Iconic Vintage Photographs That Bring on the Nostalgia

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By: Lisa Lee | Published: Dec 05, 2022

Are you ready to take a stroll down memory lane? We’re diving into the decades with a collection of vintage images of the most iconic celebs of the last few decades. If you’re a pop culture trivia expert, vintage photo specialist, music connoisseur, or the movie-obsessed friend in your group, we’re certain you’ll love reservoir of some of the best photos taken throughout the 60s, 70s, and 80s. 

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From classic actresses, actors, and rock stars, to athletes from the ages, your favorite stars are all here.

Jamie Lee Curtis

You might remember Jamie Lee Curtis from her big first movie, Halloween, in 1978. John Carpenter’s iconic movie quickly established 19 year old Curtis as a proper “scream queen” through her role as Laurie Strode. She went on to play the lead in multiple Halloween movies throughout the movie franchise’s 13-film history.

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Halloween, however, was just the beginning for Curtis. She went on to star in films like A Fish Called Wanda, Trading Places, True Lies, Freaky Friday, and Perfect– becoming a pop culture icon for multiple generations of movie lovers.

Arnold Schwarzenegger

It’s safe to say that Arnold Schwarzenegger has created a well-rounded list of accomplishments for himself. Prior to his defining acting and political career, Arnold Schwarzenegger was a well-renowned bodybuilder– and considered one of the greatest of all time.

 

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Schwarzenegger stated in an interview that he was interested in sports and played soccer from the time he was young. When he was 15, he began his journey in weight training. By the time he was 20 years old, he won his first title as Mr. Universe. Since then, he went on to win the Mr. Olympia title …..a staggering seven times.

Muhammad Ali

Next up is Cassius Marcellus Clay, Jr., more commonly known as Muhammad Ali. A notoriously heavy-hitting boxer, he is arguably one of the most influential and recognizable athletes of all time. He held countless belts and titles. He achieved great success in the boxing ring, defending his title as the world heavyweight champion of boxing a whopping 19 times.

 

 

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As a black man who grew up in the American South, he soon succeeded in his endeavors as a vocal advocate and activist during the civil rights movement. Due to his notoriety, success, talent, and dedication to the civil rights movement, he is considered one of the most significant figures in sports from the 20th century.

Catherine Bach as Daisy Duke

Catherine Bach broke into her acting career at a young age, landing a role as one of the children in The Sound of Music. Bach made her true claim to fame, however, when she took America by storm in her role as Daisy Duke. As the cousin of Bo and Luke in The Dukes of Hazzard TV series, Daisy Duke was a heartthrob of the country. 

 

 

 

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Her signature look was her ultra-short jean shorts, which became an iconic fashion style that is now simply referred to as “daisy dukes”.

Elvis Presley

Elvis Presley definitely needs no introduction! An American singer and actor, Elvis Presley captured the hearts of many during his life. He is also known as the “King of Rock and Roll” for popularizing genres such as blues and bluegrass for his youthful fan base in the 1950s. 

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Elvis was a household name and created a bit of controversy with his dance moves, which were considered to be risque for his time. All we have to say is…..Thank you, thank you very much. This shot of a young Elvis Presley was taken in front of his Memphis home, which was taken before he purchased his famous Graceland residence many years later.

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Ann Margret

Ann-Margret is a Swedish-American dancer, actress, and singer. During her lifetime, she won five Golden Globe Awards and has been nominated for two Academy Awards, two Grammy Awards, a Screen Actors Guild Award, and six Emmy Awards. In her young life, she was known to have quite an infatuation with motorcycles. If you remember her from the silver screen, you undoubtedly have seen her zipping around on one.

 

 

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In fact, she was a model for Triumph Motorcycles’ ads in the 60s. In August of 2000, she was thrown from a motorcycle in Minnesota and suffered a fractured shoulder and three broken ribs. But that didn’t stop her. Born in 1941, Ann-Margret appeared in countless films and TV shows, even winning an Emmy in 2010 for a guest appearance on Law & Order, Special Victims Unit. 

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Lynda Carter

Lynda Carter is an American actress, singer, and pageant title holder, crowned Miss World USA in 1972, and finished in the top 15 in the Miss World 1972 pageant. She is best known, however, for her role as Diana Prince, AKA Wonder Woman, in the late ‘70s live action television series. 

 

 

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As the original Wonder Woman, people can’t help but reminisce on her original performance while watching reboots today.

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Elton John

As many already know, Elton John is one of the most famous musical geniuses, with his music transcending generations of fans. A British pianist, singer, and prolific composer, Elton John is pictured below in front of a sold-out Dodger Stadium. This picture was taken during the pop icon’s tour in 1975.

 

 

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Other than his indubitable musical talent, he was known for his incredibly creative outfits, extraordinary stage presence, and his vivacious personality on and off the stage. The 2019 biographical move, Rocketman, shows a more behind-the-scenes look into his life. His catchy chart-topping songs are still raking in millions of plays to this day.

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Animal House

Who could forget Animal House? This cult classic film inspired young people across the world as we laughed along with the antics of John Belushi.

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National Lampoon’s Animal House aired in 1978 and stayed in our hearts since then.

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John Wayne

Here is Western movie legend John Wayne. He made a name for himself by putting together an impressive log of Western films.

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His big presence on the screen led to a lot of notoriety. This picture was captured on the set of The Big Trail in 1930.

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Farah Fawcett

You can recognize that hair anywhere, here comes Farah Fawcett rolling down the street in her iconic Nikes. She was an original in the Charlie’s Angels cast and inspired the country with her unforgettable hairstyle.

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This shot was taken in ’77 during one of the episodes.

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Blues Brothers Set

This is a picture from the set of the 1980s hit Blues Brothers. Pictured in John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, and Carrie Fisher.

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Aykroyd and Fisher were briefly engaged during filming, but Fisher ultimately went back to her former musician boyfriend Paul Simon.

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Rita Hayworth

Rita Hayworth is known for being a great dancer and actress. One of her more famous performances was her role in Gilda, a 1946 film.

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She was also one of the top pin-up girls in WWII for the GI’s. This stunning photo was taken in California in 1940, right in front of the Beverly Hills Hotel.

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Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn Monroe, an icon in the beauty world. Here she is pictured in a gorgeous blue dress, biting a pink carnation, and posing in front of her Amagansett home in New York around 1957.

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Of course, this picture was taken just five years before her sad passing.

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Barbara Eden

If you’ve seen I Dream Of Jeannie, then you definitely dreamt of Barbara Eden.

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Here she is in character playing a 2,000-year-old genie, but she doesn’t look a day over 1,500! This photo was snapped on the set of her 60s hit show.

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Bond Girls

Wearing the famous Bond bikinis, we see three Bond Girls walking hand-in-hand. From left to right we have Claudine Auger, Martine Beswick, and Luciana Paluzzi – all famous for their roles accompanying the lead man in the Bond movies.

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This particular shot was a promo for the 1965 James Bond film Thunderball.

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Willie Nelson

You might not recognize this clean-cut Willie Nelson. This was early in this country singing career during his promo pictures in the early 60s.

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It’s mind-bending to see him this way, without donning his famous braids.

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Evel Knievel

Daredevil Evel Knievel is captured here during his 1974 stunt. He’s spotted wearing his infamous leather jumpsuit. This stunt was an attempt to rocket across the mile-wide Snake River Canyon.

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In this stunt, his parachute went off too early, and he was sent crashing into the canyon. Luckily, he walked away with only bruises and scrapes.

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Audrey Hepburn

Next up is a gorgeous actress and animal lover Audrey Hepburn. She’s pictured here sharing a laugh with a donkey onset one of her films War and Peace in 1955.

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You might recognize her from Breakfast at Tiffany’s – perhaps her most recognizable role that led to her infamy.

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Star Wars Set

The force is definitely with us in this picture. This photograph shows Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, and Harrison Ford during their press tour after Star Wars: A New Hope was released.

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This picture was taken in 1977 during their visit with the Denver Post. This stop was one of many for this iconic trio.

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Heather Locklear

You might recognize Heather Locklear from her stand-out role as Sammy Jo Carrington in the hit Dynasty. This photoshoot was taken shortly before her career blossomed, in 1981.

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Charles Bronson

This picture is captured of Charles Bronson and his wife Jill Ireland. They are pictured walking hand-in-hand from this 1971 shot.

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Of course, Charles Bronson was famous for being a muscled man on the big screen.

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Greta Garbo

Next up is a stunning picture of Greta Garbo. She was an actress from Sweden that really showed what Hollywood glamor was all about. Many people attributed Hollywood’s fashion trends to her pioneering.

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Despite her acting career, she enjoyed a private life away from the press and publications.

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Hugh Hefner

Here we see a very young Hugh Hefner alongside some of his talents from the time. Hefner, of course, was the leading mind and founder behind the Playboy enterprise.

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This was taken in his mansion in 1966, and the Playboy Bunnies pictured near him are enjoying their day at the Playboy Mansion.

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Disney Mermaids Lagoon

If you remember Disneyland from the mid-60s, you might remember the now-disband Submarine Voyage. This attraction from 65 to 67 featured beautiful mermaids lounging in the middle of a lagoon.

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The sad news is that the chlorine in the water led to some skin and hair issues for the ladies. If you were lucky enough to see this in person, you certainly never forgot it.

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The Eagles

Next up is a picture from the famous rock group the Eagles. Before their infamous breakup, the band got together for this shot in Topanga Canyon in California.

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They took this picture in 1973, and it was intended to act as the cover art for their third album.

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Ozzy And Sharon Osbourne at Their Wedding

Here we see Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne walking down the aisle. Daughter Kelly shared this picture on her Instagram to celebrate her parent’s anniversary.

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This 1982 wedding was certainly one to remember.

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Angie Dickinson

Now we see a great shot of Angie Dickinson. Angie was famously a glam girl of the 60s, taking part in many photoshoots.

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This 1961 shot features her on a Vespa motor scooter.

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Sean Connery

A great way to remember Sean Connery is to take a look at this fun pic.

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The famous Bond actor is seen in front of his London apartment in 1962, no doubt ready for a golf outing.

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Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

The wife of John F. Kennedy, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis is shown here.

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Her gorgeous dress is no doubt an indication that this was taken during her September 12, 1952 wedding to the future president of America.

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Melanie Griffith, Don Johnson, and Cher

Here we see the trio Melanie Griffith, Don Johnson, and Cher. This photo is believed to come from the 1976 wedding of Griffith and Johnson.

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Their wedding took place in Bel-Air, Los Angeles, and they invited their good friend and singer Cher.

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Pat Benatar

This 1980s picture captures singer and star Pat Benatar no doubt singing about love being a battlefield.

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Pat is rocking leather pants while her band plays behind her.

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Three Stooges

Genius comedy trio Larry, Curly, and Moe are caught in this picture.

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This iconic shot captures the three in and out of character and it was circulated as promotional material for their show The Three Stooges.

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Robert Shaw On Jaws Set

Here we can see Robert Shaw wishing he had a bigger boat on the set of Jaws. This cult-classic movie set revolutionized the film world afterward.

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Shaw played Captain Quint in the movie, a shark hunter looking to kill the very shark he’s seen next to in this shot.

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Robin Williams

Legendary funnyman Robin Williams is shown here sharing a laugh with someone out of frame. Of course, how could you not laugh at such an iconic and brilliant comedy genius?

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This picture was taken during filming Mork & Mindy in 1978, which is the show that propelled his great career.

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Grace Jones

Grace Jones is shown here in a silky blouse and that’s about it. This photograph was taken in Studio 54 in 1981, a great club in New York.

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Jones of course was an acclaimed singer of the late 70s and early 80s

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Janis Joplin

Here we see Janis Joplin posing for a photographer in her San Francisco apartment. Joplin took a piece of our hearts as she made hit after hit in the middle of the century.

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This photo was snapped in 1968, just a few years before her untimely passing.

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Led Zepplin

When you think of rock from the 70s, you think of Led Zepplin. Here the band is playing on stage in their tour of ’75.

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It seemed like every song that Led Zepplin produced became an international hit.

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Flying High

These three gorgeous gals are joining together for a promotional picture of their show Flying High. We see Pat Klous, Connie Sellecca, and Kathryn Witt posing side-by-side, showing plenty of leg.

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Their characters were flight attendants in their comedy-drama series that was canceled much too early.

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M*A*S*H

This behind-the-scenes shot of M*A*S*H shows the iconic cast of this hit television series. It was a comedy-drama that showcased a staff of doctors in South Korea during the Korean War.

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To this day, M*A*S*H is still one of the highest-rated U.S. television shows in history, boasting an impressive 11-year run.

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Tuff Turf

An almost too-young looking James Spader and Robert Downey Jr. pose on the set of Tuff Turf. It’s hard to recognize these fellas without the extra scruff.

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This 1985 movie also featured a former Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Kim Richards as the love interest of Spader.

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Skatetown U.S.A.

You might recognize Patrick Swayze from Dirty Dancing, but this photo was captured from Skatetown U.S.A.

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It was a movie released in 1979 that revolved around a roller-skate disco club.

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Al Pacino in Serpico

Here we see an iconic man from an iconic film. Al Pacino looks off in the distance on the set of Serpico. This 1973 classic movie won Pacino an Oscar nomination.

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Maybe his stand-out performance was thanks to that incredible beard?

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Joan Bradshaw

Pin-up beauty Joan Bradshaw is spotted here, walking her poodle down LA’s Hollywood and Vine.

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This shot was taken in 1957 and does a great job of capturing this young star’s beauty.

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