Rare Photos That Paint A Vivid Story Of The Unknown Past
By Sarah Norman | September 28, 2023
Early photo of Goldie Hawn, 1960s.
Wild rock star antics, groovy babes, cool dudes, screwball comedy and memories of Christmas pop-culture past… It was all ‘happening’ during the grooviest of eras. Come reminisce with this oddball collection of memories from entertainment history.
Here's an early photo of flower child Goldie Hawn back in the 60's. Hawn's career began in the short-lived CBS situation comedy Good Morning, World, but really took off on the sketch comedy show, Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In. This is where her reach grew and garnered her some much deserved international attention. The show ran from 1968–1973 and established Hawn as an “It Girl” in the 1960s, so at the show’s conclusion she had no problems landing roles. Her first major film role was in Cactus Flower (1969), for which she won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. From there the bombshell kept churning out roles and earning awards and Goldie’s still rocking it today.
Elizabeth Montgomery as 'Samantha' in a 'Bewitched' Christmas photo.
After the show was canceled, she felt the need to take on more dramatic and controversial roles over the years to attempt to avoid being typecast. Montgomery also dedicated herself to women's rights and became a huge gay rights activist.Then, in 1995, she was diagnosed with cancer and died eight weeks later at 62-years-old.
Hope everyone had a 'Merry KISSmas'! (1976)
American rock band KISS was formed in New York City back in January of 1973 by Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Peter Criss, and Ace Frehley. The band was able to grab attention with its use of full face paint and stage outfits.
They rose to prominence in the mid-to-late 1970s and in addition to their unique look and sound, they became known for their elaborate live performances, which involved insane shenanigans like fire breathing, blood-spitting, ripping guitars, shooting rockets, levitating drum kits, and pyrotechnics.
A young Han Solo in training on Christmas 1970s!
Check it out, it's a little Han Solo in training! Already armed and ready for anything. Star Wars took the world by a storm. It was such a shockingly massive success and still is!
George Lucas’s 1977 “Star Wars” was the first film in a trilogy that later launched the franchise still turning to this day. The original epic space opera focuses on the Rebel Alliance who aims to destroy the Death Star, under the lead of Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher).
The anticipation of the opening day alone was enough to create massive lines outside theaters all over, full of eager patrons who simply couldn't wait to get on the other side of the velvet ropes.
Two beautiful icons of the 60s. Doris Day and Joan Crawford in 1960.
Check out these two icons of the 60s– Joan Crawford and Doris Day. Talk about opposing forces, these two were very different (at least int he public eye). Aside from their work, Crawford was best known for a bitter rivalry with Bette Davis (that had gotten physical). Whereas Doris Day was the picture of sweetness. Doris Day was a talented singer, actress, and an animal rights activist. She was once the biggest female star in the country and earned the reputation as ‘the quintessential all-American girl. She was even awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President George W. Bush in 2004. This is the highest civilian honor in the United States.
Debbie Harry not a 'Blondie' in 1968, but a beautiful brunette!
Check it out, it's Debbie Harry of 'Blondie' back in 1968 when she was still a beautiful brunette!
So which came first, the band or the hair. Well... the hair. The group, "Blondie" was founded by singer Debbie Harry and guitarist Chris Stein and comprised of members Clem Burke, Gary Valentine, and Jimmy Destri. They were pioneers of the punk scene and incorporated elements of disco, pop, and reggae. For this, they are credited with introducing mainstream American listeners to alternative elements of Rock and Roll in the late 1970’s. Blondie has sold 40 million records worldwide, is still active, and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2006.
Happy Holidays from Samantha & Tabitha from 'Bewitched' (1965)
Here's a photo of Samantha & Tabitha from 'Bewitched' (1965). Bewitched ran from 1964 to 1972, it was the longest running paranormal television series of the era. It even ran longer than The Munsters, The Addams Family, and its more direct competitor, I Dream of Jeannie. The series certainly had a cast of characters! The youngest (and last to join the show) was Adam Stevens played by David Lawrence, Dick Sargent was cast as the man of the house Darrin Stevens, and pictured here are the witchy Samantha (played by Elizabeth Montgomery) and the adorable Tabitha Stevens, played by actress Erin Murphy.
What would Fang say! Phyllis Diller and poodle in bed with Liberace.
Phyllis Ada Driver, better known as Phyllis Diller, was an actress and stand-up comedian, best known for her cackling laugh and eccentric stage persona. Her humor was usually self-deprecating and she was well known for her wild hair and clothing choices.
Diller was a groundbreaking stand-up comic, she was one of the first women to become a household name in the world of comedy. She paved the way for comedic entertainers like Joan Rivers, Roseanne Barr, and Ellen DeGeneres, among others. She was is also considered a gay icon and was one of the first celebrities to openly champion plastic surgery.
70's sitcom 'WKRP in Cincinnati' made us all want to work at a radio station!
The sitcom WKRP in Cincinnati featured the misadventures of the staff of a struggling radio station in Cincinnati, Ohio. The show was actually based on its creator, Hugh Wilson’s experiences working in advertising sales at Top 40 radio station WQXI in Atlanta. Many of the characters are based on real people.
The ensemble cast consists of Gary Sandy (as Andy Travis), Howard Hesseman (Johnny Fever), Gordon Jump (Arthur Carlson), Loni Anderson (Jennifer Marlowe), Tim Reid (Venus Flytrap), Jan Smithers(Bailey Quarters), Richard Sanders (Les Nessman) and Frank Bonner (Herb Tarlek).The series won a Humanitas Prize and received 10 Emmy Award nominations, including three for Outstanding Comedy Series.
A shiny black 1967 Dodge Polara 500 Convertible.
The Dodge Polara was introduced in the United States for the 1960 model year as Dodge's top-of-the-line full-size car; the Dodge Custom 880 came out in 1962. It was a direct competitor to the Ford Galaxie 500 and the Chevrolet Impala.The name Polara is a reference to the Polaris star, from the marketing end, it was an attempt to capitalize on the success and excitement surrounding the Space Race during the early 1960s. The Polara name ended up being used in various forms by Dodge until 1973 when it was replaced by the Dodge Monaco.
Actress Meg Foster has the most amazing crystal blue eyes, she was in a lot of TV shows and horror movies in the 70's!
Actress Meg Foster has the most amazing crystal blue eyes, they are otherworldly! No wonder she landed so many horror films and TV roles in the 70's!
She was the villainous Evil-Lyn in the big screen version of Masters of the Universe and she played Holly in John Carpenter's They Live with "Rowdy" Roddy Piper.
She also appeared in a bunch of really big TV shows like Bonanza, The Twilight Zone, Here Come the Brides, Storefront Lawyers, Barnaby Jones, Murder, She Wrote, Miami Vice, The Cosby Show, Quantum Leap, ER, and Xena: Warrior Princess. She was also Hera in Hercules: The Legendary Journeys.
Groovy women's fashion in the 70's.
Here are some groovy ladies of the 1970s, these two were far more conservative than most. It was during the counterculture of the 1960s that women began protesting for equal rights. At this point in time, women were essentially just mothers, housewives, and sometimes secretaries or hairdressers. They weren’t treated as anything more than “assistants” or “eye-candy” to men and the women of the 60’s decided they weren’t gonna take it anymore.
Everything that represented this old “idea of what women should be” was tossed out and that included bras. Women began going braless and sometimes even burning their bras because they felt it was a symbolic shedding of restraints. This political statement ended up becoming a fashion statement that carried over into the 70’s and while it faded a bit over the following decades, does still exist today (with the same sentiment).
Demi Moore looks lovely in white, 1982.
Demi Gene Guynes, or as she’s professionally known Demi Moore, appeared on the soap opera General Hospital in the early 80s and subsequently gained recognition throughout the decade for her work in Blame It on Rio (1984) and St. Elmo's Fire (1985) and her first critical and commercial hit was About Last Night... (1986), which established her as a Hollywood star.
SHe starred in Ghost with Patrick Swayze in 1990 and it ended up being the highest-grossing film of the year and garnered her a Golden Globe nomination. After that, she had a string of additional box-office hits, including A Few Good Men (1992), Indecent Proposal (1993), and Disclosure (1994). By 1996, Moore had become the highest-paid actress in film history!
Gift-giving on the 'Three's Company' Christmas show. (1977)
Here’s a great shot of the original cast of Three’s Company at Christmastime back in 1977. The basic premise of the hit sitcom revolves around three single roommates who live together: Janet Wood (Joyce DeWitt), Chrissy Snow (Suzanne Somers), and Jack Tripper (John Ritter).
In order to get away with having a male roomie, they have to convince their old-fashioned landlord, Mr. Roper that Jack’s gay. So ladies man Jack Tripper has to play the part to reassure that no premarital ‘funny business’ going on in his building. Each episode chronicles the escapades and hijinks that ensue because of the trio's constant misunderstandings.
The hit sitcom ran for eight seasons on ABC from March 15, 1977, to September 18, 1984. Somers left the show in late 1981, and Jenilee Harrison joined the cast. She was cast as Chrissy's first cousin Cindy Snow, who was then soon replaced by Priscilla Barnes as Terri Alden.
Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra perform with daughters Gail Martin and Nancy Sinatra on 'The Dean Martin Show' 1967 Christmas special.
Check it out, It's Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra performing with daughters Gail Martin and Nancy Sinatra on 'The Dean Martin Show' 1967 Christmas special. These two were also members of "The Rat Pack". The term was coined by the media to refer to the informal group of entertainers centered on the Las Vegas casino scene. Sinatra, Martin, and Davis were regarded as the group's leaders so to speak, and the group also included Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall among others. The Rat Pack appeared together on stage and in films in the early 1960s, including the films Ocean's 11, Sergeants 3, and Robin and the 7 Hoods (in the last film, Bing Crosby replaced Lawford).
Ginger and Mary Ann brought a pie for dessert!
Ginger and Mary Ann with pie on Gilligans Island. The differences between Mary Ann Summers (Dawn Wells) and Ginger Grant (Tina Louise) characters on Gilligan's Island couldn’t be better summed up any better than this simple bit of dialogue between them: Mary Ann - “I used to be a Girl Scout, and they teach you a lot.
Ginger: “I used to go with a Boy Scout, and they teach you a lot, too.” Mary Ann was the quintessential all American girl next door, while Ginger oozed glamor and sex appeal. Both women gorgeous but on opposite sides of the spectrum.
Steve Cathey literally on the edge in 1975.
Steve Cathey is a professional skater from California, who went on to represent the Gordon & Smith skateboard company. Cathey once held the world-record for two-board “daffy” 360s but his record was broken, ironically enough, by Kevin Harris. A skater Cathey offered amateur sponsorship to. Although, Cathey managed to rotate almost 400 times while Harris stopped spinning from sheer exhaustion after about twenty minutes and 1,032 disorienting spins later.
Eddie Murphy, Jamie Lee Curtis and Dan Aykroyd on the set of Trading Places in 1982.
It wasn’t until Trading Spaces in 1983 that Jamie Lee Curtis started getting notoriety outside the horror genre. The role also earned her a BAFTA award as best supporting actress. She went on to work on A Fish Called Wanda and was nominated for a BAFTA as best leading actress.
In 1994 she won a Golden Globe for True Lies and hasn't stopped working since. She also reprised her role as Lori strode in Halloween II, Halloween H20: 20 Years Later and Halloween: Resurrection, she also had a voice role in Halloween III: Season of the Witch. It has recently been confirmed that Curtis will be Lori Strode once again, in Halloween 2018.
One of the all American retro icon, James Dean 1950s.
Actor James Byron Dean is remembered as a cultural icon of teenage disillusionment and social estrangement, because of his most famous role, Jim Stark in the film, Rebel Without a Cause (1955). His other two defining roles were loner Cal Trask in East of Eden (1955) and surly ranch hand Jett Rink in Giant (1956).
After his untimely death in a car crash while driving his (now infamous cursed) Porsche 550 Spyder named “Little Bastard”, Dean became the first actor to receive a posthumous Academy Award nomination for Best Actor. He still remains the only actor to have had two posthumous acting nominations.
Kids visiting a department store Santa in 1951.
Wow, that Santa looks like he had one too many... check out the expression on the older kid's face, even he can see somethings not right with this guy. Yikes! Department Store Santas have been a time-honored (somewhat creepy) tradition in the United States since back in the mid to late 1800s.
While Macy's like to take the credit for starting it (and as far as giant retailers go they did) but many credit James Edgar, a downtown merchant in Brockton, Massachusetts with starting the trend. He may not have owned a massive store, but he would dress in a red Santa Claus suit and stroll through his own shop to delight the children of 1890.
Jackie Kennedy having a good time partying with Frank Sinatra and Jane Fonda in the late ‘70s.
Check out Jackie Kennedy having a good time partying with Frank Sinatra and Jane Fonda in the late ‘70s. Before you get all shocked about the first lady heading out with a singer with ties to the mob, remember how close he once was with her husband. The John F. Kennedy was pretty close with Frank Sinatra for awhile, the two had overlapping social circles and wound up becoming friends. In fact, it was Sinatra who introduced Kennedy to Marilyn Monroe.
Unfortunately, their “bromance” didn’t last. No one knows for sure what their falling out was over but many have speculated that each man was jealous of the other. Many have speculated Kennedy’s affair with Monroe was a contributing factor.
The Penguin, Burgess Meredith from the all-time classic movie - Batman 1966.
Burgess Meredith got to grace the screen as the waddling gentleman of crime known as the Penguin. The Penguin was and still remains one of the most popular Batman villains of all time. He can usually be found trying to win people over and appear legit with a high-tech umbrella weapon in tow.
Burgess Meredith went on to add gems like Puff The Magic Dragon, Rocky, Night Gallery, Grumpy Old Men, and Grumpier Old Men to his resume. Meredith was nominated for Best Supporting Actor two years in a row and was married four times before he died in September 1997 from complications with Melanoma and Alzheimer’s.
The gorgeous Julie Christie, 1960s.
Here stands the ever-so-stunning actress Julie Christie, 1961. She was an icon of the "swinging London" era of the 1960s and has been honored considerably over the years for her masterful performances. She has won the Academy, Golden Globe, BAFTA, and Screen Actors Guild Awards.
Her list of film credits include titles such as, her breakthrough film Billy Liar (1963), Darling (1965), for which she won the Academy Award for Best Actress, and Doctor Zhivago which was the eighth highest-grossing film of all time (after adjustment for inflation).
She also starred in classics like Fahrenheit 451 (1966), Far from the Madding Crowd (1967), Petulia (1968), McCabe & Mrs. Miller (1971), Don't Look Now (1973), Shampoo (1975), and Heaven Can Wait (1978).
Diana Rigg known best for her role in the 1960s Television series, The Avengers.
Actress Diana Rigg is still known best for her role in the 1960s Television series, The Avengers. The gorgeous beauty was often described in the press as the most desirable woman in the world.
Her love life was just as public as her award-winning career. Shamelessly dating a much older (married man), and boldly stating she had no desire "to be respectable". From these youthful pictures, you would never imagine that this is the same woman who plays the sharp-tongued Olenna Tyrell on Game of Thrones. Rigg, a British Actor, had a healthy acting career since 1959.
Katharine Hepburn, a class act even on the tennis court, 1950s.
Check out Hollywood’s leading lady for over six decades, Katharine Hepburn playing tennis back in the 1950's. She was named the greatest female star of Classic Hollywood Cinema. Hepburn was fiercely private and independent, she even wrestled a camera away from a photographer who snapped a picture of her without permission. She was also known to dress in more casual clothes and reject the conventional glamour of the era. In fact, she famously shunned many things, including the Hollywood publicity machine as a whole. She completely refused to conform to all of society's expectations of women. She was outspoken, assertive, athletic, and proudly wore trousers long before it was fashionable for women to do so. Cheers Katharine!
Singer-actress Julie London played 'Nurse Dixie McCall' on Emergency!
It’s singer-actress Julie London, playing Nurse Dixie McCall in the television series Emergency! This role brought London much success (1972–79). She appeared in the show with her real-life husband, Bobby Troup… and strangely enough, the show was produced by her ex-husband, Jack Webb!
Julie London’s career spanned more than 40 years and began back in 1944. SOme of her credits include roles as the female lead in numerous Westerns, co-starring with Rock Hudson in The Fat Man (1951), with Robert Taylor and John Cassavetes in Saddle the Wind (1958), and opposite Robert Mitchum in The Wonderful Country (1959).
Actress Nancy Allen in 1976.
Actress Nancy Anne Allen is best known for her roles in the films Carrie (1976), RoboCop (1987), and Dressed to Kill (1980), which earned her a Golden Globe nomination.
Allen began her acting and modeling career in the 70s when she was still a child, appearing in small film roles, most notably the anchor of Robert Zemeckis' ensemble comedy I Wanna Hold Your Hand (1978) and in Steven Spielberg's 1979 comedy 1941. Her role in Carrie (1976) brought her recognition, as did her marriage to director Brian De Palma. She went on to appear in several of his films, followed by classics like Strange Invaders(1983), The Philadelphia Experiment (1984), and Poltergeist III (1988).
Janis Joplin with her second band, The Kozmic Blues Band, 1960s.
Here's a shot of rocker Janis Joplin with her second band, The Kozmic Blues Band, back in the 1960s. Janis gave fused her rock with the Blues, giving it more depth. Janis was also widely regarded for her ‘electric’ stage presence and though she died at just 27-years old, she remains one of the top-selling musicians in the United States. In 1995, she was posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Despite having only released three albums before her untimely death, Janis Joplin is arguably one of the most prominent female rock stars of all time and certainly the biggest of her era. She was found dead of a heroin overdose in bed. Described as having "a devastatingly original voice"and a presence that was both "overpowering and deeply vulnerable", news of her death shook the music world.
Ernestine the telephone operator, played by Lily Tomlin in 'Rowan & Martin's Laugh In'.
It’s Ernestine the telephone operator, played by Lily Tomlin in 'Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In'.
“One ringy dingy. Is this the party to whom I am speaking?”
The actress, comedian, writer, singer, and producer began her career as a stand-up comedian in the 1960s. Her breakout role was performing as a cast member on the variety show Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In from 1969 until 1973.
She won her first Emmy Awards in 1974 for writing and producing her own television special, Lily. She won a Grammy Award for her 1972 comedy album This Is a Recording. She was given Kennedy Center Honors and received the Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award.
Her current work is starring in the Netflix series Grace and Frankie as Frankie Bergstein, a role which has garnered her three consecutive nominations for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series.
A groovy Christmas card from Mrs. Peel and Steed.
The British espionage television series The Avengers, was created in 196 and initially focused on Dr. David Keel (Ian Hendry), aided by John Steed (Patrick Macnee), then Steed took the lead, often paired with intelligent, stylish and assertive female assistants like Emma Peel (pictured here) played by Diana Rigg. The series ran from 1961 until 1969, by then it was shown in more than 90 countries. The Avengers spawned a sequel series The New Avengers (1976–1977), as well as films and reimaginings. In 2007, The Avengers was ranked #20 on TV Guide's Top Cult Shows Ever.
Polka dot pants and a white top suited Brigitte Bardot and the paparazzi were all over it, 1950s.
Brigitte Bardot, looking great and turning heads as always back in the 1950s. Here the fashion icon is rocking polka dot pants and a white top with a trail of paparazzi behind her.
Madam Bardot has been so many things in her lifetime: an actress, singer, dancer, a fashion icon, a sex symbol, and eventually an animal rights activist. The French beauty shocked the world when she walked away from her career at just 39-years old to pursue animal rights activism on a full-time basis. But she certainly left her mark on pop culture before stepping out of the spotlight.
Florence Henderson and the 'Brady kids' Christmas photo.
Check out this groovy Brady Bunch Christmas photo (minus Mr. Brady)! Florence Henderson played Carol Brady, a stay-at-home mom, that did freelance writing and sculpting while also finding the time to organize plays and PTA events. Thankfully she had Alice to help around the house!
Henderson’s career stayed strong after The Brady Bunch went off the air. She’s done extensive work on Broadway, in addition to film and television appearances. She did “Dancing with the Stars” in 2010 and she even had her own show for a while, The Florence Henderson Show. She worked on Who's Cooking With Florence Henderson and she did regular guest popups in the show “Samantha Who?” which earned her an Emmy nomination. She married twice, is the mother of four children, and died of heart failure in November of 2016.
Robin Williams joined the Pony Express cheerleading squad during an actual Broncos-Patriots game while in character as 'Mork' for an episode of 'Mork & Mindy' in 1979.
Sean Connery signing his autograph on a coconut for a little Jamaican girl in 1962.
Sir Sean Thomas Connery is one of the most decorated and celebrated actors of all time. The Scottish native has won Academy Awards, BAFTA Awards and Golden Globe awards. Sean Connery is most known for being the first ever actor to play the character James Bond on the big screen.
He starred in the first seven James Bond films, from the very first movie, Dr. No, to Diamonds Are Forever. Dr. No was filmed in Jamaica and England; it was adapted from a book of the same name by Ian Fleming.
The budget for the film was extremely low but was a major financial success, despite the reaction being mixed when the movie debuted. Sean Connery’s last appearance as James Bond wasn’t as smooth as the others. Reports say that Sean demanded over $1.5 million to resume the role- which was a lot of money at the time. He was even offered a deal by United Artists, where they promised to back two films (of his choice) if he agreed to be James Bond once more. He accepted.
Shirley and the Partridge Family boys.
Fashion model Lauren Hutton 1970s.
Mary Laurence "Lauren" Hutton is an American model and actress. She was initially dismissed by many in the business because of a gap in her teeth. That beauty of hers trumped her signature gap and she landed a modeling contract with Revlon back in 1973. Which, for the record, was the biggest contract in the history of the modeling industry at that point in time.
Hutton also transitioned into acting. She played central roles in films such as The Gambler (1974) and American Gigolo (1980), and later she appeared on television in the series Paper Dolls and Nip/Tuck.
Jane Fonda and Robert Redford in 'Barefoot In The Park' (1967).
Here we have a photograph of Jane Fonda and Robert Redford in 'Barefoot In The Park' (1967). In this 1967 American comedy, Jane Fonda stars as Corie and Robert Redford as Paul Bratter. It follows the adventures of these two newlyweds living in a small sixth-floor walk-up apartment in a Greenwich Village brownstone. Paul is a young attorney just starting his practice, while Corie is more focused on turning their tiny living space (with no heat), a hole in the skylight, and strange neighbors, into a romantic environment. Fonda was actually nominated for a BAFTA as Best Foreign Actress for her performance in this film.
Audrey Hepburn smiling in the snowy, winter wonderland in 1962.
Audrey Hepburn's smile could warm anyone's heart, even on the coldest of days. Of all the "Hollywood Starlets" and "American Sweethearts", no one had the sweetness of Hepburn. Look at her, you half expect a bird to land on her finger.
The doe-eyed British actress starred in Breakfast at Tiffany's and became a film and fashion icon seemingly overnight. Over the years, she began appearing in fewer films and devoting more time to the United Nations Children's Fund. She became a Goodwill Ambassador for the UNICEF and worked in some of the poorest communities of Africa, South America, and Asia. She was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in recognition of her efforts.
Tommy Lee Jones in The Eyes of Laura Mars. (1978)
Here’s actor Tommy Lee Jones in The Eyes of Laura Mars. (1978)– a mystery/thriller he starred in alongside Faye Dunaway. Since then, he has received four Academy Award nominations, winning Best Supporting Actor for his performance as U.S. Marshal Samuel Gerard in the 1993 thriller film The Fugitive.
Other notable starring roles include Agent K in the Men in Black film series, Sheriff Ed Tom Bell in No Country for Old Men, the villain Two-Face in Batman Forever, terrorist William Strannix in Under Siege, Texas Ranger Roland Sharp in Man of the House, rancher Pete Perkins in The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada, which he also directed, Colonel Chester Phillips in Captain America: The First Avenger, CIA Director Robert Dewey in Jason Bourne, and Warden Dwight McClusky in Natural Born Killers.
Christmastime in downtown Syracuse, New York, 1950s.
Here's a shot of downtown Syracuse, New York, at Christmastime in the 1950s. Christmas is always a glittery time of year, especially in cities that tend to sparkle all year round like New York. Especially New York City!
The city has pretty much taken New Year's Eve for itself as well. The holiday is now synonymous with Time Square. Each and every single new year, thousands gather and millions watch from all over the world are focused on the Waterford Crystal Times Square New Year's Eve Ball.
Whether it be for Christmas shopping, ice skating, the tree lighting ceremony or the ball drop in Times Square, New York certainly knows how to do the holidays.
Norelco shaver commercials this is how we knew Christmas was coming in the 1960's
Christmas commercials are just as ingrained into the holiday season as fruitcakes; they may not always be the greatest… but things just wouldn’t be the same without them. The Norelco’s shaving commercials began to take on Christmas in the 1960s and continued to update its approach over the years. While production quality may improve, the basic premise remains the same. You’re pretty much always going have Santa zooming around on top of an electric razor because who needs a sled or snowboard when you have a Norelco blade?
Joe Walsh and Keith Moon with 'up to no good' looks on their faces.
Two rock stars with "up-to-no-good" looks on their faces never goes well for clubs or hotel rooms. Here we have singer, guitarist, and songwriter Joe Walsh, who has had an impressive career spanning more than forty years and has been a member of five successful rock bands: James Gang, Barnstorm, Eagles, the Party Boys, and Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band.
Keith Moon played with the English rock band the Who from 1964 until his death in 1978. He is widely recognized as one of the greatest drummers of all time, in fact, he was voted the second best in the world by Rolling Stone's readers in a poll. He was posthumously inducted into the Modern Drummer Hall of Fame in 1982, becoming only the second rock drummer to be chosen.
Sharon Tate and husband, Roman Polanski, walking the streets of Cannes in May of 1968.
Here's a photo of the lovely actress Sharon Tate and husband, director Roman Polanski, walking the streets of Cannes back in May of 1968. They were still newlyweds here, the famous couple had just married in Chelsea, London, on January 20, 1968. It was just over a year later that tragedy struck in the most gruesome manner on August 9, 1969, Tate and four others were hanging out in the home that she shared with Polanski, were brutally murdered by members of the Manson Family. Even worse, at the time of her death, she was eight-and-a-half months pregnant with the couple's son.
Santa Claus giving Betty White a kiss-1969.
Award-winning actress Betty White has also been given the title of Longest TV Career for an Entertainer (Female) in the Guinness Book of World Records, for her more than 70 years (and counting) in show business. It seems as though Betty White has been famous forever, she’s just always been around. Films, sitcoms, talk shows... she's done a bit of everything. Betty White is also recognized as the first woman to ever produce a sitcom and she was given the honorary title Mayor of Hollywood in 1955.
White is one of the last remaining true pioneers of television and she shows no signs of slowing down in her 95 years of age. The Golden Girl is still acting, often making random appearances in popular sitcoms, commercials, and sketch comedy bits. She’s done everything, from all kinds of made-for-tv movies to big hits like “The Proposal”, “Bringing Down the House”, “The Lorax”, and “Spongebob Squarepants.”
The Police, 1978.
Cher, Elton John and Diana Ross in 1975. Cher looking very lean!
Check out all this groovy, sparkling, diva-ness! Cher, Diana Ross, and Elton John! Looking fabulous back in 1975. These three were (and remain) major influences on popular music and popular culture for a while. They've inspired so many other music icons! Diana Ross especially! Her breakthrough was with The Supremes throughout the 1960s. So not only was she a part of a highly revered Mowtown group (which she became the focus of), but she also went solo and is credited with inspiring Mariah Carey, Beyoncé, Taylor Swift, Michael Jackson, Christina Aguilera, Janet Jackson, Katy Perry, Fergie, Victoria Justice, and Jennifer Lopez.
A scene from 'The Dick Van Dyke Show' with Rob, Laura and baby from 1963.
Here's a still from a scene from 'The Dick Van Dyke Show' back in 1963, Rob and Laura with a babyin tow.
The Dick Van Dyke Show is a sitcom that initially aired from 1961 to 1966, with a total of 158 half-hour episodes spanning five seasons. The show centered on the lives of television comedy writer Rob Petrie (Van Dyke) and his wife Laura Petrie (Mary Tyler Moore). Moore won such a huge fan base in this series, that she got her own titled, The Mary Tyler Moore Show.
The series won 15 Emmy Awards. In 1997, and in 2002, it was ranked at 13 on TV Guide's 50 Greatest TV Shows of All Time.
Yul Brynner in The Magnificent Seven
The Magnificent Seven is a 1960 American Western starring Yul Brynner (pictured here), Eli Wallach, Horst Buchholz, James Coburn, Brad Dexter, Steve McQueen, Robert Vaughn, and Charles Bronson. The Old West-style remake of Akira Kurosawa's 1954 film Seven Samurai, features the title characters as a group of seven gunfighters hired to protect a small village in Mexico from a group of bandits. In 2013, the film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant".
Ozzy Osbourne and first wife, Thelma, at their wedding in 1971.
In 1971, rocker Ozzy Osbourne met and married his first wife Thelma (née Riley). They had two children Jessica and Louis, and Ozzy even adopted Thelma's son Elliot. Everything seemed great, but Ozzy would later go on to describe his first marriage as "a terrible mistake". Between his drug and alcohol abuse combined with touring causing frequent absences pretty much guaranteed the demise of his marriage. His children later said that he was not a good father. Ozzy even admitted that he could not even remember when Louis and Jessica were born. Ozzy married Sharon Arden on 4 July 1982 and went on to have three children with her.
Natalie Wood and Robert Wagner 1960's
Here's an old photo of Natalie Wood and Robert Wagner, back in the 1960's. Theis was a tumultuous romance, to say the least. They married, divorced, and then found their way back to each other and got remarried before her untimely death.
Wood, Wagner, and actor Christopher Walken were all spending Thanksgiving weekend on the couple's 60-foot yacht, Splendour. The Splendour's captain, Dennis Davern was also with them.
Davern claimed to have overheard Wood and Wagner arguing before she went missing the night of Nov. 28, 1981, but he and Walken say they spent the rest of the night debating politics and the like after Wood went to sleep. None of the men saw her alive again. Somehow she fell off the boat in the night and no one knew. Her death was ruled an accidental drowning.
Elizabeth Montgomery looking sexy in shorts 1960s.
Check out Elizabeth Montgomery looking sexy in shorts with a sassy smirk on her face back in the 1960s. Everyone got used to Montgomery as the sweet, charming, Samatha Stevens on Bewitched. Which is exactly why she made it a point to go for more dramatic and provocative roles after the show's cancelation.
One of her famous dramatic roles was starring in The Legend of Lizzie Borden, as the ax murdering heiress herself. The historical mystery movie was made for television and depicts the story of a woman accused of murdering her parents in Fall River Massachusetts back in 1892. The stylized retelling of these brutal unsolved murders premiered on ABC on February 10, 1975, and was nominated for a Golden Globe award for Best Motion Picture Made for Television in 1976.
Santa Claus is Comin' to Town (1970)
Remember the 1970 stop-motion Christmas television special, “Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town”: It stars Fred Astaire as the narrator S.D. Kluger, Mickey Rooney as Kris Kringle / Santa Claus, Keenan Wynn as the Winter Warlock, and Paul Frees in various roles. Talk about a kid’s Christmastime classic! The film (based on the song of the same name) tells of how Santa Claus and several Santa Claus-related Christmas traditions came to be. It was created using Japanese stop-motion animation called "Animagic", so all the characters are made out of actual wood and plastic (not drawn) and they are animated by stop-motion photography. The special originally aired on television December 14, 1970, by ABC and continues to air every year.