The ‘80s were a wonderful decade for cinema, music, and popular culture, and many women enjoyed the pinnacle of their distinguished careers in the 1980s. We’re going to take a look at 29 of the most famous women from the ‘80s, and look at what they’re up to these days!
Daryl Hannah – Then
Daryl Hannah made a ‘splash’ in the 1980s with roles in Blade Runner, Wall Street, and mermaid fantasy Splash! She had already established herself with the role of Pam in the supernatural horror film The Fury. The late ’80s and 1990s didn’t prove to be as successful for Daryl, and she ended up taking on a lot more TV films and low-budget projects.
Daryl Hannah – Now
Since that time Hannah is best known for her role as Elle Driver in Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill. She can also be found on the Netflix show Sense8. In addition to acting, Hannah has become an environmental activist in recent years too. In fact, she has even been arrested as a result of some of her political activism. She is a member of the World Future Council and promotes clean energy projects.
Lea Thompson – Then
Lea Thompson shot to stardom with her roles in the Back to the Future movies. She had previously had roles in Jaws 3-D and All the Right Moves. Then in 1986 she almost committed career suicide by electing to appear in flop Howard the Duck. Thompson has been married to director Howard Deutch since 1989. They bet when he directed her in the teen romance drama Some Kind of Wonderful.
Lea Thompson – Now
Since then Lea has appeared more in independent films, as well as a role in biopic J. Edgar. And she has taken the step many actors do of transitioning to television. The sitcom Caroline in the City was her first leading TV role, and she currently stars in acclaimed drama series Switched at Birth. Lea has also started to do more producing in the latter stages of her career.
Dianne Wiest – Then
You couldn’t turn on a movie in the 1980s without seeing Dianne Wiest in some capacity. Her most famous turns included a role in Footloose, and, as the beleaguered mother to Corey Haim and Jason Patric in vampire classic The Lost Boys. Her role as Emma in The Purple Rose of Cairo marked the start of her successful working relationship with writer-director Woody Allen.
Dianne Wiest – Now
She starred in a slew of Woody Allen movies and scooped two Oscars, one for Hannah and Her Sisters, the other for Bullets Over Broadway. She has recently starred in Dan in Real Life and won a Primetime Emmy for her work on In Treatment. Her recent foray into television has proven fruitful, and she’s now a series regular in the American sitcom Life in Pieces.
Sandrine Bonnaire – Then
Sandrine may not be a world-famous name, but the French bombshell certainly made a name for herself in Europe. She scooped the César Award for Most Promising Actress in 1983 for the movie À Nos Amours. She also shot to recognition for her Best Actress César Award for the movie Vagabond. She appeared in more than a dozen French language movies throughout the eighties and is considered one of France’s finest actresses.
Sandrine Bonnaire – Now
Sandrine has appeared in a mixture of French and English language movies and has over 60 IMDB credits to her name. She has also branched out into directing, with the documentary Her Name is Sabine. She also had a relationship with actor William Hurt, who she met in 1991. They have a daughter together called Jeanne. In 2003, Bonnaire married screenwriter and actor Guillaume Laurant.
Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio – Then
Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio was a rising star in the ’80s, and you probably saw at least a few movies she was in. She had an iconic role in Scarface, playing the part of Tony Montana’s sister Gina. Mary Elizabeth also won an Oscar nomination for her first major part in the movie The Color of Money. At the end of the ’80s, she starred in James Cameron’s science fiction epic The Abyss.
Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio – Now
Moving into the ’90s, Mary Elizabeth had perhaps her most famous role. She played the part of Maid Marian in the 1991 movie Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves. She also starred alongside George Clooney and Mark Wahlberg in the Wolfgang Petersen film The Perfect Storm. She hasn’t appeared on the big screen since 2004, and her most recent TV credit was a role on the adaptation of the movie Limitless.
Geena Davis – Then
Geena Davis was an 80s megastar, with hits like The Fly and Beetlejuice. Her first role was actually in the 1982 movie Tootsie, and then in the role of Grace Fallon in Knight Rider. Geena enjoyed further success when she won the 1988 Academy Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role, for her stunning performance in the film The Accidental Tourist.
Geena Davis – Now
In the ’90s Davis starred in action-thriller The Long Kiss Goodnight, then almost ended her career with flop pirate flick Cutthroat Island. She also starred alongside Susan Sarandon in iconic crime film Thelma & Louise. Most recently you can see Geena on the small screen, starring in the TV adaptation of The Exorcist on Fox. She also had a recurring role on popular medical drama Grey’s Anatomy.
Kelly McGillis – Then
Kelly McGillis was a largely unknown actress in the mid-80’s. She then bagged parts in two films that would change her life and launch her career. The first was a role alongside Harrison Ford in Witness. She then took the female lead in Top Gun! As if this wasn’t awesome enough, Kelly then book-ended her ’80s career with a role as tenacious lawyer Kathryn Murphy in The Accused.
Kelly McGillis – Now
Kelly’s career never hit the stratospheric heights that many were anticipating after her promising start. In more recent years she has appeared in movies including Stake Land, The Innkeepers, and The Settlement. McGillis has also worked with addicts at a New Jersey rehabilitation facility. In addition to this, she can be found teaching acting at The New York Studio for Stage.
Jamie Lee Curtis – Then
When the 80s hit, Jamie Lee Curtis was already a rising star. This was due to a starring role in John Carpenter’s classic slasher masterpiece Halloween in 1978. She would appear in the sequel, as well as The Fog, and Prom Night; cementing her reputation as the ’80s scream queen. She also branched into comedy, winning a BAFTA for her role as Ophelia in the movie Trading Places.
Jamie Lee Curtis – Now
Jamie Lee has enjoyed a lot of success in her later career. There were a couple more Halloween sequels, as well as a starring role in Jame Cameron’s action flick True Lies, and comedy movie A Fish Called Wanda. Since 1984, Jamie Lee has been married to comedy writer and director Christopher Guest. Curtis is also the godmother of actor Jake Gyllenhaal.
Joanna Cassidy – Then
Recognize Joanna Cassidy’s face, but can’t quite place her? Well, you probably know her from several classic ’80s movies, including Blade Runner, The Fourth Protocol, and Who Framed Roger Rabbit?. Joanna also explored TV, with a regular role on the brilliant, but under appreciated 1983 sitcom, Buffalo Bill. She even won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress for her performance.
Joanna Cassidy – Now
Since her 1980s heyday Joanna has built up a pretty impressive filmography of work. She appeared in the movies Chain Reaction, Ghosts of Mars, and The Grudge 2. Joanna has also enjoyed iconic roles in TV shows like Six Feet Under and Body of Proof. In 2007 she reprised her role in Blade Runner to shoot extra footage for the Final Cut version of the movie.
Sissy Spacek – Then
Most people know Sissy best for her iconic and unforgettable title role in the horror movie Carrie. So she was already a big star by the time the ’80s hit. She cemented this further by taking home the Academy Award for the 1980 film Coal Miner’s Daughter. We’re bet you didn’t know she also released a record with Atlantic Records in the ’80s as a result of her role in Coal Miner’s Daughter.
Sissy Spacek – Now
Sissy received a staggering 6th Oscar nomination for the film In the Bedroom in 2001. Sissy appeared opposite Reese Witherspoon and Vince Vaughn in holiday comedy Four Christmases in 2008. She also had a role in the award-winning 2011 movie The Help. If you’re a Netflix connoisseur, you may well recognize Sissy as Sally Rayburn in the drama-thriller series Bloodline.
Kathleen Turner – Then
Kathleen Turner was one of the biggest named actresses in the ’80s. This was due in no small part to her role as the voice of Jessica Rabbit and her parts in Romancing the Stone and Prizzi’s Honor. Her debut acting appearance was in the 1981 erotic thriller Body Heat. The film made Turner into an international sex symbol and earned her BAFTA and Golden Globe nominations.
Kathleen Turner – Now
In her later career, Turner has continued to impress and has moved more into the comedy arena. She appeared as Chandler Bing’s cross-dressing father in Friends and had a guest starring role as Sue Collini on Showtime comedy Californication. Turner is also an activist and has worked with Planned Parenthood since she was 19. She’s also an active donor to the Democratic Party in America.
Fanny Ardant – Then
You may not recognize the face, but you’ll certainly know the name. French actress Fanny was in her pomp in the ’80s and appeared in 11 films in that decade. She gained international fame for her part in the 1981 movie The Woman Next Door, opposite Gerard Depardieu. The movie gained her a coveted César Award nominations – the first of four career nominations she would receive.
Fanny Ardant – Now
Ardant went on to date The Woman Next Door director Francois Truffaut. Since the ’80s she’s bagged a César Award for Best Actress, as well as transitioning into writing and directing. Her directorial debut was 2009 drama Candre & Sang, translated as Ashes & Blood; she also co-wrote the screenplay. Fanny continues to act into her 60s, and currently, has a movie in post-production.
Jessica Lange – Then
When you talk about legendary actresses, there’s no doubt Jessica Lange is on that list. At least she should be! She made her acting debut in the 1976 remake of classic adventure flick King Kong. The Minnesota native has also won plenty of awards during her acclaimed career, including 2 Academy Awards, 3 Emmy’s, 5 Golden Globes, and Tony Award. Wow!
Jessica Lange – Now
She had 2 Oscar nominations in 1982, winning for Tootsie. After her early success, she picked up the second for 1994’s Blue Sky. Jessica continues to act and found success on TV with anthology series American Horror Story. In her personal life, Lange has also offered foster care to children and is currently one of the United Nations Goodwill Ambassadors.
Lori Singer – Then
Lori Singer danced her way into the hearts of millions with the lead role in Kevin Bacon vehicle Footloose in 1984. Prior to this, she had a leading role as Julie Miller in the first two seasons of popular musical drama series Fame. Lori won her role in Fame playing the part of a cellist and dancer. It was only a matter of time before Hollywood would come knocking.
Lori Singer – Now
You might say Lori’s career peaked with these two roles; indeed, she has had an underwhelming career in film and TV since that point. Lori has just 16 credits to her name since appearing in Footloose. However, she is also a Juilliard-trained cellist and has performed at Carnegie Hall and the Royal Albert Hall. She’s also worked as a producer, on documentary Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God.
Sigourney Weaver – Then
Sigourney Weaver, quite simply, is a living legend. She shot to global fame with the lead role in awesome science-fiction horror movie Alien. She reprised the role in Aliens, as well as starring in Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters II. What a resume! In addition to these hit movies, Sigourney also received a Tony Award nomination for her performance in the 1984 play Hurlyburly.
Sigourney Weaver – Now
The sci-fi queen has had a lot of roles in recent successful movies as well, including The Cabin in the Woods, and Avatar – the highest grossing movie of all time. Most recently she can be found playing the part of Mrs. Clayton in fantasy film A Monster Calls. She made her long-awaited return to Broadway to star in the Christopher Durang play Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike.
Elizabeth McGovern – Then
Many people don’t even know what they want to do with their lives at the age of 20. Well, by that age Elizabeth McGovern already had Hollywood at her feet after she appeared in Oscar-winning film Ordinary People. She followed this up with her own Oscar nomination for Ragtime in 1981. Liz had a successful ’80s, with appearances in other big movies like Once Upon a Time in America, and Lovesick.
Elizabeth McGovern – Now
Since then she has performed in a lot of theater productions, as well as movies and television. Modern audiences will probably best know her for playing the part of Cora, Countess of Grantham in hit series Downton Abbey. For her role in the show, McGovern was nominated for an Emmy Award and a Golden Globe Award. She is also a singer-songwriter, who fronted a band called Sadie and the Hotheads.
Molly Ringwald – Then
Teen idols don’t come much bigger than Molly Ringwald. She was most assuredly the poster child for ’80s actresses everywhere. Let’s look at the ’80s CV: Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club, Pretty in Pink. Any performer would be envious of that filmography. Molly was also ranked at number 1 on VH1’s countdown of the 100 Greatest Teen Stars, beating out the likes of Phoebe Cates and Corey Haim.
Molly Ringwald – Now
Molly hasn’t quite reached the upper echelons of her ’80s fame since then but continues to enjoy a steady career. Apparently, she turned down the lead roles in Pretty Woman and Ghost, we reckon she probably regretted those decisions! She starred in the TV show The Secret Life of an American Teenager between 2008-2013 and has released two records. Additionally, she’s a mom to three kids.
Carrie Fisher – Then
The people’s Princess. Carrie Fisher defined a generation and became a cult icon after her role as Princess Leia in the original Star Wars trilogy. She also had a successful ’80s career with other movies like The ‘Burbs, The Blues Brothers, and When Harry Met Sally… Fisher struggled with addiction early in her career and took some time away to get herself back on track.
Carrie Fisher – Now
In later years Fisher worked as a script doctor in Hollywood, in between sporadic acting gig. She also reprised her role as Leia in Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens in 2014. And she filmed her scenes for the upcoming Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi. Carrie sadly passed away on December 27th, 2016 from cardiac arrest.
Jennifer Connelly – Then
Jennifer Connelly shot to fame when she starred in ’80s classic fantasy adventure film Labyrinth. She also starred in horror movie Phenomena in 1985. Before this, she had been a model from a young age and harbored no real acting aspirations. After her mom began taking her to auditions, she had her motion picture debut as an aspiring ballerina in crime epic Once Upon a Time in America.
Jennifer Connelly – Now
Connelly became a big star and still is one of the most respected and successful actresses in Hollywood. She had a memorable turn in Darren Aronofsky’s acclaimed indie movie Requiem for a Dream, as well as winning an Oscar for playing Alicia Nash in A Beautiful Mind. She also reunited with A Beautiful Mind co-star Russell Crowe for the 2014 biblical epic Noah.
Sean Young – Then
After starring in Dune, science fiction masterpiece Blade Runner, and Wall Street, Sean Young must have thought this acting lark was easy! The eighties were good to her, and safe was on the cusp of becoming a global mainstream star. She followed these up with a lot of low-budget and indie credits, and never quite reached the heights of her early glory again.
Sean Young – Now
Some career choices are better than others, and Sean never really fulfilled the potential her early career promised. Despite that, she did achieve some success in the 1990s, with Ace Ventura: Pet Detective. Most recently she starred in Western film Bone Tomahawk opposite Kurt Russell. Young also had a recurring role in hit American daytime soap The Young and the Restless.
Karen Allen – Then
After appearing in Animal House and Cruising, Karen Allen was ready to take her career to the next stage. Not every woman gets the chance to smooch with Harrison Ford in an Indiana Jones movie. But, that’s just what Karen was able to do when he won the female lead in Raiders of the Lost Ark. The movie wound up launching her career.
Karen Allen – Now
Since the ’80s Karen has had an experimental career, appearing in a lot of independent movies, as well as television serials. She reprised her role as Marion Ravenwood in the 4th Indiana Jones movie, entitled Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. She has also performed in a lot of theater and has a working relationship with a Massachusetts theater company.
Helen Mirren – Then
Dame Helen Mirren is something of a living legend and a true British national treasure. She was already something of a big name star by the time the ’80s arrived. Her theater work had helped her develop a strong reputation in the acting world, and she followed this with a transition to film. Her ’80s roles included Excalibur, The Mosquito Coast, and The Long Good Friday.
Helen Mirren – Now
More recently Helen has achieved further critical acclaim and box office success. She won an Academy Award for her role as Queen Elizabeth II in The Queen. And she had a large role in the commercially successful action movies Red and Red 2. She is also an advocate for women’s rights, and hands appeared as a model for Marks & Spencer’s campaign for Womanism.
Glenn Close – Then
Most people knew Glenn Close in the ’80s for her performance as the psychotic Alex Forrest in Fatal Attraction. She also received acclaim for her roles in The Big Chill, Dangerous Liaisons, and The World According to Garp. Close secured five of her six Academy Award nominations in the 1980s alone! She is yet to win that elusive Oscar, though; strange for an actress of such great talent.
Glenn Close – Now
In after years, Close received an Oscar nomination for 2011’s Albert Nobbs. She starred in the TV show Damages and appeared in season 4 of The Shield. She also had a supporting role in Marvel sleeper-hit Guardians of the Galaxy and will reprise her role in the second film. Glenn has six movies in the works for 2017 and is widely regarded as one of the best actresses of her generation.
Dame Judi Dench – Then
Another British legend here to rival Helen Mirren, Dench started her career at the Old Vic Company performing in Shakespeare plays including Hamlet and Macbeth. She then transitioned to movies and TV, starring in As Time Goes By, and A Room With a View. A veteran of the stage, Dench had appeared on over 5 stage productions before the ’80s!
Dame Judi Dench Now
Dench became known to mainstream audiences when she took the role of M in the James Bond films. This started with 1995’s Goldeneye and ended in 2012 with Skyfall. Judi also claimed an Oscar sat the second attempt for her role in Shakespeare in Love. She has also picked up six BAFTA Awards, seven Olivier Awards, two Golden Globes, and a Tony Award.
Mia Sara – Then
Many teens in the ’80s will have had posters on their walls of Mia Sara. She starred opposite Tom Cruise in dark fantasy film Legend. But it was a year later that she really went big with a supporting turn in comic classic Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. She also made appearances in the miniseries Queenie, and the Sidney Lumet movie A Stranger Among Us.
Mia Sara – Now
She had a supporting role as Melissa in 1994 sci-fi action movie Timecop, but her career slowed down somewhat in the ’90s. This was likely to do with her marriage to Sean Connery’s son Jason and having a child. She has gravitated more toward television in recent years. She’s appeared in a lot of TV movies, as well as 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, and The Witches of Oz.
Anjelica Huston – Then
Being born into the Huston family comes with pretty high expectations! Luckily, Anjelica Huston has all the talent in the world. Her ’80s career exploded when she won the Academy Award for her role in Prizzi’s Honor in 1985. In doing so, she became the third generation of the Huston family to win an Academy Award. Success obviously runs in their blood!
Anjelica Huston – Now
Huston achieved more success with leading roles in The Addams Family, The Royal Tenenbaums, and The Grifters. One of her most iconic roles was as the Grand High Witch in the 1990 film adaptation of Roald Dahl’s The Witches. And she has enjoyed successful collaborations with director Wes Anderson. She also hit the small screen with appearances in Medium and Transparent.
Barbara Hershey – Then
Already an stabilized actress by this stage, Barbara Hershey hit the ground running in her career when she spent the ’80s teamed up with Martin Scorsese! Some of her best-known ’80s roles included The Entity, The Last Temptation of Christ, and Beaches. Hershey had a six-year relationship with late actor David Carradine, which came to an end in the mid-’70s.
Barbara Hershey – Now
By the time the ’90s hit, Hershey was a big star, and she would go on to appear in Falling Down, The Portrait of a Lady her later career. She also received universal acclaim for her portrayal as Erica Sayers in the film Black Swan. Most recently she can be found playing Cora Mills/The Queen of Hearts in fantasy series Once Upon a Time.
Mia Farrow – Then
You will most likely know Mia best for her starring role in Roman Polanski’s horror classic Rosemary’s Baby. You may not be aware that she unsuccessfully auditioned for the role of Liesl von Trapp in The Sound of Music! You also probably weren’t aware of her brief two-year marriage to legendary crooner Frank Sinatra and a 13-year relationship with director Woody Allen.
Mia Farrow – Now
These days, Mia is still acting and made a return to Broadway a couple of years back. In addition to her performing, she can also be found working as a UNICEF Ambassador, as well as being a mother to her 14 kids! Here’s something weird, one of her ten adopted kids is now married to her ex-partner Woody Allen! We wonder how that went down!
Rebecca de Mornay – Then
Rebecca started her acting career as the innocent and blonde beauty, Lana, in the 1983 film, Risky Business, alongside Tom Cruise. Her other well known 80s films are Runaway Train, and The Trip to Bountiful. Rebecca was very busy acting throughout the 80s, however, her Risky Business role is the one that got her noticed.
Rebecca de Mornay – Now
These days, Rebecca is still in front of the camera. Since the beginning of her career she has maintained a presence in both film and television, nabbing roles in, Lords of Dogtown, Wedding Crashers, The Practice, and Law and Order. Over the years it seems as though de Mornay is only getting more and more beautiful!
Michelle Pfeiffer – Then
Back in the 80s, Michelle Pfeiffer landed the role of the beauty alongside Scarface himself. The 1983 film is what catapulted Pfeiffer to stardom and national recognition. After Scarface, Pfeiffer spent the 80s skyrocketing her career with her roles in Dangerous Liaisons, and The Fabulous Baker Boys – both of which she was nominated for an Academy Award for.
Michelle Pfeiffer – Now
Since the 80s, Michelle has only risen higher and higher on the Hollywood totem pole. She was nominated for many awards for her role in The Age of Innocence, as well as starred in films such as What Lies Beneath, I Am Sam, White Oleander, and Hairspray.
Kelly Lebrock – Then
Kelly was the original sex icon of the 80s. She made men everywhere stop and do a double-take in the film Weird Science, as well as her stunning role in The Woman in Red. Lebrock was also in the film Hard to Kill alongside Steven Seagal, who would later become her husband (and then ex-husband).
Kelly Lebrock – Now
Since her 80s days, Kelly has been in a few acting gigs, but has mostly kept her attention to family and personal business. Lebrock has her own line of homeopathic remedies, and has three children, all of them with former husband, Steven Seagal.
Demi Moore – Then
Demi Moore 80s experience was on the set of films like Blame It On Rio, St. Elmo’s Fire, and About Last Night. The beautiful dark haired raven got the attention of audiences and critics alike with her acting chops and childlike innocence.
Demi Moore – Now
Post 80s, Demi landed Ghost and G.I. Jane! Those two roles solidified her as a Hollywood heavyweight and a talent to boot. She was married to Bruce Willis, with whom she has three daughters with, and remarried thereafter to Ashton Kutcher. That marriage also didn’t end up working out, but Demi has never lost her edge and style all along.
Diane Lane – Then
Diane Lane got truly noticed with her role in Streets of Fire in 1984. The film itself was not the greatest, but her role is what garnered the attention of the world. After the film she went on to work in films like The Cotton Club, Lady Beware, and The Big Town. Her girl next door look very much fit into the 80s mold at the time.
Diane Lane – Now
Nowadays, Diane is still acting and has since been nominated for an Academy Award for her starring role in the film, Unfaithful. Lane was married to fellow actor Josh Brolin for many years, but the two split up a few years back. Lane is still busy acting, most recently being in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, playing Superman’s mother.
Dana Delany – Then
In the late 80s, Dana was playing the role of Nurse Colleen Murphy on the show China Beach. EVERYONE was staring at Nurse Murphy and not anyone else on the show. Delany won two Emmy Awards for her role as Murphy, sending her to the big leagues in television.
Dana Delany – Now
After her role as Nurse Murphy, Delany landed several film roles and more television roles. She had a long stint on Desperate Housewives, and is now keeping a steady gig on the series, Body of Proof. Winning the Hollywood game, one episode at a time.
Dolly Parton – Then
Country beauty and stunningly figured Dolly Parton has one gorgeous voice but also a knack for acting. The acting gig that got her noticed was her role in the 1980 film, Nine to Five. She launched her musical career in the 70s, and really got noticed in the 80 with the mix of both her music and her acting. Her most notable acting role in the 80s was her role in the hit film, Steel Magnolias.
Dolly Parton – Now
These days, Dolly is a household name. She has a theme park named after her (Dollywood), and has continued to sing and collaborate with other artists, among them her goddaughter, Miley Cyrus. Parton has also acted in films like Joyful Noise.
Melanie Griffith – Then
The year was 1984, and young Melanie Griffith rose to fame with her role in Body Double. She went on to star in Something Wild and later in the 80s in Working Girl, for which she earned a Golden Globe Award win and an Academy Award nomination. At the time, Melanie was with fellow actor Don Johnson, whom she married twice!
Melanie Griffith – Now
Since the 80s, Melanie has been in a plethora of films and television appearances. Such roles would be in projects like A Stranger Among Us, Now and Then, Lolita, Nip/Tuck, and Raising Hope. Melanie is mother to up and coming actress Dakota Johnson, and was previously married for a long time to actor Antonio Banderas (from whom she has a heart shaped tattoo on her upper arm with his name written within).
Kirstie Alley – Then
1987 was all about Kirstie Alley and her role in the hit series, Cheers. As soon as she was added to the cast, her career went through the roof. Her role on Cheers got her a Golden Globe and Emmy Award, much deserved if you ask us. After her stint on Cheers, Alley went into films. She landed roles in films like Summer School and Shoot to Kill. The 80s were good to her!
Kirstie Alley – Now
If you think the 80s were good to Kirstie, the 90s were even better. She was all over television and films throughout the decade, and has since calmed down a bit with more reality television and commercial work. Alley has been the spokesperson for Jenny Craig, and has been on Dancing with the Stars, and her own television show, Fat Actress.
Whitney Houston – Then
Whitney and the 80s are synonymous! Whit released two albums in the 80s entirely bursting with her hit songs like, How Will I Know, I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me), and Greatest Love of All. Her singing ability was unparalleled for that time, no one had a voice like Whitney did, not to mention her stunning looks and huge smile.
Whitney Houston – Now
Since the 80s, Whitney went into acting, solidifying her talent with the role of Rachel in the film, The Bodyguard, alongside actor Kevin Costner. The song, I Will Always Love You, was part of the films soundtrack and have since become one of the most famous songs in history. Sadly, Whitney passed away in February of 2012.
Vanna White – Then
Vanna became the hostess of Wheel of Fortune in 1982 and has been the hostess ever since. Her name and the show are entirely linked for every American who watches the show. However, in 1987 was when Vanna really got her name recognized as she allowed old photos of her to be published in Playboy magazine.
Vanna White – Now
Vanna, ever the consistent, is still responsible for turning those letters on Wheel of Fortune! It is one of the longest running television game shows, and she has had a career spanning decades just off one show, an unheard of situation in Hollywood. Vanna White will probably still be on the show when we’re old and grey.
Loni Anderson – Then
Loni may have gotten her start in the 70s, but she managed to make it even better in the 80s with her role as receptionist Jennifer Marlowe on the show WKRP in Cincinnati. Back in the 80s, Loni was also famous for being married to heartthrob, Burt Reynolds.
Loni Anderson – Now
Loni’s film career had some power to it in the 90s but has since stalled. Her television appearances were also few and far between but she still dabbles in some television show cameos, like her spot on So NoTORIous and Baby Daddy.
Belinda Carlisle – Then
Belinda Carlisle spent the 80s singing in the band The Go Go’s. Her song, Our Lips Are Sealed, became one of the top grossing songs and well known for al ages in the 80s. Undoubtedly, one of the most beautiful women of the 80s, she was a symbol for everything beautiful and unique in women.
Belinda Carlisle – Now
Looking at her now, Belinda is still a stunning woman, despite having a rather serious drug addiction in her youth. In 2009 she was on the dancing competition show, Dancing with the Stars, and after that she spent a long time in London, performing in the musical Hairspray in London’s West End.
Naomi Campbell – Then
In 1988, Naomi Campbell blew up newspapers with her cover of French Vogue. She was the first African-American woman to grace the cover of the fashion magazine, which she got because designer Yves Saint Laurent threatened to remove their advertising from the magazine if she were denied the cover based on race.
Naomi Campbell – Now
Since her first Vogue cover, Naomi has been on almost every cover of every magazine, modeling television competition shows, and a few tabloids (thanks to her ill fated decision to throw a telephone at her assistant and other such spoiled behavior). Still, Campbell is still one of the top models in the world, with a reputation for perfection and professionalism.
Paula Abdul – Then
Paula Abdul IS the 80s! She was a dancer and singer with a pep in her step that made everyone want to go along with her. In 1988 she released her first studio album, called, Forever Your Girl. Her songs became pop hits for everyone to enjoy, and also became synonymous with the 80s musical genre.
Paula Abdul – Now
Since the 80s, Paula has aged gracefully and has been on television shows like her gig as a judge on the hit musical competition show, American Idol. Abdul was known as the ‘nice’ judge, alongside Randy Jackson and Simon Cowell (who was known as the vicious one on the show). Still, when we think of Paula our minds automatically drift back to the 80s.
Heather Locklear – Then
The 80s were a busy decade for Heather. The jaw dropping beauty played the role of Sammy Jo Carrington on the show Dynasty, as well as Officer Stacy Sheridan on the show T.J. Hooker. Her roles were always spicy and dynamic, always working on her beautiful features – especially her blonde hair, megawatt smile, long legs and overall sex appeal.
Heather Locklear – Now
Looking as though she hasn’t aged a day since the 80s, Heather has been in both television shows and films throughout her career. She has been married to rocker men – Tommy Lee and Richie Sambora (she must have a thing for rock stars). Heather has been in projects like, The First Wives Club, Uptown girls, and Scary Movie 5.
Linda Hamilton – Then
Linda Hamilton thought she’d hit the big time in 1984 when she starred in horror cult-classic Children of the Corn, and sci-fi movie The Terminator. She also entered into a relationship with Terminator director James Cameron in the early 1990s. Post-Terminator she had a role in the movie Black Moon Rising and looked set for big things in her career.
Linda Hamilton – Now
The ’80s were certainly a peak for Linda career-wise. Since then she has starred in Terminator 2: Judgment Day, and Dante’s Peak, and not much else of any note. TV has been her solace in recent years, and roles in Chuck and The Line have given her a career boost. Despite this, she remains an ’80s legend for her role in The Terminator.