The movie industry is a fast-paced machine that is always bringing in new talent and leaving old talent behind. If you kept a close eye on Hollywood during the 70s and 80s, you probably saw stars rise and fall out of nowhere. Today, we are going to take a trip back in time to see just what happened to our favorite famous faces from the 70s and 80s!
Barbara Streisand is probably one of the most successful stars of her era. The American singer and actress has essentially accomplished it all throughout her career. With more than 68.5 million records sold in America alone, it’s hard to deny Streisand’s impact on the pop-culture landscape. Streisand continues to act, sing, and perform to this day.
Meryl Streep is a name that needs no introduction, however, we will give you one anyway. Streep is one of the most decorated performers in Academy history with 31 Golden Globe nominations and 21 Academy Award nominations to her name. Despite spending over fifty years in the industry, Streep hasn’t shown any signs of slowing down. Most recently, Streep starred in Big Little Lies, Little Women and The Laundromat.
Kim Basinger kickstarted her career by modeling before jumping into the world of acting. Since then, Basinger has scored high profile roles in a number of major productions. Basinger most recently starred opposite Russell Crowe in The Nice Guys which was a celebrated action-comedy from director Shane Black. Basinger also appeared in the 2017 film, Fifty Shades Darker. Not bad for a former model who didn’t know she wanted to be an actress, right?
Faye Dunaway may have gotten her start on Broadway, but she was a quick learner when it came to the silver screen. Dunaway would get Oscar recognition for her work as Bonnie Parker in the outlaw film, Bonnie and Clyde. Dunaway’s output may have slowed in recent years with her most recent appearance being in the 2017 film, The American Connection.
Charlene Tilton scored a huge fanbase after appearing on Dallas as Lucy Ewing. Given the moniker ‘poisonous dwarf’, Tilton would live up to her name with all 4’11 of her screen presence on full display. While Tilton never became the superstar that her fans had expected, she has enjoyed a long and successful movie career. Most recently, Tilton appeared in the yet-to-be-released film, Starting Up Love.
Diane Keaton broke into the industry as Kay Adams-Corleone in the gangster epic, The Godfather. With that being said, Keaton would be most famously associated with her work in collaboration with Woody Allen. Keaton would star in several of his best films including Annie Hall, Play it Again Sam, Love and Death, and Sleeper. Keaton most recently starred in the television series, Green Eggs and Ham in 2019.
Linda Gray rose to prominence thanks to her work in the film, The Graduate. Well, kind of. Gray performed as the body double for Mrs. Robinson and so effectively impressed the cast that she was able to start landing her own work. Gray would become most commonly associated with her work on the soap opera, Dallas. Since then, Gray has kept a mostly low profile with a few episodic appearances in the television show, Hand of God to her name in recent years.
Everybody fell in love with Carol Kane when she appeared in Hester Street which not coincidentally helped the American actress land her first Oscar nomination. Since then, Kane has become an iconic member of Hollywood’s television landscape. She’s won multiple Emmy Awards for her work on the 80s show Taxi. Most recently, Kane is making her fans double over in laughter as Lillian Kaushtupper on the Netflix original series, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.
Mindy Cohn’s unlikely ascent to television star status can be traced back to an unlikely audition opportunity for the role of Natalie Green in The Facts of Life. After scoring the role, with help from Lisa Whelchel, Cohn would become a prolific television and voice actor. Cohn is now most commonly associated with her work as Velma Dinkley in the animated Scooby-Doo series from 2002 until 2015.
Agnetha Faltskog became one of the biggest musicians on the planet earth in the 70s and 80s thanks to her status as the lead singer of ABBA. The glorious 80s pop group would become one of the best-selling bands of the era, thus catapulting Faltskog to international fame. Faltskog has largely kept to herself in recent years, opting to spend her retirement on her island home in Europe.
Kirstie Alley found her slice of fame in Hollywood as a model and actress in the 70s and 80s. Alley’s first notable role would be as Saavik in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. With that being said, Alley wouldn’t come into her own until she was cast as Rebecca Howe in the hit sitcom, Cheers. Alley would score an Emmy and Golden Globe for her efforts. Alley continues to work in Hollywood as an actress and reality television personality.
In her prime, Diana Ross was one of the biggest voices in the music industry. As the lead singer of The Supremes, Ross helped to sculpt the music that we listened to in the 60s, 70s, and 80s. Ross would release several huge hits including ‘Stop! In the Name of Love’ as well as ‘Ain’t No Mountain High Enough’. Ross continues to tour and perform today after having been granted the Presidential Medal of Freedom by then-President Obama.
Teri Garr was a phenomenal actress in the 70s who rose to fame thanks to her work as Igna in the film, Young Frankenstein. After scoring that iconic role, Garr would go on to land other notable roles in films like Close Encounters of the Third Kind and Tootsie. Unfortunately, Garr would find herself diagnosed with MS in 2002 which would lead to her retirement. Since then, Garr has become a champion and ambassador for raising funds in support of MS research.
Lorraine Gary played a large part in making Americans afraid of oceans thanks to her work on Jaws. Gary would purportedly retire from acting in 1979, but she would return for Jaws: The Revenge in 1987. True to her word, that would be Gary’s last role in Hollywood. Nowadays, Gary is completely focused on her charity work in Africa as a member of Humans Rights Watch Africa.
Some names and faces stick with everyone and Goldie Hawn is no exception! Hawn rose to star status as a member of the television show, Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In. After establishing her own fanbase, Hawn would curate a career filled with comedic films and intense dramas. Some of her most notable work includes The First Wives Club and the recently released Amy Schumer vehicle, Snatched.
Who doesn’t love the Hollywood starlet, Raquel Welch? When Welch first appeared in her fur bikini for One Million Years BC, her ascent to star status was all but cemented in stone. Welch would score a Golden Globe for her acting chops in The Three Musketeers before enjoying a dynamic and multi-pronged entertainment career. Nowadays, Welch is enjoying a slower-paced life. Her most recent work was on the series Date My Dad in 2017.
Beverly Johnson helped to break barriers in the 70s when she became the first-ever African-American model to score a cover on the American edition of Vogue. Johnson would continue to model, though her career would hit serious road bumps after purportedly being drugged by Bill Cosby. Johnson released a memoir in 2015 that discusses the incident in detail.
Dame Julie Andrews is, perhaps, one of the greatest performers of her generation. Andrews broke into the industry in 1945, and she continues to act to this day. Throughout her prolific Hollywood career, Andrews has won five Golden Globes, three Grammy awards, a pair of Emmys, and an Academy Award. Andrews most recently starred in blockbuster productions like Aquaman, Despicable Me 3 and Bridgerton.
Marilu Henner helped bring the Broadway musical Grease to life and for that, we thank her. For all of her work on stage, Henner wouldn’t make her film debut until 1977 in the movie, Between the Lines. Henner would go on to star as Elaine in the television series, Taxi. Perhaps most interesting of all is the fact that Henner rose to fame for having Highly Superior Autobiographical Memory.
Hollywood has been blessed with a wealth of dynamic performers and Sissy Spacek certainly belongs in that group. Spacek became an overnight sensation after starring in Badlands in 1973. From there, Spacek would score notable roles in Carrie, JFK, and The Help. Most recently, Spacek earned critical recognition for her starring role in the Netflix television drama, Bloodlines.
Cybill Shepherd is an American actress who is most commonly associated with her work on Moonlighting, Taxi Driver, and Cybill. Shepherd continues to perform, and she has a film slated for release in late 2019 titled Late Lunch. Throughout her career, Shepherd has been nominated for a trio of Golden Globe awards.
Born and raised in Tucson, Arizona, Ronstadt would take the music industry by storm after making her debut in 1967. In the intervening years since her introduction, Ronstadt has recorded 30 albums, 15 greatest hits records, and has also watched as 38 singles charted on the Billboard Hot 100. Ronstadt would retire in 2011 and a recent Parkinson’s diagnosis has put her music career firmly in the past.
Lucille Ball became one of the biggest TV stars of the 660s thanks to her work on I Love Lucy. In the years following her work on I Love Lucy, Ball would enjoy an abrupt yet successful career. Unfortunately, Ball would end up passing away in 1989. Despite leaving so soon, Ball’s work will be remembered and referenced for generations.
Billie Jean King
In her heyday, Billie Jean King was a true sports icon. She scored a victory in the Battle of the Sexes during the 70s which saw male and female champions compete against one another. King would also earn notoriety for becoming the first openly gay tennis star in her era. King saw her life story adapted in the film Battle of the Sexes which starred Emma Stone and Steve Carell.
Sigourney Weaver is Hollywood royalty, and she has somehow only gotten better with age. Weaver made her debut in 1977 in the film Annie Hall under the direction of Woody Allen. From there, Weaver would become an international icon of female empowerment thanks to her work as Ripley in the Alien franchise. Since then, Weaver has continued to work on high concept franchisees like Ghostbusters, Avatar, and The Defenders. Weaver is slated to appear in Avatar 2, Avatar 3, Avatar 4, and Avatar 5 under director James Cameron for release through 2027.
Paula Prentiss broke into the acting industry in 1960, but she wouldn’t build a following until she was cast in Where the Boys Are across from Jim Hutton. After that Hollywood introduction, Prentiss would go on to become an Emmy Award-nominated actress with 33 credits to her name. Prentiss most recently appeared in, I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House in 2016.
Who could ever forget Christie Brinkley? Brinkley catapulted to international stardom as one of the most popular swimsuit models in Sports Illustrated history. Brinkley would land 3 covers in the 70s while earning a 25-year contract as a spokesperson for Covergirl. Brinkley continues to act and model to this day, though she is now focused on helping her daughters in their careers.
Dawn Wells may have risen to fame on Gilligan’s Island, but her career wouldn’t stay stranded there. Wells would go on to become a stage actress with a number of musical projects. Wells has continued to act to this day, though her work has slowed down considerably. Most recently, Wells appeared as Gumbalina Toothington in the kid’s television series, The Epic Tales of Captain Underpants.
Susan Anton is an American-born actress who found her way to fame as a singer and model in a string of cigar commercials in the 70s. While Anton never rose to superstar status, she continues to act and perform to this day. Most recently, Anton appeared in the made-for-TV movie, Sharknado 4: The 4th Awakens.
Karen Lynn Gorney
Karen Lynn Gorney portrayed Tara Martin in the famous soap opera, All My Children from 1970 until 1974. While Gorney continues to act to this day, her output has slowed down in recent years. Gorney’s most notable post-All My Children efforts include appearances in Saturday Night Fever and The Sopranos.
After becoming one of our favorite members of the M*A*S*H television series, Swit would become something of a television icon. Swit rose to fame as Major Margaret Hot Lips Houlihan. Swit would portray the character for all 11 seasons, taking home a pair of Emmy Awards for her efforts. Swit retired from acting in 1998, but she is slated for a return in the 2019 film, Play the Flute.
Catherine Bach rocked the television world as Daisy Duke in The Dukes of Hazzard. Her performance was so influential that Nancy Reagan would cause a national controversy after being gifted one of Bach’s signed posters. Bach recently appeared in the made-for-TV movie, My Best Friend in 2016.
Who could ever forget Debbie Harry? Harry became an international rock and roll icon thanks to her work as the vocalist for the band, Blondie. Their first record dropped in 1976 and their ascent to fame was seemingly overnight. Blondie would release their 11th record in 2017, titled ‘Pollinator’, and the group continues to engage with their music to this day.
Olivia Newton-John was probably the ‘first crush’ of an entire generation of young men. Newton-John would rise to fame in the musical, Grease as Pink Lady. In the intervening years since her ascent to star status, Newton-John has continued to work on anything that Hollywood could throw at her. Some of her most notable recent work includes a cameo appearance in Sharknado 5: Global Swarming.
Do you remember that Allison’s distinct presence on Little House on the Prairie? If you watched the show, you definitely remember nasty little Nellie and the havoc that she would wreak upon her family in the show. Nowadays, Arngrim is less interested in acting than she is in her charity work. Arngrim has mostly retired from Hollywood in order to live a quieter life focused on what is important to her.
Lynda Carter became the definitive interpretation of Wonder Woman thanks to her work on the self-titled television series of the same name. Carter also had considerable success as a pageantry model and musician. Carter recently came back to her super hero roots when she appeared in the CW show, Super Girl.
Marcia, Marcia, Marcia! Do you think Maureen McCormick is tired of that phrase yet? McCormick enjoyed high-profile fame as a teen icon thanks to her work as Marcia Brady on The Brady Bunch. Since then, McCormick has enjoyed a long and successful Hollywood career with notable film and television roles to her name. Most recently, McCormick starred in The Neighborhood which released in 2017.
When you become a Bond girl, you become a part of Hollywood history. Jane Seymour portrayed Solitaire in the Bond film, Live and Let Die. With that iconic role in her repertoire, Seymour would be able to carve out a long and successful acting career that continues to this day. Seymoure has appeared in 146 projects at the time of this writing with THe Kominsky Method being her most recent release in 2019.
Batman’s Newest Battle: Cheering Up Refugee Children
Life in refugee camps can be terribly boring. For many refugees coming from war-torn and disaster-stricken areas, boredom can actually be a relief. Still, boredom is boredom and the days can drag by even if basic security and shelter are secured in the camp. Fortunately for refugees in one Lebanese camp, a new hero is on the job, cheering people up: Batman!
The Caped Crusader recently went viral on Reddit and other social media platforms after photos and videos emerged of his efforts inside a refugee camp. The legendary superhero was spotted playing with children and otherwise cheering the camp residents up. Batman’s best friend at the camp was a young boy by the name of Kadar.
The Caped Crusader has earned a reputation for being a tough-as-nails superhero who always gives his all. That’s true both in Gotham and refugee camps. Batman put in a lot more effort than smiles and handshakes. Clips of Batman giving Kadar a ride on his shoulders and playing soccer with children have emerged. And no offense to the man in black, while he might be good at fighting crime, he needs to brush up on his soccer skills.
Another clip emerged of Batman losing an arm-wrestling match to Kadar. Let’s assume he tossed the match or Gotham might be in trouble the next time the Joker makes an appearance. If Batman’s so out of shape that a child can overpower him, that bodes ill for future battles between good and evil. Still, no one will doubt that Batman brought a lot of joy to the kids in the camp.
Batman also showed off some surprising skills. Did you know he’s one heck of a guitar player and a good singer to boot? Campfire clips of the Caped Crusader strumming away made their rounds. As for taking to the skies, Batman left the Batcopter home but he did manage to fly some kites.
Of course, Batman is a character of fiction, but real-world heroes will rise up none-the-less. In this case, the Caped Crusader was actually Kadar’s dad. The family has been struggling with conditions in the refugee camp and upheaval in their lives, so dad decided to cheer his son up. And at the end of the day, a real-world hero is worth far more than a fictional one.
The story also highlights the struggle that refugees go through. It is estimated that some 250 million children will grow up in conflict-torn areas. Many of them will struggle to secure an education or otherwise live a normal life. All of these children need heroes, both real and fictional.
Every day, families are being torn apart and forced to flee their homes. The United Nations estimates that in Syria alone that some 6.5 million people have been displaced. Over a million refugees from Syria have fled to Lebanon, itself a war-stricken country where millions struggle just to get buy. With an on-going civil war in Yemen, instability in Iraq, and countless other geopolitical issues, the Middle East and North Africa have seen millions of people displaced.
While a lucky few refugees will be resettled in the United States, Europe, and other highly developed areas, many will be trapped in refugee camps. Their only hope of returning home is often the end of the war. Yet modern wars can drag on for decades, seeming to never end. For Kadar and his dad, the years ahead might be tough. Hopefully, however, they can create some good memories along the way.
When the Lesson Is Kindness
As parents, we always worry about how well we are preparing our children for the world. Sometimes we are overly strict because we worry that if we’re not, our children won’t be able to deal with disappointment and responsibility as adults. As parents, we worry a lot about whether we are doing the right thing and making the right decisions for our children.
Brea Schmidt was at the carnival with her children one night. She already had her hands full, with her children being aged 5, 3 and 1, and she also works as a writer and photographer.
That night her daughter was trying desperately to win a doll. She tried and tried, asking sweetly and politely for another dollar every time she lost. Finally, Brea said that they had to stop. She wasn’t trying to hurt her daughter’s feelings, but it was an exercise in frustration. She knew that you don’t always get what you want, and she was planning on discussing that with her poor child.
The Kindness of a Stranger
The 5-year-old girl was not being a gracious loser. Instead, she was sobbing, Probably already tired from her day having fun at the carnival, she couldn’t hide how sad she was that she hadn’t been able to win the cute little pink Princess Poppy doll.
A stranger intervened at that point, wanting to help. Even though she couldn’t control the game of chance, she offered to make one more try to help the little girl win her prize. The lady told the little girl that she had a dollar and she was going to try to win for her.
She paid her dollar for the three tickets and sure enough opened a winning ticket. Immediately, she gave the child the prize. Even though she was exhausted, the child was elated from being able to have the doll she so treasured.
We Are A Community
Many people would object to having someone come up and interfere with a private moment, especially one so fraught with emotion. Brea Schmidt knew that some people might feel that way, but she looked at the lady’s gesture as an even better kind of lesson.
The lesson was simple kindness, and Brea’s daughter learned that night that she and her family weren’t alone in the world. When she was having a bad time, a total stranger came up and tried to make things better for her. She gave her own money just to make a stranger happy. And she was obviously glad to do it.
When children are very young, they have trouble learning to share. Even those with brothers and sisters often feel threatened by the others, wanting their parents and playthings to themselves. Babies try to get all the attention and become more able to be generous as they get older.
Teaching our children to be so open and generous with their hearts is one of the hardest lessons. Brea’s little girl will never forget the kind stranger who gave her a lesson in kindness that night.
Turkey & Dressing With A Side of Hope and Happiness
Do You Smell Pumpkin Pie?
If you live in Massachusetts or Rhode Island and happen to catch a whiff of holiday cheer while passing a slightly weathered station wagon, you’ve just encountered Ty and Vicky Shen.
This father and daughter team have become local heroes, especially around the holidays, since they began delivering hot, healthy meals across the state in 2001. They love the open road, but the real joy is in the reaction they receive from those they serve.
They’re not in this alone. The Shens are only one of the teams regularly volunteering with Community Servings, a Massachusetts non-profit food program which specializes in modified meals for families and individuals with specific medical restrictions or other needs, often due to severe or chronic illnesses. That means the Shens and other volunteers reach households often unserved by similar programs because their needs are so specific.
Of course, neither the Shens nor Community Services forget about the families and caregivers involved. Every spouse, in-law, nurse, and child receives their own hot holiday meal.
The extra time and effort is more than worth it, they assure us.
“Those who can help, should,” says Ty. “Regardless if it’s time or other resources, helping our fellow man is our responsibility.” Vicky seems to agree.
“Volunteering with my dad is one of my favorite things to do,” she says. “I get to spend time with him, and the people at Community Servings are so wonderful. Most importantly, it feels great to do something on a daily basis helps people’s lives be a little bit better.”
Bringing It Together
Food is more than an essential requirement for life. It often means security, and comfort. Sometimes it represents plenty, but even in humble circumstances it can facilitate a sense unity and thanks.
“One of the most important elements of the holidays this time of year is togetherness,” says a representative from Community Services. “Sharing a meal has been a demonstration of trust, intimacy, and togetherness over the centuries and across cultures.”
That togetherness doesn’t just start when meals are delivered; it’s part of the process from the very beginning. Community Services volunteers prepare each dish on site, paying careful attention to the different restrictions and dietary needs they’ll be serving that day. Teams like the Shens spend most of their time delivering, but they’re no strangers to peeling potatoes or chopping cabbage or even – in a pinch – stuffing a bird or two.
It’s an enormous undertaking each and every time, but what determines whether or not it’s enjoyable work is the people involved, and the mindset they bring to the task. And most of the time, that makes Community Services as much of a family as those they serve during the holidays and throughout the year.
“Each year, our volunteers give more than 55,000 hours of service, which is the equivalent to almost 30 full time employees,” says David Waters, CEO of Community Servings. “There’s no way we could do any of this without their passion and their commitment.”
That passion and commitment are quickly driving Community Services towards their eight millionth meal. That’s right – eight with six zeroes after it! But the Shens, like most of those involved, don’t think of it in terms of the millions, or even the thousands of meals prepared and delivered each day.
To them, it’s always about the next door opened. The next family served. The next face smiling in recognition and appreciation. It’s always about the one at a time.
And as long as it’s up to the Shens, it always will be.
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