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Women of the 70s Then and Now

Many beloved female stars of the 70s are still with us today, but they don’t always look the same! Age is inevitable, but in some cases, these stars are even more recognizable now than they were back then. Read on to discover how some of the most famous women of the 70s look today!

#1. Michelle Pfeiffer

Michelle Pfeiffer had her first starring role in the 1983 film Grease 2, but it was her appearance in 1983’s Scarface that really caught the public’s eye. She was nominated for an Academy Award two times in the 1980s, and she won both a BAFTA and a Golden Globe during this time period. While she was certainly a recognizable face many decades ago, Michelle is arguably even more recognizable now than she was in her youth! Movies like What Lies Beneath in 2000 and Hairspray in 2007 have made her into a household name for people of all generations. To further cement her status as a cultural icon, she was recently mentioned in the hugely popular song “Uptown Funk” by Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars!

#2. Sean Young

An American actress, Sean Young is best known for her roles in 1982’s Blade Runner and 1984’s Dune. In the 1987 film No Way Out, her steamy scene with Kevin Costner in the backseat of a limousine made her star even brighter. However, her personal life took a turn for the worse in the early 1990s, when she was accused of harassing and stalking co-star James Woods and his fiancee. She bravely bounced back and appeared in 1994’s Ace Ventura: Pet Detective and 1996’s Everything to Gain, which are two of her other well known films. She took a short break from acting after checking herself into rehab for alcohol abuse in early 2008, but it only lasted four years. In 2013, she appeared in the fan made pilot of Star Trek: Renegades. These days, she’s busy trying to launch herself a directing career!

#3. Karen Allen

Born in rural Illinois to a teacher and an FBI agent, Karen Allen spent most of her early years moving around the country with her family for her father’s job. Acting didn’t cross her mind until she was in her 20s, but it didn’t take her long to become a star once she’d set her mind to it! Best known for playing Indiana Jones’ love interest in 1981’s Raiders of the Lost Ark, Karen was such a hit that she reprised the role in 2008’s Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. Despite having stated that she prefers independent films to big blockbusters, 1993’s The Sandlot and 2000’s The Perfect Storm are two other notable films that Karen has starred in over the years. She still acts today, but she also spends her time writing plays, teaching yoga, and running her own knitwear design studio.

#4. Helen Mirren

A beloved English actress with an astonishing record in the film industry, Helen Mirren has been acting professionally since 1967. She discovered her love of acting fairly early in life, and appeared in a number of different theater productions throughout high school. She is one of the only actors in history to receive the Triple Crown of Acting; her numerous awards include an Academy Award for 2007’s The Queen, a Tony for 2015’s The Audience, and an Emmy for her appearance in 1996 on the television series Prime Suspect. Films like 1984’s Cal, 2014’s The Hundred-Foot Journey, and Red and Red 2 ensured that she remained a darling of both critics and audiences alike. Helen has been married since 1997, but she has no children and has said that she has no maternal instinct whatsoever!

#5. Glenn Close

An award winning actress famed for her versatility, Glenn Close has been acting since 1974. Glenn had an unusual childhood - her parents joined a cult called the Moral Re-Armament (MRA) group when she was only seven years old! However, she broke away from the cult at the age of 22 and went on to have an extremely successful film career. She has won three Emmys and three Tonys, and been nominated for an Academy Award six times during her career. The first time audiences saw her on screen was in 1982’s The World According to Garp. Other famous films of hers include 1987’s Fatal Attraction and 1995’s Sunset Boulevard. Younger generations grew up knowing her as the villainous Cruella in 1996’s 101 Dalmatianss, and recent audiences will remember her from Marvel’s 2014 hit Guardians of the Galaxy. Today she lives in Manhattan in the same apartment building as Jerry Seinfield!


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