One of the many forgotten movies of the 1970s stars Lynda Carter and Marjoe Gortner as a kind of free wheeling Bonnie and Clyde but with a country-pop music soundtrack and a newly minted Wonder Woman at the helm of the feature.
Like a lot of outlaw movies of the ’70s, the film features a lot of Dukes of Hazzard-light car stunts and shootouts. It’s definitely worth checking out if you like watching Lynda Carter tooling around in hot rods.
Lovely Jamie Lee Curtis — Late 1970s
After fresh faced Jamie Lee Curtis took the role of Laurie Strode in Halloween she had no idea why people would want to watch such a stressful movie. After all, why would audiences want to freak themselves out?
Curtis says that she didn’t really get it until she saw the movie with an audience full of people who were completely invested in Laurie’s survival. She told the New York Times :
I remember going to see it in Hollywood, and in the middle of the movie, when Laurie is walking across the street to the house where P.J. Soles’s character has just been strangled, this woman stood up and screamed, ‘Don’t go in there!’ In that second, I understood exactly what John intended. The audience cared about Laurie.
This just shows the power of seeing a movie like Halloween with a large group of people, it absolutely beats watching a movie alone at home.
Sharon Tate had everything stretching out in front of her. She was the star of films like Valley of the Dolls, a marriage to a successful director, and a house in the hills. But in turned into a nightily barged into her home to kill her and her friends in order to send a message to a Hollywood producer.
The world was shaken by Tate’s death, but no one more than her family. Sharon’s sister Debra, who was only 16 at the time, told People about the moment that her parents broke the news to her about the death of her sister:
Even though the couple’s love was short lived, they remain one of the most fascinating unions of the 20th century
My boyfriend at the time called to say he had heard on the radio that there was a fire at a house in Benedict Canyon and that one of the victims was Sharon Tate. My mom flung open the shower door and said, ‘Sharon’s dead.’ She was crying and wailing and shaking and her knees buckled and I remember the horror that comes with watching my little sister’s world crumble. It’s very horrifying when your parents fall out from beneath you.
A few years after Pam joined Jim on the track, he was killed in a car accident when he collided with a bus. The death of Jim proved to be the end of Pam’s racing career. Even so, it was a wild ride.
From an early age, Steve Martin was a performer. He had his eyes set on the big time, and in order to hone his skills he took jobs performing at Disney Land and Knotts Berry Farm in various comedy troupes. He says that this kind of west coast upbringing made him who he is:
The unlikely couple married in 1956 and were immediately dubbed by the media “the Hourglass and the Egghead,” with one magazine dubbed their union “the most unlikely marriage since the Owl and the Pussycat.” Monroe and Miller only lasted for about five years before they split for being incompatible.
Vaughn managed to branch out from the pageant and racing worlds and make a name for herself on film and television. She appeared in the racing movies Gumball Rally and Stroker Ace, and even went on to host The Exciting World of Speed and Beauty in the ’90s.
Dad tells me I often climbed on his lap after dinner and remarked, ‘I’m going to be an actress when I grow up.’ I don’t know whether he encouraged me or not, but he told me he would humor me and would tell me to wait and see what happened when I grew up. I’ll be real honest and say that Daddy did help me get a break in TV and I’m really grateful for his assistance and guidance. He’s my most severe critic, but also a true friend as well as loving father.
Taken from an episode of the show called “Pied Piper” where Carter is trapped in a spinning chair by an evil rock star who hypnotizes his fans into stealing money from the box offices of theaters that he plays, you know, normal bad guy stuff.
Joel and Brinkley were married for a little over a decade, but finally called it quits in 1995. Even though their marriage ended their friendship remained intact, and Brinkley says that the two have been known to sing Christmas carols together over the holidays. She told People :
Even with the letter, Warner Bros. refused to use Lee’s script changes so he did what any self respecting actor would do, he walked. Lee spent two weeks in a cold war with the distribution company until they blinked and told the producers to use Lee’s script changes.
Famous for playing disgruntled detectives, quite cowboys, and moody old men, it might surprise you that Clint Eastwood’s biggest box office draw (in which he appears but doesn’t direct) is the buddy film Every Which Way But Loose.
Everyone was on pins and needles as the hour for the show approached. Dad called me into his dressing room for an old-fashioned, last-minute pep talk. I assured him everything was under control so far as I was concerned. I don’t know whether he could tell that I was shaking all over. But when the cameras came alive for the show, I had no trouble concentrating on my part and the program went off without a hitch.
When I got Wonder Woman I made a couple of decisions. The first one was that I wanted to discover who she was, not what her powers were, not what the sugar daddy meet storyline was or whether it was a Nazi or whatever kind of bad guy there was, but really who she is. And in reading all the research and how they came up with the character way back in the ’40’s, it was to give girls their own hero. . She came from an island where all the woman could do the same things, and she had to compete against her sisters, her fellow Amazonians and so it was her will in going against her mother which we can all identify with when you’re a teenager or whatever, not wanting to do what your mom wants you to do necessarily. So it gave me the idea that she was a real force and that she had her own ideas about things, and she didn’t think that she was all that. She just really saw a need like so many women do and I’ve discovered that the archetype of Wonder Woman really lives in all of us. She had the goddess within. It’s who we really are.