awards and numerous others.
With a career spanning six decades, she must also be recognised for a longetivity that few other actresses can match.
She’s also a multi award winning singer, and has sold over 150 albums and singles worldwide. She is surely the most accomplished star from the 70s on this list.
Cybill Shepard is a multi talented actress, singer and former model. She first became famous for her roles in The Last Picture Show (1971), Taxi Driver (1976), and the HeartBreak Kid (1972).
She starred alongside Bruce Willis in the smash hit Moonlighting between 1985-1989.
Cybill is a devout Christian, and though she has strayed from her faith throughout her life, she’s now strong in her faith and seemingly happier than ever.
Brooke Shield’s career started very early at age 12, where she was spotted for her stunning looks and cast in Pretty Baby, winning critical acclaim and attention. She continued to model as a child star in the 70s and through the 80s, as well as starring in the hit iconic movie The Blue Lagoon.
Her career faded somewhat after the 80s, though she once again appeared on American TV screen in late 2017, winning a recurring major role in the hit TV Series
Law And Order : Special Victims Unit.
Shields was rumoured to have had a romantic relationship with the late Pop icon Michael Jackson, though this was never confirmed. Both professed that it was an innocent friendship.
The ever youthful Cher has enjoyed a career spanning nearly 5 decades, starting with the prettiest half of the rock duo Sonny And Cher. The worldwide hit “I Got You Babe” catapulted her to worldwide stardom and acclaim, selling over 40 million worldwide, making her an almost instant star.
She went on to incredible success as a solo artist and actress, selling over 100 million copies in her lengthy career – and considerable acclaim as an actress. She’s won an Oscar, an Emmy Award, 3 Golden Globe awards and numerous other accoldes during her career. As you can see from our before and after photo, she also seems immune to ageing!
An incredible woman and a worthy addition to our list.
Faye Dunaway began to gain worldwide fame in the 70s, with major roles in The Towering Inferno and Network. She won her first Oscar and Golden Globe in 1977 – an incredible start to her fledgling and promising career.
She’s in her 70s now, but made a comback in 2017 , starring in Bye Bye Man – a horror thriller that was panned by the critics but proved to be a commerical success.
She’s always been a very private person, rarely giving interviews, but amongst the Hollywood elite and in the minds of those who saw her on screen during her heyday, she remains one of the most beautiful and influential actresses of all time.
Farrach Fawcett’s career started off slowly with a small role in the 70s TV series Harry O and The Six Million Dollar Man. However, she really hit the big time with her part in the huge TV Series Charlie’s Angels.
Despite only playing the part for one season, it was enough to win her worldwide acclaim, largely due to her astonishing good looks, long blond hair and sunny personality.
Unfortunately she never quite recaptured those highs and passed away in 2009 after a long battle with cancer. However she will always be remembered as one of the most beautiful women ever to appear on TV.
Mary Tyler Moore
Mary Tyler Moore was a big star in the 70s, with a show named after her (The Mary Tyler Moore Show).
She played a witty 30 something outspoken news producer, living the single life in Middle America. The show was a huge hit at the time and Moore quickly became an icon in the USA. She had a talent for comedy, which combined with her brassy personality made her fresh and unique for that time.
She had a long career and continued to work on popular TV shows right up until her death in 2017. She will be sorely missed.
Maureen McCormick was a central character of the hugely popular TV Series the Brady Bunch in the 70s and 80s. Her good looks and great acting for such a young star allowed her to build a huge following and a much loved character in American life.
Her star has faded somewhat since the 70s and 80s and she’s not in the public eye as much as she used to be. However, she did write an autobiography about her time in The Brady Bunch, and still occasionally plays small roles in TV series in the USA.
We guess they were more innocent times then.
Jane Seymour is a British American actress who first shot to fame with her enigmatic and sensual performance in the 1973 James Bond movie Live And Let Die.
As our picture attests Jane has lost some of the radiant beauty of her younger years but has left behind a fantasic body of work, which earned her an Emmy Award, two Golden Globe Awards and a star on the HollyWood Walk Of Fame.
She’s still active now and is due to appear in the 2017 movie “The War With Grandpa”