The 1970’s holds the distinction of being the last decade in which television stations went off the air, after hours. Coffee table TV Guide’s going the way of the dinosaurs soon after. The nations television viewing attention was primary focused on the big three networks (ABC, NBC, CBS) and one major local channel. In my case that was channel 11 WPIX New York City. ‘Odd Couple’ re-runs came on weeknights at 11pm followed by Jackie Gleason’s ‘Honeymooners’ at 11:30pm. After that it was color bars and static. See you in the morning. A hit primetime television show wielded pop culture gravitas. Who can forget some of the beauties that entertained America in the days leading up to HBO. Audiences felt an almost visceral connection to their television stars in the 1960’s- 70’s in a way that modern shows, and their stars, seem incapable of replicating. This list highlights some of the more memorable series regular female beauties of the 1970s.
#13. Maureen McCormick / The Brady Bunch
Maureen McCormick played the eldest Brady Bunch daughter, Marcia Brady from 1969 to 1974 on the wildly popular ABC series. Many fans saw her everyday while the show was heavily syndicated throughout the 1970’s and 1980’s. The Encino, California native was the blonde girl next door in American pop culture for two decades.
#12. Marilu Henner / Taxi
Marilu Henner is best known for her portrayal as the smoking hot redhead, Elaine O’Connor Nardo on Taxi, which aired primetime from 1978 to 1983, and syndication throughout the 1980’s and beyond. The Chicago, Illinois native left an indelible mark on primetime TV.
#11. Lynda Carter / Wonder Woman
Before Lynda Carter donned the Wonder Woman outfit on the series that ran from 1975 to 1979, she was a crowned as Miss World America in 1972. So yes, she was a 1970’s beauty to say the least. The Phoenix, Arizona native was a memorable fixture of 1970’s television.
#10. Susan Dey / The Partridge Family
Susan Dey typified the pretty girl next door as she played the elder daughter Laurie Partridge on The Partridge Family which ran from 1970–74. Later in her career she played Assistant District Attorney Grace Van Owen, on the popular drama L.A. Law (1986-92). The Pekin, Illinois native brought a wholesome middle american sensibility to her work.
#9. Joyce DeWitt / Three’s Company
American fans could find Joyce DeWitt on primetime television during the years of 1977 to 1984. She played the character Janet Wood on the popular ABC sitcom, Three’s Company. The Wheeling, West Virginia native brought laughter to millions in the 1970’s and 80’s playing alongside the late John Ritter.
#8. Valerie Bertinelli / One Day at a Time
For a moment in time it seemed that Valerie Bertinelli was the object of everyman’s crush while she played the role of Barbara Cooper Royer on One Day at a Time, which ran from 1975 to 1984. With stunning looks like hers it’s no wonder that she married a rock star, Eddie Van Halen in 1981. The Wilmington, Delaware native was an iconic 1970’s beauty.
#7. Pam Dawber / Mork & Mindy
Working with the late great Robin Williams must have been an amazingly transcendent experience for Pam Dawber as she played Mindy McConnell in the other worldly hit sitcom Mork & Mindy from 1978 to 1982. The Detroit, Michigan native went on to play Samantha Russell in My Sister Sam from 1986 to 1988.
#6. Ja’net Dubois / Good Times
Did you know that Ja’net Dubois co-wrote and sang the theme song for the hit television series that she is best known for? Good Times ran from 1974 to 1979, and in syndication for what seems forever since. Dubois played Willona Woods for this popular CBS sitcom, and was a shining light in a time where African-American faces were just starting to appear on primetime network programming.
#5.Mary Tyler Moore / Mary Tyler Moore Show
Mary Tyler Moore starred as Mary Richards a single, independent minded news reporter in Minneapolis on The Mary Tyler Moore Show which ran from 1970 to 1977. She embodied female empowerment on network television at a time where that kind of thing was quite new. The Brooklyn, New York native made a significant mark in show business.
#4. Loni Anderson / WKRP in Cincinnati
Loni Anderson had a very successful four-year run playing the witty receptionist Jennifer Marlowe on the sitcom WKRP in Cincinnati from 1978 to 1982. The Saint Paul, Minnesota native was one of the blonde bombshells on the era, and a good one.
#3. Jaclyn Smith / Charlie’s Angels
Jaclyn Smith made her role as Kelly Garrett in the wildly popular hit series Charlie’s Angels which ran from 1976 to 1981, last longer than anyone else’s. She starred for the complete series run and her smoldering brunette good looks were no small part of it. The Houston, Texas native definitely left her inedible mark on primetime television in the 1970’s.
#2. Kate Jackson / Charlie’s Angels
Kate Jackson had a 10 year run in primetime playing Sabrina Duncan in the smash hit series Charlie’s Angels from 1976 to 1979, followed by Amanda King in the 1980s series Scarecrow and Mrs. King from 1983 to 1987. The Birmingham, Alabama native was a primetime television mainstay throughout the late 1970’s and into the 80’s.
#1. Farrah Fawcett / Charlie’s Angels
Farrah Fawcett has 4 Emmy Award nominations, as well as a 6 Golden Globe Award nominations to her credit. Her role as private investigator Jill Munro during the very first season of Charlie’s Angels (1976–77) was memorable to say the least. The Corpus Christi, Texas native saw her bikini posters donning the walls of young men throughout the 1970’s and 1980’s. #Smokinghot