The 1970s was a decade that’s famous for many things – bell-bottoms, platform shoes, disco, and the birth of Star Wars being just a few of the cultural highlights from this era. Culture was rapidly changing, technology was advancing quicker than we could keep up with, and the entertainment industry was booming.
Beautiful women could be seen on the covers of all of the latest magazines, sporting big hair, frayed jeans, and gauchos. At the box office, films like Grease, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, and The Towering Inferno were raking in millions. And if you were to take a little trip to the record store, you’d see albums from iconic bands like the BeeGees, Wings, and the Village People prominently displayed.
If you lived through the 70s, then you’ll likely remember stars like Farrah Fawcett, Linda Carter, and Olivia Newton-John. These gorgeous women were some of the biggest heartthrobs of their day, and many of them went on to have extremely successful careers in the years that followed.
Every decade has it’s own unique definition of beauty, as trends and style are always in a state of flux, but some things that people consider to be attractive are timeless. In this video, we’ll be discussing the the most beautiful women of the 1970s that we’re still drooling over today. While you’re watching keep track of the lovely ladies that stand out to you as being the hottest.
Best known for her role as Kris Monroe on ABC’s Charlie’s Angels, this drop-dead gorgeous actress was called in to replace Farrah Fawcett in 1977. Ladd continued to star on the show until it’s cancellation in 1981. Some of her most significant films credits include 1984s Purple Hearts, 1992s Poison Ivy, 1998s Permanent Midnight, and 2017s Unforgettable.
Faye’s career began in the early 60s when she started appearing on Broadway. In 1967, she made her screen debut in 1967s The Happening. She followed that up by playing the outlaw Bonnie Parker in Bonnie and Clyde, for which she earned her first Academy Award nomination.
In the 70s, Dunaway starred in films like The Three Musketeers, Chinatown, Towering Inferno, and Network, the latter of which earned her an Academy Award for Best Actress.
In the 80s, Faye started taking on more mature roles, often appearing in independent films. Some of Faye’s biggest films from this decade were 1981s Mommie Dearest, 1984s Supergirl, and 1987s Barfly. Dunaway continued to act throughout the 90s and into the early 2000s, making appearances in films like Arizona Dream, The Thomas Crown Affair, and the Rules of Attraction.
Since then, she has gone into retirement and is very protective of her private life. She rarely gives interviews and makes very few appearances.
This six-time Golden Globe-nominated actress rose to fame when she played investigator Jill Munroe in the first season of Charlie’s Angels. Throughout the 70s, Fawcett appeared in numerous TV shows like Harry O and The Six Million Dollar Man, but she also starred in films like Myra Breckinridge, Logans Run, and Sunburn. Fawcett’s iconic red swimsuit poster sold six million copies the first year that it was printed in 1976.
Fawcett earned another four Golden Globe nominations for her work in the 80s. She gained some negative publicity in 1997 after appearing on The Late Show with David Letterman. It appeared as if she were under the influence of something as she spent the entire interview rambling incoherently.
She bounced back from that, however after starring opposite Robert Duvall in the critically acclaimed 1997 film Apostle.
In 2006, Farrah Fawcett was diagnosed with anal cancer. She died in 2009 at the age of 62.
Lynda Carter will always be best remembered for her role as the fictional superhero of Diana Prince, AKA Wonder Woman, on the hit Wonder Woman TV series. She held that role from 1975 to 1979.
Carter got her start in show business singing at a local pizza parlor when she was 15, but after winning the Miss World USA beauty pageant in 1972, she landed her first acting role in a 1974 episode of the police drama series Nakia. After that, she started making appearances in television shows like Cos and Starsky and Hutch in additional to starring in a handful of B films.
After Wonder Woman, Carter made many appearances in television shows and films. In the early 80s, she was given a variety of her own television musical specials. After appearing in the 1983 biographical film Rita Hayworth: The Love Goddess in the title role, Carter portrayed Helen Durant in the 1989 CBS television film Mike Hammer, Murder Takes All.
Throughout the 90s, Carter performed in a string of TV films resulting in a resurgence in her popularity. She then appeared in a series of commercials for Lens Express. Around this time, she started her own production company, which she called Potomac Productions.
In 2001, Carter was cast in Super Troopers playing Vermont Governor Jessman. After that, she appeared in films like 2005s The Dukes of Hzzzard and Sky High. On television around this time, she guest-starred in the cable vampire film Slayer and made a brief appearance in a 2007 episode of Smallville.
Since 2002, Carter has worked with her husband, Robert Altman’s video game company Bethesda to provide the voices for several characters in their popular Elder Scrolls video games. Most recently, Carter has performed in the West End London production of Chicago in addition to recording several Jazz albums – a few of which have even charted on Billboard’s Jazz charts.
In 2017, she joined the cast of the CW’s Supergirl television show in the role of President Olivia Marsdin.
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After gaining some attention for her role in 1966s Fantastic Voyage, Welch was signed to a contract with 20th Century Fox. That same year, she appeared in the film One Million Years B.C. Promotional images from that film of her wearing a doe-skinned ended up becoming best-selling posters, thus turning her into an international sex symbol.
She followed that role up with performances in films like 1968s Bandolero and 1969s 100 Rifles.
In the 70s, she starred in films like Myra Breckinridge, which hit theaters in 1970, and Hennie Caulder in 1971. In 1974, Welch was awarded with a Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture Actress in a Musical or Comedy for her performance in The Three Musketeers.
Years later, in 1987, Welch would be nominated for another Golden Globe for her performance in the television film Right to Die.
These days, Welch still continues to make the occasional appearance on television and in films. Her most recent theatrical role was in 2017s How to Be a Latin Lover, and her last television credit was in the Canadian sitcom Date My Dad in 2017.
Born in 1948 in Cambridgeshire, England, Olivia Newton-John is a four-time Grammy winner. As a singer, she has recorded five number one and ten other top ten Billboard Hot 100 Singles. She’s also had two number one Billboard 200 solo albums. Worldwide, she has sold an estimated 100 million records, making her one of the best-selling musical artists of all time.
As an actress, she’s best known for her starring role in the musical film Grease. The soundtrack of that film is considered to be one of the most successful in film history.
Newton-John has devoted much of her time and energy throughout her life dedicated to evnironmental and animal rights causes.
Born in 1964, Brinkley achieved worldwide fame after making appearances in the annual Swimsuit Edition of Sports Illustrated. She also spent a quarter-century as the face of Covergirl, appeared on the cover of over 500 magazines, and has signed major contracts with a handful of brands. Eventually, Brinkley branched out to also work as an actress, illustrator, TV personality, designer, artist, and activist.
Dubbed America’s first supermodel, Tiegs is best known for appearing on the cover of numerous issues of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue and Time magazine. In 1978, her ‘Pink Bikini’ poster became one of the most iconic pop culture images of the 1970s.
Tiegs still occasionally makes appearances in television shows and films. Most recently she appeared in offerings like Family Guy, Children’s Hospital, and Sharknade 4: The 4th Awakens.
Jill St. John
Best known for her role as Tiffany Case AKA the first Bong Girl in the 007 film Diamonds are Forever, Jill has gone on to appear in films like The Lost World, Come Blow Your Honr and Holiday For Lovers. On TV, she has appeared in shows like The Love Boat, Fantasy Island, Vega$ and Seinfeld.
Since 1990, she’s been married to actor Robert Wagner. Her most recent acting credit was in the 2014 television film Northpole in which Wagner played Santa Claus and she played Mrs. Claus. This movie marked her first role in 12 years.
Born in 1951, Dickinson’s career began on television. In the 1950s, she appeared in a handful of anthology series before landing her breakthrough role in 1956s Gun The Man Down. She followed that up with another noteworthy appearance in 1959s Rio Bravo, for which she won a Golden Globe for New Star of the Year.
Dickinson’s six decade-spanning career has seen her appear in over 50 films, including 1960s Ocean’s 11, 1967s Point Blank, 1971s Maids All in a Row, 1972s the Outside Man, and 1974s Big Bad Mama.
Between 1974 and 1978, Dickinson played Sergeant Pepper Anderson in the NBC crime series Police Woman. That role won her a Golden Globe for Best Actress on a Television Series Drama and three Primetime Emmy Award nominations.
During her later years, Dickinson starred in numerous television films and miniseries in addition to appearing in films like 1995s Sabrina, 2000s Pay it Forward, and 2001s Big Bad Love. Since then, Dickinson, who’s now 90, has entered into retirement.
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