It’s hard to believe the 1990s began over twenty years ago. That special decade really enabled people in the U.S. to just let loose and get silly, with some pretty ridiculous/awesome fashion trends as well as some amazing female talent. We have actresses, singers, daughters of famous people who became famous themselves – all of whom ruled the 1990s like they were running the country. So let’s see who made it 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 series 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 continuing her acting career.
She’s been 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 had 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 its 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: 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 looks 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 sassy identical twins who were separated at birth and were played by Tia and Tamara on the hit teenage 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 in 191 episodes of Full House.
Now: Candace Cameron
Today Candace is 43 years old and married to Valeri Bure, a Russian NHL player, with whom she has three beautiful kids.
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 left her mark on another hit show.
Her first noticeable appearance was on yet another hit television show, 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.
Not only was she 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.
That’s when she released two hit albums – Janet, and The Velvet Rope.
Now: Janet Jackson
Today Janet is 53 years old (wow!), and she’s been busy taking care of her first child, born in 2017.
She gave birth to her son Eissa Al Mana when she was 50, and at the time still married to Wissam Al Mana.
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, the MTV 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: Yasmine 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: Yasmine Bleeth
The 51-year-old hasn’t had an easy life. She struggled with substance abuse and in 2000 she checked into rehab.
She has been married to Paul Cerrito since 2002.
Then: Lara Flynn Boyle
Some fans will always remember her as Donna Hayward from the cult series Twin Peaks, but that’s not the only memorable role Lara Flynn Boyle had on TV.
She also left her mark as Helen Gamble in the legal drama The Practice.
Now: Lara Flynn Boyle
The most recent news about Lara Flynn Boyle are usually related to rumors regarding the botched surgeries she supposedly went through.
The actress hasn’t worked in the industry for a while, and rarely makes public appearances anymore, but here’s to hoping she’ll still make a comeback!
Then: Paris Hilton
In the 1990s, Paris Hilton was friends with other heiresses, including Nicole Richie and Kim Kardashian.
She began modeling as a child and was signed to T Management agency in 1999, quickly becoming known as a party girl who frequented the clubs.
Now: Paris Hilton
Today, after a reality show, an adult video, a short lived singing career, and some acting roles, Paris is working as a businesswoman.
She has a highly successful line of perfumes and other branded products. In 2018, she announced her engagement to actor and model Chris Zylka, but they have since ended their relationship.
Then: Tori Spelling
Tori burst into Hollywood when she played the innocent Donna Martin.
The memorable character was part of the hit television show Beverly Hills 90210.
Now: Tori Spelling
Today Tori has five children with her 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 Best Seller’s list.
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 to take 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 was in the movie Hell Is Where the Home Is.
Then: Elvira, Mistress of the Dark
The character of Elvira, Mistress of the Dark was created in 1981 for Elvira’s Movie Macabre, but the character became widespread and extremely popular – not to mention profitable – in the late 1980s and throughout the 1990s.
Elvira had three different television shows in the decade – Elvira’s Thriller Theater, Elvira’s Halloween Movie Schlock-A-Thon, and The Elvira Show, all centering around the host presenting B-grade (or lower) horror movies in her signature haircut and attire. She even had her own line of calendars. It was a good time to be her.
Now: Elvira, Mistress of the Dark
Elvira’s been played with gusto by actress Cassandra Peterson. Despite the fact that she’s 67 years old, Peterson still plays the sultry host, most recently in Hulu’s 13 Nights of Elvira. However, she’s had a variety of other acting roles, appearing in guest spots on shows such as Nash Bridges.
She’s also appeared in films, running the gamut from the kid-friendly Pee Wee’s Big Adventure to the very adult gore horror All About Evil. She’s still active, especially in-character as Elvira, in various specials and guest spots.
Then: Salma Hayek
Salma Hayek is known for being one of the most intriguing women in Hollywood. Born in Mexico, she started off starring in telenovelas, such Teresa, which is her most known work from her beginning days. After moving to the U.S. in 1991, Hayek quickly became a star.
She appeared in From Dusk till Dawn, Desperado, Wild Wild West, and Dogma, all in the ’90s, but her career only took off from there. She sure hasn’t slowed down much since then.
Now: Salma Hayek
One of Salma Hayek’s most notable roles throughout her career is the award-winning film Frida, for which she was nominated for the Oscar of Best Actress in a Leading Role.
This talented actress has proven time and time again that she can be put in just about any role and succeed splendidly. From crime movies like Savages to comedies like Grown Ups, it seems there is nothing Salma Hayek can’t do. She even has a few works in production that are set to come out soon.
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 its demands.
Now: Christina Applegate
Christina’s personal life took a major tumble when she found out that she had cancer in 2008.
She has since undergone a full mastectomy as she was told she had the BRCA1 gene, which triggers the type of cancer she had. She officially has a clean bill of health these days. Yay!
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 she received an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress.
She did however become a household name when she had a recurring role on A Different World.
Now: Marisa Tomei
The 54-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: Stacey Dash
Stacey is mostly famous for playing Dionne Davenport on the comedy film Clueless.
Dionne was the gorgeous and very fashionable best friend of protagonist Cher. 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 in productions such as Blue Valentine, Shutter Island, My Week With Marilyn, and Oz the Great and Powerful.
On the personal side, in 2008, Michelle suffered a major loss with the passing of Heath Ledger, with whom she had a daughter.
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 decades ago, Locklear has been in some small screen movies, and she 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!
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 a hit with the youth of the ’90s.
Brandy took her talent to stage when she played Roxie on the stunning production of Chicago on Broadway.
She then went on to play the same role on 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.
She became famous with her legendary band, No Doubt.
Now: Gwen Stefani
These days Gwen is very busy. She owns her own fashion line, and she’s a judge on the music reality competition The Voice.
In 2016 she 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.
In 2015, Doherty was diagnosed with cancer. She had her mother and husband with her through her battle, as well as her many fans. After years of treatment, she happily announced in 2017 that her cancer was in remission.
Then: Jennifer Love Hewitt
Jennifer made her first steps into acting by way of television commercials. They gave her a push to her later television star status, when she was cast 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 star is mostly known for her role as Sabrina on Sabrina the Teenage Witch.
However, her first steps into acting were much earlier, on 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.
She’s been married to musician Mark Wilkerson since 2013, and together they have three sons – Mason, Braydon, and Tucker.
Then: Neve Campbell
Neve is 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.
She was without a doubt one of the most 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.
In that movie, she played fan-favorite Claudia, a role than got her a nomination for Best Supporting Actress at the 1995 Golden Globe Awards.
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 Melancholia. 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 were both huge successes.
Now: Aaliyah (Deceased)
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 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 professional.
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 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 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 was 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 (Deceased)
Whitney passed away in 2012. Her death was ruled an accident, although substances were found in her blood.
Her passing 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, and Michael Kors, to name a few.
Now: Tyra Banks
Move up to 2019 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 surrogacy.
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 none other than Brad Pitt. The two were linked from 1990 to 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 artists to do the crossover from one chart to the other. Her songs Ven Conmigo, , Amor Prohibido, and Dreaming of You solidified her as an artist to watch.
Now: Selena (Deceased)
The then 23 year old was only at the beginning of her career when she was taken too soon, in 1995.
She was married to Chris Perez, who was in her band,. There are a few monuments that were erected in her memory, as her mark in 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, that people really learned her name.
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 released her book Beauty Secrets for Dummies.
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 members of 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 being finalized in 2016.
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 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. She has been playing the main role in Stranger Things, a science fiction series.
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 slim figure and for being a muse for many designers back in the days.
She was definitely notorious for her heavy partying lifestyle, but also for her unforgettable Vogue covers.
Now: Kate Moss
The 45-year-old is still a big name in the industry, proving she never went out of fashion.
Kate is one of the highest paid models of all times with an estimated net worth of $80 million. Moss has one daughter, Lili Grace Moss-Hack.
Then: Uma Thurman
The star who is probably mostly remembered for her role in the cult movie Pulp Fiction, from 1994. She was even nominated for an Oscar and more awards for her unforgettable role. In 1998 she married her Gattaca co star, Ethan Hawke, and the two had a daughter that same year.
1998 was also the year Thurman took a break from acting to focus more on 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 for the Estee Lauder perfume Pleasures. Paltrow has been in a relationship with Brad Falchuk since 2014.
Then: Cindy Crawford
This stunning star hit her supermodel status when the ’90s were just beginning. Forbes even named her “the highest paid model on the planet.”
Besides her famous Pepsi commercial, her irresistible beauty, and her trademark mole, Crawford was also highly famous for having been married to Hollywood hunk Richard Gere for four years. They were one good looking couple and, needless to say, the world loved them together.
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 beautiful 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 of 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, but they split in 2018.
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 a member of the LGBT community 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: 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.
She started appearing in adult movies. Weigel then became one of the biggest names in the adult-industry.
Then: Tia Carrere
The actress, model, and singer became famous when she starred in 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 52 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, or not to recognize the talented actress with those gorgeous big curls.
Parker rose to fame in the ’90s when she had a recurring role on Equal Justice. There’s no doubt that her big break came when she became the star of the HBO show SATC.
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 now 54-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 Friends.
Later she went on to star in films like Grosse Pointe 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 Mom 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 did return to the small screen later in her career.
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. In 2018, she launched her new Las Vegas residency, The Butterfly Returns.
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 series 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 was part of the incredible cast of The Big Bang Theory, playing alongside Kaley Cuoco.
Her role as Amy Farrah earned her several Primetime Emmy nominations.
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 with her adult films. Her career started in 1993, and by the time she was 20 she had already appeared in many men’s magazines.
At some point she literally became the most famous adult industry star and even won a few awards.
Now: Jenna Jameson
Over the years, Jameson has had a couple of more mainstream roles like when she starred in the 1997 Howard Stern film, Private Parts. Jameson is still very much involved in the industry after she founded her own adult-movie company.
In 2004 she published her autobiography, which even made its way to the The New York Times Best Seller List for several weeks. In 2008 Jameson retired from the adult movie business.
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 Goransont as the rebellious Rebecca Conner Healy.
In recent years, the 43-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 has been in a long-term relationship with 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 told Muscle and Fitness Magazine she hits the gym five to six days a week, and maintains a primarily clean diet with the occasional doughnut splurge. 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 became the host of her very own cooking show, Dinner At Tiffani’s, which aired on the Cooking Channel.
She was 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.
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 on 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.
Most recently, she’s been appearing on comedies such as the hit show New Girl, which aired its final episode in 2018.
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 by Mary-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: Dominique Swain
Believe it or not, the film that Dominique Swain is best know for was actually her first time on the big screen.
She was able to work with old pros like Nicolas Cage and John Travolta in the 1997 action flick Face/Off.
Now: Dominique Swain
While Swain is still working hard in Hollywood, she was definitely more well-known in the late ’90s and early 2000s in films such as Lolita and Tart.
She currently has a few productions set to be released within the next few years.