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Then & Now: Icons of the ’70s, ’80s, and ’90s

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Every decade provided us amazing stars, one of a kind movies, and fantastic world events. Being a part of Hollywood means that you get to touch the heart of millions. Some actors are so memorable that the world remembers them decades once they are gone.

From Sixties icons like James Bond, through significant Seventies political thrillers, from Eighties movies with the best music ever to Nineties teen romantic comedy… Some celebrities waisted their talents, while some became real icons. Some did both. Read on to see what our Hollywood favorites became icons and how they look today.

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25. Martha Stewart

Martha Stewart is known as the first lady of American home life. If you need any home-related solution, Martha has the best solution. However, did you know that before she became the home goddess, she was a model?

Martha began modeling at the age of 15 and continue working through her studies. She even worked for a while as a stockbroker. Today, Martha has a real empire of cooing books, retail, and shows. This ’70s star had a short period as an outlaw in 2004 but now expands her empire. In 2018, she even agreed to be a guest judge on Chopped. Marhta spends her time in her estates in Maine and New York.

24. Diane Keaton

Keaton was born in, now far, 1946 to a mother who was a former pageant contestant. Keaton loved her mom’s world and decided that she wanted to become an actress at an early age. Her first prominent role was in The Godfather as Kay Adams-Corleone, and after that, the parts just continued coming to her direction.

One of her most memorable roles is Annie Hall. That performance won her the Academy Award for Best Actress. Keaton is still very active in Hollywood. You can see her exploring new roles, and she is busier with television appearance.

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23. Jane Birkin

Jane Birkin really loved the ’70s that were all about freedom and love. Jane became a women’s leader when she decided to follow her own path and create her own trends. Jane was a truly free-spirited person.

From her exciting duet with French superstar Serge Gainsbourg, “Je t’ aime…moi non plus”, or opting to use a straw basket over a regular handbag, Birkin really lived by her own rules. Since the ’60s Birkin has been ‘It Girl’ – with her style staying forever in.

22. Sean Connery

Sean Connery is a sophisticated and charming person, with above-average acting skills. Can you imagine anyone else doing a better job as an iconic British spy? People saw him as Bond, that he played this charming spy seven times! He got bored of playing the huge role, that he even once said, “I have always hated that damned James Bond. I’d like to kill him”.

In 1988, Sean won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Brian De Palma’s The Untouchables. He’s been named “The Greatest Living Scot” and was knighted by Elizabeth II in 2000 at the third attempt. Rumor has it that the Queen wouldn’t give him a knighthood before, because of his support of The Scottish National Party, who want Scotland to break away from the United Kingdom—approaching 90. Connery and his wife disappeared from public life.

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21. Marlo Thomas

Younger generations probably know Marlo from her role as Rachel’s mom in Friends, while others know her from the popular television series That Girl.

In 1980, she married the beloved talk-show host Phil Donahue, and the duo was a well-known couple in the world of entertainment and beyond. Marlo continued acting and even tested herself as a producer. Today, she is an active philanthropist for St. Judes Children’s Hospital, which her father founded.

20. Linda Ronstadt

Linda is remembered as the “First Lady of Rock” and “Queen of Rock,” although her music career was mainly focused on the folk and country-rock scene, at first at least.

Linda won 10 Grammys and earned 31 platinum and gold records. Unfortunately, her singing career came to an end ion 2013 when she was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. Today, she is still creative and has since written a memoir about her life called Simple Dreams: A Musical Memoir.

19. Pam Grier

You couldn’t see an African-American centered movie in the 1970s without Pam staring in it. Pam started her career in 1973 in Jack Hill’s Coffy and continued growing from there. With each role, she grew as a huge influence within black culture. She paved the way for other African-American artists.

Once the 70s were gone, she continued to grow as a professional. She was the only obvious choice for the role of Foxy Brown in Quentin Tarantino’s classic Jackie Brown. This role is one of the best performances of her career.

18. Robert Redford

Robert Redford gave the world so amazing performances, including roles in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, and never-forgettable All the President’s Men. All in, Robert is one of the most outstanding stars who started their career in the 1970s.

In the 1980s, he demonstrated extraordinary acting talents in Ordinary People and Out of Africa. Then he started directing as well. Today, Robert is in his eighties, and he is grandfather to seven grandkids. He still acts here and there, and the young audience knows him from Captain America: The Winter Soldier as the head of SHIELD.

17. Samantha Fox

At the age of three, Samantha Fox acted in theater shows. From a young age, Samantha knew that she wants to perform and be on the stage. Her first album didn’t get much attention, but the following album was a huge hit.

Touch me album lead Fox to global popularity. In 2016, Fox took part in Celebrity Big Brother, giving her a renewed popularity amongst her fans. She has a huge base of fans, both for her singing and reality television presence. Nowadays, she enjoys a quiet life.

16. Jane Seymour

To her ’80s and ’90s fans, Jane is best known for her role in Doctor Quinn: Medicine Woman, but globally she is best known for her role as a Bond girl.

In the 1980s, she wrote many self-help and inspirational books, such as Romantic Living and Among Angels. Nowadays, she is busy acting and writing when she’s not busy trying new hobbies, such as jewelry design.

15. Goldie Hawn

Goldie Hawn is one of the most beloved actresses ever. She started small and built her way up. She was a star of comedy movies, such as Butterflies are Free and A Girl in My Soup, and one day she just decided to leave a life off-screen.

She did appear in the 2001 movie Town & Country alongside well-known actors Diane Keaton and Warren Beatty. Unfortunately, the movie was a big fail. She made another come back in 2017 to the big screen, with a movie Snatched.

14. Richard Roundtree

Richard Roundtree was the man back in the 1970s. Thanks to his role as Shaft, he became a cultural phenomenon. Shaft has been rebooted several times, but it wasn’t the same without Roundtree.

The year 1993 was a big one for Roundtree as he fought the male breast cancer. He appeared in George of the Jungle (1997) and Brick (2005), and TV shows, including Desperate Housewives, The Mentalist, and Being Mary Jane. Shaft recently had another reboot with three generations of the Shaft family: Samuel L. Jackson as the dad, Roundtree as Granddaddy Shaft. He currently plays another Grandad on Family Reunion.

13. Stevie Nicks

Stevie Nicks is a famous songwriter and singer in the band Fleetwood Mac, but she also had an extraordinary solo career. She is proud of writing songs with meaning, poetry, and symbolism.

Today, Stevie Nicks runs a charity called “Stevie Nicks’ Band of Soldiers”, where she provides aid to wounded soldiers. As of 2004, Nicks dedicated herself to supporting Army and Navy hospitals in the nation’s capital.

12. Barbi Benton

Barbi gained huge popularity worldwide when she posed for several Playboy magazine issues. She was frequently seen on Playboy cover between 1969 and 1985.

She got many roles in TV series such as The Love Boat and Sugar Time. She is also known for her relationship with Hugh Hefner. Today, she lives a quiet life with her two children and husband George Gradow.

11. Linda Gray

Linda first appeared in The Graduate as a body double for Mrs. Robinson, but her career took off with her role in Dallas. After all, her role as Sue Ellen is really memorable.

After Dallas, she was mostly seen in movies, but she did reprise her role in Dallas’s remake, from 2012 to 2014. Today she is busy primarily as a director and producer.

10. Kim Basinger

Kim Basinger started as a model, but her major breakthrough came with her role in the TV show Gemini Man. Through the 1970s, she appeared in various TV series and movies.

Her most famous role was the role of Lynn Bracken in L.A. Confidential. This part earned her an Oscar for Best Actress in a Supporting Role. Nowadays, she is busy fighting for animal rights.

9. John Travolta

Every generation knows about Travolta. He is the ultimate 70s star. He played Tony Manero in Saturday Night Fever and then Danny Zuko in Grease… the rest is history.

Quentin Tarantino pulled him for Pulp Fiction, and after that movie, Travolta gained the ultimate star-status. In his free time, he spaned time with his wife Kelly Preston and pilots one of his many airplanes.

8. Nancy Kerrigan

Nancy Kerrigan was a great skater. However, her life was filled with numerous incidents. In 1994, nancy was injured by a fellow competitor ad she manages to recover fast. Only a few weeks after this accident, she won her silver medal.

She continued to participate in sport, and even in retirement, she is active. She remained an Olympics correspondent. She is now enjoying life as she pleases, and she even had the chance to perform on ‘Dancing with the Stars.’

7. Catherine Bach

Catherine Bach was known for years for wearing super short denim shorts and her portrayal of Daisy Duke in Hazzard’s Dukes. After this massive role, she had small roles in a few low-key movies.

In 2012, she became a part of The Young and the Restless cast as Anita Lawson. She also appeared in other TV shows, including Hawaii Five-O and Monk. Her career had some rocky moments, and today she enjoys a bit of a different audience from the fans she had 30 years ago.

6. Teri Garr

Teri Garr became famous for her role in Young Frankenstein as Igna. She was featured in multiple major motion pictures like Close Encounters of the Third Kind and The Black Stallion.

Even today, she is best known for her iconic roles, but the movie industry isn’t the only area that keeps her busy. She is a philanthropist, making a difference in people’s lives all around the world.

5. Erik Estrada

Erik Estrada is best known for his role as Frank “Ponch” Poncharello in the police on motorbike drama CHiPs, standing for Californian Highway Patrol. With his Puerto Rican family heritage, Estrada was one of the first Latin American actors to get major screen roles.

Estrada has appeared in numerous TV shows, TV programs, TV movies, and Disney series. He is a passionate activist and spends most of his time campaigning against drug usage. He still has all his own teeth.

4. Morgan Fairchild

Morgan Fairchild became huge after playing Pace in Search For Tomorrow from 1973 to 1977. From there, she appeared in Dall, Kojak, and Happy Daus. However, the real fame came after her role ion Falcon Crest and Flamingo Road in the 1980s.

In 2006, Morgan appeared in a TV movie called, A Christmas in Vermont. She enjoys equally smaller and bigger projects, and in her free time, she is an activist in AIDS awareness and education and environmental issues.

3. Loni Anderson

Loni Anderson started her career in 1966 when she appeared in shows like S.W.A.T and Three’s Company. She was also busy starring in Melrose Place.

Anderson published an autobiography named My Life in High Heels in 1997, and even today, she is super busy. In 2016, she starred in Baby Daddy and other web series and is living a happy life.

2. Susan Dey

Susan Dey is famous for her role in the TV sitcom The Partridge Family, where she played the role of Laurie Partridge. Before she joined this famous show, she did first modeling.

Once The Partridge Family ended, she continued acting. She is also busy in the writing industry and has even published the book, named Susan Dey’s Secrets on Boys, Beauty, and Popularity. In 2014, she decided to retire from acting.

1. Michael Caine

Michael Caine is a living legend. It seems that from day one, he had only major roles. Y the eighties, he was already one of England’s most loved actors, and for decades people couldn’t imagine a blockbuster without him acting in it.

In 2000, Micheal was knighted by The Queen. He appeared in most of Christopher Nolan’s films, where he became the best Alfred Pennyworth ever in The Dark Knight Trilogy. He more recently co-starred in Interstellar and the British comedy-action film Kingsman: The Secret Service.

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