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Career-Defining Moments

Celebrities, at least the very famous ones, tend to have defining moments that become a part of their brand. This is a kind of article we write on the website to celebrate this idea. It seems kind of silly, and not like something anyone should spend time thinking about, but the stories behind how and why certain celebrities grew, created, or did their defining "features," or moments can be fascinating. Facts about stars you might not have known, and an explanation of not only what made them famous, but also why they're famous, and how that defining "moment" became famous, aren't always easy to find in one place, which is why these articles exist in the first place. Now, when we say "moment" here, we're talking about everything from physical features, styles, and signature moves, to catchphrases. Pretty much a summation of what made them famous in the first place. These defining moments and features can be everything from Lieutenant Uhura leading the charge for black women on TV, to Sissy Spacek's breakout role as "Carrie," to Maureen McCormick's star turn as Marcia Brady, to Bobby Sherman's hay day, to when Raquel Welch became an international sex symbol, to, of course, Farrah Fawcett's hair, if we're missing any stories about career-defining moments for celebrities from the Groovy Era, let us know on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or Pinterest. Thanks for reading and enjoy the groovy stories. ✌️

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January 14, 2019

WASHINGTON - FEBRUARY 02: Farrah Fawcett memorabilia included in a donation ceremony at the Smithsonian National Museum Of American History on February 2, 2011 ...

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Lisa Loring as Wednesday Addams in 1964, and during the 1980s. Source: ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images; thehollywoodstore.com On The Addams Family, Li...

Did Patsy Cline Have A Premonition About Her Own Death?

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November 10, 2018

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Gone Too Soon: Ricky Nelson, Teen Idol Of 'Ozzie & Harr...

October 24, 2018

Ricky Nelson in a publicity shot for 'Rio Bravo' (1959) and playing guitar at age 18. Sources: IMDB; Ralph Crane/The LIFE Picture Collection via Getty Images ...

Muppets Puppeteer Retires After Fifty Years of Playing ...

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You may not know his name or recognize his face, but you are probably familiar with the role he has played for the last fifty years. We are talking about Car...

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September 21, 2018

Farrah Fawcett American actress Farrah Fawcett (1947 - 2009), USA, 4th May 1970. (Photo by Harry Benson/Daily Express/Getty Images) Hopefully, you weren...

Jimmie 'JJ' Walker: 'Good Times' Wasn't Such A Good Tim...

September 17, 2018

Jimmie Walker in 1974. (Photo by John D. Kisch/Separate Cinema Archive/Getty Images) As the character JJ Evans on Good Times, famous for dropping the catchphr...

1976: Sissy Spacek As Carrie Ignites Stephen King's Rei...

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August 16, 2018

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July 12, 2018

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March 16, 2018

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. giving his I Have a Dream speech to huge crowd gathered for the Mall in Washington DC during the March on Washington for Jobs & Fre...

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January 26, 2018

Bruce Jenner Holding His Gold Medal (Original Caption) USA's Bruce Jenner, San Jose, CA., displays the gold medal he won in the Olympic decathlon here 7/30. Sou...

Sam Walton Changed the Way America Shopped

January 17, 2018

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Audrey Hepburn As Holly Golightly In 'Breakfast at Tiff...

January 8, 2018

1961: Belgian-born actor Audrey Hepburn (1929 - 1993) lowers her sunglasses in a still from director Blake Edwards' film, 'Breakfast at Tiffany's.' (Photo by Pa...

The Mary Ann Vs. Ginger Debate: Why Does Dawn Wells Alw...

January 3, 2018

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'Midnight Special's Wolfman Jack: The DJ Who Howled

January 2, 2018

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Bo Derek – A Perfect 10!

December 21, 2017

Actress Bo Derek circa 1979, star of the comedy film '10'. (Photo by Alan Band/Keystone/Getty Images) Not many would argue that Bo Derek (born, Mary Cathleen Collins) is among the most beaut...

Gary Crosby – A Tale of Modest Success

December 19, 2017

Gary Crosby And Nancy Dusina In, 'Operation Bikini', 1963. (Photo by American International Pictures/Getty Images) Gary Crosby was the eldest of four sons born to the fam...

Goldie Hawn, Then And Now: The Bikini Blonde Who Won An...

December 7, 2017

June 30, 1968, California, Los Angeles,Goldie Hawn. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images) Goldie Hawn went from one of Laugh-In's bikini girls to a le...

Jay North, TV's Dennis the Menace: The Untold Story

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Did You Hear The One About The Wife-Swapping, Kid-Swapp...

November 1, 2017

New York Yankee pitcher Fritz Peterson is shown in snapshot with wife Marilyn Peterson (right) and Mrs. Susan Kekich (L). On the card, Susan's husband and Fritz...

Maureen McCormick As Marcia Brady: TV Perfection, Probl...

October 30, 2017

Maureen McCormick on 'The Brady Bunch' (1969-74), and in a publicity photo for 'The Brady Bunch Variety Hour' (1976-77). Source: IMDB; ABC Photo Archives/ABC vi...

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October 10, 2017

Portrait of Hayley Mills circa 1965, and on her 1962 album cover 'Let's Get Together With Hayley Mills.' Source: Photo by Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images;...

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October 5, 2017

Bobby Sherman in 1971, and on the cover of 'Fave!' magazine in 1969. Source: ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images; Amazon.com Way before there was a Justin...

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September 29, 2017

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Having A 'Ball' On The Lucy Show And Here's Lucy!

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Raquel Welch, Ultimate '60s Sex Symbol, Then And Now

September 8, 2017

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September 8, 2017

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