There are many famous actresses that come and go over the years. Most are in our minds because there’s a certain nostalgia factor that lingers as they slip into the unknown. What happened to these actresses that captured our minds and live on in our memories? You’re about to find out!
Beverley Mitchell Is Still An American Teenager
Beverley Mitchell was well known for being the middle child in the wholesome show 7th Heaven. Her last big role was four years ago on the TV show The Secret Life of the American Teenager.
Nia Long’s Still Going Strong
For the longest time, Nia Long was known for playing Will Smith’s girlfriend on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. She also had a role in the 1995 cult hit film Friday. Her last big film was Keanu.
Fairuza Balk’s Indie Turn
Fairuza Balk was the quirky girl of the mid-90s when she appeared in films like The Craft and Almost Famous. She works in independent film these days.
Selma Blair: From Cecile To Kris
Selma Blair blew up in the 1999 film Cruel Intentions as ditzy school girl Cecile. She recently made a resurgence playing Kris Jenner in the TV series The People v. O.J. Simpson.
Rachael Leigh Cook’s Comeback
Rachael Leigh Cook was the new “it” girl with films like She’s All That and Josie and the Pussycats, and then she was gone. In 2017, she makes a comeback in A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Mara Wilson’s Accidental Fame
Mrs. Doubtfire’s Mara Wilson was the cute kid in practically every 90s film. These days she’s retired from acting and turned to writing. Her book Where Am I Now? True Stories of Girlhood and Accidental Fame is out now.
Keri Russell Lost Her Curls
Keri Russell got her first major role in Felicity on The WB. Afterwards, her career faded until she reemerged in the late 00’s on the hit TV show The Americans — sans curls.
Elizabeth Hurley Got Her Buzz Back
Elizabeth Hurley was the hottest import in America thanks to Austin Powers. After she broke up with boyfriend Hugh Grant, her career lost its buzz. She’s recently bounced back in the 2015 series The Royals.
Christina Ricci Finally Got Her Show
Christina Ricci was the 90s tomboy appearing in hits like Now & Then, The Addams Family, and Casper. She lost her way with failed shows, but now is back in the TV series Z: The Beginning of Everything.
Goldie Hawn’s Comedic Comeback
Goldie Hawn has an infectious smile that you couldn’t escape in the 80s and 90s in Overboard and The First Wives Club, but she has since slowed down. She’ll make her comedic comeback in the 2017 film Snatched.
Joey Lauren Adams’s Unique Voice
Joey Lauren Adams’s unique raspy tone was present in 90s films like Chasing Amy, Dazed and Confused and Big Daddy. Today she’s found a home on the TV series Still the King.
Ally Sheedy’s Broadway Chops
Ally Sheedy is most known for her goth-to-chic role in 1985 film The Breakfast Club. Since then, she’s been on and off Broadway.
Jennifer Jason Leigh’s High-Profile Role
Jennifer Jason Leigh got her start in the classic 80s comedy Fast Times at Ridgemont High. She recently returned in her first high-profile role in years with the 2015 film The Hateful Eight.
Gaby Hoffman’s Indie Darling Turn
Indie darling Gaby Hoffman broke out in the 1995 film Now and Then. Soon after, she quit acting but then emerged in critically-acclaimed TV shows Girls and Transparent.
Karyn Parsons Returns To TV
Karyn Parsons played the ditzy sister on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air for six years. After bit parts in films, she faded into obscurity until now. She has a new TV show coming up called Fly.
Jenna Von Oy’s Mommy BloggerJenna von Oy played Blossom’s rambly friend in the 90s show Blossom. With all of that high energy, where did she go? She still has a presence thanks to social media, but she’s mainly a mommy blogger now.
Mira Sorvino’s Ageless Looks
Mira Sorvino was known for 1997’s Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion. From the looks of it, it seems like she hasn’t aged a day since.
Eliza Dushku’s No Bull Policy
Eliza Dushku was a big hit playing Faith in Buffy and the spin-off show Angel. These days she’s moved from LA to her hometown of Boston and recently had a huge role on the show Bull.
Amy Jo Johnson’s Power Ranger History
Actress Amy Jo Johnson was everyone’s crush as the Pink Ranger in the 1993 series Power Rangers. After a run on TV’s Covert Affairs, she returned to Power Rangers for a cameo in the new movie.
Thora Birch From Not To Hot
Thora Birch transitioned from a kid star in Hocus Pocus (1991) to an adult role in American Beauty (1999) and then she lost out on high profile roles. That said, she hasn’t aged at all.
Marla Sokoloff’s Bad Girl Gone Good
Marla Sokoloff was known for playing bad girl Gia in the sitcom Full House. These days she makes guest appearances on TV and is a successful mommy blogger.
Tatyana Ali’s New Career
Tatyana Ali played Ashley on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. During the later half of the show, she launched her music career and had a few hits. Now she has a new show out called Fly.
Julia Stiles’ Unlikely Action Turn
Julia Stiles was known for the 1999 film 10 Things I Hate About You. She reemerged in the Bourne series later on in the millennium.
Neve Campbell The Scream Queen
Neve Campbell was the Scream queen thanks to the popular 90s horror franchise. That said, she failed to snag anything as high profile until landing a recent role in House of Cards.
Molly Ringwald’s Mom Roles
For 80s teens, Molly Ringwald was idolized thanks to John Hughes films like Pretty In Pink and The Breakfast Club. After aging out of those roles, she has returned to the screen playing mom roles.
Brandy Turns To Reality Television
Brandy was a singer/actress known for the 90s sitcom Moesha. After having a role in the blockbuster movie I Still Know What You Did Last Summer, she found a place in reality television years later.
Lucy Lawless’s Salem Turn
For years, Lucy Lawless was known as Xena for the hit series Xena: Warrior Princess. She’s now on the show Salem as Countess Marburg.
Vanessa Marcil’s General Hospital Roots
Vanessa Marcil has a fan following from her recurring role on General Hospital and her role as Gina on 90210. After her show Las Vegas ended, she ultimately returned to General Hospital looking better than ever.
Leelee Sobieski Is All About Being Called Mom
Leelee Sobieski was known for the 90s films Deep Impact and Never Been Kissed. She’s since left Hollywood and has two children. She describes herself as a “mom and an outsider.”
Katey Sagal’s Return To Television
For years, Katey Sagal was known for playing loud-mouthed Peggy on the 80s sitcom Married… with Children. She returned to the spotlight 10 years later in the hit show Sons of Anarchy, after being a voice actress.
Robin Tunney’s Big Break
Robin Tunney’s big break was playing the main character in the 1996 film The Craft. she disappeared shortly after, but reemerged on popular shows like Prison Break and The Mentalist.
Claire Danes Got Her Groove Back
Claire Danes got her big starring role on the short-lived television series My So Called Life and then disappeared in the late 90s. It wasn’t until the 2011 show Homeland premiered that she got her career back.
Liv Tyler Turns To Television
Liv Tyler’s gorgeous looks were longed after by many thanks to her string of 90s classics like Armageddon, Empire Records, and That Thing You Do. She disappeared for a while, but now she’s back on the TV show The Leftovers.
Jennifer Beals Bouncing From Show To Show
Jennifer Beals was known for the 1983 film Flashdance. Since then, she reemerged in 2004 with a role on The L Word. After the series ended, she hasn’t been able to get a show that will stick.
Alyssa Milano’s Not So Charmed Life
Alyssa Milano was an object of desire for many on the show Who’s the Boss? and later on, in the show Charmed. Her last big role was on the canceled show Mistresses (2013).
Winona Ryder’s Return To The Top
Winona Ryder was a legend in the 80s and 90s appearing in films like Edward Scissorhands, Beetlejuice and Little Women. She rose to fame once again in Black Swan (2010) and the TV series Stranger Things.
Debi Mazar’s Good Career Move
Debi Mazar may always be known for Goodfellas (1990) but in the millennium she got her career back on track by appearing regularly on the show Entourage.
Kate Capshaw’s Shift In Focus
Kate Capshaw was known for the 1984 movie Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, but after she hooked up with director Steven Spielberg, she limited her acting choices. Her daughter, Jessica Capshaw, is now an actress on Grey’s Anatomy.
Elisabeth Shue’s Still Going Strong
Elisabeth Shue was a major star in the 80s, known for Back to the Future and Adventures In Babysitting. After being under the radar for decades, she finally got a role on CSI in 2012.
Kelly LeBrock Pumps The Brakes
Kelly LeBrock was every boy’s fantasy in the 1985 film Weird Science. She scored a few other cool roles after that, but doesn’t act much.
Tiffani Amber Thiessen’s Career Reversal
Tiffani Amber Thiessen’s poster might have been on everyone’s school locker. She blew up on TV series such as Saved By The Bell and 90210. These days, she has her own cooking show.
Alicia Silverstone’s Career Switch
Everyone wanted Alicia Silverstone’s style in the 1996 film Clueless. She was able to capitalize on that fame with additional roles, but for the most part retired from acting to be a PETA activist.
Jennifer Grey’s Unfortunate Nose Job
Jennifer Grey was the dancing queen thanks to Dirty Dancing (1987). After a nose job completely changed her face, she has struggled to find a job for a long time.
Jennifer Tilly’s Voice Career Took Off
Jennifer Tilly is known for late 90s films like Liar Liar and Bride of Chucky. Since then, she’s been in mostly independent films and has voiced Bonnie Swanson on Family Guy.
Jennifer Love Hewitt Headed To Television
Jennifer Love Hewitt was the late 90s “it” girl and then she faltered when she aged out of those roles. Fortunately, she was able to pick her career back up with Ghost Whisperer and Criminal Minds.
Clea Duvall’s Indie Queen To The Big Screen
Clea Duvall was known for late 90s films like The Faculty and Girl, Interrupted. After getting lost in the indie scene, she found herself back on the big screen in the 2012 film Argo.
Rosario Dawson’s Daring Move
Rosario Dawson started off as an indie darling in the 1995 film Kids, and appeared in blockbuster movies since then. Her name really lit up the screen when she appeared in the Netflix series Daredevil.
Melanie Griffith’s Puzzling Career
In the late 80s and early 90s, Melanie Griffith was known for Working Girl, Lolita and Milk Money. Her last big role was a few appearances in Hawaii Five-0.
Kellie Shanygne Williams’s Stagnant Career
Kellie Shanygne Williams played Laura Winslow in the 80s-90s sitcom Family Matters. Her last significant role was on the show Eve in 2006. She’s pretty active on social media.