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Here's What 17 Starlets From the 70s are up to Now

Celebs October 3, 2016 By Hugo

It takes a lot to forge a successful career in a town nicknamed 'The Land of Broken Dreams' but these 15 starlets went on to have illustrious careers that, over time, cemented their reputations as icons. 

 

 


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Today, we look back at 15 starlets from that period and chronicle why they are still going strong four decades on.


1. Olivier Newton John

If Olivier Newton-John's career were to be characterized by one film, it would be her role as John Travolta's love interest in the classic Hollywood musical, Grease. But Newton-John isn't only known for her acting abilities, In fact; the starlet continues to tour the world with a string of musical hits, including the iconic song, Physical which has seen the starlet notch up record sales of more than 100m copies.


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Away from her acting and musical endeavors, the star is also a keen animal rights advocate and regularly contributes to individual health awareness charities after successfully overcoming her fight with breast cancer in 1992. 


2. Michelle Pfeiffer

Michell Pfeiffer was a Hollywood sex symbol if ever there was one and her performances were met with equal praise. But it took a while for the blonde bombshell to get noticed and it's wasn't until she landed a role in the Al Pacino classic, Scarface that things began looking up. 


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What followed was a succession of other roles in films like Dangerous Liaisons and The Fabulous Baker Brothers and has in recent years graced her talents in the well-known films Hairspray and What Lies Beneath.


3. Goldie Hawn

Goldie Hawn is a Hollywood legend, and her friendly, and carefree spirit has given her a reputation as a bit of a hippie (albeit a wealthy one). Things started looking up for the actress in the 1970s when she won an unexpected Oscar in 1969 for her role in Cactus which gave Hawn's career the upward momentum needed to land iconic roles in the films Death Becomes Her, First Wives Club and The Banger Sisters.


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Away from the screen, the charismatic starlet is a mother to three children, two of whom, the actors Oliver and Kate, derive from her first husband, the musician Bill Hudson. Since 1983, Goldie has been married to the Kurt Russel. 


4. Rene Russo

Rene Russo's foray into acting started out as an all-too-familiar one after first raking in cash as a successful model. But being the exception the norm, Rene turned into a superb and accomplished actress after starring in films as lauded as The Thomas Crown Affair and Ransom.


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Today, the actress is still going strong at the age of 62 (not that she looks it ) and recently starred alongside Hollywood hottie Jake Gyellnhall in the brilliant thriller, Nightcrawler.  


5. Susan Sarandon

Susan Sarandon, like Goldie Hawn, isn't shy when it comes to being herself and is known for always taking her three dogs along with her to televised interviews.


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Sarandon's Hollywood dream started when she gained worldwide fame for her role in the breakout indie hit The Rocky Horror Show and ever since the bubbly actress has appeared in a string of classics, including Thelma and Louise, Dead Man Walking and the much-loved tearjerker, Stepmom. 


6. Diane Keaton

Diane Keaton proved that romances in Tinseltown don't always have to be centered around two attractive twenty-somethings when she starred in the rom-com Something's Gotta Give. 


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The actress first came to prominence for her role as Kay in the Godfather trilogy and would eventually go on to win an Academy Award for her role in the Woody Allen classic, Annie Hall. 


7. Sissy Spacek

If you can remember who Sissy Spacek is, then kudos to you! The actress, who has gone under the radar in recent years, is perhaps most known for her role as Carrie in the 1973 movie's namesake which saw Sissy play a revengeful 17-year-old girl living with an unstable mother.


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The role would be enough to earn Spacek an Oscar nomination for her efforts, but it was her brilliant role in the critically praised film Coal Miner’s Daughter which saw her take a home her first and only Oscar. Today, the actress isn't as in-demand as she once was, but is mooted to star alongside Meryl Streep in the remake of the 1962 movie, Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? 


8. Maureen McCormick

Known widely for her role as Marcia Brady on the immensely popular ABC sitcom The Brady Bunch, Maureen McCormick found life after the show much harder. The actress went down an array of new paths, from dabbling in songwriting and TV presenting and even giving it a go as a recording artist.


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Unfortunately for Maureen, such endeavors didn't offer her the same success, and since the show's end, she was plagued with rumors of drug addiction and is also thought to have turned to prostitution. Thankfully, the former actress is now clean, and we hope that continues.


9. Raquel Welch

To say Raquel Welch was a sex-symbol of the 70s is almost selling her short. She was an icon and arguably the face of American New Wave Cinema, such was the extraordinary celebrity she possessed and the fame Raquel garnered for her acting prowess and model-like looks would see her labeled by many industry commentators as the 'It' girl of Hollywood.


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The hype surrounding Welch is thought to have started after she starred in the British indie flick One Million Years B.C. Despite only having three lines, it was the image of her body in one scene, clad only in a doe-skin bikini that instantly propelled the actress into superstardom. What followed was a host of movie offers, which saw the brunette beauty star in the notable films Bedazzled and Myra Breckinridge. 

Shifting her focus away from acting, the icon, who is as prepossessing as ever at the age of 76 (yes, 76) now puts most of her efforts into her popular skin and beauty products.


10. Jodie Foster 

Jodie Foster's foray into Hollywood started as a child and it wasn't long before she'd established herself as Tinseltown's go-to child star, a reputation that was only cemented when she gained an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress in Martin Scorses's 1976 classic, Taxi Driver.


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But unlike most her age, Foster avoided the perils that often come with having everything so young and instead developed into a credible leading lady, with 1991's Silence of the Lambs proving her most famous role. Nowadays, Jodie Foster is more keen to be working behind the camera and has directed 2011's The Beaver, two episodes or Orange is the New Black and most recently held the reigns on the impressive 2016 movie, Money Monster. 


11. Dolly Parton

Dolly Parton may have worked the 9 to 5 grind, but at the ripe old age of 70, Parton's hectic life doesn't seem to have affected her looks. Instead, the American treasure still looks as radiant as ever and continues wowing audiences with her catchy lyrics and showbiz persona.

 


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The vivacious performer is also known for her acting abilities and first made waves in Hollywood when she starred in the brilliant 1980 movie, Steel Magnolias.


12. Barbra Streisand

Barbra Streisand is a cultural icon to American music and her talents have been rightly rewarded. As with many stars, her talents were multifaceted, which led her to star in movies such as The Way We Were , A Star Is Born and the Funny Girl, the latter of which would garner her an Academy Award for Best Actress.


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If that wasn't impressive enough, Streisand would go on to direct many movies, including box offices smashes like The Prince of Tides and The Mirror Has Two Faces.  

Admittedly, the American superstar isn't as busy as she once was, but at 74, she hasn't exactly taken her foot off the peddle and recently embarked on a nine-city concert tour in America to promote her latest album  Encore: Movie Partners Sing Broadway. 


13. Cher

Cher is so cool that she only goes by one name, and the 70s was no different. Beginning her career on the Sonny and Cher Show, the performer soon became an icon in  music, fashion and acting, a feat proven beyond doubt when she won an Oscar for Moonstruck in the late 80s, which added to her already-impressive collection of Emmy, Grammy and Golden Globe Awards.


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Aged 70, Cher, real name Cherilyn Sarkisian, appears more focused on interests outside Hollywood of late and is noted for her political views, philanthropic endeavors and social activism, which has seen her attend many LGBT and climate change rallies.


14. Meryl Streep

Most people on this list have needed little introduction and Meryl Streep is another. Over the years Streep has become so famous for her acting pedigree that her name has almost become synonymous with every award season after her breakout role in The Deer Hunter. 


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The well-versed actor, who at one point wondered whether every role would be her last, has been working like a horse for more than 40 years and has been nominated 19 times by the Academy, winning on three occasions.


15. Faye Dunaway 

Faye Dunaway will always be known as one-half of Bonnie and Clyde. Since the iconic role, her career was propelled and Dunaway soon found herself with an A-list status, gaining her roles in cinematic masterpieces like ChinatownMommy Dearest and her Oscar-winning turn in Network. 

In her later years, interest cooled off and she was very vocal towards Hollywood's treatment of older woman, who she believed were never cast as the love interest of men- even those older than herself. Having said that. the icon recently returned to the screen, starring in the American supernatural thriller Bye Bye Man. 


16. Victoria Principal

Primarily known for playing the role of Pamela Barnes Ewin in the runaway hit TV drama, Dallas, Victoria also made several films throughout the 70s and became a mainstay of television drama until around 2001. After leaving Dallas, Principal started her own production company and this was her first step into entrepreneurship.

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Now with a successful beauty range as well, Victoria focuses all of her time on her business interests now and she has also written a series of self-help books.


17. Susan Dey

A young model before she landed her starring role on The Partridge Family, Susan Dey shot to fame at the age of just 17 for her role as Laurie Partridge. When the show ended she found more success in the series L.A. Law where she would go on to win a Golden Globe for her role as Grace Van Owen.

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Acting on television and in films right up until 2004, Dey has also produced a few television shows as well.


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