Retro Photos That Will Transport You Back in Time

By Sophia Maddox | April 18, 2023

The Mandrell Sisters (Irlene, Louise and Barbara) with Dolly Parton on their country music-variety series in 1981.

The glorious days of the groovy era were filled with some of the most beloved icons of all time but there are two sides to every coin. It’s easy to forget there are real people under all that glitz and glamour. Some of them came from poverty and some spent their entire youth working up on the screen instead of out being young. But escapism is what entertainment is all about. Not just for the audience but for the entertainer as well. Come escape and reminisce in this little trove of Hollywood history. 

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It's Dolly and the sparkling Mandrell Sisters on their variety show! Country music superstar Barbara Mandrell hosted this country music-themed variety series with her younger sisters, Louise and Irelene. While most of the show consisted of comedy sketches but the heart of it remained firmly rooted in country music. Each week, they’d bring in a well-established country star, as can be seen here on this particular episode in 1981, it was the legendary Dolly Parton they had as a guest. They would also feature a promising new up-and-coming act of the era. 

Seeing double! In 1966, Yvonne Craig played Barbara Gordon and Batgirl on the classic Batman TV series.

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Yvonne Craig, a pioneer of female superheroes, played the role of Barbara Gordon daughter to Commissioner Gordon, and secretly Batgirl. By day she’s a librarian at the Gotham Library, by night she fights crime with Gotham’s finest-- and in heels. She even saved Batman and Robin when Killer Moth had them cocooned. Then she rode off on her Batgirl-cycle.

Craig’s acting career was sporadic at best after Batman, she stopped entirely by 1990. She went on to pursue a career as a real estate broker. From 2009 to 2011, she was the voice of "Grandma" on the popular children's show Olivia. Then in 2000, Craig published an autobiography; From Ballet to the Batcave and Beyond. She died of metastatic breast cancer in August of 2015.