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Our Teen Idols: What Are They Doing Now?

Brigitte Bardot Our Teen Idol from the Past

Brigitte Bardot

She was one of the most stunning movie stars of the 1960s. With her long, blonde hair and trademark bangs, cat eyeliner and perfect figure, Brigitte Bardot was envied by women and desired by men. Bardot was a sex symbol, but there was a certain innocence about her as well.

The Parisian-born Bardot began her acting career in 1952 and starred in 47 films, including the controversial “And God Created Woman” in 1957. She retired in 1973 and since then has devoted herself to animal rights activism. She has contributed hundreds of thousands of dollars to animal rights organizations and established a foundation of her own, the Brigitte Bardot Foundation for the Welfare and Protection of Animals. Always outspoken, Bardot has been critical of Muslim immigration into France and was fined five times for inciting racial hatred. Now 81, she’s still controversial.

Have you ever wondered about the film and music stars you adored when you were young? Here’s a roundup of what some of them are doing now.

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Racquel Welch

Who can forget that poster of Raquel Welch that displayed her physique in a fur bikini? The star of “One Million Years BC” and “Fantastic Voyage,” now 75, had a long acting career, appearing in films and TV roles as recently as 2012. In the 1980s, she started producing beauty and fitness books and videos. She found business success with a line of wigs.

Bobby Sherman

Bobby Sherman, a singer who appeared regularly on “American Bandstand,” was beloved by teenage girls in the 1960s. His hits included “Julie (Do Ya Love Me)” and “Easy Come, Easy Go.” Sherman retired in 1990 and became a medical training officer with the Los Angeles Police Department and later a deputy sheriff in San Bernardino County. He retired in 2010.


Lanky, short-haired and doe-eyed, Twiggy, whose real name was Leslie Lawson, defined the 1960s Mod look. In the 1970s, she switched to acting and singing, starring in Ken Russell’s film “The Boyfriend.” In the past decade, Twiggy, 67, reinvented herself on reality shows, including “America’s Next Top Model,” and is a fashion designer with a line that’s sold on the Home Shopping Network.

Shirley MacLaine

Perky, strawberry-blonde Shirley MacLaine starred in films like “The Apartment,” “The Trouble with Harry” and “Irma la Douce.” At 82, she’s still at it, having recently had roles in “Glee” and “Downtown Abbey.” Outside of her career, she has written books about spirituality and metaphysics. Her brother is another ‘60s heartthrob, Warren Beatty.

Little Richard

Little Richard, 83, whose birth name is Richard Penniman, started singing in church as a child in Macon, Georgia. He brought that gospel shout and a flamboyant, high-energy style to his performances of hits like “Long Tall Sally,” “Tutti Frutti” and “Lucille.” After six decades, his shows were still full of fire. His most recent live performance was in Las Vegas in 2013.

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Grace Slick

As lead singer for The Great Society and Jefferson Airplane, Grace Slick was one of the first female rock stars and an icon of the 1960s counterculture. She performed with subsequent incarnations of the Airplane until 1988, when she gave up the music business, saying that people over 50 were too old to rock and roll—although she’s performed a few times since then with Jefferson Starship. After retiring, drawing and painting became her artistic passion. She speaks out on causes like tolerance and veganism, and has sold many of her paintings of her 1960s musical colleagues and a series of works based on “Alice in Wonderland.”

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Christopher Walken

Christopher Walken made his first movie in 1969 and gained fame in the 1970s with films like “Annie Hall” and “The Deer Hunter.” But before then, was a child actor who appeared frequently on TV, including a two-year stint on the soap opera “The Guiding Light.” Later Walken, a trained dancer, and moved to on- and off-Broadway theater. The 72-year-old actor became known for his quirky and often villainous roles, and he’s still acting in films, appearing in two movies released in 2015.

Mia Farrow

Mia Farrow, 70, came to our attention in the TV soap opera “Peyton Place” and early movies including “Rosemary’s Baby” and “The Great Gatsby.” She appeared in more than 50 more films, including 12 directed by her significant other, Woody Allen. She continues to perform occasionally in films and on the stage but primarily devotes her time to human-rights activism. She has served as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and has focused attention through films and public appearances on humanitarian crises in Darfur and Rwanda.

Paul Anka

We danced to teen idol Paul Anka’s songs, “Puppy Love,” “Put Your Head on My Shoulder” and “Diana” in the 1960s. Now 74, he’s still singing, launched a tour in January 2016. He released a duets album in 2013, on which he collaborated with Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson and Tom Jones. His recently published autobiography is titled “My Way.”

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Independent Living

Independent Living Homes and Apartments


What is independent living?

Independent living is available at the following Loomis Communities:

When referring to retirement communities, independent living describes a house or apartment home in an age-restricted community setting designed for older adults who are able to manage their homes and daily activities without supervision or medical assistance. Independent living can be offered as an apartment in a stand-alone building, or as part of a larger community with a wide range of services, including access to a continuum of health care should you need those services in the future.

Our independent living apartments, villas, and cottages set the standard for distinctive retirement living. Residents enjoy a maintenance-free lifestyle in a spacious, thoughtfully designed homes. Comfort and peace of mind are the focus of our independent living homes, with features such as a private balcony or patio, lovely views, a well-equipped kitchen, generous closets and storage, and many other amenities.

A wide selection of independent living apartments and homes is available at all of The Loomis Communities. Whichever of our communities you choose, you’ll find neighbors who become friends, and plenty of space for your treasured possessions. The Loomis Communities offers everything you need to create a healthy, happy, active retirement.

Assisted Living

Assisted Living


What is assisted living?

Assisted living is available at the following Loomis Communities:

Assisted living offers a middle ground between independent living and nursing care. Assisted living is a good choice for you if you do not require the extensive medical care provided in nursing care but are not able to manage living on your own. Staff is available to provide 24-hour comprehensive assistance with activities of daily living (ADLs), such as dressing, grooming, eating, mobility and hygiene. A variety of activities and social events, as well as transportation, cleaning, and laundry services, also are typical features of assisted living. The Loomis Communities provides assisted living as part of a comprehensive continuum of care, while many organizations only provide one level of assistance.

Our assisted living features private apartments that residents furnish with their own personal treasures, providing all the comforts of home. Our studio and one-bedroom apartments provide a place where residents who need a little help with the activities of daily living (ADLs) can truly enjoy life. Caregivers are available to help residents with activities such as dressing, bathing, grooming, and medication management. The intimate residential design of assisted living allows our staff to get to know and understand the needs and desires of residents and their families.

Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation

Skilled Nursing Care


What do all these terms mean: home care, skilled nursing care, licensed skilled care, and long-term care?

Skilled nursing care and rehabilitation are available at the following Loomis Community:

Nursing homes are licensed by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and offer furnished rooms and health services to residents who require consistent and ongoing medical care with physician oversight but do not require hospitalization. This is called skilled nursing care. Our communities provide skilled nursing care, which includes post-hospital care, short-term rehabilitation, complex medical care, and long-term care. Oversight is provided by licensed professional nurses, nurse practitioners, and physicians. A comprehensive therapy department is staffed by physical therapists, occupational therapists, and speech language pathologists. The Loomis Communities nursing homes are designed to meet the individual needs of the residents.

Loomis Lakeside at Reeds Landing offers licensed, skilled nursing care in a cozy and supportive environment. Both our nursing centers are Medicare and Medicaid-certified and provide short-term rehabilitation and long-term care in well-appointed private or semi-private rooms. The Loomis House nursing center also offers specialized dementia care. Our compassionate staff delivers care with respect and dignity.


What is rehabilitation, skilled rehabilitation, or short-term rehabilitation?

Rehabilitation is available at the following Loomis Community:

The Loomis Communities offer rehabilitation services with a staff of professionals. Our physical and occupational therapists, speech and language pathologists, registered dieticians, registered nurses, licensed social workers, and gourmet chefs, work as a team to get you back home. We complete a comprehensive assessment to develop individualized care plans to manage residents’ physical, social, and emotional concerns.

Our unique approach promotes independence and a rapid return home after rehabilitation from a broad range of surgical procedures, injuries, and illness.

Our nursing center, Loomis Lakeside at Reeds Landing is Medicare and Medicaid-certified, and provides short-term rehabilitation and long-term care in well-appointed private or semi-private rooms. Loomis Lakeside at Reeds Landing received a 5-year accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) in Person-Centered Long-term Care. This mark of excellence means that we have been recognized as a provider of quality care for your loved one that meets state-of-the-art, international standards of performance.

To learn more about rehabilitation at the Loomis Lakeside at Reeds Landing nursing center, please contact:

Gabrielle Thomes,
413-782-1800, ext. 5850, or

Applewood Senior Independent Living in Amherst MA
Loomis Lakeside CCRC Springfield MA
Loomis Village Senior Living South Hadley