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10 Celebrities Who Appeared On The 'Dating Game' Before They Were Famous

ENTERTAINMENT | May 4, 2023

Written by Sophia Maddox

Maureen McCormick on 'The Dating Game' on March 27, 1973. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)

Long before The Bachelor, people who turned to television when looking for love did so on The Dating Game. And celebrities and celebrities-to-be -- well, they're people too. Back in the 1960s and 1970s, much like today, the contestants on TV’s dating reality shows were looking for more than just love…they were looking for stardom. Sometimes, appearing on a game show served as a kick start to an acting career and celebrity. The Dating Game, which ran from 1965 to 1973, then started again in 1978, was an ideal vehicle for stars in the making. Here are just some of the numerous future celebrities on The Dating Game back in the groovy era. 

Now, some celebrities on The Dating Game were already celebrities, doing the show for a bit of publicity -- like Maureen McCormick, who appeared on the show in 1973, just days after The Brady Bunch had aired the finale of its fourth season. That's right -- bachelors number 1, 2, and 3 answered questions for the privilege of stepping out on the town with Marcia Brady, America's favorite TV California blonde.

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