If you look hard enough, you will find that some of your favorite tv shows and movies these days are either remakes of shows from the '60s, or took much inspiration from them. This is great news because once you know this, you now have a whole new show from a completely different time to fall in love with! You'll also discover new actresses that you've either never heard of, or have only heard of when referencing what some people consider a better, simpler time in history.
Televisions became popular in the 1950s, which leaves about 10 years for these actresses to work their way up to stardom. Many of them were older and had either been working in some other form of entertainment for years, or were looking to accomplish something new. Either way. Since this era was really the first introduction to popular television shows and 'celebrities,' it's no wonder there are so many of them, and some of them even starred in more than one show. This make identifying which show a particular actress was in even more of a challenge, but a fun one at that. Do you think you can identify the '60s Hollywood actress to her TV show? Take this quiz to find out!
While Bavier was technically only Sheriff Andy Taylor's aunt, she became lovingly known as Aunt Bee to almost every other character on "The Andy Griffith Show." She played that character until the show's end in 1968, and picked up where she left off in its spinoff, "Mayberry R.F.D."
"Bewitched" was loved almost immediately since it began in 1964. Elizabeth Montgomery played Samantha Stephens, witch and wife to Darrin. She tried her best to be the perfect, mortal suburban wife, but she was a witch after all.
"The Beverly Hillbillies" was a show ahead of its time. Elly May Clampett, played by Donna Douglas, was the leading lady since the mother passed away and was never seen on the show. Douglas went into that acting role relatively unknown.
"Gilligan's Island" was a sitcom based on people who are stranded on a deserted island, so you can imagine the hilarity that ensues. Ginger Grant was played by Tina Louise, who had many acting jobs, mostly on Broadway, before landing the beachy sitcom.
"Get Smart," which was turned into a modern movie with Steve Carrel and Anne Hathaway, originated as a secret agent comedy sitcom in 1965. The show centered around Barbara Feldon's character as well as Agent 86, played by Don Adams, and the shenanigans they would get into.
"Green Acres" premiered in 1965 and continued on until 1971. Eva Gabor played the wife of Eddie Albert's character. They portrayed a couple who moved from New York City to a farm in the country. The show explores the trials and tribulations of their new life.
Another other magical television show of the 1960s, "I Dream of Jeannie," was a little bit different than "Bewitched." Barbara Eden played a genie who lived in a bottle in her master's home and often came out to cause trouble. Love eventually bloomed between the genie and her astronaut master.
Lily Munster, played by Yvonne De Carlo, was the vampire wife of Herman Munster and was your not-so-average housewife. She would spread trash throughout the house and run the vacuum on reverse to blow dust everywhere. What an interesting family, indeed.
When you call someone a June Cleaver, you are most likely referring to their skills at cleaning, baking, parenting, etc. This term comes from Billingsley's June Cleaver character in the family show, "Leave It To Beaver."
"Lost In Space" took place in the future. Well, in 1997, which was the future when the show came out in 1965. Lockhart's character was often seen tending to the garden, cooking and offering words of encouragement, all while kicking butt as a female biochemist.
"Mister Ed" focused on a palomino horse, his owner, Wilbur Post and Post's trusty wife, Carol. After winning the audition, Connie Hines didn't love playing the same character all the time, but it is definitely her most well-known role.
Cinnamon Carter was a model, woman in distress and IMF agent. Barbara Bain appeared in many television shows, such as "Tightrope" and "Adventures in Paradise," before landing the "Mission: Impossible" role.
The voice of Jane Jetson was perfected by Penny Singleton, who also voiced many other cartoon characters. The Jetsons family depicted the future of life on Earth with many of the things we now take for granted, but which seemed very futuristic in the 1960s.
"Perry Mason" was one of the first law dramas to captivate audiences on television. The character, and the show for that matter, are often referenced in dozens of other shows to describe someone who is witty, clever and can use one word to solve a problem.
"That Girl" was considered a pioneer show for showcasing a single woman in New York City who didn't live with her parents and was pursuing her own career. The show was a book, had many spinoffs, and led to Marlo Thomas being a leading lady in Hollywood for years to come.
Did you know that the popular sitcom, "Father Knows Best," originally aired as a radio show in 1949? Now you do! It moved to television and aired until the early 1960s. It actually aired on a few channels, but kept getting canceled and then picked up by other networks.
"The Carol Burnett Show" was, and still is, one of the most popular shows from the 1960s, and it aired for 11 seasons. People like Carol Burnett herself, Dick Van Dyke and many other comedians made this show a must-see every single week.
Miyoshi Umeki was the first and only Asian woman to win an Academy Award for acting, so it goes without saying that she brought a lot to this television show in the 1960s. In real life, she was nothing like her delicate and humble character. She was known as a vivacious scene stealer, but in a good way.
"Family Affair" dealt with the challenges of a man raising his brother's orphaned children. Can you imagine? There were hard times but, of course, it was a sitcom, so plenty of hilarity ensued as they navigated this new way of life together.
"Hazel" explored the storyline of Hazel Burke, a live-in maid for the Baxter family. The humor comes from Hazel's unique relationships with others in the neighborhood, like the mailman and taxi driver. Fun fact: most of the first season was shown in black and white.
While only airing for two seasons, "The Ghost and Mrs. Muir" made Hope Lange a multiple award winner. She'd been an actress for some time before her role as Carolyn Muir, but she became somewhat typecast after playing many similar characters.
What a feat for the television industry, and for Diahann Carroll, playing Julia Baker, a widowed mother whose husband was killed in Vietnam. The show was criticized for being unrealistic because it portrayed a black woman living in a nicely furnished suburban home.
Sally Field is a beloved actress known for movies like "Mrs. Doubtfire, "Norma Rae" and "Lincoln." But she was playing characters way before she won three Academy Awards. And while one particular show in which she starred lasted only one season, she left a clearly lasting impression. "Gidget" centered on a father-daughter relationship but wasn't enough to win the hearts of audiences.
Starring along side Sally Field, Madeleine Sherwood is probably most remembered for her role in "The Flying Nun." The sitcom focused on nuns in a convent in which one of them could fly. Sally Field was that nun and her character made for some hilarious scenes.
"Gomer Pyle: USMC" was one of the highest rated shows of its time. Elizabeth MacRae was a big part of that. She went on to have quite the successful soap opera career, appearing on both "Days Of Our Lives" and "General Hospital."
While only airing for one season, this show that followed a real-life married couple playing husband and wife, centered around the cartoons that the husband drew. Jetman was the reason for the comedic relief of the show, and the constant argument over its interpretation.
Starring in dozens of films and television shows, Phyllis Diller was a comedian for the ages. She had her own sketch comedy show, guest-starred on others, and went on to have a career spanning multiple decades. You'll know her by face, voice and name for sure.
When their kids eloped, they became not only best friends, but in-laws. Imagine how fun having your best friend connected to your life would be. They were also next door neighbors. Double bonus!
Did you know that no living being can travel faster than the speed of light? Well, on television they can. After doing so and ending up all the way back in the Prehistoric era, two lads end up having to do life with Shad, the leader of a cave family.
You've surely heard of this family show, since it did have 380 episodes! "My Three Sons" aired for 12 seasons on TV, so you definitely know the Douglas family.
When kids lead the way, you know funny things are going to happen, especially with a mother like Florida Friebus' character, Winnie Gillis. Winnie was a little overbearing and tended to dote a little too much on her son, Dobie, while ragging on her husband for not doing enough.
Singer Harriet Nelson and her family starred in one of the longest-running sitcoms on television to date. Ozzie convinced ABC to sign a 10-year contract for the show, whether they wanted to cancel the show or not. Talk about adventure!
For the first three seasons, it was called "Make Room for Daddy,' but would later be called "The Danny Thomas Show." Once the run of "Make Room for Daddy" ended, so did Jean Hagen's role in the show. Apparently, she didn't like the direction her character was going, so who can blame her?
Following a lifelike Android named Rhoda Miller (played by Newmar) whose owner did not want her to get in the hands of the military, this show lasted for only one season. Rhoda's real name was AF 709, naturally.
Starting out as the housekeeper of a widowed congressman, Katy Holstrum, played by Inger Stevens, eventually fell in love (of course) with the male lead. The show ended with them getting married and Katy adopting the congressman's sons.
Living with her budget-conscious husband was a challenge for more heart-and-soul type Julie Willis. She had to teach her husband that he could be practical, but also be loving and a little frivolous in life as well.
Dark Shadows was a gothic show that took on the drama of a soap opera. The draw of the show could have been the star cast, or the fact that they were playing characters like vampires, werewolves and zombies.
This comic book turned television series featured McCalla as the jungle queen, Sheena. Much like Tarzan, Sheena was an orphan and grew up in the jungle. She can also talk to the animals, so that's cool.
Playing Bargirl in arguably her biggest role, Craig wore the purple and yellow outfit with pride. She starred on the show for the third and final season, went on to reprise her role for things like public service announcements and felt a deep connection to the character.
"The Twilight Zone" is one of the most referenced TV shows, both in other shows and in real life. Whenever something weird happens, or a string of odd things occur, one usually asks if they're in the Twilight Zone.