From famous stars like Elvis Presley, Marilyn Monroe to even Clint Eastwood, you’re sure to enjoy these incredible stories.
The Flip Wilson Show and His Memorable Skits
The show was such a hit that even Eddie Murphy was a huge fan of Flip for his hilarious performances on the show. In a time where people of color weren't given much attention, The Flip Wilson Show defied comedy with one of the main actors being a black man.
The Flip Wilson Show was important for its time and it helped pave the way for more involvement of black actors in comedy.
Ann-Margret is a Tough Cookie
Ann-Margret, a Swedish-American actress who's famous for her role in Law & Order may look sweet but deep down she rides dirty. By dirty we mean she rides Triumphs and Harleys and even wanted to bring her bike on tour.
Despite looking sweet on the inside, she had a passion for motorbikes and riding long rides. Even after several accidents and ending up in the hospital, she never gave up her love for motorbikes.
Elvis Loved Spending Time in the Dojo
"The King" loved rock and roll so much that when we think of this music genre, his name never fails to pop up. Besides spending all that time on stage, Elvis loved to kick it up in his dōjō practicing Karate.
He even earned a Black Belt in the 60s thanks to his master, Hank Slemansky. The King had two sides to him, the soft and romantic side of music-making and the tough side where he’d spend days in the dōjō.
Mishaps Galore on the Set of Catwoman and The Penguin
You've probably heard of the Batman movies but have you heard of Catwoman and The Penguin, a Batman series? According to the 60s star of the show, Burt Ward, the shooting of the series was terribly chaotic and worse, even dangerous.
In fact, during the first four days of filming, the actor ended up in a hospital. Thankfully the incident wasn't serious enough to shut down the entire production. Ward returned to work soon after his release and completed this bizarre spin-off of the beloved Marvel series - all in the name of good filmmaking!
Olivia Newton-John Fights Back
Olivia Newton-John was one of the faces of the 70s you can't forget. She was well known for her blonde hair, angelic voice also her groovy sense of fashion. Despite her beauty, shade was thrown to her - even from the Rolling Stone Magazine but she didn't care.
If she thought her music was great that's what truly mattered. “I wouldn’t sing anything I hated. I have to like it, or I wouldn’t sing it” was what Olivia believed in. In August 2022 Olivia sadly passes away after a long battle.
A New Hope in 1977
The Star Wars movie "A New Hope" was a literal beam of hope for film fans of the 70s. The lightsabers, soundtrack, and the effects were a big hit, and lines were packed during its release in 1977.
In its opening week, it earned a record-breaking £117,690 and even scored higher than the movie Jaws. The force lives on and the Star Wars franchise is still a hit today.
Barry Gibb is so Fresh He Wins Best Dressed
Barry Gibb the Bee Gees singer has always been known to wear flashy outfits and sparkling necklaces. The famous singer won "Best Dressed" in London in the late 60s and he truly deserves it.
Both on stage and off stage, he would get dressed in his most flamboyant outfit and strut the streets of London without a care in the world of what people thought. Barry exuded confidence in every possible way and it showed!
Viva Las Vegas Wasn't Fully Planned
Elvis Presley and Ann-Margret were the perfect duo for the classic Viva las Vegas. Initially, they didn't plan on shooting in Vegas and even considered shooting in a different continent.
In just under 11 days though they managed to pull the script together and filming the movie successfully in Vegas after much debate about the location.
The 1973 Volvo 1800ES Fizzled Out
Volvo was the hippie car of the 70s and people flocked to them for their reputation of being one of the best car brands in the world. Who could resist its shiny exterior and classic curves? The newer version of 1800, the 1800ES was presented with an extended roofline but was later discontinued due to a drop in sales.
Eventually, this became one of the least desired models so they stopped producing it.
Funny Man Don Rickles Joins the Navy
Don Rickles was famous for his jokes and making people tear up from laughter with his wisecracks. Little do people know that he enlisted in the Navy after high school and participated for 2 years in World War.
Despite this difficult period of war, he never failed to make people laugh in the Navy and managed to get through the tough times with his positivity.
Party Animals Carrie Fisher and John Go Hard
Who can ever forget Carrie Fisher's role in Star Wars, especially the iconic scene with Jabba the Hut? Her outfit was one of the dreamiest in showbiz and many people remember her for her iconic two-piece.
The Star Wars star and Jim Belushi hung out lots after shootings for The Blues Brothers. They both confessed to partying their guts out until morning, living like true celeb rockstars!
Jimi Hendrix's Troubled Past Led to Joining the 101st Airborne Division
Jimi Hendrix suffered from a looming past before he became an influential guitarist. Jimi had a run-in with the cops due to stolen cars and instead of choosing prison he enlisted in the army in 1961 but was later discharged because of an incident.
The army life wasn't for him and he turned to music shortly after where he spewed epic guitar solos that redefined rock music.
Marilyn Monroe Peers Out of the Ambassador Hotel
In 1954, we see Marilyn Monroe staring out into the city with the biggest smile on her face. For good reasons too, since she just separated from baseball icon Joe DiMaggio and was now a free bird.
Afterward, she pursued her acting studies and devoted herself fully to her art. She wasn’t happy in her previous relationship and took the steps she needed to grow fully by herself without depending on anyone else’s approval.
Willie Nelson and Leon Russell Hang Out
These two great musicians are hanging outside with Willie Nelson's freshly shaved beard and a beer in his hand. The two bandmates were seen on tour cracking a joke and a small secret about their band is that each person had their own nicknames such as "Poodie and "Fast Eddie."
Being on the road means that sometimes you have downtime where you get a little bored but the two almost made the most out of their boring tour moments.
Clint Eastwood Unwinds With a Book and Manis the Orangutan
Clint Eastwood paved the way for Western movies and who can forget his iconic line: "Do you feel lucky? ' Well, do ya, punk?” What people didn't know about him was that he also had a soft side for animals as seen through this heartwarming photograph.
On the set of Every Which Way But Loose, he even spent some quality time with Manis to develop their relationship. So he could get into character while also being the best actor he could be for the role.
Don Knotts Worked with Go Karts In 1961
Don Knotts the actor who starred on the Andy Griffith Show was considered an eccentric man with some strange hobbies. He became the ambassador for Mcculloch racing karts at one point during the period where motors were a way of life.
His daughter mentioned his funny side and how he would always crack jokes until the very last day of his life.
Heather and Tom Cruise Were an Item for a Few Months
In 1982, this stunning pair dated for a few months but the spark fizzled out after only six months. Heather Locklear couldn't handle Tom’s goofy side after they went out dancing once. She figured that he was too much for her calm spirit.
Even though the two looked like a great pair, the chemistry just wasn’t there and Tom needed to be with someone more outgoing and down to do absolutely anything.
The Trendy Raleigh Chopper of the 70s
The 70s in Britain were a unique period of custom made bikes. The Raleigh Chopper was considered one of the most stylish bikes, and the young kids were all into cruising down the streets with them.
Alan Oakley invented the famous bikes in the late sixties and was later on considered a cult item that everyone wanted to own.
Gina Lollobrigida The Stunning Italian Actress of the 60s
Gina Lollobrigida was almost on par with Marilyn Monroe for being one of the most attractive women of her era. She starred in movies like Trapeze and Come September.
While she was fully devoted to acting, she did also have other outlets and was considered an incredibly creative woman, dabbling in painting and sculpting in her free time.
The Best One-Legged Flautist
Ian Anderson of the 60s The lead singer of Jethro Tull says that gauging the name of the band was difficult and they had to change it several times. Ian, who fused blues, rock, and jazz worked hard to unite the band in the beginning they had a hard time booking shows.
Their hard work paid off and they even won a Grammy for their Rock genre. When they were about to award the band though, Ian was a no-show.
The Ramones Star in PUNK mag
The Ramones rocked our worlds in the 70s with hits like Blitzkrieg Bop, and Sheena Is a Punk Rocker. The best friends who met in high school created music for young teens and adults who were against society's typical norms.
With their killer Punk style and angsty music, there's no other band quite like them. Even Anthony Bourdain was a huge fan of the Ramones which goes to show that almost anyone could appreciate their music.
John Ritter Smiles Big for the Camera
John Ritter was born into a life of fame. He was famous for his singing and appearances in Old Westerns. Although his dad was also a famous singer, he didn't want his son to pursue acting but when John showed his love for cinema, his dad supported him fully.
His dad initially didn’t want him to get in the tough world of entertainment but since he also grew up in this way of life - he accepted his son’s wishes.
Kim Basinger on the Set of Never Say Never Again
The gorgeous Kim Basinger plays Domino Vitali in a Bond film that was considered "unofficial." Kim mentions how Sean Connery's role was pivotal to the movie and that it wouldn't have existed if it weren't for him. Sean Connery’s wife was the reason Kim ended up in the movie and it was because of her recommendation.
If it weren’t for her, she probably wouldn’t have made the cut.
Marilyn Monroe Lounging out on the Set of "Some Like It Hot"
The film was set in California during the hot period of summertime. Marilyn Monroe stars in the movie as flawless as ever that she even attracted the attention of her co-star Tony Curtis. He mentions that they were dating but that Marilyn had always remained a mystery.
Tony loved Marilyn more than she loved him and the two eventually separated when they realized they weren’t compatible.
Tina Louise Appears in Gilligan's Island a Classic
Gilligan's Island can be considered the original version of Lost if Lost were a movie. It has a similar premise where a couple of strangers are stranded on an island. Tina Louise stars as Ginger Grant as the vivacious redhead who also had a background in broadway.
Despite her apparent experience in acting, she also loved singing broadway songs just as much.
Van Cleef and Clint Eastwood Play the Role of Thuggish Cowboys
Clint Eastwood and Lee Van Cleef's movie For a Few Dollars More illustrates a story of a criminal and a Colonel who are both looking for the same guy. Even though Clint was 35 in the movie, Lee Van Cleef referred to him as "boy" in the flick.
At first, the role was supposed to be for Charles Bronson and 20 other actors but Clint Eastwood single-handedly pursued the role - talk about dedication!
The Quirky Futuristic Comedy "Get Smart" with Don Adams
Don Adams was the perfect actor for the show "Get Smart" and he was so good at his role that he played it for five decades. Even though Don loved action scenes, the director had to cut them out because he wasn’t a good fit for them.
Don was more of the funny man, and not an action scene type of guy and even though he was disappointed he knew it was for the best.
The Great Grape Ape Show by Joseph Barbera and William Hana
Who could forget the lovable purple ape who would yell: "grape ape, grape ape?" This animated show fused together other famous cartoons like Tom and Jerry and even Scooby's All-Stars.
Even though the series ran for only one season, no one can truly forget the lovable and kooky Grape Ape.
Nancy Kwan Filmed Suzie Wong in Just Five Weeks
The World of Suzie Wong was a 60s drama movie where Nancy Kwan paved the way for Chinese-American movies. In a time where Asian-American movies weren't so popular, her role was a pivotal and crucial one. She had her downs with stress eating during shootings and would snack often during filming.
Despite her stress eating and struggles during the filming, she still won Best Actress for her role in The World of Suzie Wong.
The Monkees Receive an Award
The Monkees comedy show was a hit back in its day when Micky, Mike, Davy, and Peter sought to be one of the most reputable rock and roll bands. The brainchild of the show, Bob Rafelson wanted the show to be a hit with the quick edits, cuts, and smart dialogue.
All his efforts along with the actors landed them an Emmy in 1967 for being the golden boys of comedy.
Natalie Wood Takes a Break From Showbiz
Natalie Wood worked hard in the acting biz her whole life ever since she was a child. The star realized that she needed a break after all her hard work in the 50s and 60s so finally, she took a brief break in the 1970s. This was especially important for her since after rekindling and then creating a family with fellow actor Robert Wagner. The two according to her memoir had the best marriage in Hollywood.
The break allowed her to focus on her family and to spend some much-needed quality time with her husband Wagner and their two beautiful children.
The Princess and Clint Eastwood Share an Awkward Moment
In 1985, Nancy Regan invited some stars to dance with Princess Diana at a White House event. The princess danced with the movie star and while shared chemistry with some (Travolta said "awestruck with her") it seemed like not everybody felt the same way.
The Princess felt awkward when she clasped hands with Clint Eastwood when it was their time to dance together. No one really knew what went down but by the look on their faces, something happened. Later, however, the actor said of the dance, “She made my day.”
Columbia House Records Makes It Rain
Columbia House Records made tons of money by selling cassettes to kids during the 70s. But there was a catch in the form of their sneaky negative billing strategy. Customers get a bunch of CDs for $1 but had had to cancel their subscription in order to stop the ongoing payments.
Their introductory offers caught the attention of countless consumers. They became massively popular that everyone wanted to buy records and tapes from them.
The Osbournes: One Big Happy Family
Ozzy Osbourne and his family are a crazy bunch and they even had their own TV show just like the Kardashians. The family has their fair share of mishaps and troubles but they always manage to ride the waves.
Ozzy is a talented metal musician in his band - Black Sabbath and he's also had a crazy life from being a recovering addict to navigating being a dad.
Young Stevie Nicks in the 70s
Stevie Nicks was part of the famous rock band, Fleetwood Mac. She joined the group in 1975 and moved on to create hit songs like "Landslide" and "Dreams." The singer was a romantic at heart and had many relationships because she believed that love was everywhere and meant to be shared.
You can always hear the passion in the singer’s voice which showed that she was an empath who cared about many souls, including each person she dated.
Debbie Harry The 80s Cool Girl
Debbie was the electrifying voice behind Blondie and just by looking at her, you could tell she was a born rockstar. Debbie had a rough childhood with her parent's divorce and later on she was adopted.
Despite, her hard upbringing, music was her fuel to living life and she turned to it whenever she felt the urge to release her anguish.
Demi Moore in the 80s Before She Appeared in "Oui"
Demi Moore is one of those actresses who've aged gracefully. The actress is a strong woman who grew up in a family with addictions but she pulled herself up and made a name for herself. She recalled having to take pills out of her mother’s own mouth and she said that it was that moment that made her realize that she lost her childhood innocence.
She turned to acting to overcome her struggles and at some point, she posed nude for the French Magazine "Oui".
Emergency Stars Spending time on Set
"Emergency" was a series in the 70s that inspired many kids and adults back in the day to imagine what it was like to be a firefighter or a paramedic. The actors Robert Fuller, Bobby Troup and Julie London are seen here casually hanging out during filming.
Even though there were only two seasons of the show, the actors said that they had the time of their lives filming.
The Flawless Bookworm Sharon Stone
One of the scenes Sharon Stone will forever be famous for is the leg-crossing scene in Basic Instinct. The actress was famous for her long legs and gorgeous body. But she wasn't all looks, little do people know that she also loved reading books and had an IQ of 154!
When she wasn’t practicing her lines for a movie, she was burying her head in books.
Soundgarden’s Soul Chris Cornell
Chris Cornell was the soul and voice of Sound Garden. His vocal style has ranged from loud screams to even chanting which shows how much he values the tonality in his singing voice.
Little do people know that the singer loved the Beatles so much and pays homage to them for being a huge influence on his style.
Little Shop of Horrors The Strange But Addictive B Movie
The Little Shop of Horrors was one of those B movies that makes you ask: "what in the world?" It's a fantastic musical but some might find it hard to digest because of the scenes where the evil plant wants to consume a human.
There were two plans for the ending but instead of choosing the dark ending, they went for the happy ending instead.
The Family Friendly Flick The Apple Dumpling Gang
The Apple Dumpling Gang was a hilarious movie for the entire family. The two actors Billy Bixby and Harry Morgan were so good at acting that they even teamed up with Elvis Presley at one point during shooting!
Knotts and Conway had great chemistry which made the show an all-time favorite Western comedy.
Steven Seagal Loved Aikido
Steven Seagal the actor and producer had a long-standing history with martial arts in the sixties. Just like how Elvis Presley found his love in the dojo, so did Steven find his love.
Aikido was one of his passions and he worked hard to attain a black belt. He loved it so much that he fulfilled his dream to create his own Dojo in Japan with his wife.
Burt Reynolds Didn't Believe in Himself
When Burt Reyolds played Paul in The Longest Yard, he had his reservations. He didn't think he could play the role to its fullest potential. The comedy movie also had serious scenes that he was ambivalent about performing.
With a little encouragement from the director, as well as some good old self-belief, he was able to soldier on and fulfill the role he knew deep down he could do.
Clint Eastwood and the Orangutan
Clint Eastwood and Manis the Orangutan were the main stars of Every Which Way But Loose. The action movie had many scenes where the two went on wild chases and bar fights.
In this scene, though you can see how they liked to bond over simple things and the two got along very well both on the set and off the set.
Desi Arnaz and Lucille Made Their Own Movie Productions
You might have seen or heard the movies The Untouchables or even Shrek which both fall under Desilu Productions. The tag team Desi Arnaz and Lucille started this company and were a great pair until Lucille filed for divorce because they fell out of love.
In this photo, they just recently separated and went their own ways - which eventually was for the best for both of them.
Angelina Jolie Was a Black Sheep
Angelina didn’t always have an easy life and she suffered from bullying back in school. Despite Angelina Jolie claiming the title of being the Sexiest Woman Alive in 2004, she wasn't always confident. When she attended Beverly Hills High she felt like the odd woman out.
She didn’t get along with many people and it wasn't only until she changed schools did she feel fully herself and content.
Jimi Hendrix and His Band Having a Good Time
This picture may look like a happy one but behind the scenes, it was the time of the Globus riots in the late 60s. Being in Zurich at this time was a tense period yet Jimi and his band always tried to see the silver lining in dark times.
They’re seen together handing out and having a couple of drinks before their performance. This shows that they always knew how to have a good time but when it came time for them to perform, they’d put their best faces on.
Stevie Ray Vaughan Didn't Have it Easy
The 70s were a crazy time of rock and roll music and going overboard with substances. Stevie Ray Vaughan didn't have an easy career and even ended up jailed at some point because of his crazy life and substance abuse.
Despite his hardships, he played fantastic music all without truly knowing the keys he played! He just had a good ear for music and it showed.
Purse Ad That'll Knock Your Socks Off Literally
This Aunt Esther purse ad is both fashionable and functional. The 70s was a creative time full of talented musicians.. and muggers? If you're on the prowl for a fashionable bag that can also protect you then the Pucker Popper or Slapjack is your best bet.
These funny bags were all the rage back then and they were also multipurpose so you can sock it to people who tried to pickpocket from you.
Jack Feared Dennis Hopper So he Slept With a Hammer
Jack fell in love with Michelle Phillips from the Mamas and Papas - the ex of Dennis Hopper. Hopper had a troubled past and Jack was so scared of Hopper that he slept with a hammer under his pillow because he was intimidated by Michelle’s former lover.
He feared his life so much that he thought that Hopper would do something drastic and took extra measures for his safety.
Hulk Hogan Took Notes of Fights with André the Giant
André the Giant and Hulk Hogan were prolific wrestlers that caught the attention of audiences worldwide in the 80s. The two were buddies both in and outside of the ring but Hulk had a hidden secret.
He'd take notes after their fights to improve his wrestling skills and hid it from André for years since he knew Andre would be against it. He never revealed his notes because he knew his buddy would knock him out cold because of the distrust.
Jim Morrison The Rebel
Jim Morrison, the voice of the Doors lived the rockstar life. He didn't care what people thought of him even when he struggled with alcohol addiction. On the Ed Sullivan show, they played "Light My Fire'' but they used the word “higher” and was banned from the show entirely.
Jim was the type of guy to go with his gut despite what the public thought of him - he was unapologetically himself and because of this, he managed to make some of the best music of his generation.
Tanya Tucker Casually Hanging Out at a Softball Game
Tanya Denise Tucker looks gorgeous with her bouncy blonde hair and knee highs. The country singer wasn't usually seen at softball games but she makes an appearance here at a Kenny Roggers game looking as calm as a clam.
When she's not singing country songs, she's just your average girl who liked to hang out at softball games during her free time.
Bell Bottom Fad of the 70s
In the 70s, floral and loose clothing were all the rave. Wide bell-bottom jeans were meant to accentuate the upper parts of your leg, giving the wearer's legs more dimension and shape. This look was best sported with a crop top to balance out the weight of the pants.
They were a hit with the teens and everyone who wore them scored were kings and queens of fashion.