It is hard to believe that the ’90s began over twenty years ago. Those wild and amazing years really don’t feel like they were that long ago at all. That special decade really enabled people in the United States to just let lose and get silly, with some pretty ridiculous and awesome fashion trends as well as some amazing female talent. As the American fashion and pop culture continued influencing the world, these women continued changing the face of music and film, paving the way for women all over the world to rise up and find their voice. So take a deep breath, because you’re about to dive into some serious ’90s girl power nostalgia.
The ’90s gave us Britney Spears, Alyssa Milano, Xena Warrior Princess, Clueless, Beverly Hills 90210, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, among many others. The women featured in TV shows, films and music at the time were our crushes back then. We had posters of them inside our lockers, on top of our beds and were the inspiration for girls everywhere to look and dress like them. We were curious to see how these adorable girls of the ’90s look like today – how did their careers go? Did they marry and have a family? What do they look like?We knew you must be interested as well, so we dug deep to find out what they were up to after the 20 year gap.
We have actresses, singers, daughters of famous people who became famous themselves, all of whom ruled the ’90s like they were running the country. We have to say that most of these women have maintained their career pretty well over time and have contributed to the genre of work they are in. Lets go see who made it through all the way to today.
Then: Alyssa Milano
Remember Who’s The Boss? Alyssa played the adorable daughter of Tony Danza on the beloved sitcom. It wasn’t until Alyssa snagged the role of the youngest Halliwell sister in the hit series, Charmed, though, that we truly noticed how mature she’d become. Her dramatic TV love life, magical indiscretions and ever-changing appearance got the world hooked.
Now: Alyssa Milano
These days, Alyssa is keeping busy with both TV roles, and, wait for it, her own comic book. Milano produced her own comic book, Hachtivist, which was very well-received. You’ll also find her on the television show, Mistresses. Alyssa is also a married lady these days, in 2008 she married agent David Bugliari in New Jersey. The two have a son and a daughter together. Her role as a mother, as she says, is the biggest role of her career.
Then: Jessica Biel
Back in 1997, Jessica played the role of the well behaved daughter of a Protestant minister on The CW’s, 7th Heaven. She also snagged herself a Young Artist Award in 1997 for her performance in Ulee’s Gold.
Now: Jessica Biel
Since the ’90s, Jessica has done pretty well for herself; marrying heartthrob Justin Timberlake, becoming a mom, and acting in films such as Blade: Trinity, Stealth, The A-Team, and Total Recall. Not too shabby!
Then: Keri Russell
At the age of 15, Keri was part of the cast of the Mickey Mouse Club. After that she struck gold with her role in Honey I Shrunk the Kids, followed by the television show, Malibu Shores, in 1996.
Now: Keri Russell
More recently, Keri has a leading role in the show, The Americans, alongside real life love, Matthew Rhys. She has also had a number of leading roles in films like Waitress (now a broadway play), Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, and Free State of Jones.
Then: Sarah Michelle Gellar
If you didn’t watch Buffy the Vampire Slayer, you didn’t really live in the ’90s! The show was perfect for every sort of audience, with it’s romantic twists and turns as well as a horror stricken moment. Sarah Michelle Geller was of course the big star of the ’90s show.
Now: Sarah Michelle Gellar
Today, Sarah is still happily married to actor Freddie Prinze Jr.. The couple started to date in 2000 and are considered one of Hollywood’s strongest couples. The actress is currently on the philanthropic bandwagon with her many charities and foundations.
Then: Alicia Silverstone
Before her breakout role in the teenage hit film, Clueless, where Alicia played the lightheadedly rich high schooler, Cher, she appeared in three Aerosmith music videos. With her long blonde hair, blue eyes, and come hither look, this makes total sense.
Now: Alicia Silverstone
Since her great success in Clueless, Alicia has been bouncing back and forth between Broadway, where she played Mandy Bloom in Time Stands Still, and television and films. She is also a proud vegan, who has published a book about not eating meat or wearing any animal products.
Then: Fairuza Balk
Fairuza Balk may have started out in an innocent role in Disney’s Return to Oz in the ’80s but by the ’90s she turned her image around. By 1992 she had decided to complete high school via correspondence and moved to Hollywood, where she began to win awards for her acting. She starred in Gas Food Lodging as Shade and then proceeded took on more gothic and grungy roles like in the film American History X and The Craft. By the end of the ’90s, she was already a star playing in The Waterboy alongside Adam Sandler.
Now: Fairuza Balk
Now Fairuza Balk has ditched her gothic threads and put on a more mature look. She has come along way since she started acting and has starred in dozens of amazing films. At 43 years old her movie credits including Humboldt County where she portrayed Bogart as well as Grindstone Road as Hannah. She has also done voice work on television shows namely Family Guy and The Justice League. Most recently she has been filming Hell Is Where the Home Is.
Then: Tara Reid
Tara Reid will always be mostly famous for playing the role of Vicky on the hit teen film, American Pie, which has become a classic. She also appeared in films such as Urban Legend, Dr. T and the Women and The Big Lebowski.
Now: Tara Reid
The actress underwent several botched surgeries, which didn’t do her justice and in a way damaged not only her skn but also her opportunities to be cast to anything important. Tara had her own traveling show called Taradise and her name has been linked to DJ, Erez Eisen.
Then: Tia and Tamera Mowry
Who doesn’t remember the identical sassy twins who were separated at birth? Tia and Tamara played on the teenage hit show Sister, Sister. Somehow they always managed to wear the same outfit.
Now: Tia and Tamera Mowry
Today the twins still work together with Nickelodeon, the network that brought them to fame. Tia has been busy as a host on a cooking show and has released a book that deals with parenting. It’s all about food and babies!
Then: Candace Cameron
Candace starred on the show, Full House as eldest sister, D.J. Tanner. Candace pursued a career in acting after she was inspired by her actor brother – Kirk cameron, who was on the show Growing Pains. Candace was on 191 episodes of Full House.
Now: Candace Cameron
Today Candace is 40 years old and married to Valeri Bure, a Russian NHL player, who she has three beautiful kids with. According to the actress, her strong and stable marriage is due to her strong Christian belief which she found when she was 20 years old.
Then: Angie Harmon
Angie Harmon was one of the most familiar faces in the ’90s. Her first significant role was in a mega popular TV show Baywatch along David Hasselhoff who also discovered her. After Baywatch Harmon got an even bigger break when she got the role of Abbie Carmichael in the series Law & Order.
Now: Angie Harmon
Today, Angie Harmon is still an active actress and recently played Jane Rizolly in the super popular TV series Rizzoli & Isles. Since then, she slowed down and devotes her time and attention to her family and kids.
Then: Jennie Garth
Before landing the role of her life as Kelly Taylor on Beverly Hills 90210, Garth’s first noticeable appearance was on yet another television show hit, Growing Pains, in the early ’90s.
Now: Jennie Garth
Today Jennie is married to actor David Abrams, whom she surprisingly met on a blind date. The couple joined the reality TV trend when they recently filmed, The Jennie Garth Project, which follows her home renovation. Surprisingly, a fun watch!
Then: Mandy Moore
The singer turned actress became extremely popular in the late ’90s where she released her successful album, So Real. Her smaller roles in romantic comedies and teen films put her on the spot as well.
Now: Mandy Moore
Moore has had a very successful singing and acting career where was not only listed on VH1’s 100 Greatest Women in Music, but she also had some great film roles, and today she’s outstandingly starring in the hit drama show, This Is Us.
Then: Amy Jo Johnson
Amy was mostly known for playing Kimberly on the superhero series, Power Rangers; we all loved the pink one! The actress later landed main roles on the television shows, The Division, and Flashpoint.
Now: Amy Jo Johnson
Today Amy has one daughter with her husband, Olivier Giner. Professionally, Johnson is now behind the camera rather than in front of it. Most recently she has directed two films, 2014 ‘Lines’, and 2017 ‘The Space Between’.
Then: Janet Jackson
Probably not as famous as her late brother was, but Jackson did have some great hits back in the ’90s when she released two hit albums, Janet and The Velvet Rope.
Now: Janet Jackson
Today Janet is 50 years old (wow!), and expecting her first baby with her husband, Wissam Al Mana. Janet has also recently converted to Islam, the religion of her husband.
Then: Jenny McCarthy
The outrageous star started her career as a Playboy model and in 1993. Later that year she was announced as Playmate of the Year, a fact which wasn’t received very well among her Catholic family. McCarthy later hosted with Carmen Electra MTV’s dating show, Singled Out, which was as outrageous as you could imagine.
Now: Jenny McCarthy
Other than landing film roles in comedies such as Scary Movie 3 and television appearances on Two and a Half Men, Jenny has written books on parenting. She recently caused further controversy when she spoke out against children’s vaccinations.
Then: Liv Tyler
While she started her professional career at the age of 14 as a model, the beauty soon moved to another passion of hers – acting. During the early ’90s she had some smaller roles in movies such as Empire Records, and That Thing You Do, but later moved to playing in bigger budget films like Armageddon and The Lord of The Rings trilogy.
Now: Liv Tyler
Today, the famous daughter of Steven Tyler (Aerosmith), is a mom of three: Milo, Sailor and Lula Rose. Between children, she has landed roles in films like Jersey Girl, The Strangers, The Ledge, and Space Station 76.
Then: Marisa Tomei
The sweet actress rose to fame in the early ’90s when she starred in the comedy film, My Cousin Vinny, a role for which received an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress. She did however become a household name when she had a recurring role on A Different World, The Cosby Show’s spin-off.
Now: Marisa Tomei
The 52-year-old has never been married and she kept herself very busy with her acting. She starred in films like Crazy, Stupid, Love and is set to play in a few films this year.
Then: Christina Applegate
Christina is best know for her role as the ditzy blonde daughter, Kelly Bundy, on Married With Children. Luckily for us, she wasn’t at all ditzy in real life, but a smart cookie, who understood Hollywood and it’s demands.
Now: Christina Applegate
Christina’s personal life took a major tumble when she found out that she had breast cancer in 2008. She has since undergone a full mastectomy as she was told she had the BRCA1 gene, which triggers breast cancer. She officially has a clean bill of health these days. Yay!
Then: Stacey Dash
Stacey is mostly famous for playing Dionne Davenport on the comedy film, Clueless. Dionne was the main protagonist, Cher’s, gorgeous and very fashionable, best friend. She played her part so well that no one noticed she was a twenty something year old playing a high schooler.
Now: Stacey Dash
Now, however, she has branched out in her acting career taking on a number of unusual roles. Her most recent movie was Sharknado: The 4th Awakens, which by all standards isn’t considered the best movie, but her career has nonetheless continued this way.
Then: Michelle Williams
Michelle’s big acting break came when she was cast as Jen Lindley, the naughty new girl who shook things up on Dawson’s Creek back in 1998. Her innocent look was a dead giveaway that something more sinister was lying beneath the exterior.
Now: Michelle Williams
Michelle’s acting career continues to blossom today, with amazing roles such as Blue Valentine, Shutter Island, My Week With Marilyn, and Oz the Great and Powerful. On the personal side, in 2008, Michelle’s former boyfriend and the father of her daughter, Heath Ledger, died of an overdose.
Then: Heather Locklear
Locklear’s big shot came when she played the strong and assertive businesswoman, Amanda Woodward on the ’90s tv show, Melrose Place. She began her career as a model though, which with her blonde locks and washboard abs, we totally get.
Now: Heather Locklear
Ever since her appearance on the show 23 years ago (!!), Locklear appeared in some small screen movies and pretty much looks the same, which is quite amazing. She continues to act today, though her more recent struggles with anxiety and depression show that this gorgeous and successful actress has also been dealing with personal issues, just like everyone else. We wish you all the best, Heather!
Then: Tori Spelling
Tori’s burst into Hollywood when she played the innocent Donna Martin on her dad, Aaron Spelling’s, hit television show, Beverly Hills 90210.
Now: Tori Spelling
Today Tori is expecting her fifth child with husband Dean McDermott. In 2009 Tori wrote an autobiography, a book that won her great acclaim as it was number one at the time on the New York Times Bestseller’s list.
Brandy was pretty much the whole package back in the ’90s: she sang, she wrote songs and she acted. Her album “Brandy” was a huge hit when it was first released in 1994, as it hit the top Billboard charts. Her television show, Moesha was hit with the youth of the ’90s.
Brandy took her talent to stage where she played Roxie on the stunning production of Chicago on Broadway. Today she plays the same role for the LA production.
Then: Gwen Stefani
No doubt, Gwen was one of the greatest female vocalists of the ’90s with her unique pop-punk style and fashion. Gwen founded the legendary band, No Doubt.
Now: Gwen Stefani
These days Gwen is very busy. She owns her own fashion line, she’s a judge on the music reality competition, The Voice, and recently divorced her long time husband, Gavin Rossdale. She’s currently dating her The Voice co-judge, Country singer, Blake Shelton.
Then: Shannen Doherty
The ’90s were a busy decade for Shannen. She played the ever-dramatic, Brenda on the hit show, Beverly Hills 90210, as well as one third of the Charmed sisters, Prue Halliwell. Her beauty and acting chops got her noticed in Hollywood.
Now: Shannen Doherty
Since her Charmed days, Shannen has been in independent films and a few reality television shows. Sadly, Doherty as of 2015, she is currently battling breast cancer. She has her mother and husband with her through her battle, as well as her many fans.
Then: Jennifer Love Hewitt
Jennifer’s career made its first steps into acting by way of television commercials. They gave her a push to be her later television star status, when she was casted for the role of Sarah Reeves on Party of Five. Soon after the show, she landed her first movie role in the horror hit, I Know What You Did Last Summer and the subsequent sequels.
Now: Jennifer Love Hewitt
Today Jennifer is married to her Client List co-star, Brian Hallisay, and they have two children together. She starred on CBS’ supernatural show Ghost Whisperer, which won her two Saturn Awards.
Then: Melissa Joan Hart
The wicked star is mostly known for her role as Sabrina on Sabrina the Teenage Witch. However, her first steps into acting were much earlier, on the Nickelodeon Channel’s, Clarissa Explains it All, playing a know-it-all teen who speaks directly into the camera.
Now: Melissa Joan Hart
Just like many stars who try to regain some fame, Melissa was a contestant on Dancing With The Stars back in 2009, where she made it for six weeks before being voted off. Another attention grabbing moment was when she tweeted her support for the Republican candidate in the 2012 election.
Then: Neve Campbell
Mainly known for playing Julia on the teen drama, Party of Five and for her classic role in the Scream film series, which totally started a new genre of teen horror films, Neve was one of the wanted actresses of the ’90s.
Now: Neve Campbell
In recent years, Campbell’s work focuses on guest appearances on television shows such as, Grey’s Anatomy, Mad Men, and House of Cards. In 2012, Neve and her boyfriend welcomed their first child together, son Caspian.
Then: Kirsten Dunst
Dunst hit stardom in the ’90s with memorable roles in movies such as Jumanji and Interview with the Vampire, where she famously kissed Brad Pitt as a mere 12 year old girl.
Now: Kirsten Dunst
Kirsten’s acting career continued to bloom later on with her appearance in the Spiderman movie. Apart from her success on Fargo, Dunst won awards for the role she played in Melnacholia. She is now working on her directorial debut film, The Bell Jar.
Singer, dancer, actress and model, Aaliyah did it all. She took the notion of a triple threat and made it look like nothing. Aaliyah’s music was basically the soundtrack of the ’90s, with beats that complimented her voice perfectly. She had two film credits to her name, one in the film Romeo Must Die, and the other in the vampire hit, The Queen of the Damned. Her songs, Age Ain’t Nothing but a Number, and One In a Million.
Sadly, Aaliyah was killed in a plane crash in 2001 that occurred while she was in the Bahamas. She was just 22 years old and at the beginning of what was sure to be a stellar career. She had yet to finish the film, The Queen of the Damned, so production had to replace her with a look alike and use effects to insert her face. Posthumously, her albums hit number one on the Billboard 100 list. Her tragic death left a mark on the collective music industry.
Then: Cameron Diaz
Cameron wowed us all when she entered that bank on a rainy morning in the throwback film, The Mask, alongside Jim Carrey. That little red dress and innocent look won her scores of fans from that moment forward. After her 1994 role in The Mask, Diaz went on to make us laugh in My Best Friend’s Wedding and There’s Something About Mary. Cameron’s comedic timing has always been her strong suit.
Now: Cameron Diaz
The ’90s were nothing compared to Cameron’s massive success in later years. Her roles in Charlie’s Angels, Gangs of New York, Minority Report, Shrek, In Her Shoes, The Holiday, What Happens in Vegas, My Sister’s Keeper, and The Other Woman, to name a few, make her very hard to forget – when you see her in almost everything! Diaz is considered quite the Hollywood success story, and her never changing looks, as in always 20 years old, make her one sought after commodity.
Then: Raven Symone
Raven got her start at the early age of four. She landed her first and probably one of the most memorable roles as Olivia Kendall on The Cosby Show. She was incredibly funny and adorable at such a young age, showing promise for a very bright acting future ahead. In 1990, in the midst of her role on The Cosby Show, Raven was also in films like, The Muppets at Walt Disney World, and the 1994 film, The Little Rascals.
Now: Raven Symone
Today, Raven is not only acting, hosting and singing, but she is an advocate for social rights in the United States. Her major television role after The Cosby Show that got her noticed was on her own show, That’s So Raven, on the Disney Channel. She was funny to boot and people just related to her. She was also in the Disney films, Cheetah Girls and Cheetah Girls 2, showing off her musical skills. Most recently, Raven can be seen as one of the guest hosts on the show, The View.
Then: Whitney Houston
Whitney started her career way before the ’90s, but it was the ’90s that really left their mark on her career. During the decade she was already a musical hit, with songs like, I’m Your Baby Tonight, and My Love is Your Love. But it was also the time she made her acting debut in the film, The Bodyguard. She went on to star in Waiting to Exhale, and The Preacher’s Wife. She was one versatile cookie.
Now: Whitney Houston
Whitney passed away in 2012, after being found unconscious in her hotel room. Her death was ruled an accident, although substances were found in her blood. Her death hit Hollywood very hard. Her voice has yet to find an equal, and her songs will be a memorial to her awesome talents for the rest of time. She left behind a daughter and former husband, Bobby Brown.
Then: Tyra Banks
Tyra made a splash on the Paris runway in 1991, this is where it all began. In 1993 she signed a contract with Covergirl Cosmetics, and throughout the ’90s she modeled for Chanel, Oscar de la Renta, Yves Saint Laurent, Anna Sui, Christian Dior, Donna Karan, Calvin Klein, Perry Ellis, Marc Jacobs, Givenchy, Herve Leger, Valentino, Fendi, Isaac Mizrahi, Giorgio Armani, Sonia Rykiel, Michael Kors, no name a few.
Now: Tyra Banks
Move up to 2016 and Tyra is a name that everyone knows. She has graced the screens of films, and television shows. Her television competition show, America’s Next Top Model, was watched by an enormous amount of viewers. Tyra recently had a baby with her boyfriend, by way of surrogate.
Then: Juliette Lewis
Juliette got noticed when she appeared in Martin Scorsese’s film, Cape Fear, in 1991. She went on to have major roles in What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, Natural Born Killers, and From Dusk Till Dawn. The ’90s were also the years that Juliette dated non other than Brad Pitt, the two were linked from 1990-1993.
Now: Juliette Lewis
Her career hasn’t slowed down a bit. She has been in films every single year, more than one if you went on to count. Her more acclaimed roles were for Hysterical Blindness, Cold Creek Manor, The Switch, August: Osage County, and Nerve. She has dabbled in television roles and music as well, making her an all around interesting gal.
American singer, songwriter and all around performer, Selena was absolutely one of America’s sweethearts. She was one of the first Mexican-American artist to do the crossover from one chart to the other. Her songs, Ven Conmigo, , Amor Prohibido, and Dreaming of You, solidifed her as an artist to watch.
In a tragic turn of events, Selena was killed by her assistant in 1995. The then 23 year old was only at the beginning of her career when she was taken too soon. She was married to Chris Perez, who was in her band, and it was discovered that she was pregnant at the time of her murder. There are a few monuments that were erected in her memory, her mark on the musical world was very prevalent.
Then: Julia Stiles
Julia got into acting at the young age of 11. She was on the show Ghostwriter from 1993-1994. She landed some starring roles in the ’90s but it wasn’t until 1999 and her starring role in 10 Things I Hate About You, an adaptation of Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew, alongside Heath Ledger.
Now: Julia Stiles
After her continued success in acting, Julia took a break to attend Columbia University. She returned to acting thereafter with movies like, The Prince and Me, The Omen, The Bourne Ultimatum, Silver Linings Playbook, and Out of the Dark. Julia still looks as though she is in her youth, which is a good thing in Hollywood, for sure.
Then: Stephanie Seymour
Stephanie was on the cover of Sport Illustrated magazines, had a stint as a Victoria’s Secret angel, and modeled for Vogue magazine several times. She went on to do some more racy material when she posed for Playboy magazine in 1991 and in 1993. In 1998, Stephanie Seymour’s Beauty Secrets for Dummies; she felt like she had something to contribute.
Now: Stephanie Seymour
Stephanie continued to model here and there, along with getting married and having her children. She recently was in a campaign for Salvatore Ferraegamo along with fellow model, Claudia Schiffer. The two wowed the fashion world as the once highly acclaimed super model generation.
Then: Vanessa Marcil
Vanessa is a soap opera goddess for all intents and purposes. Her polished and conniving look is perfect for the genre! She got her name known while she was on the soap General Hospital from 1992-1998, and once again one and off for several years. She was also on the show Beverly Hills 90210 as a series regular.
Now: Vanessa Marcil
Television was and still is her go-to. Vanessa amazingly still looks exactly the same as she did in her soap days. She has been on shows like, Hawaii Five-0, Lipstick Jungle, and Crossing Jordan. Vanessa has one son, Kassius Lijah, with ex-boyfriend and 90210 co-star, Brian Austin Green.
Then: Drew Barrymore
While it might seem hard to forget where we remember the sweet actress from, as she has been in the film industry for ages since she was a kid, the ’90s were definitely a hard core time for the actress. She was dating some of Hollywood’s baddest boys, she posed for Playboy and she was socializing with Courtney Love and Liv Tyler.
Now: Drew Barrymore
Although she has settled down and has two daughters, Drew always had her rebellious side to her. She has been divorced three times, with the last one was actually being finalized just last summer. These days Drew Barrymore is still very active in films and you can see her in many romantic comedies.
Then: Winona Ryder
The ’90s were when Winona did some of her best and most memorable work as an actress. She pretty much took the decade by storm when she appeared in films such as Edward Scissorhands, Reality Bites, Mermaids and Girl, Interrupted. She even won a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress in 1993 for her role in The Age of Innocence. Her love life back in the days was also pretty stormy when she dated Hollywood men like Johnny Depp and Matt Damon.
Now: Winona Ryder
She has been playing the main role in Stranger Things, a science fiction web series. She has been engaged in the past to fellow actor, Johnny Depp, however that was the closest she got to marriage as Ryder has never tied the knot. She has been in a relationship with designer, Scott Mackinlay Hahn for a few years now. She received her Hollywood Walk of Fame star in 2000.
Then: Kate Moss
She is the bad queen of fashion from the ’90s. Moss was discovered when she was only 14 and she rose to fame due to her heroine chic figure and for being a muse for many designers back in the days. She was definitely notorious for her drinking and drug using, but also for her unforgettable Vogue covers.
Now: Kate Moss
The 42 year old is still a big name in the fashion industry when she is being invited to the most important fashion shows. She has had her fair share of getting in trouble though. In 2005, H&M pretty dropped her from their fall campaign due to drug accusations. Moss has one daughter, Lili Grace Moss-Hack. Kate is one of the highest paid models of all times with an estimated net worth of 45 million pound.
Then: Uma Thurman
The star who is probably mostly remembered for her role in the cult movie, Pulp Fiction from 1994, was even nominated for an Oscar and more awards for her unforgettable role. In 1998 she married Gattaca co star, Ethan Hawke, and the two had a daughter that same year. 1998 was also the year Thurman took a break from her acting to focus more on her motherhood. Their second son was born in 2002 and the couple split one year later.
Now: Uma Thurman
Thurman has never left the Hollywood scene and she has starred in an endless number of films since her career first rose. Some of her later films include The Accidental Husband where she starred alongside Colin Firth, and the 2005 hit film, Prime where she played alongside Meryl Streep in a romantic comedy. It has been rumored that the actress was seeing her Pulp Fiction director, Quentin Tarantino but it was never confirmed. She’s also been very involved in many philanthropic works.
Then: Gwyneth Paltrow
Coming from a family of famous actors, with her famous parents, actress, Blyth Danner, and producer, Bruce Paltrow, Paltrow has always been drawn to acting and to films. She gained her fame in 1996 when she starred in the film adaptation to Jane Austen’s novel, Emma. Two years later she starred in the romantic drama Sliding Doors and she has had many dynamic roles ever since.
Now: Gwyneth Paltrow
Paltrow was known for her very high profile Hollywood relationships including the ones she had with Brad Pitt and Ben Affleck until she married Chris Martin in 2003, the lead singer of the successful band, Coldplay. They had two children together however the two finalized their divorce in 2016.She has been the face of many brands, including Estee Lauder Pleasures perfume. Paltrow has been in a relationship with Brad Falchuk since 2014.
Then: Cindy Crawford
The stunning model hit her supermodel status when the ’90s just started. Forbes even named her “the highest paid model on the plane.” Besides her famous Pepsi commercial and the beauty and the mole was also highly famous for being married to Hollywood’s hunk, Richard Gere for four years. Together they were one good looking couple. and she was pretty much and Cindy Crawford.
Now: Cindy Crawford
Since her glory days, Crawford had some minor roles in a couple of movies. She married fellow model, Rande Gerber in 1998 and the two have two very children. Their daughter, Kaia, who looks amazingly similar to her beautiful mother, is already stepping her foot in the modeling industry.
Then: Lacey Chabert
Everyone remembers Lacey Chabert as Claudia Salinger, the adorable girl from the ’90s hit TV drama Party of Five.
Her unique voice and musical talent also allowed her to be the voice behind several characters in animated TV shows. One of them was as Meg Griffin from Family Guy (this before Mila Kunis took over it).
Now: Lacey Chabert
Chaberts was, and still is not a familiar household name, but she’s definitely a familiar household face. After appearing in dozens of movies and TV shows, and even landing the role Gretchen in the cult movie Mean Girls, we can definitely say – she made ‘Fetch’ happen.
Then: Claire Danes
The talented actress got her big break when she played on the teen series, My So Called Life, in 1994. She even received a Golden Globe Award for her role. She was also very famous for starring alongside Leonardo DiCaprio in the modern remake of Romeo & Juliet in 1996.
Now: Claire Danes
Danes is one of the busiest actresses today with her outstanding acting in the drama series, Homeland. The successful show has won her multiple awards including double Golden Globe Awards for Best Actress in Television Drama Series. She is married to Hugh Dancy and the two have a child together.
Then: Christina Ricci
The Addams Family star began her professional acting career when she starred in the 1990 hit movie, Mermaids alongside singer, Cher, and Winona Ryder. She gained her title of a teen idol when she later starred in the 1995 films, Casper and Now and Then.
Now: Christina Ricci
Since her ’90s days, Ricci appeared in rather small independent films. Some of her latest work includes an outstanding performance on Monster. Her most famous small screen appearance was on ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy where played a paramedic. This guest role won her an Emmy nomination. She is married to James Heerdegen.
Then: Jennifer Aniston
She is one of the most popular and famous actresses in the world, and there’s no doubt that her big break came when she starred as the unforgettable Rachel Green on Friends, which ran for 10 years from 1994. She earned multiple awards for her role on the popular show. She had one of the most talked about and high profile relationships in Hollywood’s history when she married Brad Pitt in 2000 until their messy divorce in 2005.
Now: Jennifer Aniston
Anniston has starred in many famous films since Friends was taken off the air, most of which were comedies or romantic comedies. She received her Hollywood Walk of Fame star in 2012. In 2015 she married actor Justin Theroux and the two are still happily married.
Then: Amanda Bearse
Bearse is mostly known for playing Peggy and Al Bundy’s neighbor on the successful ’90s sitcom, Married with Children. Bearse played the role of Marcy Rhoades D’Arcy, whom besides being Peggy’s best friend, was also a feminist banker who was always clashing with Al’s chauvinistic ideals.
Now: Amanda Bearse
When she was on Married with Children, Bearse started directing, and she even directed 31 episodes of the hit sitcom. In addition to the show, the 58-year-old actress had done some direction work on other television shows including Veronica’s Closet, Mad TV, The Jamie Foxx Show, Jessie and more. Bearse is an open lesbian and has been married to her partner, Carrie Schenken since 2010.
Then: Pamela Anderson
Pamela Anderson was probably one of the most prominent figures of the ’90s. Her role in Baywatch, with her little red one piece bathing suit, made her the envy of women and the desire of men everywhere. Her acting was pretty good too.
Now: Pamela Anderson
Nowadays, Pamela isn’t acting as much as she did then, but has shifted her focus towards her involvement in PETA, and other animals rights groups. Still, she looks as amazing as ever – does this woman ever age? She has most recently been seen around the globe speaking about her passions, as well as meeting with people like Julian Assange, the infamous exposer of all things WikiLeaks. Wonder what those two have to talk about…
Then: Monica Lewinsky
When Monica Lewinsky started working as an intern at the White House in the mid nineties, she probably never thought that she would ever become a household name. After she was involved in one of the most political scandals in history when she was engaged in an ‘inappropriate relationship’ with former President, Bill Clinton, Lewinsky’s fame was skyrocketing and she pretty much became an A Lister.
Now: Monica Lewinsky
Lewinsky has remained in the public’s spotlight, and after releasing her own line of handbags, appearing on different talk shows and commercials, Lewinsky took her story to the paper when she wrote an essay named Shame and Survival for the prestigious Vanity Fair magazine, claiming she regrets everything that has happened and speaking openly about what the infamous incident.
Then: Teri Weigel
This Florida born bombshell started her modeling career while she was just a teenager, but her big break arrived in 1985, when she appeared on the cover of the famous and infamous Playboy magazine. The following year she became the official Playboy mate. Weigel then landed several roles in TV shows and movies, one of them was as Jade on Married… with Children.
Now: Teri Weigel
Unfortunately, while on the rise to stardom, Weigel had a car accident which left her severely injured. She then had to stop working for more than four months. This situation left her broke and she and her husband, Murrill Maglio, decided to sell their home. Next step to a financial recovery was starting appearing in adult movies. Weigel then became one of the biggest names in the adult-industry.
Then: Yasmin Bleeth
We know it’s hard to remember that there were more Baywatch babes besides Pamela Anderson, but yes, stunning women like Yasmine Bleeth were part of the hit show in the ’90s. Before she became a lifeguard she was on the soap opera, One Life to Live.
Now: Yasmin Bleeth
The 49-year-old has didn’t always have it easy, she struggled with a drug addiction and in 2000 she checked into rehab. Ashe has been married to Paul Cerrito since 2002.
Then: Tia Carrere
The actress, model and singer became famous when she starred on the long-running daytime soap opera , General Hospital. She had other appearances on television shows including The A-team and MacGyver. One of her most famous roles was playing Cassandra Wong in the Wayne’s World film series.
Now: Tia Carrere
Tia continued to act and had some film appearances as well in blockbuster hits like True Lies. She is 50 years old today and has been divorced twice. In 2012 she appeared on The Celebrity Apprentice.
Then: Sarah Jessica Parker
It’s almost impossible not to know the name, Sarah Jessica Parker, let alone recognize the talented actress with those gorgeous big curls. Parker rose to fame in the ’90s when she has a recurring role on Equal Justice. There’s no doubt that her big break came when she became the star of HBO’s show.
Now: Sarah Jessica Parker
Since the premiere of SATC in 1998, Jessica has become synonymous with the word style and fashion and she even owns her own fashion line. She has been married to actor, Matthew Broderick since 1997 and the couple has three children.
Then: Calista Flockhart
Flockhart will probably always be mostly famous for playing the iconic role of Ally on the hit show, Ally McBeal where she starred alongside Portia de Rossi. Calista played the neurotic lawyer who was also a workaholic when all along she was just trying to find love.
Now: Calista Flockhart
Later in her career, the 52-year-old actress went on to star in other hit shows including Brothers & Sisters and Supergirl. She has been married to her long-time partner, Harrison Ford since 2010.
Then: Elizabeth Hurley
The stunning British actress was hugely famous in the ’90s not only for her film roles, but also for dating her long-time beau, Hugh Grant. The former model has also received some great media attention when she wore the famous black Versace dress in 1994 to the Four Weddings and a Funeral premier.
Now: Elizabeth Hurley
Hurley, has been married and divorced once and has one son named Damian from her relationship with Steve Bing. She is also famous for starring in Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery.
Then: Minnie Driver
Before she famously dated Matt Damon, Minnie landed the lead role in the 1995 drama film, Circle of Friend where she had the lead role. Later she went on to star in films like Grosse Point Blank and Good Will Hunting, where she received a lot of attention due to the film’s success.
Now: Minnie Driver
In 2015 she appeared in the series, About a Boy and later landed the lead role on Speechless. She has one son from a brief relationship she had in 2008.
Then: Denise Richards
The gorgeous actress has appeared in so many shows during the ’90s that it’s hard to remember them all. She was on Saved by the Bell, had a role on Seinfeld and on Melrose Place. She appeared on the big screen for the first time in 1997 in the film Starship Troopers and was a Bond Girl in the movie, The World is not Enough.
Now: Denise Richards
Denise was famously married to actor, Charlie Sheen but the two divorced in 2006. She continued to act throughout the years.
Then: Anna Chlumsky
If you were alive in the ’90s, there’s no way you haven’t watched the heart-wrenching drama film, My Girl. The movie starred two young and adorable kids, Macaulay Culkin and Anna herself. In 1994, the actress went on to star in Trading Mon alongside Sissy Spacek. In the late ’90s, Anna decided to take a break from acting to complete her studies.
Now: Anna Chlumsky
The International Studies student returned to the small screen later in her career when she starred in HBO’s Veep playing the role of Amy Brookheimer.
Then: Mariah Carey
It’s safe to say that Mariah Carey has come a long way since she was pretty much the queen of pop in the ’90s. The diva was one of the best-selling female artists back then and had some of the greatest hits including Hero. She also had a brief stint in the acting world.
Now: Mariah Carey
Carey has been married and divorced twice and had two children. She is still very much active with her music and just recently she released a single named ‘I Don’t.’
Then: Julia Louis- Dreyfus
Julia Louis-Dreyfus has won over the audience’s hearts twice in her career, apart from a few guest roles here and there. Once when she played Elaine on the ’90s hit sitcom, Seinfeld, and for the second time as Selina Meyer on Veep. With her amazing comical skills, Julia just nailed every role she had done.
Now: Julia Louis- Dreyfus
Ever since the ’90s, Julia was unstoppable. Before her big breakthrough on Veep in 2011, Julia starred inThe New Adventures of Old Christine, a cable sitcom. She can also be proud of holding the record for having the most Primetime Emmy wins as a lead female actress.
Then: Gillian Anderson
Gillian Anderson took over the late night slot when she played Special Agent Scully on the crime drama series, The X-Files. It was like a match made in heaven for the strong and independent actress to play that role on television in the ’90s. The seres ran for ten years.
Now: Gillian Anderson
After the show went off the air in 2002, Anderson went back to London to try and revive her stage performances. She was part of different projects including Bleak House and A Streetcar Named Desiree.
Then: Rachael Leigh Cook
Rachael Leigh Cook started her professional career at the young age of 10 when she started modeling. She also had a supporting role in the 1995 novel-based film, The Babysitters Club. However, it was only later in her career that she became a household name, that was when she starred in the teen hit drama She’s All That alongside Freddie Prinze Jr., and the late Paul Walker.
Now: Rachael Leigh Cook
After the success of the film Cook went on to play in Josie and the Pussycats alongside Tara Reid. She is now focused on her family.
Then: Mayim Bialik
Mayim Bialik became a household name when she starred on NBC’s Blossom, the show which ran from 1991 to 1995. She quickly rose to fame and set her status as a serious actress apart from her comical skills. She was also part of the cast of Woody Allen’s Don’t Drink the Water in 1994.
Now: Mayim Bialik
In recent years, Bialik, an Orthodox Jew, has been part of the incredible cast of The Big Bang Theory when she plays alongside Kaley Cuoco. Her role as Amy Farrah earned her several Primetime Emmy nominations.
Then: The Olsen Twins
When the sitcom Full House first aired, it was impossible not to fall in love with sweet Michelle Tanner who was interchangeably played byMary-Kate and Ashley Olsen. Since the show went off the air, it’s safe to say that the Olsen Twins have built a billion dollar empire based on their sweet image.
Now: The Olsen Twins
The Olsens have turned to the fashion industry and now own their own clothing line which has popularized the bohemian style. They have retired from the show business but you can spot them at the most glamorous Fashion Weeks and periodically on the red carpet.
Then: Courteney Cox
We’ll never get tired of taking a nostalgic stroll down memory lane once again with Friends. Cox played the neurotic but very lovable Monica Gellar on the hit sitcom from the ’90s. From Friends she went on to star in a series of scary movies when she landed one of the lead roles in the Scream Trilogy.
Now: Courteney Cox
In 2009 she became the star of a show called Cougar Town which ran for six seasons. She is still very close to her former co-star, Jennifer Aniston, in real life.
Then: Christina Aguilera
She has one of the strongest and biggest voices in the music industry, and it all started when Christina Aguilera became part of the famous Mickey Mouse Club when she was an young teenager. Her singing career took off in the ’90s with hits like What a Girl Wants and Genie In A Bottle.
Now: Christina Aguilera
Christina had sold millions of albums worldwide and till this very day her voice is considered one of a kind. She was also a judge on the talent music reality show, The Voice alongside Blake Shelton and Adam Levine.
Then: Jenna Jameson
The blonde bombshell who was raised in Sin City by her father, rose to public attention when she stripped down in adult films. Her pornographic film career started in 1993 when she appeared in some very erotic films. Her dancing skills soon turned to hear modeling career and by the time she turned twenty she already appeared in many men magazines like Penthouse and Cheri. At some point she literally became the most famous porn star and even won a few awards including the XRCO Best New Starlet.
Now: Jenna Jameson
Over the years, Jameson has had a couple of more mainstream roles like when she starred in the 1997 Howard Stern;s film, Private Parts. Jameson is still very much involved in the industry after she founded her own adult-movie company named, ClubJenna with ex husband, Jay Grdina. In 2004 she published her autobiography, Her 2004 autobiography, How to Make Love Like a Porn Star: A Cautionary Tale which even made its way to the The New York Times Best Seller List for several weeks. In 2008 Jameson retired from the porn business and has been doing some modeling in more recent years.
Then: Sarah Chalke
Before she almost married Ted on How I Met Your Mother, Sarah Chalke starred on the the hit show, Roseanne. The actress replaced Lecy Goranson who left the show to play the role of the rebellious daughter, Rebecca Conner Healy.
In recent years, the 40-year-old actress is mostly known for playing Dr. Elliot Reid on the medical comedy-drama, Scrubs as well as for playing Stella Zinman on How I Met Your Mother. She is engaged to a lawyer named Jamie Afifi and the couple has two children.
Then: Karen McDougal
The glamour, promotional, and swimsuit model of the ’90s Karen McDougal actually started off working as a preschool teacher. However, after entering and winning a swimwear competition, she ended up quitting her day job and quickly became one of the most famous faces of the 1990s, even being voted as the Playmate of the Year in 1998. The brunette beauty made history after becoming the first woman to ever grace the cover of Men’s Fitness Magazine in 1999.
Now: Karen McDougal
Since her Playmate days, Karen has been focusing on a career in fitness modeling, appearing in numerous fitness and body building magazines such as Muscle & Fitness, Physical, and Iron Man. She recently told Muscle and Fitness Magazine that she hits the gym five to six days a week, and maintains a primarily clean diet with the occasional doughnut splurge every now and then. She adores her fans, and frequently answers their questions about maintaining a healthy lifestyle on her website.
Then: Tiffani Thiessen
It seems as though all of the teen (term to be taken lightly) actors in the ’90s jumped between hit show to hit show. Tiffani was not only on Beverly Hills 90210, but she was also (and more notably) on Saved By The Bell.
Now: Tiffani Thiessen
Focusing more on her own brand, Tiffani hosts her very own cooking show, Dinner At Tiffani’s, airing on the Cooking Channel. She’s not only the host of the show though, but an executive producer as well.
Then: Tatyana Ali
Tatyana is mostly known for her role as Will Smith’s young cousin, Ashley, on the ’90s hit show Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. She was seen on most episodes and loved by most fans of the show.
Now: Tatyana Ali
Tatyana had a short-lived career in the music business, however she soon returned to her acting roots where she landed a role in the soap opera, The Young and the Restless.
Then: Lucy Lawless
No one else could have played Xena Warrior Princess the way Lucy did. Her signature battle cry and unique amazon-inspired costume left their mark on the collective pop culture psyche of people around the world.
Now: Lucy Lawless
Although she’ll always be Xena to us, Lucy continued to act well past the show’s end. She’s worked on shows such as Spartacus, Parks and Recreation, Agents of Shield and Ash vs. the Evil Dead. Her on-screen appeal has always been there, and her continued work in front of the screen is always going to make any show better. Since 1998, Lucy has been married to Robert Tapert, who was the executive producer of Xena! The couple has two sons together, as well as a son from Lucy’s first marriage.
Then: Elizabeth Berkley
Elizabeth Berkley is probably best known for playing the role of Jessie Spano on the classic hit show Saved by the Bell, but before she got her big break she appeared on several shows and a TV film called Frog.
Now: Elizabeth Berkley
However, many years have passed since then, and although Berkley may not be the young girl we once knew and loved, she is still remaining very active in the acting, appearing on comedies such as the hit show New Girl.