Wonderful Photos From The Groovy Era

Written by Lyra Radford

The groovy era seems to have been full of uniquely wonderful and odd pairings. Whether it be conflicting yet flattering wardrobe choices, bold car designs that won over naysayers, or strangely endearing romantic minglings. There was also an abundance of experimentation with cross-genres in film, television, theater, and music that may not have seemed to make sense at first but helped revolutionize the entertainment industry as a whole. Come mix and mingle with these quirky memories from the groovy era.  

What do SpongeBob and Lynda Carter have in common. Blowing bubbles! Here she is on the set of Wonder Woman 1978

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Back in the 1970s, Miss World America Lynda Carter scored the role of the great Wonder Woman herself. She was the first mainstream female superhero and she quickly became a household name. From there, her fame skyrocketed to pop icon status. She proved to the public at a time where women were still largely considered ‘delicate’ in nature, that a woman could be tough and that tough could be sexy. She rocked her own obvious sex appeal combined with her character’s incredible strength and abilities at the same time. Even after her Wonder Woman days were over, she hardly retired her superhero cape. Lynda continued her battle for justice off-screen as an advocate for LGBT rights and eventually, she also joined efforts in finding the cure for cancer. 

Angelic beauty of Jaclyn Smith as Kelly Garrett in Charlie's Angels 1977.

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Pictured here is a stunning Jaclyn Smith all dolled up as Kelly Garrett in the television series Charlie's Angels back in 1977. This is probably her best-known role, the show ran from 1976 until 1981 and she was the only original female lead to stay on the series for its full run. She even came back to make a cameo appearance in the 2003 film Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle.

Smith had numerous film roles and miniseries over the years. She was nominated for the Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Miniseries or TV Film for the title role in the TV film Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy (1981). She developed and launched her own brands of clothing and perfumes. 

Planet of the Apes (1968) Charlton Heston and Linda Harrison captured by the highly intellectual simians.

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Pictured here is Charlton Heston and Linda Harrison in the 1968 film, Planet of the Apes. The basic storyline is about a world in which humans and intelligent apes clash for control. The massive science fiction franchise now consists of various films, books, television series, and comics among other media.

It all started with French author Pierre Boulle's 1963 novel La Planète des Singes, (loosely translated as Monkey Planet). Next came the 1968 film adaptation, titled Planet of the Apes, and the rest is history. That initial film was a critical and commercial hit, and four sequels followed between 1970 and 1973: Beneath the Planet of the Apes, Escape from the Planet of the Apes, Conquest of the Planet of the Apes, and Battle for the Planet of the Apes. It also spawned two television series in 1974 and 1975. 

The 1967 Ferrari Dino 206 was ahead of it's time.

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Ah yes, the Ferrari, such an exquisitely designed sports car. In a contemporary road test, Road & Track described it as "the most satisfying sports car in the world. Pictured here is the 1967 Ferrari Dino 206 and it was certainly ahead of its time.

At the time the Dino was launched Ferrari was looking to increase sales while reducing production costs… as is the case with any company looking to turn profits. They already had the prototype of the Dino 196 S in-house, and for the first time in Ferrari history, there was an opportunity to build a relatively small, road-going version on an assembly line. The Dino model was met with some resistance initially, purists argued that it wasn’t a ‘real’ Ferrari, but opinions soon changed once clients got to see it close up and drive it. 

We forgot about the flowers scene from the film Ice Castles with Robby Benson and Lynn-Holly Johnson. 1978

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The 1978 romantic drama Ice Castles starred Lynn-Holly Johnson and Robby Benson. It follows a young figure skater named Lexie Winston and her boyfriend who Nick Peterson, who dreams of being a hockey player. The film chronicles Lexie Winston’s rise to mega-stardom, her fall from those great heights, and her incredible comeback. A freak accident occurs and Lexie ends up losing her sight. She falls into a depression but eventually pushed herself to rise up, overcome the obstacles before her, and start competing in figure skating again.

Audrey Hepburn laughing with a donkey during the production of War and Peace. 1955

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Pictured here is the ever-so-charming Audrey Hepburn, laughing it up with a donkey on the set of War and Peace back in 1955. The American-Italian war drama was released in 1956 and was directed by King Vidor. Alongside Hepburn, starred Henry Fonda, Mel Ferrer, Vittorio Gassman, Herbert Lom, John Mills and Anita Ekberg, (this was one of her first breakthrough roles).

The film based on the book by Russian author Leo Tolstoy earned Academy Awards nominations for Best Director (King Vidor), Best Cinematography, Color (Jack Cardiff) and Best Costume Design, Color (Maria De Matteis).

Summer of '42 is a coming-of-age film based on the memoirs of writer Herman Raucher that starred Jennifer O'Neill and Gary Grimes in 1971.

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Jennifer O'Neill and Gary Grimes starred in the coming-of-age comedy-drama Summer of ‘42 back in 1971. The film’s screenplay was based on the memoirs of screenwriter Herman Raucher. In it, he tells of his early teen years, specifically the Summer of 1942 in which he vacationed on Nantucket Island and embarked on a (one-sided) romance.

The woman in question, Dorothy, is already married, her husband has gone off to fight in World War II. Gary Grimes starred as Hermie and Jennifer O'Neill starred as his mysterious love interest.

Olivia Newton-John was the resident star guest for Cliff Richard's highly successful TV show in 1972.

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Pictured here is America’s Sweetheart, singer, actress, and activist Olivia Newton-John. Alongside her is singer and television personality Cliff Richards back in 1972. This photo was taken after she was invited to be the resident star guest for Cliff Richard's highly successful TV show at the time.

Olivia Newton-John is now a four-time Grammy award winner who has amassed five number-one and ten other top ten Billboard Hot 100 singles, and two number-one Billboard 200 solo albums over the years. She has sold around 100 million records worldwide, making her one of the world's best-selling artists of all time.

Mary Cathleen Collins, who would change her name to Bo Derek, at age 16.

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Born Mary Cathleen Collins, Bo Derek changed her name at the age of 16-years old and embarked on a career as an actress, producer, and model. She is best known for her breakthrough role in the 1979 romantic comedy, 10. The film didn’t just launch her acting career, it was also the responsible for her bestselling swimsuit poster and subsequently her status as the most popular sex symbols of the 1980s. 10 was written, produced, and directed by Blake Edwards. It became one of the year’s biggest box office hits and made superstars out of Dudley Moore and Bo Derek. 

Angie Dickinson was beautiful at any angle! (1962)

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Here is a young, bright-eyed Angie Dickinson back in 1962. The actress began her career in various television anthologies back in the 50’s before landing her breakthrough role in "Gun the Man Down" (1956) and the 1959 Western Rio Bravo, for which she received the Golden Globe Award for New Star of the Year.

Over the course of her six-decade career, Dickinson has appeared in over 50 films in addition to her television work. Her resume boasts big titles such as Ocean's 11 (1960), Jessica (1962), Point Blank (1967), Sabrina (1995), and Pay it Forward (2000) to name a few. From 1974 to 1978, she starred as Sergeant Leann "Pepper" Anderson in the crime series Police Woman. A role for which she received the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Television Series Drama. She also earned three Primetime Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series.

1979's A Little Romance cast- Sir Laurence Olivier, Thelonious Bernard and Diane Lane in Paris.

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A Little Romance is a 1979 romantic comedy starring Laurence Olivier, Thelonious Bernard, and Diane Lane. This was actually Diane Lane’s big film debut. The plot surrounds a French boy and an American girl who meet in Paris. Naturally, romance begins to blossom between the two and it leads them on a journey to Venice where they plan to seal their love forever with a kiss beneath the Bridge of Sighs at sunset.

The film won the 1979 Academy Award for Best Original Score (Georges Delerue). I was nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay (Allan Burns). Laurence Olivier was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor. Thelonious Bernard and Diane Lane both received Young Artist Award nominations as Best Actor and Best Actress. They also earned the film a win as Best Motion Picture Featuring Youth.

Beautiful Anacani was a multi-talented singer on The Lawrence Welk Show, she made her debut in 1973 and became part of his musical family.

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The Mexican Singer known as Anacani was born Anacani Maria Consuelo y Castillo Lopez Cantor Montoya. She was just a young girl, still in middle school when her singing talents were first noticed by a television producer in Mexico. This led to some appearances on the variety show Las Estrellas y Usted (The Stars and You). She soon made several more appearances on Latin American television and performed live concerts.

However, she is best known for her work as a featured performer on The Lawrence Welk Show. It was just after completing high school when she and her family went to the Lawrence Welk Resort in Escondido, California. The Bandleader Lawrence Welk himself discovered her and soon enough she became the resort's singing hostess and later she was brought on the Lawrence Welk Show as a guest appearance in January 1973. After a few more guest appearances, she was hired as a regular performer.

Roy Clark surrounded by some of The Hee Haw Honeys (a spinoff of Hee Haw) which ran from 1978-79.

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The show Hee-Haw aired on CBS from 1969 to 1971 and remained popular while in syndication for additional twenty-one years. While it was inspired by Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In, Hee Haw was far less topical and was centered on country music and rural culture in general.

Country music artists Buck Owens and Roy Clark hosted the show for most of its run, with the help of the Hee-Haw Honeys as they came to be known. The Hee-Haw Honeys (pictured here) were a group of rather voluptuous and scantily clad women who took on the standard “sexy farmer's daughter” persona. 

The Bad News Bears was a major surprise as one of 1976's top grossing films, starring Walter Matthau and Tatum O'Neal.

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Now a classic sports comedy, The Bad News Bears surprised everyone its level of success. Not only was it one of 1976’s top-grossing films, but the screenplay by Bill Lancaster won a Writers Guild of America award for the screenplay and Walter Matthau was nominated for a BAFTA award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Comedy.

The film starring Walter Matthau and Tatum O'Neal centers on an “aging, down-on-his-luck ex-minor leaguer who coaches a team of misfits in an ultra-competitive California little league.”

A 14-year-old Jodie Foster in a scene from Taxi Driver in 1976.

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Jodie Foster worked in several primetime television series in the early 1970s but her breakthrough role (which garnered her an Academy Award nomination) was a teenage prostitute in Martin Scorsese's Taxi Driver in 1976.

In Taxi Driver, mentally disturbed loner, Travis Bickle (Robert De Niro) becomes a New York City cab driver and grows increasingly detached from reality as he cruises the city streets. He meets campaign worker Betsy (Cybill Shepherd) and becomes obsessed with “saving the world” by first assassinating a presidential candidate. He also dreams of ‘cleaning up the streets’ and sets his mind to saving a child prostitute named Iris (Jodie Foster).

Glory days...The Boss sporting some luxurious locks back in 1970.

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Bruce Frederick Joseph Springsteen also known as "The Boss" is known for his work with the E Street Band. The Boss is loved for his brand of working-class rock, often touting political sentiments and centered on his native New Jersey. His distinctive voice and energetic stage performances (sometimes running up to four hours in length) have always kept fans satisfied, yet still hungry for more.

The Boss has sold over 120 million records worldwide and more than 64 million records in the United States, making him one of the world's best-selling artists of all time. He has earned 20 Grammy Awards, two Golden Globes, and an Academy Award as well as being inducted into both the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. Springsteen was a Kennedy Center Honors recipient and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom 2017.

All the leaves are brown and the sky is grey... The Mamas and The Papas.

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Pictured here are members of the iconic folk-rock group known as The Mamas & the Papas. The group was composed of John Phillips, Denny Doherty, Cass Elliot, and Michelle Phillips née Gilliam. They recorded and performed from 1965 to 1968 with a brief reunion in 1971. They were a defining force in the Counterculture of the 1960s and in the music scene in general. During the four years they were active, they released five studio albums and seventeen singles– six of which made the Billboard top ten. They have sold nearly 40 million records worldwide and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame back in 1998.

Bonanza Cartwright brothers, Little Joe (Michael Landon) and Hoss (Dan Blocker) 'horsing around' in 1967.

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Pictured here are the Cartwright brothers of the hit western show Bonanza; Little Joe (Michael Landon) and Hoss (Dan Blocker) just 'horsing around' back in 1967. Bonanza ran from 1959 to 1973, lasting a total of 14 seasons at 431 episodes, making it NBC's longest-running western. It also ranks as the second-longest-running western series on any United States television network, coming in second to CBS's Gunsmoke. Bonanza was ranked No. 43 on TV Guide's 50 Greatest TV Shows of All Time back in 2002. Then, in 2013 TV Guide included it in its list of The 60 Greatest Dramas of All Time.

'Chop' to it...Muhammad Ali training with an ax and a tree for the 1974 George Foreman fight in Zaire.

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Pictured here is a young Cassius Marcellus Clay, Jr., better known as Boxing legend, Muhammad Ali, training with an ax back in 1974. He began training at just 12-years old. At 18-years old, he took home a gold medal at the 1960s Summer Olympics in Rome. All that training and dedication certainly paid off. He became one of the most iconic and decorated athletes of our time. Ali was representative of African pride during the 60s Civil Rights Movement. He was against the Vietnam War, refused to be conscripted into the military, and was arrested for draft evasion. and stripped of the boxing titles he earned. 

Clint Eastwood as 'The Stranger' came to 'clean up' his own way in a corrupt frontier mining town High Plains Drifter 1973

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This rugged stranger is none other than Clint Eastwood. In the 1973 Western High Plains Drifter. Not only starred Eastwood, but it was also directed by him. In it, Eastwood plays a man of mystery, doling out justice in a corrupt frontier mining town.

The film went on to gross $15.7 million domestically, making it the sixth-highest grossing Western in North America of the 1970s and the 20th highest-grossing film released in 1973. It was widely critically acclaimed and remains popular today.

Denise Nickerson, gum-chewing Violet Beauregard in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, got 13 cavities chewing gum during the '71 film.

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Pictured here is a very blue and ballooned version of child actress Denise Nickerson in the role she’s most famous for, Violet Beauregarde in the movie Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory.

The notoriously spoiled, gum-chewing brat took the experimental three-course dinner chewing gum after being warned by Wonka not to. By the time the gum reached its final course, little violet was turning violet. Then she blew up and took on the appearance of the dessert course which was “blueberry pie”.

All that candy had real-life effects n Nickerson as well, apparently, chewing all that all that Bazooka bubblegum throughout the course of the film, gave her 13 cavities!

Shower power couple! Joe Namath and Farrah Fawcett on the set of a famous 1973 Super Bowl TV ad.

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It’s no different today, companies go all out to come up with their most outlandish material to advertise during the Super Bowl. This particular celebrity mashup for Noxzema shaving cream, however, was a bit much for 1973 to take… and it’s level of hilariously awful still holds strong today.

“I’m so excited, I’m gonna get creamed” is the opening line delivered by football player Joe Namath. Then enters a sultry Farrah Fawcett of Charlie’s Angels singing “Let’s Noxzema cream your face” while she rubs the shaving cream all over him. It was clearly meant to be provocative… but it’s actually pretty awkward to watch– and what a horrible catchline! It’s really hard not to feel embarrassed for the actors while watching it. TIME even named it one of the 10 most embarrassing celebrity commercials.

Don Adams (Maxwell Smart aka Agent 86) and Barbara Feldon (Agent 99) in the comedy 1965-70 TV series created by Mel Brooks, Get Smart.

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While actress Barbara Feldon has done tons of great projects since her role on “Get Smart,” she will always be remembered as “Agent 99”. The 1960s hit television series Get Smart. Feldon was nominated for two Primetime Emmys for the lovable role of sidekick to Don Adams’ bumbling secret agent, Maxwell Smart. The spy spoof was a big hit throughout the 60s, everyone loved its absurdity and the kitsch “high tech” gadgets like the shoe phone and cone of silence. The show was also famous for Adams’ catchphrases: “Missed it by that much”, “sorry about that chief”, and “if you don’t mind 99”. 

Dutch rock band Golden Earring achieved worldwide fame with their international hit song Radar Love in 1973, which went to number one.

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The Dutch rock band, Golden Earring was founded back in 1961 by Rinus Gerritsen (bass and keyboards) and George Kooymans (vocals and guitar), along with Barry Hay (vocals, guitar, flute, and saxophone), and Cesar Zuiderwijk (drums and percussion).

They achieved worldwide fame in 1973 with their international hit song "Radar Love". Radar Love was number one on the Dutch charts, then it reached the top ten in the UK, and made number 13 on the US charts.They maintained popularity with other hits like "Twilight Zone" in 1982, and "When the Lady Smiles" in 1984. During the course of their career, they produced 25 studio albums and had nearly 30 top-ten singles on the Dutch charts.

Elvis on a bike, using a boy's head as a table, while signing an autograph. Multitasking at it's finest!

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Pictured here is Elvis Presley taking a bike ride in Good Old Germany sometime in 1959. As can be seen here, the King took a break from his cycling to sign autographs for kids on the road… of course, he had limited options as far as writing surfaces go, so this boy’s head filled in as a table!

By all accounts, during his 17-month stay in West Germany, Elvis was a good soldier who performed his duties well and earned the respect of his fellow soldiers and his commanding officers… all while maintaining his legendary charm and affability of course.

Flame-haired Dottie West backstage at the Grand Ole Opry in 1979

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Pictured here is one of Country Music’s most groundbreaking and influential female artists– Dottie West. This shot was taken backstage at the Grand Ole Opry back in 1979. It was in the late-70s, that she teamed up with country superstar, Kenny Rogers and did a series of wildly successful duets. 

These collaborative efforts took her career to new heights, earning her Platinum selling albums and No. 1 records for the first time.

Her recordings with Rogers, "Every Time Two Fools Collide", "All I Ever Need Is You", and "What Are We Doin' in Love", became staples in country music standards. By 1980 she was reaching the #1 spot all on her own with "A Lesson in Leavin'".

Good to the last drop! Margaret Hamilton (the Wicked Witch from Wizard of Oz) was 'Cora' in the Maxwell House Coffee commercials. 70's

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Pictured here is Margaret Brainard Hamilton, the actress best known as the Wicked Witch of the West in the classic film The Wizard of Oz (1939). Eventually, this role would land her on the American Film Institute's list of the 50 Best Movie Villains of all time. The Wicked Witch of the West ranked in at number 4!

She worked as a character actress for many years in addition to making frequent cameo appearances on television sitcoms and commercials. One of her more memorable bits was that of Cora, from the Maxwell House Coffee commercials back in the 1970s.

As Cora always said, “If you got a special coffeemaker, get a special coffee.” And of course what could be better than Maxwell House? It’s always “good to the last drop.”

Helm, Matt Helm - if Austin Powers had a favorite spy film series it would have to be the Matt Helm movies made by Dean Martin in 1966-1969.

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The Matt Helm films were actually based off a (far better) book series. Columbia Pictures acquired the film rights to eight Matt Helm novels back in 1965. They had planned a five-film spoof spy movie series, but only four of them were actually made.

They starred Dean Martin, who also co-produced with his Meadway-Claude Production company and received a partnership in the films. The films used the name Matt Helm, his cover identity, and the book titles but other than some extremely loose plot elements they bore no real resemblance to the books at all.

Her father was a musician and mother was a showgirl, actress Susan George was a British showbiz veteran before she was 10 years old. 60's

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Pictured here is actress Susan George back in the 1960’s. Raised by a musician and a showgirl, it’s no surprise that little Susan began acting at just 4-years old and trained at the Corona Theatre School.

Susan is best known for the films Straw Dogs (1971) with Dustin Hoffman, Dirty Mary, Crazy Larry (1974) with Peter Fonda and Mandingo (1975) with Ken Norton. She also made TV appearances, the most notable being the episode "The Gold Napoleon" of The Persuaders (1971) with Roger Moore and Tony Curtis. 

Here's Natalie Wood standing on the shoulders of actor Steve Rowland at the Thalians Beach Ball. (1956)

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Here's a great picture of actress Natalie Wood standing on the shoulders of actor Steve Rowland at the Thalians Beach Ball back in 1956. Apparently, the two were on their war to a game of ‘Chicken’. That ear-to-ear grin on Natalie’s face probably had a lot to do with the view–bet she felt like she was on top of the world! Standing at 5’3, Natalie was always very self-conscious about her height and always preferred to wear shoes with 6-inch stiletto heels. Obviously, 6-inch heels won't get her very far on the sand... guess Steve Rowland will just have to do. 

Here's Samantha and her groovy, meddling cousin, Serena on Bewitched.

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Here we have a shot of Samantha Stevens of Bewitched and her groovy, meddlesome cousin, Serena. In addition to starring in the show, Elizabeth Montgomery also took on the role of Samantha’s wilder, and sassy cousin.

Montgomery seamlessly transitioned between the raven-haired witch and the loveable blonde housewife, Samantha for 24 episodes. She received 5 Emmy nominations as well as 4 Golden Globe nominations during the Run of the show.

Bewitched ran from 1964 to 1972, it was the longest-running paranormal television series of the era. It even ran longer than The Munsters, The Addams Family, and its more direct competitor, I Dream of Jeannie.

Hollywood golden couple, Christopher and Lynda Day George. They worked together on many projects from the 1960's until his death in 1983.

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Standing here is the iconic “Hollywood Golden Couple” Christopher and Lynda Day George. The actors first met on the set of the film The Gentle Rain (1966). This would be the first of many films the couple would co-star in together. It wasn’t until working together yet again in 1970 on the John Wayne film Chisum, that they fell in love. They got married on May 15, 1970, and remained partners in both love and their careers up until Christopher’s death in 1983.

The couple worked together on films such as The House on Greenapple Road (1970), Mayday at 40,000 Feet! (1976), and Cruise Into Terror (1978). They did television work together as well, episodes of The F.B.I. (1970), Mission: Impossible (1971), McCloud (1975), Love Boat (1977), and Vega$ (1978). Wonder Woman (1976). 

I'd love to be in this conversation- Robert Plant, Linda Ronstadt and Ronnie Wood telling tales in the 70's.

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Oh to be a fly on the wall in this moment in time. Sitting here at this table is a whole lotta talent! Three Rock and Roll Hall of Famers just casually chatting it up over drinks like regular joes instead of the rock legends that they are.

Robert Plant, the frontman of Led Zeppelin, Ronnie Wood of Rolling Stones and Faces fame, along with Linda Ronstadt whose solo work and collaborative efforts with huge artists in diverse genres have earned her just about every award possible in her industry. Including 11 Grammy Awards, three American Music Awards, two Academy of Country Music awards, an Emmy, and an ALMA Award.

Iggy Pop would definitely win any limbo contest with this move! 1972

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Iggy Pop, the godfather of punk, was born James Newell Osterberg. Pop started out drumming with his first band, the Iguanas, in the early '60s. After graduating from high school in 1965, Pop did a brief stint at the University of Michigan before dropping out and shifting his focus back to his music. His heart always belonged to rock & roll… so he decided to form a rock band. In 1967, he dropped his drumsticks and took on “frontman status, then teamed with bassist Dave Alexander, guitarist Ron Asheton and his brother, drummer Scott Asheton– thus forming the Psychedelic Stooges.

After Pop and icon David Bowie formed a friendship and started working on projects together, Pop’s career received a massive boost. In 1977, Pop signed with RCA Records as a solo artist and Bowie helped write and produce The Idiot and Lust for Life. These two albums went on to become Pop's most acclaimed albums as a solo artist. 

In 1958, John Madden was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles but he never got to play pro football due to a knee injury at training camp.

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John Madden was a football star in high school who went on to play college football before being drafted by the NFL's Philadelphia Eagles in 1958. Unfortunately, a knee injury ended his playing career before he ever got a chance to really get started. 

Madden didn’t let that keep him out of the game, he won a Super Bowl as head coach of the Oakland Raiders. After he retired from coaching he went on to become a well-known color commentator for NFL telecasts. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2006 in recognition of his coaching career. He is also widely known for the Madden NFL video game series (which he’s endorsed and fronted since 1988).

John Wayne on the set of True Grit with his 'mini-me' son Ethan (1969)

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Born Marion Robert Morrison, John Wayne, also known as the “Duke,” wasn’t just a man of many names, but also many talents. As an actor and a filmmaker he managed to spend three decades as one of the largest box office draws in the industry. His first leading role came in 1930 with Raoul Walsh's The Big Trail, this part was just the first in a string of lead roles in B movies all throughout the 1930s– most of which were Westerns. In 1939 he landed the role of a lifetime in John Ford’s Stagecoach and from there he was a megastar. Literally, a megastar 142 pictures to be exact. Here he is on the set of True Grit with his 'mini-me' son Ethan back in 1969.

The good Jeannie and her twin, meddling sister evil Jeannie, both played by Barbara Eden on I Dream of Jeannie.

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Pictured here is Barbara Eden playing not one, but two genies in the hit series, I Dream of Jeannie. In addition to the 139 episodes she played as the beloved genie, she also donned a brunette wig to portray Jeannie's evil sister. The show was wildly popular, coming in second only to Bewitched for the span of five years.

After Jeannie, Eden filmed the unaired pilot of “The Barbara Eden Show” and the pilot for “The Toy Game”. Another popular role Eden played was that of Stella Johnson, in the movie Harper Valley P.T.A. The film was later adapted into a television series, also starring Eden.October 1986, Eden published her autobiography, Barbara Eden: My Story in 1986 and then followed it up with her memoir, Jeannie Out of the Bottle in 2011.

Journey lineup in 1978 - Neal Schon, Aynsley Dunbar, Gregg Rolie, Steve Perry and Ross Valory.

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Pictured here is the 1978 Journey lineup– Neal Schon, Aynsley Dunbar, Gregg Rolie, Steve Perry and Ross Valory. The rock band that formed five years prior in 1973, and composed of a hodgepodge of former members of Santana and Frumious Bandersnatch. Since then the band has undergone multiple changes in members but their most commercially successful period was between 1978 and 1987– when they were releasing hit. This is the time frame in which they released hits like “Loving Touching, Squeezing” (1979), "Don't Stop Believin'" (1981), and “Any Way You Want It” (1981). 

Kim Basinger photographed by Francesco Scavullo, 1977.

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Pictured here is the lovely Kimila Ann "Kim" Basinger back in 1977. After modeling in New York for some time, Basinger moved on to Los Angeles to embark on an acting career in 1976. She was cast in a remake of From Here to Eternity in 1979 before making her feature film debut in the 1981 drama Hard Country. She landed the role of Bond girl Domino Petachi in the 1983 film Never Say Never Again, opposite Sean Connery. She grew in prominence, playing in films such as The Natural (1984), 9½ Weeks (1986) and Tim Burton's blockbuster Batman (1989).

By 1997 she won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance as Lynn Bracken in the 1997 film L.A. Confidential. Her other films include I Dreamed of Africa (2000), 8 Mile (2002), The Door in the Floor (2004), Cellular (2004), The Nice Guys (2016), and her most recent Fifty Shades Darker(2017).

Mild-mannered janitor Penrod Pooch leaps into action as Hong Kong Phooey to fight villains along with his snickering sidekick cat. 1974

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Here we have the mild-mannered janitor Penrod Pooch leaping into action as Hong Kong Phooey with his snickering sidekick cat back in 1974.

Hong Kong Phooey was one of the more amusing animated members of the Saturday morning cartoon lineup. It was a parody of the kung fu films and television shows that had become so popular at the time. The main character, Hong Kong Phooey, is the clumsy secret identity of Penrod "Penry" Pooch, who works as a janitor at a police station.

Despite being under the constant glare of Sergeant Flint, Penry manages to dive into a filing cabinet to disguise himself. Of course, he always gets stuck and needs help from his striped cat Spot – then it’s off to the "Phooeymobile".

Music wonders of the world- A young Stevie Wonder and even younger 16 yr-old Michael Jackson in the studio. 1974

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Pictured here is a 16-year old King of Pop as a fly on the wall in the studio with the iconic Stevie Wonder. According to Stevie Wonder, Michael “would always come into the studio curious about how I worked and what I did. ‘How do you do that? Why do you do that?’ I think he understood clearly from seeing various people do the music scene that it definitely took work. He must have been around 9 or 10 then, and I definitely felt that he would be someone. You hear the voice, and all he could do is grow. And that’s what he did." Jackson never tired of coming into the studio to watch Stevie work, he later credited much of his success to Stevie, for allowing him all that experience watching the creative process unfold in the studio from such a young age. 

One Day at a Time was about the misadventures of a divorced mother, her daughters, and their building superintendent. (1975-84)

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One Day at a Time is a sitcom that aired on CBS from 1975, until 1984. It starred Bonnie Franklin as a recently divorced mother raising two teenage daughters, played by Mackenzie Phillips and Valerie Bertinelli, in Indianapolis. The storyline follows the misadventures of this and their building superintendent who befriends them and ends up becoming more like a part of the family. Together, the four main characters face life's challenges.

Paul McCartney with his daughter Mary in New York, 1971.

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Pictured here is Beatle Paul McCartney with his adorable firstborn daughter Mary Anna McCartney. Mary is the first of three biological children of Paul and Linda McCartney, the couple went on to have two more children, Stella and James McCartney. When Paul and Linda got married on March 12, 1969, Linda was already four months pregnant with little Mary. She also already had a daughter from a previous marriage named Heather, who Paul legally adopted. Mary grew up to follow in her mother’s shoes, she is now a professional fine arts photographer. Her work is described as intuitive rather than analytical, much like her mother's work. 

Police Woman cast - Angie Dickinson, Ed Bernard, Earl Holliman and Charles Dierkop. 1974-78

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Pictured here is the main cast of the television series Police Woman: Angie Dickinson, Ed Bernard, Earl Holliman and Charles Dierkop. The show ran on NBC four seasons, from 1974 to 1978, and revolves around Sgt. "Pepper" Anderson (Angie Dickinson). Sgt. Pepper is an undercover police officer working for the Criminal Conspiracy Unit of the Los Angeles Police Department.

The show was a hit! It became the first successful hour-long drama series in American primetime television history to feature a woman in the starring role. Before she knew it, Dickinson was a household name and she went on to win a Golden Globe award for the role in addition to receiving three Emmy nominations.

Robert Plant holding Jason Bonham the day after his father, John Bonham, passed away. (1980)

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Pictured here is Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin, holding the son of his bandmate, drummer John Bonham, the day after his death in September of 1980. Little Jason Bonham here, grew up to be a drummer like his dad, in fact, he even played with Led Zeppelin on different occasions, including the Ahmet Ertegun Tribute Concert at The O2 Arena in London in 2007.

Robert Plant was no stranger to grief, he’d already lost one of his three children just a few years before this. His 5-year old son Karac died in 1977 from a stomach virus. Plant probably took just as much comfort in being able to be there for Jason, as little Jason took from having him around.

Robert Redford relaxing on the set of Little Fauss and Big Halsy 1969.

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Robert Redford began professional acting in the early 1960s but many consider his landmark film to be the acclaimed “All the President's Men” which came out back in 1976. He continued acting but took on directing in the 1980s, with his directorial debut, Ordinary People. It was a sweeping success, both publicly and critically acclaimed and taking home four Oscars including Best Picture and Best Director for Redford. Now 81-years old, Redford has had continued success over the years and is credited with being the founder of the Sundance Film Festival.

Terry Bradshaw and Roger Staubach faced each other in two of the hardest-fought Super Bowls of all time, both won by Bradshaw's team. (70's)

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Pictured here are Terry Bradshaw and Roger Staubach. Both star athletes faced each other in two of the hardest-fought Super Bowls of all time! Both events which were won by Bradshaw's team. Because of this, the two men were painted as rivals, and perhaps in a small sense they were, but ultimately they were extremely different. Too different for a real celebrity 'rivalry' to be at play. 

Each man had a very different public image; Staubach was always clean cut while Bradshaw was considered brash. Both men were iconic figures of the 70’s who each enjoyed tremendous success. There was no need for one to try and gain the spotlight over the other, they both had it. With Staubach being the “Cowboys great” and Bradshaw as the leader of the Steelers both men remain a big part of NFL history. 

The Apple Dumpling Gang (1975) Tim Conway and Don Knotts, play Amos & Theodore, a pair of bumbling outlaws with hearts of gold.

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Wanted: For chicanery, skulduggery, tomfoolery and habitual bungling! In 1975 comedy-western The Apple Dumpling Gang, Tim Conway and Don Knotts, play Amos & Theodore, a pair of bumbling outlaws with hearts of gold. The film is set during the California Gold Rush in the year 1879 and was produced by Walt Disney Productions and is based on the Jack Bickham novel of the same name. The Apple Dumpling Gang was a huge hit at the box office, it became one of the first Disney movies released on videocassette, and it earned $13.5 million in theatrical rentals. In fact, it was the most successful Disney film of the 1970s.

The Bobby Fuller Four had a hit with the cover I Fought the Law in 1966. Bobby's death at age 23 has remained a mystery for 50 years.

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The Bobby Fuller Four was a popular rock and roll band in the mid-1960s and was started by Bobby Fuller. The group’s most memorable hits (as well as their most commercially successful) were "Let Her Dance", "I Fought the Law", and "Love's Made a Fool of You."

While in the prime of their success and within mere months of "I Fought the Law" becoming a top 10 hit, Fuller was found dead in a parked car outside his apartment in Hollywood California.

Bobby's face, chest, and side were covered in "petechial hemorrhages" allegedly caused by gasoline vapors and the summer heat but physical trauma also causes them. There were no other wounds, however, no bruises, no broken bones, and no cuts. So, his death was ruled an accident…. A mysterious accident but an accident nonetheless. Many people still believe he was murdered. 

The drink of choice growing up since 1958...Hi-C Grape Drink in a can! It also came in orange, peach and fruit punch.

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Originally created by Niles Forster in 1946, Hi-C wasn’t released until 1948 and orange was the only flavor available. The popular fruit juice-flavored drink by the Minute Maid division of The Coca-Cola Company introduced grape second and that was soon followed by cherry, apple, peach, and even fruit punch and various hybrid mixtures to choose from.

Hi-C also wasn’t always the crushable cardboard juice box that we’ve come accustomed to nowadays. As pictured here, it was once hot-packed in enamel-lined 56-ounce cans. 

The real-life 'Jessica Rabbit', Miss Vikki Dougan, was the 'It girl' who earned herself the nickname, The Back in 1950's Hollywood.

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Pictured here is “The Back”, Miss Vikki Dougan, the 1950s ‘It girl’ who inspired the iconic cartoon sex bomb Jessica Rabbit… As made evident by those scandalously low cut, custom-made dresses that hugged her curvaceous figure just right, it’s easy to see why it was said: “Vikki Dougan makes the best exits in town.”

It was Hollywood publicist, Milton Weiss who originated Dougan’s (now) iconic look. His first move was having three expensive, backless dresses custom made for her — then he tilted her “The Back”. She would slink around the room provocatively at previews and parties and eventually appeared in Playboy (a 1957 issue).  

While filming the rowboat scene in The Sound of Music, Julie Andrews and the children would be doused with water again between every take.

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Now, 82-years old, even after all the film work she has done over the years, Julie Andrews is still most remembered for her performance as Mary Poppins, the lovable flying nanny. That’s not to dismiss her role in The Sound of Music! As can be seen here in this behind the scenes photograph, Julie Andrews and the children had to be doused with water between every take while filming the rowboat scene.

Apparently, the part where the rowboat overturns was really hard on Kym Karath, who played 5-year-old Gretl. Karath couldn’t swim, for starters. Instead of falling forward as the boat overturned and rescuing Karath, Andrews fell backward. She couldn’t get to her in time and according to Karath, “I went under, I swallowed a lot of water, which I then vomited all over Heather.” That would be, Heather Menzies-Urich, who played Louisa that she was referring to.

Who knew Johnny Cash was a warm and fuzzy type. He's holding a kitten and smiling in this photo from 1983.

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When he wasn’t busy falling into burning rings of fire, Johnny Cash enjoyed his fair share of kitten cuddling. The Rock and Country music icon remains one of the best-selling music artists of all time, having sold more than 90 million records worldwide.

His music encompassed many genres some of which, you wouldn't think mingled well but did. With sounds spanning from rock and roll and rockabilly to blues, folk, and gospel. His strange but harmonious crossover appeal is what won Cash the rare honor of multiple inductions in the Country Music, Rock and Roll, and Gospel Music Halls of Fame.

Who remembers Canadian magician Doug Henning. He had Doug Henning's World of Magic & The Magic Show on TV in the late 70's & early 80's

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Pictured here is illusionist and escape artist Douglas James Henning, who hosted Doug Henning's World of Magic & The Magic Show on TV in the late 70's and early 80's. Doug Henning's first World of Magic special aired on NBC on December 26, 1975. It was the first of seven broadcasts, that would go on to accumulate seven Emmy Award nominations for Henning. Two of which, were back-to-back in 1976 and 1977 for World Of Magic.

At the end of each performance, Henning would always recite the same monologue to the audience: "Anything the mind can conceive is possible. Nothing is impossible. All you have to do is look within, and you can realize your fondest dreams. I would like to wish each one of you all of life's wonders and a joyful age of enlightenment."

In 1986 Henning decided to devote his time to Transcendental Meditation and sold his illusions to David Copperfield among other magicians.

Who remembers watching and waiting to find out who was on American Bandstand's Top Ten every week.

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American Bandstand is a music-performance television show that aired in 1952 until 1989. From 1956 until its final season it was hosted by the iconic by Dick Clark, who was also a producer on the show. Essentially, there would be at least one popular music act and Dick Clark would feature the Top 40 Music of the time with teenagers dancing to it. Over the decades, performers have included everyone from Jerry Lee Lewis to Run–D.M.C.—Freddy "Boom Boom" Cannon actually holds the record for most appearances, with a whopping 110.

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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".