One of the coolest things to examine is how different the world used to look in decades past. It might not seem like it, but the '70s were almost 50 years ago, and a lot can change in that time. It can be jarring to immediately think "wait, where are their cellphones?", but as you're going to find out, many of these stars are going to be glad you are looking at photos of them when they were in their prime. Not everyone on this list aged gracefully, and our number one entry has been very up front about the amount of plastic surgery she has undergone.
Other stars on this list had big films in the '70s, like Star Wars, and The Godfather, but there are some fun and candid photos from behind the scenes that may paint your favorite stars in a whole new light.
When it comes to being a celebrity, I suppose it is only natural that your public image is captured throughout the decades. Many of the people on this list are still incredibly relevant to the industry today, they just happened to be doing some pretty cool things (or looked fantastic) back in the '70s as well.
Unfortunately, two fantastic performers who are on this list have passed away, proving that even some of the best performers of all time are not immortal. Included on the list is even a fantastic story about a musician who smoked some marijuana on the roof of the White House. If that's not a story to tell at parties, I'm not sure what is!
Many of these photos may also be ones that you have never seen before. You may know what Robin Williams looks like, but did you know what he looked like in a Denver Broncos cheerleading outfit? Something tells me no! Though, if you need to know about the context of that photo (because who wouldn't?) rest easy, because that too, is detailed below.
Sit back, relax, travel to a different era and check out these 20 celebrities from the 1970s.
20 Robin Williams
Robin Williams was one of the funniest actors of all time, but on top of that, he was absolutely hilarious as a person. The above photo is proof enough of that, as Robin took spent a day being a Denver Broncos cheerleader back in 1979. The incident was later used as a plot-point on Robin's television show, Mork and Mindy.
While I cannot imagine he was the stereotypical view of "sexy" that the fans were expecting to see on that day, how do you not get excited to see Robin, even if it is on a football field? The above photo was shared by his daughter, Zelda, on her Instagram in the week leading up to Super Bowl 50 which was won by the Denver Broncos.
19 John Travolta
When I think of John Travolta I think of a big, lumbering man. Especially because you definitely do not want to mess with his Pulp Fiction character. Perhaps that mental image will make it all the more shocking to see this photo of him on the set of the hit film Grease, which came out in 1978. It looks like a big breeze could knock him over, but I suppose he didn't have to be huge to hit those high notes!
18 Jessica Lange
17 17. Hugh Hefner
16 Mary Tyler Moore
15 Burt Reynolds
Burt appeared on the legendary Johnny Carson Show back in 1978, only instead of Johnny as host, Steve Martin was filling in. The two started a discussion about mustaches, which led Burt to saying that he had his iconic 'stach since 1973. As you can see from the above photo, Burt ends up shaving off half of his mustache, amidst the shouts of "no!" from the audience as their sexiest man was about to alter his face.
13 Robert Duvall
Robert may have been known for saying that he loves the smell of napalm in the morning, but at age 85, he is probably more used to the smell of Bengay! Like another actor on this list, Robert was fortunate enough to appear in The Godfather in the '70s (which ended up being reasonably popular). The above photo shows Duvall actually wearing the lines for Marlon Brando, who would struggle to remember them!
12 Al Pacino
11 Clint Eastwood
10 Lynda Carter
9 David Bowie
8 David Gilmore and Paul McCartney
Depending on your musical tastes, you may recognize David Gilmour or Paul McCartney first, but either way, you're looking at a musical legend. Gilmour is the guitarist and co-lead singer of Pink Floyd, and you may have heard of McCartney's band, as The Beatles ended up being a pretty significant group!
7 Harrison Ford
6 Willie Nelson
Willie Nelson is an outstanding musician who is also no stranger to marijuana, so you can imagine they are going to get combined for his image. Willie was invited to the White House in 1977, when Jimmy Carter, was in office. Willie had just been released from jail in the Bahamas where he spent time for marijuana possession. Nelson admitted in an interview in 2015 that during the trip, a "White House insider" invited him to the roof to look at Washington at night -- and brought out a joint.
"Getting stoned on the roof of the White House, you can't help but turn inward...Certain philosophical questions come to mind, like... how the f--k did I get here?"
5 Diane Keaton
4 Meryl Streep
3 Jack Nicholson
2 Jerry Stiller
1 Dolly Parton
Dolly is one of the biggest country music stars of all time, having sales that have topped over $100 million worldwide. On top of this, Parton has been nominated for an astounding 46 Grammy nominations. While she repeatedly turned down offers to pose for Playboy, she did agree to pose for the cover wearing the bunny outfit. Clearly her career paid her a solid sum of money, because 2016 Dolly is definitely altered by all kinds of plastic surgery.
She once joked on Oprah that "It takes a lot of money to look this cheap!" It's easy to see how naturally beautiful she looked back in the '70s, so can you really blame her for trying to re-create that image? (Yes...yes you can). The most recent news that came from Parton was that she and her husband were going to renew their wedding vows because they have been together 50 years. At least that's very sweet!
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