Many of you remember the ’70s as a time when disco ruled the airwaves and bell bottoms were the in-thing. Life was somewhat easier, even without the technology that we have today. Television was very big back then (remember, this is before Youtube). The ’70s were an unforgettable time, and the women of Hollywood during that time would go on to become legends. Take a look at these beautiful and talented women who made this magical time memorable.
Most people may remember actress Goldie Hawn from the ’80s. She was an icon in the ’80s, but her rise to fame actually started sometime in the very late ’60s.
Goldie Hawn rose to fame when she appeared as a cast member on Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In. Goldie Hawn went on to appear in two comedy films during the ’70s including There’s a Girl in My Soup, and Butterflies Are Free. Goldie is known for her beauty but she stared in a lot of comedies which earned her an Academy Award in 1969. Goldie would then go on to continue her stardom in the ’80s.
The James Bond franchise is one of the most popular franchises in the history of Hollywood. The James Bond franchise actually began in the ’50s and it grew from that time and remains popular today. From the beginning, the franchise started to produce female characters who had names that would make you scratch your head.
One such name is Agent Triple X. This is obviously meant to raise eyebrows. This agent is known as Anya Amasova, who appears in the film The Spy Who Loved Me. Anya Amasova is played by Barbara Bach, who was another iconic vixen of the ’70s. Barbara started her career as a model before appearing on the silver screen.
What happened when one of Charlie’s Angels flew away? Another “angel” came in to replace it. Cheryl Ladd is an actress and voice actor who was a part of the whole hot blonde movement in Hollywood at that time. Cheryl Ladd played the singing voice of Melody on the Hanna-Barbera animated series Josie and the Pussycats before making it big.
Cheryl Ladd really rose to meteoric fame when she was chosen to replace Farrah Fawcett in the ’70s classic Charlie’s Angels. Cheryl played the role of Kris Munroe on Charlie’s Angels and became an overnight sensation. Cheryl also sang the national anthem at Superbowl XIV.
Jaclyn Smith sounds like a very familiar name. She is known for something other than her acting talents. If you have ever heard of K-Mart, then you have heard of Jaclyn Smith.
Jaclyn Smith became well known in the ’70s due to the fact that she played the role of Kelly Garrett in the television series Charlie’s Angels. You may know by now who else is going to appear in this article, a lady who just happened to be one of Charlie’s Angels as well. She is the only member of the series to have stayed with the show without being fired or quitting the show. Jaclyn Smith released her own line of clothing in 1985 and did so through K-Mart.
Catherine Bach is known for starting something in the ’90s thanks in part to her appearance in the ’70s show The Dukes of Hazzard. First off, she has no relation to Barbara Bach. Catherine Bach was not the first person that the producers wanted on The Dukes of Hazzard. They wanted someone along the lines of Dolly Parton, and that was for obvious reasons.
Catherine Bach was the opposite of what the producers wanted, but this worked to her advantage. She just happened to bring a t-shirt and short denim jeans and a pair of high heels to her audition. She got the part, and she became an icon, partly due to the shorts, which in the 90s became known as Daisy Dukes.
Morgan Fairchild is Texas born, and Texas bred. Morgan Fairchild just happened to be from Dallas, Texas, which would ironically explain where she would end up in Hollywood in the ’70s. Morgan got her start in show business by being a regular on a children’s show called Mr. Peppermint. Mr. Peppermint was hosted by none other than Mr. Peppermint, a guy with a peppermint straw hat and a peppermint striped dress suit on, no kidding.
Morgan Fairchild would eventually become very well known when she appeared in the night soap opera known as Dallas. Morgan played the role of Jennifer Pace on the hit television series. Morgan would go on to play on Falcon Crest in the ’80s.
Lynda Carter had to have played in one of the most awesome roles of all time. Lynda Carter actually became known when she won the 1972 Miss World Pageant. After winning Miss World, she went on to take some acting lessons, which would lead her to become a well-known actress for portraying a certain DC comic book character.
All of the world was waiting for her and the power she possessed. Lynda Carter would end up in “her satin tights, fighting for her rights, for the old red white and blue!” playing the role of Diana Prince, aka Wonder Woman in the television series Wonder Woman. (Those are words from the Wonder Woman theme song…we couldn’t resist.)
Lindsay Wagner is another huge icon of the ’70s era. She is well known for playing the role of Jaime Sommers on the television series The Bionic Woman. Jaime Sommers looked like the innocent woman, but she was one person that you would not want to tangle with. She could easily lift a car with ease or leap 60 feet into the air with ease.
Lindsay Wagner also played Jaime Sommers alongside actor Lee Majors in The Six Million Dollar Man. The whole spinoff thing was huge back in the ’70s and maybe so more than any other decade. The super hot Lindsay Wagner also became an author and a model. She even won an Emmy Award for her role in The Bionic Woman.
There was a movement for a lot of the blaxploitation films that occurred throughout the early seventies and ended towards the end of the seventies. One person stands out in the world of what was known as blaxploitation films. Pam Grier is a name that is synonymous when it came to action and African American films in the ’70s.
Pam Grier is a legend when it comes to action movies. She is very well known for such films as Coffy, Foxy Brown, and Friday Foster. Pam Grier even used her ’70s status to further her career into the 80s and 90s and even teamed up with director Quentin Tarantino in the film Jackie Brown.
Most of the ladies in this article either became famous in the ’70s or some time prior to the seventies. One such star was Lola Falana. Lola Falana rose to stardom when she was discovered by Sammy Davis Jr. From that time on, she was called the “Queen of Vegas.” Lola went on to star in several spaghetti western films also.
Her fame from the 60s carried over well into the ’70s. Lola broke a lot of racial barriers that were around during that time. She was dubbed “The Black Venus” because of her beauty. She was the first African-American model who appeared in cosmetics advertisements that were targeted to every sector of society as a whole.
I have a certain theme song stuck in my head right now with the mere mention of the name Valerie Bertinelli. You probably know which one I am talking about. And if you are one of those millennials who may not know what I am talking about, I am referring to a show that us so-called “Generation X” folks caught a hold onto when we were just a little past the rug rat age and on up.
Remember this? “This is it. This is it. This is life, the one you get, So go and have a ball.” Those of you who know these lyrics know that it is the theme song to the sitcom One Day at a Time. Valerie Bertinelli played the role of Barbara Royer on the show. The unique thing is that she was actually a teenager and the casting crew did not have to go out and hire a twenty year old to play a teenager which became huge in the ’90s. One Day at a Time went on into the ’80s and we got to see Valerie blossom into a beautiful adult.
Perhaps the number one name that comes to mind when it comes to the hottest actress of the ’70s is Farrah Fawcett (February 2, 1947 – June 25, 2009). As with many of the ladies in this article, Farrah Fawcett actually started acting after she graduated from high school and laded several roles in commercials before appearing in television shows and films in the late ’60s.
Farrah Fawcet would end up getting the role of a life time playing the role of Jill Munroe in the television series Charlie’s Angels. Farrah was also known for her 1976 poster which sold around 20 million copies. She would have broken the internet if Instagram was around in the ’70s.
Bo Derek is an actress and a model who had the fortune of crossing over from modeling into acting. She is perhaps known more for her modeling more than anything, but her appearance in the romance comedy movie 10 skyrocketed Bo into instant fame.
In the film 10, Bo is seen in a dream sequence with Dudley Moore. They are running towards each other in slow motion. She is wearing a flesh colored one-piece swimsuit and she has her hair in cornrows. The scene made her an instant star. The scene has been parodied many times and it may have even spilled over into the opening scenes of Baywatch which came out a little over a decade later.
Lauren Hutton is another one of the beauties of the ’70s who started off modeling before becoming an actress. She is known primarily because of her teeth. She has an overbite, and also has a gap in between her teeth. Many photographers tried to cover the gap up with a cap, but she would either swallow the cap or laugh it out. She did not let this stop her in her modeling pursuits and she is one of the most popular models ever.
Lauren Hutton has broken records with her appearances on the cover of Vogue magazine. She has made the cover of Vogue 27 times, setting a record for appearing on magazine covers.
Jayne Kennedy is a model and actress who had come to fame and stardom sometime in the ’70s she was at one time the winner of the Miss Ohio USA pageant and was the first person of African American descent to hold the title in 1970.
Jayne then moved to Hollywood with Leon Isaac Kennedy of Penitentiary fame. She has appeared sporadically in several sitcoms and television shows throughout the seventies, such as The Six Million Dollar Man, Starsky and Hutch, The Rockford Files, and Sanford and Son. She was also a well known sports announcer in the late ’70s and into the early ’80s.
Suzanne Somers is another one of the names that is synonymous with the ’70s decade. She appeared on yet another great television series with a memorable theme song. Suzanne Somers played the role of Chrissy Snow in the sitcom Three’s Company. Three’s Company ran from 1977 – 1983 and it is still in syndication today.
Suzanne Somers eventually was written out of the show because of a money dispute, and she went on to pursue other interests. She would eventually go on to become a successful author, writing several self-help based books. She would also find fame in the 90s for her Thighmaster infomercials.
Erin Gray started out being a model. She was modeling when she was attending high school at the age of 15. From modeling she started to appear in several commercials for RC Cola, Camary Soap, and Breck Shampoo. Erin Gray was discovered from these commercials and she became an actress from that point on.
Erin Gray is remembered for playing the role of Col. Wilma Deering on the television series Buck Rogers in the 25th Century. Buck Rogers more than likely came about because of the whole Star Wars craze that occurred in the late ’70s. Erin would also find success in the 80s playing the role of Kate Summers-Stratton on the sitcom Silver Spoons.
Loni Anderson is another one of the blonde bombshells that was plastered on television screens across America in the ’70s and into the ’80s. She was known for playing the role of the sexy secretary Jennifer Marlowe on the television sitcom WKRP in Cincinnati. Why were the theme songs on the shows from the past so memorable and awesome is beyond me, but WKRP had one of those memorable theme songs.
Loni Anderson got the role of Jennifer Marlowe when the producer of her in a bikini. She has been compared to Jayne Mansfield and Marilyn Monroe as well. She was also known for being married to actor Burt Reynolds for a time.
Angie Dickinson is an actress who was well known for appearing in several movies and television shows in the ’50s and the ’60s. Her fame carried over even into the ’70s as some of the ladies in this article have experienced. She is known for playing the role of Wilma McClatchie in the film Big Bad Mama.
Dickinson was well into her 40s in the 1970s and she was able to capture the attention of younger guys due to her appearance in Big Bad Mama. She has several scenes in the film in which she appears in her birthday suit, as they say, which perhaps made her popular with the younger audience of that generation.
The whole big hair craze more than likely came about sometime in the seventies and made its way into the ’80s. One such actress who is known for her big hair full of curls is actress Adrienne Barbeau. Adrienne Barbeau was one of the hottest actresses around back in the 1970s. She became well known for first appearing in the stage version of Grease. She even won a Tony Award for her role in the play.
Adrienne Barbeau would then go on to appear in several films and movies afterwards. She is perhaps best known for playing the role of Carol Traynor in the sitcom Maude starring Bea Arthur.