With as many twists and turns in the cast as there were in the story, Chicago Hope still managed to be one of the more popular medical dramas during the late 90s. Where exactly are the stars of this show and what are they doing with their lives now?
Vondie Curtis-Hall – Dennis Hancock
Vondie Curtis-Hall is one of those actors who seems to have been in everything. Not only has he had a successful career since his time on Chicago Hope, he was already pretty well-established beforehand. With appearances under his belt in movies such as Coming To America, Crooklyn and Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo + Juliet under his belt, creator David E. Kelly knew he had a really talented actor coming his way. Curtis-Hall portrayed Dennis Hancock for the show’s first five seasons.
Vondie Curtis-Hall – Now
There is no denying that Curtis-Hall had nothing to worry about once he left the show. One of his most recent notable roles came in 2015 when he landed the role of Ben Urich on the Netflix Marvel show Daredevil. This character also came from the original comics, so it was new territory for the actor. Shortly after Chicago Hope, Curtis-Hall tried his luck in directing, helming the musical drama Glitter, which starred none other than Mariah Carey.
Mark Harmon – Jack McNeil
Just like Rocky Carroll, Mark Harmon made his first appearance on the show in season three and remained in the story until the show came to an end, portraying Jack McNeil. Before his role in the medical drama, Harmon starred in shows such as St. Elsewhere and Reasonable Doubts. He was praised for his performances and was even nominated for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series two years in a row at the Screen Actors Guild Awards.
Mark Harmon – Now
Already an established TV actor before he appeared on Chicago Hope, Harmon went on to appear in other top shows such as The West Wing and NCIS. She received rave reviews for his performances on the latter and won the award for Favorite Crime Drama TV Actor in 2017 at the Peoples’ Choice Awards. The actor has been married to fellow actress Pam Dawber since 1987 and the couple had two kids together. He also directed two episodes Boston Public.
Thomas Gibson – Danny Nyland
It is safe to say that Thomas Gibsons’ first big break was on Chicago Hope. Before that, he just hasn’t been in much worth noting. He portrayed the character Dr. Daniel Nyland, who was known for being something of a womanizer in the hospital. The trauma surgeon eventually got into a lot of trouble when he was caught having an affair with the family member of one of his patients. He ended up getting suspended and also had a car crash.
Thomas Gibson – Now
After Gibson left the show in 1997, he made a swift transition to another successful show. He joined the cast of Dharma & Greg, playing the character Greg Montgomery. He starred in every single episode and even got nominated for a Golden Globe for his performance on the show – once in 1999 and for a second time in 2000. Since then, Gibson has starred in shows such as Criminal Minds and even made an appearance on Two and a Half Men.
Peter MacNicol – Alan Birch
Together, Peter MacNicol’s Alan Birch and Alan Rosenberg’s Stuart Brickman were the attorneys of the hospital. Make no mistake about it though, this wasn’t MacNicol’s first notable role in his career. He had already starred in movies such as Ghostbusters II and Addams Family Values. The actor also made an appearance on an episode of the hit sitcom Cheers. Despite only being on the show for two seasons, MacNicol was nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award in 1996.
Peter MacNicol – Now
Straight after finishing his role on Chicago Hope, Peter MacNicol landed an even more prolific role on the hit sitcom Ally McBeal as John Cage. Starring in 103 episodes, the actor received numerous award nominations for his role and even won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series. MacNicol has gone on to star in other shows such as Boston Legal, 24, and Grey’s Anatomy. One of his most recent roles came in the hit sitcom Veep as Jeff Kane.
Eric Stoltz – Robert Yeats
Unlike actors like Alan Rosenberg and Barbara Hershey who were recruited for season six, Eric Stoltz was only a part of Chicago Hope for season five, playing the character Robert Yeats for a year. However, Stoltz already had many notable roles beforehand, and nearly won the role of Marty McFly in Back To The Future. He starred in numerous hit movies such as The Fly II, Pulp Fiction, and shows like St. Elsewhere and The Waltons.
Eric Stoltz – Now
Not only has Eric Stoltz continued to have a successful acting career, he has also managed to direct many episodes of TV and even a handful of movies. Stoltz has penned episodes for notable shows such as Boston Legal, Law & Order, Grey’s Anatomy, Nip/Tuck, Glee, and most recently, Madam Secretary. He directed an independent movie in 2016 called Class Rank, a comedy which starred the likes of Bruce Dern and Kristin Chenoweth. He also portrayed Daniel Graystone in the sci-fi show Caprica.
Peter Berg – Billy Kronk
One of Dr. Keith Wilkes’ best friends was Dr. Billy Kronk, played by Peter Berg. Somewhat of a likable scoundrel on the show, Kronk will probably be best remembered for that moment when he was at the scene of an accident and ended up cutting off an injured man’s leg with a chainsaw. What makes Berg different from other actors on the show was that he is credited for writing one of the episodes of season one.
Peter Berg – Now
When it comes to filmmaking, Peter Berg is truly a jack of all trades. Credited with acting, writing, directing and producing at various points in his career (sometimes all at once,) Berg just loves being involved with every aspect of the creative process. He has directed hit movies such as Hancock and Deepwater Horizon, while also directing music videos for singles such as “One More Night” by Maroon 5 and “Addicted” by Enrique Iglesias. He even made an appearance in the hit show Alias.
Hector Elizondo – Phillip Watters
Hector Elizondo is one of those actors who you’ve probably seen in a lot of roles, but you could never put the face to the name. However, if you’re a diehard fan of Chicago Hope, you’ll definitely know who he is – Dr. Phillip Watters. He is the chief of staff and, along with Adam Arkin’s Aaron Shutt, was the only cast member to last the entirety of the series. Although he had starred in a ton material beforehand, this show was his baby.
Hector Elizondo – Now
After being on the show for a staggering 141 episodes, Hector Elizondo starred in numerous movies such as Runaway Bride, The Princess Diaries and The Book of Life. Then, in 2017, he tried his luck in voice acting, providing his own vocals for Commissioner James Gordon in The Lego Batman Movie. He has also made appearances in TV shows such as The West Wing, Grey’s Anatomy, and even American Dad! He has been happily married to Carolee Campbell since 1969.
Mandy Patinkin – Jeffrey Geiger
Another one of the main characters on Chicago Hope was none other than Mandy Patinkin, who played the successful but troubled Dr. Jeffrey Geiger. Emotionally affected by the time that his wife drowned their baby, Patinkin took a shock break from the show in season two after his character resigns from the hospital. However, he made a dramatic comeback at the end of season five, firing half of the staff after becoming the Chairman of the hospital board.
Mandy Patinkin – Now
Already well-known from his role as Inigo Montoya in the classic fantasy movie The Princess Bride, Chicago Hope wasn’t the last TV show that Patinkin was involved with. The actor eventually added other layers to his repertoire with roles on shows such as Law & Order and Criminal Minds. Then Patinkin landed the role of Saul Berenson in the political drama Homeland and received universal acclaim for his performance. He also recently worked on the movie Wonder, starring Jacob Tremblay.
Adam Arkin – Aaron Shutt
The main character of the show, Dr. Aaron Shutt was portrayed by Adam Arkin as a world-famous neurosurgeon. He was also best pals with Mandy Patinkin’s character, Dr. Jeffrey Geiger.
Adam Arkin – Now
Although Adam Arkin’s only main role in TV came on Chicago Hope, he has also appeared in other top TV shows such as The West Wing, Sons of Anarchy and How to Get Away with Murder. Since his time on the show came to an end, Arkin has also made appearances on big movies such as Hitch, A Serious Man and The Sessions. His most recent TV appearance came in 2016 on the short-lived sitcom The Carmichael Show.
Rocky Carroll – Keith Wilkes
With movies such as Born on the Fourth of July and Crimson Tide under his belt, as well as appearances in shows like Law & Order, Roscoe Carroll, or Rocky as he is commonly known, was ready for a big role. Coming into the show in season three, Carroll portrayed Dr. Keith Wilkes, a man who was often in the cross-hairs of Thomas Gibson’s Danny Nyland. With a tendency to do things a little rough and straightforward, Wilkes was mixed-bag, to say the least.
Rocky Carroll – Now
Although he hasn’t pushed on to star in any big-budget Hollywood movies, Rocky Carroll has maintained a respectable reputation in the world of TV. Since Chicago Hope came to an end, the actor has not just had guest roles in many big shows, but also landed the main role in one. He played the role of Carl Reese in the drama The Agency, which lasted for just two seasons. He has also appeared in ER and NCIS.
Carla Gugino – Gina Simon
In season six, when Aaron Shutt makes his dramatic return to the neurosurgery department, he ends up working with the young Dr. Gina Simon, played by Carla Gugino. The actress had already made a name for herself in TV, having starred in shows such as Who’s The Boss?, ALF and Doogie Howser, M.D. Although she got a chance to work with the cast of Chicago Hope for the show’s final season, there was a lot more in store for Gugino.
Carla Gugino – Now
Arguably the most successful actress to come out of the show, Carla Gugino’s progression in the world of acting has been absolutely staggering. In the last two decades, she has starred in an incredible number of hit movies, including the Spy Kids series, Sin City, Night at the Museum, American Gangster, Watchmen, and Sucker Punch, to name a few. She starred alongside Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson in the blockbuster San Andreas. She has also worked on TV shows such as Californication and Roadies.
Lauren Holly – Jeremy Hanlon
Another character to only appear in the final season of Chicago Hope, Lauren Holly already created a buzz with her acting skills before landing the role of Dr. Jeremy Hanlon. She won the Viewers Choice Quality Television Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role as Maxine Stewart in the drama Picket Fences. She was also known for playing the love interest of Jim Carrey’s Lloyd Christmas in the hilarious comedy Dumb & Dumber. What is she doing nowadays?
Lauren Holly – Now
Nearly a decade after her role on Chicago Hope came to an end, Lauren Holly landed another major TV role on the crime drama NCIS. She portrayed Jenny Shepard for 48 episodes. Although she has consistently found work in both the world of film and TV, nothing will eclipse her roles on both the medical drama and NCIS. After failed marriages with Jim Carrey and Francis Greco, she is currently working on the set of the show Ultra Low.
Barbara Hershey – Francesca Alberghetti
Another great performer who was recruited for season six was none other than Barbara Hershey. The actress had already been in film and TV since the late-60s and has starred in movies such as The Last Temptation of Christ and Falling Down. After being nominated for Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in The Portrait of a Lady, Hershey was asked to play the role of Francesca Alberghetti for the final season of the show.
Barbara Hershey – Now
Despite nearing 70 years of age, Barbara Hershey doesn’t look at day over 40! Other notable movies that Hershey has been a part of include the psychological drama Black Swan, as well as horror films such as Insidious and Insidious: Chapter 2. She has also made appearances in TV shows such as Once Upon A Time, Damien, and The X-Files. Hershey was famously in a relationship with Lost star Naveen Andrews, who is 20 years younger than her. They split up in 2009.
Roxanne Hart – Camille Shutt
Before appearing on Chicago Hope as Camille Shutt, Roxanne Hart had already established herself as a well-respected actress with roles in movies such as The Bell Jar and Highlander. She also made an appearance on an episode of Law & Order. However, it would not take long before Hart won the hearts of critics with her performance on the medical drama and was even nominated for a Viewers for Quality Television Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series.
Roxanne Hart – Now
Chicago Hope would be the first in a long line of notable TV show appearances for Roxanne Hart. The list is seemingly endless, but some of the most notable shows that the actress has appeared in since her time as Camille Shutt include Oz, House, M.D., Grey’s Anatomy, Bones, Criminal Minds, and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. Since 1984, Hart has been happily married to actor Philip Casnoff and the couple had two sons together. She has also performed on Broadway.
Christine Lahti – Kate Austin
Although an entire cast had already been established, Christine Lahti burst onto the scene in season two as Kate Austin, a cardiac surgeon who is determined to shake things up. She proves to be a worthy opponent for Jeffrey Geiger, and both compete against each other to try and become Chief of Surgery. Lahti was already an accomplished TV actress after being nominated for Golden Globes for her roles in Amerika and No Place Like Home.
Christine Lahti – Now
The award recognition just kept coming for Christine Lahti long after her time on Chicago Hope came to an end. In 2000, she was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress for her role as Lyssa Dent Hughes in An American Daughter. She then received another nomination when she portrayed Grace McCallister in the drama series Jack & Bobby. In recent times, Lahti has appeared on shows such as Law & Order: SVU and The Good Wife.
Jayne Brook – Diane Grad
Before landing the role as Dr. Diane Grad, Jayne Brook had already been making a name for herself in both film and TV. She had minor roles in movies such as Superman IV: The Quest for Peace and Kindergarten Cop, as well as a three-episode arc on L.A. Law. However, upon starting off as a guest on season one, she was promoted to the main cast of Chicago Hope in season two, before leaving the show at the end of the penultimate season.
Jayne Brook – Now
Although she hasn’t seen much success in Hollywood since her time on Chicago Hope came to an end, Jayne Brook has had recurring roles at the turn of the Millenium on shows such as The District and John Doe. She has also had cameos on shows like Boston Legal and Revenge. Her most recent endeavor came in 2017 when she portrayed Admiral Katrina Cornwell in Star Trek Discovery, a show set a few years before the events of the original Star Trek.
Alan Rosenberg – Stuart Brickman
There was a good reason why Alan Rosenberg was recruited for the final season of Chicago Hope. The actor had developed a quiet reputation as one of the most talented performers on TV. He made a name for himself as the character Eli Levinson in both Civil Wars and L.A. Law. After receiving an Emmy Award nomination for his guest appearance on fellow medical drama ER, David E. Kelly was determined to make Rosenberg a part of his show.
Alan Rosenberg – Now
Rosenberg has added many strings to his bow since his time on the medical drama came to an end. In 2005, he was elected the 24th president of the Screen Actors Guild, and while he was married to his ex-wife Marg Helgenberger, they hosted an annual event called Marg and Alan’s Celebrity Weekend to raise money for cancer research. Rosenberg has appeared on a number of other shows such as CSI, House, M.D., Suits, and Shameless, to name a few.
Where Are These Beautiful Actresses Today?
These actresses were seen as the most beautiful women the world had to offer. Having stunned us with their appearances back in the day, you will not believe what they look like now.
Katey Sagal played Peggy Bundy in the series, Married… with Children, and has continued to have a successful acting career since the series wrapped. She is probably best known for starring on the family comedy, 8 Simple Rules. From 2008-2014, Sagal played Gemma Teller Morrow on The Sons of Anarchy, which happens to be the show her husband Kirt Setter created.
Kelly Le Brock
Known famously for her debut acting role in the movie, The Woman In Red, alongside Gene Wilder, Le Brock was the woman guys wanted to date and girls wanted to be. She stunned the world with her strikingly good looking looks and, just like her role in Weird Science, she was seen as the perfect woman. Originally from London, Le Brock will always be remembered for her roles in these movies, but she has since decided to resort on a ranch in California.
Jane Fonda defines beauty, and with a successful acting career still in full swing, Fonda continues to impress. The two-time Academy Award winner, and a recipient of the American Film Institute AFI Lifetime Achievement Award, shot to fame in the 1960’s with her role in Barbarella and currently stars in the Netflix original series, Grace and Frankie. Away from acting, she has released a series of workout videos and inspired women worldwide, because who would not want to look like Jane Fonda?
Sheedy began dancing with the America Ballet Theater at just six-years-old but soon chose to give it up in hope to pursue an acting career. A good choice that was, since she made her film debut in Bad Boys alongside Sean Penn in 1983, and was then cast in the 80’s classics, The Breakfast Club, St. Elmo’s Fire, and WarGames. Since the 80’s, she has had smaller roles in both film and television but has also established herself as a writer with two published books.
Pamela Suzette “Pam” Grier, is an American actress best known for her movie roles during the 70’s. Pam starred in the likes of The Bird Cage, Foxy Brown, and Sheba Baby, and won a Golden Globe Award for best actress in Quentin Tarantino’s film, Jackie Brown. Pam can also be recognized for her roles in shows such as Something Wicked This Way Comes, Miami Vice, Fort Apache, The Bronx, and Above The Law, where she played the partner of Steven Seagal.
The Facts of Life star, Lisa Whelchel, started her career on the 80’s sitcom, but later moved to pursue a career in music. Proving to be a talented musician, Whelchel was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Inspirational Performance for her Christian album in 1984. In recent times, Whelchel has abandoned acting in favor of writing, with a total of 10 books to her name so far, and is a regular inspirational speaker at faith conferences nationwide. In 2012, she came second place on the show, Survivor: Philippines.
Jodie Foster has been a hit since her teenage years, and amongst the acting legends after her success in the business over the years. Her breakthrough role was in Scorsese’s, Taxi Driver, where she filmed alongside Robert DeNiro, and she won an Academy Award for the film, The Accused, in 1988. Her second win was after her role as Clarice Starling in The Silence of the Lambs a few years later. These days, Foster is working behind the camera as a director and has two children with her partner Alexandra Hedison.
Daryl Hannah stole the show as the mermaid in Ron Howard’s fantasy film, Splash, in 1984 but had made her film debut in the supernatural horror movie, The Fury, in 1978. Widely recognized for her wispy voice and statuesque beauty, Hannah won a Saturn Award after her role as the assassin in Tarantino’s, Kill Bill. Away from acting, she has become heavily involved in environmental activism and has created two separate board games. Romantically, Daryl has been linked to John F. Kennedy Junior and musician Neil Young.
Sofia Vergara is best known for her most recent role in the comedy series, Modern Family, as the hilarious and beautiful Gloria Delgado-Pritchett. Before being a Golden Globe and Primetime Emmy Award winner, however, the Colombian actress first became famous for working as a co-host on two shows on the Univision TV networks. She also appeared in films such as Chasing Papi, Four Brothers, Meet the Browns, and Madea Goes To Jail. She is now married to fellow actor, Joe Manganiello, and has one child from a previous relationship.
Starring in the BBC series, Downtown Abbey, Smith has been a class act in the business for over 60 years, showing no signs of slowing down anytime soon. Achieving Dame status, Smith has over 50 films to her name and is one of the most recognized faces in the British film industry. Before moving to television and film, Dame Maggie Smith began her career on the stage and received the prestigious Stratford Shakespeare Festival Legacy Award in 2012. She also starred in the Harry Potter film series from 2001 to 2011.
Sarandon began her acting career in the 1970’s and is most famously known for her role in the cult classic, The Rocky Horror Picture Show. After continuing a career in film, television, and as a Broadway actress, Sarandon has proven her worth and been honored with an Academy Award and a BAFTA for her work. She is also heavily involved in social and political activism for many progressive causes and is married to fellow actor, Tim Robbins. The couple shares a daughter, Eva Amurri, who is also a popular actress.
Best known by her stage name, Lola Falana, the American singer, dancer, and actress made her film debut in The Liberation L.B Jones in 1970. That same year she modeled for Playboy and has continued to have multiple appearances on TV shows such as The Joey Bishop Show and The Hollywood Palace. Falana was also the first supporting actress hired for The New Bill Cosby Show. Before getting into acting, Falana had her first dancing gig in Smalls Paradise in Harlem.
A true force to be reckoned with, this Hollywood actress shows no limits. Meryl Streep has been dubbed one of the finest actresses in the business, and she has multiple awards to her name to prove so. The Devil Wears Prada star began acting in college and later received an MFA from Yale in 1975 and an Honorary Doctor of Arts from Dartmouth College in 1981. She has since continued to be an attraction, both for her appearance and her talents, and has a long list of films on her resume.
She may be recognized most recently for her guest appearances on the ever-loving series, Friends, starring as Chandler Bing’s dramatic mother, but Morgan Fairchild starred in shows such as Dallas, Flamingo Road, and Falcon Crest. Proving she’s still got it as she soon approaches her seventies, what may be unknown about Fairchild is that she learned kung-fu after she was held against her will in NYC. We for sure would not want to mess with this pretty, talented lady.
The epitome of classic beauty comes in the form of Audrey Hepburn, who stunned the world after her role in Breakfast at Tiffany’s, and she has since become a face known worldwide. According to the American Film Institute, Hepburn is the third greatest female film star, and this actress has achieved many awards during her career to prove she is worthy of such an honor. Sadly, Hepburn died at the age of 63 in her home in Switzerland after suffering from cancer.
Halle Berry made history in 2002 after being the first and only African American woman to win the Academy Award for Best Actress after her role in the romantic drama, Monster’s Ball. This stunning actress was a model and beauty pageant contestant before moving to acting, and even placed as first runner-up in the Miss USA contest in 1986. With a successful modeling career under her belt, she became the longtime spokeswoman for Revlon cosmetics. Even at fifty years old, Berry continues to be a vision of beauty.
Dawn French is a leading British comedian, having been nominated for seven British Academy Television Awards and written and starred in the sketch comedy show, French and Saunders. Proven her success alongside her partner Jennifer Saunders, French played the lead, Geraldine Granger on the British sitcom, The Vicar of Dibley. Other bigs roles for French have been as the Fat Lady in the film version of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. She was previously married to fellow British comedian, Lenny Henry.
Born LaDonna Adrian Gaines, this singer, songwriter, performer, and artist is best known by the public as Donna Summer. Born in Boston as one of seven children, Summer started performing when she was just eight-years-old after replacing a vocalist in her church when they didn’t show up. She continued to pursue a musical education throughout high-school and left for New York to tour with Crow weeks before graduating. In 2012, Summer sadly passed away after being diagnosed with lung cancer.
Australian actress, Nicole Kidman, rose to fame when she was cast in the thriller film, Dead Calm. Proving to have a highly successful acting career since, Kidman is best known for her roles in Days of Thunder, Far and Away, and Batman Forever. She has also won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress and an Academy Award nomination after playing Satine in the musical, Moulin Rogue. Kidman was previously married to Tom Cruise and has been married to singer Keith Urban since 2006, with whom she has two children.
It is unlikely that you will ever pass someone who does not know who Oprah Winfrey is, and that is no surprise since this legendary lady is the “Queen of all Media” and famous for her talk show, The Oprah Winfrey Show. Being honored as the highest-rated talk show in the history of television, Oprah charmed the public between the years 1986 and 2011, becoming one of the most influential women and people in the world, as well as the richest African American person in the world.
Former child star Brooke Shields has had her fair share of success and scandal during her lengthy career. After her controversial role at 12 years old for her appearance in Pretty Baby, Brooke continued to have huge film roles and became a Hollywood sensation. She did take a small break from acting to get her college education from Princeton University, where she graduated in Romance Languages. Still making appearances on the small screen, Shields is married and has two daughters.
Mexican beauty, Salma Hayek, began her acting career in Mexico when she starred on the telenovela named Teresa, and then the film, El Callejo de Los Milagros. She later moved to Hollywood and has since made it big in the American film industry, becoming well-known for her roles in From Dusk Till Dawn, Desperado, Dogma, and Wild Wild West. Hayek has since become a well-known name in Hollywood, and she received her biggest role in 2002 when she played Frida Kahlo in the film, Frida.
The undeniable talented Sally Field has been a fan favorite since the 60’s, after appearing as the free-spirited surfer girl on the hit series, Gidget. During her career, Field has become a celebrated actress and an Academy Award winner, who has also shown off her talents behind the camera. Sally moved to directing and was responsible for her HBO mini-series, From The Earth to the Moon. Having had such an impact on Hollywood, Field was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2014.
Discovering that Stacey Dash is 50-years-old may prove to be the biggest shock of all. After all, she became best known after playing Dionne Davenport in the film adaptation of Clueless, playing the ever-so-glamorous teenager. Since then she has appeared in several films such as Moving, Mo’ Money, Renaissance Man, and also View from the Top. In the more recent years, Dash has moved from acting to politics, and was a co-host on Fox News Channel talk show, Outnumbered.
As the first African American winner of the Miss America competition in 1984, Vanessa Williams became a well-known model. She later lost her title after unauthorized nude photos of the star were published by Penthouse magazine. Further in her career, Williams moved to music but, after this was short-lived, she turned to acting. Now, she is best known for her roles in hit shows such as Ugly Betty where she played Wilhelmina Slater, and as Renee Perry in the drama series Desperate Housewives.
Julianne Moore is well-known for many of her roles in film after starting out in the business during the 90’s. Her first film, Tales from the Darkside: The Movie, was in 1990, but her breakout role was in the film Short Cuts. She later appeared in The Lost World: Jurassic Park as well as, The Kids Are Alright and Game Change. Moore received much critical acclaim for her role in Still Alice for which she won the Academy Award for Best Actress.
Cybill Shepard is famous for having starred in films such as The Heartbreak Kid, Betsy, and Taxi Driver. However, this southern beauty has proven to be a triple threat having made her name as a model, singer, and actress since launching her career in 1970. She has also had a series of less than popular roles and decided to take a break from the big screen to focus on regional theater. Cybill has gone on to appear on Broadway, and has appeared on Criminal Minds and No Ordinary Family.
Barbara Eden grew up singing in her church choir and was the child with all the solo parts. As she grew into her teenage years, Eden would sing with local bands in nightclubs for $10 a night, and by the time she was 16, she took a more serious approach and began to study acting. This then led to her acting career, and her most prominent role was as Jeannie in I Dream of Jeannie, where she played a genie who was released by a US air-force captain.
Sofia Loren is one of the most famous pinup models and actresses to ever grace Hollywood. As a woman who made history, her looks and talent truly distinguished her from other women of her era, and Loren became a name well and truly recognized since she began her career. She started acting when she was 15-years-old but was launched into mega-stardom when she signed a five movie contract with Paramount Pictures. Her success from this moment skyrocketed. She later took a break from acting to start a family.
Tiffani Amber Thiessen
No one could ever forget Kelly Kapowski from Saved By The Bell, played by the beautiful Tiffani Amber. After her successful run on the hit series in her younger years, she landed another big role on Beverly Hills 90210. Now 43, Tiffani has had a few minor roles in television shows over the years, such as White Collar, and as a host of her own show on the Cooking Channel. Nevertheless, people will most-likely always remember Tiffani as the beautiful high school sweetheart, Kelly.
Having got her first big role in the gangster film, Scarface, Pfeiffer has gone on to have her fair share of box office hits as well as box office flops. While Grease 2 is up there with the flops, fortunately, Pfeiffer has worked on huge successes and managed to keep her career afloat. She was nominated for an Academy Award in 1988 for her role in Dangerous Liaisons, and, after a semi-retirement from film, she returned in the musical Hairspray and the fantasy film, Stardust.
This stunning actress has shown that beauty has no age, and is still looking amazing in her 50’s. Having been born into a stage family, it is no surprise that Cates turned to acting, and was such a natural. She was the girl every guy wanted after her role in Fast Times at Ridgemont High and had further success in her role on Gremlins. She married fellow actor Kevin Kline in 1989, and these days focuses her attention on being a stay at home mother.
She may be too young for this list, but over the years, Heather Locklear has shown no signs of losing her flawless figure and gorgeous beauty, giving us every right to believe she won’t be doing so even into her old age. Most famous for her role on Melrose Place, Locklear is also recognized for starring in Dynasty and Spin City. Over the recent years, Heather continues to make various television appearances and is still a recognizable figure in the entertainment business. She has a teenage daughter, Ava Sambora.
With such a successful career in the entertainment business, Jessica Lange is considered one of the greatest actresses of her generation. With two Academy Awards under her belt, Lange has proven to be a star hit and has over thirty credits to her name. After being discovered while working as a model, Lange was cast in the 1976 remake of King Kong and continued to show off her acting abilities after that. In 2010, she won her first Emmy Award for her role in the HBO special, Grey Gardens.
Martha Stewart has had a long career in the entertainment business and has sure had her fair share of different opportunities. Before becoming a lifestyle queen and mega-mogul, as a teenager, Stewart was babysitting for celebrities Mickey Mantle and Yogi Berra. Her attention soon turned to modeling, and to help pay for her college tuition, Stewart modeled for Chanel until she graduated with a major in History and Architectural History. Her focus soon turned to food and Martha started her first catering business in 1976.
Swiss-born beauty, Ursula Andress, was the first ever Bond Girl, Honey Ryder, and has since achieved worldwide success. After starting her career at 18-years-old, Ursula was later discovered by American agents while living in Rome and was signed to Paramount Pictures. During her career, her name made the list of the most gorgeous women in film history and she was romantically involved with other celebrities over her life, including James Dean, John Derek, and Harry Hamlin, with whom she shares a son.
Born Yvette Maries Stevens, Chaka Khan has certainly made her mark in the music world over the years. Having started her solo career in 1978, Khan had already released her sixth studio album in 1984 titled “I Feel For You.” In 1998, Chaka Khan was signed with Prince’s label and went on tour with him. Khan was born in the area of Hyde Park, which she called “an island in the middle of madness,” and has been married twice. She also has two children.
Dorothy Faye Dunaway proved her worth during her career after being the first ever person to receive the prestigious award of the Leopard Club, which honors actors whose work left a significant mark on society. She was first noticed after her first movie appearance in, The Happening, and gained worldwide fame after her appearance in Bonnie and Clyde. Although the film has garnered worldwide success since its release, it was originally considered very controversial at the time, as critics deemed it as “glorifying murders.”
Lesley Lawson, also known as ‘Twiggy,’ is an English model from the 60’s and a true British icon. Made famous for her small frame and huge eyes, Twiggy was most famous during the 60’s and 70’s, with her androgynous hair and long eyelashes defining the swinging sixties. Twiggy later turned to acting, appearing both on screen and in theaters, but has continued her career in the fashion business, having played more of a role behind the cameras rather than in front.
Born in Los Angeles in 1933, Julie Newmar is an American actress who won the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress for her role as Katrin Sveg in the Broadway show, The Marriage Go Round. She is also famously known for her role as Catwoman in the classic, Batman television show from the 60’s. In the 1970’s, Newmar turned her sights away from acting onto different business endeavors, where she received two different patents – one for Pantyhose and one for a braiser.
Erin Moran is best known for her role in Happy Days, playing Joanie Cunningham, and its spinoff series, Joanie Loves Chachi. Moran appeared on VH1’s Celebrity Fit Club in 2008 and had not worked as an actress since 2012. The biggest news in Moran’s life was the lawsuit she and three other cast mates filed against CBS, claiming they had lost out to merchandising profits owed to them. A settlement was eventually reached outside of the court. Moran sadly passed away on April 22, 2017.
Texas-born Lori Singer came from a very musical family and was first noticed when playing a dancer on the TV show Fame between 1982 and 1983. In fact, her role in Fame was actually created especially for her. Singer continued her musical and dancing career playing the role of Ariel Moor, the lead character in Footloose. Her other film roles were in movies such as The Falcon, The Snowman, and The Man With One Red Shoe, where she starred alongside Tom Hanks.
Helen Mirren is a truly elegant and talented British actress, who began her career at the National Youth Theatre and was then invited to join the Royal Shakespeare Company. Playing the part of Diana in All’s Well That Ends Well, was just one of her most prominent roles at the Royal Shakespeare Company. With such a highly acclaimed career there, director John Goldschmidt made a documentary in 1970 titled, Doing Her Own Thing, about Helen Mirren’s contribution to the theater. In her later years, Mirren moved to film.
Jennifer Beals became a famous face after starring in the film, Flashdance, which was the third highest grossing film in the U.S. in 1983. Beals played the lead role of Alex, who is a welder by day and an exotic dancer by night, and she accepted this acting opportunity while still a student in Yale. However, the dance moves that everyone loved in the film were not performed by Beals but by her stunt double, Marine Jahan. After her huge role, Jennifer returned to school.
Joanna Lumley is an English actress with a highly sophisticated British accent, which helped her specialize in only upper-class roles during her career. Lumley’s first big role was in, The New Avengers, as Purdey, and in 1979 she starred in another spectacular show, Sapphire & Steel. In the show, which was ITV’s version of Doctor Who, Lumley played the mysterious elemental being Sapphire. However, Lumley is probably best known and remembered for her role in the hit comedy series Absolutely Fabulous.
Ann Margret began her career in 1961 when she signed a lengthy seven-year contract with 20th Century Fox. Her film debut was in Pocketful of Miracles, the remake of the 1933 movie, Lady For A Day, where she starred alongside Bette Davis. In 1962, Margret played the role of Bad Girl, in the musical State Fair. When she first auditioned for the film, she was going for the role of Good Girl, but studio executives deemed her as too seductive for that role and decided she would make a better Bad Girl.
Of course, Olivia Newton-John is best-known for playing Sandy in the film adaptation of Grease in 1978. While she will always be best remembered for her role as the high-school beauty, she is also a famous and beloved singer. Her first solo album, “If Not For You” was released in 1971, and her album “All Things Must Pass,” was the first time she reached international fame. Newton-John was voted Best Female Vocalist for two years in a row in the UK, so it is no surprise she was chosen to play Sandy.
Jacqueline Bisset is an English actress who studied ballet and acting in her youth and later turned to modeling as a way to pay for her lessons. Her film debut was in Cul-de-sac, in 1966, but is probably best recognized for her role in the comedy film, Airplane. In the film, she played a pregnant stewardess carrying Dean Martin’s lovechild. At the age of 72, Bisset is still acting and received the Legion D’honneur award in 2010 from French President, Nicolas Sarkozy, for her work in cinema.
Victoria Principal was born Viki Ree Principal and is originally from Japan. Her father was the United States Air Force Sergeant, so her family moved around a lot while she was growing up. She grew up in London, Florida, and Puerto Rico, having to constantly move schools. Having started her acting career at the young age of 5 in TV commercials, Principal decided to move and settle in Hollywood in 1970 with no money, car, or connections. She has since become one of the most loved actresses.
Tonya Harding was once best known for being a competitive ice skater. However, while her talent never failed her, her rivalry with fellow ice skater Nancy Kerrigan seems to have overshadowed her talents, after her attack on Kerrigan in 1994. After her big breakthrough in 1991 when she performed the triple axel, the first time a woman had completed this in the short program, Harding was a clear star in competitive ice skating. However, she took it too far with her biggest competitor at the time and ruined her career.
A true Wonder Woman, Lynda Harding played the superhero role for four years and achieved huge success. Having started as a beauty pageant contestant, and crowned Miss World America in 1972, there was no denying Carter’s strikingly beautiful looks. To this day, she is still best known for playing the 70’s character, but she decided to retire from the business in the 90’s. Today she enjoys a more private life after admitting in 2008 that she had suffered from alcoholism, for which she also received treatment for.
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Mary Taylor Moore is best known for playing Mary Richards in The Mary Tyler Moore Show. Playing the role of a single woman working in a news production, she later moved to another famous role on the Dick Van Dyke Show. While she has had a great career on television, Mary has also secured herself a great career in theater as well, taking part in plays like, Whose Life Is It Anyway?, and the musical adaptation of Breakfast at Tiffany’s.
An undisputed film legend and one of the biggest characters in pop culture is, Elizabeth Taylor. Famous for her career, her looks, and her eight marriages, Taylor has become a Hollywood legend. Having started her career as a child actress, she has continued to secure roles in both film and stage productions. Although best known for her roles in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, she has taken a heavy role in AIDS activism and received the Presidential Citizens Medal for her efforts.
The stunning blonde bombshell, Erika Eleniak, started her career by modeling for the men’s magazine, Playboy, in 1989. Erika’s first gig with the magazine was a nautical theme. Later that same year, Erika got a recalling role on Charles in Charge, where she was asked to play Charles’s girlfriend. With her gorgeous locks, piercing eyes, and flawless figure, in 1989 she was asked to join the cast on the iconic hit series, Baywatch. In 2005 Erika appeared in reality show, The Real Gilligan’s Island.
Nancy McKeon landed her big role on NBC’s hit series, The Facts of Life after a casting director saw her in a Hallmark commercial where she could cry on cue. She was expected to play in the TV adaptation of the film, Working Girl, after her stint on the series, but the role was later given to Sandra Bullock instead. Although she was on the popular series, McKeon has not worked in show business over recent years, and now resides in Austin, Texas, with her husband and children.
Like many of these beautiful actresses, Susan Dey began her career as a model before transitioning into an acting career. Her first major role, where she starred as Laurie Partridge on The Partridge Family from 1970-194, is by far the most definitive role of her career. While her focus was mainly on television, she did try her hands at film when she worked alongside Charlton Heston in the 1972 movie, Skyjacked. Before taking a step back away from show business, Dey won an award for her work on the show, L.A. Law.
Mia Farrow gained recognition during the 60’s after her role in the soap opera, Peyton Place, and Rosemary’s Baby in 1968. While she maintained a successful career, she did let her work and personal life cross paths more than once, having been linked to some famous faces. She was once linked to Woody Allen, and at just 21-years-old, she married 51-year-old, Frank Sinatra. Now in her seventies, Farrow is heavily involved with activist rights and politics. She also endorsed Bernie Sanders in his bid for presidency.
In 1955, Joan Collins knocked on Hollywood’s doors and landed distinguishing roles in a few popular movies, including The Girl in the Red Velvet Swing (1955). Collins also guest-starred in a 1967 episode of Star Trek. Collin’s most uncharacteristic move was starring in two softcore prurient films: The Stud (1978) and The Bitch (1979). Afterwards, Collins was mostly found on stage, until she landed a role on the soap opera Dynasty, which won her a Golden Globe Award. Queen Elizabeth II made Collins a Dame for her services to charity in 2015.
Six-time Academy Award nominee Shirley MacLaine’s name precedes her, and it is not too hard to understand why. McLaine won the BAFTA Award for Best Foreign Actress twice, for the films Ask Any Girl (1959), and The Apartment (1960). She has also won five Golden Globes and received the Golden Globe Cecil B. DeMille Award at the 1998 ceremony. MacLaine was married to businessman Steve Parker from 1954 until 1982. Shirley revealed she and Steve had an open marriage while promoting her new book, “I’m Over All That”.
Andrews’s debut film, Mary Poppins, scored her the prestigious Academy Award for Best Actress. Julie also starred in The Sound of Music the following year and won a Golden Globe for Best Actress for playing Maria von Trapp. On 8 May 2010, Andrews made her comeback at London after 21 years of absence. Andrews was married twice, the first time was to set designer Tony Walton, the second to director Blake Edwards. In 2016 Julie created the preschool television series Julie’s Greenroom with her daughter and Judy Rothman, which premiered on Netflix in 2017.
Cheryl Ladd, best known for her performance in ABC’s “Charlie’s Angels”, is a globally renowned American actress, singer, and most recently author. Since leaving the hit show, Ladd has appeared in countless TV shows as well as films, her most recent gig being “Unforgettable”, a thriller released in 2017. What do we know about the actress today? She’s incredibly busy, writing books amongst other things. Aside from her flourishing career, Ladd still looks amazing at the age of 65.
Marisa Tomei gained worldwide attention when she starred in 1992 film “My Cousin Vinny”, for which she was awarded an Academy Award for a supporting role. Since then, Tomei appeared in a lot of successful films, including “Anger Management” alongside Jack Nicholson and Adam Sandler, and Wild Hogs. Most recently, Tomei appeared in “Spider-Man: Homecoming”, released in 2017. Aside from her success in television, Tomei has also worked in the theater; her most recent performance was in “The Realistic Joneses” in 2014.
Bo Derek had her breakthrough role in the 1979 film, 10. The American film and television actress gained recognition from this film and became a symbol of seduction from the image of her running on the beach. While married to John Derek, he directed her in four films during the 80’s, including Tarzan and The Ape Man. The movies were not much success, but Derek still garnered attention for her risky skin-baring costumes. While she only makes rare television appearances these days, she focuses her attention on politics.
Goldie Hawn is a Hollywood beauty who began her career on the comedy, Good Morning, World. Having starred as the ditzy blonde, Hawn trademarked her TV persona and went on to have a highly successful acting career. During the 60’s and 70’s, Hawn appeared in films such as, There’s a Girl In My Soup, and Cactus Flower. During the 80’s she continued to have more box office hits with films like Private Benjamin, which won her an Academy Award nomination. Hawn has been married to fellow actor Kurt Russell sine 1983.
Born Jo-Raquel Tejada to a Bolivian father and an American mother, Welch proves she is the definition of timeless beauty at 75-years-old. This stunning actress was so talented she won an acting scholarship to San Diego State College and began her acting career in local productions. Her breakthrough role was in the 1966 film, Fantastic Voyage.
Sissy was born in Texas and says she was encouraged to follow her dreams of acting when she was in her youth after the tragic passing of her older brother, which deeply affected her. She sure did go on to achieve her dreams too and is best remembered for her leading role in Carrie, the film adaptation of the Stephen King classic horror novel. Still a highly recognized and successful actress, Sissy is currently starring in the Netflix original series, Bloodline.
Although born in Queens, Barbara Bach can speak Italian, French, and Spanish, and has landed herself several small roles in Italian cinema. Having begun her career as a successful model, she soon became a sought-after talent and was cast as the spy, Anya Amasova, in the James Bond film, The Spy Who Loved Me. Barbara married former Beatle singer, Ringo Starr, in 1981 and together they founded The Lotus Foundation charity, which Barbara spends her time these days managing.
Brigitte Bardot set the standards for the beauty of today having been dubbed one of the most beautiful women in the world during the 1960’s and 70’s. The French model had begun acting in 1952 and appeared in several comedies during her career. Having retired from the entertainment industry in 1973, Bardot turned her focus elsewhere and became heavily involved in animal rights activism. Known to be outspoken and clear on her views, she has drawn in a lot of criticism over the years for her views on immigration.
At 95 years old, it is safe to say that Betty White has had the longest television career of a female performer in history. Still keeping herself employed, White was the first woman to produce her own sitcom and has been known for her hilarious and charismatic charm for over 75 years. She is most recognized for her roles in Mary Tyler Moore Show and Golden Girls, and most recently, Hot in Cleveland. Betty lost her husband to cancer in 1981 and never remarried.
Molly Ringwald was a teenage phenomenon. She liked to show the world she was having a good time and made sure she looked good while doing it. Her breakthrough role was in Sixteen Candles, and this was soon followed by another huge role in The Breakfast Club. Proving to be quite the talent, she was offered roles in Pretty Woman and Ghost but turned them both down. Between 2008 and 2013, Ringwald starred in the television series The Secret Life of the American Teenager. Currently, Molly writes an advice column for The Guardian.
Farrah Fawcett was the gorgeous face of the 70’s, with her trademark blonde locks, piercing eyes and for her on-screen Charlie’s Angels persona. Sadly, the six-time Golden Globe Award nominee passed away in 2009, at the age of 62, after a battle with cancer. However, she still looked as stunning as ever and will be remembered for her successful acting career. During her career, she appeared in commercials and also appeared in The Six Million Dollar Man, where she met her first husband, Lee Majors.
Award-winning actress, Angela Bassett, is best known for her roles in biopic films. After portraying Tina Turner in the film, What’s Love Got To Do With It, she won herself a Golden Globe Award as well as an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress. Other acting portrayals by Bassett were for Katherine Jackson in, The Jacksons: An American Dream, Betty Shabazz in Malcolm X and Panther, Rosa Parks in The Rosa Parks Story, and Coretta Scott King in Betty and Coretta.
This New Zealand beauty has proven to be quite the triple threat during her career. She starred in her first musical at the age of 10, and by 21, she had been crowned Miss New Zealand. In 1994 she appeared in a made for TV movie about Hercules and was spotted by producers to be cast in the series, Xena Warrior Princess. Between 1995 and 2001 she starred as Xena Warrior Princess in the series of the same name, and has also appeared on Broadway and the popular series, Spartacus.
Diane Keaton is a highly recognized actress who gained notoriety after starring in Looking for Mr. Goodbar in 1977. Having formed a partnership with director Woody Allen, Keaton’s career was shaped from the early stages. She has received Academy Award nominations for her work in Reds, Marvin’s Room and Something’s Gotta Give. To prove she is the ever so talented woman, she is also a photographer, real estate developer, and author. Although Keaton never married, she has two children and has been famously linked to Woody Allen, Al Pacino, and Warren Beatty.
Janet Jackson rose to fame alongside her famous Jackson family. The youngest of the Jackson clan to perform, she soon became an accomplished singer, actress, dancer, and songwriter. The famous sister of the late Michael Jackson is best known for her provocative and sensual performances, while the content of her song lyrics was always pushed that extra bit further. She gave birth to her first child in January 2017, and four months later announced her separation from businessman Wissam Al Mana.
Bach is best known for her role as Daisy Duke on the TV show, The Dukes of Hazzard. She was such a hit for the show that her famous legs were insured for a staggering $1,000,000 – that is an expensive pair of legs! Bach had her first film role in the murder mystery, The Midnight Man, in 1973, and in 2012, Bach joined The Young and the Restless as the character Anita Lawson. Before her acting gigs, Catherine was making clothes for theater groups on the side to bring in extra money.
Before being cast as Olenna Tyrell on the hit HBO series, Game of Thrones, actress Diana Rigg was a 1960’s hit. Having gained popular recognition after her role in the television series, The Avengers, Rigg also starred on Broadway and won a Tony Award in 1994 for her role in Medea. What many may not know about Rigg is that she soent a large part of her childhood in India, where her father was a railway engineer. In fact, the talented actress can still speak a little Hindi.
Samantha Fox is a true British siren who started a career when she was just 16-years-old. She became the most photographed women of her era after she appeared as a topless model in the British tabloid, The Sun. She has made several appearances on television, as well as showcased her presenting skills. Fox has also been rocked by scandal within her personal life after she accused her father of mismanagement of her personal accounts. At the time of his death, the two had not spoken for over a decade.
While Tina Louise started her acting career at the impressive age of just two-years-old, she started her official acting training when she was 17, with schooling for acting, dancing, and singing. As a young lady of undeniable beauty, she was offered many modeling jobs at the start of her career as a pinup model for gentlemen’s magazines. Tina Louise is best known for her role as Ginger on the show, Gilligan’s Island, which has remained her most memorable performance to date.