Unforgettable Photos That Shine A New Light On Stars Of The Groovy Era

By Sarah Norman | August 31, 2023

Phoebe Cates and Jennifer Jason Leigh in "Fast Times at Ridgemont High." 

Do you go through the TV Guide magazine and circle the programs you wanted to watch? Did you block out your schedule for Thursday nights so you could watch your favorite sitcoms? Did you look in the daily newspaper to see what movies were playing at your local cinema? Did you stand on the sidewalk for hours to get your ticket to the premiere of the newest blockbuster? If you answered yes to any of these questions, this collection of photos is for you. Stroll through these pics and reminisce about the films and shows you loved the most in the groovy era. 

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Fast Times at Ridgemont High co-stars Jennifer Jason Leigh and Phoebe Cates both had R-rated scenes in the 1982 teen flick. Cates famously went topless in a super hot pool scene in the film, but this wasn’t the first time the sultry teen ditched her clothes on film. Her first movie role, Paradise, required her to shed her clothing even though she was underage at the time. So, she was quite comfortable shooting her topless Fast Times scene. Her co-star, Leigh, however, was nervous ahead of her own scene. Cates calmed her down by telling her it was “no big deal”. Cates later explained, “If a girl wants a career, she has to be willing to strip. If you’ve got a good bod, then why not show it?” 

It's True ... Cher's Costumes Were Designed to Show Off Her Rockin' Bod and Sexy Bellybutton. 

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That’s Cher as Cleopatra getting frisky with funnyman Don Knotts playing Marc Antony in a comic skit on The Sonny and Cher Show in 1976. The show began in 1971 as The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour, a musical variety show. But Cher and hubby Sonny Bono divorced in 1974 and cancelled the show. Fans clamored for their return. In 1976, the same year this photo was taken, Cher and Bono reunited and relaunched their popular variety show, this time calling it The Sonny and Cher Show. It ran for two years until they called it quits again.