A lot of huge world events happened in the 1970s but no matter how interesting this time period was, for a lot of actresses, it was their time to shine! Whether it was in the music industry, fashion scene or Hollywood, many women became household names as they did what they knew best. Even though the 70s have long been over and a lot has changed, one thing is for sure: these incredible actresses will always define the Disco Era. Do you ever wonder how your favorite stars have transformed over the years and what they have been doing since they first hit the scene? Well, let’s see!
1. Jane Seymour
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 (1973), and was basically an icon 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. Her role in Onassis: The Richest Man in the World got her an Emmy award and in 2000, the actress was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire. Seymour is still acting today and most recently, we saw her in the play The Vortex by the British Theatre Playhouse.
2. Candice Bergen
Some may remember her from the popular 90’s hit TV show, Murphy Brown, but Candice Bergen was a bonafide star long before the show aired. Beginning her career in 1966, Bergen was a successful actress and fashion model and has appeared in several heavy-hitting films, like The Sand Pebbles and Carnal Knowledge.
Bergen won several awards throughout her acting career, including five Emmy awards and two Golden Globes, and is still an inspiration to this day. Generations of fans went wild with delight when Murphy Brown was renewed by CBS for 13 episodes in September 2018.
3. Carrie Fisher
Carrie Fisher started her acting career in 1975 in the movie Shampoo with Warren Beatty, Julie Christie, and Goldie Hawn. Then two years later, her name became known after she was cast to play Princess Leia in the Star Wars trilogy and she became an international star. While she did other movies in the 70’s and 80’s, such as Blues Brothers and When Harry Met Sally, she will forever be remembered for being the princess.
In 2015, she reprised her Star Wars role in The Force Awakens, along with her old cast mates Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Peter Mayhew, Anthony Daniels, and Kenny Baker. Before that, Fisher did some comedies, voicing Peter Griffin’s boss in Family Guy and doing her own one-woman show: Wishful Drinking. Sadly, Carrie Fisher passed away in the end of 2016.
4. Michelle Pfeiffer
Michelle Pfeiffer, that white gold…. Sorry, can’t help it. Every time we see this actress’s name, we think of Bruno Mars’ song, Uptown Funk. Well, Michelle Pfeiffer has certainly accomplished more than being mentioned in a hit song! At the end of the 70’s, she entered the show business but it wasn’t until 1982 that she was in her first major film (Grease 2).
As terrible as Grease 2 was, Pfeiffer was still able to further her career, playing a lead role in Scarface the next year. Comic book fans remember her for portraying a sexy Catwoman in Tim Burton’s Batman Returns (1992) and broadway fans recognize her as the actress that played Velma Von Tussle on Hairspray (2007).
5. Raquel Welch
She only had three lines in the British film she starred in titled One Million Years B.C. (1966) but the iconic shot of her wearing a bathing suit turned her into an idol and a best-selling poster! Raquel Welch went on to do more films, but she will still be regarded more as a ’70s symbol than an actress. Playboy Magazine called her the “Most Desired Woman” of the 1970’s!
Later on in life, Welch began campaigning for skin and beauty care products and in 1984, she published a book called The Raquel Welch Total Beauty and Fitness Program, which included videos. In 2007, she was the face of MAC Cosmetics and the next year, she became a spokeswoman for Foster Grant’s reading glasses campaign.
The next leading lady is famous for both her big hair and big voice, among other things!
6. Goldie Hawn
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 has swung back into form, acting on the big screen, and most recently appeared with comedian Amy Schumer’s mother-daughter film Snatched in 2017.
7. Dolly Parton
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! Known for her amazing voice and those impeccably tall high-heels, Dolly is one country singer that will always be in the heart of America.
8. Kim Basinger
In the 70’s, she was had a successful career as a model in NYC but when she moved to LA in the middle of the decade, Kim Basinger became an actress. Her first film feature was 1981’s Hard Country and 16 years later, she would take home an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress in L.A. Confidential.
Basinger would continue to act well into the 2000’s in films such as I Dreamed of Africa (2000), 8 Mile (2002), The Door in the Floor (2004), and Cellular (2004). More recently we saw her in The Nice Guys and next year, she will portray Elena Lincoln in the sequel, Fifty Shades Darker.
9. Cheryl Ladd
Cheryl Ladd was definitely one of the most brazen stars of the 1970s and became a household name thanks to her starring role as Kris Munroe from 1977 until the show ended in 1981. She replaced Farrah Fawcett as one of the angels.
She initially had no interest in acting and rather moved to Los Angeles in order to boost her music career. She has five albums under her belt, including the time she was the singing voice of Melody on Josie and the Pussycats. The next ’70s icon was part of the Angles crew as well.
10. Kate Jackson
She was the actress who gave the hit series Charlie’s Angels its name because she felt like the producers original name Alley Cats wasn’t a good one. Kate Jackson went on to star as one of the three detectives, Sabrina Duncan. She stayed with the show for three years (1976–79), before being let go after the actress had too much resentment for having to pass on a role in the hit film Kramer vs Kramer.
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. In 1987, Jackson discovered she had a small malignant tumor, which she got treated but then two years later, she found out she had residual breast cancer and underwent a partial mastectomy. This experience has made her an advocate for breast cancer awareness and heart health, as she also was told she had a tiny hole in her heart, which was fixed with open heart surgery. Stay strong, Kate!
11. Pam Grier
This actress became famous in the 70’s for 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 might 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. Clearly, she likes being the bad guy!
12. Faye Dunaway
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 we 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. She won her first Oscar (Best Actress) for the last one! Dunaway went on to win 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!
13. Cybill Shepherd
It was her modeling on a magazine cover that started her acting career as she caught the eye of the director Peter Bogdanovich. Cybill Shepherd was given a major role in his 1971 film The Last Picture Show, which was a box office hit and she even got 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! She also won another award for starring in her own TV series called Cybill in the 90’s. 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! She remains beautiful and funny to this day.
14. Susan Sarandon
Now, here is another recognizable face! Susan Sarandon has been in Hollywood since the 70’s when she starred in the 1970 movie Joe, and 5 years later, she starred in 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. She would later win her first Academy Award for Dead Man Walking (1995), which also earned her a SAG award.
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!
15. Olivia Newton-John
Look at me I’m Sandra D… Well, that is pretty much what everyone still thinks when they see the name Olivia Newton-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. We will always be hopelessly devoted to you, Olivia!
16. Liv Ullmann
Liv Ullmann is a Norwegian actress and director who became known as one of Swedish director Ingmar Bergman’s “muses.” She starred in 10 of his films, such as Persona (1966), The Passion of Anna (1969), Cries and Whispers (1972), and Autumn Sonata (1978), which helped further her career.
In 1971, she won a Golden Globe for the movie The Emigrants and would go on to be nominated 40+ times for varies awards. Now, the actress mainly focuses on directing, with her most recent movie being Miss Julie (2014). Ullmann is still acting, though, but we haven’t seen her on screen since 2014’s Remake.me.
17. Jessica Lange
Jessica Lange started acting in 1976 when she was cast in the movie, King Kong and she ended up winning a Golden Globe for New Star of the Year. 3 years later, she won another one and an Oscar for her role as a soap opera star in Tootsie and she would go on to win another Academy Award in 1984 for Blue Sky.
Now, Lange is mainly known for her varied roles in the American Horror Story series, for which she was awarded a Golden Globe in 2011. Just this year, she became the 22nd actor to achieve the Triple Crown of Acting.
18. Carol Kane
Carol Kane is another award winning theater, TV and film actress from the 1970’s. She became known in that decade for her prominent roles in Hester Street and Annie Hall. Fans of the TV series Taxi remember her for playing Latka’s (Andy Kaufman) wife for seasons 2, 3 and 4 in the 80’s.
Kane is also known for starring in the Broadway musical Wicked, playing Madame Morrible for 10 years from 2005 to 2014. Nowadays, people see her on the popular TV series on Netflix, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, where she plays the character Lillian Kaushtupper.
19. Jodie Foster
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. That same year, she made her debut as a director with the film Little Man Tate and would go on to start her own production company, Egg Pictures, the next year. Now, she mainly focuses on directing, with her most recent film being Money Monster but she also directed Netflix TV shows like episodes of Orange is the New Black.
The next leading lady seems to have found a way to turn back time!
20. Lynda Carter
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. Carter took acting classes in New York and started a career in show business, appearing in TV shows here and there.
Carter got her huge break as an actress when she was cast as Wonder Woman (Diana Prince) in the series of the same name. It makes sense that Miss USA would become the superhero that saves the world. After the 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. Definitely a woman of many talents!
21. Meryl Streep
Where do we even begin with Meryl Streep? The media calls her the best actress of her generation and she is certainly one of the most talented A-listers in Hollywood. Now 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. Her career started in the 70’s, starting with acting in plays and went on to win a Tony award in 1976 for A Memory of Two Mondays/27 Wagons Full of Cotton.
Through 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! Most recently, we saw her in the feminist movie Suffragette and this year she is starring in the British film, Florence Foster Jenkins. Meryl, we will always love you!
22. Barbra Streisand
Barbra 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!
The next leading lady has been acting for over 60 years!
23. Ellen Burstyn
Ellen Burstyn’s career started in the theater business way back in the 1950s, before she worked her way to the big screen. In 1971, she won her first Oscar (Best Supporting Actress) for The Last Picture Show and 3 years later, she would win her second award for Best Actress for Martin Scorsese’s Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore.
You may also remember her terrifying performances in 1973’s The Exorcist and 2000’s Requiem For A Dream. The actress continued to work in TV, movie, and theater productions, winning a whole lot more awards and making her name known. In 2013, she was inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame and in 2009, she joined the limited few that have completed the Triple Crown of Acting. Most recently, we saw her guest star on House of Cards, which got her a Prime Time Emmy Award nomination!
24. Rene Russo
In the 70’s, Rene Russo was a fashion model and would appear on the covers of prominent magazines such as Cosmopolitan and Vogue. Then in the next decade, she transitioned to acting, with her debut film being 1989’s Major League. In the 90’s, she starred in a lot of box office hits including Lethal Weapon 3 and 4, Outbreak, and The Thomas Crown Affair.
Kids nowadays probably remember her for playing the mom on Yours, Mine and Ours in 2005 and after that, the actress took a 6-year break from acting. She returned in 2011 to play Frigga, Thor’s mother in the Marvel series and also co-starred in the thriller Nightcrawler. Recently, Russo played Fiona in the movie The Intern and is still acting!
25. Stefania Sandrelli
The Italian actress is known for playing many types of characters in films in the Commedia all’Italiana (Comedy in the Italian way), and was only 14 years when she starred in her first film, Divorce, Italian Style in 1960. She didn’t do very many American films, but is a well known actress in Italy and to Italian-Americans.
Sandrelli has won many awards for her roles including the Italian Nastro d’Argento Best Actress awards, and the David di Donatello Best Actress award. The Conformist (1970) and 1900 (1976) are two of her most popular films that she starred in, along with the erotic film, The Key.
Hold on tight, some of the 70’s most popular faces are still to come!
26. Pam Dawber
You probably remember Pam Dawber from her role as Mindy McConnell on the popular extraterrestrial sitcom, Mork & Mindy, opposite the late and great Robin Williams. She also played Samantha Russel on the 80’s sitcom, My Sister Sam. Like many others on this list, Dawber began her career as a model, and only later discovered she had a knack for acting. She is also married to NCIS star, Mark Harmon!
Dawber and Williams reunited on Williams’ own series, The Crazy Ones, in 2014, where Dawber played his love interest. Sadly, the show was canceled shortly after. She is currently acts as spokeswoman for the charity Big Brothers Big Sisters of America.
27. Jane Fonda
Jane Fonda started acting in 1960 and in the next decade, she won 2 Oscars for Best Actress for Klute (1971) and Coming Home (1978). In the 80’s, she made her first exercise video, Jane Fonda’s Workout, which was the highest-selling video of the time and she went on to make 21 more!
She went back to acting in 2005, after a 15 year hiatus and starred in the comedy, Monster in Law with Jennifer Lopez and then in 2009, she returned to broadway after 45 years in the play 33 Variations. Now, Fonda stars in the Netflix original series, Grace and Frankie with Lily Tomlin and Martin Sheen.
28. Sigourney Weaver
Now this actress is a well-known face from the ’70s and is still currently a popular celebrity. She became famous for her roles in the films Annie Hall and Madman, which led her to the big role in the Alien series in 1979.
Sci-fi movies became her favorite ones to do as she had a supporting role in Ghost Busters and Ghost Busters II, earning her the nickname, “The Sci-Fi Queen.” She continued acting throughout the decades, starring in blockbusters like Avatar and The Cabin in the Woods. She delighted Ghostbusters fans by making a cameo appearance in the 2016 film.
29. Anjelica Huston
Anjelica Huston came from a family of show-business as her father, John Huston, was an actor and director, and her mother, Enrica Soma was a prima ballerina and model. Her father helped her get into acting in her childhood years, She had small parts in her father’s movies but eventually, made a name of her own in the 80’s. Most people remember her for playing Morticia Addams in the 1991 movie, The Addams Family.
She continued acting well into the 2000’s and collaborated a lot with the director, Wes Anderson in films like The Royal Tenenbaums (2001) and The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004). Huston was also notable for playing Eileen Rand in the TV series, Smash.
30. Barbara Hershey
Barbara Hershey began acting in the ’60s when she was 17 years old but it wasn’t until the next decade that she became popular. In 1972, she starred in Martin Scorcese’s Boxcar Bertha, which she said she greatly enjoyed making. When she began dating David Carradine, she worked a lot on his shows and movies.
Barbara has run the gamut, acting in wildly diverse films, from Woody Allen’s Hannah and Her Sisters to Martin Scorsese’s controversial The Last Temptation of Christ. She is still acting today and was most memorable playing overbearing mom Erica Sayers / The Queen in Black Swan, which earned her a BAFTA nomination.
31. Diahann Carroll
Diahann Carroll is an American television and stage actress who was in some of the earliest films featuring black casts in the 60’s and 70’s. In 1968, she starred in the TV series, Julia, which was one of the first to star a black woman in a non-stereotypical role.
8 years later, she hosted her own show, The Diahann Carroll Show and in 1978, she was in The Star Wars Holiday Special. She continued with her acting, especially in TV shows and had recurring roles in White Collar and Grey’s Anatomy.
32. Mary Tyler Moore
Mary Tyler Moore began her TV career portraying “Happy Hotpoint” in TV commercials for Hotpoint appliances and continued to make commercials for them until she got pregnant. In 1961, she was cast on to The Dick Van Dyke Show, playing Dick’s wife and 9 years later, she got her own sitcom show, The Mary Tyler Moore Show with her husband, Grant Tinker. It ran until 1977 and earned her an Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series.
She did a few appearances in TV shows and made-for-TV movies but eventually retired in 2015 from acting. Moore received the Screen Actors Guild’s lifetime achievement award in 2011 and spends her time raising awareness/funds for juvenile diabetes. Sadly, Moore passed away in January 2017.
33. Mia Farrow
Mia Farrow became famous playing Rosemary in Rosemary’s Baby (1968) and went on to have other big roles. She was in many classics in the 70’s, such as The Great Gatsby, Peter Pan, and Avalanche and was in 13 Woody Allen films spanning 1979-1992, after she began dating him.
She is still acting today but in smaller roles and did some voiceover work. Now, she mainly focuses on being a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and humanitarian activities in Darfur, Chad, and the Central African Republic. In 2008, she was named one of the most influential people in the world.
34. Alison Arngrim
Now here’s a shining example of someone who doesn’t seem to age. You may remember Alison Arngrim from her famous role as Nellie Oleson on Little House On The Prairie, but did you know she is also a comedian and an author? As the daughter of a Hollywood manager and an actress, Arngrim’s way to Hollywood was written in the stars.
Beginning her career as a child model and actress, it was only in 1974 that Arngrim became a household name. After Little House ended, she continued to act, record a comedy album, and devote much of her time to charity.
The next star is famous for using a lasso! Can you guess who she is?
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. In the 70’s, people loved seeing her on her shows The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour and Cher.
Cher is rather eclectic and 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?
36. Maureen McCormick
You probably remember McCormick’s stunning blue eyes from the role that made her a household name, Marcia Brady on The Brady Bunch. The eldest sibling of the bunch continued on to become a singer, a writer and a TV personality, but even though she’s expressing herself creatively, her life hasn’t been such an easy ride.
Despite a post-Brady Bunch bout of very un-Brady behavior, McCormick came out the other side swinging – literally! In 2016 McCormick appeared on Dancing With The Stars and her TV mom Florence Henderson (Carol Brady) even went to watch her “daughter” compete. Keep an eye out for this former-Brady’s future projects, McCormick is far from bowing out.
37. Diane Keaton
Fans of The Godfather series know her as Kay Adams-Corleone but as popular as those movies were, it wasn’t what jump started her successful career. It was her role in Woody Allen’s film Play It Again, Sam in 1972 and a couple of more Allen’s films that established her as a comic actress.
Her appearance in Woody Allen’s film Annie Hall (1977) got her her first Oscar. She is still acting today and most recently, she voiced Dory’s mom in Finding Dory! Besides acting, she is also a photographer, real estate developer, author, and occasional singer, because why just be one thing?
38. Jaclyn Smith
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 (1976–81). 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.
She kept her acting up after the series ended, starring in the movie Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy, playing the titular character, and even earned a Golden Globe nomination for it. 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.
The next heavy hitter is also famous for her role on The Godfather. Can you guess who she is?
39. Talia Shire
Another The Godfather star, Talia Shire played Connie Corleone in the trilogy but is also known for playing Adrian Balboa in the Rocky films. She was nominated for an Oscar for both of these films and became a legacy for these popular classic series.
In the 2000’s, we have seen her in such movies as Kiss the Bride (2002), I Heart Huckabees (2004), and Homo Erectus (2007). Shire is still acting today and you can see her in theaters in her son Robert Schwartzman’s movie, Dreamland.
40. Jacklyn Zeman
You probably remember Jacklyn Zeman, or Jackie Zeman, from her breakout role as the memorable Barbara “Bobbie” Spencer on General Hospital. She played Spencer for over three decades! Before that, in 1972, she was a Playboy Bunny at the Playboy Club, and studied dance at New York University.
Being on the second-longest running drama show on television has meant Zeman has worked for a remarkably long time. Zeman was a cast regular from 1977 to 2010, and was no less than a prostitute-turned-nurse. Zeman returned to the show on 2013 for a few episodes, and fans were ecstatic.
41. Barbi Benton
Barbara Lynn Klein, AKA Barbi Benton, began her modeling career when she was only 16, to help with her family’s finance. When she was 18 years old, she had her fist Playboy gig when she took the park of co-host on the entertainment show Playboy After Dark. It was after that show that Benton began a relationship with Playboy mogul, Hugh Hefner.
Benton lived at Hefner’s Playboy mansion for seven years, and appeared on the cover of Playboy four times. As an actress, Benton appeared in The Love Boat and Fantasy Island, as well as on several movies. She also had some success as a singer, and her country album Brass Buckles was well-recieved when it was first released in 1975. More recently, Benton’s husband, George Gradow, was sentenced to prison in 2006 for tax fraud.
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