Then and Now: What Happened to Your Fave 80s Actresses?

1. Brooke Shields

Brooke Shields found her fame thanks to films including Endless Love and The Blue Lagoon in the 80's. When she was 13, she was recognized by Calvin Klein as 'the most beautiful girl in the world.' These days Shields is still active on the small screen.


2. Jennifer Connelly

Jennifer Connelly started her career as a child model. After her film debut in Once upon a Time in America, she moved into acting and appeared in 80's movies such as Phenomena and Labyrinth. Now, Connelly continues to be active in the film and TV industry. In 2017, she provides the voice for Karen in Spider-Man: Homecoming.


3. Elizabeth McGovern

This outstanding actress received an Academy Award nomination in 1981 for her performance in Ragtime. Her most famous role in recent years was Cora (Countess of Grantham) in Downton Abbey, which saw her nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress and Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress.


4. Demi Moore

Demi Moore's acting career was a brave one. She dropped out of high school at 16, and got cast in Fire and About Last Night. Later, she played roles in films like Ghost and G.I. Jane, making her one of the highest paid actresses in Hollywood. Recently, she has made some headlines for her actress daughter - Rumer Willis.


5. Glenn Close

Glenn Close has always been an outstanding actress. She found her fame in two blockbusters of the 80's: The World According to Garp and Fatal Attraction. In recent years, Close played Nova Prime Rael in the film Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) and Dr. Caldwell in the British zombie horror drama The Girl with All the Gifts (2016).


6. Jennifer Grey

Jennifer Grey is famous for her role of Baby Houseman in Dirty Dancing. After that success she did lots of films such as Criminal Justice and Since You've Been Gone. In real life, her dancing practice in Dirty Dancing has not proven to be wasted. She won the 2010 season of Dancing With The Stars.


7. Lori Singer

Lori Singer found her fame in Footloose alongside Kevin Bacon. She also starred in the TV series Fame. After that success, however, Singer was not active on screen. In 2012, she worked as the executive producer of the documentary - Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God. And this movie won 3 Emmy Awards.


8. Haviland Morris

The first film that made Morris famous was Sixteen Candles. Then she played starring roles in Who's The Girl and Gremlins 2: The New Batch. In 2012, she quit acting and began to work as a real estate salesman. She actually does a great job, and even won the "Rookie of the Year" for once.


9. Kelly McGillis

Kelly McGillis was famous for films such as Top Gun, Witness, and The Accused in the 80's. In Top Gun, McGillis was Tom Cruise's on-screen love interest, and her leather jacket style attracted many admirers. McGillis now devotes most of her time into charity work. She also teaches acting at The New York Studio for Stage and Screen.


10. Dianne Wiest

The talented actress won an Academy Award for her outstanding performance in Woody Allen's Hannah and Her Sisters. She participated in Allen's films a lot, including The Purple Rose of Cairo and September. Wiest still works as an actress now and her most recent role is Joan Short in the TV series Life in Pieces.


11. Karen Allen

Allen found her fame for portraying Marion Ravenwood in Raiders of the Lost Ark. Her performance in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull brought her more attention. In 2009, she received an honored master's degree from The Fashion Institute of Technology. She also teaches acting and soya.


12. Mia Sara

Mia Sara found her fame as Sloane Peterson in Ferris Bueller's Day Off. She then won the Saturn Award for her performance in Timecop. Today, she is famous for her two marriages. Her first husband was Jason Connery, the son of Sean Connery. Her current husband is Brian Henson, the son of Jim Henson, the creator of Muppets.


13. Bo Derek

Derek wasn't on the list of best actresses in the 80's, but her beauty made up for it. You might have seen her in films like Tarzan, the Ape Man or Ghosts Can't Do It, all being directed by her then husband John Derek (they divorced in 1998). As for now, Bo Derek lives with actor John Corbett and is not active on screen anymore.


14. Phoebe Cates

Phoebe Cates' most famous film in the 80's is Paradise. Her last movie before quitting acting in 2001 was The Anniversary Party, which was written by her best friend in real life Jennifer Jason Leigh. Cates has lived a very happy married life with actor Kevin Kline since 1989. In 2005, she opened a boutique store of her own called Blue Tree.


15. Sean Young

Young found her fame in a series of 80's films, including Blade Runner, Dune, No Way Out, Wall Street, and Cousins. As for now, Young still has some films in the works, but they have not been well received audiences.

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