The '70s was a powerhouse decade when it came to producing unforgettable celebrities. Brand-new stars blazed across movie and TV screens and took up radio airwaves, giving us some of the best and brightest artists in our lifetimes. Remember crushing on Burt Reynolds and Robert Redford? Or wishing you could be just like Mary Tyler Moore or Lynda Carter?
1. Jane Fonda, Then
A seven-time Academy Award nominee, Jane Fonda was best known for her award-winning roles in Klute (1971), Coming Home (1978), Julia (1977), and The China Syndrome (1979). Known for her range in playing characters, she could charm you in a rom-com like Barefoot in the Park and then scare the living daylights out of you in mystery thrillers like The Morning After.
2. Jane Fonda, Now
Fonda is still acting today, where she stars on the well-loved Netflix show Grace & Frankie. And when she's not acting, she's busy fighting for climate change.
3. Cicely Tyson, Then
Cicely Tyson garnered widespread attention after her Oscar nominated portrayal as Rebecca Morgan in Sounder (1972), a story about a family of black sharecroppers faced with difficult life decisions during the Great Depression. After that, she went on to receive 11 Primetime Emmy nominees.
4. Cicely Tyson, Now
Tyson is still going strong at 95. She recently appeared in a series called Cherish the Day, and other recent onscreen performances include House of Cards and The Trip to Bountiful.
5. John Travolta, Then
Putting his name on the map through his breakout movie roles Saturday Night Fever (1977) and Grease (1978,) John Travolta went on to star in other iconic roles like Pulp Fiction (1994) and Hairspray (2007.)
6. John Travolta, Now
Travolta has been nominated for two Oscars and seven Golden Globes, and is very active in acting in present day, from starring in American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson, to the crime drama I Am Wrath.
7. Diana Ross, Then
Before the "Endless Love" singer went solo, Diana Ross was the lead singer of the Supremes, one of the best-selling girl groups in history. She is also a Golden Globe and Academy Award-nominated actress, and went on to be named the most successful female music artist in history in 1993 by the Guinness Book of World Records since she's had more hits (70) than any female artist.
8. Diana Ross, Now
Ross is still wowing concertgoers with her stunning performances. In 2019, the Recording Academy honored her at the Grammys, where she performed "The Best Years of My Life" and "Reach Out and Touch (Somebody's Hand)".
9. Lynda Carter, Then
Forever known as the original Wonder Woman, Lynda Carter was the icon little girls looked up to in the '70s.
10. Lynda Carter, Now
Since Carter's "Lasso of Truth"-wielding days, she has appeared in a number of TV shows and TV movies. Her most recent series was Supergirl, which was recently renewed for a sixth season.
11. Pam Grier, Then
Pam Grier is best known for her portrayals in women-in-prison movies, where she played acclaimed roles in The Big Bird Cage (1972), Coffy (1973), Foxy Brown (1974), and Sheba, Baby (1975). She also played in Quentin Tarantino's crime thriller Jackie Brown (1994), for which she got her first Golden Globe nomination.
12. Pam Grier, Now
Grier went on to play Kate 'Kit' Porter on the TV series The L Word, and the villain Amanda Waller on Smallville. She still acts today, most recently starring in This Is Us and Bless This Mess.
13. Mia Farrow, Then
Known for her breakout role as Rosemary in Roman Polanski's Rosemary's Baby (1968), Mia Farrow went on to appear in several blockbusters throughout the '70s, including Follow Me! (1972), The Great Gatsby (1974), and Death on the Nile (1978).
14. Mia Farrow, Now
Now the mother of 14 children, Farrow no longer focuses on acting but puts all her attention towards activism. A UNICEF ambassador that has gone on over 20 missions, she focuses most of her efforts on Africa.
15. Jane Seymour, Then
Best known in the '70s as being the Bond girl named Solitaire in Live and Let Die, she then went on to be Serina in the Battlestar Galactica film and series. But special agent love interests and galactic reporters aside, Seymour still has a very active and lively acting career today.
16. Jane Seymour, Now
Seymour recently finished her role on Jane the Virgin and then appeared on the comedy series Let's Get Physical and The Kominsky Method. She is also the famed designer behind the "Open Heart Collection" for Kay Jewelers.
17. Jessica Lange, Then
Jessica Lange is an accomplished actress who is the 22nd thespian to achieve the Triple Crown of Acting, which means she has an Academy Award, Emmy Award, and Tony Award. She made her acting debut in 1976's remake of King Kong, for which she won her first Golden Globe Award. Not a bad start to a career!
18. Jessica Lange, Now
So far, Lange has been nominated for six Oscars (won two), 16 Golden Globes (won five), 10 Emmys (won three), and one Tony. She is still very active in Hollywood, and her most recent Emmy nomination was for American Horror Story.
19. Jodie Foster, Then
Jodie Foster has had a whirlwind of a career. Her breakout role was at age 14 in Martin Scorsese's Taxi Driver (1976), where she played a teenage prostitute. She got her first Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress for her portrayal, but that wouldn't be the last accolade under her belt.
20. Jodie Foster, Now
Foster is only 57 years old so she's still very active in Hollywood, both with acting and directing. She most recently directed The Beaver (2011) and Money Monster (2016), along with episodes for Netflix series Orange Is the New Black, House of Cards, and Black Mirror. She also starred in the films Carnage (2011), Elysium (2013), and Hotel Artemis (2018).
21. Susan Sarandon, Then
Susan Sarandon first started her career with the 1970 film Joe. But she rose to fame thanks to her role in cult classic film The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975). She later went on to appear in The Witches of Eastwick (1987), Thelma & Louise (1991), and Dead Man Walking (1995).
22. Susan Sarandon, Now
Sarandon is still very much appearing on our screens, from showing up in movies like A Bad Moms Christmas (2017) to starring as Bette Davis on Feud (2017). The award-winning actress is also heavily involved in activism and leftist political causes.
23. Diane Keaton, Then
When you think of Diane Keaton in the '70s, you immediately picture a vest and Windsor-knotted tie, along with the words "La-di-da, la-di-da, la la." She won her first Academy Award for her role in Annie Hall (1977), but that wasn't her first break-out hit. She played the iconic Kay Adams-Corleone on The Godfather (1972) before that, which was her first Hollywood role.
24. Diane Keaton, Now
Keaton still acts today, and she has played on hit shows like The Young Pope and movies like And So It Goes and Book Club.
25. Goldie Hawn, Then
The ever-sunny Goldie Hawn got her breakout role on the TV sketch comedy program Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In, but soon shot to movie star status with her Academy Award and Golden Globe win for her role in the comedy, Cactus Flower (1969). She went on to become America's rom-com leading lady, where she went on to play in hits like There's a Girl in My Soup (1970), Seems Like Old Times (1980), and the mega-success Private Benjamin (1980), which was one of the biggest box office hits of the '80s.
26. Goldie Hawn, Now
Today, Hawn still stars in movies, and most recently she appeared opposite Amy Schumer in the summertime hit Snatched.
27. Cher, Then
Spanning a six-decade long career, the Goddess of Pop not only dominated the music stage but also has a couple of Academy Awards and Golden Globes sitting on her shelf. First gaining popularity in 1965 with her folksy hit "I Got You Babe" with Sonny Bono, Cher went on to hit superstar levels with her solo career. In the late '70s she was raking in $300,000 per week for her concert residency in Las Vegas thanks to her disco album.
28. Cher, Now
Cher is still on tour today, with her Classic Cher tour making short residencies in Las Vegas and Washington D.C. She also returned to film for the 2018 romantic musical comedy Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again alongside Lily James and Amanda Seyfried.
29. Jimmie Walker, Then
Best known for his Golden Globe-nominated role as James Evans Jr. (J. J.) on Good Times, he gave America the iconic catchphrase "Dy-no-mite!" After the '70s he went on to show up on well-known comedy shows like The Love Boat, The Drew Carey Show, and Scrubs.
30. Jimmie Walker, Now
Walker isn't just an amazing comedic actor; he's also a standup comedian, and still goes on tour and does his sets.
31. Mary Tyler Moore, Then
Best known for her roles on the The Dick Van Dyke Show (where she was a dancer turned suburban housewife,) and the The Mary Tyler Moore Show (where she played a single woman working as a news producer,) she was known to play roles that pushed against the typical gender norms of that era. That turned her into a cultural icon, where many women looked up to her headstrong and confident persona.
32. Mary Tyler Moore, Now
Moore's legacy will live on, despite the fact that she passed away at age 80 in 2017, after a bout of pneumonia.
33. Robert Redford, Then
Robert Redford made his film debut in the early 1960s, but the world fell in love with his rugged looks and charming smile when he appeared in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969) and later in The Way We Were (1973) and All the President's Men (1976).
34. Robert Redford, Now
Over his 60-year career, Redford has won many awards and accolades, including an Academy Award for Lifetime Achievement in 2002. He's also an Oscar-winning director and the founder of the Sundance Film Festival. In 2018, he starred in The Old Man & the Gun about the bank robber Forrest Tucker.
35. Jamie Lee Curtis, Then
The iconic '70s "scream queen," Jamie Lee Curtis got her first break by starring as Laurie Strode in the iconic horror movie Halloween (1978). She went on to play in a bevvy of different horror flicks like The Fog (1980) and Prom Night (1980,) before moving on to her roles in movies like A Fish Called Wanda (1988), True Lies (1994,) and Freaky Friday (2003).
36. Jamie Lee Curtis, Now
Curtis is still an active actress. She most recently appeared in 2019 American mystery film Knives Out, and she took back up her role of Laurie Strode in the horror sequel film Halloween (2018).
37. Dustin Hoffman, Then
After his breakout role in the 1967 blockbuster The Graduate, Hoffman has had a nearly 60-year career in Hollywood. He has starred in decade-defining movies like All the President's Men, Kramer vs. Kramer, and Tootsie, and has been nominated for seven Oscars and 13 Golden Globes.
38. Dustin Hoffman, Now
Hoffman is still active in acting today, appearing in everything from Little Fockers to Kung Fu Panda to The Meyerowitz Stories on Netflix.
39. Olivia Newton-John, Then
Best known for her role as Sandy on Grease (1978), Olivia Newton-John went on to become a successful singer/songwriter with four Grammy awards under her belt. From "I Love You, I Honestly Love You" to "Physical," she has made her mark in pop.
40. Olivia Newton-John, Now
As for present day, Newton-John still tours regularly and even had a Flamingo Las Vegas residency back in 2014.
41. Jack Nicholson, Then
A legendary actor that has been acting for more than 60 years, Jack Nicholson broke onto the screen in Chinatown (1974) and One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975.) He has acted in a ton more iconic movies since, including The Shining (1980), The Witches of Eastwick (1987), and his portrayal as the Joker on Batman (1989). He is the most nominated male actor in Academy Awards history with 12 nods.
42. Jack Nicholson, Now
Nicholson has been taking it easy these last few years. His most recent role was in the 2010 comedy How Do You Know, with Reese Witherspoon, Paul Rudd, and Owen Wilson.
43. Martin Sheen, Then
Becoming a widely recognized movie star for his leading role in Badlands (1973) and Apocalypse Now (1979), Sheen went on to dominate TV screens in his portrayal as President Josiah Bartletin in the TV series The West Wing (1999-2006).
44. Martin Sheen, Now
Having eight Golden Globe nominations under his belt, Sheen is nowhere done with his career. He now co-stars in the hit Netflix series Grace and Frankie, alongside Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, and Sam Waterston.
45. Sean Connery, Then
The iconic actor with the rugged Scottish accent, Sean Connery is now 87 years old with an unforgettable acting career. He was the first James Bond actor and portrayed the 007 character through seven movies between 1962 and 1983. He won his first Oscar for his role in the gangster film The Untouchables (1987), and also played in iconic films like Alfred Hitchcok's Marnie (1964), Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989), and Murder on the Orient Express (1974).
46. Sean Connery, Now
Connery has since taken it easy when it has come to film production. The last big movie he was in was 2003's The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, and he announced his retirement in 2006.
47. Ali MacGraw, Then
Ali MacGraw seemingly exploded onto the Hollywood scene and she was awarded with getting her hands imprinted at Grauman's Chinese Theatre after just starring in only three films. Her breakout role was in the 1969 film Goodbye, Columbus, where she snagged the Golden Globe Award for Most Promising Newcomer. Just a year after, she won another Golden Globe and her first Oscar for her role in Love Story, where we got the iconic phrase, "Love– Love means never having to say you're sorry."
48. Ali MacGraw, Now
In 1972, MacGraw was voted as the top female box office star in the world, but since the '80s, the actress has been laying low. Now she is a dedicated animal rights activist and was credited with helping to make yoga popular in the US.
49. Sylvester Stallone, Then
Who can forget Rocky? Sylvester Stallone is best known for his portrayal of boxer Rocky Balboa in the Rocky series' seven films, soldier John Rambo in the four Rambo flicks, and leader Barney Ross in the three Expendables movies. He is an action hero through and through, and has earned impressive accolades through that path.
50. Sylvester Stallone, Now
Stallone is still acting today, and he most recently starred in Rambo: Last Blood (2019).
51. Barbra Streisand, Then
Barbra Streisand is a powerhouse. She is one of only 12 people who have won the "grand slam" or "EGOT" title, meaning she has at least one Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony Award. From her critically acclaimed roles in Funny Girl (1968), The Way We Were (1973), and Yentl (1983), to being the record-holder for female artist with the most No. 1 albums (11!), Streisand is unforgettable.
52. Barbra Streisand, Now
Streisand is still active in the arts and has occasional TV appearances. She also continues to sing onstage (and offstage) and released a new album, Walls, in November 2018.
53. Al Pacino, Then
He got his breakout role in Francis Ford Coppola's The Godfather (1972), and his role as Michael Corleone is now considered one of the greatest performances in film history. He went on to star in Serpico (1974), Scarface (1983), and Carlito's Way (1993), and has been nominated for eight Oscars and 17 Golden Globes.
54. Al Pacino, Now
Pacino is still acting regularly today. He was last seen in in the 2020 Amazon Video series Hunters and in 2019 films Once Upon a Time in Hollywood and The Irishman.
55. Robert De Niro, Then
From his breakout role in Martin Scorsese's crime film Mean Streets (1973), to being cast as a young Vito Corleone in The Godfather Part II (1974), to his leading role in the psychological drama Taxi Driver (1976), Robert De Niro is one of the defining actors of the '70s. He has been nominated for seven Academy Awards and nine Golden Globes over the course of his career.
56. Robert De Niro, Now
De Niro is still acting today. He starred in Dirty Grandpa (2016) alongside Zac Efron, and in The Irishman with Al Pacino and Joe Pesci (2019). He's also set to star in Martin Scorsese's upcoming film, Killers of the Flower Moon with Leonardo DiCaprio.