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These Pics Of Celebs From Back In The Day Are Like Going Into A Groovy Time Machine

By lgentile - July 08, 2019
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When we think about celebrities that we love we think about them as just that: celebrities. They live in our minds as we see them in movies, on TV shows and walking on the red carpet. They are that guy who wrote that song we love or that character from our favorite TV show. We don’t really think about who they are outside of that. We also don’t think abut what their life was like before they made it big and became a household name. 

But luckily for us, there are people out there whose job is to document celebrities’ lives both on and off screen. These behind-the-scene photographers have been capturing the lives of our favorite celebrities from back in the day to our favorite celebs now in every step of their career. These vintage pictures of celebrities from back in the day will make you feel like you are traveling through a groovy time machine.

Yvonne Craig

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Yvonne Craig moved to Los Angeles, California in 1957 with one dream and one dream only.

She wanted to be a dancer. Ten years later, she found herself starring in Batman as Batgirl opposite Adam West.

She found that her love of dancing helped her tremendously throughout her career. She treated every fight scene she had to do like she was performing a dance number. “Stop and think about this logically,” she said. “It’s all choreography.”

Sophia Loren

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Sophia Loren was a fashion icon for decades and became one of the most famous actors of all time.

While yes, she was a known as the Italian Marilyn Monroe, her life was not always so easy.

When she was exiled from her native country, Italy, her husband would sometimes drive her to a nearby mountain in Switzerland so she could get a glimpse of her former home.

John Schneider, Catherine Bach, And Tom Wopat

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The Dukes of Hazzard’s success was instant and the show defined what cool was in the early ’80s.

John Schneider, Catherine Bach, and Tom Wopat became overnight celebrities when The Dukes of Hazzard debuted in 1979.

And while they were an overnight success and people went wild over them, nothing from the show was more famous than their 1969 Dodge Charger, which received 35,000 fan letters a month!

Eddie Murphy

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You may know him from his time on SNL. Maybe you were introduced to him when he starred in Trading Places. Perhaps you only first heard of him when you saw the movie Shrek.

But besides all that, he also released a few R&B albums that featured famous musicians like Stevie Wonder, Elton John and Bon Jovi!

You may only know his famous hit, “Party All The Time” produced by Rick James but there were many more.

KISS The Band

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You may know KISS as all makeup and spikes and platforms and body armor, but they decided to go conservative for a photoshoot for their album Dressed to Kill.

Well, they refused to ditch the makeup. They ran into a little problem, however, when they realized that only one of them owned a suit. That isn’t surprising, is it? 

The rest had to raid the closet of their manager Bill Aucoin and thus this picture was born.

Hill’s Angels

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The Benny Hill show ran for 36 controversial years and most of the controversy focused on Benny’s backup dancers.

One of The Hill’s Angels, however, traded in her its bits teeny weeny bikini and managed to become much more than just a backup dancer.

Jane Leeves went on to star in the NBC shit show Frasier for 11 seasons. She played Daphne Moon and was nominated for multiple Emmy and Golden Globe awards. 

Freddie Mercury And Elton John

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In 1985, 1.9 billion people tuned in to watch the Live Aid benefit concert which starred performers like David Bowie, U2 and The Who to name a few.

No other event in history has come close to bringing so many superstars together to share the stage.

This picture of Freddie Mercury and Elton John chatting backstage is beyond epic. What we would do to be a fly on the wall during that conversation.

Christoper Walken

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Christopher Walken is a living legend. He has starred in more than 100 movies and TV shows and has proved himself a star time and time again.

He won his only Academy Award for his roles as a Vietnam War vet suffering from PTSD in The Deer Hunter.

For his last scene, an intense game of Russian roulette, the director put the actors to the test when he had them put down their scripts and had them improvise all the dialogue.

'Conan The Destroyer' Cast

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See that little pipsqueak standing in the middle of those two giants? Do you know who that is? That is none other than Arnold Schwarzenegger.

We all know that Arnold is not a small man. In fact, he is 6’2 and has muscles on muscles, still to this day. 

But the Terminator looks super tiny standing next to his Conan the Destroyer co-stars Wilt Chamberlain and Andre the Giant.

Phil Collins

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What do you think of when you hear the name Phil Collins? Do you think of a house full of Grammy Awards? Perhaps you think of Disney’s Tarzan?

Well, before Phil was a famous musician, he was a child actor and starred in shows like Oliver! and was also in music videos.

In fact, he was in the video for the Beatles song, “A Hard Day’s Night.” Go ahead and see if you can spot him. 

Tom Petty

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Before you knew Tom Petty as Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Tom Petty and friends were in another band called Mudcrutch. It doesn’t quite have the same ring to it, now does it?

They only had one single and when that didn’t make the charts the band feel apart a year later.

Then they later came back together as Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers in 1976 and the rest is history!

Diana Rigg

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You may know her these days as Lady Olenna from HBO’s Game of Thrones, but believe it or not, she had a career before GOT took over your television. 

Way back in 1967, Diana Rigg was starring in a much different role when she played the spy Emma Peel on The Avengers.

This role proved she was an action star from day one. She was also a Bond girl in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service in 1969 when she played Tracy Bond, James Bond’s only wife.

Katharine Ross And Sam Elliott

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Would you take a look at that mustache! Katharine Ross And Sam Elliott met on the set of the movie Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid in 1969.

The two hit it off as soon as they met, but their love story didn’t begin until much later down the line.

Katharine was married twice before she tied the knot with Sam in 1984. Their love remains just as strong today. We can say the same thing about that mustache.

Jimi Hendrix

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Check out this far out picture of Jimi Hendrix when he was super young.

Hendrix was considered to be a god when it came to writing and playing music but did you know that he didn’t even know how to read music?

He never read sheet music and only played by ear. He saw the notes and emotions as different colors. “Jealousy is purple,” he explained, “I’m purple with rage or purple with anger — and green is envy, and all this.”

Ann-Margret

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Well, hello Ann-Margret! Ann-Margret, star of the musical movie Bye Bye Birdie was never shy about her love for riding motorcycles.

In fact, she tried to ride them on screen whenever she could and she still rides them.

She may be in her late 70s, but according to Ann-Margret, she still loves “caning it” on her Harley-Davidson from time to time. What an absolute badass. Can we please be her?

Jayne Mansfield

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Jayne Mansfield’s career took off in the ’50s and she was one of the leading sex symbols of the 1950s and 1960s. 

When she died in a car accident in 1967, she left her Mr Universe ex-husband alone to raise their young daughter Mariska Hargitay.

Mariska followed in her parents footsteps and she became a star when she signed onto the cast of Law and Order: Special Victims Unit and never looked back.

Suzi Quatro

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Suzi Quatro was huge in Australia and the United Kingdom, but she was never able take off in America like she did abroad..though she was on the iconic Happy Days.

She had multiple chart toppers and she was the first female bass player to find success as a solo rock star.

Before she was the rockstar that she became, she learned how to play music in her dad’s jazz band and the took her skill and ran with it.

These Original MTV VJs

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Before there was Youtube and Instagram. Before Twitter, Snapchat and Facebook and before the internet even existed at all, MTV played nothing but music videos all day long.

Can you even imagine that? MTV had original VJs who defined the way people listened to music for 30 years.

These VJs were J.J. Jackson, Nina Blackwood, Mark Goodman, Martha Quinn and Alan Hunter and they changed the popular music game and were the face of MTV for years. 

Steve McQueen

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Bad boy Steve McQueen spent most of his downtime during filming for The Great Escape racing motorcycles and getting locked up.

But did you know that Steve didn’t actually perform his most famous on-screen stunt, a dangerous motorcycle jump.

That’s right! That wasn’t Steve at all. That was actually stuntman Bud Ekins. Give credit where credit is due! He performed every other stunt in the movie, but not that final jump. 

Kelly LeBrock

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We have all heard that famous line, “Don’t hate me because I’m beautiful.” Many of us have even said it out loud. We were joking, of course.

But that famous was line belonged to model Kelly LeBrock and became her catchphrase.

She started off as a model and Kelly LeBrock became an international sensation in the ’80s after starring in box office hits Weird Science and The Woman in Red.