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The Original and Best Wonder Woman, Lynda Carter
History, as defined by Merriam Webster, is the study of past events, particularly human affairs. Here at Groovy History, we like to put our own spin on things, bringing you the most rad, psychedelic and you guessed it, groovy pictures from the 20th century. No matter what decade you're from, no matter if you're a flower child or disco baby, Groovy History has something for you. Here are some of the rarest and most fascinating pictures from our collection.
Back in the 1970s, Miss World America Lynda Carter scored the role of a lifetime; Wonder Woman. From 1975 to 1979 Carter was the first mainstream female superhero and quickly became a household name. 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. From there her fame skyrocketed all the way to pop icon status. 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. Today she’s still the same strong, beautiful, actress and philanthropist that she was back in the groovy era.
Bill Gates and his bike, 1970’s
William Henry Gates II didn’t know it when he was young, but he would forever change the way technology was seen in the world and become one of the richest men to ever live on planet Earth.
Bill Story did not begin as many billionaire stories do. His parents were very wealthy; his father was a lawyer and his mother was a director for First Interstate Banc System. When he was thirteen, he attended a private prep school, where his love for programming emerged.
In 1970, Bill and three of his classmates were hired to write payroll programs for Information Sciences Inc. He went on to write computer programs for his school, to help schedule students in classes. Gates would go on to drop out of school after two years, a habit we’ve noticed among many millionaires and billionaires.
After he had taken a leave of absence from Harvard, Gates would then take the steps necessary to begin his own company with his partner in crime, Paul Allen. Because of Microsoft’s initial success, Bill never returned to Harvard to finish his degree.
Johnny Cash eating cake, 1971.
Pictured here is the legend Johnny Cash, captured in the act of chowing down on fistfuls of strawberry cake (because forks will only slow him down). So here he is, in all his glory, sitting in the bushes during what was probably the most intense case of the munchies ever.
It’s no secret that the singer struggled with drugs and alcohol all throughout his life.
The late Hall of Famer was quoted in the book Ring of Fire: The Johnny Cash Reader, "I took all the drugs there are to take, and I drank." He went on to say, "everybody said that Johnny Cash was through 'cause I was walkin' around town 150 pounds. I looked like walking death."
He partied hard and made no efforts to hide it. This picture of Johnny, high as a kite, would go on to be used as the art for the back cover of his album entitled Strawberry Cake back in 1971.
Michael Jackson in his childhood, 1969
Michael Jackson was born on August 29th in 1958 and was the 8th out of the 10 Jackson children. When Michael was just 5 years old, his father thought it would be a good idea to put his 5 sons in a singing group as he believed that they had talent. From a very young age, Michael showed great range and was made the lead singer of the group. After winning a number of talent shows, their father entered them into 2 talent shows, one at Chicago’s Regal Theater and one at Harlem’s Apollo Theater, which they both won.
After that, Gladys Knight took the groups record to Motown only to be rejected. After impressing Bobby Taylor, the group was eventually signed to Motown on March 11th 1969. They then moved to Hollywood and after opening for Dianna Ross and the Supremes, , they released their first single “I Want You Back” in October of that year which went straight to number one on the billboards. That was just the beginning of Michael Jackson’s career.
John Lennon 1958.
Pictured here is a young John Lennon with his first wife Cynthia Powell-Lennon. This photograph was taken back in 1958 before Lennon co-founded the Beatles and became a world-famous superstar.
It was in April of 1962 that Cynthia found she was pregnant, and they got married. Little Julian was born in April 1963, just in time for Beatlemania to set in. It was later said that Lennon was cruel to his wife and to their son. In fact, Lennon's callous attitude towards his son famously inspired Paul McCartney to write "Hey Jude".
Cynthia raised Julian mostly on her own. After Lennon began taking LSD heavily, she knew their relationship was heading for disaster. Then, after returned home after a holiday in Greece she found her husband in a robe on the floor with Yoko Ono, (with no signs the guest room was used). She simply turned around and left.
Gene Wilder as Willy Wonka, 1971
Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory was a 1971 fantasy film starring Gene Wilder and directed by Mel Stuart. Gene played the crazy, kooky and very eccentric Will Wonka, who admitted five children from all over the world into his chocolate factory for a chance to own it.
The performance was one of Gene’s most iconic; he was hired for the role after just reciting a few lines for the director, beating out the likes of Joel Grey, Fred Astaire and Jon Pertwee. He even beat out Spike Milligan, an actor chosen by the author, Roald Dahl, himself.
The book, entitled Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, was written in 1964. It was met with both positive and negative reviews but it is still seen as one of the best children’s books today.
The film itself was not a commercial success, despite receiving positive reviews from critics. After starring in the movie, Gene went on to star in Young Frankenstein, Silver Streak (which he got a Golden Globe for) and Will & Grace, which he got a Primetime Emmy Award.
Catherine Bach - Daisy Duke - early 80's...groovy baby, yeah!
Pictured here is a young Catherine Bach in the early '80s. She's donning a pair of pink shorts that are perfect for her iconic character Daisy Duke from the hit series Dukes of Hazzard.
Originally, the producers were looking for more of a Dolly Parton lookalike to fill the role (which Bach was not) but with those gams it didn't matter, she was hired on the spot anyway.
Bach is also responsible for Daisy Duke’s attire, the early idea was to have her in a tight white turtleneck, go-go boots, and a poodle skirt. But Bach went ahead and threw together a T-shirt, a pair of cut-off denim shorts, with some high heels, and the rest is history. The television series aired on CBS from January 26, 1979, to February 8, 1985. Interestingly enough, while starring on The Dukes of Hazzard, Bach had her legs insured for $1,000,000.
Frank Sinatra lighting John F. Kennedy’s cigarette, 1961
Frank Sinatra and President JFK were both very influential men for the era. So, it’s no real shock that the two had overlapping social circles and wound up becoming friends. Sinatra even worked on Kennedy's campaign, he spearheaded a concert featuring big names like Ella Fitzgerald, Gene Kelly, and Nat King Cole. And it was Sinatra who introduced President Kennedy to Marilyn Monroe.
Unfortunately, their “bromance” didn’t last. No one knows for sure what their falling out was over but many have speculated that each man was jealous of the other. There was a joke passed around at the time which may have had more truth to it than people realized,"Kennedy wanted to be Sinatra and Sinatra wanted to be Kennedy.”
1969 Oakland A's Ball-Girl
Who doesn’t love munching on a bag of Mrs. Fields cookies? As history would reveal, before conquering the baked goods industry, Debbi Fields earned money as an Oakland A’s ball girl. Here she is, pictured back in 1969, retrieving baseballs grounded foul by batters.
It wasn’t until the late 1970s when Debbi decided to follow her passion in life and launch her cookie business. Initially, she opened up a shop called Mrs. Field’s Chocolate Chippery in Palo Alto, California back in 1977. Little did she know, she was launching an empire. She turned her chocolate chip cookie recipe into a $450 million company. It would go on to become known as Mrs. Field's Cookies once she began to diversify beyond the classic chocolate chip.
Kelley, Shatner and Nimoy pretending to shave with their phasors on the set of Star Trek, 1968
Created in 1964 by Gene Roddenberry, the series ran for three seasons and consisted of 79 episodes. While Star Trek wasn't a big hit at the time, it eventually developed a loyal following and became a cult favorite. It continued to grow in popularity, reaching mainstream success after the development of spin off series, an animated series, and the now long-running film franchise, which are still in production today. The newest development is the recently released television series, Star Trek: Discovery on CBS. This marks the first new series on the small screen in twelve years for the franchise.
Martin Luther King, Jr with his father and son. Circa 1960s
This photograph was taken by photographer Richard Avedon in Atlanta back in 1963. It features three generations of not just Kings, but Martin Luther King's. That’s right, three of them. The famed civil rights movement activist Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. His father, Martin Luther King senior and then his adorable son, named after the two great men before him, Martin Luther King III.
Ozzy Osbourne 1974.
Pictured here is a 26-year old Ozzy Osbourne back in 1974 while he was still a member of Black Sabbath. Ozzy was fired from the band in 1979 after long stints of not showing up to rehearsals and being under the influence of drugs and alcohol. Which makes perfect sense, until you realize all the members of Black Sabbath were on drugs and many sessions had to be cancelled or stopped early because they were all too stoned to accomplish anything worth releasing.
Ozzy went on to release Blizzard of Ozz and it was one of the few best selling albums of the 1980s that achieved multi-platinum status (without having a Top 40 single to help it along). He’s had an immensely successful solo career and he’s done reunions with Black Sabbath since the breakup, but he's certainly out-shined his former band mates and became known as the "Godfather of Heavy Metal.”
LSD hits for $1 at The Powder Ridge Rock Festival, 1970.
The Powder Ridge Festival was supposed to be held in Middlefield, CT back in August of 1970. Unfortunately, some legal issues got in the way and the event to be cancelled. Apparently, a crowd of 30,000 people didn’t get the memo and showed up to the empty would-be venue anyway. There were no musicians, no food, and no plumbing… but there were drugs. LSD hits were being sold for a $1.00 as can be seen in the photo here.
This ingenious salesman of the Woodstock generation took advantage of the restless crowd and their love for exploring alternative mindsets and lifestyles (which can obviously be accomplished rather quickly with hallucinogenic drugs). It was later reported that at least seventy drug dealers opened up shop. It turned into a literal drug market. A volunteer doctor named William Abruzzi later declared the non-concert a "drug crisis," stating that "Woodstock was a pale pot scene. This is a heavy hallucinogens scene."
Brigitte Bardot and Sean Connery, 1968
Brigitte Bardot was a French triple-threat, born in Paris during the 1930’s. She sang, acted and modeled and eventually became one of the best known sex symbols the world would ever know. Early on in her life, she wanted to be a dancer, having been enrolled in ballet classes.
She would eventually give it up to become and actress at the young age of 16. By 1957, she was known around the world for appearing in the film ‘And God Created Woman’. She went on to star in several more French films, and was even nominated for a BAFTA award.
Despite her fame, Brigitte was under fire several times for ‘inciting racial hatred’ and even being reportedly fined five times.
Brigitte met actor Sean Connery while the two filmed the Western movie Shalako. Filmed in Spain, the movie followed Connery’s character on his quest while he saves Brigitte who played a damsel in distress. Despite the two stars being in the film, it was deemed not as successful as other Western films being made in Europe at the time.
Tanya Roberts...skateboarding never looked so good, 1970's.
This former Bond girl enjoys a ride on her skateboard in the 1970s. Tanya Roberts is 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.
Freddie Mercury, Jane Seymour, Boy George at Fashion Aid in London, 1985
"Live Aid", or the "Eighties Woodstock" as the concert quickly came to be known as – had made history before it even started. They scheduled over sixty of the most popular stars to rock the stages and they managed to raise over $4 million dollars for the starving and drought-stricken in Africa. There were over 1.5 billion people from across the world watching on television at home.
Jack Nicholson in Five Easy Pieces, 1970.
Pictured here is actor Jack Nicholson faces up to a dog in 1970 staring in Five Easy Pieces directed by Bob Rafelson. The film also stars Karen Black, Susan Anspach, Ralph Waite, and Sally Struthers in supporting roles.
The film follows the life of oil-rig worker Bobby Dupea, who hides his privileged upbringing until hearing his father is dying. He has to go home to see him and takes his waitress girlfriend along with. After four Academy Award nominations and five Golden Globe Awards, the film was preserved by the Library of Congress back in 2000. Star Jack Nicholson went on to become the most nominated male actor in Academy Awards history.
Jimi Hendrix, Woodstock, 1969.
It was in 1966 when Jimi signed with his first manager and landed three songs on the UK top ten hits. Before he knew it, Jimi Hendrix was a household name, landing major events. In 1969 he headlined Woodstock and became the highest paid performer in the world. Pictured here is Hendrix performing at Woodstock in New York, 1969. The festival was attended by approximately 400,000 fans.
The rock legend Jimi Hendrix closed the festival with his famous performance of “The Star-Spangled Banner.” A rock critic later described this in the New York Post, as 'the single greatest moment of the Sixties'. Sadly heH died about a year after, at the age of 27.
Robin Williams as a mime in Central Park, 1974.
This young mime clowning around in the park back in 1974, went on to become a legendary comedic genius. As this picture demonstrates, Williams made it a point to master comedy in all its forms very early on. Whether it be dark comedy, slapstick, standup, improv, film work, television, sketch comedy…. He even mastered humor for children’s entertainment. Williams did it all.
Star Wars stars with a box of chocolates, 1976.
Pictured here are the stars of Star Wars: A New Hope; Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, and Mark Hamill all sitting back and sharing a box of chocolates together in 1976.
This was one of several photographs from Carrie Fisher's personal collection that she had published prior to her death in December of 2016. This, along with several others from Carrie's album, was put up for auction by Carrie’s mother Debbie Reynolds. They were listed with a starting price of ‘$200-300’. Sadly, Debbie Reynolds also passed away in December of 2016, just one day after her daughter's death.
Bruce Lee chillin’ in the 1970’s
Bruce Lee may have been the best Chinese-American actor to have ever existed. He was born in Chinatown, San Francisco in the year and hour of the Dragon, something the Chinese see as a great omen. He was the fourth of five children.
Growing up with an extremely rich mother and an actor for a father certainly helped Lee achieve his dreams. After getting into quite a few fights, despite his affluent background, his parents decided to enroll him into martial arts classes so that he could learn to defend himself.
Despite taking classes, Lee still ended up in numerous fights, including beating up the son of an organized crime boss. Fearing for his safety, his parents sent him away to the US, for a safer life. In 1959, Bruce started teaching martial arts in the United States and even dropped out of school to pursue this career.
It was only after he teamed up with James Lee, a martial artist himself, that Lee was introduced to Ed Parker, who then gave him the exposure he needed and began to change the way Americans saw Asians in the acting world.
Susan Sarandon, 1974
A lot can be said about Susan Abigail Sarandon. For one, she’s an Academy Award and BAFTA Award winner. Two, she’s a very passionate activist. Three, she’s one of the most beautiful women in Hollywood, and the list goes on.
Susan broke out in Hollywood with the 70s film Joe, then moved on to day time TV in a soap opera named A world Apart. After that, she really gained momentum after being cast in The Rocky Horror Picture Show and of course, the ultimate classic, Thelma and Louise. The actress also starred on Broadway in the 70s and returned in 2009.
Susan was born in New York and was the oldest of nine children. She grew up in New Jersey and finished college in Washington D.C. In 1969, she went to a casting call and it was the beginning of a very successful acting career.
Susan has had quite the list of lovers, including Chris Sarandon (her college boyfriend turned husband), Louis Malle, David Bowie, Franco Amurri, Tim Robbins and Jonathan Bricklin. The 70 year old beauty is currently single now.
David Bowie Performing in a sailor suit, 1978
David Robert Jones, known professionally as David Bowie, was one of the most iconic singers, songwriters and actors in the world. Unfortunately, he lost his life to liver cancer, just two days after his 69th birthday in 2016.
David grew up in London, England with his parents, a waitress and a promotions officer. In the school choir, his teachers say that his voice didn’t particularly standout but his teachers did notice that he had a very artistic soul. When he was just 15 years old, he formed his first band, but left soon after because his band mates didn’t share his dreams.
Fast forward a few years later, David meets Leslie Conn, who promotes him and encourages his aspirations. He released an album under her management but it did not perform well (at all).
David was never deterred; he enrolled himself in some dance classes and continued to be his theatrical self which would eventually lead to his immense success. He would soon be known for his crazy hairstyles, outfits and antics and even better music.
Hugh Hefner with a real catch, 70s.
This photo was taken in 1970 in Miami, Florida and features Playboy founder Hugh Hefner aboard a boat with with his ex-girlfriend and former Playboy Playmate Barbi Benton. As can be seen they are enjoying a day on the water, fishing with friends.
Hefner had been a copywriter for Esquire, and after being denied a raise in January 1952, he quit and went out to get investors for his own project. He raised $8,000 from 45 different investors to launch Playboy, which was originally going to be called Stag Party.
His very first issue was published in December 1953 and ended up selling over 50,000 copies. It featured a nude of Marilyn Monroe from her 1949 calendar shoot. He never actually met Marilyn, but she helped put Playboy on the map and Hugh bought the crypt next to hers in the Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery for $75,000 back in 1992.
Robin Williams, high school senior, age 18 in 1969
Robin Williams was born in Chicago, Illinois on July 21st 1951 to Ford executive father, Robert and model mother, Laurie. Robin had two older brothers and was often overshadowed by them. In past interviews, he claimed that his mother was a major influence in him becoming comedian as he tried to make her laugh because he wanted attention from her. When he was 12 years old, they moved to Michigan where they lived in a 40 room farmhouse. While in high school, he was the class president, as well as being a part of the school’s soccer and wrestling team. Robin and his brothers were raised by the helper as their father was often travelling for work and his mother also had a job.
His father took early retirement and moved the whole family Tiburon, California. At the time, Robin was only 16 years old and by the time he graduated from Redwood High School in 1969 and was voted “most likely to not succeed” and the funniest in the class. In that same year, Robin enrolled in school to study political science but later dropped out to pursue acting.
The Monkees 1969.
American -British pop rock band The Monkees at a press conference in 1969 for their UK tour. The group also acted in a zany sitcom by the same name The Monkees.
Sally Field in the 1970's
The award-winning actress Sally Field began her career with roles in hit sitcoms like, “Gidget", "The Flying Nun," and "The Girl with Something Extra." It wasn't until 1977 that she took on her first film role, which was "Smokey and the Bandit." She was in a relationship with Burt Reynolds at the time and the two love birds went on to co-star in "Smokey and the Bandit II", "The End", and "Hooper" together.
She later went on to receive the Academy Award for Best Actress in 1979 for her performance in “Norma Rae” and the award nominations just kept rolling in from there.
Leonard Nimoy getting his Spock haircut for the television show, Star Trek, 1965
Pictured here is Fred Phillips giving Leonard Nimoy his classic Spock haircut and getting makeup before shooting. What many people don’t know about the television icon, is that he enlisted in the U.S. Army reserves in the early 1950's.
Nimoy spent 18 months in the reserves and put on entertaining shows for the Army Special Services during his tenor. He left the military with the rank of Sergeant and went on to become Spock.
Janis Joplin laying on a couch in the 1960's.
Pictured here is the blues influenced rock singer Janis Joplin kicking back with a bottle of Southern Comfort whiskey on a couch backstage in San Francisco in 1968. Despite having only released three albums before her untimely death, Janis Joplin is arguably one of the most prominent female rock stars of all time.
At a time when women were screaming for equality, Janis Joplin walked onto the scene and became the biggest female rock star of the era. She was this powerful voice breaking new ground for women in the rock music industry. She was the embodiment of a wild child, leaving the confining community she grew up in to do things her way.
She rocked Woodstock along with icons like Jimi Hendrix, Santana, and Jefferson Airplane among many others. She was found dead of a heroin overdose in October of 1970. News of her death shook the music world which was still processing the loss of Jimi Hendrix who was also found dead of an overdose just sixteen days earlier.
Barack Obama as a freshman college student, 1980
After completing high school, Barack moved to LA to attend the Occidental College, a private, co-ed, liberal arts college. He then transferred to Ivy League School, Columbia University, where he majored in political science with a specialty in international relations; he majored in English literature as well. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1983 and went to work right after.
Two years after graduating, he moved to Chicago, where he was hired by a church-based organization. He became a Harvard Law School student in 1998 and did exceedingly well there. He would go on to meet his future wife, Michelle while working at a law firm where she had to mentor him.
Barack graduated magna cum laude, an award normally given to the top ten to fifteen percent graduates of the class, with a Juris Doctor (JD) degree from Harvard in 1991. He was given a fellowship upon before he even graduated.
He would successfully contest the Presidency of the United States in 2008 and 2012. Obama is the first African American to hold such a post.
Debbie Harry, 1975
Though it was with Blondie that she recorded numerous worldwide number one singles with throughout the 1970s and 1980s she also saw success as a solo artist in Europe before reforming Blondie in the late 1990s.
In addition to her music career, Debbie Harry also has a great love for cinema and her acting career currently spans well over sixty film. Not to mention her numerous television appearances.
President Richard Nixon bowling, early 1970s.
Richard Nixon may be best remembered for the Watergate scandal and as being the only President forced to resign from office, but apparently he also really like bowling. He was so into it, that he added his own secret one-lane bowling alley in the White House basement back in 1969.
So pictured here is the one and only 37th President of the United States, Richard Nixon bowling in the Executive Office building at the White House in 1970s. After Nixon resigned from his post as after the Watergate Scandal his bowling alley remained. It's undergone some pretty impressive upgrades over the years but it's still there for any U.S. President to cut loose on.
Dr. Seuss working on the main character for his new book, 1957
Theodor Geisel otherwise known Dr. Seuss is the most popular American children’s book author to date. Before his death in 1991, he had sold over 600 million copies and the books have been translated into more the 15 languages. He also has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and has won 2 Academy Awards, 2 Emmy Awards, a Peabody and the Pulitzer Prize.
Theodor attended Dartmouth where he joined the Dartmouth Jack-O-Lantern (a humor magazine). While there, he was caught drinking alcohol in his room with friends during the Prohibition and as punishment, he had to stop all extracurricular activities. To continue working on the magazine without suspicion from the school, he started using the name Seuss.
After graduation, he was enrolled in a program to obtain his PhD at Oxford University but after meeting Helen Palmer, he returned to America where he began to submit his writing and drawing to different media outlets. After his first nationally published cartoon, he moved to New York where he wrote many pieces. Almost 30 years later, after being asked to write a children’s book by Ellsworth Spaulding, The Cat in the Hat was written. And so the Dr. Seuss era began.
Barbara Streisand in the 1970’s deep in thought
Born in Brooklyn, New York in the 1940’s, Barbara Streisand would grow up to become an amazing singer, songwriter, actress and film maker. Her accolades would include Academy Awards, Grammy Awards, Emmys, Tonys and just about any award you could think of.
At the age of sixteen, and living on her own, Barbara worked extremely hard to make a name for herself. At the time, it was said that she wasn’t taken very seriously because of her lack of mature feminine features, a setback which did not stop her.
Although she found herself at one point, not having a permanent home and sleeping with friends that would soon change. She won a singing competition with the encouragement of her then boyfriend, which led to her residency as a singer at the Bon Soir Nightclub. Even as a prominent singer in the industry, she never lost hope of one day becoming a professional actress.
She continued to work hard and had a heavily successful career during the 70’s and made headlines for her chart toppers and many soundtracks which graced the entertainment scene alongside the most popular shows and movies.
The Beatles during the photoshoot for Abbey Road, 1969
Abbey Road was released September 26, 1969, was the last studio album all four of “The Beatles” participated in. Many think 'Let it be' was the last album they made together before dissolving the band in 1970, but much of that album was actually already recorded before they got started on Abbey Road.
Abbey Road was the eleventh album by the Beatles and was certified 12 times platinum in 2001 and may be one of the band’s bestselling albums.
John Lennon and his Aunt Mimi Smith taking Julian to the beach 1967
Lennon, a prominent face in the musical craze of the 60’s and 70’s, had two children in his lifetime; two sons: Julian (b.1963) and Sean (b.1975).
Aunt Mimi Smith was Lennon's maternal aunt and his parental guardian. Lennon lived with her for most of his childhood and they remained very close as he grew older. Although it is said that she was "dismissive" of Lennon's musical ambitions, his many girlfriends, and multiple wives. She may have been right not to take his romantic interests too seriously (as he didn't seem to for very long either) but she was wrong about his music, often telling him as a teenager: "The guitar's all right John, but you'll never make a living out of it".
David Bowie, 1976.
David Bowie poses for photographer Andrew Kent in Paris outside L’Hotel in the left bank in 1976, seen here holding a cigarette and wearing a blue denim flared jeans which were very on trend at the time.
The singer, songwriter, and actor was a leading figure in music for over five decades. His innovative work and mind-blowing visual presentation have been widely acclaimed by critics and other musicians. Both his music and his stagecraft have significantly influenced popular music. He has an estimated 140 million album sales worldwide, making him one of the world's best-selling musicians.
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.
Led Zeppelin, June 1969.
After just having played at the Pop Proms, Led Zeppelin members take a photo backstage at the Royal Albert Hall in 1969. They also released their self-entitled debut album the same year.
The band returned to the venue on January 9, 1970, for what became known as the 'historic show at the Royal Albert Hall'. This time it was professionally filmed and recorded for later release.
After the show, Jimmy Page confessed that he and the whole band were really nervous before going on. It was mostly due to the fact that people like John Lennon, Eric Clapton, and Jeff Beck had requested tickets.
“But it was just like it was at the Albert Hall in the summer,” said Jimmy, “with everyone dancing around the stage. It was a great feeling. What could be better than having everyone clapping and shouting along? It’s indescribable, but it just makes you feel that everything is worthwhile.”
Z- Boy Jay Adams, 1970’s
Barack Obama with his mom Ann Dunham, 1985
Born on August 4th 1961 (an only child) to a white American mother (Dunham) and a black Kenyan father (Obama Sr) in Hawaii, Barack grew up in a culturally and ethnically diverse family (European, African and Asian). After four years of being together, his parents would then divorce.
His father married a third time back in Kenya and was said to only visit Obama Jr. once in Hawaii before he was killed in a car accident. Obama’s mother Ann, also met a new man, who she also married. She moved to Indonesia for him bringing Barack along, and they eventually settled in Jakarta.
Barack was sent back to live with his grandparents in Honolulu at the age of 10 and did very well in school. His academic success is often attributed to the training he was given by his step father Lolo Soetoro. His mother and sister remained in Indonesia until Ann got sick and returned to Hawaii. Unfortunately, she lost her battle with ovarian and uterine cancer in 1995, when Obama was thirty four years old.
A salesman has his motorized roller skates refueled at a gas station in 1961
Hartford Connecticut in 1961, salesman Mike Dreschler refueling his motorized roller skates at a station. He has a single horsepower air-cooled engine which is strapped to his back and in his hand he holds a clutch, accelerator and engine cut off switch.
Marilyn Practices Ukulele for 'Some Like It Hot', 1959
Born Norma Jeane Baker, the actress better known as Marilyn Monroe strikes a pose with a ukulele for a promotional portrait for film Some Like it Hot, directed by Billy Wilder in 1959.
Famous for playing the dumb blond roll in many of the films and TV shows she starred in, Marilyn also became one of the hottest sex symbols not only in America, but also in the entire world. By the time she died, her movies grossed over $200 million- a ton of money at the time.
The beauty was one of the most booked and requested models and actresses during the 50s and 60s (before her untimely death). Understandably, she was also one of the most sought after women, by actors, businessmen and various billionaires. In fact, Marilyn had already married three different times before her death at the very young age of thirty six.
In 1962, Marilyn was found dead in her home from an apparent drug overdose. Her death has sparked numerous conspiracy theories about her death; including that it may have even been John F. Kennedy.
Robert August, Mike Hynson & Bruce Brown when they landed in South Africa, 1963.
Director of Endless Summer Bruce Brown with actor Robert August and Michael Hynson, when they landed in South Africa, holding onto their surf boards. They filmed Endless Summer in 1963, the movie is known as the most influential surf movie ever.
1969 Holden Hurricane Concept Car
It was a sleek, two-seat concept car and one of the most advanced vehicles of its time. It didn't have conventional doors; instead, it had a hydraulically powered canopy that was able to swing forwards, tilt, and rise up. Additional features included Pathfinder, which guided the driver using magnetic signals built into the road. It also had digital displays, automatic temperature control, an auto-seek radio function and a rear-view, wide-angle camera in the rear bumper. The camera was connected to a screen built into the center console.
Arnold Palmer, 1962.
Pictured here is Arnold Palmer in 1962 with a cigarette. Mr.Palmer won the 1962 Masters Tournament and is generally regarded as one of the greatest and most charismatic golf players in the sport's history. Starting back in 1955, Palmer began winning numerous events on both the PGA Tour and the PGA Tour Champions. He soon earned the nickname "The King." Palmer was one of the first superstars of the sport's television age, which began back in the 1950s. Not only is he known for his golfing prowess but also for the tasty half ice tea half lemonade drink that was named after him.
Memphis Model of the Year Cybill Shepherd back in 1966
Pictured here is actress and singer Cybill Shepherd who became a fashion icon after being named “Miss Teenage Memphis” during the Memphis Model of the Year contest back in 1966. Soon after, she went on to become a spokesperson for L’Oreal and graced the covers of many popular magazines.
The American model and singer, turned actress, landed some of her better known roles throughout the 1970s. In 1971 she was cast as Jacy in The Last Picture Show, she played Kelly in The Heartbreak Kid in 1972, and then she got the role of Betsy in Taxi Driver in 1976. From there her popularity continued to bloom, she spent a chunk of the 1980s as Maddie Hayes in the popular show Moonlighting, before landing her own show Cybill which ran from 1995–1998.
Gentleman level 10, Paul Newman, 1963
Paul Leonard Newman was a popular actor who began his career in the early 50’s and went on to win many awards including BAFTA Awards, Academy Awards, Screen Actors Guild Awards and the list goes on. He is best known for his performance in the 1986 hit The Color of Money.
Paul went through a lot in his personal life, having been married two times, having five kids and having to live through the death of his son due to a drug overdose.
What many people don’t remember was that not only was the actor colorblind, but he was also a racer, who won several championships, despite his visual impairment. Paul always had an interest in the sport and became an avid racer during the 70s; his last race took place in 2007.
In his later years, Paul was an activist who supported Eugene Mc Carthy and called for the opposition of the Vietnam War. For those two actions, he made President Nixon’s List of Enemies, an informal list which chronicled the President’s biggest political opponents.
Cast of Star Wars having a drink circa 1977
Arnold Schwarzenegger, when he first step foot in New York, 1968
Arnold Schwarzengger grew up in a very strict household. His father, the local chief of police and also a voluntary soldier who joined the Nazis during WWII, did not take it easy on Arnold. He said that if he ever did something bad, his father “would not spare the rod.”
He also grew up in a very poor household, having said that one of the best memories from his childhood was the day his parents bought a refrigerator. Despite a bad relationship with his father, Arnold was a good student, who played lots of sports. He began his professional career at the age of 17.
After wanting to move to the US since he was ten years old, his dream finally came true and he made the move at the age of twenty one, despite still being relatively poor and speaking barely any English.
Moving to the United States, the Austrian native made a name for himself firstly, as a professional body builder in the 1970’s and 80’s as well as being one of the most sought after actors of the 90’s. Schwarzenegger took a film hiatus and took up politics and became the Governor of California from 2003 to 2011.
Johnny Cash, 1962
Born in Kingsland, Arkansas, little J.R. Cash would grow up to be one of the most well-known actors and singer/songwriters in American history. He is still known and seen today as one of the best-selling music artists of all time, having sold more than 90 million records all around the world.
His talent was not just with one genre, country- which he is mainly remembered for, but he also dabbled in rock and roll, folk, blues and even gospel. His work in those genres has caused him to be inducted into the Rock and Roll, Country Music and Gospel Music Halls of Fame.
Johnny was also well-known and well-loved by the Native Americans. He wrote songs about their lives and even featured them in some of his songs, despite the fact that songs about cowboys, which went against the Native American way, being extremely popular at the time.
He was also known to perform concerts in the prisons, and recorded them; two of those records became number one country albums on the Billboard charts.
When he wasn’t singing, Cash starred in more than seven films, most of them being narrating roles.
Ian Fleming and Sean Connery on the set of the first James Bond film, 1962.
This photograph was taken on the set of the first James Bond movie "Dr. No". It features director Ian Fleming and actor Sean Connery having a conversation in the beautiful filming location of Jamaica.
In "Dr. No", James Bond has to go to Jamaica to investigate the disappearance of a fellow British agent. His search leads him straight to the underground lair of Dr. No, who (in typical Bond villain fashion), is plotting to disrupt an American space launch with a radio beam weapon. This film may have been the first to launch the franchise, but it was not the first book. Casino Royale was the character's debut, it was also author Ian Fleming's first novel.
18 Year Old George Harrison in Hamburg, Germany, 1961
George Harrison joined The Beatles in their early years. So early that they weren’t even known as The Beatles yet; they were called the Quarrymen. At the time, Paul McCartney and John Lennon were already members.
George auditioned for the band when he was just 15 years old, and although they were impressed by his skills, John Lennon thought he was just too young to become a member of the group. So instead of making him a full time member, he filled in on the guitar when the group needed him, until he was accepted as a regular member.
At the age of sixteen, George dropped out of school, much to his father’s displeasure, to focus on music. During that time, he played with the Beatles, worked as an electrician and at a local department store.
Harrison and the other members of the Beatles came to Hamburg to perform a series of shows in various clubs within Hamburg. Harrison was deported for being under age before the “tour” was over. John Lennon had to cover for Harrison’s absence during their remaining performances.
Led Zeppelin, 1970
Having only formed in ’68, Led Zeppelin experienced major commercial success in the span of a few years after being heavily sampled and influential in Rock and Roll.
Led Zeppelin consisted of guitarist Jimmy Page, singer Robert Plant, bassist and keyboardist John Paul Jones, and drummer John Bonham. The band's long-form songs with heavy, guitar-driven sound led to them being cited as one of the progenitors of heavy metal. They drew their unique style drew from a wide variety of genres including blues, psychedelia, and folk music. Although they were initially unpopular with critics their fame grew exponentially, with their song "Stairway to Heaven", now among the most influential works in rock music history.
18 year old Michael Jordan, 1982
Born in 1963 Jordan was a member of the Tar Heels’ national Championship Team. He went on to win his first NBA Championship in 1991 with the Chicago Bulls in 1984 and second and third in ’92 and ’93 respectively. He is regarded as the greatest basketball player of all time.
At 18 years old, Michael had already made quite the mark at his high school. When he was a sophomore, he tried out for the varsity team and failed, because he was too short (5’11). Determined to prove himself, he became the star of his school’s junior varsity team.
That summer, he also had a four-inch growth spurt and trained his butt off to be able to make the team. He did, and averaged around 20 points per game during his last two seasons on the team. He was even chosen to play on the McDonald’s All-American Team as a senior. Michael got the attention of many college scouts including Duke, Syracuse and North Carolina.
He chose North Carolina and began his basketball scholarship at the school, where studied cultural geography.
Clint Eastwood skateboarding in Rome in the 1960’s
Clint Eastwood is another actor who came from a wealthy background; each of his parents had their own car. Despite the wealth of his family, he did poorly at school and as a result, was held back; rumor has it that he never actually graduated from high school at all.
Clint was spotted in Hollywood quite a few times and was often introduced to some very big names because of his appearance. He was said to be an amateur actor and was encouraged to take classes to help him out. Despite the classes, he was rejected many a time by many casting agents.
Between the yeas of 1954 and the 1960s Clint had minor roles in numerous films and TV shows. Often times, his roles were un-credited. It wasn’t until the 70’s that his work finally received major and positive reviews. He had another turning point in 1971 when he made his debut as a director for the film Play Misty for Me; the New York Post praised his performance and skills as a director.
Michael Jackson and Steven Tyler, 1977.
Pictured here are the 'King of Pop' Michael Jackson alongside lead singer of the iconic rock band Aerosmith, Steven Tyler. The two celebs are enjoying a night out at Studio 54 world famous nightclub and discotheque in located in New York in 1977.
This was taken during the club's first year in business, already owners Rubell and Ian Schrager had the place swarming with celebrities. Studio 54 was known for wild antics and breaking down social taboos. So naturally, everyone else wanted inside too. Studio 54 became one of the most exclusive clubs in New York and soon the most famous in the world.
Jim Morrison and Ray Manzarek at the original Hard Rock Café, December 1969
The founding members of the rock band formed in 1965 in Los Angeles. The other members (not pictured) included John Densmore and Robby Krieger.
It was just a year after this was taken, out in a bar much like this, that Jim Morrison joked about one day faking his own death to increase record sales. He also went so far as to muse about joining the 27 club, the notorious group of stars who met their untimely demise at the age of 26. As predicted he did become a member of the morbid club and sales soared. Creepily enough his cause of death remains inconclusive, as no autopsy was ever performed.
Jim Morrison driving his Shelby Mustang in 1969
When the Shelby GT500 was first released car fanatics with money couldn't wait to get behind the wheel of one. It was twice the price of a nice Mustang and only 2,050 were made. Many celebrities bought one: Lee Marvin, Steve McQueen, and notorious Shelby owner, Jim Morrison, of The Doors.
Born James Douglas Morrison, the actor, director, singer-songwriter, was known for his unusual antics and wild lifestyle so a Shelby just screamed his name. So when "Light My Fire" hit #1 on the music charts, in June 1967 Jim celebrated by ordering his very own Shelby Mustang GT500 fastback.
Blondie circa 1975
Pictured here is Debbie Harry, better known as “Blondie,” on stage back in the 1970s. The iconic Punk new wave singer is also considered the first female rapper to chart at number one in the United States because of her work on "Rapture". She’s also had over 60 film roles and numerous television appearances.
The group was founded by singer Debbie Harry and guitarist Chris Stein but also comprised of members Clem Burke, Gary Valentine, and Jimmy Destri. They were pioneers of the punk scene but were noted for their eclectic mix of musical styles. They incorporated elements of disco, pop, and reggae. For this, they are credited with introducing mainstream American listeners to alternative elements of Rock and Roll in the late 1970’s. Blondie has sold 40 million records worldwide, is still active, and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2006.
A young Mick Jagger, 1955.
Childhood photo of English singer Mick Jagger holding a guitar in 1955. His charismatic presence would later make him a rock legend as the lead singer of Rolling Stones.
By autumn of 1963, Mick Jagger had left the London School of Economics in order to pursue his promising musical career with the Rolling Stones.
Everything seemed to align, the Stones began writing their own music and were at the forefront of the British Invasion of bands that became popular in the US in 1964. They identified with the rebellious counterculture of the 1960s but had root in blues and early rock, what could be better. It's no wonder they are generally considered to be "The World's Greatest Rock and Roll Band."
The Runaways met Robert Plant, 1970’s
The Runaways' popularity was relatively brief, they only recorded and performed during the second half of the 1970s. In that time the group released four studio albums and one live set. While members Lita Ford and Joan Jett went on to successful solo careers, aside from a few hits, the Runaways never became that big in the United States. Among their best-known songs are "Cherry Bomb", "Hollywood", "Queens of Noise" and their cover of the Velvet Underground’s "Rock & Roll".
Harrison Ford, a carpenter 1970.
A picture of young Harrison Ford in 1970 when he worked as a carpenter before he got his big break as Han Solo in Star Wars: A New Hope in 1977.
Witness, Patriot Games, Indiana Jones, Blade Runner, American Graffiti…. Harrison Ford has landed far cooler roles than most throughout his extensive career and he’s still going. Having just finished up with Blade Runner 2049 and yet another Indiana Jones project, the future of Ford's career continues to look action-packed.
The line at theaters for Star Wars, 1977.
George Lucas’s 1977 film Star Wars was the first in the iconic trilogy that later launched a franchise still turning profits to this day. The original epic space opera focuses on the Rebel Alliance who aims to destroy the Death Star, under the lead of Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher). Harrison Ford and Mark Hamill became household names after their roles in this film.
Pictured here is a line for the blockbuster film which took the world by storm. As can be seen, the patrons of 1977 were just as willing to head to theaters early to secure their spot in a massive line. Patiently fans wait outside the movie theater in anticipation of the eye candy that awaits them on the other side of the velvet ropes.
Bill Clinton and Hilary Rodham enjoying some volleyball, Summer 1975
After meeting at Yale in 1971, Rodham and Clinton married in October, 1975 and had daughter Chelsea in 1980. The couple were trailblazers in the political world, and eventually Bill went on to become the 42nd President of the United States in 1993.
Unfortunately all was not all well in the marriage. Bill Clinton would go on to have sexual relations with a White House intern named Monica Lewinsky. And while the two never did the deed, they did get to third base. The affair sent shockwaves throughout the US and the rest of the world. Because of Bill lying under oath and therefore obstructing justice, he was impeached; the second president in the history of the US to suffer that fate. Luckily, he was acquitted.
Monica was sent away to work elsewhere, while Hillary was left to pick up the pieces of her marriage. The two endured and are still going strong today. In 2016, Hilary Clinton ran unsuccessfully for the President of the United States and many blame Bill’s antics for shining a light on concerns about Hillary.
Muhammad Ali aka Cassius Clay trains in a pool at the Sir John Hotel in Miami in 1961
Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr., better known as Muhammad Ali was the greatest American boxers of all time. Born in Louisville, Kentucky, Ali started boxing at the age of 12 and won a gold medal in the lightweight division at the 1960s Summer Olympics in Rome by the age of 18.
By the age of 22, he already held multiple professional heavyweight titles. The boxer then converted to Islam and Cassius Clay was no longer. It is also important to note that Ali was a great example for African pride during the 60s Civil Rights Movement.
A few years later, Muhammad refused to be conscripted into the military stating that his religious beliefs went against the US involvement in the Vietnam War. He was arrested for draft evasion and stripped of the boxing titles he earned. His conviction was eventually overturned but by the time it happened, he stopped fighting for a period of four years.
He got back in the game and won the heavyweight championship in 1974. The ‘world’s greatest’ eventually retired from boxing in 1984.
On set of Star Wars, 1977.
Director George Lucas looks on as actor Peter Cushing (Grand Moff Tarkin) talks to Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia) and an unmasked David Prowse (Darth Vader) listens between takes on the set of Star Wars- A New Hope in 1977.
Last known image of Jim Morrison, June 1971.
Pictured here are Jim Morrison, lead singer of The Doors and his long time girlfriend Pamela Courson sharing fries at the Hotel-de-Loise in Saint-Le-d’ Essercent. This photo was taken back in 1971, and is one of the last few taken before the singer died that same year at the age of 27.
Jim Morrison’s fame ended up quadrupling after his death in July of 1971. He was found dead in a bathtub by his Pamela Courson. No autopsy was performed but heart failure is listed as the cause of death. Courson stood to inherit Jim’s entire estate but she died of a heroin overdose before seeing a penny of it. She was also 27 years old at the time of her death. This high profile couple and their untimely deaths reinforced the myth of the notorious 27 club for the public. It seemed to only prove that Morrison and all the other icons who died at 27, were somehow fated.
The Goddess of Pop was born in California back in 1946. Cherilyn Sarkisian has had one of the longest and most successful careers in the music industry; a career which has spanned more than fifty four years and is still going. She is also an actress, author, producer and philanthropist.
Having come from a divorced family and a mother who had to work as a waitress and actress to support herself and her child, Cher did amazingly well for herself. She is very well-known for sense of style, her distinctive voice and her take-no-crap attitude. She is also known for being versatile, an LGBT supporter and an incredible performer.
Apart from having one of the most successful tours in the world, she has sold over 100 million records around the world. Also, Cher has won an Academy Award, Billboard Music Awards, an Emmy, numerous Golden Globe awards, a Grammy and she’s BAFTA and AMA nominated. Cher has been honored on numerous occasions for her humanitarian, charity and philanthropic work. This year, she will be inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.
Victoria Principal, 1974
Pictured here is actress Victoria Principal best known for her long standing role as Pamela Ewing from 1978 to 1987 in the soap Opera Dallas. But around the time this photograph was taken she had recently finished The Naked Ape (1973) and in promotion of the film, she appeared nude in the September 1973 issue of Playboy.
Later in 1974, she cut off her waist length hair pictured here for an audition. She wanted to look more like the character “Rosa” in the disaster film Earthquake. So she chopped off her hair, dyed it black, and showed up to the audition with an Afro. She won the role.
She went on to a role in Aaron Spelling’s television series, Fantasy Island, and soon after that she landed her role on Dallas which earned her a Golden Globe nomination in 1983. She went on to star in and co-produce various made-for-television movies, in addition to launching her own beauty product line.
Jon Voight and Marcheline Bertrand, parents of Angelina Jolie, 1970's.
John Voight and Marceline Bertrand parents of Angelina Jolie attend “Stars for McGovern” Benefits Fundraiser at Madison Square Garden in 1972. While the two of them seem to be beaming here, they would later split up.
Bertrand started acting after high school, she met and married actor Jon Voight in 1971, when she was just 21 years old. The couple had two children together, James Haven (1973) and Angelina Jolie (1975)– both of whom became actors. After Voight cheated on his wife, Bertrand filed for divorce in 1978.
Jimi Hendrix, Woodstock 1969
Johnny Allen Hendrix or James Marshall Hendrix was arguably one of the best rock and roll artists that the world ever saw. The rock and roll hall of famer was best known for the way he played the electric guitar.
Two years before he began performing, Jimi Hendrix was enlisted in the US Army. He was granted an honorable discharge after a year and moved to Tennessee where he began to play. He was soon playing with the Isley Brothers, Little Richard and Curtis Knight.
In 1966, he signed with his first manager who helped him land three songs on the UK top ten hits. After his third studio album, Electric Ladyland, hit number one in the US, Jimi Hendrix was a household name and was being booked for all the major events, including Woodstock.
In 1969, he headlined the show and became the world’s highest paid performer at the time. Sadly, Jimi died a little over a year later, not even having reached his full potential, at the young age of 27. He is still being talked about today.
Black Sabbath soundcheck before the gig at Hollywood Bowl, September 15th 1972.
English heavy metal band Black Sabbath rehearsing backstage at the Hollywood Bowl in 1972. Touring for support of their album Volume 4, the band played at the Hollywood Bowl where guitarist Tony Iommi collapsed of exhaustion. Ozzy Osborne was fired from the band in 1979 after long stints of not showing up to rehearsals and being under the influence of drugs and alcohol. Which makes perfect sense, until you realize all the members of Black Sabbath were on drugs and many sessions had to be canceled or stopped early because they were all too stoned to accomplish anything worth releasing.
Dean Martin and Angie Dickinson, 1959
Pictured here are actors Dean Martin and Angie Dickinson in the Western Classic "Rio Bravo". The film also starred Western veteran John Wayne, Ricky Nelson, Walter Brennan, and Ward Bond. The story centers around the sheriff of Rio Bravo, Texas, who ends up having to arrest the brother of a very powerful local rancher. Because of this, he, a cripple, and a young gunfighter are forced to hold off the rancher's gang.
Back in 2014, the Library of Congress deemed the film "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant" and selected it for preservation in the National Film Registry. Martin and Dickinson both went on to have extensive acting careers spanning many years after the completion of "Rio Bravo".
The Beatles during the live broadcast of All You Need Is Love, 1967.
This was a promotional photo for the “Our World TV Special.” Pictured here are the Beatles surrounded by balloons and placards during the live broadcast of All You Need Is Love in 1967.
The special broadcast featured segments spanning five continents and the producers had two stipulations, the first being that nothing would be pre-filmed, they wanted it to be a live broadcast. And secondly, there were to be no appearances from politicians. The special was meant to focus on each participating nation’s technology, way of life and culture. Obviously, given the Beatles’ global wide popularity, they were asked to participate in rampant the United Kingdom’s segment.
John Lennon in Hamburg, 1960.
Pictured here is a young John Lennon in Hamburg Germany on a fairground. The guitarist and co-founder of 'The Beatles', is sitting on top of a truck holding a Capri 325 guitar. This photograph was taken in 1960, back before Beatlemania set in.
The Beatles allegedly honed their performance skills while in Hamburg after having regularly performed at various clubs throughout Northern Germany, during the period from August of 1960 to December 1962. This chapter in the ban's history is also where they began to gain more notoriety as these performances widened their reputation, and eventually led to their first recording.
Star Wars, 1977.
The original cast of Star Wars poses for a picture without their costumes. From left to right Harrison Ford (Hans Solo), David Prowse (Darth Vader) Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca), Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia), Kenny Baker (R2-D2) and Mark Hamil (Luke Skywalker).
This was taken during the first film in the George Lucas’s 1977 “Star Wars” trilogy that later launched the franchise that is still churning out films to this day. The original epic space opera (which many will argue is the best) focuses on the Rebel Alliance who aims to destroy the Death Star, under the lead of Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher).
Mark Hamill and Harrison Ford visiting Eric Idle in his home, 1978
Pictured here is Mark Hamill and Harrison Ford visiting their friend comedian Eric Idle who became legendary for Monty Python.
Hamill is still best known for his portrayal of Luke Skywalker in the original Star Wars trilogy and he reprised the role in 2015 with Star Wars: The Force Awakens. He’s also voiced characters in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Regular Show, Uncle Grandpa, and Justice League Action. He's worked on The Flash television series and a bunch of video games including Lego Dimensions, Batman Arkham Knight, and Lego Marvel's Avengers.
As for Harrison Ford.. he’s a legend on many levels. Star Wars, Witness, Patriot Games, Indiana Jones, Blade Runner, American Graffiti…. Harrison Ford has landed far cooler roles than most throughout his extensive career and he’s still going. Having just finished up with Blade Runner 2049 and yet another Indiana Jones project the future of Ford is looking action packed.
Sonny and Cher 1965.
After the release of their first album with their hit single, “I Got You, Babe,” back in 1965, Sonny and Cher’s popularity skyrocketed. The couple began making television appearances and even more performances. Here they are just after a live television recording that same year. As can be seen here, the duo was thoroughly enjoying their newfound fame at the time.
After the couple parted ways, Cher went on to have one of the longest and most successful careers in the history of the music industry. So far, her career spans over 50 years, includes multiple award-wins, and work as an author, producer, and philanthropist, Cher really is an inspiration.
Martin Scorsese and Robert De Niro, 1970
De Niro's first film was Brian De Palma's The Wedding Party, which was shot in 1963 and released in 1969. It got his face out and helped secure the collaboration with Martin Scorsese, which is what really launched his career. In 1973 he was playing the small-time criminal Johnny Boy in Scorsese’s Mean Streets and by 1974 he landed a pivotal role of young Vito Corleone in the Francis Ford Coppola film The Godfather Part II. His performance earned him his first Academy Award, for Best Supporting Actor. De Niro is still out there acting at an impressive rate, proving he can kill it in any genre.
Elizabeth Taylor 1963.
Actress Elizabeth Taylor dressed up as Cleopatra, in her role as the star of the film Cleopatra. It was directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz in 1963.
Elizabeth Taylor was more than just a pretty face, she was emmensly talented onscreen and a force of nature both in love and business.
The actress, businesswoman, and philanthropist was one of the first celebrities to devote themselves to HIV/AIDS activism. She organized the very first AIDS fundraiser and went on to found the National AIDS Research Foundation.
Barack Obama with his Mother Ann Dunham, 1960's.
Pictured here is a baby Obama. Taken in the 1960s is future President of the United States and his mother, Ann Dunham in the 1960’s. Not only did this adorable youngster grow up to be the 44th President, but he was also the first African-American in office.
Sigourney Weaver 1967.
Sigourney was born in Manhattan, New York on October 8th 1949 as Susan Alexander Weaver. Given the nickname “the Sci-Fi Queen”, Sigourney first rose to fame when she acted in 1977s Aliens. Since then, she has acted in over 15 sci-fi box office hits.
This seven time Golden Globe nominee grew up in Manhattan, New York to a Tv executive father and an actress mother and attended one of the best girls’ preparatory school in the United States. She began using the name Sigourney after she read the novel The Great Gatsby after a character that she encountered in Chapter 3.
Sigourney was a very tall teenager with a reported height of 5’ 10 ½ inches at 14 years old, she also grew another inch before she was 18. After graduating in the year 1967, when she was still 18, she went to Israel to volunteer for several months on a kibbutz. When she returned to the US, she enrolled at Stanford where she first started getting involved in acting and she then graduated with a B.A.
24 yr old Sally Fields
Pictured here is a young Sally Fields posing for a photoshoot back in the 1970s. She would later go on to receive numerous Golden Globe nominations for her performances in films like "Absence of Malice" and "Kiss Me Goodbye." These were followed by her Academy Award win for Best Actress for "Places in the Heart" in 1984.
She's been acting non-stop ever since. "Murphy's Romance," "Steel Magnolias," more recently "Mrs. Doubtfire," "The Amazing Spider-Man" and its sequel. As of 2017, Sally Field has officially reprised her role as Amanda Wingfield in "The Glass Menagerie" on Broadway.
Marilyn Monroe in the kitchen, 1960s.
Marilyn Monroe is one of the biggest pop-icons in history. Actress, model, sex-icon and mistress to the president of the United States John F. Kennedy. Often cast as a “dumb blonde” she was the embodiment of the 1950's entire attitude towards women and sexuality in general. She was beautiful, stylish, and died far too young and under very suspicious circumstances. Even her death achieved legendary status, as conspiracy theories still surround it decades later.
The kitchen is probably the last place anyone pictures the legendary blonde bombshell and mistress to President JFK. But here she is, looking quite at home in one back in the 1960s. As it turns out, Marilyn loved to cook and did so often. A handwritten, puzzlingly labor intensive recipe for stuffing was found after her death. It consisted of a whopping 20 ingredients, it seems Marilyn was quite the ambitious home chef.
Hitchhiker with his Dog Tripper on US 66, May 1972
David Attenborough, 1962 - Adventure Quest Under Capricorn (1963)
David Attenborough ventures into the bush to explore and discover unique wild life that exists in the Northern territory of Australia. Here we see David holding a Frill lizard in his hand in Quest under Capricorn in 1963.
Quest under Capricorn was a nature and travel documentary series on the BBC, hosted by David Attenborough. The adventure series a collection of six programs on the Northern Territory of Australia. In which, Attenborough, along with camera man Eugene Carr and sound specialist Bob Saunders spent four months in Northern Australia exploring the terrain, observing the wildlife, and meeting the natives.
Muhammad Ali with Kris Kristofferson during filming for Freedom Road, 1979
Developed as a mini-series based on the novel by Howard Fast, "Freedom Road" was aired on NBC in 1979 and starred both Ali and Kristofferson. The story is based on a true story, but naturally, the film and book take a number of liberties.
In it, Ali plays Gideon Jackson, an ex-slave, and Union soldier who heads back home to South Carolina after the Civil War ends and decides to become a US senator. As a representative of all black ex-slaves and in celebration of their freedom, Jackson does succeed and is elected first to the state legislature and then eventually to the US Senate. He faces opposition from law enforcement officials and white landowners, and of course the Ku Klux Klan.
Pope Francis being ordained to the priesthood, 1969.
A young, Argentine Pope Francis is pictured here. It was 1969 as he was just being ordained to the priesthood. From this day, he continued to flourish in his calling and would later go on to become the 266th Pope of the Roman Catholic Church on March 13, 2013.
Jimi Hendrix in an Axis Bold as Love Christmas advertisement, 1967.
Pictured here is Rock-legend Jimi Hendrix all decked out as Father Christmas while holding up his LP: Axis Bold As Love. This picture was taken during the Christmas season of 1967, when Hendrix was promoting the release of his new album. Two years later, Hendrix would go on to make rock n’ roll history at Woodstock in 1969.
Tragically, on September 18, 1970, Hendrix swallowed a handful of sleeping pills and never woke up. The overdose was accidental, Jimi had been drinking and habitually popped pills with little regard to instructions. He didn’t realize half a Vesparax was enough to get eight hours sleep and he took about 18 times the recommended dosage. He then choked to death on his own vomit. It was a reckless mistake that killed him at 27 years and 295 days old, he almost escaped the curse.
Mark Hamill, Star Wars Premiere Event, 1977
Pictured here is actor Mark Hamill at one of the many Premiere events that took place across the U.S. back in 1977. While he is best known for playing Luke Skywalker in the 70’s Star Wars Series, Hamill had another long-standing portrayal of the Joker from the DC Comics Universe.
Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr AKA the Rat Pack,1964
The group morphed a bit throughout the 1960s, this version included Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Peter Lawford, and Joey Bishop. Marilyn Monroe, Angie Dickinson, Juliet Prowse, Buddy Greco, and Shirley MacLaine. They became referred to as the "Rat Pack Mascots".
Couple at Woodstock, 1969
Nearly half a million people descended on Woodstock, New York to be a part of the famous music festival. The Hippies pictured here were right at home in the field where music history was made. The event was scheduled to run three days, but ended up lasting four because the hippies simply weren’t finished yet. The festival became a landmark in rock in roll history and it ended up defining an entire generation.
Woodstock was literally jam packed with free loving folk who just wanted to party for days on end. Apparently, it would have been even bigger than it was, but traffic was so bad people gave up and turned around. An estimated one million people went home. Not only was traffic too thick for party goers, it was also impossible for medical responders to get through. This man was needed medical attention, but was unable to get it.
Neil Young 1972.
Pictured here is Canadian born folk-rock singer Neil Young back in 1972. He released his album Harvest which had Young’s only No.1 single in the U.S called “Heart of Gold”.
Young's distorted electric guitar work, personal lyrics, and signature tenor singing voice have contributed to his being widely considered "Godfather of Grunge." He combined folk, rock, country and various other musical styles to get a sound all his own and often gritty.
This grunge rock pioneer eventually went on to work with Eddie Vedder and his band Pearl Jam in 1995 on the album Mirror Ball. Young also directs and co-directs films under the pseudonym Bernard Shakey.
Brad Pitt, Freshman Yearbook photo 1979
Here’s young Harrison Ford in a kitchen in the late 1970’s
Harrison Ford was only 25 years old when he got the part of Han Solo in Star Wars (1977). It was often said that it was because of his previous work in American Graffiti, that he had gotten the role, but like many other actors, Harrison had to read lines which impressed George Lucas. The movie would go on to become one of the most successful movies of our time solidifying Harrison as a megastar. He then went on to revisit those roles in The Empire Strikes Back (1980), Return of the Jedi (1983), Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015).
With each movie, his pay check has sharply increased starting from $10, 000 for the first movie to $20 million and 0.5% revenue for the last. Even though his character was killed off in The Force Awakens, fans wondered if it was possible for Hans to come back and although Harrison said in a recent interview, that he would not be returning to the big screen to star in Episode VIII said to be released in 2017, “Anything is possible in Space”.
Hillary Clinton getting her face painted at Wellesley College, 1960s
A candid shot of Hilary Clinton getting her face painted at Wellesley College event back in the 1960s. By 1993 she would be married to President Bill Clinton and then go on to be the 67th Secretary of State to President Barack Obama. More recently she was a Presidential candidate herself, running against Trump in the 2017 election.
Captured here is a feeling of ease and leisure. A time before politics and the pressure that goes along with it. It's refreshing to see the former first lady and presidential candidate as just a fun-loving girl enjoying college life.
Paul Newman and Clint Eastwood, 1972.
Richard Pryor, early 1960’s
What many nowadays fail to realize, is that Pryor's early career was modeled largely on the work on Bill Cosby, which led to success for Pryor but also to comparisons being drawn between the two which Cosby was not too happy about. So, Pryor walked away from the career he'd built with this style of comedy. He did a 180-degree change in style, got back to work, and still saw success, even more so. These changes are what led to him becoming a comedic legend.
1968 - Allan Pollock flies his Hawker Hunter under the upper span of Tower Bridge
A show of protest by Allan Pollock in 1968 as he speedily flew his Hawker Hunter fighter jet through London in protest to The High Command deeming that a flypast over the city was inappropriate. Pollock flew fast and low zooming through the city of London and under the Tower Bridge.
This act of rebellion ended up leading to the loss of his air force career. Upon landing, he was arrested and then was retired from the RAF on medical grounds a few months later. He was also denied a court-martial at which he could have presented his case.
Animal House, 1978
This American comedy comprised of young and budding actors of the 70’s. This box office hit was based in the fictional American College Scene, directed by Kevin Bacon and featured actors such as John Belushi, Tim Matheson, John Vernon and Verna Bloom.
Now considered a classic, Animal House received pretty mixed reviews from critics upon its initial release. However, Time and Roger Ebert help boost its popularity by proclaiming it one of the year's best. Reviews aside, money talks and Animal House, which cost $2.8 million to make, turned around and grossed over $141 million, making it one of the most profitable movies in history.
Early 70's era Elton John doing a piano handstand.
Elton John doing a piano handstand n the early 70s. He is known for winning multiple Grammy awards and his flamboyant superstar personality. Needless to say, he can't-do those tricks anymore.
In his five-decade career, Sir Elton John has sold more than a staggering 300 million records. He has over fifty Top 40 hits, including seven consecutive No. 1 US albums, He is one of the best-selling music artists in the world. He's composed film scores and his music has graced the Broadway stage as well as Royal events, including Princess Diana's funeral.
1970s Pink Floyd looking savage af
From left to right members of Pink Floyd: Nick Mason, David Gilmour, Roger Waters and Richard Wright pose for a picture in 1973 as their eighth studio album, The Dark Side of the Moon would go on to stay on Billboards top 200 albums for 741 weeks consecutively.
Pink Floyd was originally formed in London, but their progressive and psychedelic music quickly achieved international success. They distinguished themselves from other psychedelic groups of the time with their philosophical lyrics, extended compositions, and elaborate live shows. Not only did they become one of the most commercially successful groups of the era, but also one of the most influential groups in music history.
Woman escapes fierce fighting with belongings and children, Vietnam, 1960’s
The raging battle between communist and anti-communist forces in Vietnam during the 1960’s left many villagers displaced. So many were forced to flee their homes to escape the feuds as the fighting parties took over their settlements. Or stay and risk being killed.
Most reacted quickly, grabbing up whatever they could carry and sought refuge deep in the uninhabited jungle. As can be seen here in this photograph, this woman took what little she could and got her children out of there and to safety as fast as she could.
George Harrison meets Bob Marley backstage at the Roxy in LA, 1975
It was backstage at the Roxy in Los Angeles, California that music legends George Harrison and Bob Marley met for the first time. It was July 13, 1975 and the two idols of the era had massive international tours going on at the time. But each man was a fan of the other and were happy to finally meet.
George Harrison was a fan of Bob Marley’s music and he had just finished recording the album Extra Texture at the time of the meeting. Harrison was invited backstage and upon hearing that he was coming back, Marley reportedly got excited, lit up a joint, and exclaimed, “Ras Beatle!”
The two expressed their mutual admiration for each other over a smoke and that was that.
Kathleen Cleaver and Bobby Seale in 1968.
Summer of 1968 in Oakland California, Black Panther co-founder Bobby Seale (right) and Kathleen Cleaver at a rally to “Free Huey”. As you can tell from the picture, afros were clearly in style back then.
This image was captured in the summer at the 1968 rally to “Free Huey” in Oakland California. Huey Percy Newton was a political activist and co-founder of the Black Panther Party. The “Free Huey Movement” was born when Huey was accused of murdering John Frey, an Oakland Police Officer.
Sophia Loren on the set of Boccacio, 1962.
Sophia Loren, the Italian born beauty who began acting in 1950, at 15-years old. She managed to go from playing bit parts to reaching international stardom by 1958. She won the hearts of Americans and was the first Italian actress to receive an Academy Award for Best Actress, for a non-English-language role.
Pictured here is the ever graceful Sophia Loren on the set of "Boccaccio", a lighthearted Italian comedy that aired in the 70s. The actress won an Oscar for her role in "Two Women" in 1960, she played a mother trying to protect her daughter in World War II.
Brian Cranston and his RV, 1977. Foreshadowing for his star role in the Emmy winning Breaking Bad!
Steve Mc Queen, the king of cool, smoking while donning his trademarked persols in the 1960’s
The highly sought after actor, Steve McQueen, lived a high-profile lifestyle and was known for his love of racing cars and motorcycles. Once known as the “King of Cool,” actor Steve McQueen rose to fame throughout the counterculture of the 1960s. He was the highest paid actor and the biggest box-office draw of the 1960s and 1970s.
McQueen earned himself an Academy Award nomination for his role in The Sand Pebbles. McQueen's other widely popular films include The Cincinnati Kid, The Thomas Crown Affair, The Getaway, and Papillon. He also has classics like The Magnificent Seven, The Great Escape, and The Towering Inferno on his resume.
The Beatles ( with Ringo Starr as their new drummer) was taken at the Cavern Club on August 22, 1962
Steve Jobs and the Woz in their garage, 1975
In the beginning, there was Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak tinkering away in their garage. The two engineers pioneered the personal computers industry, co-founding Apple Computer Corporation in 1975. Jobs went on to raise the bar on all personal tech with the successful launch of ipods, iPhones, and the iPad series.
Easy Rider 1969.
Peter Fonda wearing a leather American flag jacket and Dennis Hopper wearing a fringed poncho style shirt in the 1969 independent road drama film, Easy Rider.
The 1969 film was also co-written by Peter Fonda, along with Dennis Hopper and Terry Southern. Fonda produced it and Hopper directed. In it, Fonda and Hopper star as two bikers who smuggling cocaine from Mexico to Los Angeles and then have to travel back with the drug money.
The notion of 'free love' is explored as is drug experimentation. Easy Rider became a landmark counterculture film, often referred to as a "touchstone for a generation" that "captured the national imagination. "
Tracy Reed being made up for the film Dr. Strangelove, 1964.
English actress Tracy Reed getting her makeup done on the set of Dr. Strangelove, a satirical film about the Cold War politics and nuclear attacks, directed by Stanley Kubrick in 1964.
This film is essentially about what could happen if the wrong person pushes the wrong button. In it, U.S. Air Force General Jack Ripper goes insane and becomes convinced the communists are somehow polluting the “precious bodily fluids” of the American people so he sends a bomber wing on a mission to destroy the U.S.S.R.
Marilyn Monroe performing for American Troops in Korea, February 1954
Sex icon of the 1950s, Marilyn Monroe, hopped a plane and flew to Korea in February of 1954 to entertain American troops. She had just returned from her honeymoon with new husband Joe DiMaggio. The newlyweds had been in Japan when Monroe detoured to the Daegu Air Force Base.
Monroe spent the following four days on a whirlwind tour of American military bases. She put on 10 shows for an estimated 100,000 servicemen. Later Monroe revealed it was a welcomed break from tensions with her highly jealous new hubby and that the tour also helped her overcome all lingering stage fright she still had left.
"[The trip] was the best thing that ever happened to me. I never felt like a star before in my heart. It was so wonderful to look down and see a fellow smiling at me."
Bill Murray around 1970
Illinois born and raised actor Bill Murray didn’t know it when he was young, but he would grow up to be one of the most famous comedians in Hollywood. The Golden Globe, BAFTA and Academy Award winning actor came from humble beginnings but would soon strike gold in the land of the stars.
From a young age he loved performing, having been the lead singer in a teen rock band and performing in his high school theater shows. He went to college to pursue medicine but quickly dropped out and went back home.
His older brother Brian invited him to perform with an improve comedy group and he quickly accepted. He then moved to New York and worked as a feature character on The National Lampoon Radio Hour. It was because of this show that Murray starred on Saturday Night Live.
He would go on to star in hits like Meatballs, Caddyshack, Tootsie, Stripes and the legendary (and unforgettable) Ghostbusters.
Pictured here is a young Bill Murray sometime in the 70’s just as his career was taking off.
Frank Zappa in his Los Angeles home in 1970.
Sean Connery signs a coconut for a young Jamaican fan on the set of the Bond film, Dr. No, 1961
Sir Sean Thomas Connery is one of the most decorated and celebrated actors of all time. The Scottish native has won Academy Awards, BAFTA Awards and Golden Globe awards. Sean Connery is most known for being the first ever actor to play the character James Bond on the big screen.
He starred in the first seven James Bond films, from the very first movie, Dr. No, to Diamonds Are Forever. Dr. No was filmed in Jamaica and England; it was adapted from a book of the same name by Ian Fleming.
The budget for the film was extremely low but was a major financial success, despite the reaction being mixed when the movie debuted. Sean Connery’s last appearance as James Bond wasn’t as smooth as the others. Reports say that Sean demanded over $1.5 million to resume the role- which was a lot of money at the time. He was even offered a deal by United Artists, where they promised to back two films (of his choice) if he agreed to be James Bond once more. He accepted.
Stephen Hawking with his wife Jane Wilde, 1965
Stephen Hawking is one of the greatest minds to ever inhabit planet earth. He was and still is one of the leading geniuses in the field of physics and cosmology. He is also and author, known for his works on history, black holes, the universe and mathematical breakthroughs. Currently, Hawking is a Director at the Center for Theoretical Cosmology, a branch at the University of Cambridge.
Despite being poor, both of Stephen’s parents attended the University of Oxford. After meeting shortly after the start of World War II, the two were married and had three children. The family traveled a lot and was considered to be very eccentric by others.
Stephen was married to Jane Wilde, who was a friend of one of his sisters in 1965. Because they were still at school, the two live apart for the first year of their marriage. The two had three children by 1979. Hawking eventually left his wife for one of his nurses and the two were married in 1995. Hawking and Elaine Mason would eventually divorce 11 years later.
Clint Eastwood, late 1960s.
Seen sitting on top his motorbike in the 1960s is Clint Eastwood, who fashioned the ideal of a western cowboy and lone ranger. His portrayal in Dirty Harry started the loose cannon cop genre.
Muhammad Ali and Bob Dylan Dec. 8, 1975.
The moment captured here took place backstage at Madison Square Garden, on the night of the Hurricane Benefit concert in December of 1975. Bob Dylan was on his Rolling Thunder Revue Tour which had been split into two parts and included music greats such as Joan Baez, Joni Mitchell, Ramblin' Jack Elliott and T-Bone Burnett.
The first leg of the tour began on Oct. 30, 1975 at the War Memorial Auditorium in Plymouth, Massachusetts and then ended here with the benefit concert for the imprisoned boxer Rubin "Hurricane" Carter. As can be seen here, legendary boxer Muhammad Ali gifted singer Bob Dylan with a pair of huge, gold boxing glove.