The Most Famous Women of the 60s Today
Age is an interesting thing. It can either make you look better, or far worse than you looked when you were younger. Famous Women aren’t immune to this phenomenon, namely your favorite stars from the 60s. Here are 31 women from the 60’s then…and today:
The lovely Julie Andrews is a unique and incredibly famous British actress that really impacted film in the 60s.
You might recognize her as the beloved Mary Poppins, although she had many roles that were icons in and of themselves, and these roles are remembered today. She also joined Anne Hathaway in the “The Princess Diaries” in 2001, and her glow from her youthful years is still intact.
Coming up, A leading lady from the 60s who’s recently made a surprising comeback.
You probably know Diana Rigg from her unforgettable performance in the TV series, “The Avengers”. This show’s peak was from 1965 until 1968, but that wasn’t Rigg’s only outstanding performance.
She also has an elaborate history in the world of theatre acting, and played in a variety of shows in London, as well as NYC. Relative to her age, her skin looks pristine, and you can tell that this woman really takes care of herself.
Catherine Deneuve has been on a roll since the 60s, and hasn’t stopped for a second. This French star has obtained numerous awards for her work, so much, that she is an icon in the world of French cinema.
This woman did it all, including English films, such as Dancer in the Dark and The Musketeer. Today, she continues to act, and participates in an array of philanthropic organizations.
Monica made her big debut through her major role in “L’avventura.” This really kick-started her career, and although she never managed to transition into English-speaking movies, her work in Italian cinema is quite memorable, and considered to be among the greatest classics in film, especially in Italy.
Unfortunately, she been battling Alzheimer’s in recent years, but she’ll always be remembered for contributing to Italian film.
Anyone who was alive during the 60s, or who appreciates films from the decade remembers “Psycho.” Vera Miles starred in it, making her a familiar face of 60s film.
She actually worked often with Alfred Hitchcock, even outside of “Psycho”, and throughout her acting career, managed to star in a few hit TV shows and other movies. In 1995, Miles retired, but her talent has made the deepest impact on Hollywood, so she is deserving of immense amounts of respect.
Remember watching “Around the World in 80 Days?” That’s one of the classics that Shirley MacLaine will always be remember for. One of her more recents works has included “Steel Magnolias”, and “Downton Abbey”, which has been a massive hit as of lately.
Regardless of what era her movies took place in, she’s a true Hollywood gem, and should be regarded as such.
While a majority of her work was known to be in the theatre, she was also quite famous for having appeared on “Get Smart”.
This was a popular TV show in the 60s. Barbara Feldon was also a successful model at the time, and is still remembered for her mascara tricks that made her eyes stand out. Give them a try!
Have you ever seen the show, “The Beverly Hillbillies”? If so, then you definitely remember Elly May Clampett. Donna Douglas was a major icon of this decade, and can be recognized by her massive, blonde mane.
Unfortunately, she passed away in January of 2015, but she’ll always be remember for following her heart, especially when it comes to style.
If there was anyone who always maintained a simple, but classy look, it was none other than Meredith MacRae. She was best known for her roles in “My Three Sons” and “Petticoat Junction.”
If you want to mimic her makeup routine, don’t forget to moisturize, and don’t overdo the eyeliner, mascara, or anything else that you might do to your eyes. Remember, less is always more!
This French beauty had her acting roots on stage, but made her big debut in 1949, as she began to star in film, in addition to theatre.
Her most famous film was the critically acclaimed “Elevator to the Gallows”, in which she played the lead female role, and boy did she own it. She continued on to play many more leading ladies throughout her lifetime.
Claudia Cardinale is one of the best known actresses in Italy, and that’s saying a lot, because there were quite a few of them. She has done her share of American, French, Italian, and British films, and has done multiple transitions between them.
That shows a lot about her diversity as an actress, as she never left any stone unturned when seeking a good role.
More leading ladies and their fascinating stories still to come!
Anouk Aimée was only 14 years old when she first hit the limelight as a film actress. She is French, and one poll in a magazine that was done in 1995, confirmed that she was one of the hottest stars of her time, as well as all of film history. Well, just look at her!
She had these roles that made her the femme fatale, so with her talent and looks, we’re not surprised of her reputation that followed such roles.
Katharine Ross has been in a ton of films that most remember since the beginning of her career.
Some of these flicks include “The Stepford Wives” and “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid”, which we assume you have seen, or at least heard of. Her role in “The Graduate” is what got her an Academy Award.
Movies like Doctor Zhivago and Madding Crowd are what made Julie Christine truly famous and part of the Hollywood film community.
Despite all of her amazing work of the past, she still acts, and you’ve probably seen her in more recent films, like “The Company You Keep” and “Red Riding Hood.” This woman will always remain a jewel to the industry.
Coming up, one of the biggest, most influential leading ladies of the Sixties.
If there is anyone who will be remembered for their stage acting during the 60s, it’s Vanessa Redgrave. Like many actors, she went from stage to cinema during a common transition of testing the waters.
She ended up winning an Academy Award later for her role in “Camelot”, “Mission: Impossible”, among others. Such awards have established her place in Hollywood.
Who could possibly forget the beautiful Sophia Loren? When she is talked about, everyone knows her name, and in addition to remembering her talent, her astonishing beauty is also noted.
Loren is a major star in the realm of Italian cinema, and despite her age, she still acts today, looks more fabulous than ever, and continues to bring in awards.
Stefania Sandrelli is best known for her parts in comedic films, and well as adult ones. Regardless of what you recognize her for, it’s pretty much agreed upon that this woman was beautiful, and also one heck of an actress.
One of her most impressive awards that she has won was the “Chevalier of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres”, which is a huge honor in the arts. Stefania definitely rocks, but perhaps you’ll recognize this next one better…
Professor McGonagall, is that you? Yes, it is. Maggie Smith is currently known for her roles in “Harry Potter” series, as well as on Downton Abbey.
While these are both excellent examples of her work, she also managed to do some pretty incredible things during the 60s, such as “Othello”, as well as her timeless performances on the West End and Broadway.
This british star can be recognized in several films from the 60s, such as “Smashing Time”, “The Bed Sitting Room”, and “Doctor Zhivago.”
Her original debut was made in 1961, when she made her appearance on “A Taste of Honey.” Since then, her career took off in full force, and she can be remembered for her contributions to cinema, even today.
Wonder which of your favorite stars also made the list? Keep on reading to find out!
Claire Bloom maintained a bold career, boasting roles in both films, as well as on stage. Charlie Chaplin was the one to discover her, originally, but even after the 60s, she has one heck of a repertoire of films that came out more recently.
The one you’ll probably best recognize, is 2010’s “The King’s Speech”, which she totally rocked.
Angela Lansbury first made her appearance in limelight, when she began acting in films such as “The Picture of Dorian Gray.” This movie in particular, is one that got her a ton of award nominations, as well as actual awards.
You probably didn’t know that she was voice of Mrs. Potts in Disney’s version of “The Beauty and the Beast.” Cool, right? One of her newer roles includes “Mr. Popper’s Penguins.”
Shirley Jones was best remembered in the 60s as the actress who owned the world of musicals. She has starred in a few incredibly famous musicals, such as “Carousel”, “The Music Man”, and “Oklahoma!”
Other works of hers include “The Partridge Family”, which really made her appearance memorable in both Musicals, as well as TV shows.
Stéphane Audran is a very famous French actress, and is most known for her excellent work in movies like “Le Charme Discret De La Bourgeoisie” and “The Big Red One.”
Critics love this woman, as there is quite a bit to say about her performances. But how many ways can one say “amazing”, because there’s really no other way to describe her acting.
Hold on tight, we saved the best for last!
Although she is British, Jacqueline Bisset’s work was of such high quality, that she even received the honorable French award of “Légion d’honneur.” She has starred in movies like “Airport”, “The Deep”, and “Murder on the Orient Express.”
Today, she continues to act, and was awarded a Golden Globe for her role in “Dancing on the Edge.”
Known for her striking good looks and award winning acting, Shirley Knight is an actress of film, television, and stage.
Her best known roles include The Dark at the Top of the Stairs, Sweet Bird of Youth, and Dutchman. She still acts today, and has been in both comedic and dramatic films.
Sarah Miles is also British, and she starred in both film and theatre. Her peak years of fame were from the 60s-80s. Although she’s retired, she is still memorable, and has definitely made her mark in the film industry.
Miles’ most remembered roles were in “Blowup”, “Ryan’s Daughter”, and “The Servant.” This woman was honestly astonishing in those classics, and still is today.
You probably remember her as Marcia Brady from the Brady Bunch or maybe from that annoying “sure, Jan” meme. Either way, she was quite popular back in the day starring in the Nick at Nite TV show.
Her career went down hill after her Brady Bunch days were over and she struggled with depression. She further lost her “good girl” reputation after she got involved in drugs. In 2008, though, she released a New York Times Best Seller, Here’s the Story: Surviving Marcia Brady and Finding My True Voice.
Pam Grier was a famous face back in the day after starring in a bunch of blaxploitation films such as The Big Bird Cage and Foxy Brown. In 1997, Pam Grier was cast in Quentin Tarantino’s film Jackie Brown, and received a Golden Globe and SAG award nomination. Rotten Tomatoes ranked her as the 2nd greatest female action heroine in film history!
People today recognize her as Kit Porter from the Showtime TV series, The L Word (2004-2009) and she occasionally guest stars in shows like Law and Order: SVU. Grier also did voiceover work for the video game, Grand Theft Auto.
We probably don’t need to tell you who Meryl Streep is! The media calls her the best actress of her generation and she is certainly one of the most talented A-listers in Hollywood. Not very many actresses or actors can play a variety of different characters but Streep is able to transformation into each character in a believable way.
Throughout the span of her career, she has won a total of 157 awards and nominated 409 times. No other actor/actress has been nominated for an Oscar more than she has and she is one of 6 actors to win three or more competitive Academy Awards for acting!
If you didn’t get to grow up in the 70’s, when Lynda Carter reigned, you probably still recognize her for her classic Wonder Woman picture. In 1972, she was crowned Miss World USA (representing her home state, Arizona) and gained national attention after that.
After the Wonder Woman series ended in 1979, Carter continued her acting. She became involved in the music industry and last year, she recorded original songs for the Fallout video game series!
Susan Sarandon has been in Hollywood ever since she starred in the movie Joe, and later on, the cult classic, The Rocky Horror Picture Show. The actress furthered her popularity with the role of Louise in the feminist class, Thelma and Louise, which got her an Oscar nomination.
In the last decade, Sarandon has appeared in popular TV series like Friends and Malcolm in the Middle and has also done films such as Enchanted, The Lovely Bones, and Tammy. Besides her acting, she is also known for her social and political activism and certainly isn’t afraid to voice her beliefs!
She has the face of an angel and quite literally, considering she is very well known for playing the detective Kelley Garrett in the TV series Charlie’s Angel’s. Jaclyn Smith as the only angel on the show to stay for all 5 seasons and even made a cameo in the 2003 film Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle.
From 2002-2004, she played the recurring character Vanessa Cavanaugh in the series The District and after that, she took a 5-year hiatus. Smith returned, making appearances in crime shows such as Law and Order: SVU and CSI.
If you ask every generation who Cher is, you will probably get a different answer each time. The actress and singer is known by most as the Goddess of Pop and is a memorable woman because of her unique voice and fashion style! People began to know her name after her and her husband started the pop group, Sonny & Cher.
Cher is rather eclectic and fastly became an icon of the music industry. On every decade from the 1960s to the 2010s, she had a number-one single on a Billboard chart, which no other artist has done. Do you believe in the power of Cher?
Pat Priest landed a role in the CBS TV series, The Munsters after her mother moved their family to Washington DC after she was appointed the United States Treasurer. Priest played the beautiful Marilyn Munster for 56 episodes until the show ended in 1966.
After that, she went on to appear in a couple more TV series and even some movies, before she eventually retired in the 80’s.
Now this is a name you should know considering she is a famed actress and director/producer in Hollywood. Jodie Foster began acting at a very young age but it wasn’t until 1976 that she received her breakout role playing a teenage prostitute in the movie, Taxi Driver. For rest of the 70’s, she was a teen idol after starring in Disney’s Freaky Friday and Candleshoe.
Her role in Silence of the Lambs (1991) made her iconic and also gave her an Oscar.Now, she mainly focuses on directing, with her most recent film being Money Monster but she also directed Netflix TV shows like Orange is the New Black!
Valerie Leon is best known for being a beautiful Bond girl in The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) and Never Say Never Again (1983). She was also quite famous for being in several Carry On films.
You also saw her play a secretary in Revenge of the Pink Panther (1978) and a hotel receptionist in The Italian Job! She is still acting today and has two children with her late husband, Michael Mills.
The British-American actress was actually born with the name Joyce Penelope Wilhelmina Frankenberg, but made her stage name Jane Seymour in reference to King Henry VIII’s third wife. In the 70’s, she became more known as a Bond girl after she played the character Solitaire in Live and Let Die, and was basically a sex symbol after that.
She went on to have prominent roles in movies like East of Eden and Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman, both of which won her a Golden Globe. Seymoure is still acting today and most recently, we saw her in the play The Vortex by the British Theatre Playhouse.
Goldie Hawn was only 24 years old when she won her first Oscar for Best Supporting Actress in the movie Cactus (1969) and for the next 3 decades of her career, she maintained her status as a bankable star! The actress was in a variety of movies in the 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s, while also being the mother of the actress Kate Hudson.
In 2002, she starred in the movie The Banger Sisters, which ended up being her last live-action film. Now Hawn in back into acting and will appear in Amy Schumer’s comedy Mother/Daughter next year.
Barbara Streisand is certainly someone who has earned her nickname, Queen of the Divas! She is one of the best-selling artists of all time and by the time the 70’s were over, she was listed as the most successful female singer in the U.S.
Over the 6 decades of her amazing career, she has won Oscars, 10 Grammys, 9 Golden Globes, 5 Emmys, a Special Tony Awards and in 2015, Obama awarded her the Presidential Medal Of Freedom. In August, catch her on her 9-city tour titled Barbra: The Music, The Mem’ries, The Magic!
Look at me I’m Sandra D… Well, that is pretty much what everything still thinks when they see the name Olivia Newtown-John! Before she was cast in Grease (1978), she already had a prominent reputation as a singer and this iconic movie just furthered her career as a successful singer.
She is still known as one of the world’s best-selling music artists of all time and has won 4 Grammy awards! Her music career is still active as she still is doing tours and last year, she appeared as a guest judge on Dancing With the Stars and RuPaul’s Drag Race. I guess we will always be hopelessly devoted to you, Olivia!
You can’t get any more country than the singer-songwriter Dolly Parton! She is one of the most recognized people in America (I mean, with that hair how could you not!) and has accomplished a whole lot, including numerous awards since her career started in 1964. 25 of her songs reached were No. 1 on the Billboard Country charts, which is still a record today for female artists!
In the late 70’s, Parton decided to do some acting in order to increase her fan base and created the show, Dolly! (1976–77), which only last a season. 9 to 5 (1980) was her first film, where she received 2 Golden Globe nominations and certainly wouldn’t be her last!
The famed American actress began her career in the 1960’s, performing on Broadway, but it wasn’t until she starred in the film Bonnie and Clyde in 1967, that she left her mark in Hollywood forever. Most people remember Faye Dunaway as Warren Beatty’s partner in crime, Bonnie and I bet she does too considering she got her first Oscar nomination for the role!
After that, her career skyrocketed, and she starred in more films in the 1970’s including Chinatown, The Towering Inferno, Three Days of the Condor, and Network. Dunaway went on to win an Oscar, 3 Golden Globes, a BAFTA, an Emmy and became the first-ever recipient of a Leopard Club Award. Now, she is keeping busy and starring in the Amazon TV series Hand of God, and you will catch her in an upcoming film this year called The Bye Bye Man!
She was the actress who gave the hit series Charlie’s Angels its name because she felt like the producers original name
After Charlie’s Angels, Jackson, she starred in the TV series Scarecrow and Mrs. King and this was the show where she realized she loved being on the other end of the camera as well, as she co-produced a lot of episodes.
It was her modeling on a magazine cover that started her acting career as she caught the eye of the director Peter Bogdanovich. Cybil Shepherd was given a major role in his 1971 film The Last Picture Show, which earned her a golden globe nomination! By the time the 70’s were over, she had a prominent acting career, having starred in hits like The Heartbreak Kid, and Taxi Driver.
In the next decade, she starred in the ABC TV series Moonlighting with Bruce Willis and went on to win 2 Golden Globes for it! We got to see Shepherd appear in a couple of episodes of The L Word and Psych but most recently, we saw her in last year’s movie, She’s Funny That Way!
Brigitte Bardot is a French actress and was a sex symbol back in the 50’s and 60’s. Her fame was worldwide, making her the only European actress at the time to be that famous. Bardot, however, didn’t enjoy being in the spotlight and retired when she was only 21-years-old.
She went on to be a prominent animal rights activist and even found her own foundation.
Mary Balham is mainly known for playing “Scout” Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird in 1962 and it earned her an Oscar nomination at the age of 10! Before being cast, she had no prior acting experience and yet, she went on to be the youngest child nominated for Best Supporting Actress!
She went on to appear in a couple of movies and TV shows, but retired in 1966. Now she is an art restorer and college testing administrator.
The Swiss-born actress Ursula Andress played the sexy Honey Ryder in the first film, Dr. No and although she did many movies after that, she will always be known as that James Bond girl!
Honey Ryder was Andress’ breakout role, even though her voice was dubbed by the actress Nikki van der Zyl because of her Swiss accent. Later, in the James Bond 1967 film Casino Royale, she would play another character but this time with her real voice! The actress would continue doing films, playing alongside most notable stars like Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, and Dean Martin, until 2005 when she retired.
The actress was pretty much famous when she was born since her dad was the professional football player, Don Newmeyer and her mother, Helen was a broadway star. What gave Julie Newmar her one fame was the role of Catwoman in the TV series Batman in the 60’s. In 1958, she won a Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play!
Besides being an actress, Newmar also became a business woman after she received 2 US patents for pantyhose and 1 for a brasserie. She also invested in some real estate in LA.
49. Carroll Baker
Before her acting career began, Carroll Baker was magician’s assistant and a nightclub dancer. After she appeared in a bunch of commercials, she became a full-time actress! In 1956, she starred in Tennessee Williams’s Baby Doll, which gave her an Oscar, and BAFTA nominations and a Golden Globe! She mainly did movies in the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s, before switching to TV shows in the 80’s.
Eventually she retired in 2002 and went on to write 3 books.
Before becoming a Bond girl with an interesting name, Honor Blackman was a Greek goddess! She played Hera in Jason and the Argonauts in 1963 before producers thought she would make a good Pussy Galore in Goldfinger.
The movie gave her a successful career afterward and she went on to act in theater productions, TV shows, and movies!
Nichelle Nichols was actually a singer before transitioning into an actress. Her big debut was on “Star Trek”, and she really defied some major stigmas of the time, by being a black actress, surrounded by white men (you go, girl!).
Her feature that is probably best noticed by everyone, is her gorgeous set of eyebrows. Nichols knew how to take care of them, and boy, did we take note.
Mary Tyler Moore
You’ve most likely seen her on her show called the “Mary Tyler Moore Show”, in which she had the role of Mary Richards.
She was a major star for having appeared on the “Dick Van Dyke Show”, and after that, continued her career in TV shows, as well as a few good films. One thing that really made her stand out, was that smile of hers. It’s truly contagious and makes everyone look even better.
The Swedish-American actress, singer and dancer, born on 1941, doesn’t seem to age! She is mostly famous for her roles on Bye Bye Birdie, Viva Las Vegas and Carnal Knowledge, as well as numerous other Hollywood classics. She’s even appeared on The Who’s 1975 rock opera, Tommy!
Margaret has won one Emmy Award, and was nominated for several Oscars, Emmy awards, SAG awards and even a few Grammy awards! Talk about diversity.
Can you believe that this funnywoman was born on 1922? On top of being a well loved comedian, White is also an actress, singer, radio host, author and animal rights activist. She also seems to never leave the spotlight, and was the first woman to ever produce a sitcom!
White won an Emmy Award for her role on The Mary Tyler Moore Show, as well as for her role as Rose on The Golden Girls. The strangest title she’s earned, though, is honorary Mayor of Hollywood!
Raquel Welch, born Jo Raquel Tejada, is one of the biggest sex symbols of the 20th century. Her doe-skin bikini clad physique has sold millions of posters, that are still being adored by men to this day. She was also voted #3 on Playboy magazine’s “100 Sexiest Stars of the Twentieth Century”.
Welch has definitely managed to keep her beautiful looks, even at 75. Her unique persona, on and off screen, her helped her stay in the headlights, and on men’s minds, for decades.
Jane Fonda is a is a well known actress, model and activist, as well as daughter of Hollywood legend, Henry Fonda. She started her career in 1960, in a Broadway play that got her two Tony award nominations. Later on, Fonda appeared in many silver screen classics, such as Barbarella, They Shoot Horses, Don’t They and Coming Home.
Fonda is also an exercise video guru, which is something that certainly helps her looking youthful well into her 70’s. She’s also admitted to going under the knife a few times, which according to her, made her look a decade younger.
“I Dream of Jeannie” is one of the most famous TV shows from the 60s, and what made it oh-so wonderful, was Barbara Eden’s role as “Jeannie.” No one else could have made the role better.
Not only was Eden a great actress, but she had amazing makeup every time she was seen on TV. It’s safe to say that she is the best example of how to properly use highlighter on your face. Take note, ladies!
Dawn Wells is most famous for her part on “Gilligan’s Island”, which was a major hit TV show on CBS. In terms of her style and appearance, she was usually seen with dark makeup and lipstick, which really made her already stunning features stand out.
Today, she is 77 years old, and still has that spunk that she had when she was at her prime in the 60s.
And, last but certainly not least, we have…
This American Star began her career in theatre, but eventually landed a huge role in a film called “God’s Little Acre”. This role ended up giving her a Golden Globe award for New Star of the Year, which is an utter success.
And while it’s pretty apparent that she’s had some work done to maintain her youthful appearance, she is still beautiful and will always be remembered as a major contributor to the industry.
Jayne Mansfield was considered one of the hottest women of the 20th century. She was an actress, a singer and an accomplished entertainer, and was also one of the first Playboy Playmates.
Sadly, Mansfield was killed in a car crash when she was only 34 years old, in 1967. The three adults that were in the car were perished, and Mansfield’s three children, who were in the back seat, survived. One of those children turned out to be acclaimed Law and Order actress, Mariska Hargitay.
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