Then – Lynda Carter
Flying to fame (pardon the pun) as Wonder Woman, Lynda Carter made the character totally iconic. In 1972, she was crowned Miss World America at that year’s beauty pageant.
Now – Lynda Carter
Now, she spends more time singing and recording music than she does acting. She has also performed as Mama Morton in a West End, London production of Chicago.
Then – Sally Field
The 70s were Sally’s time to shine. She won an Academy Award for her role in Norma Rae, one role after her first one in Smokey and the Bandit. The rest is history.
Now – Sally Field
Since her breakout role, Field has made a name for herself as a well-respected and acclaimed actress in both film and television. She has played roles in films such as Legally Blond 2, Lincoln and television roles in shows like ER and Brothers and Sisters.
Then – Bo Derek
Bo made her film debut in the 70s, starring in the horror movie, Orca. The film did not do well in theaters but it was what helped Bo get her part in her breakout role in the movie ’10’.
Now – Bo Derek
Derek continued to act throughout the years in minor television and film roles. These days, she’s more politically active as well as an advocate for animal rights.
Then – Valerie Perrine
Few know that Valerie started her career as Montana Wildhack in Kurt Vonnegut’s, Slaughterhouse Five, before making her breakout role in Diamonds Are Forever.
Now – Valerie Perrine
Since then, Perrine has continued to act in films like Mel Gibson’s, What Women Want and television show, Lights Out.
Then – Cybill Shepherd
Famous for her modeling career, which sparked an acting career that included The Heartbreak Kid and Taxi Driver, everyone loved Cybill and her stunning looks.
Now – Cybill Shepherd
Now older and retired from her modeling days, you can find her acting in front of a camera in many successful movies and TV shows, such as The L Word, rather than posing instead!
Then – Kate Jackson
Kate Jackson starred in the original of Charlie’s Angels, and she was actually the one to come up with the name of the show. Since 1978, she has been married and divorced three times.
Now – Kate Jackson
Nowadays, she is an advocate for excellent heart health and for breast cancer too, having suffered traumas with both. She filed a lawsuit against her financial advisor, claiming he brought her to financial ruin.
Then – Maureen McCormick
Finding fame in The Brady Bunch, Maureen McCormick went on to try her hand at songwriting, TV presenting and being a recording artist.
Now – Maureen McCormick
Since then, she has suffered from drug addiction quite badly and even turned to prostitution for some time. She has since been through rehab and is currently clean.
Then – Alison Arngrim
Alison’s career kick started after she landed the leading antagonist role of Nellie Oleson in Little House on the Prairie when she was just twelve years old. She had previously done some child modelling.
Now – Alison Arngrim
Since then, she has spent some time recording a comedy record album, where she played Amy Carter, daughter of former President Jimmy Carter, but is now mostly devoted to doing charity work.
Then – Goldie Hawn
Aged 24, Goldie Hawn won her first Oscar at the start of the seventies for the film Cactus Flower. This jettisoned her career skywards, and she’s been a household name ever since, starring in many other films.
Now – Goldie Hawn
Since then, she’s given birth to two acting legends, one being Kate Hudson and the other Oliver Hudson. Hawn has another son, Wyatt, with actor Kurt Russell, who she has been in a relationship with since 1983.
Then – Jane Seymour
Not her real name, of course, Seymour rose to fame in Live and Let Die, becoming a sex symbol following the release of the classic Bond film.
Now – Jane Seymour
She has had a number of prominent film and television roles since then, including Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman, and continues to act both on-screen and onstage today.
Then – Jodie Foster
Acting from an extremely young age, Jodie’s role as a teenage prostitute in Taxi Driver is what shot her to stardom. This was shortly followed by her role in Silence of The Lambs – both of which earned her an Academy Award.
Now – Jodie Foster
Now, she still acts but to a much lesser extent, instead focusing her efforts on directing. The latest film Foster has directed is Money Monster, starring Julia Roberts and George Clooney.
Then – Cher
Performing with her husband in duo band Sonny & Cher helped Cher get her foot on the ladder to fame after the success of their single “I Got You Babe”. Cher was seen as something of a trendsetter in the fashion world.
Now – Cher
She has slunk off of the scene recently, but still dabbles in music and acting from time to time. She has enjoyed stints as a panel judge on reality TV shows such as The Voice and Dancing With The Stars.
Then – Meryl Streep
Starting in the seventies, Streep began acting in stage shows before turning to Hollywood smash hits. Robert De Niro suggested Streep should be cast as his girlfriend in her film debut, The Deer Hunter.
Now – Meryl Streep
Now, she’s been called one of the greatest actors of our generation, winning 157 awards across her career, with over 400 nominations. She holds the record for Academy Award nominations, at a whopping 19.
Then – Pam Grier
Pam Grier rose to stardom after she was cast in Quentin Tarantino’s smash hit film Jackie Brown. She received a nomination at the Golden Globes that year for Best Actress.
Now – Pam Grier
Since then, she has starred mostly in TV series’, such as her role of Kit Porter on the L Word, and occasionally provides her voice for voiceovers.
Then – Diane Keaton
Diane Keaton developed her early acting career with films such as Play It Again, Sam where she was directed by and co-starred with Woody Allen. She won her first Oscar acting in the classic film that is Annie Hall.
Now – Diane Keaton
Since then, she has turned her attention to photography, real estate, writing, and singing. She still acts, though, most recently starring in Finding Dory! What a woman.
Then – Barbra Streisand
Streisand started life in a very poor family in New York, where by the age of 16 she was almost homeless trying to pursue her dream of being a star. By the end of the 70’s, Barbra Streisand was titled the most successful female artist in the US.
Now – Barbra Streisand
Now, she sings, acts and speaks about important issues all over the globe; she is truly inspirational. She has won many Lifetime Achievement Awards in various fields and has been ranked as one of the top 10 singer-songwriters of all time.
Then – Talia Shire
Finding fame as Connie Corleone in The Godfather and Adrian Balboa in Rocky, Talia Shire became a legacy for both of these treasured series. She has been nominated for two Academy Awards for them, too.
Now – Talia Shire
Now, she chooses to act mostly on stage rather than in movies. She has been at it for over 60 years! She is also the aunt of well-known actor Nicholas Cage.
Then – Ellen Burstyn
Starting off with work in the theatre, Ellen won her first Oscar for Martin Scorsese’s Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore in the 1970’s. She had previously been nominated for her lead role in The Exorcist.
Now – Ellen Burstyn
Since then she has done some more stage acting and has even appeared on Netflix original, House of Cards! There was some controversy in 2006 over her Emmy nomination for HBO’s Mrs. Harris when she only appeared in the film for 14 seconds.
Then – Carol Kane
Carol Kane starred in TV series Taxi and also had a prominent role in well-loved classic, Annie Hall. She has appeared in multiple films over the years, including 1987’s The Princess Bride.
Now – Carol Kane
Now, she’s starred on Broadway, playing Madame Morrible in Wicked for 10 years and even has a recurring role in Netflix Original, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.
Then – Olivia Newton-John
Everyone watched in awe as Olivia Newton-John rose to stardom following her lead role in Grease. She successfully went from playing the girl-next-door, to skintight jumpsuit-wearing Sandy, for which she will always be remembered.
Now – Olivia Newton-John
She has since won four Grammy awards and regularly goes on tours around the world. In 2015, she reached the number one spot on Billboard’s dance club chart, with the song she released with her daughter, Chloe.
Then – Faye Dunaway
Faye left a mark on Hollywood that could not be erased after she appeared in cult classic, Bonnie and Clyde. Since then, she has also appeared in notable films such as The Thomas Crown Affair and Chinatown.
Now – Faye Dunaway
Now, she continues to act, starring in several successful movies and television series. She has a large number of awards under her belt too!
Then – Kim Basinger
Kim started her career as a successful model but swiftly changed over to acting when she moved to L.A. She won an Oscar for her supporting role in L.A. Confidential and played a Bond girl in Never Say Never Again.
Now – Kim Basinger
Now, she continues to have a growing acting career and will star in the 50 Shades sequel, appearing in cinemas next year. She has a daughter, Ireland, with her actor ex-husband Alec Baldwin.
Then – Rene Russo
A successful fashion model, Rene Russo frequently appeared on covers belonging to the likes of Vogue and Cosmopolitan, before she made a name for herself as an actress – appearing in action films like Lethal Weapon.
Now – Rene Russo
Since then, she has taken a small break from acting but is now back on her feet, starring in a Marvel movie as Thor’s mother and in The Intern with Robert de Niro.
Then – Raquel Welch
She starred in One Million Years B.C. and had just three lines. However, she was scantily clad in an animal skin bikini, and this turned her into a sex icon and poster girl!
Now – Raquel Welch
Since then, she has published a book, made some work out DVD’s and been the face of MAC cosmetics. She also has a successful wig line called HAIRuWEAR.
Then – Stefania Sandrelli
Acting from the young age of 14, Stefania Sandrelli starred in several Italian movies that were massive hits, including Divorce, Italian Style.
Now – Stefania Sandrelli
Now, she continues to act but has stepped back from the limelight a little. She has a daughter, Amanda Sandrelli, with her long-term boyfriend, Italian musician Gino Paoli. Amanda has followed in her mother’s footsteps and is also an actress.
Then – Pam Dawber
As a young woman, Pam Dawber starred in many popular sitcoms that kick-started her career. She is best known for playing the titular Mindy in Mork and Mindy, and Samantha in My Sister Sam.
Now – Pam Dawber
Since then, she has starred in a period film alongside her husband, Mark Harmon. She has also become the spokeswoman for a charity, Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, a youth mentoring organization.
Then – Candice Bergen
Since the 1960’s, Candice Bergen has been developing her career as a successful actress and fashion model. She is best known for her decade-long stint as the title character on sitcom Murphy Brown.
Now – Candice Bergen
Now, she has semi-retired from her acting career but has done so safely with a huge stash of awards and nominations under her belt. We say semi-retired, as she still makes odd cameos and guest appearances.
Then – Michelle Pfeiffer
Starting off in the show business, Michelle has been acting from a very young age. After the flop of her first major film role in Grease 2, she recovered her career by landing a part in the cult hit Scarface.
Now – Michelle Pfeiffer
Her career hasn’t slowed down since then – in fact, it’s only picked up!. One of her her more memorable performances is in the film adaption of the musical Hairspray, alongside John Travolta, who plays a woman.
Then – Dolly Parton
One of the most accomplished and recognized singers in America, Dolly Parton had 25 number one songs on the country Billboard charts.
Now – Dolly Parton
Now, Dolly doesn’t do a whole lot. She performs here and there but mostly lives off of her royalties. She has released a total of forty-two studio albums, the latest of which was called Blue Smoke.
Then – Jane Fonda
You’d be hard pressed to find anyone who doesn’t know Jane Fonda! And with good reason: From Broadway to Hollywood, TV appearances, and her famous fitness videos that got America working out from the living room, Miss. Fonda was everywhere!
Now – Jane Fonda
From the early 2000s on, Jane has been busy with her many political activist causes. She has been personally active in movements regarding feminism, Native American rights, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and environmentalism.
Then – Susan Anton
Having started off as a young contender in several beauty pageants, it makes sense that Susan is a woman of many talents. While she started out singing product jingles it wasn’t long until she started releasing hit singles, including “Killin’ Time”, which made 1980’s Top 10 on country charts.
Now – Susan Anton
Susan’s love for the spotlight is one thing that hasn’t changed with time. She hosted Las Vegas’ famous “Great Radio City Hall Spectacular” for 5,000 shows! She had a role on Baywatch in the early 90s, and has appeared on Law & Order.
Then – Catherine Bach
Whether you’re 18 or 80, everyone knows the iconic “Daisy Duke” from The Dukes of Hazzard. Her character was so memorable, her name is a synonym for “short-shorts” like those she wore in the show.
Now – Catherine Bach
In 2012 Catherine joined the cast of another wildly famous American TV show: CBS’s soap opera The Young and the Restless. She might not have starred in much, but everything she has been in has been epic!
Then – Farrah Fawcett
Farrah was one of the original stars in the hit TV series Charlie’s Angels, but funny enough, what launched her in mega-stardom was the still famous poster depicting her in a red bathing suit. All of Charlie’s Angels were offered the opportunity, but Farrah was the only one to take it!
Now – Farrah Fawcett
While Fawcett continued to act on an on-again off-again basis, due to her commitment to her family life, she brought class and notoriety to every project she partook in. Sadly, Farrah passed away from a sudden recurrence of cancer in 2009.
Then – Stevie Nicks
The singer who is best known for being the front woman of the rock band Fleetwood Mac who joined the gang in 1975 and was part of their incredible success throughout the seventies.
Now – Stevie Nicks
Nicks later turned to a solo career and is still very successful till this day with her gypsy Californian style. Nicks never had children because she decided to focus on her career.
Then – Mary Tyler Moore
Tyler Moore played Mary Richards on The Mary Tyler Show where she played the famous local news producer.
Now – Mary Tyler Moore
The Emmy Award winner who sadly passed away earlier this year was awarded the Screen Actors Guild’s lifetime achievement in 2011 and was active in charity work later in her life.
Then – Linda Blair
Blair will always be mostly famous for role as Regan on the 1973 horror film The Exorict, a role which earned her an Oscar nomination and a Golden Globe Award.
Now – Linda Blair
Blair continued to act in low-budget horror films and also made an appearance on the 1996 Scream movie. Most recently she landed a role in Whoa!, a comedy webseries and in the film The Green Fairy. Oh and she’s looking absolutely amazing at 57.
Then – Bernadette Peters
Bernadette, aside from her striking red hair and full lips, caught the attention of the public with her role in both The Muppet Show and The Carol Burnett Show. Her start on television was what lead to her much larger love and where her true talent lay hidden…
Now – Bernadette Peters
The theater! Bernadette is highly praised for her Broadway performances of Song and Dance, the revival of Annie Get Your Gun, for which she won Tony Awards for both. She has been in many more plays, and nominated many more times for a plethora of awards.
Then – Joni Mitchell
Joni started her musical career back in the 1960s, but it wasn’t until the 70s that she reached mainstream success and notoriety. Her album, Blue, was the beginning of the legend that would be Joni Mitchell. Of her album, Blue, Joni once said, “I have, on occasion, sacrificed myself and my own emotional makeup, … singing ‘I’m selfish and I’m sad’, for instance. We all suffer for our loneliness, but at the time of Blue, our pop stars never admitted these things.”
Now – Joni Mitchell
Today, Joni is, as we said, a legend. Her music has touched millions of people worldwide and her name is known to every generation. Joni is focused now on recording her collection albums so her fans will not be without her beautiful and comforting voice.
Then – Charlene Tilton
This sassy blonde is mostly known for playing Lucy Ewing in the legendary hit TV show ‘Dallas’. But before her big break she appeared in several TV shows, such as ‘Happy Days’ and also a few movies, one of them was ‘Freaky Friday’.
Now – Charlene Tilton
Since the 70s and the 80s, Tilton’s continued making appearances in different TV shows and movies, but there was no significant role which could revive her big ‘Dallas’ fame.
Then – Carrie Fisher
In the 1970s, Carrie Fisher was busy becoming a household name. It was at that time she starred as Princess Leia in the Star Wars franchise. She was immediately thrust into the spotlight and forever linked to the character and franchise.
Now – Carrie Fisher
Carrie sadly passed away of a massive heart attack in late 2016, leaving behind broken hearted fans all over the world. Before her passing, Fisher managed to film scenes for the Star Wars revival films, Episode VII and the soon to be released Episode VIII.
Then – Susan Sarandon
Rising to fame in The Rocky Horror Show and starring as one-half of the troublesome two, Thelma and Louise, Susan Sarandon sprung to fame very quickly.
Now – Susan Sarandon
Sarandon is today best known for her political activism in humanitarian, human rights and other various progressive and liberal causes. She is a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and has won other awards in recognition of her work.
Then – Loni Anderson
We remember the former model and blonde bombshell from the sitcom WKRP in Cincinnati which ran for four years since the late seventies. Anderson played the stereotypical role of the receptionist, Jennifer Marlowe.
Now – Loni Anderson
Anderson, who’s been married for four times, continued to act in a few films throughout the years but mostly had television appearances, her latest being on the fifth season of Baby Daddy. She still looks amazing these days.
Then – Kim Richards
Kim Richards was a young, child star in the 70’s. She made her big-screen debut in Escape to Witch Mountain and starred opposite James Brolin in 1978’s The Car. Kim made guest appearances on many popular shows as a child; these include Little House on the Praire, Diff’rent Strokes, The Love Boat, CHiPs, Magnum PI, and Dukes of Hazzard. She had one notable role as a young adult in Meatballs Part 2. After the 80’s, Kim strayed from the scripted world of entertainment and married her first husband, Monty Brinson, whom she divorced after 3 years of marriage. In 1991, Kim divorced her second husband who she shares two children with.
Now – Kim Richards
In 2010, Kim Richards joined the full-time cast of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. She starred on the show for 5 seasons until being let go but did make a guest appearance in the show’s sixth season. She was retired from the show in 2015 due to personal struggles; the reality star was arrested on shoplifting, public intoxication, and trespassing charges and was released on $20,000 bail. Currently, Kim is in the doghouse with the LA County Court system for not completing her mandated 450 hours of community service. If she doesn’t fulfill these obligations, she could be facing a lengthy stint in jail.
Then – Liv Ullmann
A red hot actor and director, Liv Ullmann was all over the movie scene in the seventies. She won a Golden Globe for her work on the film The Emigrants and has since received two Academy Award nominations.
Now – Liv Ullmann
Now, she’s doing much the same, but on a far more discrete level. She has directed Cate Blanchett in the play A Streetcar Named Desire in Sydney, Australia, and also directed Colin Farrell in 2014 in a film adaptation of Miss Julie.
Then – Barbi Benton
The former model with the angelic face began her modeling career at 18 when she landed her first Playboy job co-hosting the franchise’s show, Playboy After Dark alongside Hugh Hefner. Benton later turned to the small screen and appeared as a regular on Hee Haw and later on the comedy show, Sugar Time.
Now – Barbi Benton
Benton later also pursued a musical career and had some success especially with her 1975 record, Brass Buckles. The beauty married her husband, George Gradow in 1979 and they have been married ever since.
Then – Yvette Mimieux
Yvette Mimieux’s career may have started during a swimsuit competition to be in an Elvis video (she didn’t win), but appeared in several productions during the 70s, such as The Neptune Factor and Jackson County Jail amongst others.
Now – Yvette Mimieux
Yvette continued acting until her retirement in 1992, performing on both the big screen and in TV. She married twice, the second marriage to Howard F. Ruby, founder of Oakwood Worldwide.
Then – Connie Sellecca
Connie got her career started in 1978 with the show, Flying High. She played Lisa Benton for 19 episodes and was remembered for her stunning looks. Connie went on to star in several made for TV movies, such as, Captain America II: Death Too Soon, and She’s Dressed to Kill.
Now – Connie Sellecca
These days, other than aging extremely well, Connie continues to act in television movies and shows. Her latest role was as a host of the television show, Intelligence for Your Life. She was also in tv movies like, All About Christmas Eve, and The Wild Stallion.
Then -Suzanne Somers
You could say tat looking back at the 70’s, they were all about the blonde beauty who mastered her role as Chrissy Snow, the ditsy roommate on the successful show, Three’s Company. Later in her career, she landed another big role as the matriarch of the blended family on Step by Step.
Now -Suzanne Somers
Since her days in the shows, Somers has continued to appear mostly on the small screen and has released some fitness videos as well as self-help books that she wrote on how to age right. She certainly knows how to.
Then – Susan Dey
With her angelic eyes, Susan Dey won everyone’s hearts over when she played the roles of Laurie Partridge on the hit show which ran from 1970 to 1974. She definitely left her mark on the acting world.
Now – Susan Dey
This one just kept landing one big role after the other. She even earned herself a Golden Globe for her performance on L.A. Law.She later appeared in the film version of the hit show.
Then – Kristy McNichol
McNichol spent most of her first years of acting as a guest star on various shows including ‘The Bionic Woman’, ‘The Love Boat’ and ‘Starsky & Hutch’. It was her appearance later on the drama show, ‘Family’ that earned her two Emmys.
Now -Kristy McNichol
The actress moved quickly from the small screen to the big screen when she went on to star in ‘The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia’ alongside Dennis Quaid and Mark Hamill.
Then -Valerie Bertinelli
The actress landed a leading role from the get go when she starred in ‘One Day at a Time’, a show she appeared in 99% of its episodes. The show ran from the mid seventies to the mis eighties.
Now -Valerie Bertinelli
Throughout the 90’s and the following decade, Bertinelli continued to appear on television where she played in ‘Sydney’ and ‘Touched by an Angel.’ From 2010 to 2015 she was part of the successful show, Hot in Cleveland playing Melanie Moretti.
Then – Christy Brinkley
The former supermodel broke a record in her early days of modeling when she appeared in three consecutive issues of the famed swimsuit magazine, Sports Illustrated. The blonde bombshell continued to have a successful modeling career.
Now – Christie Brinkley
Christie has been married four times, including a high profile marriage to singer, Billy Joel. Till this day, the ageless beauty continues to model.
Then – Mindy Cohn
Cohn rose to fame in the seventies when she played the unforgettable role of Natalie Green on the hit show, The Facts of Life which ran for nearly ten years. As much as she was successful playing that role, it was hard for the actress to shake off that typecast many years down the line.
Now – Mindy Cohn
The 50-year-old actress has continued to work on television and did some voice over work, like when she lent her voice to the Scooby-Doo animated show.
Then – Erin Murphy
Murphy will always be mostly remembered for playing Tabitha Stephens on the hit sitcom, Bewitched. She joined the cast in the third season of the show and stayed until the very end. The actress initially shared the role with her twin sister until she took it herself.
Now – Erin Murphy
The 52-year-old, Erin guest-starred on several shows including Lassie and has mostly appeared in commercials. She left the Hollywood scene after her parents decided they wanted her to be raised up in a less glitzy environment.
Then – Elizabeth Montgomery
Another Bewitched starlet, Elizabeth Montgomery, will always be mostly famous for her role as Samantha. For her role on the hit show, she was nominated for several Emmy Awards as well as for a Golden Globe Award.
Now – Elizabeth Montgomery
The actress sadly passed away in 1995 after she battled with cancer. Prior to her death, she was very involved in helping others with AIDS and making the epidemic one to be talked about publicly.
Then – Sissy Spacek
It’s hard to wrap our heads around the fact that with such a sweet face, Sissy Spacek was able to scare so many people with her epic role in the horror film, Carrie, playing Carrie White. She later won an Oscar for Best Actress for her performance in Coal Miner’s Daughter.
Now – Sissy Spacek
Spacek has continued acting throughout her career and she has appeared in some of the greatest movies that were released in recent years such as The Help and Big Love.
Then – Melissa Gilbert
Gilbert’s big break came when she was cast as Laura Ingalls Wilder on the seventies hit show “Little House on the Prairie”
Now – Melissa Gilbert
Melissa continued her film and television career and did what many former stars do these days and participated on the 14th season of Dancing with the Stars.
Then – Tanya Tucker
In 1969, Tanya’s family moved to Las Vegas and that’s where she found her music path as a country singer. She soon signed with Columbia Records and started working closely with songwriters like Dolores Fuller.
Now – Tanya Tucker
The singer’s career took off especially during the 70’d and later in the 80’s and was an inseparable part of the country music scene. She hit top charts and became an inspiration to many other artists.
Then – Jaclyn Smith
Starting out as Kelly Garrett in Charlie’s Angels, Jaclyn was the only angel to stay for the entire run of the show from 1976 to 1981.
Now – Jaclyn Smith
Now, she continues to act, mostly appearing on popular TV shows such as Law and Order. Since the ‘80s, Smith has designed and developed her own successful clothing brand.
Then – Morgan Fairchild
Morgan spent the 70s starring in made for television movies, but managing to grab the eye of every single person who watched her. Her roles in The Initiation of Sarah, and Murder in Music City, as well as her long stint on the show, Search for Tomorrow, showed the world that her acting chops were as good as her looks.
Now – Morgan Fairchild
Since her beginnings, Morgan has spent a lot of time on the small screen. Her role in Flamingo Road got her a Golden Globe nomination, and her role on the soap Falcon Crest get her name in the television soap category of television. Morgan has continued to act until today, in television shows like Hot in Cleveland and in tv movies like Mostly Ghostly: One Night in Doom House.