18 Fabulous Actresses From The 70s Then And Now

It’s been 46 years since the start of the 1970s and the actresses who lit up the screens back then are still just as radiant today. They have survived four decades in Hollywood and are still going strong. Here is a flashback to what these amazing actresses looked like then and how they look now.


1. Cybill Shepherd.

Cybill Shepherd was a  film legend by the end of the 1970s. She starred in hits such as The Last Picture Show, Taxi Driver and The Heartbreak Kid. She would go on to star in the TV series Moonlighting in the 80s alongside Bruce Willis and then she had her own show, Cybill in the 90s. Most recently she appeared in The L Word and Psych. The woman is still going strong.


2. Faye Dunaway.

Faye Dunaway played one half of Bonnie and Clyde. From there her career skyrocketed with smash hits like Chinatown, Mommy Dearest and Network for which she won an Oscar. In her later years she appeared on television shows like Grey’s Anatomy and CSI.


3. Dolly Parton.

Dolly Parton started her career singing country tunes in the 1970s and four decades later, people still can’t get enough of her. Her music career has never faulted and her transition from country singer to film actress seemed effortless. In the 80s she starred in Steel Magnolias and was simply brilliant.

4. Raquel Welch.

Raquel Walsh was the “It” girl of the 70s. She was so well known for being a sex symbol that Stephen King centered the plot of his novel around a poster of her, Raquel Welch and The Shawshank Redemption.  In later years she focused her attention on skin and beauty care products. She is still stunning to this day.


5. Olivia Newton-John.

The 1970s and 80s were Olivia Newton-John’s prime years. She starred in Grease which was one of the most successful musicals of all time. She continues to tour the world today performing her hits like “Physical”. Let’s just hope she never sings “I Think You Might Like It” ever again.


6. Barbra Streisand.

Barbra Streisand was the voice of the 70s. Not only did she star in classic movies like The Way We Were and A Star Is Born but she also won a barrel of Grammy’s for her music. Later on in her career she directed hits like The Prince of Tides and The Mirror Has Two Faces.

7. Michelle Pfeiffer.

Before she was Catwoman, Michelle Pfeiffer was just another young actress trying to make it in Hollywood. It was at the end of the 70s and throughout the 80s that she started to make her mark. First with the film Scarface and then onto The Fabulous Baker Brothers and Dangerous Liaisons. She is known to the younger generation for her roles in Dangerous Minds, I Am Sam, Hairspray and What Lies Beneath.


8. Goldie Hawn.

In 1969 Goldie Hawn won an Oscar for her performance in Cactus Flower. It gave her enough confidence to hit the ground running in the 1970s and she dominated the silver screen for the next four decades. Her most notable performances are in Death Becomes Her, First Wives Club and The Banger Sisters.


9. Jane Seymour.

She rocked the boho-chic look in the 70s and was certainly fit to be a Bond girl. Jane Seymour was then launched into television super stardom when she starred as Dr Quinn Medicine Women.

10. Jodie Foster.

Jodi Foster was a child star and was nominated for an Oscar for her performance as a 13-year-old prostitute in Taxi Driver. She worked her way into bigger roles finally nabbing an Oscar for The Accused and then again for Silence of the Lambs.


11. Cher.

Cher doesn’t need a last name, and she didn’t back in the 70s either. Cher was the other half of the Sonny and Cher Show. She was a music, fashion and acting icon so early on in her career that it was hard to do anything else. However, she just proved the theory of getting better with age when she won an Oscar for Moonstruck in the late 80s, Cher went on to star in Silkwood, Mask and Mermaids. 


12. Rene Russo.

Rene Russo started her career as a model and thank goodness turned her eyes to acting. She ended up being a fantastic actress in The Thomas Crown Affair, Outbreak, Ransom and her most recent stand-out performance was in the 2014 film, Nightcrawler.

13. Susan Sarandon.

“Janet, Braaad, Rocky, JANET”. Susan Sarandon was the star of indie cult film The Rocky Horror Picture Show in 1975. The film was not very successful at the time and only became popular years after its initial release. However, it still introduced the world to Susan and the world did not forget. She starred in Hollywood classics such as Thelma and Louise, Dead Man Walking and who could forget Stepmom….*tissues*. She is still owning the box office with her latest hit, The Meddler.


14. Meryl Steep.

The only time that Meryl Streep was not on the tip of everyone’s tongue was when she had a five year gap in the 90s in which she was not nominated for an Oscar. Ever since she starred in The Deer Hunter she became THE actress to cast. She has been acting steadily for 40 plus years and has been nominated 19 times for an Oscar and won three. She doesn’t need to prove that she is one of the greatest living actresses, she simply just is.


15. Diane Keaton.

Most notably known for her role as Kay in The Godfather trilogy and playing Annie Hall for which she won a Golden Globe, Oscar and BAFTA. Diane Keaton defies the odds of ageism in Hollywood with her lead romantic comedy role in Something’s Gotta Give.

16. Ellen Burstyn.

Ellen Burstyn starred in one of the most critically acclaimed horrors of all time, The Exorcist. After her nightmarish ordeal in the film she went on to star in her Oscar-winning role of Alice in Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore. In later years it was thought she was robbed of another Oscar for her performance in Requiem For a Dream.


17. Carol Kane.

Carol Kane was known in her younger years for being a theater actress. Today, she stars in the Netflix hit The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. With audiences loving her role of Lillian, she got better story arc in season two of the show.


18. Sissy Spacek.

Sissy Spacek played Carrie in the 1973 film of the same name. The epic portrayal of the scorned 17-year-old who ends up with pig’s blood on her prom dress earned Spacek an Oscar nomination. She would go on to win for her role as real-life Loretta Lynn in Coal Miner’s Daughter. She has continued to work throughout the years and is picked to star alongside Meryl Streep in the remake of Whatever Happened To Baby Jane?