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Groovy Icons In Pop Culture History We Can't Get Enough Of...

Written by Lyra Radford

Remember when westerns and science fiction were the most popular genres on television? And when Sonny & Cher were still a duo? Back when music and fashion somehow always seemed to grow and change together? Collected here are memories of the groovy beginnings of some of the most beloved icons in popular culture. 

Leigh Taylor-Young co-starred with Edward G Robinson and Charlton Heston in the film Soylent Green 1973

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Pictured here is the lovely stage, screen, and radio actress, Leigh Taylor-Young. She got her first big break in 1966 when she was cast as Rachel Welles on the primetime soap opera Peyton Place. But it was her performance as Shirl, the "furniture" girl, in the science fiction classic Soylent Green (1973) that she will probably always be best known for.

She co-starred along with Edward G Robinson and Charlton Heston in the post-apocalyptic science fiction thriller. The storyline is loosely based on the 1966 science fiction novel Make Room! Make Room! by Harry Harrison, which combines both the police procedural and science fiction genres and is set in a dystopian future. It won the Nebula Award for Best Dramatic Presentation and the Saturn Award for Best Science Fiction Film in 1973.

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Lyra Radford

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Lyra spends her days exploring all shades of history. In her writing, she covers topics ranging from the 'groovy' to the downright strange. She enjoys books, movies, and strong coffee. She also fancies herself the world's greatest air hockey player. She learned the ins and outs of writing and producing film/television at Palm Beach State and The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale. She is currently enrolled at Arizona State University studying psychology and writing. Her work has been featured by some of the most prolific sites on the web and she is the author of the travel guide "Two-Days Exploring Haunted Key West".