60 Retro Photos Of The Best Time To Ever Be Alive
Written by Torya Primrose
Here we have quite the mix: playful childhood memories, stunning models, blonde bombshells, cowboys and debonair leading men alike. Come take a look at these magic moments from the groovy age of Hollywood that have been immortalized by film and collected right here.
Elvis serving in the US Army back in 1958.
It was on March 24, 1958 when the King, Elvis Aron Presley entered the United States Army. He then spent three days at the Fort Chaffee, Arkansas, Reception Station. He left active duty at Fort Dix, New Jersey, on March 5, 1960, and received his discharge from the Army Reserve on March 23, 1964.
He then went through basic and advanced training and ended up serving as a member of two different armor battalions during his active military career. Presley was sent overseas to serve as a member of the 1st Medium Tank Battalion, 32d Armor in Germany from October 1, 1958, until March 2, 1960.
Singer-songwriter Bobbie Gentry was one of the first female country artists who wrote-produced their own songs (1969).
Pictured here is singer-songwriter Bobbie Gentry who’s notably one of the first female country artists to compose and produce her own material. It was her intriguing Southern Gothic narrative "Ode to Billie Joe" back in 1967 that shot her up to international stardom. The song spent four weeks as the No. 1 pop song on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, was fourth in the Billboard year-end chart, and earned her Grammy awards for Best New Artist and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance!
Gentry went on to chart eleven singles on the Billboard Hot 100 and four singles on the United Kingdom Top 40, but by the late 70’s she lost all interest in performing.
Comedians Robin Williams and John Ritter hamming it up in 1979.
This picture is iconic, two of the most beloved comedians in the business were Robin Williams and John Ritter. Here they are together at the Emmys back on September 9, 1979, hamming it up. Both actors had been nominated for their work that year and it seems neither one of them was going home without a hangover that night. Unfortunately, they didn’t get to take any Primetime Emmy Awards home with them, but they sure managed to entertain everyone there and thoroughly enjoy themselves all night anyway!
Judy Carne, Jo Anne Worley, Millicent Martin and Anita Harris join Tom Jones on 'Laugh In' 1971.
Pictured here are Judy Carne, Jo Anne Worley, Millicent Martin and Anita Harris joining Tom Jones on the show 'Laugh-In' back in 1971. Laugh-In was television sketch comedy at its finest and ran for a whopping 140 episodes from 1968 to 1973. The show certainly had its roots in vaudeville and burlesque, but its most direct influences were Olsen and Johnson's comedy. It was characterized by its rapid-fire series of gags and sketches, most of which were politically charged and full of sexual innuendo.
Lassie and 'Timmy Martin' (Jon Provost) in 'Lassie', 1958.
Here's an adorable shot of Lassie and 'Timmy Martin' (Jon Provost) in the show 'Lassie', back in 1958. This lovable female Rough Collie dog named Lassie was the most adorable hero on television between 1954 and 1973. The show followed the adventures of Lassie and her human companions. Shenanigans would happen and Lassie would have to save her master’s life or dash off to get help of some kind. There would always be a happy, relief filled ending topped with a little lecture on why he should not have done what he had done. Lassie remains a classic and after is the fourth longest-running U.S. primetime television series after The Simpsons, Gunsmoke, and Law & Order.
Lindsay Wagner back in 1973.
Pictured here is actress and model Lindsay Jean Wagner back in 1973. Wagner is best known for her leading role as Jaime Sommers in the action science fiction television series, The Bionic Woman which she starred in from 1976 to 1978. Wagner earned an Emmy Award in 1977 for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Dramatic Role for her portrayal of Jaime Sommers. Her character would take on high-risk special missions from the government, utilizing her superhuman powers to complete them.
She first played the role on the television series The Six Million Dollar Man, from there spun her character’s own show. In the late 1980s and early 1990s, she reprised the role in several bionic reunion television movies.
Elton John looking very groovy with all of his iron-on patches and fringed boots in 1972.
Pictured here is a very groovy Elton John, the glamorous performer with a flair for the dramatics never disappoints. The man has more than fifty Top 40 hits and throughout the course of his five-decade career, Elton John has sold more than 300 million records (so far), making him one of the best-selling music artists in the world.
He’s won pretty much everything there is to win and having already been named an Order of the British Empire in 1996, John was then made a Knight Bachelor by Elizabeth II for "services to music and charitable services" in 1998.
Carrie Fisher on the set of 'Under the Rainbow', 1981.
Here’s Carrie Fisher on the set of Under the Rainbow, in which she played Annie Clark. The 1981 American comedy film also stars Chevy Chase, Eve Arden, and Billy Barty. The film is full of random shenanigans involving assassins, spies, nobility, and tourist. The main plot is loosely based on a group of little people who have all come to a Hollywood hotel, to audition for roles as Munchkins in the movie The Wizard of Oz. They actually got one of the original members of the lollipop guild in The Wizard of Oz, Jerry Maren, to play the small role of Smokey in this film.
In it, “A visiting dignitary, a CIA agent, a Nazi spy, Japanese tourists, an assassin and a group of "midget" actors from The Wizard of Oz(1939) all check into an elite Los Angeles hotel called Under the Rainbow.”
Here's a 7-Up ad from 1956.
Check out this vintage 7-Up advertisement from back in 1956, when it was apparently okay to feed babies bottles of soda. As can be seen here, 7Up launched a campaign back in the 50’s boasting they had the youngest consumers in the business It was accompanied by the tagline "Nothing Does it Like 7Up"! Not only did they depict babies drinking their product, but the even offered up gag-worthy recipe ideas for the little tikes like combining 7-Up with milk!
The ad reads: “By the way, Mom, when it comes to toddlers -- if they like to be coaxed to drink their milk, try this: Add 7Up to the milk in equal parts, pouring the 7Up gently into the milk. It's a wholesome combination -- and it works! Make 7Up your family drink."
Big screen beauty Brigitte Bardot in 1958.
There doesn’t seem to be a ‘bad’ photo of Brigitte Bardot, the original bombshell still reigns supreme as a fashion and sex icon decades after she walked away from it all. Bardot won the world over with her charms, talent, and effortless beauty. Her look was so distinct and desirable, that designer's named clothing styles after her. The French model, actress, and singer was the original blonde bombshell. Brigitte Bardot’s style, grace, and eventually her passion for animal rights heavily influenced culture as a whole. Her hair, makeup, fashion sense, and even her signature pose are still being emulated across the world!
Jacqueline Bisset in 1970.
Pictured here is the lovely actress Jacqueline Fraser Bisset back in 1970. Jacqueline first came to prominence in 1968 with roles in The Detective, Bullitt, and The Sweet Ride, which earned her a Golden Globe nomination for the most promising newcomer. Then in 1973, she starred in Day for Night and the following year she was in the classic Murder on the Orient Express. She earned another Golden Globe nomination, this time for Best Actress in a Comedy for her role in the 1978 film Who Is Killing the Great Chefs of Europe? She also earned an Emmy nominated role in the miniseries Joan of Arc (1999). She won a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress for Dancing on the Edge (2013). She was also bestowed France's highest honor, the Légion d'honneur in 2010.
Marilyn Monroe in 'The Prince and the Showgirl', 1957.
Here is a shot of the lovely Marilyn Monroe staring in The Prince and the Showgirl back in 1957. The British-American romantic comedy film also starred the film’s director and producer Laurence Olivier. In the film,“An American showgirl becomes entangled in political intrigue when the prince regent of a foreign country attempts to seduce her.”
Marilyn received a British Academy Film Awards nomination for Best Foreign Actress and she won a David di Donatello Award and the Crystal Star Awards for Best Foreign Actress for her performance.
1971 Ford Maverick Grabber ad.
Here we have a Ford Maverick Grabber ad from 1971. The Ford Maverick is a compact car that was manufactured in North America from 1970 to 1977 and then in Brazil from 1973 until 1979. They were originally marketed as a two-door sedan at a price of $1,995, can you imagine getting a brand new car for less than two-grand? The Maverick was designed to be inexpensive to both, manufacture and maintain. Its design featured the long hood, fastback roof, and short deck popularized by the Mustang. It had simple, inexpensive pop-out rear side windows instead of the roll-downs. At this price, Ford managed to produce nearly 579,000 Mavericks in its first year!
A salesman has his motorized roller skates refueled at a gas station in 1961.
This photo was taken at a gas station in Hartford Connecticut back in 1961. In it, is salesman Mike Dreschler refueling his motorized roller skates at a fuel pump. That contraption you see strapped to his back is a single horsepower air-cooled engine and in his hand, he has a clutch, accelerator, and the engine cut off switch for the device.
John Wayne, concerned by the anti-war atmosphere in the United States, wanted to make the film 'Green Berets' movie to present the pro-military position. (1968)
The 1968 American war film titled, The Green Berets is set in Vietnam and features John Wayne, Jim Hutton, David Janssen, Aldo Ray, Patrick Wayne, and Jack Soo. Thematically, The Green Berets is intensely anti-communist and pro-Saigon and it was released at the height of American involvement in the Vietnam War.
John Wayne was very concerned by the anti-war atmosphere in the United States and because of this, he wanted to make this film to present the pro-military position. He even went so far as to obtain full military cooperation and material from 36th President Lyndon B. Johnson and the U.S. Department of Defense.
American screen stars Paul Newman and Clint Eastwood meet by chance outside a motel in Tucson, Arizona, 1972. Both were making movies for different studios.
Photographer Terry O’Neil captured this picture of two Hollywood tough-guys, Paul Newman and Clint Eastwood in Tucson, Arizona in 1972, after meeting by chance outside a motel.
Award-winning actor Paul Newman was quite the badass. He directed, produced, and was a race car driver! As old ‘cool hand’ once explained, auto racing was "the first thing that I ever found I had any grace in". His impressive film credits include title characters in The Hustler (1961), Cool Hand Luke (1967), Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969), and Butch Cassidy, The Sting (1973), and The Verdict (1982).
The Unforgiven, Gran Torino, True Crime, Joe Kidd, Dirty Harry, Million Dollar Baby… Eastwood and his standard “tough guy roles” have pretty much sealed his fate as the official cultural icon of masculinity.
Marilyn Monroe in 'The Prince and the Showgirl,' 1957.
Here is a shot of the lovely Marilyn Monroe starring in The Prince and the Showgirl back in 1957. The British-American romantic comedy film also starred the film’s director and producer Laurence Olivier. In the film,“ An American showgirl becomes entangled in political intrigue when the prince regent of a foreign country attempts to seduce her.” Marilyn received a British Academy Film Awards nomination for Best Foreign Actress and she won a David di Donatello Award and the Crystal Star Awards for Best Foreign Actress for her performance.
Actress Jessica Walter and her umbrella in the 60's.
Here’s a shot of actress Jessica Walter with her umbrella in tow back in the 60's. Jessica Walter is best known for her roles in the films Play Misty for Me and Grand Prix. She was a regular character in the first half of the first season of 90210 and was the voice of Fran Sinclair in the series Dinosaurs. More recently, she’s known for her role as Lucille Bluth on the sitcom Arrested Development. She also provided the voice of Malory Archer in the animated series Archer. She starred as the title character of the series Amy Prentiss, a role for which she won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or TV Movie.
Joan Jett in London, 1977.
Here's a shot of rocker Joan Jett, in London back in 1977. Jett is best known as a co-founder of The Runaways. Then, in 1979 she pursued a solo career and teamed with the Sex Pistols on a few songs. She later went on to form Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, with whom she recorded new material with, in addition to re-releasing some of her old fan favorites like "I Love Rock n' Roll" and "Bad Reputation".
Evel Knievel's 1976 Harley-Davidson Stratocycle from the 'Viva Knievel' 1977 film.
Check out this beast! It's Evel Knievel's 1976 Harley-Davidson Stratocycle from the 1977 film 'Viva Knievel'. Robert Craig Knievel Jr. or as he was known professionally, Evel Knievel, was a stunt performer and international icon. Evel’s first jump was at the National Date Festival in Indio, California back in 1966, and he spent the rest of his career outdoing himself. Each stunt became more ambitious and more dangerous than the last. Some of his most memorable being Caesars Palace (1967), Madison Square Garden (1971), Twin Falls, Idaho, Snake River Canyon(1975), and the famous Wembley Stadium jump (1975). Over the course of his career, he attempted more than 75 ramp-to-ramp motorcycle jumps and was inducted into the Motorcycle Hall of Fame in 1999.
Jack Nicholson sitting on a ladder in Galveston Bay - 1982.
This iconic shot was taken by award-winning photographer Nancy Ellison back in 1982. The actor and filmmaker, John Joseph "Jack" Nicholson is certainly one of ‘Hollywood’s Greats’. He has a career spanning over 60 years so far and throughout it, he has taken on an impressively wide range of both starring and supporting roles.
There’s no boxing Nicholson in, he can be hilarious or terrifying. He’s taken on satirical comedy, romance and extremely dark portrayals of antiheroes and psychopaths. With 12 Academy Award nominations, Nicholson is the most nominated male actor in the Academy's history! Nicholson is also one of only three male actors to actually win three Academy Awards.He has won six Golden Globe Awards, received the Kennedy Center Honor, and was one of the youngest actors to be awarded the American Film Institute's Life Achievement Award.
Mata Hairi from 'Lancelot Link - Secret Chimp' worked for A.P.E. (Agency to Prevent Evil)
It’s Mata Hairi from 'Lancelot Link - Secret Chimp'. The action/adventure comedy series aired from 1970 to 1971 and featured a cast of chimpanzees who were overdubbed with human voices. Producers Stan Burns and Mike Marmer went to ridiculous lengths to make the chimp’s lip movements match the dubbing. They had the voice overs ad-libbed on the set which is how they got those absurd moments of the chimps breaking into song and nursery rhymes look just right. For those wondering, the plot of the show reads as follows: “A member of pop band Evolution Revolution, Lancelot Link is called upon by the Agency to Prevent Evil (APE), in their ongoing fight against CHUMP.”
Joan Jett and Sandy West of The Runaways relaxing between recording sessions in 1977.
Pictured here are two co-founding members of the Runaways: Joan Jett, and Sandy West. The Runaways were the first teenage all-girl hard rock band to record and achieve widespread commercial success in the 1970s. It was in 1975 when Sandy West met producer Kim Fowley, who connected her with another young musician, guitarist Joan Jett. The two young girls met up, played through some songs together, and the synergy between them was essentially the inception of what would become the Runaways. They played together for Fowley, who then helped them find musicians Lita Ford and Cherie Currie.
Who collected ''Archie'' comic books growing up in the 60's and 70's!
Who collected ''Archie'' comic books growing up in the 60's and 70's? The initial Archie characters (Archie Andrews, Jughead Jones, and Betty Cooper) first appeared in Pep Comics #22 (cover-dated Dec. 1941). But who didn’t love the rest of the gang that eventually joined the bunch: Veronica Lodge, Sabrina Spellman, and Josie and the Pussycats? All the Archie characters have spun other projects over the years. They have appeared in numerous films, television programs, cartoons, and video games, with the latest being the hit 2017 television drama series Riverdale.
A cool dude and his equally cool Plymouth Roadrunner.
Check out this beauty. The Plymouth Road Runner was produced between 1968 and 1980, with a focus on performance. By 1968, many of the original muscle cars were making the move away from their inexpensive roots and became pricey as they gained features and increased in price. Plymouth saw this as an opportunity to develop the Road Runner and market it at a lower price. Plymouth paid Warner Bros. $50,000 to use the name and likeness of the Road Runner character from their Wile E. Coyote and The Road Runner cartoons (as well as the "beep, beep" horn).
1970 Dodge Challenger RT from the movie 'Vanishing Point' 1971.
Check it out, it’s the 1970 Dodge Challenger RT from the movie 'Vanishing Point'.
The action road movie starred Barry Newman, Cleavon Little, and Dean Jagger. It tells the story of Kowalski (played by Newman), who makes a bet that he can deliver a car from Denver to San Francisco in just 15 hours. Obviously, it’s not long before his brilliant idea attracts the attention of law enforcement and one of the longest car chases in movie history.
In addition to being mostly a car chase, the film is also a notable for its scenic film locations across the American Southwest.
Model-singer Christa Päffgen aka Nico and Andy Warhol dressed as 'Batman and Robin'. (1967)
Here’s a classic, leading figure in visual arts Andy Warhol and model-singer Christa Päffgen, (professionally known as Nico), all dressed up as Batman and Robin for a shoot back in 1967. Nico initially came to prominence in the 1960s as a Warhol superstar but she is now best known for her vocals on the Velvet Underground's debut album, The Velvet Underground & Nico (1967) as well as for her work as a solo artist. She has also had several film roles on her resume, including Federico Fellini's La Dolce Vita (1960) and Andy Warhol's Chelsea Girls (1966).
Harrison Ford and Gene Wilder in the western-comedy movie, 'The Frisco Kid'. (1979)
Here’s a good one of Harrison Ford and Gene Wilder in the western-comedy movie, 'The Frisco Kid' back in 1979. In this American western comedy Gene Wilder plays Avram Belinski, a Polish rabbi on his way to San Francisco and Harrison Ford is Tommy Lillard, a bank robber who befriends him.
According to Gene Wilder's autobiography, Kiss Me Like a Stranger: My Search for Love and Art, the role of Tommy Lillard was originally planned for John Wayne. John J. Puccio wrote that Wayne was initially “eager to take it on as a comic follow-up to True Grit and Rooster Cogburn. Salary concerns nixed the idea, though, and it's questionable he would have finished the shooting, in any case, as he died shortly before The Frisco Kid opened.”
Chrissie Hynde, Debbie Harry, Viv Albertine, Siouxsie Sioux, Poly Styrene and Pauline Black hanging out in 1980.
Check out this shot of female rock and punk icons Chrissie Hynde, Debbie Harry, Viv Albertine, Siouxsie Sioux, Poly Styrene and Pauline Black all hanging out together back in 1980. They were some of the most influential women in the music scene in the 80’s. They have made significant contributions to rock, punk rock music, and its subculture since its inception in the 1970s.The rock and metal scenes of the 1970s were very male-dominated, it was the counter-cultural punk rock mindset in mid-and-late 1970s and well into the 1980s that encouraged women to fully participate in shaping the scene.
The one and only 'Captain Kangaroo' in 1976.
Captain Kangaroo was the longest-running nationally broadcast children's show of its day. It aired for nearly 30 years (from 1955 until 1984) and was conceived around the title character played by show creator, Bob Keeshan. Keeshan based the show on "the warm relationship between grandparents and children". Captain Kangaroo had a loose structure, built around life in the "Treasure House" where the Captain would tell his stories.
The supporting cast included Dennis the painter, played by Cosmo Allegretti, and a farmer named Mr. Green Jeans (played by Hugh "Lumpy" Brannum). Allegretti was also the puppet operator for Mr. Moose and Bunny Rabbit.
Delta Burke was 17 years old when she was Miss Florida in 1974.
Here’s a photograph of Delta Burke, when she was only 17 years old and was crowned Miss Florida back in 1974. Delta Ramona Leah Burke went on to become an actress, producer, and author. From 1986 to 1991, she starred as Suzanne Sugarbaker in the sitcom Designing Women. For this role, she was nominated for two Emmy Awards for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series. A few of Burke's other television acting credits include Filthy Rich (1982–1983), Delta (1992–1993), Women of the House (1995) and DAG (2000–2001). She also had a recurring guest role in the drama series Boston Legal (2006–2007).
The cast of 'Bewitched' pose for a Christmas photo in 1970
Here’s a great shot of the cast of 'Bewitched' posing for a Christmas photo in 1970. The youngest Adam Stevens (David Lawrence), Darrin Stevens (Dick Sargent), Samantha (Elizabeth Montgomery and Tabitha (Erin Murphy).
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.
In it, a beautiful witch named Samantha marries a mere mortal named Darrins Stephens and they decide to live as an average couple. That means absolutely no magic is allowed. This simple promise proves impossible (especially after their magically inclined children are born). As can be expected hijinks ensue.
Cher striking a pose for Vogue in 1969.
Here is a stunning photo of Cher posing for Vogue back in 1969. Known for her distinctive look and contralto singing voice, Cher gained popularity as part of duo Sonny & Cher. After the release of their first album with their hit single, “I Got You, Babe,” back in 1965, their popularity skyrocketed. "I Got You Babe" reached number one on the American and British charts and by the end of 1967, they had sold 40 million records worldwide. She simultaneously began her solo career, releasing in 1966 her first million-seller song, "Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)".
Since then she has gone on to become known as the ‘Goddess of Pop” over the course of her six-decade-long career.
Bruce Lee was the epitome of coolness in 1971.
As you can tell by this photo, Bruce Lee was the epitome of coolness in 1971. The legendary actor, director, and martial artist was introduced to the film industry by his father when he was young. He appeared in several films as a child actor but didn’t reach worldwide recognition until adulthood– Now he is an icon. He is most noted for his roles in films such as; Lo Wei's The Big Boss (1971), Fist of Fury (1972); Golden Harvest's Way of the Dragon (1972). As a writer and director, his best known works are Golden Harvest, Enter the Dragon (1973), and The Game of Death (1978).
'Heart' sisters Nancy and Ann Wilson, 1976.
Over the rock group's four-decade history, it has had three primary lineups, the constant center of which has always been sisters Ann Wilson (lead singer) and Nancy Wilson (guitarist). Heart initially rose to fame during the mid-1970s, their sound was heavily influenced by hard rock, folk, and even some metal was tossed in for flair.Some of their hottest hit singles include "Crazy on You", “Barracuda”, and "Magic Man". Since their conception back in 1973, Heart has gone on to sell over 35 million records worldwide. This number consists of over 22.5 million in album sales in the U.S. alone. They’ve had Top 10 albums on the Billboard 200 in the 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, and 2010s. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2013.
Here's the cast of 'The Munsters' in their 1964 Christmas photo.
Who says Christmas can't be creepy? Here's a great Christmas family photo of television's favorite gothic family, The Munsters. The Munsters was a family sitcom depicting the daily life of a family of monsters. The series was a satire of the wholesome family depictions popular of the time as well as traditional monster movies. Although it ran concurrently with The Addams Family, which was similar in theme, it still achieved higher figures in the Nielsen ratings.
Linda Ronstadt and Mick Jagger hanging out backstage. (1978)
Pictured here is Mick Jagger, frontman for one of the greatest rock bands of all time, The Rolling Stones. With him is another music legend, Linda Ronstadt. Linda has earned 11 Grammy Awards, three American Music Awards, two Academy of Country Music awards, an Emmy Award, and an ALMA Award. On top of all that, the majority of her albums have been certified gold, platinum and even multi-platinum in the United States and internationally. She has over 30 studio albums and 15 greatest hits albums.
Learning how to drive in the 50's!
Here we have a group of high school students drivers' education students practice their skills in model cars inside the classroom, part of the Aetna Drivotrainer system.
Aetna Casualty & Surety Co. of Hartford, Conn., developed their driving simulators back in the 1950s, the half-ton machines were described as “the toughest three-minute drive of your life.” The device’s “mechanical brain” measured the motorist’s reactions to “sudden and unexpected problems” that might occur while commuting.
These consoles resembled cars and were equipped with a steering wheel, accelerator, brake pedal, directional signals and functional horn. They would project three-minute color movies onto a white screen representing the view through the car’s windshield.
Have yourself a scary little Christmas...Alice Cooper getting in the Holiday spirit dressed up in a Santa costume.
Have yourself a scary little Christmas, nothing says holiday spirit like Alice Cooper dressed up in a Santa costume... with his signature black eye makeup. Cooper is nothing if not theatrical and he has managed to combine his love of horror and vaudeville in perfect harmony. The rock singer, songwriter, and actor with a flair for the dramatics has had a career spanning over five decades. Aside from his distinctive raspy voice, Cooper is famous for pioneering his own brand of macabre theatrical rock. His stage shows feature guillotines, electric chairs, fake blood, deadly snakes, baby dolls, and dueling swords, among other morbid things. Cooper is widely considered "The Godfather of Shock Rock".
Actor Gary Oldman as a young-man in the early 80's.
Here’s a photo of actor Gary Leonard Oldman when he was a young man back in the 1980’s. Gary Oldman has appeared on stage, film, and television and he is known for having a “big” acting style and on-screen versatility.
He began his acting career on stage back in 1979 and his first starring film role was in Meantime (1983). During his award-winning theatre career, he performed at London's Royal Court and was a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company, with credits including The Massacre at Paris (1980), Entertaining Mr Sloane (1983), Saved (1983), The Country Wife (1987) and Hamlet (1987).
As far as film credits in the 1980’s, Oldman portrayed Sid Vicious in Sid and Nancy (1986), Joe Orton in Prick Up Your Ears (1987), and a football firm leader in The Firm (1989).
Nothing say's the 60's like plastic-covered furniture in a warm gold hue!
Sure, it was the 60’s but come on, home decor trends went from the swank of the 50’s, straight to hell with the popularity of the plastic slipcover. As much fun as it is to celebrate the era of free love and counterculture, plastic covered furniture is one fad that came out of the 60’s that is best forgotten.
The logic was you’d maximize the life of your furniture and still be able to see the fabric by covering it with clear plastic slipcovers. So you have this soft, aesthetically pleasing couch but pure neurosis prevents anyone from ever actually feeling feel the fabric.
Instead, it would crunch, cause the sweats, and often stick to your legs. This was totally normal in the 60’s yet is still a sure sign of neuroticism.
'Mary, Mary' Christmas! Here's The Monkees caroling around the Christmas tree in 1967.
It's a 'Mary, Mary' Christmas with The Monkees caroling around the Christmas tree back in 1967. The Monkees were active between 1965 and 1971 and formed for the television series titled 'The Monkees', which aired from 1966 to 1968. The group consisted of Micky Dolenz, Michael Nesmith, Peter Tork, and Davy Jones. For the first few months of their initial five-year career as "the Monkees", were given limited roles in the recording studio. But they fought and eventually earned the right to collectively supervise all musical output under the band's name. Even after the sitcom was canceled in 1968, the band continued to record music through 1971.
Save our planet...and mini skirts! Young ladies protesting to wear and keep mini skirts in style back in 1966.
Isn’t it amazing how such small fabric can make such a big impact? The mini skirt emerged in the 60’s as a symbol of rebellious youth culture. It was a social phenomenon that played right into the budding sexual liberation movement due to the invention of the birth control pill.
As Valerie Steele, director and chief curator of The Museum at FIT put it: “You had had something of a youth culture and a short skirt in the 1920s as well but, although young women in the ‘20s were seen as being far more sexually liberated than their precursors, that primarily meant that they felt more free to go out on dates unsupervised, choose their future spouse, kiss multiple men before getting married and sometimes engage in petting. But they still were threatened with what had always limited women’s sexual freedom − that danger of becoming pregnant.”
So out came birth control, on went the mini skirts, and there’s no need to protest: the mini skirt is still alive and well in the fashion world.
John Cleese taking а break during the filming of 'Monty Python and the Holy Grail' (1975)
Check out this oldie but goodie! It’s actor John Cleese taking а break during the filming of 'Monty Python and the Holy Grail' back in 1975. It was in the late 1960s, that Cleese co-founded Monty Python, the comedy troupe responsible for the sketch show 'Monty Python's Flying Circus’ and the four Monty Python films. Cleese has gone on to achieve much success as actor, voice actor, comedian, screenwriter, and producer. He also co-founded The Secret Policeman's Ball benefit shows to raise funds for the human rights organisation Amnesty International.
A 20 year-old Madonna with a Pat Benatar vibe in 1979.
Pictured here is a 20-year-old Madonna rocking a serious Pat Benatar vibe back in 1979. It was July 27, 1983, when her debut album was released by Sire Records and the rest is history. Although she's always seemed overtly sexual and bold in her early career, those who went to high school with her painted a much different picture. They claimed she kept to herself and they were shocked when she became famous. Guess she changed quite a bit between graduation and launching her music career!
'Diamond Dogs'- a laid-back David Bowie and his howling canine friend.
David Robert Jones, known professionally as David Bowie, was one of the most iconic singers, songwriters, and actors in the world. He formed his first band at just 15 years old, little did anyone know (except for Bowie perhaps) that he would soon be a world-famous performer known for his outlandish stage presence and extraordinarily unique music. He was awarded nine Platinum album certifications, eleven gold, and eight silver, and released eleven number-one albums in the United Kingdom. In the United States, he received five platinum and nine gold certifications. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996. He was a leading figure in music for over five decades before he lost his life to liver cancer, just two days after his 69th birthday in 2016.
JFK had a lifelong passion for sailing the waters of Cape Cod, Massachusetts.
Here we have a picture of President John F. Kennedy doing what he loved; sailing the waters of Cape Cod. To the Kennedy family, summer meant afternoons sailing, JFK, and his siblings would often be found out on the water. Kennedy grew up sailing with his family on the waters off Cape Cod, and he and his siblings took to racing. On his 15th birthday, Jack was gifted a 26-foot Wianno Senior sloop Victura, which he would end up owning for the rest of his life. It was on this beloved vessel that he taught Jackie to sail during their courtship.
Susan Denberg magazine cover.
Here’s a shot of Susan Denberg, posing seductively by the pool. She worked as a chorus girl in London and Las Vegas before moving to Los Angeles in the mid-1960s. She took on some fun film and television roles during this time period.
She was Christina in Frankenstein Created Woman (1967). She was in the episode titled "Mudd’s Woman" on Star Trek: The Original Series as Magda Kovacs. In An American Dream. she was cast as Ruta and she played a German girl in an episode of Twelve O'Clock High called "Back to the Drawing Board".
The Bond girls of 1965 'Thunderball' Claudine Auger and Luciana Paluzzi.
Wowzers, it’s the Bond girls of 1965 'Thunderball'! Thunderball is the fourth film in the James Bond franchise. Starring Sean Connery as the fictional MI6 agent James Bond.
“In it, James Bond heads to The Bahamas to recover two nuclear warheads stolen by SPECTRE agent Emilio Largo in an international extortion scheme.”
The film was a success, earning a total of $141.2 million worldwide. This exceeded the earnings of all three previous Bond films. In 1966, John Stears won the Academy Award for Best Visual Effects and production designer Ken Adam was also nominated for a BAFTA award.
Here's Samuel L. Jackson back in 1966.
Here’s a snapshot of Samuel Leroy Jackson back in 1966. The actor and producer achieved prominence and critical acclaim in the early 1990s with films such as "Goodfellas" (1990), Patriot Games(1992), True Romance (1993), and Jurassic Park (1993). His collaborations with director Quentin Tarantino sealed his fate as a pop culture icon with films such as Pulp Fiction (1994), Jackie Brown (1997), Django Unchained (2012), and The Hateful Eight (2015).
He has appeared in over 100 films over the course of his career and most of them were huge hits and now classics including Die Hard with a Vengeance(1995), Unbreakable (2000), Shaft (2000), and the Star Wars prequel trilogy (1999–2005). His likeness was even used for the Ultimate version of the Marvel Comics character Nick Fury.
Merry Christmas from the cast of 'Lost In Space'
The science fiction television series Lost in Space follows the adventures of the Robinsons, a pioneering family of space colonists. It’s set in a strange and often hostile environment where they end up after their ship is sabotaged and thrown off course. Many of the storylines later in the series focused on Dr. Zachary Smith, (played by Jonathan Harris) and the Robot. Who was written as an evil character at first, gradually became more of a troublesome, incompetent form of comic relief for the show. The show ran for three seasons, with 83 episodes airing between 1965 and 1968.
'Walk On the Wild Side'- David Bowie, Iggy Pop and Lou Reed hanging out in London, 1972.
Pictured here are music legends Lou Reed of Velvet Underground, David Bowie and Iggy Pop hanging out in London, back in 1972. Bowie was a leading figure in popular music for over five decades before his passing and Pop is widely considered the godfather of punk. Bowie is credited with helping Pop launch his career. It was after their friendship formed and they started working on projects together that 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.
Groovy model Jean Shrimpton in 1966.
Here is just one of many stunning photographs of model Jean Rosemary Shrimpton. English model and actress was an icon of Swinging London and is widely considered to be one of the world's first supermodels. She graced the covers of numerous high profile magazines including Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, Vanity Fair, Glamour, Elle, Ladies' Home Journal, Newsweek, and Time
Shrimpton was reported to be the “most” of a lot of things: “The most famous model”, “The most photographed in the world”, she was credited with having “the most Beautiful face”, or simply referred to as “The Face” and “The It Girl”.
A barefoot Jane Birkin back in 1969.
Here we have a stunning (and barefoot) Jane Mallory Birkin. The English-French actress, singer, songwriter, and model attained international fame and notoriety for her decade-long musical partnership with Serge Gainsbourg, and her prolific career as an actress in British and French cinema. After separating from Gainsbourg in 1980, Birkin continued to work as an actress in various independent films and she recording numerous solo albums. In addition to her acting and musical credits, Jane Birkin also lent her name to the ever so popular Hermès Birkin bag.
Tanya Roberts early career photo in 1975.
Great shot of Tanya Roberts early in her career, back in 1975. Tanya Roberts is now best known for playing Stacey Sutton in the James Bond film "A View To A Kill" and later Midge Pinciotti in the TV sitcom "That ‘70s Show".
But before all that, her career began as a model, she was in TV ads for Excedrin, Ultra Brite, Clairol, and Cool Ray sunglasses. She was also an Arthur Murray dance instructor as she worked towards her big break in films. Her film debut was a horror movie called "Forced Entry" (1975). Then she landed a role in the comedy "The Yum-Yum Girls" (1976). In the summer of 1980, she replaced Shelley Hack in the fifth season of the "Charlie's Angels" television series and by 1985 she was a Bond girl.
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band in front of a coffee shop in 1975.
Here's a great shot of Bruce 'The Boss' Springsteen at a coffee shop with the E Street Band back in 1975.
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.
Springsteen 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.
Nina Wayne, definitely a beauty of the 1960s, appeared first on the Tonight Show in October 1964 and known for Dead Heat on a Merry-Go-Round (1966).
Ah yes, Nina Wayne, she was definitely a beauty of the 1960s. She first appeared on the Tonight Show in October 1964 but really embarked on her television acting career in 1965. First appearing in twelve episodes of the series Camp Runamuck (as Caprice Yeudleman) and then she was cast in an episode of Bewitched. She remains best known for Dead Heat on a Merry-Go-Round (1966), which was her first film. But her big movie break came in 1967 when she starred opposite Jack Lemmon and Peter Falk in the romantic comedy Luv.
Kim Novak looking sultry was known for her role in Vertigo. Her birth name was really Marilyn Pauline Novak 1962.
Pictured here is the lovely Kim Novak. Now retired, the actress probably best remembered for her role in Alfred Hitchcock's classic thriller “Vertigo”. Her career was sporadic throughout the late 1960s because she “retired” in 1966 while still young, gorgeous, and at the height of her career (which, like Bardot, only added to her mystique). Retirement didn’t last, she decided to take on more roles here and there until finally retiring for good in 1991. Her contributions to cinema were honored with two Golden Globe Awards, an Honorary Golden Bear Award and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Blond and beautiful, Barbara Bouchet looking stunning as always was one of the 'Bond girls' 1960s.
Blonde bombshell Barbara Bouchet is best known for her early work as Miss Moneypenny in Casino Royale in 1967. More recently the German American actress was in Martin Scorsese's Gangs of New York. Over the course of her career, she has acted in more than 80 films and television episodes before moving on to conquer the business world. She has gone on to own and operate her own fitness studio and has founded a production company that specializes in fitness videos and books.
Italian sci-fi film 'Starcrash' (1978) with Judd Hamilton and Caroline Munro as 'Stella Star'.
Here’s a photo from the set of Starcrash, the 1978 American space opera film with Judd Hamilton and Caroline Munro as 'Stella Star'. The cast also includes Marjoe Gortner, Caroline Munro, Christopher Plummer, David Hasselhoff and Joe Spinell. In it, “An outlaw smuggler and her alien companion are recruited by the Emperor of the Galaxy to rescue his son and destroy a secret weapon by the evil Count Zarth Arn.”
The film wasn’t exactly well-received. The Monthly Film Bulletin for example, noted the film had "mediocre special effects and a clumsily protracted finale", and also stated it "intermittently achieves a kind of lunatic appeal as it lurches pell-mell from one casually fabricated climax to the next."
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