PEOPLE Magazine 40th Anniversary

40 Years Later: Headline Makers
Then & Now

Who was making news in 1974, the year PEOPLE published its first issue? From Stephen King to Barbara Walters to Hank Aaron, look back at who filled our pages then – and find out what they're doing today


1974: The actress's career hit an all-time high when she landed the role of Daisy Buchanan in the movie The Great Gatsby. Farrow, 29, generated such good buzz for her performance that PEOPLE put her, in character, on the cover of the magazine's first issue, March 4, 1974.
2014: She's had a career that's spanned more than 50 films, but Farrow, 69, has also worked as a human-rights advocate for children in conflict-affected areas of Africa. She made headlines in 2013 when her former lover, Woody Allen, was accused by their adopted daughter, Dylan Farrow, 28, of sexually abusing the girl when she was 7; the actress stood by her daughter's side. Farrow also had tongues wagging that year by commenting that the father of her 25-year-old son Ronan Farrow could "possibly" be Frank Sinatra (not Woody Allen).