Managing to maintain a long and highly-praised career in Hollywood is no easy task.
The public can easily forget about you because of a single bad film leading many producers will stop hiring you because you “age out” of the industry.
These 13 women were huge successes in the 1970s and their careers have continued to thrive in the cutthroat world of the business we call show.
Here are 13 high-profile Hollywood actresses who have continued to rule Hollywood for decades.
13- Lynda Carter is still WONDERful
American actress Lynda Carter is best known for her role as Wonder Woman in the hit series which ran from 1975 to 1979.
Carter was also crowned Miss World American 1972.
The singer, songwriter, and actress has aged gracefully and at age 64 she still looks stunning.
12- Michael Caine is still a stylish gentleman
Michael Caine is one of the most respected actors in Hollywood. His 119 film appearances included such masterpieces as The Man Who Would Be King, A Bridge Too Far, and Educating Rita.
Caine was born on March 14, 1933, making him 83-years-old.
11- Funny woman Carol Kane is still making us laugh
Carol Kane was born on June 18, 1952 and this 64-year-old actress might now be at her funniest in the new hit Netflix original series, The Incredible Kimmy Schmidt.
She was phenomenal in the 1970s film Hester Street, for which she was nominated for an Academy Award. In the 1980s she appeared in the hit TV series Taxi and she recently played Madame Morrible in the music Wicked.
10- Isabelle Adjani is still legendary and beautiful
It’s hard to believe that this beauty is 61-years-old. Adjani was born on June 27, 1955. She is a french film actress and singer who has enjoyed a very successful career.
She has appeared in such classics as One Deadly Summer, Camille Claudel, and Possession.
Adjani proves to us that age is just a number and offers the best evidence yet that great genetics make a big difference in the aging process.
9- Alison Arngrim is looking a lot different than her Nellie Olson days on “Little House on the Prairie.”
Alison Margaret Arngrim looks great at 55. She was born on January 18, 1962 and rose to fame as Nellie Olson on the hit NBC TV series Little House on the Praire.
Her iconic role eventually earned Arngrim a Young Artist award for her “Lifetime Achievement” as a child star.
She parlayed her success into a role as a comedian and author.
8- Louise Fletcher and an illustrious career
Louise Fletcher was born on July 22, 1934. She looks great at 81-years-old.
Fletcher is an Academy award winner who has appeared in various films and television shows.
She debuted on the TV series Maverick way back in 1959 and then moved on to star in such films as Thieves Like Us, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, and many other films.
7- Maureen McCormick is way past her Brady Bunch days
Maureen McCormick is famous for her catchphrase “Marcia, Marcia, Marcia” on the Brady Bunch. Since that show went off the air she has remained close to Hollywood.
She took on a wide-range of supporting roles between the 1980s and 1990s. She also enjoyed stage acting in such production as Peter Pan, and Grease.
McCormick also enjoys singing and has released four studio albums with the Brady Bunch. In 1995 she released a country solo album titled, When You Get a Little Lonely.
6- Raquel Welch is still amazing in every sense of the word
Raquel Welch looks beyond stunning at 75-years-old. She was born on September 5, 1940 and gained recognition in 1966 for her role in Fantastic Voyage.
She went on to star in various films for 20th Century Fox, including One Million Years B.C., Bedazzled, and 100 Rifles, among others.
5- Olivia Newton-John continues to sing her way into our hearts
Olivia Newton-John is looking great at 67. This English-Australian singer, songwriter, and actress is a four-time Grammy award winner who has picked up five number-one hits and ten more top ten singles in the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart.
She is best known for her role as Sandy in the mega-hit Grease. The soundtrack for that movie is one of the most successful of all time.
She continued to be a powerful force in Hollywood decades after her career first launched.
4- Pam Grier is still keeping it foxy
Pam Grier was born on May 26, 1949 and at 67 she is still going strong. The American actress rose to fame in a set of blaxplotation films such as The Big Bird Cage, Coffee, and Foxy Brown. In recent years she appeared in the Quentin Tarantino film Jackie Brown and she portrayed Kate “Kit” Porter for six seasons on the hit series The L Word.
3- Sally Kellerman has been around Hollywood for a long time
Sally Kellerman is 79 years old and she is looking absolutely fabulous. She is an actress, an activist, an author, singer, voice-over artist, and a producer.
We couldn’t get enough of Kellerman when she played the role of Major Margaret “Hot Lips” O’Houlihan in Robert Altman’s hit movie M*A*S*H.
She later appeared in The Player, Welcome To L.A., and a host of other movies and TV shows.
2- Jodie Foster grew up in front of the camera and still looks great
Jodie Foster was born in 1962 and she pretty much grew up in front of the camera. The American actress, director, and producer, started as a child model in 1965 and moved to TV shows within two years.
In the late 1960s and early 1970s, she worked on several primetime television series and starred in children’s films.
She received rave reviews for her role in Taxi Driver.
1- Maggie Smith continues to shine her way into our hearts
Dame Margaret Natalie Smith is best known to younger audiences as Professor Minerva McGonagall. She has enjoyed a long and storied history in Hollywood.
Smith was born in December 1934 and has spent more than six decades acting on stage, in film, and on TV.
She began her career on stage at the Oxford Playhouse in 1952 and made her Broadway debut on stage in New Faces of ’56.
She continues to lend her talents to film and TV to this very day.
It’s really amazing to realize that these actresses have spent at least 40 years working in their chosen field and most of them are continuing to go strong well into their 60s, 70s, and even 80s.
I guess if you really have a passion for something you can spend your entire life in a chosen field and not want to leave.
Which one of these stars are you most surprised by their long career?