In the 1970s there was only one place to watch your favorite television stars compete in Olympic type sports while also getting knocked into a dunk tank – The Battle of the Network Stars. Stars from the big three major networks competed in volleyball, tug-of-war, and a variety of relay races to see which channel had the most athletic actors.
Lynda Carter was at the height of her Wonder Woman fame when she took part in a swimming competition in 1976 alongside Farrah Fawcett, Penny Marshall, and Ron Howard – all sexy in their own right.
Carter actually won her relay lap even if the team itself didn’t come out on top. She later went onto rock a full Adidas outfit while trouncing her competition in an obstacle course.
A buff Charles Bronson and his beautiful wife, Jill Ireland — 1971
Pictured here with his second wife, Jill Ireland, Charles Bronson was a serious man’s man. His early life was wracked with poverty. He grew up in coal country and was so broke that he often had to wear his sister’s clothing to school. This not only instilled in him a sense that he needed to work, but it made him tough.
His early acting career was somewhat fruitless, with his big break coming when he was 39 years old and received a role in The Magnificent Seven. Eight years later, Bronson married Jill Ireland and formed one of the most lasting relationships in Hollywood. The couple co-starred in a series of films together, and often drove to the location with their children to make sure that the family stayed together.
When not on set the couple disappeared to Vermont where Ireland raised horses and trained their daughter, Zuleika, to follow in her footsteps.
A brunette version of Brigitte Bardot from the 1960s
Fans of Bardot know that it’s rare to see her as a brunette. Even though she was born with brown hair, in 1956 she bleached it for an Italian film and never went back. She may sounds like a fashion plate, but in actuality she never set out to change the fashion industry.
Bardot often wore her own clothing in movies, and she didn’t know much about makeup, but her naturally good looks and charisma won over audiences and created trends regardless of how little work she actually put into looking good. According to Bardot there’s one secret to her style:
The Bardot style is simply my own style; in other words, it’s not a style at all. I dressed in the same way as I did my hair: depending on what took my fancy, and what I felt like at that moment.I wore elegant gowns designed by the top couturiers as well as gorgeous gypsy outfits that were unconventional, things I came across by accident and then became fashionable!It makes me laugh! In any case, it was prettier and sexier than what we see these days.I’m proud I created a style that doesn’t go out of fashion-because I was never fashionable!
Miss Hurst Golden Shifter (Linda Vaughn) and the Hursettes
Linda Vaughn was a dental technician when she entered a beauty contest and came out on top, giving her the confidence to enter the Miss Atlanta Raceway contest in 1961, a contest which she won. Her role as Miss Atlanta Raceway brought her to various tracks around the south from Charlotte to Daytona while showing off her bod.
The biggest boon of her career came when she won the title of “Miss Hurst Golden Shifter” out of 200 other entries. This win was the beginning of Vaughn’s career as a racing aficionado and leader of the Hursettes, a trio of large chested gals who lounged around races like the Daytona and Indy 500.