The 1970s was the hotbed of modern era renaissance, with a revolution in almost every field such as fashion, technology, and politics. Memorabilia related to this iconic decade include the famous bell-bottom pants, the creation of video games, and multiple political turmoils. It also spurned a whole slew of strong and prominent women who ruled the media in the 70s. They were hugely successful in their time, but what have they been up to since then?
Morgan Fairchild, originally Patsy Ann McClenny, became a household name after starring as Jennifer Pace in the TV show Search For Tomorrow, a role she upheld from 1973-1977. Her stint on the show led her to land roles on productions such as Happy Days, Kojak, and Dallas. Her most famous role was in the 80s TV series Flamingo Road, where she played the role of Constance Weldon Semple Carlyle. She has continued acting since and returned to her soap opera roots when she starred in Days Of Our Lives.
Linda Ronstadt was a popular singer in the 70s whose humble beginnings were in Troubadour, a famous nightclub in West Hollywood. She was hailed as the ‘First Lady of Rock’ and ‘Queen of Rock’ due to her unique style of music, which attributed to the golden era of rock music. She won many accolades for her music, which included 10 Grammys. Many of her records went platinum and gold. Sadly, she had to retire from singing to her diagnosis of Parkinson’s Disease in 2013. She also released her memoir “Simple Dreams: A Musical Memoir”, that same year.
Goldie Hawn’s initial rise to fame is due to her role on sitcom Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In. Her likable and approachable personality, landed her roles in comedic productions such as There’s a Girl in My Soup and Butterflies are Free, and extended to comedy movies such as Death Becomes Her and The First Wives Club. She finally took a hiatus in 2002 after starring in The Banger Sisters, with a comeback in Snatched alongside Amy Schumer.
Pam Grier is most popularly known for playing bold and assertive women characters, in early 1970s blaxploitation movies. These included hit films such as Coffy, Foxy Brown, and Sheba, Baby. Her popularity only increased when she landed roles in popular releases such as Foxy Brown, Man with the Iron Fist, and Mars Attacks! She currently has three movies she starred in post-production, slated to be released soon.
Linda Gray’s big break came after she performed as Mrs. Robinson’s body double in The Graduate. This was enough to land her roles in other productions, leading to her breakthrough role in Dallas as Sue Ellen from 1978-1991. She even came back to reprise her role in the show’s remake from 2012-2014. Her most recent on-screen appearance was in 2017, in two episodes of Hand of God.
Kim Basinger used to have a successful modeling career before her venture into acting. She made her on-screen debut in the series Gemini Man. She acted on the small screen throughout the 70s, only making her big screen debut in the 80s with the famed role of Lynn Bracken in L.A. Confidential. In recent times, she has appeared alongside Russell Crowe in The Nice Guys in 2016, and as a sensual dominatrix in the movie adaptation of Fifty Shades Darker.