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The Sexiest TV Women of the 70's

Updated on August 22, 2011

I actually watched TV the other day. I hardly ever watch it anymore because I seem to spend all my free time writing. There were lots of shows I didn't recognize and lots of characters I didn't know. What struck me was that all the characters seemed the same. Back in the day.. the TV characters seemed to have more variety and could be picked out of a crowd. I couldn't begin to pick out today's TV characters. It seems that all of the shows have the same type of characters, all detectives or female mortician who seem to have no problem preforming autopsies in high heels. I began thinking about past TV shows and how much simplier the characters were and how you were able to pick TV women of the Seventies out of a crowd. Sure their TV character lacked some definition but they were memorable. Here are my Top picks..

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Tina Louise NowTina Louise as Ginger
Tina Louise Now
Tina Louise Now
Tina Louise as Ginger
Tina Louise as Ginger

Tina Louise

Ginger from Gilligan's Island was the one of best dressed women on TV. She seemed to never run out of fancy dressed and walking around in high heels on the sand didn't seem to bother that movie star. As a kid I would always try to mimic her voice as it always seemed she may lose her breath at any moment. Although this show was originally made in the 60's I remember watching in the 70's. Gilligan's Island was only aired for 98 shows.

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Suzanne Sommers then as ChrissySuzanne Sommers now
Suzanne Sommers then as Chrissy
Suzanne Sommers then as Chrissy
Suzanne Sommers now
Suzanne Sommers now

Suzanne Summers

Suzanne Summers is best known as Chrissy on Three's Company. She immediately caught the TV audiences attention with her blond hair long legs and goofy laugh. Suzanne went on from Three's company to sell the ever popular Thigh -Master. She progressed with the times though by creating a series of self help, books, diet books and autobiographies. Three's Company aired from 1977 to 1984.

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Lynda Carter NowLynda Carter Then
Lynda Carter Now
Lynda Carter Now
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Lynda Carter Then

Lynda Carter

Wonder Woman was the first time a female superhero made Primetime. Lynda Carter was a natural pick for the part due to her build and long brunette hair. Wonder Woman aired from 1975 to 1979. Before she was Wonder Woman she was Miss World USA in 1972. Ms Carter has been doing cameos in several movies, her most recent the remake of Dukes of Hazzard.

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Lyndsay Wagner NowLyndsay Wagoner Then
Lyndsay Wagner Now
Lyndsay Wagner Now
Lyndsay Wagoner Then
Lyndsay Wagoner Then

Lyndsay Wagner

 It was always a debate in my house of who was the best superhero, Wonder Woman or the Bionic woman?  Ms Wagner plyaed the part of Jamie Sommers the Bionic Woman.  Ms Wagoner actually won an Emmy for her portrayal of her in 1977.  She  has spent time doing appearances  in TV shows such as the Rockford Files and the Paperchase.  She has also been writing books about acupuncture.  The Bionic Woman aired form 1976 to 1978.

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Catherine Bach NowCatherine Bach then
Catherine Bach Now
Catherine Bach Now
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Catherine Bach

Daisy Duke the attractive cousin of Bo and Luke Duke definitely attracted the male audience. Always appearing in her short-shorts and a tip barely covering her midsection Daisy was always ready to jump into the General Lee with her cousins for some down home fun. Daisy's short cut jeans inspired the term "Daisy Dukes" Dukes of Hazzard ran from 1979 to 1984.

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Loni Anderson NowLoni Anderson then
Loni Anderson Now
Loni Anderson Now
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Loni Anderson

 Best known as Jennifer Marlow, the busty receptionist from WKRP in Cincinnati.  Loni has done some appearances on TV shows, the most recent being Sabrina the Teenage Witch.  WKRP was aired from 1978 to 1982.  Her last movie was in 1998, A night at the Roxbury.  her last Television appearance was in 2006 in So Notorious.  She published the autobiography, My Life in High Heels.

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Farrah ThenFarrah Always
Farrah Then
Farrah Then
Farrah Always
Farrah Always

Farrah Fawcett

 Best Known as Private Investigator Jill Monroe in Charlies Angels, she starred in in for one season before reaching international stardom.  Her first television appearance was in the TV hit, I Dream of Jenaie  She started a fashion Trend with her "Farrah Hair " and was a poster icon in nearly every teenage boy's bedroom.  Farrah had also produced her own hair care products. She starred in several movies and off Broadway productions.  Farrah had also received quite a number of awards in recognition of her acting talent.  She won an Emmy for her Character in the Burning Bed, a Cable Ace Award for the Barbara Hutton Story, and an Emmy nomination for her her movie Sacrifices.  She was also nominated by the Peabody awards for the same film.  Farrah recently made headlines when she lost her battle to cancer.

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Cheryl Tiegs thenCheryl Tiegs Now
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Cheryl Tiegs then
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Cheryl Tiegs Now

Cheryl Tiegs

Cheryl Tiegs was known for her bikini body and was also a Poster Icon in nearly every teenage boys bedroom. She was Sports Illustrated Model that made the cover of the swimsuit magazine in the years 1970, 1975, and 1983. Recently she has been appearing in TV shows such as Living With Ed on HGTV. She is also promoting Revlon products and is a judge on the realty show True Beauty.

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Cheryl Ladd NowCheryl Ladd then
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Cheryl Ladd

Cheryl Ladd is the only Icon that I have found to have her own website! It is posted below. She started off her Career as the voice of Melody on the cartoon Josie and the Pussycats.     (I had forgotten about that show!) Cheryl replaced Farrah Fawcett on the TV show Charlie's Angels. and skyrocketed to fame. Since her Charlie's Angel days she has been involved with acting in Broadway and made some TV guest appearances. Her latest character was on the show Las Vegas.  She had also written books including a children's book and an autobiography.  Check out her website for more interesting information on Cheryl Ladd.

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      Debby 

      2 years ago

      Nice list. Enjoying everyone's posts. I agree with the comments; They simply looked like real women.

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      Leslie 

      7 years ago

      Fun stuff! Here's a few you may want to add:

      Marilu Henner TAXI

      Loni Anderson WKRP

      Goldie Hawn Laugh-in

      Valerie Bertinelli One Day at a Time

      :)

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      Gary Bowden 

      9 years ago

      Great list..Would like to see Dawn Wells alongside Tina Louise,since she made the Gilligan's Island worth watching as well.Plus,how can you leave out Kay Lenz??

    • Ms Chievous profile imageAUTHOR

      Tina 

      9 years ago from Wv

      Thanks for stopping by Dale, Wesley Cox and Marlin! I wondered if ther were any 70's gals I forgot. I was thinking maybe Barbara Edne.. but she is more 60's chick Well no John you have not aged in the 16 months I have known ya! ;)

      Rsmallory.. yep workin on one now!

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      marlin 

      9 years ago

      They don't make them like they used to. The ladies were beautiful and sexy, the men were bold and courageous and the shows were simply fun. Bye and rest in peace our dear Farrah.

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      Rebecca Sue Mallory 

      9 years ago from Central Texas

      Cool hub. Is there one for men of the 70's in the works? Lee Majors was my dream back then! LOL. Thanks.

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      John Chancellor 

      9 years ago from Tennessee

      Brings back memories ... but I would rather remember them as they are fixed in my mind ... not as they are now. Some have changed too much ... but of course I have not aged ... LOL.

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      Dale Mazurek 

      9 years ago from Canada

      Wow, this is like a blast from the past. Very well done with some great choices.

      Dale

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      wesleycox 

      9 years ago from Back in Texas, at least until August 2012

      An excellent list of beautiful women. Some great T.V. shows listed here too. I am more a fan of mary ann than ginger though.

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