Stars Of The 90’s: Then And Now

90’s women made an appearance on celluloid for the first time over twenty years ago, and boy, did they do it! The 90’s were such an amazing and wild time that it is hard to believe everything started so long ago! That particular decade was very special — people in the U.S. became obsessed with so many awesome fashion trends (which might seem ridiculous now) and some unbelievable female talents. Everybody dug the frosted hair tips and went gaga over the bell-bottom pants, and more so because of the ‘It’ girls who sported them with the utmost panache.  Let us have a look at the list of stars who have been lucky enough to make it all the way to today.

Jennifer Love Hewitt

Hewitt started her career with television commercials. Her first break came with the show ‘Party of Five’, where she nailed the character of ‘Sarah Reeves’ and became Hollywood’s sweetheart! Soon, she bagged roles in hit horror movies like ‘I Know What You Did Last Summer’ and its sequels.

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In 2014-2015, she made repeated appearances in ‘Criminal Minds’, but unexpected pregnancy made her leave the show right away. Sad for her fans indeed! Now a doting mother of two children, Hewitt is happily married to Brian Hallisay.

Yasmine Bleeth

Being a 90s person, how much do you remember ‘Baywatch’? Viewers of this show, even today, are torn between rooting for the iconic Pamela Anderson and the other show’s favorite, Yasmine Bleeth. Bleeth made her way into the hearts of millions of boys and men all across the world, after she started running in slow motion on the beach.

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In the iconic red swimsuit, Caroline Holden ruled in everyone’s heart and mind from 1993-1997. She landed big roles in ‘Nash Bridges’, ‘A Face to Die For’ and ‘Crowned and Dangerous’ after ‘Baywatch’. Unfortunately, however, Bleeth succumbed to substance abuse and has been shunned from the industry since the early 2000s.

Julia Stiles

The world was introduced to a young Stiles when she was only a little eleven-year-old girl. In the year 1993, she was a part of the show ‘Ghostwriter’. What made her capture the attention of people around the world was getting a chance to share the screen with big names, like Brad Pitt and Harrison Ford, in 1998’s ‘Wicked’!

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Her star shone, and luck took a different turn when she acted in ‘10 Things I Hate About You’ alongside the legendary Heath Ledger. After this, Stiles got roles in blockbuster films like the ‘Jason Bourne’ films, ‘Mona Lisa Smile’, ‘The Prince and Me’, ‘Out of the Dark’, and ‘Silver Linings Playbook’. In 2017, she appeared in a small TV series, ‘Riviera’.

Jennie Garth

People were introduced to Garth in the early 90s through the super hit television show ‘Growing Pains’. This was her very first notable appearance on screen, before proceeding to land the role of her life! The character of Kelly Taylor in ‘Beverly Hills, 90210’ gave Garth the chance to win the hearts of people around the world.

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Her career took off with films like ‘What I Like About You’ and also the revival of the ‘90210’ film. With husband David Abrams, she had jointly ventured into the reality TV world and filmed ‘The Jennie Garth Project’.

Claire Danes

The world first saw Danes when she appeared in the famous teen series ‘My So-Called Life’, as Angela Chase, in 1994. However, Danes’ most famous role to date had been in the modern remake of ‘Romeo + Juliet’, alongside Leonardo DiCaprio in 1996. She won the hearts of millions towards the end of the 90s, with her acting skills in big-budget films like ‘Les Miserables’ and ‘The Mod Squad.’

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Her work in the title character of ‘Temple Grandin’ caused the world to shower her with praise and accolades, as her performance was extremely convincing. Her main role in the series ‘Homeland’ had been so outstanding, that it had won her the prestigious Golden Globe for Best Actress in Television Drama Series.

Amanda Bearse

The world came to know Bearse after she played Peggy and Al Bundy’s neighbor in the ever-successful ‘Married with Children’. She nailed the character of banker Marcy Rhoades D’Arcy, who constantly challenged Al’s chauvinistic views. Bearse continued with her director and actor’s journey after this show with ‘Mad TV’, ‘Reba’, ‘Dharma and Greg’, ‘The Jamie Foxx Show’ and ‘Two Guys, a Girl, and a Pizza Place’.

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Bearse has never hidden her sexual orientation and is an inspiration for the LGBT community. She is happily married to her partner Carrie Schenken.

Debbe Dunning

From 1992 to 1999, Dunning appeared in ‘Home Improvement’ as the feisty assistant ‘Tool Time Girl’ Heidi. However, this show was the only shining star in her entire career.

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She did not have any hits after that, even after acting in ‘Wicked Wicked Games’ in 2006, and many other TV movies. She leads a content life with the three beautiful children she had with her ex-husband Steve Timmons, a professional volleyball player.

Mandy Moore

Moore stepped into film after climbing the stairs of success from her singing career. Her name was shot to immediate fame with the release of the album ‘So Real’. With her debut, ‘Candy’, in 1999, she occupied the 41st rank on the Billboard Hot 100. And by getting listed on VH1’s 100 Greatest Women in Music, Moore made all her fans around the world super proud!

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In the early 2000s, the world saw her alongside Anne Hathaway in ‘The Princess Diaries’, and also in the romantic drama ‘A Walk to Remember’. The one role which would make her memorable, despite her many films, is the character of Rebecca Pearson in the famous sitcom ‘This Is Us’. It remains her biggest role to date.

Tia Carrere

The world saw a singer, an actor, and a model in Carrere. She became a household name when she starred in the long-running daytime soap opera, ‘General Hospital’. After appearing in other shows like ‘MacGyver’ and ‘The A-Team’, the role she became most famous for was the excellent portrayal of Cassandra Wong in ‘Wayne’s World’.

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And we’ll tell you another anecdote, which not many people know, but Carrere’s voice has such an angelic quality. It won her lots of fans, as well as a Grammy in 2011, for the Best Hawaiian Music Album! The actress’s personal life has been quite a tumultuous ride, and she’s been divorced twice.

Lark Voorhies

When Lisa Turtle in ‘Saved by the Bell’ appeared on the screen back in the 90s, people went gaga over Voorhies! The extraordinary performance won her two Young Artist Awards, though she had been nominated six times. She continued to rule Holywood with her powerful act in TV shows like ‘In the House’ and ‘The Bold and The Beautiful’.

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However, much to the disappointment of her fans, Voorhies stopped being in front of the camera too soon. Still, she had not vanished entirely from the news, as fans saw her writing when she authored three books, “Trek of the Cheshire,” “A True Light,” and “Reciprocity.”

Kate Moss

What is the name that comes to mind when you think of fashion in the 90s? Moss, of course. She was the desired fantasy. With her unconventional looks and stick-thin body, she rose to fame at the young age of fourteen, becoming a muse for many designers. Since she had a size zero figure, she had to face strong competition from many curvy models, who were in vogue back then.

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Thanks to her indomitable nature, Moss continued to strive and land modeling gigs, rising above all the famous models of her time. Announced as one of TIME’s 100 most influential people, Moss now has her own clothing and perfume line. Do you know how much this woman is worth? Hold your breath, Moss is one of the most sought-after British models, with an estimated net worth of a whopping $70 million!

Amy Jo Johnson

Didn’t you just love the pink one in the ‘Mighty Morphin Power Rangers’? Do you want to know who was behind the pink mask? Here’s Johnson for you.  The world mostly knows her for playing the role of Kimberley, in this famous superhero series that continued to be everyone’s favorite from 1993-1999. Johnson’s Kimberley became so influential that she transformed the girly image of the color pink to one of courage and strength.

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From there onwards, she went on to bag the lead roles of television shows like ‘Flashpoint’ and ‘The Division’. Back in 2001, Johnson released her first album and had even sat on the director’s chair for ‘Lines’ in 2014, and ‘The Space Between’, in 2017!

Brandy Norwood

The world considered Brandy to be a full package of entertainment, as she sang, composed songs, and acted. Now, that is some incredible talent! In 1994, her album, ‘Brandy,’ climbed up the Billboard charts so fast that it became platinum in no time! People were mesmerized by her portrayal of Roxie, on the Broadway production of ‘Chicago.’

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Brandy’s passion for acting got her the role of ‘Moesha’, in 1996, and this was to be her last role for TV. Brandy continued to amp up the heat on screen, with noteworthy roles in ‘90210’, ‘Zoe Ever After’ and ‘The Game’.

Fairuza Balk

The world saw an innocent girl in Disney’s ‘Return to Oz’ in the 80s, but Balk rose to fame in the 90s after shedding off her mild and timid image. In 1992, she moved to Hollywood and decided to complete her studies via correspondence. She got a number of awards and accolades for the portrayal of grungy and gothic roles in ‘The Craft’, ‘Gas Food Lodging’, and ‘American History X’.

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Sadly, the actress has been out of the spotlight for a long time. However, there is one ray of hope for her fans! They will find her name in the voice credits of ‘Family Guy’ and ‘The Justice League’.

Alyssa Milano

If you are familiar with ‘Who’s The Boss?’, you would obviously remember Milano as the adorable and beloved daughter of Tony Danza. You wanna know how she managed to get the world’s attention? By trotting into the limelight with ‘Charmed’, a TV show revolving around three sisters with magical powers.

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The current generation witnesses Milano as a producer of her own comic book series called “Hacktivist.” Her life changed in 2008 after she got married to David Bugliari. The couple has two children together.

Tracey Gold

The world remembers Gold for the portrayal of Carol Seaver in ‘Growing Pains’, from 1985-1992. However, she did not have a smooth career in the film industry. Many actors and actresses stood by her during her struggle period with anorexia, but the paparazzi were heavily critical of it.

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There was one role that helped her overcome her depression. Gold went through a catharsis while playing the role of Nancy Walsh in ‘For the Love of Nancy’, in 1994. This film, the first of many, dealt with the actual hardships one has to go through while battling with anorexia. Like a boss, she silenced everyone who looked down on her!

Liv Tyler

A classic example of born with a silver spoon, Liv is the daughter of famous Steve Tyler and Bebe Buell! People noted her in small but significant roles in ‘That Thing You Do’ and ‘Empire Records’ in the early 90s. Later on, Tyler moved on to shine in bigger budget movies like ‘The Lord of the Rings’ trilogy and ‘Armageddon’, and her career has not had a setback since then! In 2017, she played a role in the TV series ‘The Leftovers’.

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She defied the age-old notion of an actress’s career coming to an end after having a family. Her career has continued to shine even after having a family, and she has landed roles in ‘The Strangers’, ‘Jersey Girl’ and ‘The Ledge’.

Karyn Parsons

Parsons got instant fame on an international level when she got the chance to play Hilary Banks in the famous sitcom ‘The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’, which aired on NBC. While she has never quit acting altogether, after her time as Hilary ended, her roles were few and far between.

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Some of the more notable post-Fresh-Prince roles are Margot in ‘Lush Life’ and Toni in ‘The Job.’ To add to her credit, her name is also associated with being the creator of the animated series ‘Sweet Blackberry.’

Fiona Apple

Apple stepped into the limelight by being a song composer at the age of — guess — seventeen! Her first album, ‘Tidal’, came out two years after she had composed it and shot her to stardom instantly. Her voice has such an awesome texture that she was awarded the prestigious Grammy for the Best Female Rock Vocal Performance, for her track, ‘Criminal’.

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‘When the Prawn…’ is Apple’s second album, and the moment it got released in 1999, experts marked it as certified platinum! After releasing two more hit albums, she made news in 2017 when she composed the song ‘Tiny Hands’ for the Women’s March in Washington.

Naomi Campbell

Campbell started her modeling career at the young age of fifteen, and it brought her overnight stardom. She reached fame so quickly, that within a year, the prestigious British Elle magazine had her for their cover! However, unfortunately, she was subjected to racial discrimination by a few people, although many among the industry stood in support of her.

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Though she tried her hand in singing and writing, Campbell was never as successful as she was in modeling. From then onward, the famous model decided to take the matter into her own hands and has launched her own line of perfumes, judged reality shows on TV, and acted in series like ‘American Horror Story’ and ‘Empire’.

Jenna Von Oy

Jenna stormed into our lives in the late 1980s, through a number of films and TV shows. But her rise to stardom was not instant like some of her contemporaries. Jenna’s breakthrough role was when she portrayed Six Lemure in ‘Blossom’ for five long years.

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Right after that, much to the disappointment of her fans, Jenna decided to take a break from acting after ‘Blossom’. She went to university to study film, but didn’t finish the degree! Ironic, eh? Though she returned to the silver screen after an interval of two years, sadly, her career never bloomed again.

Winona Ryder

Now, who needs an introduction for one of the most known faces of the 90s, and one of the most sought-after actresses in film history? Ryder did her most notable and memorable works during the 90s and took the world by storm with her innocent face and fierce acting. She made thousands of fans after her appearances in ‘Edward Scissorhands’, ‘Mermaids and Girl’, ‘Girl Interrupted’, ‘Bram Stoker’s Dracula’ and ‘Reality Bites’.

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Her extraordinary performance in ‘The Age of Innocence’ won her the prestigious Golden Globe in 1993 for the Best Supporting Actress. Oh, and girls, wanna go green with envy? Ryder dated heartthrob Johnny Depp for quite some time, and the two were even engaged for a while but never married. She is now in a relationship with businessman Scott Mackinlay Hahn.

Gwyneth Paltrow

Born to actress Blythe Danner and producer Bruce Paltrow, Gwyneth was born in a silver crib! In 1996, she got the offer to act in the cinematic adaptation of Jane Austen’s ‘Emma’ and the world welcomed her into the film industry after seeing her incredible talent. Two years later, Paltrow did the romantic drama, ‘Sliding Doors’, and got many dynamic offers since then.

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This Hollywood starlet had her name attached to the likes of ‘Se7en’, ‘Shakespeare in Love’, ‘Great Expectations’ and ‘The Talented Mr. Ripley’. She has also acted in the Marvel hit ‘Iron Man’. Many people remember her for the spicy gossips about her hook-ups with high profile Hollywood men, like Ben Affleck and Brad Pitt. Though she married Coldplay’s lead singer, Chris Martin, in 2003, her marriage ended in 2016. Gwyneth has recently married longtime partner Brad Falchuk, an American television writer, director, and producer.

Janet Jackson

Jackson could never reach the stardom level of her late brother, the phenomenal Michael Jackson. Now, that is indeed difficult, isn’t it? However, she did deliver some fantastic hits in the 90s, with two of her albums — ‘Janet’ and ‘The Velvet Rope’. After this, people came to know her name slowly because of her own creations, and not just because of her sensational brother.

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Right in the initial phase of her career, she acted in two record-breaking films, which hit the multi-million club! Alongside Tupac Shakur, she co-starred in ‘Poetic Justice’. Jackson married Wissam Al Mana and had her first baby at the age of fifty! She has since separated from her husband in a very public divorce, and the two now share custody of their son.

Courtney Love

If you have seen the performances of the grunge-punk band Hole, you have obviously fallen in love with Courtney Love! Performing as the frontwoman of the band, Love was shot to stardom instantly. After marrying the legendary Kurt Cobain in 1992, she became a household name but most of her headlines were made when he passed away in 1994.

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Being the strong woman that she is, Love did not let her personal loss affect her career and continued to look ahead for greener pastures. She was a part of an autobiographical art show in New York in 2012 and went on a tour with Lana Del Rey in 2015.

Natalie Portman

One of the most talented actresses in Hollywood, Portman made her debut in a feature film named ‘Leon: The Professional’ in 1994. Her acting skills were of such level that only two years down the line, she got an offer to play the role of Marty in ‘Beautiful Girls’. This extraordinary performance got her huge critical acclaim.

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Her brilliant acting in movies like ‘Black Swan’, ‘Garden State’ and ‘Closer’ mesmerized audiences, and her name became part of the A-listers of Hollywood. Portman was nominated for an Oscar for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role for her outstanding performance in the title role of ‘Jackie’, in 2017.

Linda Fiorentino

Though Fiorentino started her acting career with many movies in the 1980s, she got her share of fame after acting as Bridget Gregory in ‘The Last Seduction’, in 1994. Her talent in this film enabled her to land roles in movies like ‘Men In Black’, ‘Dogma’ and ‘Larger Than Life’.

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But one unfortunate decision change her life forever. Starring in ‘Dogma’ brought her bad luck, and this movie proved to be her downfall. Fiorentino could not revive her career no matter how much she tried, and the world last saw her on film in 2009.

Rachael Leigh Cook

Cook was as young as ten years old when she started her career in modeling. Later, in 1995, she acted in a supporting role in the novel-based film ‘The Babysitters Club’. She impressed the critics, as well as the audiences, with her fierce performance of Laney Boggs, a nerd turning into a hot popular chick in the film, ‘She’s All That’.

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This film was such a blockbuster that it earned $103 million worldwide and helped Cook become a high profile celebrity overnight! After the film’s big success, she came back to the screen again, co-starring with Tara Reid in ‘Josie and The Pussycats’. The actor recently gained popularity when she voiced several characters on the animated series ‘Robot Chicken’.

Lisa Bonet

Bonet is a known face in television, and gained recognition after playing the role of Denise Huxtable in ‘The Cosby Show’, as well as acting in a very short spin-off show named ‘A Different World’. But soon, both her life and career turned upside down. Bonet was relieved from ‘The Cosby Show’, and right after that, she got divorced from her husband Lenny Kravitz.

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Her fans saw her in several television films in the early phase of the 2000s, and then she appeared in ‘The Red Road’, ‘Life on Mars’ and ‘Ray Donovan’. Bonet became the object of envy for many when she married hot ‘Aquaman’ Jason Momoa! She leads a happy life with her husband and children.

Gaby Hoffman

Hoffman brought a unique presence to the screen, and floored everyone with her role of Samantha, in the coming-of-age movie ‘Now & Then’. The audiences were impressed by how well she nailed the character at the young age of thirteen!

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This performance was so magnanimous that it helped her bag several other roles in big-budget films like ‘Everyone Says I Love You’, ‘200 Cigarettes’, and ‘Volcano’. Hoffman continues to play characters in successful sitcoms, like HBO’s ‘Girls’ and Amazon’s ‘Transparent’.

Chloë Sevigny

Sevigny stepped into the film industry with a lot of controversy around her because of her debut movie ‘Kids’, which did not go down well with audiences. But nobody could criticize her acting, and she even won an Independent Spirit award. Her talent got her offers to act in various Indie films, but the one that gave her real recognition was the portrayal of Lana Tisdel, in the movie ‘Boys Don’t Cry’.

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Her performance was so extraordinarily brilliant that she received the nominations for Best Supporting Actress in both the Oscars and the Golden Globes. People have continued to see Sevigny in famous TV shows, like ‘American Horror Story’, ‘Big Love’, and Bloodline’.

Nia Long

Long made a mention-worthy appearance in ‘Boyz n’ the Hood’ as Brandy, in 1991. Her stellar performance notched up her career in a jiffy, and she landed the role of Will Smith’s girlfriend in the super hit series ‘The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’.

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From there onward, she went on to star in films like ‘The Best Man Holiday’, ‘Big Momma’s House’ and ‘The Single Moms Club’. In 2017, Long acted in two feature films and recurrently appeared in various TV shows.

Sarah Michelle Gellar

Do you even consider yourself a part of the 90s if you haven’t watched ‘Buffy The Vampire Slayer’? Sarah Michelle Gellar played the protagonist of the show, which became very famous for its horror-stricken moments and unexpected romantic twists and turns. Her breakthrough role was in 1993, as Kendall Hart, in ‘All My Children’.

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In fact, the marriage of Gellar and Freddie Prinze Jr. is considered rock-solid, as they are one of Hollywood’s strongest couples. The couple has been happily married since 2002.

Tia & Tamera Mowry

Is there anyone who does not remember the sassy identical twins, who were separated at birth? Tia and Tamera’s rise to fame was with the show ‘Sister, Sister’, where they always weirdly managed to wear identical clothes. The pair continued to play the roles of identical sisters in the Disney TV movies ‘Twitches’ and ‘Twitches 2’.

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Tia then moved on to ‘Nicky, Ricky, Dicky and Dawn’ in 2017, and Tamera went on with other TV projects as well. Fans of ‘Sister, Sister’ would be happy to hear that there have been talks about a revival, but they should also know nothing has been confirmed yet.

Stacey Dash

Dash is best known to the world for co-starring in the super successful movie, ‘Clueless’, and in a TV series at the same time. With extreme grace, she portrayed the character of Dionne, who is best friends with Cher, played by Alicia Silverstone. Dash continued her acting career with several films and TV shows in the early part of the 2000s.

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2014 was a big year for her when Fox News offered her to work with them as a commentator and cultural analyst! While this venture tanked in 2017, Dash kept acting in both films and TV shows such as 2020’s ‘Finding Love In Quarantine’.

Lucy Lawless

Men and boys back in the 90s had an extreme fantasy about Xena the warrior princess. Different than other actresses of her time because of her fierce and dynamic personality, she rocked the Amazon-inspired costume like no other, and stole the hearts and minds of thousands around the world.

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The character of Xena had such a strong side of feminism to it that in all her later movies, Lawless continued to play similar roles. Not a person to be a damsel in distress, right? Her most recent works include TV series like ‘Salem’, ‘Parks and Recreation’, ‘Spartacus’, ‘Agents of Shield’ and ‘Ash vs Evil Dead’.

Tiffani Thiessen

Thiessen was a very known face back in the 90s, with a number of hit shows under her belt! From ‘Beverly Hills 90210’ to (more notably) ‘Saved By The Bell’, she jumped between these super hot shows on TV and made her mark in Hollywood. She continued to act in television series like ‘Good Morning, Miami’, ‘White Collar’ and most recently in ‘Alexa & Katie’.

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Thiessen’s talents were not limited to acting. Alongside the acting arena, the lady has good producer skills as well. Her fans around the world have been surprised to see her nail Cooking Channel’s ‘Dinner at Tiffani’s’, which is her own cooking show.

Elisabeth Shue

Elisabeth Shue debuted on the screen alongside Ralph Macchi in ‘The Karate Kid’. Her sheer brilliance in acting helped her push her career, and she got the chance to star as the lead actor in the 1987 film ‘Adventures of Babysitting’. The 90s were a golden time for her, with roles in blockbusters like ‘Leaving Las Vegas’, ‘Back to the Future’ and ‘Deconstructing Harry’.

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She continued to make repeated appearances in ‘CSI: Crime Scene Investigation’ from 2012 to 2015. Recently, in 2017, she acted alongside Sarah Silverman and Emma Stone in ‘Battle of the Sexes’.

Erika Eleniak

Another face from the famous ‘Baywatch’, Eleniak stopped the heartbeats of thousands around the world while donning the red bathing suit. For three years, she continued to play the role of Shauni, which helped her get lead roles in movies like ‘The Beverly Hillbillies’ and ‘Under Seige’.

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However, her career in other TV shows and films never saw the success that ‘Baywatch’ gave her in the early 90s. But her fans rejoiced when the news came out that Eleniak was set to play the character of the legendary Marilyn Monroe in a future film!

Isabel Lucas

An Australian born actress, Lucas spent parts of her childhood in Kakadu and Switzerland. Her passion for acting goes back to the early days of school, where she used to take part in dramas and skits. Her first noteworthy role was in ‘Home and Away’ as Kit Hunter, and she continued to stun people in movies like ‘Red Dawn’ and ‘Transformers’.

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But acting is not the only thing she focuses on! Environmental activists will be happy to know that she is an avid activist and has voiced her opinion against the extensive dolphin killing in Japan. The socially-aware actress is a spokesperson for the Australian National Breast Cancer Foundation.

Ariana Grande

Grande is a household name for anyone who has grown up in the golden age of the 90s! She spent her entire childhood working hard to achieve her dreams and came in front of the world by becoming a national sensation after singing the national anthem at a Florida Panthers game. Her next big break was when she got the chance to get up on the stage for a role in ‘13’, a Broadway production. This magnanimous opportunity gave her the chance to move to L.A.

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In the TV Show ‘Victorious’, Grande played the character of Cat Valentine with ease, and hence, she, along with Jennette McCurdy, was considered for the spin-off of this series. But what is the actual thing that Grande’s fans most worship, even more than her acting? Her spellbinding voice! She made her first album in 2013, which reached the number 1 spot in no time!

Eva LaRue

Though LaRue started her career in the 80s with the TV show ‘Santa Barbara’, she rose to fame mostly in the 90s after appearing in ‘All My Children’ as Dr. Maria Santos Grey. She did this role from 1993 to 1997, took a break, and again resumed from 2002 to 2005. Her excellent portrayal of Dr. Maria earned her a Daytime Emmy nomination!

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LaRue was quick enough to get a chance to be in another TV show, ‘CSI: Miami’, in 2005, and continued to act till 2012. Her recent work includes a role in the thriller film ‘A Killer Walks Amongst Us’.

Tori Spelling

In 1990, Tori Spelling stepped into Hollywood with her father, Aaron Spelling’s project ‘Beverly Hills 90210’. In this hit television show, she portrayed the innocent Donna Martin with such ease that people were in awe of her acting! To the joy of her fans, her talent is not restricted to the silver screen, but she can also hold the pen with utmost grace! In 2009, she penned an autobiography which won her great acclaim around the world.

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In fact, the book, at one point in time, had been a #1 New York Times Bestseller. Married to Dean McDermott, the two have five children together.

Lindsey Vonn

An exception to this list, Vonn had amazing skiing skills from childhood. She was such a good skier that her family had moved to Colorado from Minnesota in order to give her access to the best training facilities. She made her debut in the World Cup at the young age of sixteen! Images Photo by Michael Kappeler

Vonn’s talent knows no bounds, and she has continued to make her fans proud with each passing day. One of the most disciplined and decorated athletes, she is one of the six women to win a World Cup race in all five disciplines.

Juliet Tablak

Tablak was not that much of a known face in the 90s, and the world only noticed her after playing the role of Amber in ‘Married With Children’. But her career did not grow, as this series was the only prominent thing she did in her life. Despite not being able to make it in acting, she did not lose hope and became a Pilates teacher, later in life.

This stand in life made her an inspiration for many! Tablak was a fitness freak and her love for exercising pushed her to attend medical school and become a chiropractic doctor.

Ashley Judd

Judd is a very common name in the Hollywood film industry. She won the hearts of millions right after her first appearance in a guest role in the famous series ‘Star Trek: The Next Generation’, in 1991. From then on, she never had a dry patch in her career!

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She got the chance to act in hit films like ‘Double Jeopardy’ (1999), ‘Ruby in Paradise’ (1993), ‘Where the Heart Is’ (2000), ‘De-Lovely’ (2004), ‘High Crimes’ (2002), ‘Divergent’ (2014), ‘Bug’ (2006), ‘Dolphin Tale 2’ (2014) and many more. Her splendid performances have earned her nominations for two Emmys and two Golden Globe awards.

Mariska Hargitay

Hargitay paved her way into the limelight with her exquisite beauty. Obviously, after she won the title of Miss Beverly Hills, USA, in 1982, opportunities to feature in music videos started to pour in. She was first seen in a video with Ronnie Milsap — ‘She Loves My Car’.

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Her fame spread internationally by the mid-1990s, and she acted in shows like ‘ER’ and ‘Can’t Hurry Love’.  ‘Law & Order: Special Victims Unit’ in 1999 still stands as Hargitay’s most mention-worthy role. This role got her Emmy nominations many times and won her a Golden Globe.

Nadia Comăneci

A Romanian Olympic gymnast, Comaneci created a world breaking record in 1976 after receiving the first-ever perfect 10. At this time, she was so adept in her gymnastics that she was able to achieve 6 perfect 10s and also win three gold medals. From then on, Comaneci’s name has gone down in history as the one who popularized this sport around the world.

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She moved to the United States in 1989 and became a permanent citizen afterward. Comaneci tied the knot with fellow gold medalist, Bart Conner.

Nancy McKeon

McKeon is best known to the world for her performance in ‘The Facts of Life’, as Jo Polniaczek, and continued to act in several TV shows and movies.

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The next big thing that happened to her was ‘Can’t Hurry Love’, but unfortunately, this show was rather short-lived. Her most recent project was a TV movie called ‘ You Light Up My Christmas’ in 2019 after a few-year-long hiatus.

Daryl Hannah

Hannah’s claim to fame was acting in classic films. She achieved her stardom by the end of the 1980s when she showed her acting chops in movies like ‘Steel Magnolias’ and ‘Splash’. She rolled through Hollywood with her star status until the early 2000s.

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You will be surprised to know that Hannah’s name is included in the cast of super hit movies like ‘A Walk to Remember’, ‘My Favorite Martian’, ‘The Little Rascals’ and ‘Grumpy Old Men’! Her fans were overjoyed to see her performance in Netflix’s sci-fi series ‘Sense8’. Apart from all these, she is also an environmental activist.

Phoebe Cates

Cates came on the silver screen during the 80s with the help of movies like ‘Fast Times at Ridgemont High’ and ‘Gremlins’. She continued to build her career into the 90s and became a part of ‘Drop Dead Fred’ and ‘Gremlins 2: The New Batch’.

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Cates walked into her retirement phase in 1994. However, she came back to film in 2001 for one film, ‘The Anniversary Party’, after which she disappeared from the silver screen entirely. A doting mother and a good wife, Cates is happily married to actor Kevin Kline and runs her own boutique store.

Kate Winslet

Does she need any introduction at all? The entire world came to know Winslet after she nailed the character of the vulnerable-yet-strong Rose in ‘Titanic’. Her talent and obvious beauty kept the roles coming. An exceptionally gifted actress, Winslet continues to be one of the best actresses in Hollywood even today.

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She has delivered several box office hits like ‘Revolutionary Road’, ‘Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind’ and ‘Finding Neverland’. To her credit, she is the world’s youngest actress to receive six Oscar nominations. She’s won three out of four important American entertainment awards.

Tatyana Ali

Ali’s claim to fame was as Will Smith’s young cousin, Ashley. She recurrently appeared on most of the episodes of the 90s super hit show ‘The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’, and was loved by thousands of fans for her portrayal of Ashley Banks from 1990 to 1996.

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She continued to steadily bag roles in soap operas like ‘The Young and The Restless’ and ‘Jawbreaker’. What was the one thing that Ali regretted in her career? Not being able to make it as a singer, despite having the voice for it.

Danica McKellar

Known to the world as Winnie Cooper in ‘The Wonder Years’, McKellar continued with her acting career with films like ‘Inspector Mom’, ‘Static Shock’ and ‘Young Justice’. Though her acting chops in these movies seemed to spell a bright future for her, she gave up her acting for something more academic.

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McKellar’s passion for mathematics was so great that she wrote several math books. She even stunned the world by inventing a theorem, which is obviously named after her!

Marisa Tomei

Very few actors in the 90s had such an innocent face. Still, Tomei’s claim to fame was not her looks, but her extraordinary performance as Mona Lisa Vito in the comedy film ‘My Cousin Vinny’. Tomei’s popularity increased with her repeated appearance as Maggie Lauten in ‘A Different World’.

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She has continued to land big roles in hit films like ‘Captain America: Civil War’ and ‘The Big Short’. The actress had never married, and has made appearances in commercial hits like ‘Crazy Stupid Love’.

Monica Lewinsky

It was beyond Lewinsky’s dream to become a famous name when she was working as an intern at the White House, in 1998. But, unfortunately, the world knew her because of all her political scandals; more so when her name got dragged into an ‘inappropriate relationship’ with Bill Clinton.

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Back in 2014, Lewinsky braved up and decided to tell the world her side of the story. She penned an article, ‘Shame and Survival’, for the prestigious Vanity Fair publication, where she spilled the beans. Currently, the world knows Lewinsky as a motivational speaker and an anti-cyber-bullying activist.

Danielle Fishel

Fishel made her first appearance in the television sitcom ‘Boy Meets World’, as Topanga, and continued to act even after the show ended. But her fame subsided after this, and she never saw any hint of stardom again.

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However, Fishel was again cast in the spin-off of the show ‘Girl Meets World’. Nowadays, she is mostly seen in media outlets for entertainment reporting.

Mara Wilson

Wilson was famous in the 1990s as a child star. When she played the title character of ‘Matilda’ so convincingly, the world fell in love with this intelligent, mind-controlling, and Trunchball-defeating character! She was also seen in the very famous movie ‘Mrs. Doubtfire’ along with Robin Williams.

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However, despite her initial stardom, she stepped out of the limelight. Wilson loves to write and published a book, ‘Where Am I Now?: True Stories of Girlhood and Accidental Fame’, in 2016.

Tonya Harding

Once recognized as a terrific ice skater, Harding met with an accusation in the year 1994. Every news channel reported her and Nancy Kerrigan’s beef. It was actually Shane Stant who had injured Kerrigan, but the accusation fell on Harding. She was charged for harming a fellow competitor, and her skating career obviously ended after that.

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However, she had a busy life by selling a scandalous tape, having a rather short boxing career, and having set a new land speed record for a vintage gas coupe.

Nancy Kerrigan

Despite being a prolific ice skater, Kerrigan became a headline in the news because of some unfortunate incidents. A victim of the 1994 Ice Skating Scandal, she did not let it dampen her spirits and recovered rather quickly. She was such an exceptional skater that she managed to win a silver medal at the Winter Olympics in 1994, which, hold your breath, was held only a few weeks after the mishap!

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After that, in 2010 and 2014, Kerrigan remained as an Olympics correspondent. Kerrigan participated in the 24th season of ‘Dancing with the Stars’ and won 6th place.

Cote de Pablo

Chilean by birth, Pablo had spent most of her childhood in Florida. She completed high school and attended Carnegie Mellon to study musical theater. After getting her degree, she got her first role in the series ‘The $treet’ in 2000. She continued to play small roles in many movies. Still, Pablo had to wait long before shining on the silver screen!

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Her big break came through when she performed the character of Ziva David in ‘NCIS’ until 2013. She played that role for many years over a whopping 194 episodes!

Melissa Joan Hart

Is there any teenager of the 90s who was not hooked to ‘Sabrina the Teenage Witch’? People fell in love with Hart when she portrayed Sabrina with such sweetness! Her career was smooth, charismatic, and she continued on with many TV shows and movies.

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Hart’s next big break came in 2010, with ABC Family’s ‘Melissa and Joey’, which went on for five years. An exciting piece of news broke the internet in 2012 when she tweeted that she was in full support of the Republican party, but she has since switched to Libertarian.

Amanda Bynes

Bynes was seen from the third to the sixth season of ‘All That’, after which she did Nickelodeon’s ‘Figure It Out’. Would you believe that only at the age of thirteen, she got her own sketch show, named ‘The Amanda Show’? With her career graph always having an upward curve, she has been associated with hit films like ‘What A Girl Wants’, ‘Hairspray’ and ‘She’s The Man’. But after playing a role in ‘Easy A’, Bynes’ career got tumultuous because of her fickle-mindedness.

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She got herself enrolled in a fashion school but left it in order to start acting again. The year 2012 brought a major change in her life. She was busted for a DUI while having to deal with enough trouble in her personal life, and then set a fire in front of a home, for which she was termed mentally unstable.

Alyson Hannigan

Hannigan’s early life had no such mention-worthy roles until she got the chance to act in ‘Buffy’. After that, there was no stopping her! Today, she is known to the world for acting in the quirky ‘American Pie’ movie series and has gained immense popularity for her performance as the iconic Lily in the famous sitcom ‘How I Met Your Mother’.

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As of now, her fans see Hannigan hosting ‘Penn & Teller: Fool Us’, and there is a conjecture of her voicing Kim Possible’s mother. A loving mother of two daughters, she is happily married to her ‘Buffy’ co-star, Alexis Denisof.

Elizabeth Berkley

Berkley’s big break was when she got a chance in ‘Saved by the Bell’, but much before that, she had appeared in a few TV Shows and a TV film named ‘Frog’. The weird fame of ‘Showgirls’ (the initial bombing of the show at the box office and then becoming a cult classic) made Berkley a Hollywood starlet!

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She was a contestant of the 17th season of ‘Dancing with the Stars’ and also starred in an episode of the comedy show ‘New Girl’. And what is her contribution to society? Some helpful tips for teenage girls to deal with their issues, in her book named ‘Ask Elizabeth’!

Mayim Bialik

By starring on NBC’s ‘Blossom’, which ran from 1991 to 1995, Bialik, an Orthodox Jew, first presented herself in front of the camera. If you are a Woody Allen fan, then you have definitely seen her in ‘Don’t Drink the Water’ in 1994. Bialik’s fans are proud of the fact that not only is she an exceptionally good actor, but also a highly educated person; she holds a Ph.D. in neuroscience from UCLA.

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Her fans get to see her as Dr. Amy Farrah Fowler in the very famous CBS show ‘The Big Bang Theory’. Her list of accolades includes four Primetime Emmy nominations and two Critic’s Choice awards.

Andrea Barber

If you have seen the hit 90s TV classic ‘Full House’, you must have seen Barber nailing the character of infamous Kimmy Gibbler! However, she gave up acting after this and did not resume it until she got the offer to play the reprised version of her role, in the Netflix spin-off ‘Fuller House’.

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In this interim phase, Barber had attended Whittier College and the University of York in England, along with being a stay-at-home mother.

Candace Cameron Bure

Starring in the same sitcom as D.J.Tanner, Bure was seen in ‘Make It or Break It’, aired on ABC Family. She was seen competing on the eighteenth season of ‘Dancing with the Stars’, and also co-hosted ‘The View’ for 2 years.

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Later, she moved on to ‘Fuller House’ and ‘Aurora Teagarden Mystery’ TV films. Bure is a talented writer who has penned three books. She is happily married to Valeri Bure, a former NHL player.

Katie Holmes

Making her first appearance in ‘Dawson’s Creek’, none of Holmes’ movies could make a mark until she appeared in the blockbuster ‘Batman Begins’. However, she did not continue to play her character in the later Batman movies and dedicated herself to raise her daughter, Suri.

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Holmes had been married to Tom Cruise, but they got separated after spending a few happy years together. She returned to acting and starred in projects like  ‘Dear Dictator’ and ‘Logan Lucky’.

Michelle Williams

Cast as Jen Lindley, Michelle broke the silver screen with her naughty girl look in ‘Dawson’s Creek’, all the way back in 1998. Audiences felt that something gravely sinister was lying beneath the garb of that innocent face!

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She has made her fans proud with her impeccable acting in ‘Brokeback Mountain’, ‘My Week With Marilyn’, ‘Blue Valentine’ and ‘Manchester by The Sea’. Williams’ acting career continues to blossom even today with ‘Venom’, ‘Shutter Island’, ‘Oz The Great and Powerful’, and ‘The Greatest Showman’.

Jessica Biel

This extraordinary actor snagged the Young Artist Award in 1997 for her breakthrough performance in ‘Ulee’s Gold’. Biel had later been nominated for an Emmy and a Golden Globe for ‘The Sinner’. Starting her career with CW’s ‘7th Heaven’, she impressed everyone with the portrayal of a well-behaved daughter of a Protestant minister.

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But what gave her maximum fame? Biel wowed the world with her performances in ‘The Texas Chainsaw Massacre’, ‘The Illusionist’ and ‘The Rules of Attraction’. From marrying the sensational heartthrob Justin Timberlake to becoming a doting mom, her life has not been shabby at all!

Shannen Doherty

Shannen was a bright star of the 90s, so much so that it was the busiest time for her! By playing the super dramatic Brenda on ‘Beverly Hills 90210’, she strongly paved her way into Hollywood. Though she was going through a dry patch after this show, Doherty soon impressed everyone as Prue Halliwell in ‘Charmed’.

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The reprised version of ‘90210’ saw her as Brenda, and she went on to compete in ‘Dancing With the Stars’. Unfortunately, she was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease in 1999, and breast cancer in 2015> Thankfully, she has since recovered.

Jennifer Aniston

One of the most famous and popular actresses in the world, Aniston is a known face to almost every person from every corner of the earth! There is not a single 90s person who has not seen the famous sitcom ‘Friends’ and not fallen in love with Rachel Green! The character of Rachel Green was a big break for Aniston, more so because the show successfully ran for ten long years and was loved by everyone. She received awards like a Golden Globe and an Emmy for this role.

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Critics were all praise for her dramatic turn in ‘Cake’.  Aniston was the envy of many girls because of her relationship with the sensation of the generation, Brad Pitt! They got married in 2000, but their marriage did not have a happy ending. Later, she got married to Justin Theroux in 2015 only to divorce him two years later.

Mädchen Amick

Amick rose to fame after her performance as waitress Shelly Johnson, in ‘Twin Peaks’, and then continued her career with teen dramas like ‘Gossip Girl’ and ‘Dawson’s Creek’.

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Later on, she played Alice Cooper in ‘Riverdale’ and decided to appear in ‘Twin Peaks’ again for its 2017 return.

Neve Campbell

Campbell is mostly known to her fans for her role in the series of ‘Scream’ films. Playing the role of Julia Salinger, she trotted in the hearts of many with the teen drama ‘Party of Five’. Much to the dismay of her fans, Campbell left her career at the peak and moved to London in 2016.

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The next big thing came her way when she rocked her guest appearance in the famous TV series ‘House of Cards’, surprising the audience considerably. Campbell also made an impact while acting alongside The Rock in ‘Skyscraper’.

Gabrielle Union

Union’s name surfaced in the early 2000s. She first lit up the screen with her presence in ‘Bring It On’ and then continued with ‘Neo Ned’, ‘Bad Boys II’ and ‘Love & Basketball’. More recently seen in ‘Breaking In’ and in ‘Being Mary Jane’ where she played the title character.

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Since 2014, Union has been living a happily married life with basketball player, Dwayne Wade.

Larisa Oleynik

Nickelodeon star Larisa Oleynik captured kids’ imaginations as a girl named Alex with superpowers on ‘The Secret World of Alex Mack’ from 1994 to 1998. While her acting career was gaining her fame and fortune, Larisa wanted to know how it would be to be a regular teen in a regular high school. She left the show after four seasons to give high school a chance, got bored, and went back to acting.

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Now, Oleynik is now all grown up. She graduated from Sarah Lawrence, landed a role on ‘Mad Men’ and starred in TV shows such as ‘The Healing Powers of Dude,’ and ‘ Trinkets’.

Meagan Good

Meagan Good started acting at 4 years old. Born in 1981, she says she grew up with lots of self-confidence despite being nerdy and petite. Getting into television, she appeared on ‘Doogie Howser M.D.’ and found further success in ‘Cousin Skeeter’ which ran from 1998 to 2001. As a child actress, she landed many roles, but her career really took off as an adult.

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She grew up and hit sex symbol status playing leading lady roles in ‘Biker Boyz’ and ‘Deliver Us from Eva’. She has also been featured in hip hop music videos by 50 Cent and Will Smith, among others. Today, she’s lives with her longtime husband and continues to maintain her acting career.

Michelle Trachtenberg

Born in 1985, Michelle Trachtenberg had her debut with a small part on ‘Clarissa Explains It All’. Soon, she won the role of Nona Mecklenberg in ‘The Adventures of Pete & Pete’ which ran until 1996, rocketing her to fame at the tender age of nine. Next, she starred as the titular character in ‘Harriet the Spy’.

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Most of Trachtenberg’s first roles were on Nickelodeon until she moved on up to adult showbiz with roles in ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ and ‘Gossip Girl’. While she’s had high-profile relationships, none of them stuck and she seems to have taken a break from acting as the last time she was seen on screen was in 2018.

Christine Taylor Then

If you’ve seen anything on a screen in the 90s, odds are, Christine Taylor was on it. It all started when she played a lifeguard in the 1989 comedy series ‘Hey Dude playing’. As a child actress, she played Marcia in ‘The Brady Bunch Movie’ and among other roles.

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Next, Christine Taylor was on ‘Seinfeld’ and ‘Friends’ which led to a starring role in the TV show ‘Party Girl’, stamping her name on the decade. Taylor married comedian and actor Ben Stiller. The stars acted together in films such as ‘Arrested Development’ and ‘Zoolander’ before breaking up in 2017.

Elisha Cuthbert

If you’re a 90s kid, you must remember Elisha Cuthbert from ‘Are You Afraid of the Dark?’, the ghost story show that featured many up and coming stars. She was 14 years old at the time, but her career was already blossoming. Her debut film was in 1997’s ‘Dancing on the Moon’.

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When the 2000s came in, Elisha found international recognition with her role as Kim Bauer in the series ’24’ alongside Keifer Sutherland. She later was adored as Danielle in ‘The Girl Next Door’. She married star hockey player Dion Phaneuf. They have one daughter. Her career has slowed down a little but has never really stopped, with some exciting projects waiting in her future.

Lisa Foiles

Lisa Foiles grew up as a kid watching the original ‘All That’ smash hit. Imagine her excitement when she was cast for the program in 1994! The ‘All That’ cast became her family, especially since she was homeschooled and missed out on being a high school teenager. She made the big time with ‘Malcolm in the Middle’ and was well on her way to becoming an actress in the grown-up world of showbiz.

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Now, Lisa is an actress, video game journalist, model, and YouTuber. She hooked up with GameSpot and began hosting gaming events. Her work in the gaming industry has made her a frequent face at L.A. Comic-Con. She is married to producer Shawn Cloninger. The two have a daughter and a son, and they reside in Las Vegas.

Jessica Alba

Jessica Alba’s 90s were incredibly fruitful with parts on both ‘The Secret World of Alex Mack’ and ‘Flipper’. The shows got her foot in the door for some serious Hollywood action in ‘Dark Angel’ as Max. Her depiction of modern female empowerment was loved by all. She also appeared in ‘Beverly Hills 90210’, ‘Never Been Kissed’ and other hits such as ‘Fantastic Four’ and ‘Rise of the Silver Surfer’.

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Now she’s a family girl with her husband and children and runs The Honest Company selling a toxin-free lifestyle. She is involved with many charities and is a Baby2Baby ambassador.

Shannon Woodward

Sweet, young Shannon Woodward made it to our TV screens as Missy, a little girl who lost a kitten in the kids hit ‘Clarissa Explains It All’ in 1991 when she was seven. She went on to appear in several Nickelodeon productions and TV shows.

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Today, Shannon has transitioned to grownup television with parts in the FOX sitcom ‘Raising Hope’ and HBO’s sci-fi thriller ‘Westworld’. She has also developed a great friendship with singer Katy Perry and the two made cameos in each other’s productions.

Alanis Morissette

Now known for her musical career, Morissette first got into show business as a child actor. It started with a part on the kids’ show ‘You Can’t Do That On Television’ but soon transitioned into music, wrapping her talent all around 90s mainstream radio.

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In 1995, her album ‘Jagged Little Pill’ went platinum, twelve times over. Hits like “Hand in My Pocket” and “Ironic” are still being played internationally. Her music career is far from over and she’s constantly working on new materials.

Lindsay Sloane

If you’ve ever looked at Lindsay Sloane’s face and tried to remember why it looked familiar, it’s because she’s been EVERYWHERE in the 90s. Those who watched ‘Sabrina the Teenage Witch’ would know her as Valerie Birkhead, Sabrina’s friend, from 1997 until 1999.

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Sloane’s acting career, however, starts way before that, as a child actor who signed with an agent at eight years old. That would explain how she’s had a cameo in nearly every successful TV show in the past three decades. After her time as Valerie was done, Sloane got cast another pop-culture staple as Big Red in ‘Bring It On.’ She was most recently seen playing the character of Billie in ‘Endings, Beginnings,’ alongside Shailene Woodley and Sebastian Stan.