When you think about the Golden Age of Hollywood, you probably automatically think of the luscious blonde hair and the bright blue eyes. As one of the ‘it’ girls of that era, Fawcett became an iconic actress and legend in her own right after her her stint in the original Charlie’s Angels movies. In fact, this role earned her an impressive Golden Globe nomination! Sadly, Fawcett died in 2009 when she was just 62-years-old, but she will always be remembered.
You probably know Jane Seymour best for her role as Solitaire in the classic James Bond movie Live and Let Die. She was also very involved with modeling, and has been featured in a number of other films and television shows.
For many of us, being a Bond girl would only ever be a far-off dream – but for Britt Ekland, it was her reality. The Swedish actress moved to London in her teens to pursue a career in acting and was soon snapped up by producers who were mesmerized by her beautiful accent, her beautiful appearance, and her beautiful acting skills. After odd roles here and then, she finally landed herself the dream character in James Bond: The Man with the Golden Gun.
Back in the day, Betty White was one of the best actresses in the business – and she still is today! The natural beauty started her career on the radio but was soon taken out from behind the microphone and placed in front of the cameras. Over the course of her career, she appeared on numerous shows including Hollywood on Television and Life With Elizabeth. After a while, she even got her own show which was watched by millions each week!
Like many of the other actors and actresses on this list, Lauren Hutton was also a hugely successful – which isn’t too hard to believe. Just look at her! Hutton was born in New Mexico and spent most her life in relative normality until she was discovered by a modeling agency in her teens. After a successful modeling career, she naturally transitioned into an actress and appeared in the likes of The Gambler. Nowadays, Lauren is in her 70s and still modeling today!
Let’s be honest; there isn’t a soul alive who HASN’T heard of Al Pacino. Although it may surprise you, The Godfather was one of Al Pacino’s first professional acting gigs, and what a gig it was. Since then, he has dominated the cinematic universe with his intense and incredible skills in Serpico, The Godfather II and Dog Day Afternoon. As if things couldn’t go any better for the actor, he is still on top form today and acting in major movie productions.
Charlene Tilton is a woman of many talents, because not only is she known as a talented singer and musician, she is also known as a talented actress (jeez, leave some talent for the rest of us). Charlene first came to our attention when she appeared as Lucy in the popular ‘80s TV show, Dallas. She has since reprised this role in recent years, alongside her work as an activist. In fact, she is a major contributor to the non-profit movement, Actors for Autism.
At 17-years-old, most of us can barely survive without the help of mom and dad, but at 17, Barbara Hershey was already making a name for herself as one of the best actresses in the business. Hershey was the kind of actress who could turn her hand to anything and could often be seen in movies and television shows. Nowadays, the Emmy and Golden Globe winner is still dominating the acting world and has recently appeared in ABC’s Once Upon A Time.
Although most of us don’t seem to have much luck, Angie Harmon seems to have tons of it. The beautiful actress was first discovered on an airplane by David Hasselhoff in 1995 and was immediately asked to audition for Baywatch Nights – which of course, she got. She soon became one of the most popular stars on the show, until she left in 1997. She is still acting today and was recently the star of the popular TV show, Rizzoli & Isles.
OWhih way is the gym? Thatway *flexing.* Fabio is a one of a kind celebrity, who made waves with his rock-solid bod, his handsome looks, and of course, his luxuriously flowing locks. He made a succesful career out of modeling for magazine covers and photo shoots. He even put out his own fitness video with his incredible workout routine. He later wrote a book on his fitness routine, as so many were seeking his results.
It’s no secret that Tina Turner has one of the best voices in the music industry, and she truly came into her own during the Golden Age of Hollywood. She was quickly recognized as one of the most energetic and powerful performers, became an icon for women everywhere and even became one of the best-selling artists of all time! In 2016, Tina announced that she creating a musical based on her life, so we’re counting down the days to see that on stage.
Although she was most known for her adult films and nude photoshoots for Playboy, Barbi Benton was also featured in films such as The Naughty Cheerleader (1970), The Great American Beauty Contest (1973), and The Third Girl from the Left, and had recurring roles in the hit series The Love Boat and Fantasy Island. She retired in the 80’s to raise her children away from the spotlight.
If you grew up in the ‘70s and ‘80s, not only were you extremely lucky, but you were also blessed with the chance to see the amazing LeVar Burton in some of the most iconic shows of that era, including Roots, Reading Rainbow and Star Trek: The Next Generation. Nowadays, LeVar occasionally returns back to his acting ways, but spends most of his time campaigning for charities and research and raising money for his successful new Rainbow Readers series.
As a youngster, Burt Reynolds had no intentions of ever becoming an actor. However, he soon turned to acting after a car accident and soon discovered that he was a pretty darn good actor. A few years later, he managed to bag himself a spot on Pony Express and later appeared in films such as The Longest Yard and Smokey and the Bandit. Recently, he has used his talents for five movies in 2017 alone, including Dog Years.
Rhonda Fleming is often called the Queen of Technicolor, because of her bright red hair, her pale skin, rosy cheeks and her vibrantly red lipstick – and she absolutely rocked the acting scene in the ‘40s and ‘50s. Throughout her career, she starred in major movies, including Tropic Zone, Adventure Island, Queen of Babylon and Spellbound. The now 94-year-old is now enjoying her life in retirement with her husband, children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. We bet that’s an expensive Christmas!
Mitzi Gaynor was and still is one of the most talented performers in the business. With her bubbly personality, her confidence and her talents, she was snapped up during her heyday and appeared in memorable movies such as There’s No Business Like Show Business and South Pacific. She also made a name for herself in the cabaret circuit and performer all-singing all-dancing routines for adoring fans. She has now left the world of acting and is enjoying a quiet life.
Sally Field is still just as beautiful as she was in the ‘60 when her career really took off. During this era, she was cast in numerous television shows, including Gidget and The Flying Nun. She later turned her attention to movies and was cast in iconic movies such as Mrs. Doubtfire and Sybil – for which she earned an Emmy Award. Field is still a major player in the acting business today and is currently filming the 2018 movie, Maniac.
Look who it is, it’s Sandra Dee! Of course, we all know who Olivia Newton-John is. As the star of Grease and a famous singer in her own right, Olivia has won a whopping four Grammy Awards over the course of her career. Since the release of her first single in 1966, she has continued to dominate the charts and release new music. Unfortunately, she has recently been re-diagnosed with breast cancer and is currently undergoing treatment for the disease.
You can’t really talk about the world of Hollywood without talking about Clint Eastwood – it’s basically the law. However, Eastwood didn’t have the greatest start in his acting career. In fact, he struggled for years before scoring his first professional role. Since then, he has become one of the leading names in acting and producing and has his name on over 50 movies as either an actor, producer, director or composer. In recent years, he has focused on being a producer.
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Melissa Sue Anderson was just a kid when she first got a professional acting gig and was soon found on the likes of The Brady Bunch and Bewitched. However, her real claim to fame came from her time as Mary Ingalls Wilder in the Little House on the Prairie. Melissa later took a break from the world of acting to focus on being a mom but has just finished filming her return in a brand new movie called The Brits Are Coming.
Sigourney Weaver is now a household name, but when she first entered the acting scene in the ‘70s, she struggled to get to grips with the lifestyle. Although she was given minor roles in minor TV shows and movies, she got her big break in 1979 when she appeared in the epic movie, Alien. Since then, she has appeared in the likes of Ghostbusters, Ice Storm, and Avatar. Weaver is still thriving today and is set to appear in another two Avatar movies.
If you were lucky enough to grow up in the ‘60s, you probably loved the face on the left. Charles Grodin was the king of television in the late ‘60s and ‘70s and appeared in shows and talk shows. His comedic talents and impeccable versatility soon landed him major movie roles in Rosemary’s Baby, The Heartbreak Kid, Taking Care of Business and Beethoven. Grodin later took a break to focus on being a writer but has since returned to the world of acting.
Music in the ‘60s was all about free speech and free spirits, and Emmylou Harris was in the middle of that movement. Although she defined herself as a folk singer, she dipped her toes into numerous genres and released hit singles and albums – which earned her a whopping 13 Grammy Awards. In recent years, she has been inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. Incredibly, she is still making music and touring the world today! Well, we’re definitely buying tickets…
Stevie Wonder was and still is one of the biggest names in the music industry. He first came into the spotlight in the ‘60s, when he released hit records with his first Motown label. Since then, he has continued to release music that has provoked thought and emotion among its listeners and will go down in history as one of the most iconic musicians in the world. Nowadays, Stevie is focusing on being a dad to his nine children.
Although English actors make their mark in the world of Hollywood, no Brit has made a mark quite like Roger Moore. This acting legend first came onto the radar in the late ‘40s and later went on to score minor roles. However, his life changed forever when he was taken on by Warner Bros. to appear in seven James Bond movies as 007 himself. Sadly, Moore passed away in May 2017, at the age of 89, after a battle with cancer.
Kim Novak was one of the most beautiful actresses in the business during the ‘50s and starred in major motion pictures, including The Man with the Golden Arm, Vertigo, and Pal Joey. However, as she continued to dominate the box-office, Novak made the decision to withdraw from the world of acting. Since then, she has adopted a different look, and become a visual artist. As well as this, Novak also uses her free time to explore various passions, such as poetry and painting.
Many actors and actresses struggle for years to get a leading role – but these roles just seemed to fall into Angela Lansbury’s hands when she entered the world of acting in 1942. She was immediately signed by MGM and later appeared in the likes of The Picture of Dorian Gray, Gaslight, and Beauty and the Beast. Since then, she has continued to be a leading name in Hollywood but is taking a much quieter path to success now that she’s older.
Monty Hall was the stage name for the actor, Monte Halparin. This Canadian-American first made a name for himself as a radio presenter, before being invited to become a television personality. As the years went by, Monty became one of the leading game show hosts in the business and hosted the popular Let’s Make A Deal show. After a long and successful career, Monty, unfortunately, died at the modest age of 96 in September 2017. We’ll always love you, Monty!
Jack Nicholson is one of the longest-running actors in Hollywood – and we’re totally fine with that. The acting legend first made an appearance in the acting world in the ‘70s and later went on to star in iconic movies such as One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, As Good As It Gets, and Terms of Endearment. This hard work has definitely paid off, as with 12 Academy Award nominations to his name, he is the most nominated male actor in the history of the awards.
Ursula Andress was born in German-speaking Switzerland, as one of six children. She is most well-known for her breakthrough role as the very first Bond Girl, Honey Ryder in the first James Bond film, Dr. No. Andress also posed nude for <Playboy photoshoots, declaring that she was beautiful enough to do so without shame. She starred in films alongside huge Hollywood names like Elvis Presley and Frank Sinatra. By the mid 90’s, she disappeared from the spotlight.
Sophia Loren, an Italian actress born in Rome, first stepped into the spotlight at age 15, winning a beauty contest and enrolling in acting lessons. She starred in a few small roles until scoring her five-picture contract with Paramount in 1956, which rocketed her into international movie career. Some of her most notable films include The Pride and the Passion, Houseboat, and Marriage Italian Style. She now spends her retirement in her home in Geneva, Switzerland.
Jacqueline Bisset’s career took of in the late 1960’s, with roles in classic films such as Airport (1970), Day for Night (1973), Murder on the Orient Express (1974), and Who Is Killing the Great Chefs of Europe? (1978), the last of which earned the actress a Golden Globe for Best Actress in Comedy. Nowadays, the actress is still making feature appearances in shows and movies. She is also godmother to Angelina Jolie.
Shirley MacLaine is an American actress and the sister of Warren Beatty, the writer, actor, and director. Raised by a drama teacher, Shirley went on to have a successful acting career, debuting in Alfred Hitchcock’s The Trouble with Harry (1955). MacLaine won the Golden Globe Award for New Star of the Year for that film. Recently, she has come under some controversy, making strange claims about Jews, Christians, and Stephen Hawking.
Faye Dunaway is an American actress who made her debut in the comedy film, 1967 The Happening, and then was featured in Otto Preminger’s drama Hurry Sundown. Dunaway got herself into a five-film contract with Preminger, which she regretted deeply, as she did not think the producer knew a thing about acting. She got herself out of the contract, and went on to star in many more roles. Most recently she was featured in The Bye Bye Man.
Lauren Bacall started out her Hollywood career as a model, but later made her debut starring in the film To Have and Have Not (1944) alongside Humphrey Bogart. She went on to score many other roles in hit films alongside huge names in the industry such as Marilyn Monroe, Gregory Peck, and John Wayne. Bacall also graced the Broadway stage in a number of musicals. Unfortunately, she died of a heart attack in 2014.
The beautiful Ann Margret was born in Sweden, but moved to America at a young age, and was taken to Radio City Music Hall on her first day in the country. She went onto star in many films, the most famous of which being Bye Bye Birdie (1963), Viva Las Vegas (1964), and The Cincinnati Kid (1965). She was also a successful singer, many claiming that she was the female Elvis. Nowadays, Ann is still making feature appearnaces on shows like CSI and Law and Order: SVU.
Brigette Bardot was born in France, and began her career as a dancer, before getting into acting in 1952. Her claim to fame was her role in the controversial movie And God Created Woman. She quickly became a world famous sex symbol and household name. Nowadays she is very into animal rights activism, and speaks often in political rallies and events.
Cybill was born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee, where she won the title of “Miss Teenage Memphis” in 1966. Two years later, she won “Model of the Year”, rocketing her into fame. She went on to model, sing, and star in a number of hit films such as The Heartbreak Kid (1972) and Taxi Driver (1976). She most recently appeared in the television film The Client List in 2013.
Diana Rigg is an English actress whose career started in the 1960’s in the hit series The Avengers (1965–68) playing the role of secret agent, Mrs. Emma Peel. She also had a strong career in modeling and even graced the Broadway stage a few times. Most recently, she is notably famous for her role as Lady Olenna Tyrell, in the super popular series, Game of Thrones.
Raquel Welch, an American born actress and model, became a celebrity sex-symbol after her three-line role in One Million Years B.C. (1966). Although she didn’t speak much, her deer-skin bikini scene became iconic. She was actually born Raquel Tejada, but her manager didn’t want to be type-casted for the rest of her career as “the Latina roles”, so she had the name changed. Nowadays, she is still acting, featuring most recently in the film being How to Be a Latin Lover (2017).
When it comes down to it, Honor Blackman is a legend. Although she was born in England, the actress dominated the American movie market to become one of the most popular Bond Girls in 007 history. She also appeared in the likes of The Avengers, Shakalo, Jason and the Argonauts and proved her talents in Broadway productions as a singer and actress. Honor is still acting today but is enjoying a much more relaxing life in Maine as a single lady.
When it comes to iconic movies, The Dukes of Hazzard just has to be on that list (and not the modern one). To this day, Catherine Bach is still remembered for her gingham shirt, denim shorts and cowboy boots, as well as her incredible talent as Daisy Duke. However, she also made a name for herself in movies such as Monk, The Young and the Restless, and Midnight. Nowadays, Catherine can be found working on her own jewelry brand.
Shannon Tweed is a Canadian actress who had a huge career in both modeling and as an actress. She started off modeling for the infamous Playboy, and was actually dating Hugh Hefner for a solid 14 months. Since then, she has made a few appearances on a number of reality TV shows. The ex actress and model is now married to lead singer from Kiss, Gene Simmons. The couple has two children.
Although Susan Dey has had a number of roles in both film and television, her most notable one was that of Laurie Partridge on the classic TV sitcom, The Partridge Family. She had another recurring role on another television comedy called “Loves Me, Loves Me Not”, although the show was relatively short-lived. In the late 80s to early 90s, she played a role on the TV drama, “L.A. Law”, a role that ended up winning her a Golden Globe.