Beautiful Stars Of The 70s And How They’re Looking 50 Years Later
By | May 21, 2021
Loni Anderson's Calendar Made 'WKRP In Cincinnati' A Success
The '70s was a magical decade for beauty and glamor, and the female stars who emerged have an allure we'll never recapture. We saw women taking charge as never before, and it was, frankly, quite sexy. Linda Ronstadt and Stevie Nicks showed us that a woman can rule the biggest stages in rock music, while dynamic cover girls like Beverly Johnson, Cheryl Tiegs and Cybill Shepherd proved there was more to modeling than holding still and looking pretty. We also thrilled to the sight of the first female action heroes -- Pam Grier on the big screen and Lynda Carter on the tube.
There are many paths that lead to adulation and stardom, but in the '70s there was none more effective than the hot poster. A young starlet with a hot poster could count on getting some serious buzz and better paying jobs. It worked for Lynda Carter, Farrah Fawcett, Cheryl Tiegs, Catherine Bach, Heather Thomas, Heather Locklear -- and it worked like crazy for Loni Anderson.
In fact, Loni Anderson's red swimsuit poster didn't just help her to succeed -- the poster helped WKRP In Cincinnati to succeed. It's what got Anderson the job of Jennifer Marlowe on the sitcom, which premiered in 1978, and the promise of Jennifer Marlowe was a major incentive for viewers to tune in every week. The other characters -- Dr. Johnny Fever, Venus Flytrap, Les Nessman, Herb Tarlek -- would all grow on audiences and contribute to WKRP becoming a beloved show. But without Jennifer Marlowe, without "that girl from the poster" coming into your living room, who knows whether WKRP would have gotten off the ground?
Loni Anderson Plays A Martini-Swilling Vamp Of A Grandma
"I carry the ice bucket and all the makings for a martini in my purse," she said of her character, in an interview with Huffington Post. "I’m promiscuous and wear tiny little mini-skirts and have plunging necklines and animal prints."
Lynda Carter's Wonder Woman Was The Best Superhero Ever
Although her statuesque frame and stunning chestnut hair would soon become her trademarks, she didn't always consider them assets, believe it or not. Though young Lynda was obviously a knockout, she was mercilessly teased about her appearance when she was young. Carter always had dark hair and was quite noticeably taller and thinner than her friends and peers as a child -- for this reason, she was called “Olive Oyl” (from the old Popeye cartoon). Carter especially stood out among her friends as most of them were on the shorter side with blonde or very light hair. In fact, she didn’t make the cheerleading cut in high school because she “towered over everyone else.” If only they had known.
Lynda Carter, The Singing Superhero
For fans of the '70s TV Wonder Woman -- the true Wonder Woman -- the arrival of new movies with a new actress, Gal Gadot, elicited some skepticism. There will never be another Lynda Carter, that's just a fact. Carter herself weighed in, voicing approval for the new franchise, and even making a fan-pleasing cameo appearance in Wonder Woman 1984. "I have become good friends with Gal and [director] Patty Jenkins, whom I have tremendous respect for," she told Boca Mag. "I think it’s really great for the character. I think they did an amazing job."
Nobody Kicked More Butt Than Pam Grier
Grier first gained notice in low-budget prison movies The Big Doll House (1971), Women In Cages (1971), and The Big Bird Cage (1972), then emerged as something completely new in Coffy (1973). She was a full-fledged action hero, kicking ass on screen in a way we hadn't seen from a woman -- a female Charles Bronson, with the added weapon of ninja-level seduction. Grier fought injustice with the tools at her disposal -- guns, fists, eyes, cleavage, whatever it took. Audiences went wild for Grier, who gave them more and more of what they wanted in subsequent films Foxy Brown (1974), Sheba, Baby (1975), Bucktown (1975) and Friday Foster (1975). In less than two years, Grier had practically created her own film genre, one that Hollywood has been trying to recapture ever since. Every female action hero since the mid-'70s has (or should have) a little Pam Grier in her.
Pam Grier Is The Best Advertisement Beans And Rice Could Want
Between the rough times at school and her strict religious household, it may be surprising that Pam Grier turned out a major sex symbol -- but she knew she had something going on. She entered pageants as a teenager, and finished second runner-up in the 1967 Miss Colorado competition. Still, Grier has always let her imagery and her work do the talking, affecting a modest attitude reflected in one of the greatest celebrity quotations of all time:
Me, sexy? I'm just plain ol' beans and rice.
Beans and rice -- no hot sauce required.
People Couldn't Pronounce Raquel Welch's 'Exotic' Name
Raquel Welch spent the '70s cruising on a well-earned reputation as, arguably, the most attractive woman on the planet. She'd built this brand in such late-'60s films as Fantastic Voyage, One Million Years B.C., Fathom, Bedazzled, and 100 Rifles. All of those films are probably more lasting than any she made in the '70s, but Welch had nothing left to prove. She was a '60s icon with enough legs (literal and figurative) to continue to be an icon without blowing up the box office.
Fans Are Still Obsessed With Raquel Welch's Fur Bikini
Despite all the roles and images Welch has created over the decades, there's one clear winner. "I have people that handle my fan mail, and every day tons of photos come in, with requests for autographs," she says. "The fur bikini [from One Million Years B.C.] is the perennial one. I do feel very fortunate, because I had no suspicion that a dinosaur movie would ever pay off for me as an actress. I figured, it's going to be swept under the carpet, nobody will ever see it. ... It was [a great movie] for kids, but maybe not the ideal way for an actress to enter the movie-making scene. I even complained to the studio. I was like 'Please, please don't make me do the dinosaur movie.' They were like 'No, Raquel, you don't understand. It's a classic. It'll live on forever.' Turns out they were right.
Sally Field Hated Being The Flying Nun
Field struggled to break out of the good-girl persona of her '60s sitcoms, but finally did with her Emmy-winning performance as a woman with dissociative personality disorder in Sibyl. Then she took the role that further changed her image and personal life: the runaway bride Carrie (also known as Frog) in Smokey and the Bandit. The chemistry between Field and Burt Reynolds was clear, and it wasn't faked -- the two actually started a romantic relationship during filming, and ended up staying together for five years.
Sally Field Could Have Won A Third Oscar
Field continues to look for meaty roles that fit her age, “I’m an aging actor, and my face and body — I have to be able to play what I am,” she adds. “If I play a character who is attractive, I want to be attractive, but I’m also [getting old], so my face is drooping and falling, and my body isn’t what it was.” If only we could all look so good at her age!
Dolly Parton Was Booed The First Time She Performed With Porter Wagoner
As the 20-year-old Parton began to have success in country music, she caught the attention of the singer, producer and future Country Music Hall of Famer Porter Wagoner, who hosted the weekly Porter Wagoner Show. His previous female vocal accomplice, Norma Jean, had just left and the young upstart Dolly Parton seemed like the perfect replacement... or so he thought. Parton was unfortunately booed during her very first performance on the Porter Wagoner Show. She later returned back on stage with a shaken, weepy voice. According to her autobiography, many audience members even went so far as to chant “Norma Jean” during the commercial breaks. Rude.
Dolly Parton Wrote The Office-Workers' Anthem '9 To 5'
In 2016 when wildfires ravaged her hometown of Pigeon Forge, TN, and surrounding areas, Parton didn’t flinch at donating more than 3 million dollars to local residents. She is also a benefactor of scholarships and a book delivery service to homes with children under 5 years of age to promote literacy, as her father never learned how to read despite being “the smartest man” she ever knew.
Sometimes A Plain White Tee Is The Best Wardrobe, Just Ask Jacqueline Bisset
Peter Guber, producer of The Deep, recognized the power of the white tee. “That t-shirt made me a rich man,” he once remarked. Jacqueline Bisset beat out a few other well-known actresses for the role, including Candice Bergen. Bisset’s leading man was Nick Nolte. It is reported that the two didn’t get along when the movie started filming, but were a romantic item by the time filming was complete.
Jacqueline Bisset Still Gets 'Obsessed' When She's Acting
As for her time off the set, Bisset spends much of her time reading, cooking, and gardening. She has an insatiable need to keep busy and though she is working less, when she is making a movie, she has said that she becomes “obsessed” with the process. Bisset has no regrets about the way her life has gone. In her own words, “I have a very fulfilling life with good friends and I enjoy my work.”
Suzanne Somers Was The California Blonde Who Took TV By Storm
Somers capitalized on the burgeoning fitness craze and her own toned physique to launch a series of infomercials for health and fitness equipment. She gained a whole new following of fans with her ThighMaster commercials, which featured the spandex-wearing Somers squeezing the workout tool between her rock-hard thighs. When she wasn’t hawking workout videos or promoting exercise equipment, the ageless blonde worked as a Las Vegas performer and entertained the troops serving overseas.
Suzanne Somers Battles Breast Cancer, Controversially
A breast cancer survivor, Somers defied her oncologist’s orders and replaced traditional chemotherapy with homeopathic treatments including Iscador, an extract made from fermented mistletoe. She supports a controversial and unproven hormone replacement therapy regime, which she has written about in her 2006 self-help book Ageless: The Naked Truth About Bioidentical Hormones. The American Cancer Association has called the actress’s views on cancer treatment “dangerous” and the organization has been openly critical of Somers’ medical views. Yet, they seem to be working well for her.
BernNadette Stanis Was A Good Reason To Watch 'Good Times'
Stanis' performances may have been overshadowed by her co-stars, but she hardly went unnoticed -- she was a very popular character and the object of many a teenage crush. If Thelma's sex-symbol status is news to you, it might be because you weren't buying Jet and Ebony in the mid-'70s. Just as the show was ground-breaking, Thelma was as well. At 16, Thelma was the first African American teenage girl character on television (although BernNadette was 20 when the show debuted.)
BernNadette Stanis Is Hoping To Cure Alzheimer's
Her mother’s disease also influenced her to start a foundation dedicated to Alzheimer’s. Stanis was watching a Good Times rerun one night as her mother was in the grips of the disease and did not recognize that Thelma was actually her daughter, even though she consistently recognized BernNadette. This incident inspired the name of her foundation: Remembering the Good Times.
Linda Ronstadt Was The Top Selling Female Artist Of The '70s
At the peak of her popularity in the late '70s, Ronstadt seemed to have the perfect combination. She was a veteran performer who could share the stage with anyone, her voice could tackle just about any musical genre, and her image as a fun rock chick was completely appealing to her fans. To put it in juvenile terms -- she was the pretty girl who could hang with the boys. "I don't know how good a sex symbol I am, but I do think I'm good at being sexy," she told New Times in 1977. "The sexual aspect of my personality has been played up a lot, and I can't say it hasn't been part of my success."
Parkinson's Disease Forced Linda Ronstadt Into Retirement
Linda Ronstadt was forced into retirement after being diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease. She struggles with her condition but don’t count her out yet. In 2019, Ronstadt was the subject of the documentary Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice. The movie won a Grammy Award for Best Music Film in 2020.
Britt Ekland Aspired To Have Her Ursula Andress Moment
By the time she was cast as Mary Goodnight in The Man With The Golden Gun, Ekland was already a star. "At the time it was not important because I had done plenty of films before," she told the Huffington Post. "Bond was just something I wanted to do, I liked the idea of coming out of the sea like Ursula Andress, and being an action woman - in the '60s we just played sex kittens - so at the time it wasn’t important, it was another movie."
Britt Ekland Has Opinions About Beauty
Ekland also cautions women on the dangers of plastic surgery. "I think it's tragic because the one time you really look good is before you're 25. Everyone is altering themselves so they all look older and older and older. And by the time they're 25 they look 35. It's very sad. I've of course played around with plastic surgery but I was after 50 when I did.” She speaks from experience, having spent years trying to correct a lip procedure gone wrong.
Barbi Benton Earned Hugh Hefner's Approval, And Ran With It
Hefner increased Benton’s role in the PB's After Dark show to co-host. It was Hefner, in fact, that suggested she change her name from Barbi Klein to Barbi Benton because he thought the alliteration made it a more marketable name. Benton also appeared on the cover of Hefner's magazine four times in three decades: July 1969, March 1970, May 1972, and December 1985.
With connections in the entertainment industry through her famous boyfriend, Benton pursued her dreams. She released four country albums in the 1970s, and her single "Brass Buckles" rose to #5 on the country chart. Benton was a frequent guest on talk shows, and made numerous appearances on Fantasy Island and The Love Boat. Benton's most memorable TV gig was probably her recurring role on the country music comedy show Hee Haw as one of the Hee Haw Honeys.
Barbi Benton Looks Back Fondly On Her Time As Hefner's Girlfriend
Benton entered a semi-retirement from show business to concentrate on raising her children and devoting her time to her husband. Today, the couple split their time between their home in Los Angeles and their second home in Aspen.
Benton and Hefner remained friends up until his death in 2017. She told People magazine about her last trip to the Mansion: "Rather than sit where other people were, he wanted to sit with me privately. ... When I was there for a party or a small get-together, I never got to talk to Hef. So we went to one of the rooms in the Mansion, and behind closed doors we had the most amazing conversation about old times.”
Angie Dickinson Was A Lady Cop And A Big Bad Mama
In 1974, a new TV show hit the airwaves and its title was self-explanatory, yet revolutionary: Police Woman. Dickinson played the blond and beautiful Sgt. Pepper Anderson of the Los Angeles Police Department, Criminal Conspiracy Unit Officer. She worked undercover to expose the bad guys and bring them to justice. Police Woman was the first television show about cops to feature a woman. With this action show that ran for four seasons, Dickinson changed the game, showing by example that actresses could carry a serious show. You could have a leading lady without a leading man. You could build a show around a pistol-packin' mama.
Angie Dickinson Won't Be Playing Anyone's Grandmother
When you've played hardball with the likes of Lee Marvin, Marlon Brando, and Frank Sinatra, the prospect of making Christmas movies for Lifetime might be underwhelming. Dickinson has made just three films in the 21st century -- and it appears to be by choice. "I don't want to do grandmother parts," she has said. "I'd rather stay home. That's not fun. Movies are too hard when it's not rewarding. If stage weren't so hard, I would do stage, because I do love acting and I love performing and I'm a ham. I've also considered going on the road with a one-woman show, which I would love, but I'm not fooled. It's too hard-all that travelling. It's different for a woman too. You forget about what we do to look good."
Debbie Harry Had The First Rap Song To Top The Pop Chart
If there's a sound of New York at the beginning of the 1980s it's "Rapture." This mix of disparate genres all jammed together in one six-and-a-half-minute song is a link between the quickly waning disco era and the emergent sound of hip hop. By 1980, the group was already playing around with their version of Reggae on "The Tide Is High," and had topped the chart a couple years earlier with the shamelessly disco "Heart of Glass," so why not continue experimenting with hip hop? It's important to note that "Rapture" isn't really pure rap -- it's more like a disco groove that has a rap section -- but it is pure Blondie.
Debbie Harry Is Still Fronting Blondie, And Still Touring
Now in her 70s, Debbie Harry still looks like the sexy punk princess she was forty years ago. And she is showing no signs of slowing down. The Blondie frontwoman, now a member of the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame, is a cultural treasure who's still hitting the road with Chris Stein and the Blondie crew.
Jungle Pam Was A Drag Racing Star Who Didn't Drive A Funny Car
Lieberman was known for his flamboyant and showy drag car exhibitions and Hardy was just the girl to add glitz and glamour to his image. Her first official role was as Liberman's "backup girl," helping to position Lieberman's 1973 Chevrolet Vega on the track prior to each race. Liberman wanted all eyes on him when he climbed behind the wheel of his Funny Car. Who better to bring attention to him on the track than a beautiful, leggy and buxom young woman? Hardy soon captured the attention that Liberman had hoped for, and just the mention of her name would elicit excitement with her male fans. And these fans weren't even always Jim Lieberman fans -- they were just Jungle Pam fans.
Drag Racing Changed, And Jungle Pam Didn't
So, what is Jungle Pam Hardy doing now? Hardy lives a quiet and “normal” life since leaving the limelight of the drag racing scene. All the while, however, she has done her best to keep the groovy memory of Jungle Jim Liberman and that era alive. She continues to make media and National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) appearances signing autographs. Currently, Hardy hosts a Facebook page and website dedicated to the memory of the sport of drag racing as it was back in those mid-'70s glory days.
Cybill Shepherd Was A Model Who Hit It Big In 'The Last Picture Show'
She won 1968 Model of the Year in Tennessee, and almost immediately began appearing in national advertisements and on covers of major magazines -- she was rapidly becoming a fashion icon, while barely out of high school. Her ocean deep blue eyes and picturesque look would quickly propel Shepherd from fashion darling to silver screen vixen. In her very first film, The Last Picture Show starring Jeff Bridges, Shepherd earned a Golden Globe nomination.
Cybill Shepherd Found Her Voice In Broad, Zany Comedy
It was with Cybill that Shepherd got to emulate one of her idols, Lucille Ball. Like Shepherd, Ball had started out as a model before building her legacy as a comedic genius. "[Cybill] was my first chance to do broad comedy, and have the hair funny, and the shirt wrong, and the jeans that wouldn’t pull up over my butt," Shepherd told The Hollywood Interview. "In fact, there was a lot of criticism towards me, from one of the producers, who said that he was only trying to stop me from doing the 'broad, Lucy-esque takes.' And the show was a hit! So we had to have a parting-of-the-ways because it was impossible to work with someone who was fighting you constantly because they had some sort of Moonlighting ideal that I had to be Maddie Hayes."
Ali MacGraw Was The Most Glamorous Woman In Hollywood For A Time
“She exemplified this great American style,” designer Calvin Klein told Vanity Fair. “In the beginning, there was that rich-hippie period. But it went beyond that, and her style put her among the greats: Katharine Hepburn, Jackie Onassis, C. Z. Guest, Babe Paley.”
Producer and former husband Robert Evans added:
Every girl in America wanted to be Ali. ... The 10 top box-office names of 1971 were nine men and one woman, and that woman was Ali.”
Yoga Brought Ali MacGraw Back
While her focus in life has turned away from acting, she made her stage debut on Broadway in Festen, a drama about a family’s patriarch celebrating his 60th birthday. And now, in a way, her life has come full circle, as she is once again modeling for Chanel, but this time, for their J12 Watch.
Agnetha Faltskog Was The Most Swedish Thing Ever
For most of ABBA's run as a pop-music juggernaut, Agnetha was married to Bjorn Ulvaeus, and the couple had a daughter, Linda, who was born in 1973. Agnetha suffered from a dislike of all the publicity associated with being in ABBA, as well as feelings of guilt that she wasn't being a good mother. In 2014, Faltskog commented that during ABBA's heyday
It felt like the fans were going to eat me up. I was still a normal kid from Jönköping, but now I couldn’t go anywhere. When we were on tour, I longed for [my daughter] Linda. I had negotiated with our manager and the others that our tours would never last longer than two weeks, but this meant they had me down as cranky Agnetha. They thought I was demanding.
Agnetha Falskog's Reluctance Kept ABBA From Reuniting, Until Now
For 35 years, the quartet resisted the temptation to reunite, largely due to Faltskog's anxiety about stepping back into the spotlight. She lived a somewhat hermetic existence on her farm in Sweden, releasing some solo albums that found some success in Europe, but not ABBA-level success. Then, in 2018, Bjorn Ulvaeus announced that ABBA would be getting back together to record a couple of new songs. Fans, many of whom had come to love the group thanks to the Mamma Mia! musical, were shocked and thrilled. ABBA also expects to tour in 2022, commemorating the 50th anniversary of the group's founding.
Sonny Didn't Find Cher 'Particularly Attractive' at First
As an act and (soon enough) a married couple, Sonny and Cher was clearly made up of one superstar and a guy named Sonny. To look at them, it would seem that Sonny had somehow snagged a girl who was way out of his league -- but that's not how it started. Speaking to Time magazine in 1975, Cher recalled a very platonic start to their friendship, and Sonny's anything-but-romantic invitation to cohabitate. He said,
Look, I don't find you particularly attractive and I have no designs on you. I'd like you to move in with me and keep the house clean and cook. I'll pay the rent.
Cher added that she and Sonny "lived together for two months, slept in the same bedroom and he never laid a hand on me." Over time, the nature of their relationship changed, and they developed into both a romantic and professional pair.
Cher Is Not A Fan Of Cher
As she has aged, Cher has remained remarkably young-looking and has continued to take risks in terms of her fashion and her career. The notoriously candid entertainer admits that she regrets plenty of them. As she somewhat confusingly said to People in 2017, "I'm not a Cher fan. ... I just don’t think my aesthetic taste lies in her direction." Cher the person may not always agree with Cher the performer, but she remains impressed that she's still getting up there at all. "I’m shocked that I can still run across the stage at my age. I thought I’d be dead!"
Cheryl Tiegs Was The Cover Girl To End All Cover Girls
Like other fellow '70s icons Loni Anderson, Lynda Carter and Farrah Fawcett, Tiegs raised her profile significantly with a best-selling poster, known as the "pink bikini" poster. She also made for one of the most memorable Time Magazine cover subjects when she was hailed by the news weekly as the "All-American Model" in 1978. She could wear a t-shirt and jeans on a no-concept Us magazine cover and it would be a jaw-dropper. When she signed a contract with a cosmetics company that made her the highest paid model in the biz, it's hardly surprising that the name of the company was Cover Girl.
Cheryl Tiegs Is A Boss Lady
Tiegs' success in business has something to do with opportunities she didn't pursue -- though given her high profile, she could have. As she told Artful Living:
When I was modeling, most of the girls became actresses, because that was the next logical step. I just decided I didn’t want to be an actress, and I started up these companies.
Time has told us that swimsuit modeling is in no way a ticket to movie stardom, so Tiegs probably did the right thing by becoming a serial entrepreneur. You can't argue with the results.
Stevie Nicks Remains A Romantic
She very deliberately tries to remain a romantic, particularly when others don't. As she told The Creative Independent:
It’s very sad, once you stop being a romantic, you can no longer be a poet. If you are, you’re a lousy poet and nobody’s going to want to read your poems because they’re just jaded and miserable. If you can’t write something that’s going to inspire people they’re not going to read it.
Stevie Nicks Keeps Her Shawls In A Special Vault
Whether she’s casting spells on American Horror Story: Coven, or whirling her way across stage with The Mac, Stevie Nicks is never seen without a scarf. She’s quick to point out that she doesn’t just keep them in a closet, but rather a “shawl vault.” As she puts it to Rolling Stone:
I have my shawl vault—they’re all in temperature-controlled storage. I have these huge red cases Fleetwood Mac bought, all the way back in 1975—my clothes are saved in these cases. ... I’m trying to give my shawls away—but there’s thousands of them.
Carly Simon Epitomized The Liberated, Sexy Woman Of '70s Pop
She was stylish, she had famous lovers (including a famous husband, James Taylor), she was a regular performer and guest on TV talk shows, she was nominated for Grammys seemingly every year. Simon's effortless and earthy sexuality, and the strength in her singing voice made her a kind of ideal in the liberated '70s -- a feminist taking charge of her life and career who could still drive the boys wild.
The Carly Simon-James Taylor Marriage Didn't Last -- Rock Stars Always Split Up
The Lasting Cultural Influence Of 'Dukes Of Hazzard' Is Catherine Bach's Shorts
Daisy spent her days waiting tables at the Boar's Nest and breaking hearts in her cutoff jean shorts -- a style today known as Daisy Dukes. You know you're a cultural icon when the style of hot pants you wore are now named after you. It's hard to find The Dukes Of Hazzard on TV these days, but everyone knows what Daisy Dukes are.
Catherine Bach Would Not Wear A Skirt That Matched The Boar's Nest Tablecloths
She also shared some insight about the Daisy Duke getup -- for those who think it was too skimpy or sexy, it could have been worse:
[The hardest thing about the shorts was] Keeping them zipped. Originally they wanted me to wear a checkered skirt to match the checkered tablecloths at the Boar’s Nest, and white vinyl boots that were up to my knees. I said, 'You guys are nuts. That’s not only dorky, it’s kind of degrading.'
Maureen McCormick Did Get Together With Her TV Step-brother
In McCormick’s memoir book, Here’s the Story: Surviving Marcia Brady and Finding My True Voice, she recalled that she and Williams shared their first kiss in Hawaii. As she was kissing him, McCormick said that it immediately popped into her mind, “Oh my God! I’m kissing my brother. What am I doing?” McCormick's misgivings didn't stick -- after all, there is a difference between an actual brother and a TV-show brother. And to be even more specific, the characters of Marcia and Greg Brady are really only step-siblings. McCormick and Williams dated on and off.
Maureen McCormick's Husband Would Never Call Her Marcia
Cummings confessed to McCormick that, although he had heard about The Brady Bunch before, he had never watched a single episode. McCormick was thrilled; it allowed them to begin a relationship without any pre-conceived Marcia Brady associations. The couple married on March 16, 1985, and has one child, Natalie, who was born in 1989.
Brady Bunch fans can still catch McCormick on TV from time to time, a recent example being the HGTV series A Very Brady Renovation, which brought the actors from the show together to renovate the famous Brady house.
Beverly Johnson Blazed The Trail For Naomi Campbell And Tyra Banks
Shortly after Beverly Johnson shattered the glass ceiling, many women of color followed. Johnson detailed what that cover said to other black women, “My cover shattered that notion forever...Women of color could boldly say to the world, ‘Hey, look at me! I’m here and I have value and I am beautiful.”
Beverly Johnson Took A 40-year Break From Matrimony
Johnson was married twice in the '70s -- from '71 to '74, and then from '77 to '79. After that, she took a break from matrimony -- a four-decade break. In 2020, in the middle of a pandemic, 67-year-old Beverly Johnson announced she'd gotten engaged to 70-year-old financier Brian Maillian. "This is the first time I've dated someone so close to my age!" she told People. "We know the same songs and we've lived through a lot of the same things."
Welcome To TV, Cheryl Ladd. You're Replacing Farrah Fawcett
In fact, Ladd initially turned producer Aaron Spelling down when he offered her the job. She told People that she didn't want the role for “several reasons. Primarily that I don’t know who was going to go in there and try to replace Farrah Fawcett. What maniac would try that? But also that I didn’t have a sense of who I would be, what I would play.” Spelling was persistent, and worked with Ladd to develop the character of Kris Munroe, younger and funnier sister of Fawcett's Jill Munroe.
Cheryl Ladd Will Build You A House
Ladd is also a writer who published her first book, a children's tale entitled The Adventures of Little Nettie Windship, in 1996. In 2005, she published a memoir focused on her love of golfing, Token Chick: A Woman’s Guide to Golfing With the Boys. Her love of golf has also led her to host a golfing tournament sponsored by Buick.
Olivia Newton John Was A Vamp Hiding In Plain Sight
After Grease, Newton-John seemed to stay in the bad-girl Sandy persona, appearing in black leather on the cover of her album Totally Hot. When we next saw her on the big screen she was a good girl again -- a goddess, in fact -- as Kira in the 1980 flop Xanadu. But the seductive Olivia was only waiting to strike, and she did just that with the chart-topping title track from her next album, Physical. Its lyrics didn't leave much to the imagination: "Let's get physical," she sang, "let me hear your body talk." Some radio stations would only play a toned-down version of the song, while others banned it altogether. The song's workout-themed video was appropriate to the subject matter and, with Newton-John back in spandex again, totally hot.
Olivia Newton John Is A Cancer Survivor Who's Making A Difference
In 2013, Newton-John's breast cancer returned, and it came back again in 2017, having progressed to stage four. She continues to fight, and you know she has a positive attitude -- she's Olivia Newton-John. "I’m using a lot of plant medicine and medicinal cannabis that my husband grows for me, and I am feeling wonderful," she told an interviewer in February 2021.
Swimsuit Model Erin Gray Was A Plausible Princess Leia Substitute
That's not a comparison out of thin air, either -- Buck Rogers and its competitor Battlestar Galactica were launched to cash in on the public's hunger for Star Wars-like galactic drama, and the brunette Deering in her white jumpsuit, brandishing a big space blaster, wasn't far off from Carrie Fisher in her white Leia robe doing the same. If anything, the skintight jumpsuit was a little more attention-getting, and Gray, a former model, didn't have a problem with it -- well, more or less. She told Den of Geek:
They wanted it very form-fitting and tight. ... I’d been one of the original Sports Illustrated models, so my sexuality, showing my body, I was comfortable with that. The thing was, I didn’t mind being on-camera that way, but I couldn’t walk around the studio with my spandex – I always had to wear a bathrobe over it!
Erin Gray Played A Hot Stepmom After Playing A Space Vixen
Despite Silver Spoons reaching syndication, Gray will be forever remembered by her skin-tight jumpsuit and commanding presence on Buck Rogers. Today, Gray runs a casting agency, specializing in booking fantasy and sci-fi stars for meet and greets. She also teaches Tai Chi in her free time.
Lindsay Wagner Went Toe To Toe With Lee Majors (In The Ratings)
The Six Million Dollar Man, with the beefy Lee Majors in the title role, was always going to be the big dog, right? Not necessarily -- after all, it was the clear fan enthusiasm that suggested Lindsay Wagner should get her own show, rather than continue as an occasional guest on Six Million Dollar Man. When the spinoff The Bionic Woman hit the airwaves, it was an immediate hit, and was generally just as popular as Lee Majors' show.
You Can Thank Lindsay Wagner For The Bionic Wedding
Today, She works in holistic healing inspired by her own battles from stress-induced ulcers. “We have the capability to change the way we feel about things, even if we cannot change the circumstances,” she explained. "I help people deal with all kinds of everyday life problems—things we think are so difficult, but which are not really, it's just our perspective of them."
Jaclyn Smith Turned Down An Offer To Be On 'Dark Shadows'
Dramatic acting was initially so far out of the question that, in 1968, Smith actually turned down the role of Victoria Winters on Dark Shadows. She continued to model, ascending the food chain to the very top -- the elite class of folically-gifted beauties known as "Breck girls." She also joined Farrah Fawcett in promoting Wella Balsam hair products.
Jaclyn Smith's Hair Color Almost Kept Her Off 'Charlie's Angels'
Today we don’t think twice about a celebrity having their own line of clothing, makeup, or wellness products but in the 1980s that was a whole different story. Smith continued to pop up in film and television after her years on primetime but she was most focused on her business: a line of women’s apparel for Kmart, something that paved the way for the stars that followed. Smith advertised for everything from clothing, to towels, to bed sheets, she was a truly the queen of alternative revenue streams by the late ‘80s.