chapter  7
Is That All There Is?
Challenging the Suburban Fantasy in the Sixties and Seventies
Pages 42

This chapter explores the celebrity culture of the sixties and seventies reflects both criticism of the postwar version of the American Dream, as well as the uncertainty about what would follow in an era of social change. John F. Kennedy and his storied family became fodder for celebrity fan magazines, although by contemporary standards the coverage treaded lightly when it came to the president. A notable exception was white actress Peggy Lipton's relationship with African-American music producer Quincy Jones. Divorce rates rose over the next twenty years until divorce itself became commonplace; in 1969 California became the first state in the nation to institute no-fault divorce proceedings to ease a growing caseload. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the first oral contraceptive in 1960, and within two years doctors prescribed 'the Pill' to more than a million American women. America elected its first movie star president, merging celebrity culture and the American Dream into one iconic figure.