Groovy ’70s Photos Of Celebrities Hanging Out At Home

Seeing inside someone’s home can be like staring straight into their soul. While not everyone has the funds to purchase their dream house, many celebrities get the chance to do just that.

Back in the 1970s, stars had their homes decorated in the grooviest way. There was shag carpeting, linoleum floors, sunken living rooms, and avocado green décor plastered all over the place. These photos show us a glimpse of that era’s most famous celebrities lounging around in their far-out pads.

John Lennon And Yoko Ono’s All-White House

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Those who’ve seen the “Imagine” music video might not know that it was filmed in John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s home. This photo shows the pair in their English Tittenhurst Park home in July of 1971 and you may notice there isn’t really any furniture.

Lennon and Ono met at one of her performance art shows while he was in the Beatles and they instantly hit it off. After Lennon left the Beatles, the two formed their own music group called the Plastic Ono Band. They were married from 1969 to 1980 and share a son named Sean Lennon.

Anderson Cooper And Gloria Vanderbilt Get Comfy In Bed

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Anderson Cooper (right) looks almost unrecognizable in this photo from 1972. He is pictured with his brother Carter and their mother Gloria Vanderbilt in their Southampton, New York home.

Cooper is best known for anchoring his own news show on CNN where he has covered many of history’s most crucial events. His mother was a fabulously famous heiress and socialite. As a child, Vanderbilt was part of the “trial of the century,” which was a custody battle between her parents.

Clint Eastwood Working Out In His Sleek Pebble Beach Pad

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Although Clint Eastwood has been a huge Hollywood movie star for decades, he doesn’t choose to live there full-time. This 1978 photo shows Eastwood working out in the home gym of his masterfully designed home in Pebble Beach, California.

He loves the area so much that he served as the mayor of Carmel-by-the-Sea for a couple of years in the mid-1980s. He owns a ton of other properties including a mansion in Bel-Air, a ranch in Burney, an apartment in Burbank, a house in Idaho, and an oceanfront manor in Hawaii.

Blondie Cooks Up Something In The Kitchen

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Chris Stein and Debbie Harry of the rock group Blondie were just as happy as could be in their New York kitchen. The space is small, but they obviously added their personal touches including animal oven mitts, an Elvis poster, and a hanging plastic parrot.

Blondie were pioneers in American punk and new wave with several chart-toppers such as “Heart of Glass,” “Call Me,” and “The Tide Is High.” Over the course of their almost 50-year career, they’ve sold over 40 million albums worldwide and have been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Mick Jagger Struts Out Of His Home

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The Rolling Stones’ Mick Jagger kept things sophisticated as he left his Chelsea, London home in January 1970. Jagger has always showcased his unique, personal style that defies the boundaries of masculinity or femininity.

With a career that has lasted over five decades, he continues to be one of the most popular frontmen in rock history. His energetic live performances are one of the reasons why the Stones’ music has stood the test of time.

Truman Capote’s House Was A Little Fishy

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Author Truman Capote is pictured in 1976 in front of a colorful fish painting in his home. His eclectic personality matched his home with bright colors, unusual statues, and of course, a lot of books. Some of his most famous works include Breakfast at Tiffany’s and In Cold Blood.

He had quite a public persona, which included a distinctive, high-pitched voice, offbeat style, and elaborate fabrications. Capote used to make up stories that he was friends with celebrities when he had never met them in person.

Elton John Still Has A Big Spending Streak

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Elton John shows off his silly side in this April 1972 photo. He is seen riding a small motorbike and showing off his four luxury cars. John has been a culprit of overspending since the beginning of his fame, whether it be cars, shoes, or sunglasses.

This photo proves that his on-stage persona matches his real life. He is dressed in metallic platforms, velvet bellbottoms, and can always be seen wearing colorful sunglasses. Although it isn’t pictured, there is a giant grand piano inside his home where he writes the music to accompany partner Bernie Taupin’s lyrics.

Christopher Knight Didn’t Really Live At The Brady Bunch House

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Most people likely know Christopher Knight for his role as the middle brother, Peter, on The Brady Bunch. Although the show wasn’t a fan-favorite when it originally aired, it garnered a massive young fan base when it went into syndication.

Here, Knight is pictured in his San Fernando Valley, California home with his pet dog near an interesting fountain. As he grew up, he distanced himself from acting and worked as a businessman. He now owns and operates a furniture company called Christopher Knight Home.

Freddie Mercury, Coming Up With A New Hit Song

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Mark and Colleen Hayward/Getty Images

Queen’s frontman, Freddie Mercury, kept music with him at all times. This photo was taken in his Shepherds Bush flat in London and featured many posters of his musical influences.

Mercury kept a guitar close by in case something inspiring popped into his head. Queen was one of the most influential rock groups of the 1970s with hits including “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “We Will Rock You,” and “Somebody To Love.” Mercury was a firecracker performer with spectacular costumes, booming energy, and powerful vocals.

Get A Kick Out Of Chuck Norris’ SoCal Home

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One of the most iconic martial arts actors in movie history is Chuck Norris. Norris is also an accomplished screenwriter and did a lot of writing at his desk (pictured) in his Palos Verdes home.

The office is adorned with martial arts awards and features some classic ’70s wood paneling. Norris’ claim to fame was opposite Bruce Lee in 1972’s Way of the Dragon. His student and friend, Steve McQueen, encouraged him to take acting lessons, which launched his long film career.

Joan Jett Rocks Out On Her Guitar

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It’s striking how much Joan Jett’s personality is reflected in her bedroom. The portrait of Jett playing guitar was taken around 1976 or 1977 in her family home in Canoga Park, California.

Posters of rock stars line the walls and her record player is draped by dozens of records out of their covers. Jett is most famously known as the frontwoman for The Runaways and was one of the first women who tapped into the punk rock genre.

David Hasselhoff: A Star In The Making

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Bob V. Noble/Fotos International/Archive Photo/Getty Images

This is a classic photo of actor David Hasselhoff in 1979. He is quite the multi-tasker by engaging in a telephone call, reading a script, and finishing the novel Semi-Tough in his Hollywood Hills home. His velvet blanket and boldly patterned bed frame are the epitome of late ’70s interior design.

Around this time, he set the Guinness World Record for being the most-watched man on TV with parts in The Young and The Restless, Knight Rider, and Baywatch. Fans of “The Hoff” may not know that he is a professional singer and is still releasing music today.

Donna Summer Warms Up By The Fire

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This ’70s photo of Donna Summer in her living room looks so cozy. She’s seen relaxing on her couch right next to a lit fireplace. Some unique features in the room include her metal bird statues, wooden plant beams, and colorful artwork.

During her heyday, Summer was referred to as the “Queen of Disco” with influential works including “Love to Love You Baby” and “Hot Stuff.” Before she succumbed to lung cancer in 2012, she sold over 100 million records worldwide, won five Grammy Awards, and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Karl Lagerfeld’s Art Deco Paris Apartment

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Designer Karl Lagerfeld didn’t have his signature white ponytail yet in the ’70s, but he sure knew how to live in style. He is pictured in his study in September of 1974 at his Paris apartment.

It may not be too visible, but the brown and beige daybed in the foreground was designed by the famous French architect Michel Roux-Spitz. His entire apartment was decorated in the Art Deco style. Lagerfeld spent his days as the creative director of Chanel and Fendi and also had his own fashion label.

Miles Davis’ Soothing Living Room

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Bill Allery/New York Times Co./Getty Images

Sunken living rooms were a staple of ’70s décor and jazz musician Miles Davis had one of the all-time best. He is pictured holding his trumpet in a room that looks as if it could be his personal jazz studio.

Davis was considered to be one of the greatest performers in history and the most recognized jazz musician of his era. He was also called an “arbiter of style” in both his attitude and fashion.

Frank Zappa In His Music Room

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Music was extremely important to Frank Zappa, so he kept it with him everywhere he went. Here, he is seen strumming on his guitar at his house in 1971. His piano with plenty of sheet music stands in the background.

Zappa was recognized as one of the most talented guitar players in history with many of his live performances filled with intricate and improvised solos. He composed music in a wide array of genres that ranged from rock, pop, jazz, jazz fusion, orchestral, and more.

Billy Crystal Puts On A Happy Face

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Comedian and actor Billy Crystal’s career has spanned many decades. This photo was taken when he was barely starting out in the business in October of 1977 at his West Hollywood home.

It’s fun to see him with a Marx Brothers poster because they’re most likely one of his many comedic influences. His shirt is a reference to his claim to fame as Jodie Dallas on the sitcom Soap. It was a nighttime parody of daytime soap operas. In recent years, Crystal is a frequent host of Saturday Night Live.

John Cleese Having A Good Ol’ Time

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John Cleese was a founding member of the British comedy troupe Monty Python, who were especially popular in the ’60s and ’70s. This photo was taken in November of 1970 and features Cleese in his Holland Park garden.

As he sits under a tree playing a guitar, he is joined by his cat and various stuffed animals. During the mid-1970s Cleese co-wrote and starred on the sitcom Fawlty Towers as Basil Fawlty. Also, Cleese has a home on the Royal Crescent, which is one of the most famous Georgian architecture sites in the United Kingdom.

Billy Joel In Front Of Some Of His Awards

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The piano man himself, Billy Joel, is seen here in front of several awards he won over the years. The photo was taken in his New York home in 1978. Known as the “Piano Man” by some fans, that’s also the title of one of his most famous songs, which was about his ex-wife and manager Elizabeth Weber Small.

Joel has become one of the best-selling musicians of all time with over 150 million records sold worldwide. He is in the top three most popular solo acts in the United States and is known for his frequent concerts at New York’s Madison Square Garden.

Liberace Lived A Life Of Luxury

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There isn’t anything more glamorous than seeing Liberace in his $55,000 marble bathtub. He is surrounded by monogrammed towels, gold candelabras, and a giant crystal chandelier. Bubbles fill the air as Liberace shows off his bejeweled rings on every finger.

He was most famously known for being a pianist and singer with a long career that included concerts, TV specials, movies, and endorsements. From the 1950s to the 1970s, Liberace was the highest-paid entertainer in the world and made sure to spend his life living like a king.