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Women of the 70s Then and Now

#6. Sandrine Bonnaire

Born into a working-class French family in 1967, Sandrine Bonnaire grew up with 10 brothers and sisters! It’s no surprise that she began looking for attention outside her home, and she landed her first acting role at the young age of 16. The film was called A nos amours, and she won a Cesar Award for the role in 1983. This was quickly followed by another Cesar Award in 1985 for Vagabond. Sandrine has gone on to appear in over forty films during her career, and 1987’s Under the Sun of Satan and 1999’s East/West are two of her other notable roles. Sandrine is still acting today, and has also found success as a director and screenwriter. She’s had two children with two different men, one of whom is her current husband Guillaume Laurant. The two live in France with their daughter.

#7. Judi Dench

An English actress known around the globe, Judi Dench has been a staple of the cinema and the theater for decades. She is renowned for her work on stage and screen, and is also an author who has written several memoirs. Most audiences will know her best as M from the James Bond films, a role she debuted in 1995’s Goldeneye and continued to play until 2015’s Spectre. She won an Academy Award in 1998 for Shakespeare in Love, and has received numerous awards and nominations for her work in the theater since. Julie is still a busy actress today, with appearances in films such as 2011’s Jane Eyre, 2012’s The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, and its 2015 sequel. She’s stayed loyal to her British roots over the years, and was created Dame of Order of the British Empire in 1988!

#8. Jamie Lee Curtis

Jamie Lee Curtis was born to act - she’s the daughter of legendary actors Janet Leigh and Tony Curtis! After making her onscreen debut in 1978’s Halloween, Jamie has become a very recognizable face in Hollywood. Some of her more popular works include 1980’s Prom Night, 1981’s Roadgames, and 1994’s True Lies. More modern audiences will undoubtedly recognize her from 2003’s Freaky Friday, in which she played Lindsey Lohan’s mother. She’s still acting today, and recently appeared in 2014’s Veronica Mars. These days, she can be found starring in the television series Scream Queens. In addition to being an excellent actress, Jamie is a talented writer. In 1998, she wrote a book called Today I Feel Silly, and Other Moods That Make My Day, which made the best-seller list in The New York Times!

#9. Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio

An American actress known for her work on the stage as well as on the screen, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio has been acting since 1980, when she appeared in a school production of “Guys and Dolls”. 1983’s Scarface was the film that put her in the spotlight, and it wasn’t long before she earned an Academy Award nomination for her role in 1986’s The Color of Money. 1991’s Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves and 2000’s The Perfect Storm are other notable films that she has starred in over the years. Mary has been careful to prioritize her family and her mental health over her acting career, but she sometimes still acts today. Currently, she can be seen starring in the television show Limitless, which is based on the Bradley Cooper film of the same name.

#10. Geena Davis

At 6 feet tall, Geena Davis was picked on for being the tallest girl in her high school and she often dreamed of being an actress. Luckily, she got her wish, and she’s now a memorable face in Hollywood! Roles in films like 1988’s Beetlejuice, 1992’s A League of Their Own, and 1999’s Stuart Little made the actress a household name. She won an Academy Award in 1988 for The Accidental Tourist, and was nominated for another for her role in 1991’s Thelma & Louise. More recently, she starred in the 2005-2006 television series Commander in Chief, and had a recurring role from 2014-2015 on Grey’s Anatomy. Geena has also been an outspoken activist for women’s rights throughout the years, and in 2015 she launched an annual film festival to celebrate films that prominently feature minorities and women in the cast and crew.


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