60 Nostalgic Behind The Scenes Moments So Beautiful We Can't Look Away
By | September 26, 2022
"Picture This" Singer Debbie Harry Rocking Out
The rock band Blondie had a hit in 1978 with their single, “Picture This” from Parallel Lines, their third album, but not in the U.S. It was released as a single in the UK, Sweden, and other European countries, but was not released as a single in the U.S. The tune was written by Chris Stein and Jimmy Destri and Debbie Harry, the face of Blondie, penned the lyrics. Rolling Stone Magazine called “Picture This” the “tenderest new wave love song ever put to vinyl.”
1970s Jumpsuit for Men, Groovy or Gross?
As the name suggests, jumpsuits were created in 1919 for skydivers. In the 1930s, one of Coco Chanel’s rival designers, brought jumpsuits into the mainstream when she introduced a jumpsuit style for women. In the 1970s, however, fashion for both genders broke down stereotypes and focused on individual expression. Jumpsuits, especially ones with wide, bell-bottoms, flashy colors, and clingy Spandex fabric, became a fixture on the dancefloors of disco clubs across the country. Men wore them just as much as women, for better or for worse.
A Most Groovy Pad in the Late 1960s/Early 1970s.
In a stark contrast from the bright, psychedelic colors of the groovy 1960s, the home décor color palette of the 1970s trended toward earthy tones. While some homes went full-on brown, others, like this groovy dining room, incorporated harvest gold, avocado, and burnt orange into the mix. During this time, the U.S. was experiencing a back-to-nature movement. Folks, yearning for a simpler life, sought to surround themselves with natural, earth tone colors. It is odd to see this back-to-nature trend coupled with the artificial plastic and Formica products, buy hey, … how about that wood paneling?
A Young Brad Pitt in the 1970s with his Teammates on a Comically Named Basketball Team
I’d recognize that smile anywhere. And that hair. Even as a young boy Brad Pitt had star quality. He was born in 1963 in Oklahoma and grew up in Missouri where he played baseball, basketball, and soccer as a child. He was on the golf, swimming, and tennis teams as a high school student at Kickapoo High School. He was also on the school’s debate team and participated in plays and musicals. He went to the University of Missouri to major in journalism, but dropped out just two weeks shy of graduation to move to Hollywood and follow his dreams of working in the movie industry.
An AMF Roadmaster Super Bike ad from Boy’s Life magazine, 1970
For a boy in the 1970s, a bike meant many things – freedom, mobility, status, adventure. No one understood this more than bike manufacturers. Except maybe their marketing people. Ads like this one, that appeared in the October, 1970 issue of Boy’s Life magazine, hyped up the cool lifestyle that the different bicycle models represented. This AMF Roadmaster Super Bike “Easy Rider”, either the Flying Wedge model or the Aerobee Renegade model, implied that the riders would be the bosses of their neighborhoods. A bike like this could make a boy a leader and, most certainly, one of the cool kids.
Ann-Margret in the Matt Helm spy flick, Murderers Row 1967
Math Helm, a fictional spy character in a series of 1960s movies, was less-popular, comic, American version of James Bond. Actor Dean Martin portrayed this character in four films, including Murderer’s Row which was released in 1966. The film also starred Ann-Margret, seen here, as Suzie, disco dancer and love interest of Helm. Suzie is not a girl to be underestimated. As she gets sucked into Helm’s espionage adventure, she proves that she is not a typical damsel in distress. Ann-Margret reprised her role in one other Matt Helm film, The Silencers.
Arnold Schwarzenegger Giving Donna Summer a Lift, While She Gives Him Bunny Ears in 1978
In 1978, when this photo was taken, Donna Summer was already a household name as the Queen of Disco, but only a few people had yet heard the name Arnold Schwarzenegger. The bodybuilder, former Mr. Universe, and former Mr. Olympia had begun to build his fan base after appearing in the 1977 bodybuilding documentary, Pumping Iron. After that film came out, Schwarzenegger retired from competitive bodybuilding to focus on his show business career. His breakthrough role came a few years later in 1982 when he was cast to star in Conan the Barbarian.
Audrey Hepburn rehearsing for the film The Secret People in 1952, this was her film premiere on the big screen
The 1952 British drama, Secret People, is notable because it brought an engaging young actress named Audrey Hepburn in her first significant big screen role. In the film, she plays the younger sister of the lead character, but her role was sizable enough to garner her praise. Her performance in Secret People led directly to her being cast in the lead role in Roman Holiday in 1953, which was her breakthrough role. Hepburn won an Oscar for her performance in Roman Holiday. Not bad for it being only her second major movie role.
Betty Brosmer was on over 200 magazine covers and the highest paid model in the mid 1950s
Betty Brosmer has made a career out of looking good. A small, thin child, Brosmer turned to weightlifting to increase her size and strength. This led to a lifelong love of weightlifting, fitness, and bodybuilding. In her teens, however, Brosmer began modeling for catalogs and magazine ads. She turned this into a successful career as a pin-up model. In fact, she was the highest paid pin-up model of the 1950s. After she got married and mover beyond pin-up modeling, Brosmer co-authored several fitness books, wrote numerous magazine articles on the subject, and became a spokesperson for the health and fitness movement.
Carly Simon in her younger years
Did you know that Carly Simon turned to singing as a workaround for her severe stuttering problem? Since she struggled to speak and get her words across to others, she began to write songs. Like all stutterers, Simon could sing without stammering. As she grew older, singing became part of her life. She launched her singing career with her sister, Lucy, and billed themselves as The Simon Sisters. They released two albums, enjoyed some moderate radio air time, and appeared on a television variety show. In 1970, she decided to go solo and signed with Elektra Records.
Cher and her sister Georganne Lapiere in 1974
Talent is in the family genes. Just look at the multi-talented singer, songwriter, actress, and producer Cher. Did you know that her younger sister, Georganne LaPiere, is an accomplished actress in her own right? She has performed in General Hospital, Happy Days, The streets of San Francisco, Love Boat, Police Woman, and many more television shows. Georganne was married to Michael Madsen for a time, making her the sister-in-law of Virginia Madsen of Law & Order: SVU, and Cheryl Madsen of The Bachelor.
Clint Eastwood blowing froth off his ale while in England. (1967)
Throughout the 1960s, Clint Eastwood starred in a string of westerns, but in 1967, when this photo was taken, Eastwood was in England where several scenes of the 1968 war drama, Where Eagles Dare, were shot. The film, which also starred Richard Burton, was mainly filmed at Hohenwerfen Castle in Austria, as well as several other picturesque locations around Austria. The movie is about an impenetrable mountaintop fortress that is only accessible by cable car. While all the other scenes were shot on location, the scenes showing the castle and the cable car together were shot using scale models.
Contestants of the Michigan State Fair Pageant in the 1950s
The Michigan State Fair was a long tradition in the Great Lakes State since its inception in 1839. In addition to a fair queen pageant, the event featured livestock and agricultural exhibits, food vendors, games, and carnival rides. It was originally held in Detroit, but over the years, it was moved to other cities, such as Ann Arbor and Lansing. The Michigan State Fair enjoyed decades of thriving attendance, peaking at about 1.2 million visitors in 1966. In 2009, then-governor of Michigan, Jennifer Granholm halted the state fair when she vetoed legislation to fund the event. Amid uproar from supporters of the fair, organizers worked on alternative funding sources and reopened the State Fair, on a smaller scale, In 2011.
Daniel Boone (TV Series 1964–1970) with Patricia Blair and Fess Parke
Fess Parker and Patricia Blair starred as Daniel Boone and his wife, Rebecca, in the live-action TV series, Daniel Boone, which ran on MBC for 165 episodes from 1964 to 1970. Fans of the series loved the beautiful and rugged western setting, shot “in living color” in Kanab, Utah, but sadly, the show was not historically accurate. The writers took great liberties with the folk legends and actual life of Kentuckian Daniel Boone and wrote episodes were more about attracting viewers than they were about remaining true to historic events. The show had some notable guest stars, including country singer Jimmy Dean and professional football player Rosey Grier.
Danny DeVito, Jack Nicholson and Louis Fletcher in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, 1976
Yep, that’s Danny DeVito in the background of this scene from One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, the 1975 comedy/psychological drama based on the Ken Kesey novel of the same name. DeVito is one of the several patients at an Oregon state psychiatric hospital for the criminally insane that share quarters with Jack Nicholson’s character, Randle McMurphy. Although McMurphy is pretending to be insane to escape a lengthy prison sentence, the other patients are actually suffering from a mental illness. DeVito’s character is child-like and delusional.
In the late 1960s and early 1970s, a time period that coincided with the second wave of American feminism, women all over the country opted to forego their bras, like these young ladies who are enjoying some freedom in the summer sun. Bras were seen as symbols of repression and forced societal norms. By shedding their bras – and even burning them – young women were making a statement that they would not be constrained by the conventions of the past.
The 1980 movie, Urban Cowboy, did a lot to thrust country music into the national spotlight. It did so through an engaging romance story between Sissy, played by Debra Winger seen here, and Bud, played by John Travolta. It is ironic that a few years earlier, John Travolta was the face of the disco dancing scene and with Urban Cowboy, he made the switch to the growing country music trend. The setting of Urban Cowboy was at Gilley’s Club, an enormous and popular honky-tonk dance bar located in Pasadena, Texas. The film made Gilley’s a household name and helped country music move to the mainstream.
Enough said! Groovy alphabet cards from 70s
In keeping with the times, the makers of educational tools, like these letter flash cards, replaced older words and images with newer, more modern ones in the hopes that young learners would be able to relate more to them. One of these words was “groovy”, a term that would have had a different meaning to children a generation or two before. Educators understand that it is important to keep with the times for the lessons to be relevant and memorable for their students. One way to do that is to incorporate the new, hip slang words
Frank Sinatra and Mia Farrow cutting the cake on their wedding day in 1966.
A salacious love affair, a young, virginal newcomer named Mia Farrow visited the set of Von Ryan’s Express and caught the eye of the twice-divorced 49-year-old singer and actor Frank Sinatra. Sparks flew. After a quick and steamy affair, the couple ties the knot on in June of 1966. At the time of their wedding, Sinatra was 50 years and Farrow was barely 20. Their wedding ceremony took less than 15 minutes and was held at the Sands Hotel in Las Vegas. Sinatra wanted Farrow to give up her career and the two came to blows in November of 1967 after she agreed to star in Rosemary’s Baby. Their divorce was final in the summer of 1968.
Gojira-Haruo Nakajima in semi-suit as Godzilla in a behind-the-scenes shot on the set of, Godzilla in 1955
Here is a behind-the-scenes look from the 1954 Japanese film, Godzilla, which marked the first movie in the Godzilla film franchise. Wildly considered to be one of the best monster movies ever made, Godzilla was originally going to be a giant octopus-like creature, but the filmmakers decided to make their monster a dinosaur-like creature. Filming of the monster scenes called for an actor, Gojira-Haruo Nakajima, to wear a costume in a technique called suitmation. Nakajima interacted with a miniature set to give the effect that he was an enormous monster.
Groovy 1975 Fall fashions for men from the JC Penney catalog
What do you think of these groovy outfits from the J.C. Penney catalog? That looks like a lot of polyester. J.C. Penney grew as an offshoot from the Golden Rule Stores when James Cash Penney partnered with the Golden Rule owner. After learning the trade and saving his money, Penney was able to open two of his own stores. Those two stores expanded into 34 stores by 1913 and 500 stores by 1924 and 1,600 stores by 1962. One of the hallmarks of J.C. Penney is its iconic catalog which allowed customers to show and buy from the comfort of their own living room long before the creation of Amazon.
Heres a groovy hippie gas station in 1972
How is this for a groovy, hippie gas station? There are many who argue that graffiti is a raw artform because it is the expression of street artists and there may be some truth to that. Most examples of graffiti are spontaneous, poignant, and colorful. They depict the vibe of the time. The graffiti at this gas station is no different. It represents the groovy era and its emphasis on love, peace, harmony, and nature. Hippies traveling around the country would be delighted to find a service station like this one on their travels. It’s far out!
High school fashion In 1970
These groovy girls are heading off the class in style in 1970. Bell bottoms, long, straight hair, and midriff-bearing shirts were all the rage. This was a drastic change from the stiff dresses and skirts of the previous decade. Of course, the new fashions caused a stir, especially with the older, more conservative generation. It is funny, though, that these styles have come back in vogue in 2022. Take a look at teenaged girls at the mall or on the streets and you will see long, straight hair and midriff-bearing shirts. Believe it or not, bell bottoms are even making a comeback.
Hunter S. Thompson on his Woody Creek ranch in Colorado riding a 1976 Penton GS6 125 motocross bike
The creator of gonzo journalism, Hunter S. Thompson made a name for himself with his books Hell’s Angels in 1967 and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas in 1971. In addition, he published numerous articles in the gonzo style in which he, as the author, is the central figure in the story he is telling, and it reads like a first-hand account. The volume of his work declined in the mid-1970s when this photograph was taken. As his fame grew, he had become more recognizable. He could no longer integrate into a situation or event and report on it as an anonymous observer.
Jack and Anjelica were a hipster Hollywood power couple in the 70s and 80s
Two of Hollywood’s greatest actors, Jack Nicholson and Anjelica Huston were a power couple of the 1970s and 1980s, even through they were never married. The couple met in 1973 when Huston attended at party at Nicholson’s house. The attraction was immediate. The two danced together the entire night and began officially dating a few days later. But their relationship was tumultuous. Nicholson had a wandering eye and the rest of his body followed along. They discussed marriage on several occasions, but Huston was reluctant to marry. After years of on-again, off-again dating, they finally called it quits in 1990.
Jim Morrison takes a break during The Doors rehearsal in the studio
Jim Morrison, the lead singer of the Doors, was known for unique voice, thought-provoking lyrics, and wild and unpredictable personality. Those traits made him one of the most influential figures in rock n roll history. Morrison, best remembered for the number-one song “Light My Fire”, was tortured soul. He was rebellious, a heavy drinker, and a master of spoken-word poetry. While in Paris in 1971, Morrison died of a suspected heroin overdose. He was 27 years old, the same age as Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, and Rolling Stone’s guitarist Brian Jones at the times of their deaths, making Morrison one more member of the 27 Club.
Lee Marvin, along with his trusty horse, Smoky, starred in the comedy western, Cat Ballou, with Jane Fonda. Released in 1965, the film earned Marvin a Best Actor Oscar for playing the dual roles of Ked Shelleen and Tim Strawn. Although Fonda won acclaim for her portrayal of the outlaw Cat Ballou, but it was the musical troubadours, led by Nat King Cole, that caught the audiences’ attention. They performed the movie’s theme song, but also used music and songs as a framing device throughout the film.
Leonard Nimoy hanging out with Jimi Hendrix, 1969
Here are a couple of guys you never pictured hanging out together in the 1960s – Leonard Nimoy and Jimi Hendrix. Although they were both big names in the groovy era, it is hard to imagine their circles overlapping. Nimoy, in an attempt to capitalize on his fame as Spock from Star Trek, released a series of album. Nimoy was in Cleveland promoting one of them, The New World of Leonard Nimoy, when someone told him that Jimi Hendrix was in the building and would like to meet him. Apparently, the two talked about the cosmic connection between Hendrix’s music and Star Trek before posing for pics.
Model Jerry Hall was one of the most sought-after faces of the 1970s. When she wasn’t jetting off to do a photoshoot or walking a runway somewhere, she could be found at the famous Studio 54 in New York City. The popular disco was the place to see and be seen and Jerry Hall was right in the middle of all the action. Fashion was just as important at Studio 54 as the music and dancing. Hall was known to push the envelope with the outfits she wore to Studio 54, including this skin-tight, lacy bodysuit that left nothing to the imagination.
"Love isn't a state of perfect caring. It is an active noun like struggle."
Fred Rogers, the creator and star of the children's television series, Mr. Rogers’s Neighborhood, one commented about love that “love isn’t a state of perfect caring. It is an active noun, like struggle.” Rogers understood a thing or two about love. He and his wife, Joanne, shown in this photo, were married for more than fifty years. The couple met while they were attending Rollins College where they both majored in music. They were wed in 1952 and remained devoted to each other until Rogers’s death in 2003. They had two sons, James and John.
Big hoop earring, layers of bracelets, a bandana, black accessories … this look is classic Madonna in the mid-1980s. That’s when the “Like a Virgin” singer starred in the comedy film, Desperately Seeking Susan. Her character was known for her unique fashion choices which is then copied by a bored housewife, played by Rosanna Arquette. Arquette’s character does such a great job emulating Susan’s flair that she is mistaken for her. The film sparked a fashion craze that can best be described as a thrift store punk.
Nanu Nanu! Robin Williams greeting a young fan in 1979
Zany Robin Williams was doing stand-up when he was called in as a last-minute replacement to audition for a one-time role as a space alien on Happy Days. Williams impressed the studio execs with his improved characterizations, comic voices, and wacky stunts. They knew they had a star-on-the-rise and wanted to make the most of his extraordinary talent. A spin-off show was created, Mork & Mindy, starring Williams as an off-beat alien who was sent to Earth to observe human behavior. Much of Williams’ dialogue and stunts were improvised by the energetic and genius Williams.
Natural beauty, Debbie Harry, in 1968 before she went blonde.
Don’t call her Blondie. That’s the name of Debbie Harry’s band and, as you can see from this photo of her when she was first starting out, she isn’t even a natural blonde. Although the band Blondie was formed in the mid-1970s, Debbie Harry had been performing for about a decade at that point. She was a back-up singer for the folk group, The Wind in the Willows in the mid to late-1970s before joining the band, The Stilettoes, in 1973. A few members of The Stilettoes, including Harry, broke off to form another group, Angel and the Snake, but they soon changed the name of the band to Blondie. The name was chosen because Debbie Harry dyed her brown hair to a platinum blonde and men in the audiences at their gigs kept calling her Blondie.
Pattie Boyd, George Harrison and Ringo Starr traveling together in the groovy 60s
Model Pattie Boyd, shown here with George Harrison and Ringo Starr, has a unique place in rock history. A groupie of the Beatles during the height of their popularity, Boyd married George Harrison in 1966 and was the muse for several of his songs, including “If I Needed Someone”, “I Need You,” “For You Blue,” and “Something.” She divorced Harrison in 1977 and married his pal Eric Clapton in 1979. She was also Clapton’s muse, serving as the inspiration for his some of his songs, too, such as “Layla,” “Wonderful Tonight,” and “Bell Bottom Blues.”
This Snapshot of Robin Anderson, Stevie Nicks and Christine McVie in 1976 has a heartbreaking ending.
In this photo, we see Stevie Nicks, Christine McVie, and Nicks’ best friend, Robin Anderson. Robin and Stevie became best friends in their early teens. In fact, Stevie later said that her friends, a talented artist, was the only person who truly knew her because that had grown up together. Sadly, when Robin was pregnant, her doctors discovered that she had terminal leukemia and gave her just months to live. As her condition worsened, the doctors made the decision to take the baby, although he was three months premature, in order to save his life. Robin died in 1983 three days after her son, Michael, was born. Stevie was heartbroken. She has called Robin the “gypsy that remains.” Sound familiar?
Rockin sisters Patti and Suzi Quatro in 1976
Rocker Suzi Quatro got her start in the music industry when her sister, Patti Quatro, asked her to join the Pleasure Seekers. She later explained that she wanted to be a rocker since she was six years old and watched Elvis perform on television. Both Patti and Suzi had been classically trained on the piano and percussions, but Suzi later taught herself to play the bass. Patti and Suzi are not the only members of the Quatro family to find success in the entertainment industry. Their brother, Michael, is also a successful musician. Their sister, Arlene, is the mother of actress Sherilyn Fenn.
Rod Stewart enjoying his Heineken
It almost feels like Rod Stewart has had two different careers. His early career, which began in 1963 and continued through the end of the 1970s, gave us such iconic songs as “Maggie May”, “You Wear It Well,” “Tonight’s the Night”, “Da Ya Think I’m Sexy”, and “You’re in My Heart.” Then in the late 1980s and throughout the 1990s and beyond, the former rocker switched gears and released a series of soft rock and classic hits albums featuring selections from the Great American Songbook. Fans who lived through the seventies know Rod Stewart as a cutting-edge rocker, but current fans know him as an easy-listening singer of classic American songs.
Samuel L Jackson in his Senior high school photo from 1970
Wow … Samuel L. Jackson hasn’t changed a bit since his high school days. This is his yearbook photo from Riverside High School in Chattanooga. As a student, he played several instruments in his high school band, including the trumpet, flute, piccolo, and French horn. He had a severe stuttering problem as a youngster but learned to work through it. You know that famous expression that we all associate with Samuel L. Jackson? The one I can’t repeat here? That is actually one of the tools he used to get past a speech block. As a student t Morehouse College in Atlanta, Jackson majored in marine biology. He only joined an acting club to earn extra credit for one of his classes, but he switched his major after he caught the acting bug.
Sitting pretty in the 70s
This pretty model in the 1970s is wearing a mini dress version of the mini skirt. The hemlines of women’s dresses and skirts in the seventies was all over the place. Coming down from the 1960s fashions, designers attempted to bring hemlines down from mini skirt length and tried to introduce miniskirts. This was a fashion flop. But as designers were debating hemline lengths, more and more women were opting to skip the skirt altogether and wear pants. Just when it seemed like the calf-length skirt would be the new fad, the punk rock scene started. Punk rock chicks added their own twist to the mini skirt by changing up the fabric. They wore skirts made of Spandex, leather, tartans, rubber, and even plastic bags.
Stevie Nicks and Mick Fleetwood posing for the Rumours album cover. (1976)
Widely considered to be one of the greatest albums of all time, Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours was the band’s eleventh studio album. It was release in early 1977 and spawned several of the group’s biggest singles, including “Go Your Own Way,” “You Make Loving Fun,” “Dream”, and “Don’t Stop”. It was the first of the group’s albums to hit the top of the charts in both the US and the UK. It spent 31 weeks in the number one spot and has sold more than 40 million copies. In fact, it is the 10th best-selling album of all times. It was named the Album of the Year at the 1977 Grammys.
The Beach Boys and a pretty fan in 1964
This lucky fan took advantage of a photo opp and had her pic taken with the Beach Boys. In the early 1960s, the Beach Boys pioneers the surf sound of pop music. The released a string of hit singles, including “Surfin’ U.S.A” and “Good Vibrations” that launched a whole new sound and a sub-genre of rock music that perfectly captured the vibe of the Southern California surf culture. The Beach Boys were so unique and so popular that they held their own during the British Invasion when an influx of rock bands from the UK burst on the U.S. music scene.
The Jean Genie video was shot in San Francisco with Cyrinda Foxe and David Bowie, along with live concert footage in 1972
Brilliant and creative, Davie Bowie envisioned a unique concept for the music video for his song “The Jean Genie” in 1972. He wanted his alter-ego, Zippy Pop, to appear as a Hollywood street rat with a Marilyn Monroe-like girlfriend. He selected model and actress Cyrinda Foxe for that role. The video was a collection of scene meant to represent a slice of American life. Foxe was also linked romantically with Bowie. She later referred to his as a “great lover”.
The rock trio Rush apparently not in a rush to get anywhere in the back of a car, 70s
Forget the British Invasion, the band Rush, shown here, represented the Canadian Invasion. The Toronto-based band, which formed in 1968, enjoyed some moderate success with their first two albums, Fly by Night and Caress of Steel, but it was their third album, 2112 which was released in 1976, that garnered much attention. The album’s title track was twenty minutes long, although it was divided into seven different parts. Rush’s next two album, Farewell to Kings and Hemisphere, which were both recorded in the UK, contained songs of traditional lengths.
Who remembers these Nike tennis shoes, flared and frayed blue jeans and penny boards while growing up
Did you know that penny boards are a product of the 1970s? They were first manufactured and sold in the early 1970s by Larry Stevenson for Makaha Skateboards. The penny boards were characterized by their short size. The plastic skateboards were typically between 22 and 27-inches long. Since the skateboarding culture was on the rise in the 1970s, the new penny boards offered a new option. Penny boards were quite popular in the 1970s, but the fad declined after that. Since 2010, however, the penny boards have enjoyed a resurgence in popularity.
Who wears short shorts?
Long before Catherine Bach’s Daisy Dukes were all the rage, young women enjoyed wearing short shorts. Showing a lot of leg became fashionable in the 1960s and was just one of many ways that women rebelled against the traditional expectations. Since hemlines rose about as high as they possibly could, it was only natural for the same thing to happen to shorts. Even though the shorts were super short, the waistline was pretty high on the shorts these girls are wearing. When the low-rise, hip huggers coupled with the short shorts, well, that’s when women’s shorts got really eye-popping.
Who would like to go camping in this VW campervan?
Today, a lot of young, adventurous people are embracing the campervan lifestyle while working as digital nomads, but campervans were also quite popular in the 1970s. This VW campervan is super groovy. More affordable than RVs, campervans were – and are – a way to hit the open road without having to pay for hotels or sleep in a tent. They represented a midway point between truly roughing it and the more luxurious and expensive hotel travel. Most campervans included a bed and a rudimentary kitchen, as well as storage areas.
William Katt as the Greatest American Hero on TV in 1983.
The basic concept of TV’s The Greatest American Hero is intriguing. Aliens come to earth and select a clumsy, lanky high school teacher to become a superhero to aid mankind. They present him with a superhero suit, as seen in this photo, that will give him numerous amazing abilities, such as the ability to fly, shrink, see through walls, deflect bullets, go invisible, and more. The aliens include an instruction manual on how to operate the suit, but the teacher, Ralph, immediately loses it. With the help of an FBI agent and a lawyer, Ralph has to muddle his way through crimefighting while learning the ins and outs of the suit.
Wonder Woman, Lynda Carter and her stunt double Jeannie Epper, 1979
No, you are not seeing double. This photograph shows Lynda Carter, TV’s Wonder Woman, with her stunt double, Jeannie Epper. The daughter of professional stunt performers, Jeannie started in the industry when she was quite young. She was one of the first professional child stunt doubles. In Hollywood, she initially had trouble finding work but the 1970s saw a rise in action heroes. In addition to being Carter’s stunt double on Wonder Woman, Epper was also Kate Jackson’s stunt double on Charlie’s Angels. She also worked on Romancing the Stone, Catch Me if You Can, and Kill Bill, Vol. 2.
Yvette Mimieux, American actress, 1968
Beautiful actress Yvette Mimieux launched her acting career in 1960 when she appeared in her first movie, Platinum High School, and her breakout role, H.G. Wells’s The Time Machine. She followed up this film with a starring role in yet another 1960 film, Where the Boys Are. Mimieux was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for the Best New Star of the Year for 1960. She followed up her momentous breakout year with a role in Four Horseman of the Apocalypse. She won critical praise for playing a mentally disabled girl in the 1962 film, Light in the Piazza with George Hamilton and Olivia de Haviland.
Fast Times at Ridgemont High scene with Robert Romanus and Jennifer Jason Leigh, 1982
Heart guitarist Nancy Wilson onstage, 1977
Nancy Wilson, alongside her older sister, Ann, were the first women to front a hard rock band when they formed Heart in the late 1970s. An accomplished guitar player and singer, Nancy and Ann Wilson hit the charts with such iconic tunes as “Barracuda”, “Crazy For You”, and “Magic Man”. The Wilson sisters have sold more than 35 million records In 2013, she was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Nancy Wilson is still going strong. In fact, she released her first solo rock album, You and Me, in 2021.
The Joker (Caesar Romero) and Catwoman (Lee Merriwether) from TVs Batman series
In 1966, 20th Century Fox produced a full-length feature movie based on the popular television superhero series, Batman. Batman: The Movie was released two months after the end of season one of the TV series and featured the same cast as the television show with one notable exception. Lee Meriwether was cast to play the villain Catwoman, replacing Julie Newmar, who played the part in the TV series. Joining her on the movie set was Cesar Romero, shown here, who played yet another colorful villain, The Joker. Meriwether made an impression on the TV producers. In the 1967 season of Batman, Meriwether appeared in two episodes as a love interest of Bruce Wayne.
1970s Power Couple Lee Majors and Farrah Fawcett
In the mid-1970s, Lee Majors and Farrah Fawcett were the hottest power couple on TV. Majors was a household name thanks to his mega-popular television series, The Six Million Dollar Man. Fawcett, the beautiful star of Charlie’s Angels, was equally well-known. She sparked a hairstyle craze, and her swimsuit poster adorned the walls of most teen boys’ bedrooms. The handsome couple were married from 1973 to 1982. Upon her marriage, Fawcett began to use the name Farrah Fawcett-Majors professionally. Even after their divorce, she continued to use her hyphenated name.