Although Hollywood wishes its stars could be ageless and look the same in the camera forever, the fact of the matter is that people grow up. Whether some celebrities have peaked decades ago or are just hitting their A-list status now, this list will show rare images of celebrities then and now. Check out the gallery below and see how stars like Beyoncé, Tom Cruise and Gwen Stefani. Who knows, maybe you’ll find a photo of your favorite celeb you’ve never seen before.
Jennifer Love Hewitt
In 1997, Julia Stiles landed a role in “The Devil’s Own,” along side Harrison Ford and Brad Pitt, which lead to her getting the lead role in the 1998 thriller, “Wicked.” She finished off the 90s strong, by portraying a featured role in “10 Things I Hate About You” opposite Heath Ledger. Stiles had continued success in her acting career, including landing roles in the Bourne franchise and the 2012 box office hit “Silver Linings Playbook.” From 2012-2014 she started in the series “Blue.”
Many Moore took over the 90s showing off her many talents – acting, singing, and songwriting. Moore released her debut single “Candy,” in 1999. That same year she toured with boy bands Backstreet Boys and N*SYNC. She has now released a total of 6 albums and appeared in multiple hit movies such as “A Walk To Remember,” “Because I Said So,” “License To Wed” and “Tangled.” She currently stars in the NBC drama “This Is Us.”
Mia Sara: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
Molly Ringwald: Sixteen Candles/The Breakfast ClubBorn in 1968, Molly Kathleen Ringwald is easily one of the most iconic faces of the 80’s. Sixteen Candles in 1984, The Breakfast Club in 1985, and Pretty in Pink in 1986, all John Hughes films, ensured that no one would ever forget her face. She still acts today, most notably in The Secret Life of the American Teenager, which ran from 2008 to 2013. Molly is also a married mother of three.
Lea Thompson: Back to the Future
Born in 1961, Lea Katherine Thompson is the iconic star of the Back to the Future trilogy, one of the most memorable film franchises of the 80’s. She also starred in the 1986 film Howard the Duck and the 1993 film The Beverly Hillbillies, among many others. One of her other iconic roles was in the 1995-1999 television series Caroline in the City. More recently, Lea has had a slew of television guest star appearances and has been one of the stars of Switched at Birth since 2011. She is a married mother of two girls, and is still just as beautiful today as she was in her very first appearance!
Marisa Tomei began to make a name for her self in the industry after she played the reoccurring role of Maggie Lauten on Bill Cosby’s “A Different World.” However, Marisa became an international star when she played the feisty auto mechanic from New York, Mona Lisa Vito, in “My Cousin Vinny,” in 1992. This performance won her an Oscar for Best Actress in a Supporting Role. She recently had roles in the box-office hits “The Big Short” and “Captain America: Civil War.” She will reprise her role as Aunt May for “Spiderman: Homecoming.”
Sarah Jessica Parker
Amy Jo Johnson
Amy Jo Johnson made it OK for boys and girls everywhere to love the color pink. Johnson made her TV debut, in 1993, as Kimberly Hart, aka The Pink Ranger, on the series “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers.” She played Kimberly until 1999. She continued her acting career into the 2000s with leading roles in “The Division” and “Flashpoint.” She also released her first music album in 2001 and has released 2 more since. Set to be released in 2017, she is writing and directing an indie comedy film titled “The Space Between.”
Schroder was only 12 years old when he landed the lead role on ’80s TV sitcom Silver Spoons. In an interview with Oprah, the NYPD Blue alum said: “I joke with my kids, ‘You know, Dad wasn’t as big as Justin Bieber, but Dad was pretty big when he was 15!'”
The Nikita actor gained fame when he starred as the rebel John Bender in The Breakfast Club and Alec Newbury in St. Elmo’s Fire cementing his place in the Brat Pack Pantheon. Nelson later appeared in TV series like CSI, Psych and Two and a Half Men. The actor also released four books to Amazon’s Kindle.
Gwen Stefani became a pop-rock idol, in the 90s, leading the band “No Doubt.” The band has released a total of 6 albums. In 2004, Stefani began her solo career with “Love. Angel. Music. Baby.” Her solo career has been a huge success, releasing hit tracks like “Hollaback Girl,” “If I Was A Rich Girl,” and “Used To Love You.” In 2014, she became a judge of the reality TV show “The Voice,” where she met her current boyfriend, Blake Shelton. She also has her own perfume and clothing line.
During the 90s, Brandy was known as a famous singer and an actress. Her self-titled album quickly went platinum in the US in 1994. The singer was soon cast to play the lead role in UPN’s TV series “Moesha.” While on “Moesha,” she landed the role of Karla Wilson, in the hit franchise movie “I Still Know What You Did Last Summer.” From 2012-2015, she played the reoccurring role of Chardonnay in TV series “The Game.” In January 2016, Brandy debuted as Zoe Moon in the BET TV series “Zoe Ever After.”
Elizabeth was known for being the girlfriend of veteran actor, Hugh Grant. Already building fame from modeling and acting, she soared into public popularity after she wore the plunging black Versace dress (pictured below) to Hugh Grant’s film premiere “Four Weddings and a Funeral.” In the late 90s, Hurley also landed big roles in feature films like “Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery” and “Bedazzled.” Hurley now is busy playing the role of the sassy and back-stabbing Queen Helena, in the television show, “The Royals.” She also still counts Hugh Grant as one of her best friends.
Girls just wanna have fun! Pop icon Cyndi Lauper released her first solo album, She’s So Unusual, in 1983. The “Time After Time” singer later earned a Grammy for Best New Artist in 1985. Lauper went on to compose music for Broadway musical Kinky Boots, for which she won a Tony Award.
Jenna Von Oy
Kel Mitchell ruled the teen comedy scene in the 90s. He starred on shows like “All That” and “Kenan and Kel.” Any child who owned a TV could tell you his famous line, “Who loves orange soda? Kel loves orange soda!” He also landed a role along side Ben Stiller in the movie “Mystery Men.” After his “Kenan and Kel” days, Kel went on to do some voice acting on shows like “Clifford the Big Red Dog” and “Wild Grinders.” Beginning in 2015, he returned to his roots and landed a role on a Nickelodeon series, which he still performs on today.
Six degrees of Kevin Bacon and it all leads back to Footloose! The Following actor became a household name when he took on the iconic role of Ren McCormack in 1984’s Footloose. In a hilarious video in 2014, Bacon attempted to teach millennials about the ’80s. The dancing king now stars in FOX thriller The Following.
Daryl Hannah: Blade Runner
Dianne Wiest: Bullets over Broadway
Sigourney Weaver: Aliens
Elizabeth McGovern: Once Upon A Time In America
Nominated for an Academy Award for 1981’s Ragtime, Elizabeth McGovern has been a staple of Hollywood for decades. 1984’s Once Upon A Time In America and 1990’s The Handmaid’s Tale are other films that helped cement her significance in cinema. More recently, she became a household name while starring on the ITV television series Downton Abbey, which ran from 2010 to 2016. Films such as 2010’s Clash of the Titans and 2015’s Woman in Gold also ensured that Hollywood has no intention of letting her star fade.
Sean Young: Ace Ventura
An American actress, Sean Young is best known for her roles in 1982’s Blade Runner and 1984’s Dune. 1994’s Ace Ventura: Pet Detective and 1996’s Everything to Gain are two of her other well-known films, and she is still acting today. In 2013, she appeared in the fan-made pilot of Star Trek: Renegades.
Karen Allen: Indiana Jones
Best known for playing Indiana Jones’ love interest in 1981’s Raiders of the Lost Ark, Karen Allen was such a hit that she reprised the role in 2008’s Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. 1993’s The Sandlot and 2000’s The Perfect Storm are also notable films she’s starred in over the years. She still acts today and recently starred in 2015’s Bad Hurt.
Charlie Sheen’s older brother, Estevez grew up with fellow ’80s actors Sean Penn and Rob Lowe and was also a member of the Brat Pack after starring in The Breakfast Club, St. Elmo’s Fire, and The Outsiders. Estevez went on to star in 1992’s The Mighty Ducks and aside from acting, also now owns his own winery, Casa Dumetz, in California.
Kelly McGillis: Top Gun
In 1957, Kelly Ann McGillis was born. This lovely actress became an iconic face of American movies in the 80’s. Most people know her for the 1986 blockbuster hit Top Gun, which famously launched the career of Tom Cruise. Kelly also starred in the 1985 film Witness alongside Harrison Ford, a role which earned her both Golden Globe and BAFTA nominations. In 1988, Kelly starred in The Accused beside Jodie Foster, another role she is well remembered for. In 2009, Kelly publicly came out as a lesbian. She shared a civil union with Melanie Leis, a sales executive, from 2010 to 2011. Today, Kelly is still acting and is a proud mother and grandmother.
Lori Singer: Footloose
Born in 1957, Lori Singer is the Jewish beauty from the 1984 film Footloose, a classic that had withstood the test of time. She’s also known for her role in the television series Fame, which ran from 1982-1983. After taking a break from acting for a few years, Lori returned to acting with a guest role on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. More recently, she’s worked as a producer, with her documentary Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God winning a Peabody Award.
Linda Hamilton: The Terminator
Jennifer Connelly: The Labyrinth
Andrew Keegan first entered the Hollywood spotlight after landing a role in the cult classic “Camp Nowhere,” in 1994. He then landed roles in the movie “Independence Day,” and as Stephanie Tanner’s love interest on “Full House.” He quickly gained heartthrob status and landed recurring roles on “7th Heaven” and “Party of Five.” Unfortunately, Keegan hasn’t done much acting since the 1990s. However, he has found himself leading in other ways. In 2014, he joined a religion called “Full Circle” and now serves as a spiritual leader.
Sarah Michelle Gellar
Gellar’s television breakthrough came in 1993 when she played Kendall Hart on “All My Children.” However, her widespread fame came from her portrayal as Buffy, in “Buffy the Vampire Slayer.” Buffy broke the norm of the helpless horror movie female victim and became a strong inspiration to girls everywhere. In 2015, Gellar co-founded Foodstirs, a food crafting startup that sells baking kits for kids. She is also set to release a cookbook in 2017.
Luke Perry began establishing his on-screen career after he landed the role of Kenny in “Another World,” in the late 80s. The role launched his career and made him a teen idol. He landed roles in features films like “Buffy The Vampire Slayer,” “Normal Life,” and “American Strays.” For most of the 90s, he played Dylan McKay on “Beverly Hills, 90210.” Since the 90s, he has continued to land roles in various TV shows and movies. However, his popularity was never as high as it was in the 90s. He currently filming the TV series “Riverdale.”
Starting her career in television in 1990, Richards made appearances in shows like “Saved by the Bell,” “Seinfeld” and “Melrose Place.” Her first film breakthrough role was in “Starship Troopers,” in 1997. She continued to land numerous movie roles including Rebecca Ann Leeman in “Drop Dead Gorgeous,” and a Bond girl in “The World is Not Enough.” Still as beautiful as ever, she had reoccurring roles on TV series “Blue Mountain State,” “Twisted” and “Vanity.” In 2011, she released her memoir “The Real Girl Next Door.”
Yasmine became a household name when she landed the role as Caroline Holden on the hit series “Baywatch.” Her fame from “Baywatch” led to roles in “Nash Bridges” and the short-lived series “Titans.” She also appeared in several TV movies in the late 90s, such as “A Face to Die For,” “Talk to Me,” and “Crowned and Dangerous.” The now 48-year-old looks slightly different, pictured here alongside her husband, Paul Cerrito. Although now sober, Bleeth has not had any acting success since the early 2000s, due to a cocaine addiction.
Johnathon Taylor Thomas
Child Star John Taylor Thomas stole the show as the son of Tim Allen on Home Improvement. He played Randy Taylor on the show for 7 years. During that time, he made his film debut voicing Simba in “The Lion King.” Thomas eventually enrolled at Harvard University where he studied philosophy and history. He also attended graduate school at Columbia University. He has pretty much stayed out of the limelight except for small appearances in shows like “8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter” and “Last Man Standing.”
Christina Applegate shot into fame for playing Kelly Bundy on “Married With Children,” for a decade (1987-1997). Simultaneously while working on “Married With Children,” she had roles in movies such as “Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitters Dead” and “Mars Attacks!.” Her fame and beauty never stopped growing. She had roles in blockbuster movies such as “Anchorman,” “Vacation,” and “Hall Pass.” You can expect to see her in the 2017 movie “Crash Pad,” alongside Nina Dobrev.
Melissa Joan Hart
Melissa Joan Hart took over the TV screen, in the 90’s. She had leading roles in “Clarissa Explains it All,” and “Sabrina the Teenage Witch.” She played the role of Sabrina Spellman on 6 different TV series: Sabrina, the Teenage Witch (1996), Clueless (1996), Boy Meets World (1993), You Wish (1997), Teen Angel (1997) and Robot Chicken (2005). She jumped back into TV as a leading lady in 2010, on “Melissa & Joey.” The show ran until 2015. Her most recent credited roles, in 2016, were in the film “Gods Not Dead 2,” and the TV movie “Broadcasting Christmas.”
Judi Dench: James BondAn English actress known around the globe, Judi Dench has been a staple of cinema for decades. She is renowned for her work on stage and screen, and she is also an author. Most audiences will know her best as M from the James Bond films, a role she debuted in 1995’s Goldeneye. She won an Academy Award in 1998 for Shakespeare in Love and has received numerous awards and nominations for her work in the theater. She is still a busy actress today, with appearances in films such as 2011’s Jane Eyre, 2012’s The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, and its 2015 sequel.
Jamie Lee Curtis: Halloween
Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio: Scarface
An American actress of stage and screen, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio has been acting since 1980. 1983’s Scarface was the film that put her in the spotlight, and she earned an Academy Award nomination for her role in 1986’s The Color of Money. 1991’s Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves and 2000’s The Perfect Storm are other films of note that she has starred in over the years. She still acts today and recently can be seen starring in the television show Limitless, based on the Bradley Cooper film of the same name.
Geena Davis: Beetlejuice
An American actress with a wide repertoire, Geena Davis is a memorable face in Hollywood. Roles in films like 1988’s Beetlejuice, 1991’s Thelma & Louise, 1992’s A League of Their Own, and 1999’s Stuart Little ensured everyone knew her. She won an Academy Award in 1988 for The Accidental Tourist. More recently, she starred in the 2005-2006 television series Commander in Chief and had a recurring role from 2014-2015 on Grey’s Anatomy.
Christina Ricci was a teenage star on the silver screen, in the 90s. Just to name a few roles, she played Wednesday Addams for both Adams Family Movies, Kat in “Casper,” and Roberta in “Now & Then.” By the time the 90s had ended, she proved her strong acting abilities. Beginning in 2015, she began playing Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald in “Z: The Beginning of Everything,” an Amazon series. A role which she continues to play today.
Alicia performed in multiple Aerosmith music videos, before rising to fame in the hit comedy movie “Clueless.” In 1997, she landed the role of Batgirl in the big-budget film “Batman & Robin,” and a role alongside Brendan Fraser in the 1999 film “Blast From the Past.” Alicia has been flip-flopping from the big screen to Broadway. In 2016, she starred in “King Cobra” and “Who Gets the Dog?.”
Lawless began the 90s landing roles in various short films, TV shows and TV movies. However, her character, Xena Warrior Princess was the iconic strong female character of the 90s. Lucy has had a continuous career since Xena ended, with work on “Spartacus,” “Parks and Recreation,” and “Agents of Shield.” From 2014-2015, she had a recurring role on the TV series “Salem,” as Countess Marburg. Her most recent role was in the Starz’s series “Ash vs. Evil Dead” as Ruby Knowby.
Elisabeth Shue rose to fame after making her film debut opposite Ralph Macchio in “The Karate Kid.” She landed her first starring role in 1987, in “Adventures of Babysitting.” She began the 90s, reprising her role of Jennifer for the third movie in the “Back to the Future,” franchise. She steadily kept acting in the 90s, and was even nominated for an Oscar for her performance in the 1995 film “Leaving Las Vegas.”
Keri Russell began her career, like many other 90s actors, on the Mickey Mouse Club. She stayed in the club until 1993. However, her role in 1992’s “Honey I Shrunk The Kids” skyrocketed her career. By the late 90s, she was starring in the title role on the TV series “Felicity.” In 2013, Russell began playing Elizabeth Jennings on the FX series “The Americans.” This is where she met her current co-star and boyfriend, Matthew Rhys.
Michelle Williams made her film debut in 1994, in the hit film “Lassie.” Throughout the 90s she continued to land roles in movies such as “A Thousand Acres,” “Halloween H20: 20 Years Later,” “Dick, (still featured below)” and “But I’m A Cheerleader.” She finished the 90s strong landing the role of Jen Lindley in the TV series “Dawson’s Creek.” She continues to act and recently played Randi Chandler in the Golden Globe winning movie “Manchester By The Sea.”
Born in rural Pennsylvania, in the late 80s, Taylor Swift has truly come a long way in her career. After pursuing her dream and moving to Nashville at age 14, she was determined to become a music star. Since 2006, she has released 5 studio albums, all have which have been certified platinum numerous times. She has had numerous endorsement deals and created her own line of perfume. She is currently considered one of the most successful artists in the world.
Jamie Lynn Spears
Before she was Lady Gaga she was Stefani Germanotta. She played piano since a young age and participated in theater in high school. Her mother encouraged her to apply to musical theater program at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. She was 1 of 20 students to gain early admission and began her studies at age 17. However, she dropped out to pursue a musical career. After performing with a band, and being dropped from Def Jam Records. Singer-producer, Akon, was able to get her a joint deal with his label, Kon Live, and Interscope Geffen A&M. She has since released 6 studio albums.
Brazilian Supermodel, got her first big break in 1997, after she was selected to walk in an Alexander McQueen fashion show in London. She was chosen not only for her looks but for her ability to walk in towering high heels on a very slippery run. Her success only continued and by 2000 she was selected to be a Victoria Secret Angel. A position which she held until 2007. She has since landed multiple modeling campaigns and has been the face of Versace, Givenchy and Chanel. She is now married to Super Bowl Winning Quarterback, Tom Brady.
Janelle Monáe was born in 1985, so she was truly a 90s child. Since a young age, she dreamed of becoming a singer and a performer. She eventually moved to New York City and study drama at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy. After moving to Atlanta, she met OutKast’s Big Boi, who helped her launch her singing career. Big Boi told P. Diddy to look at Janelle, and instantly feel in love with her work. She signed to Bad Boy in 2006. She has released 4 albums and also has made the jump to acting. She most recently appeared in the Oscar-winning film Moonlight.
In the 1990s, Mariah Carey was a pop star queen. The notoriously self-proclaimed diva was honored as being the best-selling recording artist of the 1990s at the World Music Awards. Her singing career also paved the way for a small jump into acting. She appeared in films such as Glitter, Precious, and The Butler. Despite a lip-synching incident on live television on New Year’s Eve, Carey is still moving forward with her acting and singing career. In February 2017, she released the single “I Don’t.”
Born Margaret Denise Quigley, Maggie Q is an actress in model. She spent most of the late 90s building her portfolio in the modeling world. However, by the end of the decade she had gotten her big break on TV. In 1998, she appeared in the TV drama House of the Dragon, which was very successful in Asia. By 2000, she started landing roles in films like in Gen Y Cops. Jackie Chan was so impressed with her performance in Gen Y Cops that he gave her roles in both Manhattan Midnight and Rush Hour 2. Since then her career has only continued to flourish. She has recently appeared in various hit TV series such as Stalker and Designated Survivor, as well as appeared in multiple blockbuster films such as in The Divergent series.
Cote de Pablo
Judith Light entered the Hollywood scene in the late 70s, after landing a small role on the TV series “Kojak.” However, her big break and most notable role began in 1984. She landed a leading role, opposite Tony Danza, on a TV series title “Who’s the Boss?” The show ran until 1992. Since then, her acting career continued to flourish on-screen and in the theater. She won 2 Tony awards, in 2012 and 2013, for Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Play. More recently, in 2017, she appeared on hit series such as “Transparent” and “Doubt.”
Tonya Harding is best known for the 1994 scandal “The Whack Heard Round the World.” Harding’s biggest competitor, Nancy Kerrigan, was on her way to the locker room before the U.S. Figure Skating Championships, when Shane Stant, Tonya Harding’s ex-husband’s friend, hit her in the leg with a police baton. Tonya pleaded guilty to a felony of hindering the prosecution. Since her ice skating days, Harding has certainly led an interesting life. She made and sold a sex tape, had a short-lived boxing career, and set a new land speed record for a vintage gas coupe. Hollywood is currently making a movie about the scandal and Margot Robbie will play Harding.