It’s impossible to think about the 1970s with our thinking of Fawcett in her red one piece, smiling out at us from her poster with that million dollar smile. Even if she never did anything after that poster, she’d still be the golden sun of one of the greatest decades of the 20th century.
Farrah Fawcett turned her sun-soaked California good looks into a career with starring roles on Charlie’s Angels and The Burning Bed, a role that one her serious acclaim. However, Fawcett left Charlie’s Angels after a single season, forever cementing herself as the star of jiggle TV that got out early and continued to reign supreme.
She was a meteoric talent, someone who took a few short years and turned that into the rest of her career. It’s a talent that so few stars have.
New York “Cabbie” — Robert De Niro’s taxicab driver’s license, 1976
Before he was the star of Taxi Driver, Robert De Niro was actually a taxi driver. He took the role after starring in Mean Streets, so it’s not like he was hurting for cash and had to take up a job, at the time, De Niro liked to go method.
De Niro says that while he was prepping for the gig he was only recognized one time, and it was by a fellow actor. According to Andrew J. Rausch, the author of The Films of Martin Scorsese and Robert De Niro, the actor exclaimed, “Well that’s acting. One year, the Oscar [for The Godfather Part II] – the next, you’re driving a cab!”
Photo Op — Marilyn Monroe pouring her husband a drink, 1958
This shot comes from Life magazine’s pictorial, “A Night with the Millers,” that supposedly shows what it was like to live with Marilyn Monroe and her third husband, playwright Arthur Miller. The odd couple met in 1951 on the set of As Young As You Feel. The night after they met Monroe wrote in her diary:
Met a man tonight … It was, bam! It was like running into a tree. You know, like a cool drink when you’ve had a fever.
The unlikely couple married in 1956 and were immediately dubbed by the media “the Hourglass and the Egghead,” with one magazine dubbed their union “the most unlikely marriage since the Owl and the Pussycat.” Monroe and Miller only lasted for about five years before they split for being incompatible. Even though the couple’s love was short lived, they remain one of the most fascinating unions of the 20th century.
And the Battle begins . . . with Lynda Carter 1976
In the 1970s there was only mate1 prices one place to watch your favorite television stars compete in Olympic type sports while also getting knocked into a dunk tank – The Battle of the Network Stars. Stars from the big three major networks competed in volleyball, tug-of-war, and a variety of relay races to see which channel had the most athletic actors.
Lynda Carter was at the height of her Wonder Woman fame when she took part in a swimming competition in 1976 alongside Farrah Fawcett, Penny Marshall, and Ron Howard – all sexy in their own right.
Carter actually won her relay lap even if the team itself didn’t come out on top. She later went onto rock a full Adidas outfit while trouncing her competition in an obstacle course.
A buff Charles Bronson and his beautiful wife, Jill Ireland — 1971
Pictured here with his second wife, Jill Ireland, Charles Bronson was a serious man’s man. His early life was wracked with poverty. He grew up in coal country and was so broke that he often had to wear his sister’s clothing to school. This not only instilled in him a sense that he needed to work, but it made him tough.