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Women Of The 70’s Is Definitely Not Like We Remembered

Lorraine Gary

Gary is recognized most for starring in the Jaws films as Ellen Brody. She retired early from acting after starring in Spielberg’s 1941.

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However, she came back briefly for a reprisal of Ellen Brady in Jaws: The Revenge in 1987. Since her reprisal of the 1987 Jaws sequel, Gary has once again retired from the spotlight.

She is married to entertainment industry executive Sidney Sheinberg, and the pair has two children. She spends her time volunteering as a member of the Humans Rights Watch Africa Advisory Committee and the Human Rights Watch Women’s Rights Advisory Committee.

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Linda Ronstadt

Linda’s career began in folk-rock and country-rock music, where she used to play at the Troubadour. Afterward, she discovered her true talent and was quickly named the “Queen of Rock” and “First Lady of Rock,” by the media. She has produced an impressive 31 good platinum records and won a whopping 10 Grammys.

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Since her singing days, Linda has sadly been diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease and was forced to put down the mic. Despite the diagnosis, she still managed to release her memoir that same year, which she titled “Simple Dreams: A Musical Memoir.”

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Goldie Hawn

Goldie had her breakthrough role on Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In where she played as a regular. Since then, her career took off. She has acted in multiple comedies like There’s a Girl in My Soup and Butterflies are Free and has showed her talent in satirical dramas like The Sugarland Express and Shampoo.

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In 2013, Goldie recorded the voice as Peggy McGee in the animated series Phineas and Ferb. Apparently, Goldie still hasn’t tired of acting as she is returning to the big screen for the first film since 2002 and will star alongside comedian Amy Schumer in the mother-daughter comedy, “Snatched.”

Pam Grier

Pam was very present in the 1970’s blaxploitation movie scene, where she played strong and dominant women. She acted in Jack Hill’s Coffy in 1973 and other movies like Foxy Brown and Sheba, Baby. Since then, she has acted in Jackie Brown and The Man with the Iron Fists and in the series L World.

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In 2017, she starred in Bad Grandmas, a dark comedy feature film following four grandmothers who mistakenly kill a con man. At the moment she is starring in the T.V. series This is Us, alongside Mandy Moore, and just finished production for the upcoming comedy movie Poms with Diane Keaton.

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Linda Gray

Linda Gray started her career as Mrs. Robinson’s body double in “The Graduate.” Her breakthrough role followed when she starred as Sue Ellen in the “Dallas” remake.

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She  played the role from 2012-2014. She has also starred in the movie “The Entertainers,” “Expecting Mary,” and “Hidden Moon.” From 2016-2017, she acted in the T.V series “Hollyoaks,” as Tabby Maxwell-Brown and since then has had parts in the series “Hand of God” and “Hilton Head Island.” It looks like her career is still going strong.

Kim Basinger

Kim started off as a model and got her feet wet while debuting as an actor in the TV series “Gemini Man.” It was here that the world discovered her talent. Throughout the 70’s, she played in different T.V. series and movies like the remake of “From Here to Eternity.”

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In the 1980’s she started to land bigger roles. Her most celebrated role and one that she won an Oscar for Best Actress in a Supporting Role was as Lynn Bracken in “L.A. Confidential.” In 2016, she starred in “The Nice Guys,” and in 2017’s “Fifty Shades Darker.”

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Loni Anderson

Popular during the 1970’s and 80’s, this actress started her career in mini-movies and as a regular in soap operas. Her signature platinum blonde hair bore a strong resemblance to Marilyn Monroe.

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The blonde bombshell continues to act today and recently starred in the T.V series “My Sister is So Gay,” from 2016-2018. She played the role of Frances.

Bo Derek

Bo Derek had her first major role in 1977 when she played Annie in the adventure movie Orca. Her breakthrough role shortly followed in the 1979 film 10.

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The actress dedicates her time to philanthropy initiatives like Richard Branson’s Wild Aid and other disabled veterans organizations. On top of this, she has her own line of organic shampoo and conditioner for dogs called “Bless the Beasts.”

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Kate Jackson

Jackson is most recognized for her role as Sabrina Duncan in the popular 1970’s T.V series Charlie’s Angels. She left the series in 1979 after three seasons.

After playing a crime-fighting angel, she moved on to TV series like Scarecrow and Mrs. King and Baby Boom.

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Nowadays, she spends her time working on her memoir, called The Smart One, which she is hoping to have out by 2020. The star is a three-time Emmy Award nominee and a four-time Golden Globe Award nominee.

Susan Dey

Dey found fame as Laurie Partridge on the sitcom “The Partridge Family” which she held from 1970-1974. In 1977, she returned to television as the co-star of the short-lived situation comedy “Loves Me, Loves Me Not.”

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From 1986-1992, she played D.D.A Grace Van Owen on “L.A. Law,” and won a Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series.

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In 2002, she acted as D.D.A Grace Van Owen in the television movie “L.A. Law: The Movie.” She also starred in two episodes of the hit T.V show “Third Watch.”

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Adrienne Barbeau

Adrienne’s career started before she was the “scream queen” of the 80’s. She formerly gained critical acclaim for her work on Broadway in Grease, for which she also was a Tony Award nominee. She gained recognition after starring in Maude with Bea Arthur.

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She also recorded the voice for Catwoman on the animated Batman series in the 90’s.  Nowadays, the actress is still doing what she does best; acting.

She continues to appear in tons of movies and television series. Besides the time she spends on screen, she likes to spend her time with her husband Billy Van Zandt and their two twin boys as well as with her son from Adrienne’s precious marriage.

Linda Lusardi

In the late 1970’s, this brunette bombshell got overnight fame as one of England’s notorious Page Three models. Sun Readers called her “The Best Page Three Girl Ever.”

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She still models today and has also given her talent to the acting world, playing in roles on The Bill, Emmerdale, and Brookside.

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Barbra Streisand

Barbra is another admirable woman from the 1970s and one of the most successful personalities in show business. She has made a whopping $400 million over the span of her career.

She started off with a successful music career in the 1960s which later turned into acting. In 1968, she starred in and won major awards for her debut role in “Funny Girl.” She took home both an Academy Award and a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress.

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She continues to release platinum albums and gift the world with stellar performances in various T.V. series and movies

Ann-Margret

Ann-Margret garnered major attention after she starred in the movie adaption of the musical “Bye, Bye Birdie,” where she gave a talented performance in her role of Kim Mcafee.

She has seen a very successful career following the film during the 70’s. She received numerous Academy Award nominations for her acting in “Carnal Knowledge” and “Tommy.”

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Since then, she’s acted in other movies and TV shows. In 2014 she acted in the Showtime series “Ray Donovan” and in 2017 in the comedy movie “Going in Style,” which was directed by Zach Braff and also starred Morgan Freeman.

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Mandrell Sisters

This blonde beauty’s 1978 single “Sleeping Single in a Double Bed,” debuted at number one on the Billboard Chart.

Shortly after, she came out with her second hit “if loving you is wrong I don’t want to be right.” The singer’s popularity amongst the public attracted producers’ attention.

They wanted Barbara to have her own show. The show came out, called “Barbara Mandrell and the Mandrell Sisters.” The series followed the country singer and her sisters, Louise and Irene. The show wasn’t so successful and ran for only two series.

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The sisters haven’t seen together much anymore but did join forces to host the Unleashed fundraiser for the Nashville Humane Association.

Lynda Carter

Lynda was brought to fame by her superhero part in the TV series “Wonder Woman,” which she held from 1975-1979.

During the same time, in 1978, she released her pop album “Portrait.” Two of her songs were also included in episodes of “Wonder Women.”

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Following her role as a superhero with superhuman strength and flight power, she played more “normal” roles in film and on TV.

Recently, she played the role as President Olivia Marsdin in the CW series “Supergirl” and starred in the movie “Super Troopers 2.”

Not surprising, considering Lynda’s stunning appearance, she was also a model and was crowned Miss World America 1972. She proceeded to finish as a semifinalist in the Miss World 1972 pageant.

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Barbara Eden

Barbara’s career started when Hollywood was still young. While she didn’t star in A list films with James Dean and Elizabeth Taylor, she nonetheless had some pretty famous roles. Her breakthrough came when she starred in I Dream of Jeannie.

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Now, the star is 87-years-old and happily retired.

Susan Anton

Despite being 68-years-old, Susan Anton doesn’t look a day over 40. She’s had a long acting career, which has spanned over 35 years. She sings, she acts, it seems there’s nothing she doesn’t do.

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From her very first film in 1979, Goldengirl, she already became a nominee for a Golden Globe. After that, she starred in the popular T.V drama Cliffhangers.

She has also starred in the beloved Broadway musical, Hairspray. Nowadays, the former actress is spending her time with family and practicing her swing at golf.

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Billie Jean King

King found fame after she won the 1973 “Battle of the Sexes” tennis match verse male tennis star Bobby Riggs. In 1981, she came out as gay, making her the first athlete to do so.

King was a very successful player throughout the years, and was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1987

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In 2009, she received the Presidential Medal of Freedom. In 2014, she used her power and influence to launch the Billie Jean King Leadership Initiative to deal with inclusion and diversity problems in places of work.

Allison Arngrim

Allison is recognized most for her role in “Little House on the Prarie” as Nellie Oleson. She played the part from 1974 to 1982. Since those days in the prairie, she has continued to act in different TV movies and films and write.

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She released her book in 2010 titled “Confessions of A Prairie Bitch: How I Survived Nellie Oleson and Learned to Love Being Hated.”

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In the book, she talks about her experience as one of television’s most memorable characters. Today, she gives back to charity to raise awareness for aids and child abuse.

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Maureen McCormick

Known most for playing the eldest daughter in the Brady Bunch clan, Marcia, Maureen continued to make other television appearances in Happy Days and Love Boat.

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In 2015, she played in the Australian version of I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! She was on the show for 42 days before getting eliminated right before the season finale. In 2016, she tested her luck at dancing and placed 8th on Dancing with the Stars.

Teri Garr

Teri’s first big role was in the film The Conversation which was directed by Francis Ford Coppola. Her real breakthrough came when she played Igna in Young Frankenstein. She moved on to other roles in Close Encounters of the Third Kind and The Black Stallion.

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In 2002, she came forward as having multiple sclerosis and shortly after, became a national ambassador for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and National Chair for the Society’s Women Against MS program.

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Cicely Tyson

Cicely started as a model and later turned to acting which proved to be a wise choice. She demonstrated her capabilities while playing Rebecca Morgan in Sounder and received her first Academy Award nomination for the role in 1972. Two years later, she won two Emmy Awards for The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pitman.

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She has continued acting in film, T.V, and broadway, and has had roles in award winning shows like Roots and King. She acted in the Best Picture-nominated movie The Help and appeared in the popular series How to Get Away with Murder.

Charlene Tilton

Most recognized for her role as Lucy Ewing on Dallas, she is a small girl with a big influence. Measuring in at only 4’11, Charlene received the nickname poisonous dwarf because of her character’s wild personality and short height. Following the role, she became a pop singer in the 1980’s.

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Nowadays, she uses her power for the better of the people, doing charity work for foster kids. She also played a small part in the movie “Road Less Traveled,” that was released in 2017.

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Paula Prentiss

Paula started off her career as an actor in comedy films. In the 1960’s, she played roles in Where the Boys are, The Honeymoon Machine and Bachelor in Paradise. Following that, she acted in the cult horror film The Stepford Wives as Bobbie Markowe.

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After a 30 year hiatus from acting, she proved that she still has what it takes and acted in 2016’s horror film I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House.

Connie Stevens

Connie was born in New York in 1938. Both of her parents were musicians, a fact that might explain her sense of creativity. She did it all, she was a singer, an actress, a writer, producer, and a director. She became wildly known for her role in “Hawaiian Eye.”

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Connie has continued working in the show business. Her most recent role was in 2019’s “By the Rivers of Babylon.” Today she lives in Studio City, Los Angeles.

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Loretta Swit

Lorette became a known star after playing Major Frank Burn’s love interest, Major Margaret “Hot Lips” Houlihan in the TV series M*A*S*H. She was on the show for all 11 seasons, being 1 of only 4 cast members to do so. She received two Emmy Awards for her performance.

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In 2015, she narrated the documentary Never the Same: The Prisoner of War Experience. The documentary depicts prisoners of war who use their creativity and humour to survive.

Loretta took an almost 20-year acting hiatus, before returning to the big screen to fill the role of Mrs. Kincaid in the upcoming drama Play the Flute.

Barbi Benton

Barbi graced the cover of Playboy magazine four times; in July 1969, March 1970, May 1972, and December 1985. She dated Playboy founder Hugh Hefner for several years and resided with him from 1969 until 1976 in the Playboy mansion.

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She is known for discovering the Playboy Mansion West, where Hefner lived until his death in 2017. From 1972-1983, she acted in “Hee Haw” performing short comic sketches.

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Following that, she starred in several recurring roles on “Sugar Time.” and “The Love Boat.” She also had a country singing career.

After her relationship with Hugh, she married George Gradow, a real-estate developer. The two have 2 daughters. In 2006, her husband was convicted of tax fraud and pleaded guilty.

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Debbie Harry

Born as Angela Tremble, Debbie found fame in being the lead singer of the rock band “Blondie.” After Blondie’s album, titled Blondie, was released in 1976, the group became a hit sensation. They received a feature on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine in 1979.

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In 2011, Debbie told Britain’s The Sun that Elton John was her inspiration to do charity work. She has since given back to organizations like the Endometriosis Foundation of America and Amnesty International Human Rights.

In 2014, the band produced its tenth studio album, Ghosts of Download, a double album released in celebration of the band’s fortieth anniversary. And in 2017, the band produced their 11th album, called Pollinator.

Jane Seymour

Jane is most recognized for her role as Bond Girl, Solitaire in the film Live and Let die. She continued to star in roles in the 70s, such as Battlestar Galactica and The Four Feathers.

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She began to write self-help books in the 80s, including Jane Seymour’s Guide to Romantic Living (1986), Two at a Time: Having Twins (2002), Remarkable Changes (2003), and Among Angels (2010). In 2008.

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She partnered with Kay Jewelers to create the “Open Heart Collection.” She continues to make appearances in T.V series and film.

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Sissy Spacek

Sissy started her acting career in the early 70’s. She started to make her mark in the film industry with her performance in Badlands.

Her fame continued to grow in 1976, after playing the iconic title-role of the horror movie Carrie, for which she received a nomination for an Academy Award for Best Actress.

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In 2012, her memoir, My Extraordinary Ordinary Life was published. Spacek became the first person to act in an Academy Award-nominated film in each of the 4 most recent decades: Coal Miner’s Daughter (1980), Missing (1982), JFK (1991), In the Bedroom (2001) and The Help (2011).

Over the years, she has received numerous awards, including an Academy Award, three Golden Globe Awards, two Critics’ Choice Movie Awards, a Screen Actors Guild Award and has been nominated for four BAFTA Awards, three Primetime Emmy Awards and a Grammy Award.

Ali Macgraw

Ali began her career acting in T.V commercials, including a commercial for the Polaroid Swinger camera. She gained stardom in 1970 after she played Jenny in “Love Story,” opposite Ryan O’Neal.

The film is one of the highest-grossing films in the U.S. ever. She was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress and was featured on the cover of Time magazine.

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She appeared in another three films in the 70s: “The Getaway,” “Convoy,” and “Players.” In the 80s, she acted in TV series “The Winds of War” and “Dynasty.”

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In 2008, she made GQ magazine’s list of “Sexiest 25 Women in Film Ever.” In 2016, she acted in the stage production of Love Letters, and once more acted with her former co-star Ryan O’Neal.

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Diane Keaton

Keaton’s first big role came as Kay Adams-Corleone in “The Godfather.” However, her major breakthrough was in Woody Allen’s films: “Play it Again Sam,” “Sleeper,” “Love and Death,” and “Annie Hall.” She won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance as the title role in Annie Hall.

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To this day,  Diane continues to star in major movies such as “Something’s Gotta Give” and “First Wives Club.” In 2016, she was in a few episodes in the TV series “The Young Pope” as Sister Mary.

Recently, she starred in the romantic comedy, Book Club, alongside Jane Fonda which is about  four best friends whose lives forever change after they read 50 Shades of Grey in their monthly book club.

Faye Dunaway

Faye started her career in the 60’s as an actress on Broadway and later appeared in her first film in 1967, “The Happening” playing Sandy.  Her major role was in the film Bonnie and Clyde, where she played Bonnie Parker and later received an academy award. In the 60’s she acted in “The Thomas Crown Affair” and “The Arrangement.”

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Faye’s career continues to thrive. She is still acting today and starred in a number of movies in 2017, including Inconceivable, opposite Nicolas Cage.

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Julie Andrews

Julie Andrews is an English actress, who started her career as a  child, appearing in the West End in 1948 and making her Broadway debut in The Boy Friend in 1954.

In 1956, she starred in a number of Broadway musicals including My Fair Lady in 1956 and Camelot in 1960. She made her film debut in Mary Poppins for which she won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance in the title role.

She also starred in The Sound of Music in 1965, playing Maria von Trapp, for which she won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Comedy or Musical.

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Julie Andrews became one of the biggest names in the industry in the 60’s. Her success didn’t stop just there. In the 70’s, she starred in Darling Lili,” and “10.” From 1973 and 1975, she headlined five variety specials on ABC.

To this day, she is prominent in TV and film.  She voiced the character of the Queen in all the “Shrek” films and Gru’s mom in “Despicable Me.” In 2017, she starred in Netflix’s “Julie’s Greenroom,” an educational series for preschoolers.

Besides her musical career, she has authored children’s books and published her autobiography in 2008 Home: A Memoir of My Early Years .

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Beverly Johnson

In August 1974, Beverly graced the cover of American Vogue, becoming the first African American woman to ever do so.

In 1975, she did it again and became the first African American woman on the cover of the French edition of Elle. Moving forward, she started acting. She wrote a controversial article in which she accused Bill Cosby of drugging her  in a meeting at home in Manhattan in the 1980’s.

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In 2015, she wrote a memoir called The Face That Changed It All in which she discusses the Cosby incident. Fun fact:  She was in The New York Times list for one of the 20th century’s most influential people in fashion in 2008.

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Karen Lynn Gorney

Gorney found fame in her role as Tara Martin in the soap opera All My Children, which she held from 1970 to 1974. However, her biggest role came as Stephanie Mangano in Saturday Night Fever with John Travolta.

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Following the part, she took a decade long break from acting and came back to act in Law & Order and The Sopranos. Recently, she acted in a short film Behind the Wall.

Carol Kane

Another star of the 70’s, Carol Kane received her first Golden Globe nomination for her role in Hester Street as Gitl. She also starred in Woody Allen’s film, Annie hall. In the early 80s, she played the role of Simka Dahblitz-Gravas on the popular T.V show “Taxi.”

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Kane has continued to act in popular films like “The Princess Bride” and “Adams Family Values.” From 2005-2014, she played the wicked principal Madame Morrible in the Broadway musical “Wicked.” In 2015, she landed the part of Lillian Kaushtupper in Netflix’s “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.”

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Ellen Burstyn

Ellen Burstyn has had a successful acting career in which she’s been nominated multiple times and won several awards. In 1971, she acted in The Last Picture Show for which she received her first nomination for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.

She then received another nomination for Best Actress for her role as Chris MacNeil in The Exorcist. She finally won an Academy Award for Best actress in 1975 for playing Alice Hyatt in the Martin Scorsese film Alice doesn’t live here anymore.

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Her career continues to  be strong and she has acted in many films in the last few years and is set to perform in a few more in the upcoming years.

Kirstie Alley

Kirstie is another big name from the 70’s and still today. Her breakout role was in 1982 when she played Saavik in “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.”

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She has since appeared in several films and TV series. Most memorable was as Rebecca Howe on Cheers for which she won a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress and Golden Globe for Best Actress in 1991. She appeared in the Fox TV series “Scream Queens.”

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