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Beauty Break: Vintage 1977 - Magazine Covers

Liz, and Liza and Halston, Oh my!

Reminder. At the end of the month the Smackdown returns with a look at the Supporting Actress Race of 1977 (The Turning Point, Julia, Close Encounters, The Goodbye Girl , and Looking for Mr Goodbar so get to watching so you can vote!).

To get you in the mid to late 1970s mood, if you lived through them, or just to engage your curiousity if you didn't, a collection of magazine covers from the year in question. Naturally we'll start with two Best Actress winners and then hit the general collections of showbiz covers...

"America loves her again..." Jane Fonda sure has had an on again off again relationship with the public. So glad she's on again via Grace & Frankie.

I totally didn't know Faye was married to Peter Wolf (of "J Geils Band" fame). They divorced two years later.

Okay, lots more. Gawk away.

Jeff Bridges, Lily Tomlin, Robert DeNiro, Star Wars, Diane Keaton, Steve Martin were the non-music or sports or politics covers of the famed music magazine that year. Isn't it crazy that ALL of them are still very much working in showbiz 39 years later ?!? Talk about durable phenomena


I loved this American Film magazine when I was a kid. It is gone now of course.

Film Comment is still with us but this is the only cover I could find from 1977, and it's still talking up 1976 films. But it's Carrie so we shan't complain.

I had no idea that Rene Russo existed before Get Shorty (1995) and was on magazine covers no less but of course she did and was. That was silly of me. It does not get more 70s than Charlie's Angels, John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John, does it?

And James Caan was quite a solid leading man back then. I'm so glad I finally watched Cinderella Liberty (1973) also due to the Smackdown vintage flavor demands. This series blesses us if we really dive in.

Funny that People's art director got so horny in the fall and suddenly had three weeks in a row of naked head & shoulder shots. 

If you were alive in the 70s did you watch any of those things?


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That OJ cover! Jeff Bridges looks adorable and I thought it was Paul Rudd for a hot second.

Rene Russo was a popular model before an actress! For shame.

I love old covers and the accompanying articles from yesteryear. Sometimes I just like to read archived People profiles and interviews.

July 15, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterRyan

I graduated in 1977 and started buying these and many other magazines for decades. I wish I had saved instead of pitching them--I could have made a fortune on Ebay!

July 15, 2016 | Unregistered Commenterrick gould

John Travolta was SO HANDSOME. Time has been very cruel to him.

July 15, 2016 | Unregistered Commentercal roth

I don't even know where to start with all of this...

Okay, I always thought Diane Keaton was the next Mary Astor, not the next Kate Hepburn. The facial resemblance alone...

July 15, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterPaul Outlaw

"Make us look like Halston, Liz, and Liza." -- sadly, no one at that <I>Vanity Fair</I> cover shoot with Tom Ford, Keira Knightley, and Scarlett Johansson

July 15, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterBrevity

I began subscribing to Rolling Stone and Film Comment in 1978. There were some amazing stars back then. Ah youth! That pic of Linda is breathtaking! Nathaniel, thank you for this--it's quite wonderful.

July 15, 2016 | Unregistered Commenterbrookesboy

This is such a hot mess and I love it.
Faye Dunaway was so beautiful.
Bob DeNiro that hair is NOT working for you.
Hello there Jessica Lange
Lol @ that C3PO cover
I don't how on Earth Sissy Spacek manage to look the same since the '70s?!
I want Liv Ullman on more magz covers please

July 15, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterCraver

I was 10 in 1977, so I watched all of these things. I specifically recall that People Magazine with Jogging Lee "Chest Hair" Majors and Farrah. Farrah was my first crush, before I knew myself better.

I'm wondering who all of those names are listed in that Halston cover. Liz and Liza are there, of course. Jackie would be Jackie O, Bianca would be Jagger, Ethel would be Kennedy. Who would "Lee", "Happy" and "Barbara" be?

"Grizzly Adams", "The Hardy Boys", "Laverne and Shirley", of course "Charlie's Angels". Where is that Time Machine?

July 15, 2016 | Unregistered Commenterforever1267

I thought that last episode of Mary Tyler Moore was THE most important TV event ........until of course the last episode of MASH

July 15, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterLeslie19

People like to use the second and third letters of the alphabet to describe Faye but her death stare is simply evil.

I had no idea that Rene Russo existed before Get Shorty (1995)

Sounds like Lethal Weapon 3 (1992) and In the Line of Fire (1993) didn't exist in your orbit.

I want 70's Jeff Bridges so bad. He has remained handsome but there's something about his 70's youth that trumps all the white boys we have to gush over these days.

July 15, 2016 | Unregistered Commenter/3rtful

@forever1267: Happy is Happy Rockefeller; Barbara is prob. Streisand?; Lee = maybe Lee Radziwell? O only know this because I spent way t00 much time reading the Andy Warhol diaries as a kid.

July 16, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterChristine

Oh God, this really is like going back in a time machine. I was in love with Diane Keaton, Faye Dunaway, Linda Ronstadt, and Jeff Bridges.
I liked Close Encounters of the Third Kind way, way better than Star Wars.
Studio 54 had only been open for about a year.
And like everyone, I was heartbroken that Mary Tyler Moore was ending her show.

@Christine - Happy Rockerfeller, Lee Radizwell are correct. My guess for Barbara is Barbara Walters, all 3 were prominent NYC women of that time. Streisand would be Barbra.

July 16, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterLadyEdith

I'm drooling!

July 16, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterPeggy Sue

"Barbara" isn't Streisand. we know that much Since she spells it Barbra.

July 16, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterNATHANIEL R

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