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Baby Names: Celebrities from the 1970s

  • Lynda Carter is best known as the one and only successful Wonder Woman, starring in a series of the same name from 1975-79.

  • It may be easier to say what Clint Eastwood isn't famous for, so instead we'll just drop a few titles: "Dirty Harry," "Every Which Way but Loose" and "The Outlaw Josey Wales."

  • From teen idol to variety-show stars, Donny and Marie Osmond make up the sibling duo you wish you had been (or hope your children could be).

  • Before he donned a dress for the remake of "Hairspray," John Travolta co-starred with Olivia Newton-John in the tremendously successful film adaptation of "Grease."

  • "All the President's Men" and "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" actor Robert Redford holds the Top 7 male baby name of the 1970s, according to the Social Security's popularity lists. He also founded a little shindig called the Sundance Film Festival.

  • Susan Sarandon has done a lot in her career, but in the '70s, she was Janet in the now cult-classic film "The Rocky Horror Picture Show."

  • Alfredo "Al" Pacino is the original film mobster with "The Godfather" series in the '70s and "Scarface" in 1983. Also in "The Godfather" series, actor Robert De Niro, was in the second film installment as well as a TV mini-series of the same name. Some people call this Midwestern-born star one of the greatest actors of all time, but in the '70s, Marlon Brando was simply an actor in "The Godfather," "Superman" and "Apocalypse Now."

  • Pam Grier performed primarily in blaxploitation films in the '70s, such as "Coffy," "Foxy Brown" and "The Big Bird Cage."

  • Before he went on a murder spree in "The Shining," Jack Nicholson starred in films such as "Chinatown" and "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest."

  • Jodie Foster, born Alicia Foster, had her first big role in 1976 when she portrayed child prostitute Iris in "Taxi Driver." Her performance gained her a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.

  • In the '70s, you could find the incomparable Meryl Streep in films such as "Julia," "The Deer Hunter" and "Kramer vs. Kramer."

  • Before there were too many sequels to count, the original "Halloween" appeared in 1978 and starred Jamie Lee Curtis in one of her first major roles.

  • The Queen of Rock and Roll had to start somewhere. 

    Stephanie "Stevie" Nicks spent the decade writing and singing her way to becoming a rock legend as a solo artist and with Fleetwood Mac with songs such as "Landslide" and "Go Your Own Way."

  • Carrie Fisher first donned her now infamous duo of buns hairstyle for "Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope" in 1977. The name was also made popular in 1976 with the release of the "Carrie" film that was adapted from Stephen King's book.

  • Originally a stage actress, Diane Keaton made her onscreen debut in the '70s, appearing in films such as "Annie Hall" and "The Godfather" series.

  • The TV series "Taxi," which ran from 1978-83, provided the world with many phenomenal actors, including its one female regular, Marilu Henner.

    Maren Jensen's acting credits only span 1978-81, but she still managed to leave an impression as Athena in the 1978 "Battlestar Galactica" movie and TV series of the same name, which ran from 1978-79.

  • Winner of the 1972 Best New Artist Grammy, Carly Simon is the voice behind hits such as "Jesse," "You're So Vain" and "Nobody Does It Better."

  • After her time with the Supremes, Diana Ross spent the '70s making hits in her solo career such as "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" and "Love Hangover." 

    Debbie Harry spent the '70s as the lead singer of punk rock group Blondie.

  • In the '70s, a younger, slightly less-muscular Sylvester Stallone starred in many action flicks—shocker. You saw him in films such as "Rocky" and "Rocky II."

  • It was a fantastic decade for Liza Minnelli with her TV special "Liza with a Z" and musicals such as "Cabaret" and "New York, New York."

  • Before Lucy Liu, Cameron Diaz and Drew Barrymore took over the reins, Kate Jackson, Jaclyn Smith, Farrah Fawcett and Cheryl Ladd fought crime on behalf of Charlie on the 1976-81 TV series, "Charlie's Angels."

  • TV's "The Brady Bunch" followed a "modern family" merged together from two families with three children each played by: Maureen McCormick, Barry Williams, Eve Plumb, Christopher Knight, Susan Olsen and Michael Lookinland.

  • The family that sings together stays together, right? Susan Dey, David Cassidy and Danny Bonaduce made up the three oldest children from TV's "The Partridge Family."

  • You could find Melissa Gilbert and Melissa Sue Anderson on "Little House on the Prairie," which ran from 1974-83.

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