One of the stand out TV characters of the 1970s was Chrissy (Christmas) Snow, portrayed so brilliantly on Three's Company by Suzanne Somers. She gave the character more than just an amazing body in tight tT-shirts and short shorts. (Three's Company wasn't called a 'jigglefest' for nothing!) The trademark wide-eyed look of complete wonder Somers gave to Chrissy was done so convincingly it made the incredible naivety of this character somehow more realistic and believable, as well as hilarious.
2. It's All Business For 1970s Star Suzanne Somers Now
Suzanne Somers, married to the same man, Alan Hamel, since 1977, has stayed in excellent shape and looks much younger than her 70 and counting years. Since the 1980s, Somers has promoted health and fitness products including the Thighmaster and her books. She continues this work today and also sells clothing, jewelry and cosmetics.
3. John Travolta Was Sizzling Hot On Both Screens In The 1970s
A drop dead gorgeous Italian-American actor playing a drop dead gorgeous Italian-American character, what could go wrong? Nothing! John Travolta stole many teenage hearts as the goofy-cool Vinnie Barbarino in TV's Welcome Back Kotter (1975-1979). Not stopping there, Travolta also showed off impressive dancing skills as well as serious acting chops in the films Saturday Night Fever (1977) and Grease (1978).
4. 1970s Star John Travolta Still Commands Both Screens Today
It's quite a feat for any star to stay relevant and working in show business for four decades, and John Travolta's feet are still in those shoes. After striding through a steady string of movie roles in the 1980s, Travolta really hit his stride again in the 1990s with the roles of Vincent Vega in Pulp Fiction (1994) and Chili Palmer in Get Shorty (1995). Following those successes, he again kept getting steady parts in films, including reprising Chili Palmer in Be Cool (2005).
Travolta earned an Emmy nomination for his portrayal of attorney Robert Shapiro in the TV series American Crime Story: The People V OJ Simpson (2016-2017). He was also cast as John Gotti Sr. in The Life And Death Of John Gotti (2017)
5. 1960s/1970s Star Nichelle Nichols Helped Make Star Trek Powerfully Beautiful
You don't have to be a Trekkie to understand just how big of a hit Star Trek was. It began as a 1966 TV series which spawned further series and movies that are still being made today! As a science-fiction production, it not only broke fictional ground but also made several real-life groundbreaking contributions. Nichelle Nichols literally played a big part in that.
The stunningly beautiful black actress was Lieutenant Nyota Uhura which marked one of the first roles that featured an African-American woman in an non-stereotypical way, basically meaning not a maid. Nichols also made television history along with William Shatner with TV's first interracial kiss. Yup, thankfully the Star Trek producers boldly went where no television producer had gone before.
6. Original Star Trek Star Nichelle Nichols Keeps On Trekking
After the TV series ended in 1969, Nichols, like co-stars Shatner and Nimoy, recorded some music albums aimed mainly at fans of the show. But unlike them, Nichols is a true musical talent who had danced with Sammy Davis Jr. and sang with Duke Ellington.
Between 1979 and 1991, Nichelle Nichols continued her role as Nyota Uhura in six successful Star Trek films. She also worked at NASA in the 1970s and 1980s as a recruiter for astronauts, inspiring people of color and women to join the space program. In 2015, she had a mild stroke but recovered well. In August, 2016 Nichelle guest-starred on The Young And The Restless. She still continues to participate in Star Trek conventions.
7. 1970s Teen Heartthrob David Cassidy Serenaded Fans In The Partridge Family
As Keith Partridge in The Partridge Family (1970-1974), David Cassidy was not only really good looking, but the boy could sing. His song I Think I Love You was a huge hit with his fans and it didn't take him long to achieve teen idol status. Yet, sometimes, as a young man with too-young girls screaming over him wherever he went, he lamented his situation. This was at least partly why David decided to leave the family-friendly TV image of his character behind and pose nude for Rolling Stone magazine in 1972.
8. Despite Alcoholism, Divorce And Bankruptcy, 1970s Star David Cassidy Is Still Singing
Between 1976 and 1990, David Cassidy was married three times and had two children. Cassidy released a few books between 1994 and 2007 about the overwhelming fame he dealt with and how at times his character on The Partridge Family seemed to overshadow who he was in real life.
In 2010, David's serious problems with alcohol surfaced publicly when word got out he was arrested for a DUI. After two more DUIs, in 2013 and 2014, and several stints in rehab, David publicly announced on CNN he was an alcoholic and taking even one more sip of alcohol could kill him. In early 2016, Cassidy was forced to file for bankruptcy, and in May of that year his divorce from his 23-year marriage to his third wife, Sue Shiffrin, became final.
But, rather than go downhill again, thankfully David Cassidy seemed to get on track and in November, 2016 appeared on several talk and entertainment shows as well as continued with his concert tours.
Farrah Fawcett became a household name when she was cast as Jill Munroe on Charlie's Angels (1976-1981). This was a TV series about three female detectives who just happened to be unbelievably gorgeous and just had to wear a lot of swimsuits. Speaking of that, a poster of Fawcett wearing a red swimsuit sold 12 million copies during the show's first season. Another thing Farrah became famous for was her beautiful mane of blonde hair.
10. 1970s Poster Girl Farrah Fawcett Showed Her Acting Talent Before She Left
After Charlie's Angels, Farrah Fawcett had steady roles in TV movies, but it was her portrayals of real life women in The Burning Bed (1984) and Small Sacrifices (1989)that gained her strong acclaim for her acting rather than just her physical assets. At age 48, Farrah posed topless in Playboy magazine and it was a high-selling issue.
In 2000 Fawcett did a comedy film, Dr. T And The Women, with Helen Hunt and Richard Gere. She continued to make more movies and appeared in some TV guest spots such as Judge Simmons on four episodes of the Micheal J. Fox sit-com, Spin City, in 2003. Sadly, in 2006 Farrah Fawcett was diagnosed with anal cancer. The cancer was gone in 2007, but a few months later a cancerous polyp was found. Farrah passed away at age 62 from cancer on June 25, 2009.