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Stars of the 70s: Then & Now

The 1970s were an explosion of culture: It brought us the bell bottom pant, lava lamps, and the advent of Saturday Night Live. Stars of the time were beloved by their fans, and many of them continued to have successful Hollywood careers even as the 70s became the 80s, then the 90s, and eventually moved on towards today.

Where are some of the most beloved TV and movie stars of the 70s today? Take a look at these 18 stars from the 1970s to find out what they’ve been up to since their 70s stardom on the screen.

Burt Reynolds

Known in the ’70s for his role in influential films like White Lightning, Deliverance, and The Longest Yard, Burt Reynolds was a Hollywood heart-throb who ruled the film industry with his iconic mustache and hat. Now, nearly 50 years later, Reynolds is still going strong with his movie career, even co-starring in a remake of The Longest Yard—this time as the coach.

Sissy Spacek

Given critical acclaim for her role in the 1973 film Badlands, Sissy Spacek made a name for herself by following up that performance with her role in Carrie, in which she plays the eponymous lead. Spacek was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance and has continued to create waves in Hollywood by participating in Academy Award-nominated films in each of the four most recent decades.

John Travolta

In the ’70s, John Travolta hit the big screen hard and fast with his memorable performances in Grease, Saturday Night Fever, and Welcome Back, Kotter. He became a name among the youth of the era, drawing huge crowds whenever he starred in a movie. Though he faded into obscurity in the subsequent decades, only making blips throughout the eighties, he climbed back into stardom with his role in Pulp Fiction and, later, Hairspray and Bolt.

Linda Ronstadt

Known as The First Lady of Rock, Linda Ronstadt was a famous singer who started by doing performances at the famous Troubadour nightclub, and her career only accelerated from there. She created over 30 gold and platinum records and won a total of 10 Grammys in her lifetime, truly solidifying her position as the Queen of Rock. In 2013, Ronstadt was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, at which point she was forced to retire from her musical career. She released a memoir of her life the same year, entitled, Simple Dreams: A Musical Memoir.

Michael Douglas

Though already embedded into the lifestyle of Hollywood thanks to his father, Michael Douglas began his own film career back in the early ’70s, starring in The Streets of San Francisco, a TV series about two cops in the homicide division of the San Francisco Police Department. Douglas appeared in several other movies and additionally produced a few of his own, including One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. He continues to act to this day, and he recently received a Golden Globe for his performance in the mini-series Behind the Candelabra.

Pam Grier

Known in the 70s for her role in movies such as Coffy, Sheba, Baby, and Foxy Brown, Pam Grier has enthusiastically continued her acting career which has expanded to include 54 film performances, 39 TV series performances, and 2 video game performances. Though she never married or had children, Grier has had multiple high-profile relationships over the years, including basketball player Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and comedian Richard Pryor.

In 1988, Grior was diagnosed with stage-four cervical cancer and given 18 months to live but, thanks to vigorous treatment, made a full recovery.

Michael Caine

Known best for his recurring roles as tough guys in movies like Kidnapped, Pulp, and Get Carter, Sir Michael Caine was an actor with a type that fans loved him for. Caine has continued his big screen stardom, but now that he’s aged, the days of tough guy glory are behind him. Now, Caine has adopted an auxiliary role to the tough guys in movies, often serving as a coach or counselor—for example, Alfred, Bruce Wayne’s butler in the Dark Knight films.

Billie Jean King

A sports legend of the ’70s, Billie Jean King rose to stardom when she won the “Battle of the Sexes” tennis match against male competitor Bobby Riggs. King has had several marks of fame on her record in the ’70s and ’80s: In addition to her defeat of Bobby Riggs in the Battle of the Sexes, she was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1987, and she was one of the first female sports stars to come out as gay. King’s story was made into a big-screen movie in 2017, titled Battle of the Sexes.

Erik Estrada

Erik Estrada was known throughout the ’70s for his role in buddy-cop TV show CHiPs, a series about California Highway Patrol officers that ran from 1977 to 1983. Since the early 2000s, Estrada has held roles in a number of reality TV shows, infomercials, and children’s shows on Disney and Cartoon Network. Estrada has also done work for numerous activist groups, such as D.A.R.E., the C.H.P 11-99 Foundation, the American Heart Association, and the United Way.

Shelley Duvall

Shelley Duvall found stardom in the 1970s with a number of recurring roles in several Robert Altman films that won her fame, such as Brewster McCloud, Thieves Like Us, and 3 Women. Her roles in The Shining and Popeye gave her further fame in the 80s and 90s, and she continued acting until 2002, at which point she retired from her career. Duvall drew attention to herself in 2016 when she informed Dr. Phil that she was mentally ill and suffering from delusions that affect her perception of reality. Duvall has refused to receive a formal diagnosis and threatened to kill any doctor who attempted to give her a psychological assessment.



Daughter Overwhelms Parents Restaurant With Customers By Posting On TikTok

Renee Yates



A seven-second video posted on TikTok by Jennifer Le has saved her parents’ Vietnamese pho restaurant from going out of business. In the video, Le showed the empty restaurant and her dad looking sad at the register. She then asked for social media’s help to keep the restaurant in business. The restaurant is in California and was doing ok before the pandemic, but has since had trouble getting customers to dine in.

The video went viral, and within hours, it had garnered millions of views and shares. People all over the world were touched by Le’s message and began sharing the video on their social media accounts. The response was overwhelming, with people expressing their support for the restaurant and their willingness to help.

As a result of the video, the restaurant was flooded with customers, many of whom had never heard of the place before. The increased business allowed Le’s parents to keep the restaurant open and the phones are ringing off the hook. The family was overwhelmed by the outpouring of support and expressed their gratitude to everyone who had shared the video and visited the restaurant.

Le’s video is a perfect example of the power of social media to effect change. In just seven seconds, she was able to capture the attention of millions of people and inspire them to take action. The video also highlights the struggles faced by small businesses during the pandemic and the importance of community support in keeping these businesses afloat.

Le’s video has since become a source of inspiration for many people who are struggling with similar issues. It serves as a reminder that even the smallest actions can have a significant impact, and that we all have the power to make a difference in our communities.

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Massive Sandcastle Built by Auckland Brothers Impresses Scores of Beachgoers

Kevin Wells



When you have run out of Christmas ideas, nothing beats going to the beach and letting your creative juices flow. That’s what two brothers in New Zealand did this past Boxing Day and ended up with an amazing and eye-catching sandcastle.

After building a massive sandcastle on Boxing Day, two Auckland boys gained praise from other people around Mt Maunganui’s beach area that day.

Jared and Paul Brandon spent 10 hours that day building a two-meter-high sandcastle, beginning with a sketch of the structure “on a piece of A4 paper” and beginning at high tide. The pair plans to turn this into a Boxing Day ritual.

On Christmas Eve, the brothers started strategizing on how to top last year’s one-meter-high tower on Boxing Day 2021.

Because Jared and Paul are “very competitive,” they wanted to outdo their performance from the previous year. Before beginning their construction, the two searched online for sandcastle designs after visiting Bunnings to get tools, buckets, as well as a footrest.

Both residents and visitors have expressed admiration and astonishment at the beautiful creation.

Jared chuckles, “A guy is assessing how tall it is currently with his beach umbrella.

Jared informed the media, “This one is 2 meters, so we needed a few footstools to climb up tall enough and also used a builder’s level so it didn’t topple over.

The 150-liter pail was the biggest we were able to use, and the traditional household bucket was a fairly small one. We purchased them both from Bunnings.

Paul explains, “There are a few techniques, such as two portions of water to one portion of sand.”

Then came the spatulas to shape the windows, then toothpicks for creating the roof piles, as well as the straws for blowing off the “extra sand.”

The previous night, the two worked on it until 8 p.m., and unlike last year, it is still standing.

“Time went by incredibly quickly; it seemed like we were only at the beach for five hours, instead of ten.” “Paul spoke to the press.

He claims that while working for a California hotel plus learning how to construct sandcastles as a kid-friendly activity, he acquired the skill there about eight years ago.

“Now that he’s used that knowledge and developed it, he taught me. Therefore, for the previous four to five years, whenever we had the time, we would construct a sandcastle once a year ” says Jared.

The two, who are both camera operators, intend to go much further next year and are hoping to enlist the aid of a larger family.

We will attempt to teach my sister as well as my brother-in-law to assist us as they appear interested this year. “We are striving to dredge up more relatives to get involved in creating a village in 2023.”

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Man Finds $47,000 Historic Ring

Renee Yates



England is very much metal detector country. The land outside the big cities is stuffed full of artifacts and leftovers from ancient times, ranging from before the Romans’ arrival to the Middle Ages and more. So, it’s not surprising, with the blessing of local farmers, that many a fellow with a metal detector is out there spending a Saturday or Sunday scanning through a fallow farm field to see what might be found. As it turned out, David Board was one of those hunters, and he just happened to come across a very small gold ring in one of his ventures.

Located outside of Dorset, Board was busy scanning a pasture field and had been doing so for hours. The sun was late in the sky, and Board was about to wrap up when his machine pinged a definite metallic substance under the soil he was waving the sensor over. Sure enough, pinpointing the location and then digging specifically into that spot, Board unearthed a very small gold ring.

It was in the farm soil, the ground typically tilled for planting, but this particular field had been used for cattle instead. So, five inches underground, the ring remained until Board found it and pulled it back into the daylight. At first, he chalked up the discovery to just another piece of metal from old times, he cleared off the dirt, pocketed the ring and kept going. Then, at the end of the day, Board went home and washed off his finds in the sink. It was only then that he realized what that ring actually was.

While the method of metal detecting in England gives archaeologists utter heart attacks every time they hear a similar story, the finds are generally split between the metal detector and the farm owner, unless the farm owner just waives off the matter and lets the hunters keep whatever they find. Whichever the case in this instance, the ring was no small trinket. It turned out to be an exceedingly well-crafted and rare gold wedding ring from the Medieval period and in very good condition. To be auctioned off later this year, the find is expected to net between 30,000 to 47,000 British Pounds.

The only surprise to anyone hearing the story in England these days is why the local farmers still allow detectors to scan their fields without any stake in the finds.

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Gold Miners Dig Up a Lot More than Ancient Gold

Kevin Wells



Gold miners are used to finding all sorts of things from ancient times. It’s not uncommon to find relics of prior miners, old habitats, animal remains and even dinosaur fossils as they dig deep into the earth or excavate large areas. However, it’s not an everyday occurrence to find a practically intact mummy of a baby mammoth.

Based on the estimates possible on first evaluation of the mummified baby mammoth found on June 21 by operations at the Klondike gold deposit, way up in the northern part of Canada, miners discovered a baby female mammoth assumed to be probably 30,000 years old. An occasional dinosaur or mammoth bone is uncommon but a regular occurrence. However, finding a complete set of remains of a baby mammoth is extremely rare and a big news in the world of paleontology and biology. Even better, the specimen is practically complete. Most times the remains have been tampered with by other animals or hunting and scavenging. Then nature moves things around even further and separates parts. In this case, however, the baby mammoth was complete, intact and well-preserved.

Named Nun cho ga but the local tribes, the find essentially means big baby animal, no surprise. All the skin and hair is intact, which makes the find extremely valuable in terms of understanding exactly how junvenile mammoths looked and probably behaved mechanically as well as physically. In terms of scientific information, the find is huge. It’s similar to finding an entire painting by a famous artist versus just having a brush he or she might have used.

Locked away in permafrost for centuries, the baby mammoth was literally preserved in the earth’s freezer, untouched by bacteria or the elements for an amazing amount of time. Scientists evaluating the specimen guess that the juvenile likely passed away earlier, maybe from sickness, as its pack was moving since there were no predatory marks on it or scattering of remains. Or, also likely, the animal may have gotten stuck in a deep mud pit or quicksand and was quickly buried, protecting it from rot or degradation.

The last time anyone found a North American baby mammoth in good condition was in 1948, some 70 plus years ago. That one was named Effie, and was located inside a gold mine in Alaska. Additionally, another more recent find was in 2007 in Siberia. That find was estimated to be much older, at 42,000 years of age. It was comparative to the same size as Nun cho ga, which means the two together will provide some interesting comparative notes and years of study going forward. It’s enough to make a dinosaur scientist get giggly.

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Pennsylvania Nurses Get a COVID Booster for Student Loan Debt

Shannon Jackson



Becoming a nurse is no easy day in the park. Aside from all the clinical hours required and bookwork in classes, a candidate still has to pass their state license exams as well as figure out how to pay for the education costs. It’s quite common for a graduating nurse, whether an LN or RN, to have thousands of dollars in student loan debt. That was already a significant barrier to recruitment before COVID-19 arrived. Things only got worse as experienced nurses left the field in droves after the pandemic’s burnout.

However, Pennsylvania is hitting the problem head on. The state decided that it was going to provide a pot totaling $55 million to help reduce or eliminate student loan debt for eligible nurses. Funded by a combination of state dollars matched to federal American Rescue Plan funds for overall economic stimulus, Pennsylvania directed its internal share to help boost nursing in-state again as well as keep nurses in their careers with financial stability.

Essentially, any nurse who worked during the pandemic, was licensed by the state, and cared for COVID-19 patients will be eligible to get a $7,500 payment for student loan relief. The funds are one-time, non-recurring, but they still represent a huge wave of debt relief for affected nurses. 24,000 plus nurses responded with applications before the deadline ended, which has exceeded the estimated fund allocation available, no surprise. To deal with this surge in eligibility, the state administrators will split the funds on a prorata basis between the impacted state areas and regions, based on the number of nurses who applied. Then, within each regional pot, nurses will be selected by random on who will get the one-time payment.

Those who are selected won’t see the funds themselves. To ensure the payment is used correctly, the money goes directly to the student loan servicer provided by that nurse in their application. The first recipients will see their student loans lowered this month, in August 2022. To help deal with the demand, an additional $15 million in federal dollars was redirected to the fund as well. The allocation for an awardee is $2,500 each year for three years. This allows an easier outflow of funds versus a demand surge all at once. Which will be a considerable amount of accounting work on the state side.

The hope is that with the eventual success of the program expected in nurse retention, the same model can be used again to bolster sagging industries seeing a brain drain in Pennsylvania, as well as stabilize people being crushed by student loan debt.

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