Old School Hollywood was known for its beautiful actresses and groundbreaking film, but some scenes were too hot for television. Today society is a little less PG and a lot more yes, please! Let’s take a look back at some of the most iconic photos from the 70s and 80s that were too scandalous for television at the time! Make sure to watch this whole video to see all the best of old Hollywood! Trust me, you’re not going to want to look away…
Heather Thomas from The Fall Guy
This superstar made her debut when she won the role of Jody Banks in the hit TV Series The Fall Guy. The actress studied at the film school of UCLA to become a screenwriter and director. Though acting wasn’t what she was initially after, once she was cast in the series her life changed forever. The show ran for 5 years and she was an overnight sensation. Here she is pictured leaving a swimming pool in a tight fit, one-piece bathing suit that really shows off her physique!
Catherine Bach from The Dukes of Hazzard
Catherine Back played the famous role of Daisy Duke. She played a huge part in the television series and famously got into hijinx with the Duke brothers. Though the brothers were the main stars of the show, there’s no doubt that many people were tuning in each week to see what Daisy was wearing. The actress was known for her extremely short denim cutoffs and her long tan legs. Still to this day people refer to short shorts as “Daisy Dukes”. Here the actress is pictured in her salmon shorts and towering blue stilettos.
Sofia Vergara from Modern Family
Sofia is known for her role in the long-running comedy series, Modern Family. The award-winning show is what the actress is best known for, but she has had many careers. Sofia was a television presenter, a runway model, and the star of a famous telenovela. The actress hasn’t aged a day since this photo of her at the beach was taken in the early 90s.
Lynda Carter from “Battle of the Network Stars”
Lynda Carter is known for her famous role as the original Wonder Woman! The star rocked the world in her skintight superhero outfit and has always been known for her natural beauty.
From a young age, she has claimed herself as a fitness queen and she’s always ready for her close-up. She says the secret to her physique is all about portion control. That’s how the star has maintained her slim figure to this day. Here she is pictured in a blue one-piece swimsuit while battling for the win on Network stars in 1976.
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Dolly Parton in the 70s.
Dolly is America’s sweetheart no doubt. The singer and songwriter has given us amazing songs and performances for decades. Aside from her unmatchable talent, the Queen of Country has always been known for her undying self-confidence. Dolly has faced a lot of criticism over the years for her controversial appearance but has never given in. Parton does what she wants and wears what she wants because she will always be comfortable in her own skin.
Jacqueline Bisset from “The Deep”
Jackie Bisset is an American actress best known for her role in “The Deep”. The movie is still known to this day as one of the best underwater thrillers of all time. Though the movie was a success, it seems fans don’t remember it for the horror. Jackie was featured throughout the film in a wet white t-shirt, leaving very little to the imagination. At the time the actress didn’t realize the purpose of her outfit and was supposedly told that scuba divers just wear that sort of thing. Here’s a photo of the famous moment:
Jill St John the Bond Girl
Jill made frequent appearances in the Bond series and was known for her love of acting. She was a witty actress who didn’t take any snark from male co-stars. She is an unforgettable actress who played many sexy roles in the 60s and 70s. Though she frequently looked breathtaking on camera, she grew tired of being cast as the “hottie”. She was quoted in an interview saying that she no longer wanted to go through the process of doing her makeup and her hair; she would rather be happy and let it all hang out.”
TIna Turner in the 70s
Tina Turner is an absolute bombshell with an amazing singing voice. She grew up in a divided country in the 1930s and 40s, but pushed barriers and broke boundaries on her way to fame. Not only did she have an amazing pair of lungs, but her legs were often the star of the show. The vocalist poured her heart and soul out on the stage all while dancing around in short skirts and heels.
Jamie Lee Curtis flaunts curves in the 80s
Jamie Lee Curtis is a beloved actress known for her famous roles in Halloween, and more recently, Freaky Friday. She quickly became a pin up poster star when her youthful look caught the attention of many viewers. She has appeared as a model in many magazines. She claims her secret to feeling good is to stray away from the mirror. She loves herself and her body unconditionally.
A youthful Christie Brinkley
Christie made her mark on the modeling world and changed the game forever. Her beautiful blonde hair and tan skin made her a superstar overnight. Besides posing for magazines and the runway, Brinkley paved the way for young models everywhere. She used her power and influence to expand her career into art, film, and charity. It today’s world, a model can be much more than a pretty face thanks to Christie Brinkley.
Carrie Fisher poses as Princess Leia in the 80s
Fisher is a massive name in the film industry and most widely known for her role as Princess Leia in the Star Wars saga. She was a wonderful actress who caught the attention of nerds everywhere. In 1983, director George Lucas asked her to pose in a star wars themed bikini on a beach. The star admitted that the photoshoot made her uncomfortable at the time and that she hated the outfit. It all payed off when she got to kill her movie enemy, Jabba the Hutt, the character who forced Princess Leia to wear the slave outfit.
Susan Sarandon in Pretty Baby
This Hollywood actress has been working for years but gained traction on the set of the 1978 movie “Pretty Baby”. The actress posed for the cameras in a beautiful white gown, but what she didnt know at the time was that her outfit quickly became see-through once the lights and cameras were flashing. Like any actress revealing too much, she gained some bad press. Regardless of what certain people had to say, the photoshoot actually made the film and her career more successful. She still acts to this day.
Farrah Fawcett and Jaclyn Smith in Charlie’s Angels
Charlie’s Angels was a huge success in the 70s. The stars of the show were loved for their ever evolving fashion sense as well as their luxurious flowing hair. The actresses were close friends on and off the show for years. They lived together, they did their hair and make up together, and most importantly they all grew as actresses. These women were some of the hottest on TV at the time and it is still hard to top a trio like that.
Faye Dunaway in “The Happening”
In 1967, “The Happening” was released and the comedy film was a huge success. Faye Dunaway played a teen who used a toy gun to stage an accidental kidnapping. Her debut as an actress in this film launched her career to the next level. Though she could have used her looks alone to further her career, Faye genuinely loved acting and putting in the work!
Monroe’s irresistible look made it easy for her to hold an audience’s attention and own the screen. The american actress and model was known for her looks and her sexual charisma. Many consider her the reason for the sexual revolution in the United States. Though everyone else knew of her beauty, Marilyn said she never truly paid attention to her physique until she started to become famous.
Pamela Anderson’s Discovery
Anderson is a massive name in the modeling and acting industry. A bombshell on Baywatch and famous for her relationship with Playboy, Hugh Hefner, Anderson has always been the center of attention. It turns out that Pamela had a somewhat unusual start in the business. The actress was discovered at a football game when she was placed on the big screen. Fans went wild for the beauty in the beer t-shirt and the rest was history. Labatt’s beer reached out to Pamela and made her the poster child of their company. Months later the model moved to Los Angeles to further her career.
Hollywood today has a lot of famous actresses today, but nothing quite tops the vintage looks that these ladies brought to the game in the 70s and 80s. From the stars of Charlie’s Angels to Christie Brinkley paving the way for future models, no one enticed Americans like these stars. Women of this era changed the perception of women and normalized talking openly about sexuality. Who do you think was the best female leader of this time? Did the actresses outweigh the models, or did they both change their industries in different ways? Let us know what you think in the comments, and if you enjoyed this video be sure to click the like button and subscribe to Facts Verse for more videos like this!