Where Are They Now? Famous Female Celebrities From The Past
Have you ever watched an old television series or movie and wondered how the actress’ career turned out? There have been a lot of television reboots and reunions of series that I watched when I was in middle school and high school. Some of the actresses on the series were popular and had a career ahead of them. But then I thought, I haven’t seen much from them since the show ended.
From Alyssa Milano to Olivia Newton-John, Lynda Carter, and more. Here is a look at where popular actresses from the past have been up to.
I never got to experience “Grease” when it first hit theaters, but I remember watching it as a kid and absolutely falling in love. Like many young girls, I had the biggest crush on John Travolta and felt like I could relate to Sandy.
“Grease” was Newton-John’s most popular film, but she’s also known for the cult-classic hit song “Let’s Get Physical.” Over the years, she’s done a lot of actor roles, and is still singing.
The newest “Wonder Woman” movie was a massive hit, with many young girls falling in love with and emulating the character Diana Prince, also known as Wonder Woman. However, Gal Gadot is not the original Wonder Woman. That title belongs to Lynda Carter who took on the role in the 1970s. Carter is still acting, taking on roles in various movies like the upcoming “Wonder Woman 2,” and series like “Two and a Half Men” and most recently, “Supergirl.”
Erika Eleniak was a huge actress in the 1990s, and known for her role as Shaun McClain in the hit series “Baywatch.” She continued working on several television series and movies throughout the 1990s and early 2000s. After several years of not acting, she’s making a bit of a comeback on top of being a teacher, motivational speaker and an author of various children’s books.
Danica McKellar grew up on the small screen where became a household name after playing the beloved Winnie Cooper in the hit series “The Wonder Years,” for five years. Since then she’s done voice work on several series, earned a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from UCLA and wrote four books on math. Recently, she became a household name starring in several hit movies for the Hallmark Channel.
Mary Kate & Ashley Olsen
In the 1980s Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen dominated the tween market. They got their start on the popular family comedy series “Full House,” but went on to star in various straight to DVD movies and various TV shows, and also released music that were massive hits for the young crowd. They were millionaires before they were old enough to drive. Their last film was the 2004 film “New York Minute.” Since they stopped acting, the fashion duo started their insanely successful fashion line.
America pretty much fell in love with Drew Barrymore when she starred as the adorable scene stealer Gertie in the 1982 cult classic, “E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial.” Over the years she appeared in multiple hit movies and constantly made headlines for her behavior and relationships. Since then, she’s started her own successful beauty company, Flower Beauty, which is available at Walmart and ULTA. She also stars in the hit Netflix series “Santa Clarita Diet.”
At the age of 9, Jenny Lewis made her acting debut, the next year she was cast in the short-lived series “Life With Lucy,” alongside iconic actress Lucille Ball. Her big break came in the hit 1989 film, “Troop Beverly Hills,” where she played Hannah. Now, she’s the lead singer in the successful indie rock group Rilo Kiley, which she formed with her then-boyfriend Blake Sennet back in 1998. In 2014, she released three solo albums.
Keshia Knight Pulliam
Keshia Knight Pulliam began acting at the of 4 on the popular educational television series “Sesame Street.” She then won the role as the adorable Rudy Huxtable on “The Cosby Show” where she became the youngest actress to earn an Emmy Nomination for best-supporting actress for her performance. Following the show, she starred in several movies including the 2005’s “BeautyShop,” and the series “Tyler Perry’s House of Payne” from 2007 2012. Currently, she’s running a production company in Atlanta while raising her daughter Ella. She recently made news following a public and drama-filled divorce from her now ex-husband, Ed Hartwell.
Many teen boys had massive crushes on Alyssa Milano following her big break in 1984 when she landed the role of Samantha Micelli at the age of 11 in the comedy series “Who’s the Boss?” Following the series, she starred in several movies and made her return to television in the 1998 WB “Charmed,” which became a cult classic and even getting reboot in 2018. Today, she’s still acting but is most known for helping bring back the #MeToo movie, which was founded by activist Tarana Burke following the Harvey Weinstein sexual misconduct scandal in 2017.
Tiffany Brissette is not as well know like the others, but she scored her big break at age 10 and when she starred in the 1985 series “Small Wonder,” playing a child robot named Vicki. Following the series in 1989, she acted in a few episodes of “Equal Justice.” Since then she earned her psychology degree from Westmont College in Santa Barbara, CA and took a job as a nanny. In 2007, she spoke with ABC News about living on a horse farm in Boulder, CO where she was attending nursing school. Nothing is known about her now, other than she allegedly lives in San Diego, CA.
It’s interesting to see how many actresses are still acting today and how many chose to leave Hollywood for a quieter, more normal life. Are there any actresses you’re curious to see what they’re up to?