In a world full of monotony, war, stress, devastation and just a teensy bit of happiness (if you really look hard enough), many of us find ourselves looking back at some of the previous decades – to see whether the world has always felt like a pile of muck. As we look back, we reflect on some of the most iconic decades that have graced our world. You had the Roaring ‘20s that was defined as the Jazz Age, with a distinct focus on culture, art, music and luxury. A little after that we had the ‘50s, where the world still reeled after the devastating Second World War, but pulled itself back up again and proved it was stronger than its enemies. We’ve also had the ‘70s, when disco fever took over the nation, and the ‘90s, which was full of hip-hop, R&B and technological advancement. But if you want our opinion (oh who are we kidding, of course you do) the best era of all time was the 1960s.
Yep, the 1960s was just a whole load of fun, and a world full of counterculture (following the norm? Pshhht, no thanks). Throughout this era, kids, adults and scholars would question social norms that affected their thoughts, their fashion, their music tastes and their sexualities, and denounce the man with hippie signs and flower power. The 60s was a time where flamboyance, excess and individual freedom scooped up the people of America and the rest of the world, and showed them that being different is okay. This had a hugely influential impact on popular culture – and paved the way for some of the most iconic women in music, movies, and modeling.
Although the world has now moved on from the Swinging Sixties, we still remember these epic women with a warm heart – but we can’t help but wonder what they’re up to now?
Sophia Loren – Then
Italian-born Sophia Loren began her acting career in the 1950s at the age of fifteen. She became an international icon in the ’60s for her role in the film Two Women, where she won an Academy Award. She was also famous for being, quite frankly… incredibly gorgeous.
Sophia Loren – Now
Between 1964 and 1977, Sophia received four Golden Globes as well as a multitude of other awards. After becoming a mother, Loren predominantly starred in Italian films, as well as writing a biography about her life as an international movie star.
Vera Miles – Then
Vara rose to fame in the ’60s for her role in Alfred Hitchcock’s hit film Psycho as Lila Crane. She became a firm favorite of the director, Alfred Hitchcock, and starred in many of his films, as well as appearing on our screens in other movies and TV programs.
Vera Miles – Now
In 1983, Miles starred in the sequel to the critically acclaimed film Psycho, reprising her role as Lila Crane in Psycho II . Miles continued to work as an actress until her retirement from acting in 1995. Miles lives in California and rarely makes personal appearances or appears in interviews. We miss you, Vera.
Diana Ross – Then
Diana Ross rose to fame in the ’60s as the lead singer of the Motown group, The Supremes. Between 1964 and 1967, The Supremes scored ten number-one hit singles. In 1968, Ross started appearing on televisions shows without her other band members, and the world fell in love with her soulful voice and iconic hair.
Diana Ross – Now
After splitting up from The Supremes, Ross went on to have a successful singing career, often being hailed as the queen of Motown. She also ventured into acting and has been nominated for Academy Awards and Golden Globes. She still tours as a solo artist, as well as starring as herself on many TV show guest appearances.
Julie Christie – Then
Julie Christie is known for her involvement in the Swinging Era of 1960s London. Her first film role came in 1963, but she came to the forefront of international attention in 1965, when she was cast in the film Darling. She also appeared in films such as Far From the Madding Crowd and Fahrenheit 451 in the ’60s, and the year of 1965 was even dubbed as the ‘Year of Julie Christie’ by Life Magazine.
Julie Christie – Now
Christie has spent the majority of her acting career traveling from Los Angeles and the UK, where she once lived on a farm in Wales. She has appeared in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, as well as Red Riding Hood, and Finding Neverland. Christie also prides herself on being an activist for human, animal and environmental rights.
Shirley MacLaine – Then
During the ’60s, actress Shirley MacLaine appeared in many films such as The Apartment, The Children’s Hour, as well as Irma la Douce. She received many Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations for her roles in these films.
Shirley MacLaine – Now
Shirley MacLaine is still busy taking the acting world by storm. She has appeared in many films and TV shows and has most notably just starred in the role of Ursula in the live-action production of The Little Mermaid. Shirley is known as a very spiritual woman and has written books on her beliefs and metaphysics.
Joan Collins – Then
London-born Joan Collins started her acting career at the age of 16 and became a well-loved actress in the ’60s for her performances in the films The Road to Hong Kong, Seven Thieves, and Esther and the King.
Joan Collins – Now
Collins took a short break from acting after her fame in the ’60s to focus on her marriage and family. She returned and focused most of her attention on her guest appearances on TV shows such as Star Trek, Batman, Dynasty, and Mission: Impossible… taking the world by storm while she was at it.
Katharine Ross – Then
Hollywood-born Katharine Ross won an Academy Award nomination in 1967 for her role in The Graduate, as well as winning a BAFTA Award for her character Etta Place in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.
Katharine Ross – Now
After the ’60s, Ross portrayed an award-winning performance in The Stepford Wives and then decided to focus her attention on the stage. Although she still appeared in many TV shows, she mainly saved her talent for theater productions.
Julie Andrews – Then
Julie Andrews’ name is legendary in the acting and musical world. She began her career in 1945 on the stage in the UK and US. Her most prominent roles came in 1965 where she starred in The Sound of Music, and in 1963 when she was cast as the lead in Disney’s Mary Poppins, for which she won an Academy Award and Golden Globe, as well as a Grammy Award for best children’s album. Just a spoonful of Julie Andrews helps the medicine go down…
Julie Andrews – Now
Julie Andrews is still one of the most sought-after actresses in both stage and screen. She has appeared in The Princess Diaries, as well as beginning a career in directing and producing. She has also toured as a singer and has written memoirs on her life.
Vanessa Redgrave – Then
Vanessa Redgrave is another legend who started off their career on the West End and Broadway. In 1961, she appeared in the Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of As You Like It, where she played Rosalind. As well as this, she starred in many films such as Blowup, and Isadora.
Vanessa Redgrave – Now
Vanessa Redgrave went on to take the world by storm in the ’70s for her role in the hit film, Julia. She has since carried on her career on stage and screen and has won many awards, including her acceptance into the Hollywood Theater Hall of Fame, as well as the BAFTA fellowship.
Maggie Smith – Then
Maggie Smith is another English lady who began her career in the theater. She appeared in the Royal Shakespeare Company, and also on the screen. During the ’60s, she starred in films such as The Pumpkin Eater, Hot Millions, Go To Blazes and Oh! What A Lovely War.
Maggie Smith – Now
Appearing in over 50 films and countless stage shows, Maggie Smith has been awarded the title of Dame, and received The Companion of Honour from Queen Elizabeth II in 2014 for her services to Drama. She is now most known for her role of Professor McGonagall in the Harry Potter saga.
Kim Novak – Then
Kim Novak became famous in the ’50s for her role in the film, Vertigo, and her career continued into the ’60s. She starred in Strangers When We Meet, Boys Night Out, and The Great Robbery, although she began to feel tired of the lifestyle of the rich and famous.
Kim Novak – Now
Kim Novak retired from acting altogether in 1992, feeling drained of her acting career. She has made few TV guest appearances and mostly likes to focus on her personal life. In 2010, she was diagnosed with breast cancer, and so now focuses more on photography, poetry, and painting.
Shirley Jones – Then
Singer and actress, Shirley Jones’ breakthrough came in the ’50s with her role in the film musical Oklahoma! She became a hit in the ’60s when she starred in films such as The Music Man, and she won an Academy Award for Best Actress for her role in Elmer Gantry.
Shirley Jones – Now
In the ’70s, Jones played one of the lead roles in The Patridge Family, and has since starred in the TV sitcom, Days of our Lives. She has also appeared in Oklahoma! anniversary shows as well as releasing her own album.
Jacqueline Bisset – Then
Jacqueline Bisset’s film career began in 1965, and rose to international fame in 1968 for her roles in films such as The Sweet Ride, and The Detective which she played alongside Frank Sinatra. She also worked as a Bond Girl in Casino Royale.
Jacqueline Bisset – Now
In the ’70s, Bisset became Bombshell Bisset after her appearance in The Deep where she swam in just a T-Shirt. Bisset has never been married or had children, but she is the godmother to the actress, Angelina Jolie.
Barbara Feldon – Then
Actress and model, Barbara Feldon, is most famous for her role in the ’60s sitcom, Get Smart. She also appeared in The Man From U.N.C.L.E, Twelve O’Clock High and Flipper in the ’60s.
Barbara Feldon – Now
Since the ’60s, Barbara Feldon has had a steady acting career, including reprising her role on the television-film, Get Smart Again She has also turned her hand to voice over acting and narration work.
Jane Fonda – Then
Jane Fonda started off her acting career in the ’50s, on the stage. She began acting for the screen in the ’60s and instantly became a big hit, and averaged around two movies a year throughout the whole of the 1960s. She won a Golden Globe in 1962 for her role in Walk On The Wildside.
Jane Fonda – Now
Jane Fonda has now become a household name in the acting world. She has starred in This is Where I Leave You, and Peace, Love, and Misunderstanding. She is currently appearing as a lead role in the Netflix TV series, Grace and Frankie.
Catherine Deneuve – Then
French actress, Catherine Deneuve has worked alongside many high-profile directors such as Roman Polanski and Francois Truffaut. In the ’60s, she starred in Polanski’s horror film, Repulsion, as well as other films like, A Matter of Resistance and Hustle. She also appeared nude in Playboy twice in the ’60s.
Catherine Deneuve – Now
Since the ’60s, Deneuve has appeared in both French and English-speaking films. She has recently starred in On My Way, and Catherine also prides herself on being a businesswoman. She has her own perfume line, as well as her own line of jewelry, shoes, glasses and greetings cards.
Claire Bloom – Then
Claire Bloom was discovered in the ’50s by Charlie Chaplin and starred alongside him in Limelight. However, Bloom came into her own in the ’60s and starred in many well-known movies, including, Alexander the Great, Look Back in Anger, The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm, and The Buccaneer.
Claire Bloom – Now
Recently, Bloom has taken on smaller television roles within British TV, including her role on The Bill and Doctor Who. She has written two memoirs about her career and her life, and was awarded the Commander of the British Empire (CBE) title in 2013 for her services to drama.
Angela Lansbury – Then
London-born Angela Lansbury rose to fame in the ’60s for her roles on both the stage and screen. She appeared in All Fall Down, The Manchurian Candidate, and Blue Hawaii alongside Elvis Presley.
Angela Lansbury – Now
Angela Lansbury’s career spans seven decades, and she has made a huge success of herself in the United States. In the ’70s, she was cast as one of the leading roles in Disney’s Bedknobs and Broomsticks, and played the role of Jessica Fletcher in Murder, She Wrote for twelve years.
Betty White – Then
Known as the Queen of Television, Betty White provided us with her presence on the TV shows, Password, I’ve Got A Secret, and Pyramid in the ’60s. She had a keen interest in TV game shows, and her audience loved it.
Betty White – Now
Betty White has had an acting career that has lasted nearly 75 years, and she has truly made a name for herself in both acting and producing. Between 2012 and 2014, Betty hosted the TV show, Betty White’s Off Their Rockers, where the elderly prank youngsters. Who else wants Betty White as their grandmother?
Barbara Eden – Then
Barbara Eden took the ’60s by storm with her role in I Dream of Jeannie. Eden was approached to play Jeannie by the producer, after they struggled to find the correct fit for the role. She played this role for five years, over 139 episodes.
Barbara Eden – Now
Nowadays, Barbara Eden is well-regarded as a comedy actress, although she does not act as much as she used to. She has written her memoir, Jeanie Out Of The Bottle, about her years on the show, her acting career and personal life.
Diana Rigg – Then
It’s Emma Peel! Although she started off her career in theater, Rigg is perhaps best known for her role as Emma Peel in the 1960s television series, The Avengers. In 1969, Diana Rigg played Bond Girl, Tracy Bond, in Her Majesty’s Secret Service.
Diana Rigg – Now
Nowadays, Rigg can be seen playing Lady Olenna Tyrell in the hit HBO series, Game of Thrones. She is also a keen feminist and has actively fought for women’s rights, as well as providing a lot of her time for charity work.
Elke Sommer – Then
German actress, Elke Sommer, is noted as being a sex symbol of the ’60s as well as one of the most popular pin-up girls ever. She appeared in Playboy Magazine, as well as starring in many films of the ’60s, including A Shot in the Dark and The Art of Love, alongside Dick Van Dyke.
Elke Sommer – Now
After the 1990s, Sommer seemed to leave her modeling and acting life behind her, and now focuses mainly on her art and her painting, which she does in her L.A home.
Brigitte Bardot – Then
French beauty, Brigitte Bardot, took the world by storm in the ’60s, as an actress, model and singer. She starred in many films in France and the United States, and is known as one of the major sex symbols of the ’60s – being known, in short, as B.B.
Brigitte Bardot – Now
In 1973, Bardot announced her retirement from her acting, modeling, and singing career. She now uses her fame to promote animal welfare. She is a keen animal rights activist and has donated huge amounts of money to the cause.
Honor Blackman – Then
Honor Blackman is known for her roles in Jason and the Argonauts, Shalako and The Avengers. In the ’60s, Blackman played Pussy Galore in Goldfinger, at the age of 38. To this day, she is the oldest woman to play a Bond Girl.
Honor Blackman – Now
In 2001, Blackman starred in the hit movie, Bridget Jones’ Diary has appeared in Doctor Who. Blackman is a big figure in politics, and turned down a CBE in 2001 because she felt it hypocritical due to her conflicting views of politics. She has been married twice, but it is reported that she prefers to be single.
Lauren Hutton – Then
Model, Lauren Hutton, took the modeling world by storm in the ’60s. She is most known for the gap in between her front two teeth. She was originally asked to cover the gap up for photo shoots, as photographers didn’t find it attractive. Her refusal to do so appealed to the women of the ’60s and she became a fashion icon with 26 Vogue front covers under her belt.
Lauren Hutton – Now
Lauren Hutton is still on of the most notable fashion models today. She has also created a reputation for herself as a competent actress, appearing in many films and TV shows. Hutton has never been married, but was in a relationship with her manager for a number of years.