80s Stars: What Happened To Them?

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Many of these stars made their debut in the 80s, but many have changed drastically since then. Hair was bigger, shoulder pads were higher, and teeth were less white. Some of them still have a booming career while other stars’ careers have plateaued. Many of these famous actors continued to blossom into the celebrities we know and love today, while other stars took a turn for the worst. Take a look back in time and see where these beloved 80’s stars ended up.

Erin Moran

Erin played Joanie Cunningham on the sitcom Happy Days. She is also known for the Happy Days spinoff, Joanie Loves Chachi. Moran and a group of her Happy Days co-stars filed a lawsuit against CBS claiming that they had not been paid for the shows merchandise. A judge rejected the group’s claim. Moran has had a few acting gigs since Happy Days, but nothing as big as Joanie Cunningham. She appeared on The Love Boat, Murder, She Wrote, and Diagnosis: Murder. 

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Brooke Shields

The gorgeous actress, model, and former child star, gained critical acclaim after acting in Blue Lagoon. When she was twelve years old, she played a controversial role in Pretty Baby as a child ‘worker’. She attended Princeton University. Shields has had many acting and modeling opportunities throughout her entire career. She is the occasional guest star on the Today Show. She is known for being a vegan and huge animal rights activist. She has also spoken out about her battle with postpartum depression.

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Kathleen Turner

Kathleen Turner, one of the most beautiful actresses of the 80s, is known for her raspy voice. Turner’s breakthrough was with her performance in “Body Heat” (1981) and “Crimes of Passion” (1984). Since her rise to fame, Turner starred in over thirty films and eight television series. In addition, Turner worked in theatre as well as Broadway, for which she received several Tony Award nominations. Since then, the actress had issues with alcohol abuse, some even stating that it’s too difficult to work with her.

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Kelly LeBrock

Kelly LeBrock is most well known as an 80s actress and model. Her starring roles in the films Weird Science and Hard to Kill put her on the map. She was also a model for Pantene shampoo and conditioner along with a huge campaign for Christian Dior. Her commercial slogan, “Don’t hate me because I’m beautiful” became extremely popular. After the death of her brother, Harold, LeBrock devoted much of her time to helping the terminally ill and children suffering from cancer.

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Christina Applegate

Christina Applegate started out on Married…With Children. Her career continued to soar in Hollywood in hit movies like Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, Hall Pass, Vacation, and Sweet Charity. Applegate was diagnosed with Breast cancer in 2008 and after a double mastectomy, has had a full recovery. Applegate has involved herself with many philanthropies that help Breast cancer victims. She was married to Johnathon Schaech for six years. After they divorced, Applegate married Martyn LeNoble. She now has one child.

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Renee O’Connor

Renee O’Connor played Gabrielle on the TV series Xena: Warrior Princess. Renee O’Connor started out her acting career doing a bunch of commercials and small TV roles. Now she has acted, directed, and produced. She has had a steady acting career after her breakout role on Xena: Warrior Princess. O’Connor has also acted in theater. She played Lady Macbeth in Macbeth. She had smaller roles in Criminal Minds, Hercules: the Legendary Journeys, NYPD Blue and many others. She was also in the movie Monster Ark and Last Chance. 

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Tempestt Bledsoe

Remember her character, Vanessa Huxtable, the child of Cliff and Clair Huxtable on The Cosby Show? The actress went on to host the show Clean House on the Style Network. From 2012-2013, she was one of the stars on Guys with Kids. She also acted on Strong Medicine, a Lifetime show, and she had a couple appearances on celebrity reality shows, including Celebrity Fit Club. Tempestt Bledsoe is just as smart as she is beautiful. She earned a bachelor’s degree in finance from New York University.

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Robyn Lively

Robyn Lively is most well known for her role in the film, Teen Witch. Also, for all of you who were wondering, she is half sisters with the famous actress, Blake Lively. She was born to a big family of actors. She started as a child actress at the age of six. Lively has continued her acting career into adulthood with roles on NCIS, Saving Grace, Cold Case, and Psych. She has continued her family legacy and married actor Bart Johnson. The family of five lives in Hollywood Hills.

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Bonnie Tyler

Bonnie Tyler is the ageless beauty who is most well known for her raspy voice as a Welsh singer. She has had a couple hits off her album The World Starts Tonight. We all probably remember her 1980’s mega hit, “Total Eclipse of the Heart” and “It’s a Heartache.” Both songs are best selling singles of all time. She has one three Grammy Awards. Through Tyler’s husband, she is related to actress Catherine Zeta-Jones. Bonnie Tyler and her husband have also made a lot of money off of real estate.

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Scott Baio

In the 80s, the Happy Days star was the biggest heartthrob. Scott Baio did not do much acting after Happy Days. After his acting career, Scott Baio got more involved in politics. He describes his political views as conservative. Recently he endorsed Donal Trump in the Presidential election. In 2016, he spoke at the opening night of the Republican National Convention. While in an interview with Ashley Webster, Baio described President Barack Obama as being, “either dumb, a Muslim, or a Muslim sympathizer, and I don’t think he’s dumb.”

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Todd Bridges

Everyone remembers Todd Bridges as the adorable character, Willis Jackson, on Diff’rent Strokes. Shortly after his staring role, he was recruited for the sitcom Everybody Hates Chris. Just like many other fellow child stars. Bridges struggled with drug abuse. He was arrested and tried for the murder of a Los Angeles drug dealer. The chargers were dropped after a witness testified that Bridges was not at the scene of the crime. Bridges is married to Dori Smith and they have two children.

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Jeff Cohen

Jeff Cohen was the adorable child actor that played the character Chunk in The Goonies. Many joked hat puberty hit and took aware Cohen’s acting career. Cohen went on to study at the University of California, Berkeley. Cohen used his role on The Goonies to get summer jobs and his election for the President of the Associated Students at UC Berkeley. His slogan for president was, “Chunk for President.” Cohen graduated from UCLA School of Law and now practices as an attorney.

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Ally Sheedy

Ally Sheedy is most well known for her role in The Breakfast Club and St. Elmo’s Fire. She was one of the Brat Pack group members. However,  her acting career did not end there. She also had key roles in WarGames, Short Circuit, and High Art. Before The Breakfast Club, Sheedy was planning on making it big as a full time ballerina. As a young adult she struggled with drug abuse. She was married to fellow actor David Lansbury and had one child with him.

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Sean Astin

Sean Astin’s career started out on The Goonies as the character Mikey Walsh. His career skyrocketed after his Goonie days as Samwise Gamgee in The Lord of the Rings trilogy and as Lynn MGill in season five of 24. His time on Lord of the Rings trilogy had a huge impact on his life and he even got a tattoo of the word “nine” signifying his time on the film. He married his love Christine Harrell and they have three daughters together.

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Steven Tyler

The lead singer of the 80s rock band Aerosmith, Steven Tyler, loves to be the center of attention. For decades he has been known as the “Demon of Screamin.” His voice range is vast and he is known for on stage acrobatics. Steven Tyler has had some scandalous relationships starting when he dated a 16 year old when he was 27 years old. In 2006, Tyler revealed that he has had Hepatitis C for the past 11 years. Throughout much of his career, Tyler has struggled with drug abuse.

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Mickey Rourke

Mickey Rourke has completely changed his look over the years. Mickey Rourke has stared as a leading man in many films. He is a retired boxer. Rourke has dated many celebrities. He has been married twice. In 1994, Rourke was arrested for spousal abuse. The charges were dropped and the couple ended up filming a movie together. Over the years, Rourke has struggled with DUIs and alcohol abuse. Rourke has involved himself in politics showing support for President George W. Bush and the Iraq war.

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Madonna

Madonna became the material girl we all know and love back in the 80s. At 58, she is still singing and performing. She is often referred to as the “Queen of Pop.” She has inspired generations of artists. She has four children. She is recognized world wide as the best selling female artist of all time. She is only ranked number two behind The Beatles on the Billboards Greatest Hot 100 Artists of All Time. Madonna has cited Marilyn Monroe as one of her greatest influences.

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Neil Young

One of the greatest musical sensations and a major fan favorite will always be Neil Young. The Canadian singer/songwriter’s career has spanned over 45 years with 35 studio albums. While in the group Crosby, Stills, & Nash, his career continued to sky rocket.  Now at the age of 71 he continues to travel and perform. He also continues to do humanitarian work. Nothing stops this man from creating music and living life. He does not slow down at all!

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Kylie Minogue

The timeless beauty stole our hearts in the 80s. No one can forget her 2001 single “Can’t Get You Out of My Head.” Kylie is an Australian singer, songwriter, and actress. In 2005, while on tour Kylie was diagnosed with breast cancer. She resumed the tour after treatment and triumphed. Since then, Kylie Minogue has been raising awareness about breast cancer. She has also been inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame. She is now engaged to British actor, Joshua Sasse.

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Jeremy Miller

We all fell in love with Jeremy Miller when he played Ben Seaver on hit sitcom Growing Pains. Since then, Miller struggled with drinking and alcohol abuse. Sadly he started drinking at the young age of four. Miller attending the University of Southern California but left after just one year. Now he is married to Joanie and has three step sons. He has done some acting since Growing Pains, but since 2010 his acting career has simmered down.

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Lisa Welchel

Lisa Welchel stared as Blair Warner from The Facts of Life. Isn’t it crazy how she looks the exact same now as she did as a teen! Lisa Welchel is a religious Christian and has a Grammy Award for her Christian album called All Because of You.  She also had a stint on reality television show, Survivor: Philippines. She now recently divorced from her ex-husband, Steven Cauble who she has three children with. On top of acting and singing. Welchel has written many books.

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Katey Sagal

Katey Sagal played the sarcastic and lazy Peggy Bundy, on Married…with Children.  She is also well known for her role as Gemma Teller Morrow on the FX series. Sons of Anarchy. Sagal was born to be in the acting business. Her and her siblings got involved in acting early on. Her acting career continued long after Married…with Children as she starred on 8 Simple Rules. Sagal married Sons creator Kurt Sutter. She has three children. She is obviously still super gorgeous.

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Traci Lords

Traci Lords became infamous in the 80s when the authorities found out she was underage when posing nude. She was in numerous adult films underage. She used a fake drivers license to hide the fact that she was 15 years old! She had a leading role in the sci-fi classic Not of This Earth. Recently, Traci Lords has appeared in Celebrity Wife Swap. She also has a comedy series coming out in 2017 called Swedish Dicks. She plays as private investigator in the show.

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Morgan Fairchild

Morgan Fairchild is the timeless beauty who garnered fame on daytime soap operas like Search for Tomorrow and Dallas. She was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series. She went on to act in Roseanne and Friends. In recent years, Fairchild has raised awareness of AIDS related issues. She is also passionate about environmental protection. In the 1970s, Fairchild was kidnapped two separate times! On both occasions she was eventually let go.

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Elizabeth McGovern

Elizabeth McGover received an Academy Award for her role as Evelyn Nesbit in Ragtime. Since then, she has had many staring roles in movies and shows including Downton Abbey, Ordinary People, and Once Upon A Time in America. Her acting career has soared from 1979 through today, She is married to Simon Curtis and they have two children together. She shines in each role and that is why she is so successful. She is just as beautiful as when she started out.

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John Schneider

The Dukes of Hazard star was a great looking kid that grew into a great looking adult. He continued acting in the TV series Smallville and The Haves and the Have Nots. Schneider has also been a singer since the 80s and has released a couple hit country albums. Interestingly, Schneider got involved in Christianity while he was living with Johnny and June Cash in 1988. He ended up becoming a born-again Christian. Schneider has done a lot of work with children’s organizations trying to relieve suffering.

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Richard Dean Anderson

Richard Dean Anderson is famous for his role in the TV series MacGyver. Like many on this list, Richard Dean Anderson got his start on a soap opera. Anderson has worked as an actor, producer, and composer. At an early age, Richard Dean Anderson wanted to be a jazz musician. He dropped out of Ohio University before receiving his degree. Richard Dean Anderson had been involved in a lot of charity work to stop water pollution. He has also worked closely with the boys and girls club.

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Kelly McGillis

Kelly McGillis became an 80’s star after her role as Charlie in Top Gun with mega star Tom Cruise. She is also well known for her role as Rachel Lapp, an Amish mother in Witness with Harrison Ford. After attending Juilliard, she married one of her fellow students. They later divorced. In 2009, Kelly McGillis came out as a lesbian in an interview. She now lives with her partner, Melanie Leis. It took her a long time to come to terms with her sexuality.

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Margot Kidder

Margot Kidder is well known as the original Lois Lane in Superman. In 1996, Margot Kidder went through a very public nervous breakdown and manic episode. After that, her career began to slow down.  Still she continued with some steady work in smaller roles. Now, Margot Kidder is a huge advocated for the environment. She also works as an anti-war activist.  After being diagnosed with bipolar disorder, Margot Kidder began advocating for orthomolecular medicine because it helped with her treatment.

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Neve Campbell

Everyone remembers Neve Campbell for two killer roles. She was especially memorable for her role as Sidney Prescott in the horror film, Scream. She also is well known for her role as Julia Salinger in Party of Five. She has continued to grace the screen over the years in Medium, Grey’s Anatomy, and Mad Men. She also had a staring role in the Netflix drama, House of Cards. She has been married to JJ Feild since 2012. They have one child together. Her son’s name is Caspian.

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Felicity Kendal

Felicity Kendal, the blonde bombshell that stared as Barbara Good in The Good Life, the 1975 TV series. The English actress has had a consistent and full acting career over the past forty five years. Kendal comes from a family of actors. Not only is she talented, but she is also a good person. She works closely with the charity, Royal Voluntary Service, as an ambassador for age-positive. Felicity Kendal was born Catholic but converted to Judaism later on in her life.

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Lynda Carter

Lynda Carter stunned us with her beuaty and acting abilities in the TV series Wonder Woman. She started out her career winning beauty pageants. She was crowned Miss World America in 1972. Her acting career petered out after Wonder Woman. She participated in a couple “B” movies. She was voted “The Most Beautiful Woman in the World” by the International Academy of Beauty and the British Press Organization. She has continued to become more and more beautiful with age. In 2008, in an interview with People magazine, Carter reported that she had been sober for 10 years.

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Delta Burke

Delta Burke made her big debut on the CBS sitcom Designing Women. At the time, she was nominated for two Emmy Awards for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series. Although, Delta Burke’s hair has changed, the actress continued to thrive after her work in the 80s. She was in the film What Women Want and had a recurring role in Boston Legal. She has also stared on Broadway productions of Steal Magnolias in 2005.

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Tiffany Renee Darwish

Tiffany is the teen icon singer from the 80s. Everyone remembers rocking out to her song, “I Think We’re Alone Now.” She still sports that gorgeous red hair. Even though her second album did well, it was not a successful as her first album. All of her future albums did not garner much attention like “I Think We’re Alone Now.” She posed nude for Playboy and had a couple appearances on celebrity reality shows including Celebrity Fit Club and Hulk Hogan’s Celebrity Championship Wrestling. 

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Heather Locklear

Everyone knows Heather Locklear from her role as Amanda Woodward on Melrose Place. She won four consecutive Golden Globe nominations for Best Actress in a TV drama. She continued a strong acting career on Spin City. She has also done a couple successful romantic comedies. Heather Locklear has been married twice. Once to Tommy Lee and then to Richie Sambora. Both ended in divorce. She has one child. In 2008, news came out after a 911 call that Locklear was struggling with anxiety and depression.

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Tawny Kitaen

Tawny Kitaen, whose real name is Julie, is an American actress. She is known for performing in music videos in the 80s for the band Whitesnake. Tawny Kitaen has hardly changed as you can probably tell from the photos. Tawny Kitaen has continued her career with reality television on The Surreal Life and Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew. Tawny Kitaen has had some legal troubles. In 2002, she was charged with domestic violence in an incident involving her husband. The couple divorced shortly after.

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Rebecca De Mornay

Every one knows Rebecca De Mornay’s name from her debut role as Lana in Risky Business. She also had notable roles in Runaway Train. The Trip to Bountiful, Backdraft, and The Hand That Rocks the Cradle. Since her staring roles, Rebecca De Mornay has continued to act throughout her career. Most recently in 2015, she played an abusive mother in Marvel’s Jessica Jones. She has two daughters with her ex-boyfriend Patrick O’Neal. The actress has been married to times.

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Elle Macpherson

Elle Macpherson is a well known model, businesswoman, and TV host, and actress. The six foot bombshell from Australia and got her start modeling for five covers of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. She has continued to be hugely successful with her lingerie company and as the host and executive producer os Britain & Ireland’s Next Top Model. She has had roles on Friends and Saturday Night Live. She continues to be successful in Hollywood to this day.

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Phoebe Cates

No one can forget Phoebe Cates as the heartthrob of the 80’s classic, Fast Times at Ridgemont High. After Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Phoebe Cates decided to stop doing nude scenes. Later on, Phoebe Cates stopped acting shortly after her staring role. She decided to focus her attention to being a full time mom in 1994. She only did one film in 2001 for her friend called The Anniversary Party. In 2005, Cates started her own Boutique on Madison Avenue called Blue Tree.

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Daryl Hannah

The famous 80’s film actress got her start in hugely popular films like Blade Runner, Splash, Roxanne, Wall Street, and Steel Magnolias. In 2003, Hannah acted in Kill Bill. She focuses a lot of her attention of protecting the environment and protesting developments that threaten sustainability. Most recently, Hannah appeared in Sense8. Personally, Hannah was involved for a long time in high profile relationships with John F. Kennedy Jr. and singer Jackson Browne.

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Olivia Newton-John

The gorgeous actress and singer is most well known for her staring role in Grease. She is a four-time grammy winner and the world best selling music artist of all time. She has had an incredibly lucrative musical career. Olivia Newton-John still actively tours! She has continued her later career with some smaller appearances. She has one daughter, Chloe. Olivia Newton-John made headlines again after news reported that her daughter was being treated for anorexia. Since then, Newton-John and her daughter have started performing together.

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Ione Skye

Ione Skye is the British-American actress most well known for her staring role in the movie Say Anything. At the time, she was one of the “100 Greatest Teen Stars.” She got her start in the 80s with her film debut in River’s Edge. Now Skye mostly works as a painter. She also wrote a children’s book called My Yiddish Vacation. She has had some high profile relationships with Red Hot Chili Peppers frontman, Anthony Kiedis. She was only 18 years old when nude photos were taken of the couple.

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Lysette Anthony

The English actress and model is most well known for her roles in Woody Allen films Husband and Wives and Auf Wierdersehen. Lysette Anthony started modeling at the young age of 16 years old. She was a successful model before she became a successful actress at the age of 20. As recently as 2016, Anthony has been acting in Channel 4 soap opera, Hollyoaks as Marnie Nightingale. She has also done some notable stage acting. She continues to work hard in the field with steady roles.

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Bo Derek

Bo Derek made her filming debut in the film 10 in 1979. She became a major sex symbol after posing for a bestselling poster in a swimsuit. When she was 16 years old she started dating a John Derek, a married man 30 years old than her. The two moved to Germany to ensure John Derek would not get accused of rape. She’s still more gorgeous than ever. She has been a widow since 1998 and now lives with actor John Corbett. She still occasionally makes some film and television.

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Ralph Macchio

Many don’t know that Ralph Macchio started out in The Karate Kid series. Later on he was Bill Gambini is My Cousin Vinny. He also played Johnny Cade in The Outsiders. Since then he has appeared on Ugly Betty and competed in the twelfth season of Dancing with the Stars. Ralph Macchio lives with his wife, Phyllis Fierro who he met at the young age of fifteen years old! They made their relationship legal at the age of 26 and have two children together.

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Henry Thomas

No one can forget Henry Thomas’ perfect performance in E.T. as the young sweet Elliot Taylor. He auditioned for the role at the age of nine with a tearful scene. The child actor was super cute as a youngster and continues to be easy on the eyes today. His acting career continued to soar on Cloak & Dagger, Legends of the Fall, Gangs of New York, and Dear John.  He was also the famous narrator of three of the Star Wars films.

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Danny Pintauro

Danny Pintauro rocked the mullet hair style in the 80s. He was the cutest child actor and is most well known for playing Jonathan Bower on the sitcom Who’s the Boss? He also acted in the 1983 movie Cujo. Danny Pintauro took off time from acting to attend Middlesex County College and later on Stanford University. While at Stanford, he studied English and theater. In 1997, Pintauro came out in an interview and shared the news of his engagement with his partner, Wil Tabares.

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Emmanuel Lewis

Emmanuel Lewis is most well known for his starring role on the TV sitcom Webster. Lewis went on to graduate form Clark Atlanta University in 1997. Now Lewis practices as a practitioner of Taekwondo. As a child actor, Lewis was nominated for Best Young Actor in a Comedy Series and four other Young Artist Awards. Lewis was also the child spokesperson for the Burger King Whopper. Emmanuel Lewis is often compared to the late Gary Coleman, the star of Diff’rent Strokes. 

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Mark Hamill

Mark Hamill will never be forgotten in his role as Luke Skywalker in the Star Wars Trilogy. Hamill started out on the soap opera General Hospital. After his career skyrocketed in Star Wars, Hamill found that he was often type cast because audiences saw him as his character, Luke Skywalker. Over the years Hamill has taken a couple breaks from acting. He was in a severe car accident and fractured his nose and cheekbones and had to endure a seven hour surgery.

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Judd Nelson

Judd Nelson is most well known for his heartthrob role as John Bender in The Breakfast Club. He was also well known as Alec Newbery in St. Elmo’s Fire and in his role in The Transformers: The Movie. Judd Nelson has had a stead and continuous acting career. On top of acting, Nelson has also authored four books released on Kindle. He is also a screenwriter and producer. Nelson is still most famous for his roles in the late John Hughe’s colt classic films.

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Morten Harket

This 80’s star was the lead singer for the band, A-Ha. Their breakthrough hit was the song, Take On Me, which everyone loved. Even though the band worked hard and tried to keep performing, they did not continue to be well received so they eventually stopped. Morten Harket grew up in southern Norway. Harket’s music abilities developed at an early age. When he was four years old, he started writing music and playing piano. Harket has five children with three different women.

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Justine Bateman


Justine Bateman rose to fame in the 80’s with her role as Mallory Keaton on Family Ties. She is now 50-years-old and has since had numerous movie and TV credits, as well as starting her own production company.

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Mia Sara

Mia Sara was the teen heartthrob from Ferris Buller’s Day Off.  She played Sloan and stole our hearts as the love interest on the film. It is no surprise she got into the industry as her mother and father were both artists and photographers.  Her breakout role was as Princess Lili in Legend opposite Tom Cruise. Now at the age of 49, she is married to Brin Henson. Together they have one daughter. She has had a lot of smaller roles in films since.

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Amanda Wyss

Amanda Wyss first gained attention after acting as Lisa in Fast Times at Ridgemont High. Shortly after, she was internationally recognized for her role as Tina Gray in A Nightmare on Elm Street. Amanda Wyss continues to take on smaller acting roles to this day. She is 55 years old. In 2016, she starred in another horror film called The Id. She has also had some roles on TV series including Highlander: The Series, The Drew Carey Show, Cold Case, CSI, and Dexter 

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Lucy Lawless

Lucy Lawless is an actress from New Zealand. She was internationally recognized for her role in the popular TV series, Xena: Warrior Princess.  Shortly after her role, Lawless became a lesbian icon because of her character, Xena’s relationship with Gabrielle. Most recently, she had a recurring role on the NBC sitcom, Parks and Recreation. She also currently plays the character, Ruby, on Ash vs. Evil Dead. Can you believe how little she has aged? She still has those peircing blue eyes.

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Erika Eleniak

Former model and Playboy Playmate Erika Eleniak gained fame with her role as Shauni McClain on Baywatch. She had several film appearances, including Under Siege and E.T, but in recent years her acting career has been fairly dormant.

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Queen Of The 80s: Molly Ringwald

In the 80s, Molly Ringwald stole the show. She was the queen of 80s cult classics like The Breakfast Club, and Pretty in Pink. As a super famous teen, Ringwald has stated that she was very aware of her role as a role model. After her role in For Keeps, in which she played a pregnant teen, she said, “I didn’t want to give the wrong message to teenagers. I sort of felt a certain responsibility – I really didn’t want to make a movie that said in any way that having a baby at that age was going to be easy.”

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Carly Simon

After rising to fame in the 70’s, arguably Carly Simon’s best years were throughout the 80s. As well as singing she also appeared in the film Perfect in 1985. The 80s were also big for Carly personally. She met and married her husband James Hart, although they later divorced in 2007. Recently, Carly has released an autobiography titled Boys in the Trees: A Memoir in which she writes about her early childhood years up to life in her mid 30s. She also recently announced that she is working on a music compilation with her son, Ben.

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Patty Loveless


Patty emerged onto the country music scene in the 1980s and by 1988 she had released her third album which was a huge commercial success and propelled the star into the limelight. Loveless was also the opening act for other huge country stars such as George Jones, Reba McEntire and George Strait. The star continued to have success throughout the 90s, although she did battle with throat issues and eventually ended up having surgery. Today Patty tends to keep out of the spotlight and prefers to spend time with her family.

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Chrissie Hynde

Best known for being a founding member of The Pretenders, Chrissie Hynde, rose to prominence in the 70s. Although Hynde continued to be extremely successful throughout the 80’s she also experienced a great blow when fellow band member, James Honeyman-Scott passed away. This resulted in many changes to the bands lineup throughout the decade. In 2014 Chrissie embarked on a solo career and in 2016 she toured with The Pretenders for around three months.

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Toni Basil

Toni Basil is most notorious for her hit song Mickey which was released in1982. The song even knocked off Lionel Richie off the No.1 top spot. Although the song was a hit, no other songs that Toni released were as successful. In the 80’s Basil also turned her hand to acting, and appeared in a couple of films including Slaughterhouse Rock in 1988. More recently, in 2010 the star choreographed “The Show Girl Must Go On” in Las Vegas.

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Sheena Easton

Sheena Easton saw much of her success throughout the 80s decade. She dueted with Kenny Rogers for the song We’ve Got Tonight in 1983. She also collaborated with Prince in 1987 for the hit U Got the Look, which was nominated for a Grammy award. Easton also made an appearance on the hit show Miami Vice in 1987. More recently Easton has been keeping a lower profile, although in March 2017 it is expected that she will appear on the Broadway production of 42nd Street.

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Debbie Gibson

Debbie Gibson is best known for her music career, although on an odd occasion she also did some acting. Her debut album was released in 1987 – “Out Of The Blue” – and was certified Platinum three times. Aside from her carer, Gibson caught media’s attention due to being a victim of stalking on more than one occasion. Furthermore, the singer admitted to suffering from Lyme disease in 2013. Most recently, Gibson appeared on “Oprah: Where Are They Now?” to discuss her issues with drug abuse in the past.

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Goldie Hawn

Goldie Hawn may have been a star of the 80s, but she is just as in the spotlight in 2017 as she was back then. Hawn’s rise to fame was a result of her role in “Rowan’s & Martin’s Laugh-In” for which she won an Academy Award and a Golden Globe Award. Hawn’s career as an actress was booming, but she also managed to bring three children into the world, all of whom are in the same industry. Since then, Hawn formed a foundation aimed at educating the youth about academic performance through good health.

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Geena Davis

Geena Davis – a former model and an actress – is best known for her roles in “The Fly”, “Thelma & Louise”, and “Beetlejuice”. Davis’ career started in the 80s with her performance in “Tootsie”, but she later became a very successful model. In 2001, Davis married Reza Jarrahy, who is an Iranian-American surgeon. The couple has three children together, two of whom are fraternal sons. Before marrying Jarrahy, Davis was married to Richard Emmolo – an actor who starred with her in three different films, including “The Fly”.

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Winona Ryder

Winona Ryder is considered one of the most iconic actresses of her generation, making her debut in “Lucas” (1986). Ryder is known to have played a variety of characters in all her films in the 80s and 90s, ranging from her role in “Mermaids” to Myra Gale Lewis in “Great Balls of Fire!”. The actress’ personal life also attracted attention of the media over the years. Her relationship with Johnny Depp, as well as the shoplifting incident, made an insane amount of appearances in the papers.

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Toyah Wilcox


Toyah Willcox, an English actress and musician, spent over three decades building her career. Over the years, Willcox released more than 20 albums, starred in more than forty plays and films, and wrote two books. She is perhaps best known for her hit “It’s A Mystery”, released in 1981. In an interview in 2006, Willcox mentioned that her and her husband, Robert Fripp, lived very separate lives due to different schedules; for 19 years, the two saw each other for less than 12 weeks a year.

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Meg Ryan


Meg Ryan, best known for her successful roles in romantic comedies throughout the 90s and 00s, rose to fame with her performance in “When Harry Met Sally” (1989). Throughout those two decades, Ryan was considered one of the most famous actresses, both nationally and internationally. In 1991, Ryan married actor Dennis Quaid; the two have a son together, but ended up separating in 2001. Ryan was also in an on-again off-again relationship with John Mellencamp, but the relationship ended in 2015.

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Suzanne Somers


Suzanne Somers became well-known after portraying the role of Chrissy Snow in “Three’s Company” and Carol Foster in “Step By Step”. After her success in television, Somers went on to write self-help books regarding hormone replacement therapy titled, “Ageless: The Naked Truth About Bioidentical Hormones”. Since then, she’s released two more autobiographies, four books about dieting, and one poetry collection. Somers has been married to host Alan Hamel since 1997, but before then was briefly married to her first child’s father, Bruce Somers.

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Meryl Streep


Mary Louise Streep, known by her stage name Meryl Streep, is considered to be one of the best actresses of her generation. Streep played a variety of roles, from Margaret Thatcher to Anna Wintour in ‘Devil Wears Prada’, and is one of the six actors/actresses who won three or more competitive Oscars for acting. She also received 30 Golden Globe nominations, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, five New York Film Critics Circle Awards, two BAFTA Awards, and many more. Streep married sculptor Don Gummer in 1978, and the two have four children together.

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Cher


Cher, an American musician, is considered by many to be the “Goddess of Pop”; the most inspiring thing is that she became an idol in the industry dominated by men. Cher also starred in plays and films, making her debut on Broadway as early as 1982. Throughout her long-lasting career, Cher received a Grammy Award, Emmy Award, Academy Award, and many others. Aside from her acting and singing careers, Cher became known as a fashion icon, promoting a “hippie” style.

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Julie Goodyear

Julie Goodyear played the much loved Bet Lynch on the hit UK soap opera Coronation Street throughout the 80s. She became famous for wearing outrageous leopard print coats and bleaching her hair bright blonde. She left the show in 1995 ,but made a brief appearance again in 2005, however the comeback wasn’t successful and only lasted a couple of episodes. Since Julie’s Coronation Street days, she has drastically slowed down her acting work and enjoys spending time with her husband.

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Rick Astley

Rick Astley’s famous hit “Never Gonna Give You Up” which was released in 1987, become a hit in 25 countries and no one could get the tune out of their heads! Astley even won the Brit Award for the Best British Single. Throughout the late 80s, Rick continued to be successful, releasing two albums that went on to be certified Platinum and Gold in the UK and USA respectively. Astley retired from music in 1993 at the age of 27.

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Jennifer Beals

We all know her as Alex Owens from Flashdance. Shockingly, Jennifer Beals’ dance moves were done by a stunt double. Sorry to break your hearts!  She is also Bette Porter on Showtimes, The L Word.  This actress has been in more than 50 times! She proved she is just as smart as she is beautiful after attending Yale University. She was inspired at a young age to become an actress after her high school performance in Fiddler on the Roof.  Now she is married to Ken Dixon and has one child.

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Aileen Quinn

Aileen Quinn played the adorable orphan Annie in 1982. The child star was just 11 at the time and was catapulted to fame when the film became a huge success. Quinn even won Best Young Actress at the Young Artist Awards for her incredible performance. After appearing in Annie, Quinn turned her hand to singing and performing on Broadway. She also studied Spanish and Politics at Drew University. Today Aileen is a teacher in New Jersey.

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Geri Jewell

Geri Jewell stared in the Facts of Life as Geri Tyler. Jewel made headlines with the role as she was the first person with a disability to have a regular role on a prime time series. She was the first actor with cerebral palsy to be on a TV series. Her autobiography, I’m Walking as Straight as I Can, refers to her having cerebral palsy and being a lesbian and was well received. She still has the same huge smile!

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Keren Woodward

Keren Woodward was part of the popular British Pop Group, Bananarama. Throughout the 80s the group had much success including a US number one, 11 hits reach the Billboard Top 100 as well as a string of top 10 hits in the UK. Keren formed the group with her childhood friend Sara Dallin and shortly after Siobhan Fahey joined them. She recently criticized the UK charts claiming it is much more difficult for artists to have a hit.

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Kim Wilde

Kim Wilde took the music world by storm with her debut single “Kids in America” in 1981. Throughout the 80s decade she had a string of top 10 hits and throughout her career she has had a whopping 25 singles reach the top 40 of the UK charts. Kim currently hosts a radio show in the UK and she has also become a keen landscape gardener, even releasing a couple of books on her projects.

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Robin Wright

Robin Wright gained attention nationwide for her role as Kelly Capwell on the NBC Daytime soap “Santa Barbara” (1984-1988). This kickstarted her transition into television, although she also took on roles in films such as “Forrest Gump” and “The Princess Bride”. Wright was married twice – once to Dane Witherspoon for 2 years, and the second time around to Sean Penn. The latter lasted for 14 years. At the moment, Wright is starring in the Netflix series “House of Cards” alongside Kevin Spacey.

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Elisabeth Shue

Elisabeth Shue made it big in the 80s and starred in a number of films. Perhaps her best known roles are Ali Mills in The Karate Kid and Jennifer Parker in Back To The Future Part II and Back To The Future Part III. More recently the gorgeous actress played the lead role of Julie Finlay in CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. Later on this year she will be starring in Battle of the Sexes alongside fellow actors Emma Stone and Steve Carell.

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Olivia d’Abo

Olivia d’Abo is best known for starring on the hit show The Wonder Years. She played Karen Arnold, Kevin’s rebellious and hippie sister for four seasons. She also guest starred in a Star Trek episode as well as playing villain Nicole Wallace in Law & Order: Criminal Intent in the early 2000’s. The stunning actress is also a musician and has released a couple of tracks. Recently, Olivia’s work has slowed down but we hope to see her make a comeback soon!

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Danica McKellar

In the 80’s Danica had her big break when she played Winnie Cooper, Kevin Arnold’s girlfriend in the hit show The Wonder Years. Although Danica has since guest starred in a number of TV shows, she actually moved into a different field entirely – mathematics! Yes, really. Danica’s aim is to encourage teenage girls to enjoy and embrace math. She’s even written a number of books on the subject. The gorgeous actress also proved she’s got some moves when she recently came 6th on Dancing With The Stars.

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Jane Wieldin

Everyone knows Jane Wieldin as the drummer and backup singer from The Go-Gos, the all female new wave band. Her music career did not go super far after the 80s. She did have a stint on reality television and made an appearance on VH1s The Surreal Life. Like many artists, Weildin was inspired by The Beatles and The Monkees. Most recently she was in HoneyBee, a horror movie. Wieldin has been an animal rights activist for many years. She has worked with PETA.

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Tiffani Amber Thiessen

Tiffani Amber Thiessen is most well know as the adorable Kelly Kapowski from Saved By The Bell. She is just as gorgeous today as she want as a teenager. She was also hugely popular as Valerie Malone on Fox’s Beverly Hills, 90210. Tiffani Amber Thiessen has had a steady acting career throughout her life. Few people know that Thiesan graduated as valedictorian at Valley Professional High School in L.A. She is married to Brady Smith and has two children.

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Lori Singer

No one can forget Lori Singer as Ariel Moore, the rebellious daughter of a preacher in Footloose. She was also the character, Julie Miller on the TV series Fame.  Many do not know that besides being an actress, Singer is also a cellist. She was born into a family full of creative artists, musicians, and producers. For a while, Singer took a hiatus from acting. She returned in 2011 guest starring on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. She produced an HBO documentary in 2013.

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Nancy McKeon

Nancy McKeon, an actress best known for her role as Jo Polniaczek on “The Facts of Life”, started her career by appearing in commercials and several episodes of “The Secret Storm” and “Another World”. Initially, McKeon was casted for “The Facts of Life” after the producers saw her in a Hallmark greeting card commercial. Since then, McKeon actually auditioned for the role of Monica Geller on the sitcom “Friends”, but the part went to Courtney Cox instead. McKon is married to Marc Andrus since 2003 and the couple has two daughters.

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Dana Plato

Dana Plato, an actress born in 1964, was known for her role as Kimberly Drummond on the television series “Diff’rent Strokes”. After the TV series was over, Plato found it increasingly difficult to establish herself as a serious actress due to her previous sitcom career. At some point, her struggle got to the point where she decided to get breast implants and model for Playboy just to break through. After years of struggling to land big acting jobs, battling with poverty and substance abuse, Plato passed away from an overdose at the tender age of 34.

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Raquel Welch

Raquel Welch is an American actress who first rose to fame with her role in “Fantastic Voyage” (1966). After Welch’s portrayal of a minor role in “One Million Years B.C.”, she became an national sex symbol; although there were very few scenes, most of them were in a bikini. Welch went on to star in dozens of movies and was one of the first actresses to portray a female lead in a Western film. Raquel was married four times and has two children.

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Tracey Gold

Tracy Gold is most well known for her role as Carol Seaver in Growing Pains. Child Stardom did not provide a lot of confidence and stability for the young actress. Gold severely struggled with anorexia and was unable to act in most of the final season of Growing Pains. The Growing Pains script repeatedly called for fat jokes toward the young actress at her expense. Gold was able to bare four children despite concern over damage to her reproductive organs after her battle with anorexia. Now she has maintained a normal weight and is much healthier.

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Samantha Fox

Samantha Fox is the English pop singer, songwriter, and actress, most well known for being a topless model at the young age of 16. She was the most popular pin up girl from the 80s. Now she has appeared on many celebrity reality TV shows including Celebrity Wife Swap and I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here. Fo’x long term partner, Stratton, sadly passed away after her long battle with cancer. Fox has advocated in LGBT campaigns.

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