4/13/11

Magazines #19: Photoplay 1977

Photoplay Magazine (Jan. 1977)

The more I look at the 1970's, the more I realize that both everything and nothing changes.  In other words, the big picture is basically the same today as it was forty years ago, but what changes are the details.  Forty some odd years later and we are still celebrity obsessed with grocery store checkout aisles lined with weekly magazines devoted to celeb blather.  What changes are the the names and, to the trained eye, certain nuances such as tone, standards, and what information is deemed important.

But enough of my own blather, let's take a look at the January 1977 issue of Photoplay!


Photoplay Magazine (Jan. 1977)

This article is amazing - "What's in store for these famous faces in 1977?"  Well, as it turns out, some pretty tragic stories...

In August of 1977, approximately 8 months after this article, The King would die.  However, the Photoplay Astrologer, Joyce Jillson, predicts Elvis will stop being reclusive and become open to the public once again.  He will move his base of operations from Memphis to Northern California, and in 3 years he will remarry the love of his life, Priscilla.  How tragically and pathetically wrong Ms. Jillson was.

Ms. Jillson predicts that Freddie Prinze will record a controversial record album in the Summer of '77.  She also predicts he will create, write and direct an extremely popular sitcom in the coming year.

Sadly, none of that came true because Freddie Prinze killed himself less than a month after this article was published.  Ms. Jillson seems to be off the mark a little on her predictions.

Photoplay Magazine (Jan. 1977)

In addition to lame predictions, there's also a bunch of TMZ style celeb nonsense.  Flavors of the month, Starsky and Hutch get a good bit of press, David Soul gets pissed off at the paparazzi and Paul Michael Glaser is playful.

I hate to bring the room down again, but this article also makes me rather sad.  The woman PMG is sitting with is Elizabeth Meyer - he would marry her three years later, and a year after that she would contract HIV from a blood transfusion and die.

Photoplay Magazine (Jan. 1977)

I freaking love this article.  There's nothing particularly interesting about the text, but I love that they got him with his shirt off.  Lyle was constantly exposing his ample chest hair on Wonder Woman, and many will remember the never modest Lyle posed butt naked for Playgirl!  Indeed, he was the magazine's first centerfold.

And finally, here's a few advertisements from the magazine...

Photoplay Magazine (Jan. 1977)

Photoplay Magazine (Jan. 1977)

Photoplay Magazine (Jan. 1977)

Photoplay Magazine (Jan. 1977)

Photoplay Magazine (Jan. 1977)

4 comments:

  1. Great stuff! But what a horrible picture of Elvis. I soon as I saw that layout I knew that Elvis died that year and Prinze died about that time.

    I think I had that King Kong poster.

    My mom used to wear wigs.

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  2. Wow, I had no idea Photoplay was still around in 1977--I spent a lot of weekends with my grandma during the late 60s/early 70s & loved her 'True Crime' mags but hated the Photoplays, it always seemed like Liz Taylor & Richard Burton were on the cover--sure don't miss the Liz/Richard days!

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  3. Thank you for the great scans and another look at how things have changed and how they have stayed the same.

    Quick question; Wasn't Peter Lupus (Willy on Mission Impossible) the first nude centerfold for Playgirl?

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  4. 1977 - that Summer also seen the Son of Sam Killer in New York too ! the Movie Summer of Sam depicts it all good movie - tho it was Hott just about everywhere that year, as New York dealt with Black outs from the heat wave !

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