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.
Failure Provides Opportunities To Succeed
The fear of failure is failure itself and stops you from moving farther in your life, such as pursuing a relationship a job or anything that requires you to step forward. No one prevents you from achieving your dreams of a better livelihood. The reason why the goal goes unfulfilled is that you undercut your efforts out of fear of failure. You have convinced yourself that making an effort is worthless and is thus not worth doing. But in fact, making an effort is essential to achieve your goal.
Stop Bullying Yourself
The struggle may be as simple as filling out an application or applications seeking the job. Fear of failure has the same effect of bullying yourself by having concerns that you will nor be successful. Failure may lead to the self-fulfilling prophecy of failing, which is a form of circular reasoning in that you know you will fail and then chose a course that leads to failure.
You Are Your Worst Enemy.
Your fears may be directly be related to the thinking that you do not deserve to be successful. How do you overcome the fear of failure? The definition of failure is different, and it varies from person to person who has a) different red lines to cross that defines failure, b) different values, and c) different belief systems. So what may be a failure to you could be on the road to success for another. So what is failure? You could be so afraid of failing that you become immobilized to the point of depression. You may have had bad experiences as a child and received no positive feedback from your parents. At one time, you were traumatized in your life by failure and stopped trying to succeed. As a result, you become trapped in life’s struggle.
With these types of experiences, you may have set a death trap, or mindsets, requiring one to reset your life to a better path. The following mindsets set the trap.
• You sabotage yourself through procrastination, excessive anxiety, or a failure to follow through to achieve your goals.
• No self-confidence, coupled with low self-esteem, pondering on negative self-feedback that your life will not get better or that you lack the skills or the ability to succeed or it’s too late to be successful.
• Perfectionism – You developed artificial high standards and cannot reach a level of perfection or willingness to try.
Breaking the Cycle of Fear
1. Fear of failure has the same effect of bullying yourself by having concerns that you will nor be successful, which leads to the self-fulfilling prophecy of failing, a form of circular reasoning in that you know you will fail and then chose a course that leads to failure.
2. Be your own best friend. Love yourself, be your confidant, and not your worst enemy. Seeking external happiness, like a good relationship, may fatefully tie you to the failures of others that will not lead you to genuine fulfillment. It is up to you to change your own life.
3. Whatever negative trait you may have should be viewed in the whole of a person that you are, so don’t be so hard on yourself or permit any other person’s negative view of yourself to define who you are.
Rational and Positive Thinking
Failure is common and many times, precedes success. The most successful people have experienced palpable failure, such as Michael Jordan failed at basketball in high school. William Buffet was not academically qualified to be accepted at Harvard. Richard Branson does not have a high school diploma. The words “think positive” is not a mind game but a highly successful method of thinking that refuses to accept failure or treats failure as having another opportunity to succeed.
How to Boost Self-Trust for the Ultimate in Self-Care
Trust is a concept that you know well. From the time you were born, you learned to trust in the inevitability that a person would do what is expected and promised. Trust is an essential part of your relationships first with your family (parents, siblings, and even extended family). It evolves to become the basis for learning and growth experiences, romances, and (hopefully) something more self-centered: self-trust.
What is Self-Trust?
It’s usually called self-trust or self-esteem. The concept traces back to the works of William James, the father of modern psychology, in 1890. His concept of self-trust or self-esteem involved a combination of achievements and expectations, so you could either achieve great things or just lower your expectations. That earliest concept of self-esteem, self-worth, or self-trust changed through the 1960’s as influential figures like Nathaniel Branden ushered in the self-esteem movement, and John Vasconcellos politicized the concept. Fixing self-esteem was lauded as a “social vaccine,” the magic bullet that would remediate or prevent drug abuse, crime, teen pregnancy, etc. The persuasive efforts of Vasconcellos inspired a task force in California turned into the National Association for Self-Esteem (NASE) in 1995.
Further studies by Psychology Professor Roy Baumeister in the 1990’s demonstrated that the premise for self-esteem was problematic. It could not cure all societal ills, nor could it be easily boosted by artificial means. In 2006, Professor Jean Twenge further found that the current laser-focus on self-esteem not only fueled depression, but also facilitated narcissism. While the concept of “self-esteem” has gradually taken on a negative or skeptical tinge, self-love and self-trust as a more positive spin-off. If you go back to the innocence of youth, before self-doubt crept in, you get the core of who you are and what you want. It’s a diamond in the raw, unmarred by pretension or the fear of failure. It’s something precious, because in that state it’s really about knowing and loving yourself, which naturally equates to self-trust.
Why is Self-Trust Important & How Do You Reach It?
The concept of self-trust is important because it relies upon a firm faith and understanding of your own integrity, or sense of self. As you trust yourself, you find a confidence and clarify that you are making the right choices. Self-trust is not about arrogance or narcissism. With true self-trust, it is something beyond external validation or seeking approval, because you have an internal roadmap that lays out your path and direction. Self-trust is unconditional, beyond fear or risk. Even when it feels out of reach, at the bottom of the well, or just beyond reach—self-trust never goes away. It remains, unbroken.
The question, then, is how do you reach self-trust, particularly since it’s so important for self-care? You might just find that it’s easier than you think. Here are a few top tips for redirecting your focus and mindset inward on your journey toward self-trust.
Get to Know Yourself!
Julia Cameron calls it an “artist’s date.” The idea is that you need to find out what makes you tick, feed your creativity, and explore your bliss. It could be a book store, a library, or a toy store. Your exploration could involve a dinosaur expo, a botanical garden, a robot or tech show, a gemstone exhibit, an art museum, or a nuclear science museum. There are countless variations on destinations that could start to restore your self-trust.
Look Inward, First Thing
You probably reach for your phone as a first thought when you wake up. It feels natural, but what would happen to your sense of self and self-trust if you repossessed the first moments of your day. Look out the window to notice that the sun is rising. Open a book of poems or quotes, and take time to let the words sink in. Meditate, practice your breath exercises, take 10 or 15 minutes to do Yoga or Pilates stretches in your comfortable spot. Stand in one spot, allowing the silence of your place to surround you. Embrace the blank slate that is the day ahead, as you restore your self-trust.
Focus on the Now
When you focus on past regrets or future worries, you’re focusing on fear, loss, and suffering. Instead of living in a state of fear of failure, self-trust allows us to live in the present moment. It can be scary, with a feeling that it’s an unprotected or vulnerable state. What you’ll find is that living in the now opens up a realm of other possibilities. It’s not for the faint of heart. It can take courage, inner fortitude, and more strength than you ever thought you had.
It can feel hard. It may seem possible… It also might just change your life.
You Have More Inner Strength Than You Know
You have more strength than you realize. You’ve always had that strength burning inside of you. Do you remember when you fell down as a child? You skinned your knees. It hurt so bad. It was the worst pain that you had ever felt. You looked down and saw the blood. You wondered if you would ever recover. Then, magically, the bleeding stopped. New skin grew to take its place. The bruises that you received from that fall also faded. They eventually disappeared as if nothing had happened. Then, the healing process finished. You became stronger. You learned from this adventure and it made you a better person.
You have more strength than you realize. You have been struck down before. The world has told you no. Maybe you got denied for the job you so badly wanted. Maybe you got rejected from the school you always had dreams of attending. Even though the world told you no, you didn’t listen. You didn’t pay attention to anyone or anything that was going to tear you down. You didn’t let your wings get clipped. You didn’t let that anchor drag you to the bottom of the sea. You didn’t let anyone tell you what you could or couldn’t do. Even after the world said no, you found a way to spread your wings and fly again because that is who you are. That is where your strength comes from.
You have more strength than you realize. You decided to hold onto that vision of your dreams. You didn’t want them to tell you no. You ignored those who wanted to stop you. You ignored those who didn’t see or share your vision of what your future should look like. After all, who are they to dictate your future? Who are they to tell you how to live your life? Who are they to believe your dreams should be limited? You have so much strength inside of you. Your heart is so strong. Your bones are resilient. Your fingers are capable of painting a picture on the canvas of your future that knows no bounds. You do not settle for black and white when you know your life deserves to have the color of a thousand rainbows.
You have more strength than you realize. You can do the impossible. You have experienced grief in the past. You know what this feels like. You know that grief can shatter you in ways nobody else can. You feel guilty even though you know this isn’t your fault. You have always found a way to pick up the pieces of your broken heart and put them back together. Even when you felt like you were broken beyond repair. Even when you wanted nothing more than to curl up, close your eyes, and shut the world out, you got up and kept going. You did this because of the tremendous strength inside you. You decided not to let your wounds become scars. You decided to let your body heal just like your knees did when you were a child.
You did this because you have more strength than you realize. Now, you have risen to meet the challenges placed before you. You did this both for yourself and for the world who has told you no. You did this for the people who look to you as a source of inspiration. You do this because you want others to know that they have more strength than they realize as well. You have the strength to change the world.
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