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1970s TV Stars in Ladies Home Journal

1970s TV Stars in Ladies Home Journal

The September 1972 issue of Ladies Home Journal featured some popular TV stars at the time wearing the latest fashions and eating foods that they might typically eat as the characters on their shows. Let's check out what they're wearing and eating.

Below we have Mary Tyler Moore in her eponymous show — "TV's dazzling over-30 career girl" (next to Ed Asner) sporting a plaid ensemble from Norman Todd of California. Mary's outfit was de rigueur for a career woman in the 70s who wanted to be taken seriously: a power blazer, conservative jewelry and slacks. Wardrobe designer Leslie Hall nailed the look.

In September 1972 Sandy Duncan starred in her own show, aptly named The Sandy Duncan Show. "Critical reaction to the show was similar to that for Funny Face (her preview show), but without the strong Saturday night lead-in of All in the Family, the ratings sank. After 13 episodes, CBS cancelled the series." (Source: wikipedia.org) Her cheerful plaid ensemble is by Marianne Jensen for Great Times in Wintuk acrylic.

This might test the memory of some: Room 222, the comedy-drama that aired on ABC from 1969-1974. Below is actress Liz McIntyre, who played a guidance counselor on the show. She is wearing a pretty ensemble by St. Angelo Knits in Wintuk acrylic. 

I would love to know where the shot below of Peggy Lipton was taken. LA, perhaps? Maybe some astute Los Angelian can tell me. Besides the über cool bike, check out her mod (pun intended) "fleecy pantsuit" by Willi Smith for Digits. And the shoes by Golo.

Next we find out what's cooking with some well-known stars of the time, like the conservative, curmudgeonly Archie Bunker. "Archie may think it's a conservative, all-American hamburger affair but it looks suspiciously liberal to usSomeone has dressed up the hamburgers with a heavily blue cheese sauce and french-fried onion rings. The mushroom chowder has some dangerously gourmet garnishes and the sliced tomatoes are marinating in a clearly subversive Continental vinaigrette." Well, food can't really be conservative or liberal but it makes for some very clever copyrighting.

Even though this popcorn-related feature is all about the food, I just have to point out Carol Brady's gorgeous retro outfit.

Last but not least, we see what Tony Randall and Jack Klugman aka The Odd Couple are "kneading". "What's so odd about this couple anyway?" — the article asks. It was a great premise for a TV show: throw together two polar opposites (an uptight neat-freak and a laid back slob) and see what happens. As you might know (or not) the TV show was adapted from Neil Simon's original play and it ran on ABC from 1970-1975. 

Sweaters from McCall's Needlework and Crafts

Sweaters from McCall's Needlework and Crafts

Mod Cheese Trays

Mod Cheese Trays