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1970s Actresses

Talent, both on the little screen and the big one, was abundant in the 1970s and some of the country’s best actresses emerged during that time period.

Some made their mark once or twice and then disappeared from the scene while others still remain popular today.

In the realm of film, many of the actresses who were loved by their adoring public were Oscar winners during that decade. These included such personalities as:

  • Glenda Jackson – who won Oscars in both 1970 and 1973 for Women in Loveand A Touch of Class respectively. She was also nominated for her 1975 role in the movie Hedda.
  • Jane Fonda – also a two-time winner for Klute(1971) and Coming Home (1978), Fonda was loved by some but despised by others due to her outlook on the Vietnam War.
  • Ellen Burstyn – who won her award for Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore in 1974 but also earned accolades for many other movies in which she starred throughout the decade, receiving nominations for both The Last Picture Show and The Exorcist.
  • Diane Keaton – Diane came onto the scene in the 1970s and took her place as one of the most heralded actresses of the decade. Her role in Annie Hall, loosely based on her relationship with comedian/writer Woody Allen, pretty much defined who she was for many years, though she had previously starred on Broadway and tackled more “heavy” roles including that of Kay Adams-Corleone in the Godfather movies. She had also been featured in other Woody Allen films previous to Annie Hall, including Sleeper, Love and Death, Manhattan, and Play it Again, Sam. She remains one of Hollywood’s most versatile actresses.
  • Sally Field – Famous for her 60s appearance in the TV show, The Flying Nun Sally Field showed that she had what it took to be a movie star in the 1970s. In 1979, she got the best actress Oscar for Norma Rae, but prior to that she earned nods for her role in the comedy Smokey and the Bandit She also won a 1979 Emmy for TV’s production of Sybil,in which she played the character with multiple personalities.

In television, several 1970s actresses defined the decade. Most were well-known for their stellar good looks though many were also lauded for their acting abilities as well.

  • Farrah Fawcett – This knock-out blonde had her start on Charlie’s Angels but went on to be a much-respected television and movie personality. Every woman wanted her famous hair and, of course, coveted her amazing body. Men simply adored her.
  • Jaclyn Smith – Another Charlie’s Angels, this pretty brunette wasn’t quite as popular as her blonde counterpart but was an excellent actress in her own right.
  • Kate Jackson – The “smart” Angel of Charlie’s bunch, Jackson wasn’t as sexy as her partners but she went on to have quite an impressive career after her Angel stint and had previously had a starring role in TV’s The Rookies.
  • Cheryl Ladd – Part of the second generation of Charlie’s Angels, Cheryl Ladd replaced Farrah Fawcett in 1977 and stayed until the end of the show in 1981. She still enjoys the occasional television guest appearance.
  • Lynda Carter – Men went gaga over Wonder Woman’s Lynda Carter, who was a buxom brunette with plenty of sexy attitude.
  • Loni Anderson – Another buxom beauty, Loni Anderson cemented her fame in TV’s WKRP in Cincinnati, but like Farrah Fawcett, her famous body resulted in poster sales that went through the roof.