Popular Stars Of The 1970s Then And Now

By Sam Marsdale

The 1970s may be best known as the era of bell-bottoms, disco, political turmoil, and significant cultural change. Along with it came a shift in people’s tastes in fashion, music, and entertainment, giving rise to a new generation of young, talented, Hollywood stars who would go on to blaze a trail in television, movies, and on stage.

Though some celebrities who first found fame in the 1970s have since faded from the spotlight, others remain active in Hollywood, appearing on numerous TV shows and movies over the years. Let’s take a look at some of the most popular stars of the 1970s and see what they’ve been up to lately.

Barbi Benton: Then

Barbi Benton, born Barbara Lynn Klein, began her career as a model, appearing in Playboy magazine and on the show Playboy After Dark at age 18. Though she first appeared on the show as an extra, she would later become a co-host after Hugh Hefner – who was nearly 30 years her senior – fell in love with her.

Benton and Hefner soon began a relationship that lasted for several years. Benton would go on to appear on the cover of Playboy four times, and in two nude photo layouts in 1973 and 1975. She is also widely believed to be the one who convinced Hefner to purchase the Playboy Mansion in Holmby Hills in 1974.

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