You hear a lot of talk these days about power couples, but it’s a concept that has been around for decades. And the dynamic duos of the past didn’t have to talk a big game — they walked the walk, everyday! You know, at lest until they didn’t. How many of these famous 70s couples do you remember?
Sonny and Cher
Sonny and Cher were famous for many things, but the most well-known is their singing career. They met in 1962 while Cher was an assistant to record producer Phil Spector. The couple got married in 1964 and had one child, Chastity.
The couple divorced in 1975 but reunited a year later to do the show “The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour.” They officially broke up again in 1977 with no plans of getting back together.
In the years after they broke up, Cher went on to have a successful solo career. Sonny also had some success but became famous (again) for his stint in politics.
John Lennon and Yoko Ono
Yoko Ono is infamous as the woman who broke up the most famous band of all time, The Beatles. Lennon and Ono met in 1966 when they were at a London art gallery where she was displaying her work. Their story includes their famous bed-in for peace event that took place during March 1969 – this is also what made them so noteworthy to begin with (also, you know, that whole Beatles thing).
The couple’s famous activism also contributed to their fame, as they were both key figures in anti-war demonstrations and other political movements.
Ono became known for her sound art performances while Lennon continued making hits as a solo artist.
Elton John and Bernie Taupin
Though not technically a couple, Elton John and Bernie Taupin have been collaborating together since 1971 on various projects.
It’s difficult to say what is more famous – Elton’s flamboyant performances, or the famous songs he has made with his songwriter partner Bernie Taupin? One of their most famous collaborations was on “Candle in the Wind” which pays tribute to Marilyn Monroe.
Farrah Fawcett and Lee Majors
Farrah Fawcett and Lee Majors both became famous for being in popular TV shows.
Fawcett is famous for her role as Jill Munroe in Charlie’s Angels, while Majors was famous at the time he played Steve Austin on The Six Million Dollar Man.
The two married in 1973 and divorced in 1982.
In 1976, Farrah Fawcett made headlines when she posed for the famous “Farrah’s swimsuit poster”, which became one of the most iconic images from that decade.
Farrah Fawcett and Ryan O’Neal
The famous couple never actually married but began their decades-long love affair in 1979 … yes, while she was still married to Majors.
The Fawcett-O’Neal partnership lasted until Fawcett’s death in 2009 (with a four-year break from 1997 through 2001).
Along the way, O’Neal fashioned a successful career in his own right, winning an Academy Award for his role in the 1971 hit Love Story.
Jack Nicholson and Michelle Phillips
They may have never married, but they definitely did a lot of things together.
In addition to co-starring in the famous “Easy Rider” movie and recording duets like “Goodbye Stranger,” Phillips also dated both Nicholson’s best friend Dennis Hopper and his older brother Bobby.
The love affair between these two very famous people was brief, but it still broke hearts everywhere.
Sally Field and Burt Reynolds
The famous duo met on the set of “Smokey and the Bandit” in 1977.
Field would later say that her first impression was strictly business, but their relationship soon blossomed into a famous Hollywood romance.
Reynolds proposed to Field just months after they met, but she turned him down because he was notorious for his Lothario ways.
Goldie Hawn and Bill Hudson
In 1975, Hawn met and fell in love with musician Bill Hudson on an airplane (well, they met there, at least).
After Hawn’s divorce from first husband Gus Trikonis, she married Hudson in 1976.
The famous couple has two children together: actress Kate Hudson and actor Oliver Hudson.
Hawn was nominated for an Academy Award for her performance as a debutante struggling to survive the army in 1980’s “Private Benjamin”.
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