Many celebrities made a name for themselves in the ’70s, but not all of them have managed to stay successful and in the public eye throughout the following decades. Yet while some have fallen from grace – and the limelight – in that time, others have continued to thrive in Tinseltown. So let’s take a look back at the biggest names in Hollywood throughout that decade and see how their lives and careers have fared since.
20. Henry Winkler
Henry Winkler may have shot to fame for his role as Fonzie in the ’70s sitcom Happy Days, but that iconic role didn’t stop him from taking on a range of films during the decade, too. And since then, Winkler has gone on to write, produce and direct various projects. Plus, he’s also had roles in several hit TV shows, including the likes of Arrested Development and Parks and Recreation.
19. David Cassidy
These days Justin Bieber is our teen heartthrob, but back in the ’70s it was David Cassidy – better known as Keith Partridge in The Partridge Family – who was breaking teenagers’ hearts. It’s Cassidy’s personal life that dominates the headlines today, however – and not always for good reasons. Indeed, not only has he now had several DUI arrests to his name, but in 2015 it was revealed that he has had to sell his home and declare himself bankrupt.
18. Erik Estrada
Erik Estrada had a steady acting career throughout the ’70s, but he really made his mark when he landed the role of Ponch in CHiPs back in 1977. Yet while Estrada has continued to appear on screen after the show ended, his career has arguably gone downhill since; in the intervening decades TV commercials, reality TV shows and made-for-TV films mainly decorate his resume.
17. Donny Osmond
It was in the ’70s that Donny Osmond broke away from The Osmonds to go it solo. And it wasn’t a bad move all told, given his nine solo albums during that decade as well as a successful chart stint with his sister as one half of Donny & Marie. Osmond’s career has waned in the decades since, but he made somewhat of a comeback with The Osmonds in 2003.
16. Lee Majors
Lee Majors was already a screen success in the ’60s; in the ’70s, however, he bagged his most popular role to date as Steve Austin in The Six Million Dollar Man. But while Majors went on to further screen fame in the ’80s with his role in The Fall Guy, he’s only had minor acting roles since that show ended.
15. Olivia Newton-John
Even today, we bet Olivia Newton-John is best remembered for the tight-fitting pants she wore as Sandy in Grease. And though she’d had a few previous hits prior, it was her role in the 1978 hit musical that truly launched her into stardom. Since then, Newton-John has enjoyed a degree of chart success with her memorable single “Let’s Get Physical.” And her personal life has been eventful, too, with two marriages and a thankfully brief brush with breast cancer within the last few decades.
14. Lynda Carter
Lynda Carter first came onto the radar as the winner of the Miss World USA pageant in 1972, but it was her role as Wonder Woman two years later that really made her a star. Indeed, Carter broke new ground as the costume-clad heroine, earning more than any other female actress in the world at that time. And although she went on to struggle with an alcohol problem in the ’90s, Carter is still active – both on screen and as the voice of various characters in the Elder Scrolls video game series.
13. Maureen McCormick
Maureen McCormick seemed to have the world at her feet after landing the plum role of Marcia Brady in The Brady Bunch and its spin-offs. The star hasn’t always had it so easy since, though. And she was more than willing to reveal her personal troubles in 2008 memoir Here’s the Story, writing, “Over the years I battled drug addiction and bulimia. I was treated in a psych ward, went in and out of rehab.”
12. Goldie Hawn
After bagging an Oscar for her role in Cactus Flower in 1969, Goldie Hawn went on to become a big Hollywood star throughout the ’70s, appearing in a wide range of films and receiving a Golden Globe nomination to boot. Further hits followed throughout the ’80s and ’90s with the likes of Bird on a Wire and Death Becomes Her; since the dawn of the new millennium, however, the actress has taken it rather easier.
11. Deborah Harry
Deborah Harry helped make the ’70s such a defining era in music thanks to her part in the group Blondie. And Harry’s unique voice and style led her to become both an icon of cool and, given her hand in iconic hits like “Heart of Glass” and “One Way or Another,” a much-loved singer/songwriter. Blondie eventually split in 1982, allowing Harry to pursue a solo career, but the band would reunite 15 years later and are still active today.
10. Mary Tyler Moore
Mary Tyler Moore made it big in the ’70s as the star and producer of The Mary Tyler Moore Show. And as the independent, single and successful Mary Richards, its star was part of a series that both broke new ground for women and reflected their changing roles in society. In later years, however, Moore would suffer from alcoholism and diabetes, and the veteran actress would sadly pass away on January 25, 2017.
9. Sissy Spacek
Sissy Spacek shot to fame and shocked audiences after starring in the classic horror Carrie, and she was rewarded for her efforts with her first Oscar nomination. Spacek has since been nominated for a grand total of six Academy Awards and has had a steady acting career to boot, as well as raising two daughters.
8. Cybill Shepherd
Cybill Shepherd launched her career in the ’70s thanks to roles in The Last Picture Show, The Heartbreak Kid and the classic Taxi Driver. And her burgeoning screen presence led her to even bigger things – in particular, a lead role in ’80s TV hit Moonlighting and her own eponymous sitcom the following decade. Behind the scenes, though, Shepherd has been rather busy – at least, according to her 2000 autobiography Cybill Disobedience. In it, she made a whole host of extraordinary claims, including that she had once dated Elvis Presley, had been chatted up by Robert DeNiro and even slept with Don Johnson.
7. Alan Alda
Alan Alda first won hearts as the lovable, flirtatious Hawkeye in the hit TV series M*A*S*H and was nominated for over 20 awards during his time in the show. And since then, Alda has gone on to have successful stints in other films and TV shows, including The West Wing. From 1993 to 2005, moreover, he was the host of PBS pop-science program Scientific American Frontiers.
6. Jimmie Walker
Through his role in TV show Good Times, Jimmie Walker had one of the most popular catchphrases of the decade with “Dyn-o-mite!” Since his time as J.J., though, Walker’s acting career has gone pretty quiet, with only a handful of on-screen appearances to boast of since the ’70s ended. Perhaps that’s because he’s decided to focus on his stand-up comedy act instead.
5. Shaun Cassidy
Shaun Cassidy was somewhat of a teen heartthrob throughout the ’70s: all down to The Hardy Boys Mysteries and a successful singing career that produced hits such as “Da Do Ron Ron.” But in later years Cassidy went from being in front of a camera to working behind one and became a producer/writer; it’s him you partly have to thank for NBC show Emerald City.
4. Robert Redford
With hit films including The Sting and All the President’s Men, it isn’t difficult to see why Robert Redford was so popular throughout the ’70s. Indeed, he was even voted Hollywood’s top box office name from 1974 to 1976. Since those days, however, the veteran star has gone on to act in some of Hollywood’s biggest films and has received numerous awards, including, in 2016, the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
3. Richard Dreyfuss
Richard Dreyfuss has Steven Spielberg to thank for his rise to fame throughout the ’70s, after his roles in Jaws and Close Encounters of the Third Kind. But the Oscar he bagged for his role in The Goodbye Girl was all him. And while Dreyfuss battled a drug problem throughout the ’80s, he later made a return to the screen and can still be seen acting today.
2. Raquel Welch
As Playboy’s “Most Desired Woman” of the decade and a Golden Globe winner for her role in The Three Musketeers, the ’70s was a pretty good decade for actress Raquel Welch. Since then, however, Welch has turned her hand to business instead, producing skincare products and a range of wigs.
1. Susan Dey
She played Laurie Partridge for four years in The Partridge Family, but today Susan Dey is best known for her portrayal in L.A. Law as Grace Van Owen, a role for which she has won a Golden Globe. Dey’s acting career seems to have slowed down since the early ’00s, however, with no screen credits to her name since 2004.