Popular Stars Of The 1970s Then And Now

The 1970s may be best known as the era of bell-bottoms, disco, political turmoil, and significant cultural change. Along with it came a shift in people’s tastes in fashion, music, and entertainment, giving rise to a new generation of young, talented, Hollywood stars who would go on to blaze a trail in television, movies, and on stage.

Though some celebrities who first found fame in the 1970s have since faded from the spotlight, others remain active in Hollywood, appearing on numerous TV shows and movies over the years. Let’s take a look at some of the most popular stars of the 1970s and see what they’ve been up to lately.

Barbi Benton: Then

Barbi Benton, born Barbara Lynn Klein, began her career as a model, appearing in Playboy magazine and on the show Playboy After Dark at age 18. Though she first appeared on the show as an extra, she would later become a co-host after Hugh Hefner – who was nearly 30 years her senior – fell in love with her.

Benton and Hefner soon began a relationship that lasted for several years. Benton would go on to appear on the cover of Playboy four times, and in two nude photo layouts in 1973 and 1975. She is also widely believed to be the one who convinced Hefner to purchase the Playboy Mansion in Holmby Hills in 1974.

Barbi Benton: Now

Throughout the 1970s and 1980s, Benton made numerous television appearances, either as a guest star or lead actress on shows like Hee Haw, The Love Boat, Fantasy Island, and Sugar Time!. She also appeared in movies like The Naughty Cheerleader in 1970 and Hospital Massacre in 1980. In the mid-1970s, Benton achieved some success as a country singer, with hits like “Brass Buckles” and “Ain’t That Just The Way.” 

Benton married California real estate developer George Gradow in 1979 and gave birth to a son, Alexander, in 1986, followed by a daughter, Ariana, in 1988. Not long after, Benton semi-retired from the entertainment industry to focus on raising her two children. Benton and her husband now divide their time between their homes in Colorado and California.

Diane Keaton: Then

Diane Keaton had already been nominated for a Tony Award when she made her film debut in the 1970 romantic comedy Lovers and Other Strangers. Her breakthrough role came two years later when she played Kay Adams, the love interest of Michael Corleone, in the critically-acclaimed crime movie The Godfather.

Diane Keaton would dominate the box office in the 1970s. In 1974, she reprised her role as Kay Adams in The Godfather Part II. In 1977, Keaton won an Academy Award for Best Actress for her role in Woody Allen’s romantic comedy Annie Hall. Allen and Keaton had been romantically involved in the early 1970s and continued working on several movies together even after their relationship had ended.

Keaton reprised her role as Kay Adams for a second time in The Godfather Part III, released in 1990. Some of her most popular movies over the years include Father of the Bride (1991), Father of the Bride Part II (1995), The First Wives Club (1996), Morning Glory (2010), Finding Dory (2016), and Book Club (2018).

Aside from acting, Keaton also has a keen interest in photography and has actively campaigned to help save and restore historic buildings in the Los Angeles area. She has also been a contributor at The Huffington Post since 2005 and has served as a producer on several movies and TV shows.

Cybill Shepherd: Then

Cybill Shepherd previously worked as a model before becoming an actress. Her first acting role was in the 1971 coming-of-age drama movie The Last Picture Show, which won two Academy Awards and earned Shepherd a Golden Globe nomination. The following year, she starred in The Heartbreak Kid alongside Charles Grodin. Two years later, she launched her music career, releasing an album called Cybill Does It…To Cole Porter. 

One of Shepherd’s most notable acting roles during this decade was in the critically-acclaimed 1976 psychological thriller Taxi Driver, directed by Martin Scorsese. After a series of less-successful acting roles, Shepherd moved back to her hometown of Memphis to work in regional theatre.

Cybill Shepherd: Now

Shepherd resumed her Hollywood career in 1983, starring in shows like The Yellow Rose and Moonlighting, which won her two Golden Globe Awards. She appeared in several more movies before starring in her sitcom, Cybill, which aired on CBS from 1995 to 1998. In 1997, she received her third Golden Globe Award. From 2007 to 2009, Shepherd appeared on The L Word as Phyllis Kroll. In 2012, she made her Broadway debut in a revival of the 1960 play The Best Man.

An outspoken activist throughout her career, Shepherd has helped raise awareness on issues such as gay rights and abortion rights. In 2009, Shepherd received one of two National Ally for Equality awards from the Human Rights Campaign in Atlanta.

Jodie Foster: Then

Jodie Foster has been in show business since she was a toddler. Her first TV appearance was in a Coppertone commercial when she was just three years old. Her first appearance in a TV show came in 1968 in the sitcom Mayberry R.F.D., which starred her older brother Buddy.

Foster would go on to appear in other TV shows and several Disney movies. However, her first major role came in 1976 when she played a child prostitute named Iris in Martin Scorsese’s Taxi Driver. The movie was a critical success and earned Foster an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress, along with two BAFTAs, a David Di Donatello award, and a National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actress.

Jodie Foster: Now

Foster would go on to land other unforgettable roles following her performance in Taxi Driver. In 1988, she played a rape survivor in the legal drama film The Accused, a role which earned her numerous awards, including an Oscar and a Golden Globe. A few years later, she won an Oscar, a Golden Globe, and a BAFTA for her role as Clarice Starling in the 1991 psychological thriller The Silence of the Lambs.

Foster’s career suffered a few setbacks in the early 2000s but she managed to bounce back after appearing in movies like Panic Room, Flightplan, and Inside Man. In the 2010s, Foster took on fewer acting roles to focus on directing. In 2013, she received the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the Golden Globe Awards.

Kate Jackson: Then

Kate Jackson studied acting at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City before landing a supporting role in the supernatural daytime soap opera Dark Shadows in 1970. Her performance caught the attention of the show’s creator, who then cast her in the lead role in the horror movie Night of Dark Shadows.

Jackson later moved to Los Angeles, where she found roles in several TV series, made-for-television movies, and horror movies like Death Cruise, Satan’s School for Girls, and Killer Bees. She also played Nurse Jill Danko in the crime drama The Rookies, which aired on ABC from 1972-1976.

Kate Jackson: Now

Jackson hit the big time in 1976 when she was cast in another TV show by Rookies producers Aaron Spelling and Leonard Goldberg. The show was originally going to be called The Alley Cats, but it was reportedly Jackson who suggested the name Charlie’s Angels. The show was an instant success, earning Jackson numerous Golden Globes and Emmy nominations.

Jackson went on to appear in other movies and TV shows such as Scarecrow and Mrs. King, which earned her additional Golden Globes and Emmy nominations. Unfortunately, her multiple health issues over the years would eventually take their toll on her career. However, she continued to work on made-for-television movies and would make guest appearances on other shows. In 2003, Jackson received the “Power of Love” award from the American Heart Association for raising awareness on heart disease.

Barbra Streisand: Then

After graduating from high school in 1959, Barbra Streisand set out to try and get roles on Broadway. She worked menial jobs, sang at nightclubs, and acted in smaller productions before getting cast as a secretary to the lead actor in I Can Get It for You Wholesale, which received rave reviews. Streisand received a Tony nomination for Best Supporting Actress for her role.

By the mid-1960s, Streisand was already a successful recording artist with three Grammy Awards. She also made several TV appearances and starred in her first movie, Funny Girl, in 1968, which won her an Academy Award for Best Actress. Her success continued into the 1970s, with several albums and hit singles. In 1976, she won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy for her role in A Star is Born.

Barbra Streisand: Now

In 1983, Streisand became the first woman to write, produce, direct, and star in a movie with the release of Yentl, a romantic musical drama. She received a Golden Globe Award for Best Director, becoming the first and only woman to do so.

With over 150 million records sold worldwide, Streisand is one of the best-selling recording artists of all time. She is also one of the few entertainers to have won an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and a Tony. She has also received four Peabody Awards and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama in 2015.

Goldie Hawn: Then

Goldie Hawn was a professional dancer before she became an actress. Hawn rose to fame as a cast member of the sketch comedy show Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In, which aired on NBC from 1968 to 1973. In 1969, Hawn won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in Cactus Flower.

Hawn’s acting career took off after winning an Oscar, becoming one of Hollywood’s most in-demand comedy stars. She starred in several comedies such as There’s a Girl in My Soup and Butterflies Are Free, before appearing in comedy-dramas such as The Girl from Petrovka and Shampoo, as well as the crime drama The Sugarland Express. In 1980, Hawn co-produced and starred in Private Benjamin, which earned her her second Academy Award nomination.

Goldie Hawn: Now

Hawn remained a popular actress in the decades that followed, appearing in numerous movies and TV shows throughout the 1980s until the 2010s. In the early 1990s, Hawn took a break from show business to take care of her ailing mother who died in 1994. In 1995, she returned from her hiatus and produced the satirical comedy Something to Talk About starring Julia Roberts and Dennis Quaid. In 1997, Hawn made her directorial debut in the made-for-television movie Hope. Eight years later, her memoir, A Lotus Grows in the Mud, was published.

Hawn is an avid supporter of the LGBTQ community and has denounced laws that criminalized gay people in countries such as Nigeria. In 2003, Hawn founded the Hawn Foundation, which seeks to provide children with social and emotional learning programs to manage stress, regulate their emotions, improve their academic performance, and increase their resiliency for success in life.

Cher: Then

Cher burst onto the music scene in 1965 as one-half of the folk-rock duo Sonny & Cher with Sonny Bono, who she would later be married to between 1969 and 1975. Their debut single, “I Got You Babe,” was a commercial success, reaching number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

Cher was also working on her solo career during this time. In 1966, she released the single “Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down),” which became another commercial success. When Sonny and Cher stopped producing hit singles as a duet act, they turned to television. In 1971, they began hosting a variety show called The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour. The show was watched by over 30 million viewers weekly throughout its three-year run. Cher would also continue to record music and release albums throughout the 1970s.

Cher: Now

With her music career waning by the 1980s, Cher decided to focus on acting. She appeared on movies like Silkwood and Mask, and on the Broadway production Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean. By the end of the decade, she had become one of Hollywood’s most bankable actresses.

Cher revived her music career in the late 1980s, but it wasn’t until 1998 when her music career reached a new peak with the dance-pop album Believe, whose title track would become her best-selling single to date. Cher retired from performing in 2005 after her highly-successful 326-date Farewell Tour, before returning in 2008 for a three-year Las Vegas residency. Cher would then go on to make more albums and appear in TV shows and movies, including Burlesque in 2010 and Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again in 2018.

Susan Dey: Then

Susan Dey was a model before being cast as Laurie Partridge in the musical sitcom The Partridge Family, which aired on ABC from 1970 to 1974. Her first movie role was in the 1972 disaster movie Skyjacked, where she played a passenger onboard a hijacked airliner. In 1977, she played a disturbed young mother in the made-for-television movie Mary Jane Harper Cried Last Night, and starred in the comedy-drama movie First Love with William Katt.

Dey was one of the leading stars in the 1986 comedy-drama movie Echo Park, where she played a struggling actress who gets a job as a stripper who delivers singing telegrams. That same year, she was cast in the TV show L.A. Law, where she played Los Angeles County deputy district attorney Grace Van Owen, who would later become a judge. This role won her a Golden Globe Award in 1988.

Susan Dey: Now

Dey would make appearances in other movies and TV shows throughout the rest of the 1980s, 1990s, and 2000s, earning three Emmy Awards nominations for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series. By 2004, Dey has had enough of acting and decided to retire. Her last TV appearance was in the NBC Crime Drama Third Watch, where she played Dr. Breene in two episodes.

Dey is a board member of the UCLA Medical Center’s Rape Treatment Center. She also co-narrated a documentary on campus rape with Corbin Bernsen, her L.A. Law co-star. In 2013, her The Partridge Family co-star Shirley Jones wrote in her memoir that Dey is the only cast member who “consistently refuses” to take part in any The Partridge Family reunions.

Fabio Lanzoni: Then

Fabio Lanzoni rose to fame in the early 1970s when he was in his early teens. He was spotted while working out at a gym in his hometown of Milan, Italy by a photographer, who hired him as a model for one of his projects. At 19, he signed a contract with Ford Modeling Agency and moved to New York City.

Lanzoni easily stood out thanks to his muscular frame and long hair, allowing him to land modeling stints for brands like Gap, Versace, and Nintendo. He also appeared on the cover of over 400 romance novels, often shooting as much as 16 covers in a single day.

Fabio Lanzoni: Now

Lanzoni also had several acting roles, such as in the syndicated series Acapulco H.E.A.T. in 1993. He also made multiple appearances in the soap opera The Bold and the Beautiful as the close friend of Sally Spectra, played by his real-life close friend Darlene Conley.

Lanzoni, now in his 60s, still has his signature hairstyle and continues to appear on movies and TV shows, often playing a version of himself. He has also written a series of romance novels in collaboration with Eugenia Riley and Wendy Corsi Staub and was once a spokesman for the American Cancer Society. Lanzoni became a US citizen in 2016.

Alison Arngrim: Then

Alison Arngrim’s acting career started in 1974 when she was 12 years old, landing the role of the antagonist Nellie Oleson in the NBC series Little House on the Prairie. Arngrim was a child model who appeared on several commercials before becoming an actress. Her father, Thor, was a Hollywood manager, while her mother, Norma, was a voice actress for animated children’s shows like Casper the Friendly Ghost, Gumby, and Underdog.

Arngrim played Nellie on Little House on the Prairie for seven seasons. Though she originally auditioned for the roles of Laura Ingalls and Mary Ingalls, the show’s creators thought she would be a better fit for the role of Nellie. Her portrayal of the character earned rave reviews and would become a reference for other bratty “bad girl” characters in the years that followed.

Alison Arngrim: Now

Arngrim appeared on other shows like The Love Boat and Fantasy Island and recorded a comedy album called Heeere’s Amy before becoming a stand-up comedian. In one of her stand-up routines years later, she described playing Nellie on Little House on the Prairie as “like having PMS for seven years.”

Arngrim also developed a career in France as a stage actress and comedian. She devotes some of her time to doing charity work, focusing mainly on issues such as AIDS awareness and child abuse. In 2010, her autobiography, Confessions of a Prairie Bitch: How I Survived Nellie Oleson and Learned to Love Being Hated, was published.

Susan Sarandon: Then

Susan Sarandon’s first acting role was in the 1970 drama movie Joe, where she played a rebellious young woman who gets caught up in the seedy underworld. This was followed by appearances in the soap operas A World Apart and Search for Tomorrow. She would also make her Broadway debut in the play An Evening with Richard Nixon in 1972. 

Sarandon would appear in other movies throughout the 1970s, most notably in the musical comedy horror movie The Rocky Horror Picture Show, which would later be considered a major cult classic. Her role in the 1981 romantic crime movie Atlantic City would earn Sarandon her first Academy Award nomination.

Susan Sarandon: Now

Sarandon’s acting career would continue to flourish in the 1980s and 1990s. She earned four Academy Award nominations between 1991 and 1994, before winning her first Academy Award for Best Actress for her role as Sister Helen Prejean in the crime drama Dead Man Walking.

Sarandon is known for her support for various leftist and progressive causes. In 1999, she became a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador. In 2006, she received the Action Against Hunger Humanitarian Award and became one of eight women to carry the Olympic flag at the Opening Ceremony of the Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy. In 2010, she was appointed an FAO Goodwill Ambassador.

Talia Shire: Then

Talia Shire, born Talia Rose Coppola, was born into what would later become a powerful family composed of filmmakers and actors. In 1972, she was cast as Connie Corleone in The Godfather, directed by her brother, Francis Ford Coppola. She would reprise her role as Connie in The Godfather Part II 1974 and The Godfather Part III in 1990. 

In 1976, Shire landed the role of Adrian Pennino, Rocky Balboa’s love interest in Rocky. This role would later earn her numerous awards and nominations and would cement her name in the movie industry. Shire would later reprise her role in four other Rocky films in 1979, 1982, 1985, and 1990.

Talia Shire: Now

Shire would go on to appear in other movies and TV shows in the decades that followed, but none of her subsequent roles would be in the same magnitude as her roles in The Godfather and Rocky. In 2016, she appeared in her son Robert Schwartzman’s directorial debut, Dreamland. In 2020, she played Iola Parkes in the drama movie Working Man, written and directed by Robert Jury.

Shire’s other son, Jason, is an actor, musician, singer-songwriter, screenwriter, and producer. She is the aunt of actor Nicolas Cage and director Sofia Coppola, known for her work in movies including Lost in Translation, Marie Antoinette, and The Bling Ring. She is also the niece of Anton Coppola, an opera conductor and composer.

Pam Dawber: Then

Pam Dawber was born in Detroit and came to New York City to become a model. She signed with the modeling agency Wilhelmina Models and appeared in TV commercials for brands such as Noxzema, Neet, Fotomat, and Underalls in the 1970s. Dawber screen-tested for the lead role in Tabitha, a Bewitched spin-off, but this role would instead go to Lisa Hartman.

Dawber’s career breakthrough came when she was cast as Mindy in the ABC sitcom Mork & Mindy. Her co-star was the then-unknown Robin Williams who played the extraterrestrial Mork. The show, which aired from 1978 to 1982, was a ratings success and led to roles in other sitcoms such as My Sister Sam, where she played the title character.

Pam Dawber: Now

Though Dawber was largely known for her work on television, she was also cast in several movies, including in the 1992 comedy Stay Tuned and the 1999 family drama I’ll Remember April, where she starred alongside her husband Mark Harmon.

In September of 2013, Dawber reunited with her Mork & Mindy co-star Robin Williams, playing his love interest in his sitcom The Crazy Ones. Unfortunately, the reunion failed to boost the show’s ratings, and it was canceled by April of 2014. Dawber is currently a spokesperson for the non-profit Big Brothers Big Sisters of America.

Ellen Burstyn: Then

Ellen Burstyn’s acting career began on Broadway in 1957. Ten years after her Broadway debut, she joined Lee Strasberg’s The Actor’s Studio. Burstyn appeared on numerous television shows during the 1960s, including Ben Casey, Dr. Kildare, The Big Valley, and The Doctors.

Burstyn’s film breakthrough came in the early 1970s when she starred in the coming-of-age drama The Last Picture Show, which earned her an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress. In 1973, she played Chris MacNeil on The Exorcist, and she was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress. In 1974, she finally won an Oscar for her role as Alice on Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore.

Ellen Burstyn: Now

Burstyn appeared in other critically-acclaimed movies, including the 2000 psychological drama Requiem For a Dream. Her strong performance as a lonely drug-addicted woman earned her nominations for an Academy Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award. 

In 2006, Burstyn became the center of controversy when she was nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Mini-Series or Movie for her appearance on the made-for-television drama movie Mrs. Harris despite her minor role, appearing for just 14 seconds and having just 38 words of dialogue. In 2013, she was inducted into the American Theatre Hall of Fame.

Carol Kane: Then

Carol Kane’s acting career began in 1971, playing the role of Jennifer in the comedy-drama movie Carnal Knowledge. Her role as Gitl in the 1975 romantic movie Hester Street would earn her a nomination for an Academy Award for Best Actress. In 1977, she played Allison Portchnik in Annie Hall.

Kane’s foray into television has also been quite successful. She joined the cast of the sitcom Taxi in 1980, playing the role of Simka Dahblitz-Gravas for 17 episodes. She won two Emmy Awards, one for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series, and another for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy, Variety, or Music Series.

Carol Kane: Now

Between 2005 and 2014, Kane played evil headmistress Madame Morrible on various productions of Wicked. She also starred in the off-Broadway play Love, Loss, and What I Wore in 2010. A year later, she starred in a revival of Lillian Helman’s play The Children’s Hour at the Harold Pinter Theatre at London’s West End.

Kane appeared on several episodes of the critically-acclaimed Netflix series Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, playing Lillian Kaushtupper, Kimmy’s landlady. She also had voice acting roles in animated shows like Phineas and Ferb, Rapunzel’s Tangled Adventure, Star vs. the Forces of Evil, F is for Family, and Summer Camp Island.

Olivia Newton-John: Then

Olivia Newton-John launched her singing career in the 1960s after winning a talent contest on the Australian TV show, Sing, Sing, Sing. Her first single, “Till You Say You’ll Be Mine,” was released in 1966. Five years later, she released her first album, If Not For You. Newton-John would go on to release more albums and earn multiple awards.

Newton-John’s career reached new highs after starring in the movie adaptation of the hit musical Grease in 1978. Grease was the highest-grossing movie of 1978 and earned Newton-John a People’s Choice Award for Favorite Film Actress. She also became the second woman to have two singles – both from Grease – on the Billboard Top 5.

Olivia Newton-John: Now

Newton-John changed her look and her music style after Grease. Her songs were edgier and had a more aggressive and uptempo sound. In 1981, she released her most successful album, Physical. Its title track was certified platinum and became widely regarded as the biggest song of the decade.

In 1992, Newton-John was diagnosed with breast cancer. Following her recovery, she became an advocate for breast cancer research. In 2008, she raised funds to help build the Olivia Newton-John Cancer and Wellness Centre in Melbourne. She was diagnosed with cancer two more times in 2013 and 2017.

Rene Russo: Then

Rene Russo began her career as a model in the 1970s after she was supposedly spotted at a Rolling Stones concert. She signed with Ford Modeling Agency and soon became one of the top models of the decade, appearing on the cover of magazines like Vogue and Cosmopolitan as well as on ad campaigns for various perfume and cosmetics brands.

Russo’s popularity as a model waned by the time she was in her thirties. After studying acting and theater, she began appearing in small theater productions in California. Her first television role came in 1987 when she was cast as Eden Kendell in the ABC mystery crime drama Sable. In 1989, she appeared on the big screen for the first time in the comedy movie Major League.

Rene Russo: Now

Russo’s breakthrough role was in the 1992 buddy cop action movie Lethal Weapon 3, where she played a female assassin. She appeared in many other successful movies throughout the 1990s, including In the Line of Fire, Outbreak, and Get Shorty. In 1998, she reprised her role as an assassin in Lethal Weapon 4. In 2005, she produced and starred in Two For The Money and took a break from acting after its release.

Russo resumed acting in 2010, playing the role of Frigga, Thor’s mother, in Thor. She reprised her role in Thor: The Dark World (2013) and Avengers: Endgame (2019). In 2014, Russo won the Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress and was nominated for the BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for her role as Nina Romina in the psychological thriller movie Nightcrawler.

Stefania Sandrelli: Then

Stefania Sandrelli’s acting career started in 1961 at 14 years old when she played Angela in the Italian drama-comedy movie Divorce Italian Style, directed by Pietro Germi. She would then go on to appear in three more of Germi’s movies, including Seduced and Abandoned (1963), L’immorale (1967), and Alfredo, Alfredo (1970).

Sandrelli’s strong performances would make her a highly sought-after actress among movie producers. In the 1970s, she starred in several drama movies directed by Bernardo Bertolucci, including The Conformist and 1900. She would also appear in several French and international productions.

Stefania Sandrelli: Now

In 1980, Sandrelli was awarded the Nastro d’Argento for Best Supporting Actress for her role as Giovanna in Ettore Scola’s La Terrazza. In 1983, she appeared in the erotic movie The Key. This was soon followed by other appearances in a series of successful erotic movies.

Sandrelli appeared in fewer movies in the 2000s, choosing instead to spend more time with her family. However, she did act occasionally, landing roles in movies like Sons and Daughters (2002), People of Rome (2003), The Woman of My Dreams (2010), and The Passion (2010). In 2005, Sandrelli was awarded the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement at the 62nd annual Venice International Film Festival. 

Candice Bergen: Then

Candice Bergen started her career as a model, following in the footsteps of her mother, Frances. She eventually decided to turn to acting, taking lessons at HB Studio in New York City. In 1966, she debuted on the big screen playing a university student in the social satire The Group.

Following the film’s success, Bergen landed a role in The Sand Pebbles, which was nominated for several Academy Awards. She would then play many leading roles throughout the rest of the 1960s and 1970s, including the political satire The Adventurers and the controversial Western Soldier Blue. She also received rave reviews for her supporting role in the 1971 comedy-drama Carnal Knowledge.

Candice Bergen: Now

Bergen remained active in show business throughout the 1980s, 1990s, 2000s, and 2010s, with roles in shows like Murphy Brown, Sex and the City, and Boston Legal, as well as movies like Sweet Home Alabama, Miss Congeniality, and Bride Wars. In 2008, she became a contributor for wowOwow.com, a now-defunct women’s website. She also starred in the Broadway revivals of The Best Man in 2012, and Love Letters in 2014.

In the late 1990s, Bergen turned down an offer from CBS to become a journalist covering stories for 60 Minutes. In 2016, she started a business hand-painting handbags. The business was managed by her daughter Chloé Malle, and the proceeds were donated to charity.