That ’70s Show is probably one of, if not the greatest period sitcom to ever air. The series focused on a group of teenage friends who lived in the same Wisconsin neighborhood during the mid to late ’70s. The show was a huge success from the first season, and went on to last for a total of 8 seasons and 8 years. During this time, we got to watch our favorite characters (slowly) mature and move on from Eric’s basement and into their own lives. We also got to see some pretty awesome ’70s attire that made us all jealous for being born into the wrong generation.That ’70s Show made the careers of the lead actors, who weren’t well-known before the series. Now, more than 10 years have passed since the finale, and almost 20 years have passed since the pilot first aired (do you feel old yet?).
In fact, most of the young actors and actresses on the show are now in their late 30s and 40s and are living very grown up lives as mothers and fathers, and wives and husbands. To most of the stars from That ’70s Show, their career only skyrocketed as they got older. And for some (ahem.. Mila Kunis) they got a lot more than an acting break..
Although the lead characters are mostly male, the female roles are well-worthy of some praise. We aren’t just talking about Jackie and Donna (who are both equally incredible in their own ways) but there were also several more ladies who appeared on the show. These lovely women played the important roles of mothers, sisters, friends, enemies, girlfriends and wives. While some of the women on this list you will definitely remember, we are pretty sure that a few of them you may have forgotten over the years…
Mila Kunis as Jackie Burkhart – Then
Jackie is the self-absorbed, spoiled rich girl who dated Kelso and Hyde on and off throughout the show. Although she can be selfish and manipulative, she also shows in moments that she can be kind and caring. In the beginning of the first season she is primarily seen solely as Kelso’s young annoying girlfriend who hangs out with the gang without an invitation, but she ends up being an official member of their group (even if she does still only talk about herself.)
Mila Kunis as Jackie Burkhart – Now
Mila’s career skyrocketed after the finale of That ’70s Show. In 2010, she appeared in the award-winning film Black Swan where she played alongside Natalie Portman. She also played in several more films such as Date Night, Ted, Friends With Benefits and most recently Bad Moms and Bad Moms Christmas. Since 1999, she has been the voice for Meg Griffin in the Fox animated series Family Guy. In 2015, the 34-year-old married her on-screen sweetheart Ashton Kutcher, and the couple now have two children together.
Laura Prepon as Donna Pinciotti – Then
Donna is the intelligent, tall, witty and independent girl who dates Eric for a majority of the show. She changed her signature bright red hair to blonde after she and Eric called off their wedding. She is considered as one of the guys, although she does show times of being girly and forms a close friendship with Jackie over the years. When Donna gets a job as a radio DJ named “Hot Donna” Eric starts to feel inferior to her and loses his confidence in the relationship.
Laura Prepon as Donna Pinciotti – Now
Laura, like many of her cast mates, has had a successful career post That ’70s Show. She has appeared in multiple movies and TV shows, but she is now most known for her role as Alex Vause in the popular Netflix series Orange Is the New Black. On August 22, 2017 the 37-year-old star welcomed her first child, a baby girl, with her fiancé Ben Foster.
Lisa Robin Kelly as Laurie Forman – Then
Laurie is Eric’s older sister and daddy’s girl to Red. Red often spoils her and clearly favors her over Eric, often giving her money. She uses manipulation to get what she wants and when Eric tries to tell his father this, he doesn’t seem to notice. Laurie is a promiscuous woman who is often seen with several different men, she even begins a relationship with Kelso, while he is dating Jackie. In season 5, she marries Fez so that he can get a green card and stay in the country.
Lisa Robin Kelly as Laurie Forman – Now
Sadly, unlike her cast mates, Lisa did not have a happy life after That ’70s Show. Halfway through the third season, her character was written out of the show and she was apparently “attending beauty school” and then returned in the fifth season for a few episodes. She later on admitted to having a bad drinking problem, and was caught in several legal issues because of it including driving under the influence. In 2012 she married Robert Joseph Gilliam, and the following year she checked into rehab. On August 15, 2013, the 43-year-old passed away in her sleep at the facility.
Brooke Shields as Pam Burkhart – Then
Pam is Jackie’s mother and ex-wife of Jackie’s father, Jack Burkhart. She and her daughter have a pretty strained relationship, in result of the trauma she exposed her daughter to- for example cheating on her father and running away to Mexico. In the season 6, Pam returns to the neighborhood and starts dating Bob until she leaves him in order to give him and Donna’s mom, Midge, a chance to get back together.
Brooke Shields as Pam Burkhart – Now
Brooke got her start as a child model and actress, and landed her first lead role at the age of 12 in the film Pretty Baby. She played in several films since then, and became known as the iconic face of Calvin Klein. Most recently, the 52-year-old has appeared as Sheila Porter in Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. In 2001, she married her second husband, screenwriter and producer Chris Henchy, and the pair now have two children together.
Jud Tylor as Samantha – Then
Hyde married Samantha in Vegas after catching Jackie and Kelso in a hotel room. While the two are drinking, they decide to get married. Samantha later shows up at the Forman’s house and tells Hyde how they got married, this caused him and Jackie to officially break up. For some time, Samantha lived with Hyde at the Forman’s house, where the couple fought and bickered constantly. Eventually, Larry (who was also married to Samantha) comes to the house and announces how Hyde and Samantha’s marriage is not legal, so the two split and she was never seen again.
Jud Tylor as Samantha – Now
Jud continued acting after leaving That ’70s Show, and appeared in films such as Charlie Wilson’s War (where she played alongside Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts) and 42. The now 38-year-old has appeared in minor television roles on shows like The Mentalist and Two and a Half Men. Her most recent role was in 2016, where she played Beth in a film titled A Boy Called Po.
Joanna Canton as Nina Bartell – Then
Nina works at the DMV as the hiring supervisor, who Fez tries to charm in order to get a job. The two end up sharing a kiss in the back office of the DMV, and they start dating. Eventually Fez meets her parents and quickly realizes that her parents are racist and don’t approve of her dating someone who is not white. Eventually Nina breaks up with him, saying that he is too needy.
Joanna Canton as Nina Bartell – Now
Joanna has had a variety of roles since the late ’90s. She had appearances in ’90s classic films Empire Records and The Convent. After That ’70s Show she played Chloe in the series Related. Most recently, she has played in a few TV shows here and there such as NCIS and The Mentalist. Since 2016 the 36-year-old hasn’t been doing much and is still known best for her role as Fez’s boss and love interest.
Cynthia Lamontagne as Rhonda Tate – Then
Rhonda is the brash, outspoken girl who doesn’t really have a filter. Due to her large stature, her classmates gave her the nickname of Big Rhonda. Although she is often made fun of, Rhonda tells Fez that she has been with many different men. Fez and Rhonda start dating and Fez receives ridicule from the group. When Fez tried to take their relationship further, she choked him and broke up with him.
Cynthia Lamontagne as Rhonda Tate – Now
After Cynthia’s role as Rhonda, she went on to appear in small roles in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Veronica Mars and Criminal Minds. In 2008, she played her most recent acting role as a bartender in the film Forgetting Sarah Marshall. In 2006, she married writer and producer Aaron Zelman (who has worked on shows like Law & Order, Criminal Minds and Damages.) The now 51-year-old seems to be staying out of the acting world and limelight for the time being.
Alyson Hannigan as Suzy Simpson – Then
Suzy is the police cadet who trains at the same time as Kelso. She developed a crush on Kelso, who thought of her as only a friend. Fez however, thought that she was the girl of his dreams and Kelso tries to set the two up (even though she thought she was on a date with Kelso.) Kelso and Fez end up getting into a huge fight and Suzy tries to get them to make up.
Alyson Hannigan as Suzy Simpson – Now
Alyson was already a well-acclaimed actress before appearing in That ’70s Show, and was known for her roles in the the American Pie movies and as Willow in the Buffy the Vampire Slayer series. A year after her appearance as Suzy, she landed the role of her lifetime in the highly popular and long-running show How I Met Your Mother, where she played Lily until the series’ finale in 2014. Since then, the 43-year-old has had smaller roles here and there. She married actor (and former Buffy costar) Alexis Denisof in 2003 and the pair now have two daughters.
Megalyn Echikunwoke as Angie Barnett – Then
Angie appeared in the 7th season as Hyde’s surprise half-sister. She is very intelligent, and graduated with a degree in Math. Angie and Hyde were forced to work together in their father’s new record store- but Angie did not enjoy working with him and wanted to manage the store all by herself. She ends up dating Kelso for a brief period of time, which makes Hyde extremely angry.
Megalyn Echikunwoke as Angie Barnett – Now
Megalyn landed many recurring roles in TV series after her role as Angie. She appeared on shows like The 4400, CSI: Miami, 90210, House of Lies, Damien and most recently the voice of Vixen on the DC animated show Vixen. Since 2016, the now 34-year-old actress has been dating famous comedian and actor Chris Rock. Although there were rumors that the two were engaged, Megalyn later shut down the rumors and said that she is not a “huge believer in marriage.”
Jessica Simpson as Annette Berkardt – Then
Annette dated Kelso in season 5, and was referred to in the group as the blonde version of Jackie. Kelso met her while he was in California, and took her back with him to Point Place. Jackie gets insanely jealous of Kelso’s new girlfriend and Annette tries to convince Kelso to cut all ties with Jackie for good. At the Valentine’s Day dance, she realizes that Kelso is still not over Jackie and she leaves him and returns to California.
Jessica Simpson as Annette Berkardt – Now
Jessica Simpson was one of the most popular female singers of the early 2000s, along with Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera. She became even more famous after appearing on the MTV reality show Newlyweds, which was about her relationship with husband and boy band singer Nick Lachey. The two got divorced in 2006 after 4 years of marriage, and now the 37-year-old is married to former professional football player Eric Johnson and they have two children. In 2006 the former singer/actress launched her own clothing and accessories line that is now available in stores like Macy’s, Dillard’s and Lord & Taylor.
Debra Jo Rupp as Kitty Forman – Then
Kitty is probably one of the most loved roles on the show. She is Eric and Laurie’s mother and Red’s wife. Sweet, welcoming and happy-go-lucky, she is very much opposite of her pessimistic and grumpy husband. Kitty is seen as the caretaker for Eric and all of his friends, and often cooks for them and acts like a mother to them all. Kitty is known for her shrill voice and famous loud laugh. Although she is overall extremely sweet, she tends to get sarcastic and squinty-eyed whenever stressed out or annoyed.
Debra Jo Rupp as Kitty Forman – Now
Before appearing in That ’70s Show, Debra appeared in smaller roles in Friends and Seinfeld. Of course, her role as Kitty Forman is what she is most recognized for. After the series’ finale in 2006, the actress continued making smaller appearances and played Vicky Putney in the series Better with You. Nowadays, the 66-year-old isn’t acting as much as she used to, but she did just appear in an episode of the hit NBC series This Is Us. Although she played a housewife and mother on-screen, she never got married or had any children in real life.
Shannon Elizabeth as Brooke Rockwell – Then
Brooke is an intelligent and beautiful librarian and former high school valedictorian. She hooked up with Kelso during the summer after Kelso graduated. She ended up pregnant and at first did not trust Kelso and did not want him in her child’s life. Kelso eventually convinces her to give him a second chance and promises to be a caring father- showing Kelso’s increase in maturity over the years. In the 7th season Brooke gives birth to her and Kelso’s daughter, Betsy.
Shannon Elizabeth as Brooke Rockwell – Now
Shannon became famous after appearing as the attractive foreign exchange student Nadia in the American Pie movies. She quickly became the hottie of the early 2000s and went on to appear in Scary Movie, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, Love Actually and several more. The now 44-year-old last worked as an actress in 2016, where she appeared as Zoe in the golf film Swing Away. In 2002, she married actor Joseph D. Reitman, but the two divorced after only three years of marriage. In 2008, she started dating her Dancing with the Stars partner Derek Hough, but they broke up a year later.
Jennifer Lyons as Pam Macy – Then
Pam is the blonde bombshell who both Kelso and Hyde admire. After Kelso makes out with her behind the school’s gym, Jackie and Kelso fight for the first time. Kelso later takes her as his prom date. She appears in an alternate timeline where Donna and Eric never get together, which results in Kelso not getting back together with Jackie and marrying Pam, who he cheats on with Jackie regularly.
Jennifer Lyons as Pam Macy – Now
Jennifer has played many roles on TV and in film, but most of them have been minor appearances. Her most well-known roles were as Samantha Chambers in Valley Peaks and Lynne in the vampire film Transylmania. Most recently, the 40-year-old appeared in a series called Hitting the Breaks where she played Ruby Zwick and is currently the host in the cooking competition series, Recipe Hunters.
Christina Moore as Laurie Forman – Then
After Lisa Robin Kelly left the show, due to her problems with drinking and substance abuse, she was replaced by Christina Moore. Christina continued where Lisa left off and made her debut in the first episode of the sixth season. Christina played Eric’s promiscuous sister for a total of six episodes, and wrapped up her run at the end of season 6. Although Christina did have a close resemblance to Lisa, fans were still confused by the sudden change.
Christina Moore as Laurie Forman – Now
Christina was acting well before her role as Laurie, and was a series regular on the sketch comedy show Mad TV. After That ’70s Show, she played in many series like The Bad Girl’s Guide, Hot Properties, Hawthorne, 90201 and True Blood. The 44-year-old’s most recent role has been as Mandy Heiser in the TNT series Claws. In 2008, the actress married fellow actor John Ducey, who has appeared in shows such as Will & Grace and Bad Judge.
Tanya Roberts as Midge Pinciotti – Then
Midge is the outgoing and slightly ditzy blonde mother of Donna and wife to Donna’s father Bob. She met Bob while attending high school and the two instantly fell in love. Bob and Midge live next door to the Formans and him and Red form a close friendship (even though Bob tends to annoy Red sometimes.) The couple split up in the second season after Midge announced that she was sick of being a housewife. The two continue to have an on and off again relationship until Midge asks for a divorce and leaves for California to “pursue a career on Broadway.”
Tanya Roberts as Midge Pinciotti – Now
Tanya started her acting career in the mid 70s, and rose to fame after appearing as Julie Rogers in the series Charlie’s Angels. She later on became a Bond girl in the James Bond film A View to a Kill in 1985. After her appearance in That ’70s Show came to an end in 2004, she had a couple minor roles, but hasn’t acted since. Tanya was married to actor Barry Roberts from 1974 until his death in 2006.