Cybill Shepherd: Your Young 'Taxi Driver' Crush, Then And Now

By | May 30, 2019

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Left: Cybill Shepherd in 'Daisy Miller,' 1974. Right: In 'The Heartbreak Kid,' 1972. Source:(

Cybill Shepherd is the rare model-turned-actress who has thrived in both worlds. From her early career on the covers of Seventeen and Glamour to films including The Last Picture Show and Taxi Driver to TV work on Moonlighting and Cybill, she's earned accolades while constantly challenging herself to do even better.

Cybill Shepherd, with a name so recognizable it even rings a bell for Millennials, came from Memphis, Tennessee. Even as a youth, Cybill Shepherd's jaw-dropping beauty made waves. Carrying a name combined from grandfather Cy and father Bill, she took beauty contests and pageants by storm. She competed in the 1966 Miss Teenage America and won Miss Congeniality. She won 1968 Model of the Year in Tennessee, and almost immediately began appearing in national advertisements and on covers of major magazines -- she was rapidly becoming a fashion icon, while barely out of high school.

Her ocean deep blue eyes and picturesque look would quickly propel Shepherd from fashion darling to silver screen vixen. In her very first film, The Last Picture Show starring Jeff Bridges, Shepherd earned a Golden Globe nomination. 

Modeling In The Big Leagues

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Left: Shepherd in an advertisement for an underarm shaver by Clairol, 1970. Right: Shepherd in a Cover Girl makeup advertisement, 1970. Source: (

While many people may remember Cybill Shepherd from Moonlighting with Bruce Willis, her modeling career can’t be overlooked. In the late ‘60s, you couldn’t pick up a fashion magazine without seeing Cybill’s smiling face. Standing 5 '9 and 130 pounds, Cybill’s all-American look differentiated herself from other models at the time, many who weighed as much as a gallon of milk. Shepherd, a regular on the cover of Seventeen, and Cheryl Tiegs would wage a two-woman war for supremacy of teen magazines. That battle would continue when they graduated to Glamour magazine.