Where are the famous child actors of the ’60s and ’70s now?

Erin Murphy

If you grew up watching Bewitched then you’ll most likely recognize Erin Murphy as the adorable Tabitha. During the third season, she shared the role with her fraternal twin sister, Diane, but she took over the part entirely when they grew old enough to be easily distinguishable.

Erin Murphy

Erin Murphy also briefly appeared as a guest star on Lassie. Since then, she hasn’t had many acting projects, and she chooses to instead pursue the path of being a beauty and luxury lifestyle writer as well as a motivational speaker. She has also expressed her desire to contribute to philanthropy through Verge Living, a residential-retail development in Las Vegas.

Maureen McCormick

Marcia Marcia Marcia! This girl from The Brady Bunch played the sister who gets all the boys and popularity. Her acting career started when she was six and won the Baby Miss San Fernando Valley contest. With an angelic singing voice, she has debuted two albums, one when she was much younger and another in 1995. Nowadays, she still keeps herself busy.

Maureen McCormick

The 63-year-old McCormick was a contestant on Dancing With The Stars, and has other TV appearances occasionally. She is married to Michael Cummings, who is the father of her daughter, Natalie.

Ron Howard

When he was 5, he played Opie Taylor on The Andy Griffith Show in 1960. You may also remember him in his older years when he played Richie Cunningham in the beloved hit Happy Days. But in 1980, he left Happy Days to focus on directing.

Ron Howard

Some of his critically acclaimed works include The Da Vinci Code and A Beautiful Mind. Nowadays, at 65, Ron Howard is a renowned director and producer. He is also the co-chairman of Imagine Entertainment.

Catherine Deneuve

This French actress was only 13 when she took on her first role in Les Collégiennes where she shared the screen with her younger sister, Sylvie Dorléac. Her entire family expressed genuine interest in show-business and was quite supportive of her. The 1964 musical, Les Parapluies de Cherbourg, enabled her to reach stardom status. Her career has prospered ever since.

Catherine Deneuve

Her accomplishments further include being the face of Chanel No. 5 and the muse for Yves Saint Laurent. She won her first Academy Award in 1992 and is expected to feature in two films this year.

Anouk Aimee

Anouk Aimee has been part of over 70 films since she first started her acting career in the 40s. Her professional career began at 14 when she studied both drama and dance. She received international recognition and fame for her role in the 1960 Federico Fellini film, La Dolce Vita.

Anouk Aimee

She continued to star in other Fellini projects such as the 1963 film, 8½. She has been divorced a total of four times and has a young one from her second marriage. She is an icon in France and is well known throughout Europe.

Maggie Smith

Maggie is one of the most well known British actresses in the world. She has had a colorful and rich career with over fifty successful films, and has been working continually on stage, on television, and in films throughout the past sixty years.

Maggie Smith

In 1969, she won her first Oscar for her role in The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, and in 1990 she received one of the most esteemed honors when the Queen of England made her a Dame.

Shirley MacLaine

Shirley MacLaine’s parents must have predicted her future in acting as she was named after the actress, Shirley Temple. After playing boy roles in an all-girls ballet class she went to, MacLaine broke free from being typecast when she took on the role of Cinderella’s godmother.

Shirley MacLaine

MacLaine’s film debut was in The Trouble with Harry, where she won a Golden Globe Award. In 1960, the skilled actress won her second Academy Award nomination for The Apartment. The younger generation may recognize her as the legendary Coco Chanel in the movie about Chanel’s life.

Susan Dey

You may know her best as Laurie Partridge in the musical sitcom, The Partridge Family, but before she was cast as Laurie, she was an entry-level model first. In 1967, her first modeling gig was for a booklet for Pursettes, a feminine hygiene brand.

Susan Dey

Dey is now a three-time Emmy Award nominee and has successfully bagged a Golden Globe in 1988 for Best Actress in a Drama Series for L.A. Law. Her brief stint as Dr. Breene on Third Watch in 2004 was her last on-screen appearance.

Diana Rigg

Rigg won great success when she starred on shows like The Avengers where she played secret agent, Emma Peel, for three years. You may also remember her as the Bond Girl in the 1969 movie, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service.

Diana Rigg

Her great skill and popularity were further complemented when Rigg was made Dame by the Queen in 1994. Nowadays, you will know her best as the matriarch Olenna Tyrell from the worldwide hit television show, Game of Thrones.

Claudia Cardinale

In 1957, Claudia Cardinale came first in a competition and was crowned The Most Beautiful Italian Girl in Tunisia. When she won that grand prize – a trip to Italy – she had no idea how the journey would change her career forever.

Claudia Cardinale

She got offers for numerous roles, and started signing contracts left and right. Since then, her roles on the silver screen earned her international fame. She has been serving as an ambassador of goodwill for UNESCO since 2000.

Katharine Ross

Katharine Ross was cast as Cordelia in 1964 for the stage production of King Lear. Later on, after being rejected for West Side Story, she got her first screen role in the 1962 film, Sam Benedict. Her personal life sure had its ups and downs.

Katharine Ross

She had been divorced four times before she met her latest husband, Sam Elliott, whom she co-starred with in The Legacy. Last 2017, they co-starred once more in one of her most recent projects, the film The Hero.

Jeanne Moreau

The Parisian actress and singer rose to fame in Elevator to the Gallows, directed by Louis Malle. In 1960, she won Best Actress at the Cannes Film Festival for her role in Seven Days… Seven Nights.

Jeanne Moreau

This actress’s accomplishments include being bilingual as well as a Cesar Award and a BAFTA Award. The French icon sadly passed away in July 2017, in her native Paris surrounded by those closest to her.

Vanessa Redgrave

Redgrave rose to fame when she played the role of Rosalind in the stage production As You Like It. Since then, she has been part of over 30 productions in West End and on Broadway.

Vanessa Redgrave

She also starred in many films including A Suitable Case for Treatment and Isadora two years later, but you may recognize her from her most recent ones, among which are Letters to Juliet, Black Box, and Foxcatcher.

Sophia Loren

This stunning Italian actress’ one of a kind look made it easy for her to transition from beauty pageants to Hollywood. Loren started when she was only 15 and appeared in notable films such as The Pride and the Passion and Houseboat but it was her role in Two Women, which got her recognized internationally.

Sophia Loren

Now an Academy Award winner, she is in her mid-80s. She has also been awarded several Golden Globes, a BAFTA, and a Grammy.

Angela Lansbury

Born in London, this amazing actress’s successful career can be seen with her numerous contributions to the Hollywood scene. For many years she was considered a B-list star, but that all changed when she appeared in The Manchurian Candidate, that got her worldwide acclaim.

Angela Lansbury

She followed that with numerous leading roles on Broadway. Maybe you remember her best as the lead star of Murder, She Wrote, that ran on for 12 seasons. She has also received 18 Emmy nominations!

Nancy Sinatra

The eldest daughter of the iconic crooner, Frank Sinatra, is mostly recognized for her hit 1966 song, These Boots Are Made for Walkin. While she enjoyed acting, her focus was on singing and in 1971 she signed with RCA Records – resulting in three hit albums.

Nancy Sinatra

In 2006, she received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The singer is now 79 years old and has two daughters from her second husband and one granddaughter.

Betty White

Betty White will forever be Hollywood’s Golden Girl. She is not only known as the female actress with the longest career as an entertainer, but also the first woman to dabble in work behind the cameras instead of just acting in front of them. She has won multiple awards including Emmys for The Mary Tyler Moore Show and The Golden Girls.

Betty White

Believe it or not, this woman is still unstoppable at 97! While you may remember her as Elka Ostrovsky in the sitcom Hot in Cleveland, her most recent works include being in films like The Proposal, and The Lorax.

Shirley Jones

When Jones turned down the role of Carol Brady, she caught the eye of numerous producers. Her great reputation in the public eye helped her land the role of Shirley Partridge on the hit musical sitcom the Partridge Family.

Shirley Jones

This talented actress’ many talents can also be seen in several musical films including the 1955 movie, Oklahoma!, and The Music Man from 1962. A career spanning over six decades, Jones was truly one of the busiest actresses in Hollywood. While we haven’t heard of her in a while, her most recent films include One the Wing, Zombie Night, and Family Weekend.

Joan Collins

This British actress acquired her stellar acting skills from the esteemed Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts. At 22, she entered the Hollywood scene and took on roles in some of the major films of that time, including Rally Round the Flag and Boys!.

Joan Collins

Collins superbly played the original Alexis Colby from Dynasty for which she won a Golden Globe. Like some of the glorious women on this list, Joan Collins was also made a Dame in 2016 by Queen Elizabeth II.

Julie Newmar

It seems kind of fated that the actress dubbed as the lady with the catty eyes, would go on to play Catwoman. Julie Newmar, known for her extreme versatility in performing, started her acting career as Katrin Sveg on Broadway in the theatrical production of The Marriage-Go-Round.

Julie Newmar

Later on, she became internationally famous for playing Catwoman in the first two seasons of the 1960s series of Batman. In 1992, she returned to the Batman franchise and did some voice overwork. She’s still quite active in the Batman industry at present and most recently did a voice role for Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders.

Barbara Streisand

“Honey, you’re a funny girl.” Streisand would always be my Fanny Brice. Barbara Streisand is an American icon whose career has spanned over six decades. This multi-talented woman is not only a show-stopping singer but also a truly skilled actress and filmmaker.

Barbara Streisand

The awe-inspiring artist is now 77 years old, and she still keeps busy with her music by going on various tours, mostly in the United States. She even continues to act. In her last film, The Guilt Trip, in 2012, she played the role of Joyce Brewsterin.

Diana Ross

Her hit ‘Ain’t No Mountain High Enough’ always falls under lists of the greatest songs in music history. She was born and raised in Detroit, and her rise to fame had been jump started by the hit girl group The Supremes.

Diana Ross

Diana’s success enabled her to promote African-American R&B and make it more mainstream. In 1970, she decided to pursue a solo career and released several successful albums. At present, Diana Ross continues to perform at various awards ceremonies with her most recent one being at the 61st Annual Grammy Awards earlier this year.

Julie Andrews

Andrews was already an accomplished Broadway performer even before she took on the lead roles in Mary Poppins and The Sound of Music that brought her international fame.

Julie Andrews

After taking a short break from performing in 1986, the Academy Award winner revived her acting career with The Princess Diaries and Shrek. You may be surprised to know she voiced Marlena in the Despicable Me films!

Quinn Cummings

Her role as the precocious Lucy in 1977’s The Goodbye Girl earned her an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress at the age of merely 10. The following year, she joined the cast of Family as Annie, the adopted daughter.

Quinn Cummings

She grew tired of living under the public eye and quit acting in the early ’90s. Quinn started The QC Report in 2005. This personal blog houses her three memoirs: Notes from the Underwire: Adventures from My Awkward and Lovely Life, The Year of Learning Dangerously: Adventures in Homeschooling, and Pet Sounds: New and Improved Stories from the QC Report. In 2000, Quinn welcomed her own baby girl into the world, and was inspired by motherhood to invent the HipHugger, a baby-carrying sling. She owned that company until she sold it in 2006.

Barry Williams

Barry Williams landed numerous guest roles on The Mod Squad, Here Come the Brides, and Bartleby, the Scrivener, before he was Greg Brady on The Brady Bunch. He became one of the biggest teen idols of the 1970s and continued to play Greg Brady on the show until 1974.

Barry Williams

After The Brady Bunch was canceled, Williams tried the theater scene and was cast in well-known productions including Grease, The Sound of Music, and West Side Story while finding the time to reprise Greg in multiple Brady Bunch TV movie reunions. Today, he is a spokesperson for the MeTV television network and a father of two.

Alison Arngrim

Alison Arngrim was rejected when she tried out for both Laura and Mary Ingalls on Little House on the Prairie, but was given a chance to be part of the show when offered the role of horrid Nellie Oleson.

Alison Arngrim

You can immediately tell Nellie apart by her signature sausage curls. In later years, she found her niche in stand-up comedy. At present, Alison is a very active volunteer of the National Association to Protect Children. In 2010, she published her memoir entitled, Confessions of a Prairie B—-: How I Survived Nellie Oleson and Learned to Love Being Hated, which immediately became a New York Times bestseller.

Brooke Shields

Talk about starting early! Shields’ first ad was taken when she was only 11 months old. When she was 12, she took on the main role in Violet in Pretty Baby. She still continued modeling, and became the youngest person to be on the cover of Vogue at the age of 14.

Brooke Shields

In 1980, Shields took another controversial role with The Blue Lagoon, and in 1996 had her own sitcom entitled, Suddenly Susan. She continued to perform cameos on popular shows like Friends and Nip/Tuck before getting a big role in the Lipstick Jungle that aired in 2008. Though the show only lasted one season, you may still see Brooke performing short acting stints on television from time to time.

Melissa Gilbert

You know her as Laura Ingalls Wilder from Little House on the Prairie. Gilbert also appeared in other popular television films, like The Diary of Anne Frank and The Miracle Worker. In 2008, she starred in a musical rendition of Little House, and in 2012, she tried ballroom dancing and came in at fifth place on the 14th season of Dancing with the Stars.

Melissa Gilbert

For two terms, she also served as president of the Screen Actors Guild. In 2016, she ran for U.S. Congress in Michigan’s 8th congressional district and won the Democratic primary, but later dropped out due to the various head and neck injuries she sustained in a 2012 accident.

Gary Coleman

Gary was stealing hearts left and right when he played Arnold on Diff’rent Strokes from 1978 to 1986. He was even written as a character on the Broadway play Avenue Q, with his famous “What’chu talkin’ ’bout Willis?” line.

Gary Coleman

What you may not know is that he was born with focal segmental glomerulosclerosis, which stunted his growth and is responsible for his short stature (he was only 4’8”). After Diff’rent Strokes ended, he made regular appearances as himself in comedies like Dirty Work and Frank McKlusky, C.I. In May 2010, he passed away from a subdural hematoma.

Jodie Foster

Foster began her professional career as a child model, appearing in numerous commercials and advertisements. But it was her role in Martin Scorsese’s film Taxi Driver that gave her international recognition. She was only 12 years old, and she was already nominated for an Academy Award for that role. In 1976, she achieved teen idol status with Freaky Friday and Candleshoe.

Jodie Foster

You might know her best as Clarice Starling. Her role in The Silence of the Lambs defined her career and earned her a second Oscar. She publicly came out as part of the LGBTQ community in 2013.

Donny Osmond

This teen idol made teenage girls fall in love with him with hits like Puppy Love and Go Away Little Girl. Eventually, Donny felt that he was growing too old for that genre and found success in pop music when Soldier of Love reached no. 2 in the Billboard Hot 100.

Donny Osmond

You may be surprised to know that he was the singing voice for Li Shang in Mulan, and in 2009 he won Dancing with the Stars.

Marie Osmond

Donny’s sister was also an amazing singer who reached teen idol status, but she focused on Country rather than on Pop. She was only 13 when she released Paper Roses.

Marie Osmond

She and her brother Donny produced a holiday musical called Donny & Marie – A Broadway Christmas, which became a phenomenal success and was not only turned into a touring production but also became an annual event in some cities across the US. Last September 9, 2019, she became the new host of The Talk.

Peter Ostrum

He was only 12 when he became Charlie in the beloved story of Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory. After that, he felt that the film industry was not his cup of tea. Later in life, he kept his past roles quite private, sometimes even secret.

Peter Ostrum

For instance, he told his wife that he used to be a star only when he was about to meet her mother. He pursued a career in healing animals instead, and he is much contented with his low key life as a veterinarian.

Valerie Bertinelli

Bertinelli appeared in 208 of the 209 episodes of One Day at a Time that began in 1975. She also continued to star on other well known shows like The Hardy Boys and Battle of the Network Stars.

Valerie Bertinelli

More recently, she also acted in the TV Land sitcom Hot in Cleveland from 2010 to 2015. This year, she won two Daytime Emmy Awards for Kids Baking Championship and Valerie’s Home Cooking.

Jerry Mathers

You will know Mathers best as Beaver in the television sitcom Leave It to Beaver. He was 9 years old when the show started, and after it ended in 1963 he joined the Air National Guard and pursued college where he graduated with a degree in Philosophy.

Jerry Mathers

Now, at 71, he is still quite amused that a lot of strangers still recognize him and call him Beaver: “I can go anywhere in the world, and people know me.”

Angela Cartwright

Cartwright was Brigitta von Trapp in The Sound of Music and Penny on Lost in Space. In 2007, she, together with Sarah Fishburn, wrote and published Pasticcio quartz, a bi-annual journal about art techniques for photographic imagery. Her most recent film role was in 2009 in the theatrical short The Bolt Who Screwed Christmas.

Angela Cartwright

She is married to Steve Gullion with whom she has two children. She’s now 67 and has been a photographer for 30 years. She owns a studio in Studio City, Los Angeles, where she proudly displays her work.

Jay North

The actor who played Dennis the Menace may have been a real mischievous kid on-screen, but he was quite behaved and agreeable in real life. North was only 8 when he became the impossible kid who loved to annoy Mr. Wilson. As an adult, he chose voice acting roles for animated television series instead.

Jay North

He voiced the roles of Prince Turhan in The Banana Splits Adventure Hour, as well as a teen Bamm-Bamm Rubble on The Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm Show. He soon left show business and began working with the organization A Minor Consideration, where he used his experiences as a child performer to counsel other children working in the entertainment industry.

Lisa Loring

Wednesday Addams, the original goth girl, is a character that continues to be relevant today through various memes and other tributes to Loring’s unforgettable role. After her time with The Addams Family, Lisa appeared in the soap opera As The World Turns, as well as in some movies.

Lisa Loring

Nowadays, she spends less time acting and instead attends conventions for The Addams Family where she happily signs autographs for her fans. She’s also working in public relations for a hotel.