Although the 1990’s don’t seem so far away, it’s already been over 30 years since the decade that brought us CDs, VHS tapes, and cordless phones. Who would have known that the elusive “Internet” that was introduced to us back then would become a pillar of our daily lives. Seinfeld and Friends graced our TVs, grunge music was all the rage, and we saw a new slew of stars rise to fame. Have you ever wondered what ever happened to these celebrities that used to grace the covers of magazines? Here’s what these 90’s stars have been up to lately.
Tiffani Thiessen – Then
Tiffani Thiessen became a teen heartthrob when she starred on the TV show Saved By The Bell as Kelly Kapowski. She then starred as Valerie Malone on Beverly Hill, 90210.
Tiffani Thiessen – Now
Thiessen never stayed away from an acting career, and has recently starred in supporting roles on shows like Fastlane, What About Brian, and White Collar. She also appeared in two season on Netflix original sitcom show Alexa & Katie.
Elizabeth Hurley – Then
Elizabeth Hurley began her career as an Estee Lauder spokeswoman and really came into prominence when she was linked to Hugh Grant. She shot to fame and starred in massively successful films like Austin Powers and Bedazzled.
Elizabeth Hurley – Now
Hurley and Hugh Grant have since split up and she has not appeared in major films recently. However, she has since had an arc on Gossip Girl and stars in a lead role on The Royals. She is also still modeling.
Erika Eleniak – Then
Erika Eleniak first rose to prominence asa child actor with a small role on the massive hit film E.T. She later became a model and was the July 1989 Playboy centerfold model. That’s when she landed a role on Baywatch, which escalated her to fame.
Erika Eleniak – Now
Eleniak played the role of Shauni McClain on Baywatch from 1989 until 1992. She later started in films like Under Siege and Chasers. Recently, she has starred in films that have become direct to TV.
Debbe Dunning – Then
Debbe Dunning is best known for playing Heidi Keppert, the “Tool Time” girl on sitcom Home Improvement. Although you could argue that Pamela Anderson was eventually the most famous “Tool Girl,” Dunning did star in this role from 1993 through 1999.
Debbe Dunning – Now
As of now, Dunning’s role on Home Improvement is still her best known. Despite this, she has still continued to appear in supporting roles in many shows throughout the years. Her films and TV shows credits span from 1988 through 2006.
Brandy Norwood – Then
Brandy Norwood is best known by just her first name and was one of the biggest stars of the 90’s. She released an album i n1993 that ended up selling over 6 million copies worldwide. She also starred as the title character of successful sitcom Moesha.
Brandy Norwood – Now
Brandy continued releasing more music in the 90’s and early 2000’s, but she then went into a brief hiatus. She later released an album in 2012 that did not perform very well. Her latest album was released in June 2020, we hope that it will be a more successful one for her.
Sarah Michelle Gellar – Then
In the 90’s, it was impossible to talk about celebrities without mentioning Sarah Michelle Gellar, who graced our screens as Buffy in Buffy the Vampire Slayer. She had already earned a Daytime Emmy Award for her role on All My Children before her Buffy fame.
Sarah Michelle Gellar – Now
Once Buffy the Vampire Slayer concluded in 2003, Gellar’s career definitely slowed down. She appeared in several films throughout the 2000’s, including as Daphne Blake in the live action version of Scooby-Doo. She has since ventured out to opening her business Foodstirs, which creates meal kits for kids.
Christina Applegate – Then
Christina Applegate became many a boy’s crush when she starred in sitcom Married…With Children as Kelly Bundy. She later starred as Veronica Corningstone in the hit film Anchorman, starring Will Ferrell.
Christina Applegate – Now
Applegate later appeared in a recurring role as Rachel’s sister, Amy Green, on hit sitcom Friends. She later landed the starring role in sitcom Samantha Who? She appeared in films like Bad Moms, Hall Pass, and the Anchorman sequel.
Alyssa Milano – Then
At 7 years old, Alyssa Milano began her acting career. She became famous for appearing as Tony Danza’s character’s daughter on popular sitcom Who’s The Boss? She later starred in TV show Charmed from 1998 until 2006.
Alyssa Milano – Now
These days, Milano still appears in acting roles, but she also spends a lot of her time as an activist. She spends a majority of her time helping causes that she deeply cares about. During the coronavirus pandemic, Milano contracted COVID-19 but has since recovered.
Jennifer Love Hewitt – Then
Jennifer Love Hewitt began her career on the Disney Channel. She first appeared in commercials before landing a role on the channel’s show Kids Incorporated. She later appeared in Party of Five, which helped her gain recognition. She was a star after appearing in I Know What You Did Last Summer.
Jennifer Love Hewitt – Now
Ever since the 90’s, Jennifer Love Hewitt has had steady appearances in films and TV shows. She starred in films Tropic Thunder, Garfield, and Heartbreakers. She starred in TV shows such as Ghost Whisperer, The Client List, and 9-1-1.
Lori Loughlin – Then
Lori Loughlin became a household name when she appeared as the lovable Aunt Becky on Full House, the hit family sitcom that also helped launch the careers of the Olsen Twins, John Stamos, and Bob Saget.
Lori Loughlin – Now
Loughlin later went on to star in 90201, the reboot of the original TV show. She also reprised her role as Aunt Becky in Fuller House, the Netflix reboot of the original, and starred in Hallmark Channel show When Calls the Heart. When it came out that she was involved in the nationwide college entrance scandal, she lost all of her roles and faces prison time.
Fran Drescher – Then
Fran Drescher first captured people’s hearts when she appeared on The Nanny as Fran Fine. She also had small movie roles in successful films like Saturday Night Fever and This Is Spinal Tap.
Fran Drescher – Now
After she shot to fame with her role on The Nanny, she continued to play similar roles later in her career on sitcoms like Living with Fran and Happily Divorced. She has also had Broadway roles and a voice role in the Hotel Transylvania animated film franchise.
Heather Locklear – Then
Heather Locklear began to book modeling and commerical acting work while she was a college student at UCLA. She then landed a series regular role on TV show T.J. Hooker. She became widely known after appearing in the 90’s shows Melrose Place and Spin City.
Heather Locklear – Now
Her role on Spin City won her two Golden Globe nominations. In 2002, the show was cancelled, leading Locklear’s into a slower pace. She has since appeared in supporting roles in shows like Hot in Cleveland and Frankling & Bash.
Eliza Dushku – Then
Eliza Dushku first rose to prominence in the 90’s when she starred in hit show Buffy the Vampire Slayer and eventually continued the same role in spinoff show Angel. She also is known for her role in the cheerleading film Bring It On.
Eliza Dushku – Now
Although she was very active in the 90’s, in the years since her acting career has slowed down a bit. She has had several supporting roles throughout the years, and she has also contributed voice roles to video games such as Fight Night Champion and Saints Row 2.
Melissa Joan Hart – Then
Melissa Joan Hart is best known for playing the main character in two successful children’s TV shows: Clarissa Explains It All and Sabrina the Teenage Witch. She was certainly one of the biggest teen stars in the 90’s.
Melissa Joan Hart – Now
Since then, Hart has appeared alongside fellow teen heartthrob Joey Lawrence on sitcom Melissa & Joey that lasted from 2010 until 2015. Most recently she has starred in Netflix comedy show No Good Nick.
Tyra Banks – Then
Tyra Banks first rose to prominence as a supermodel in the 90’s and has since become one of the world’s biggest stars. She was the first African American woman to appear on the covers of GQ and Sports Illustrated: Swimsuit Edition. She starred in films like Life Size, Coyote Ugly, and Love & Basketball.
Tyra Banks – Now
Since then, she created and starred in the hit reality TV competition show America’s Next Top Model, which has over 20 seasons to this day. Her talk show, which appeared on the CW, eared her two Daytime Emmy awards. Her young adult book Modelland became a New York Times bestseller. There is nothing Tyra can’t do!
Alicia Silverstone – Then
Most people will associate Alicia Silverstone with her role as the adorable Cher Horowitz in the hit film Clueless. Before that role, she appeared in the film The Crush, which led her to be in two music videos for Aerosmith.
Alicia Silverstone – Now
Since her fame in the 90’s, Silverstone has kept things a bit more low key, working with independent production companies and staying out of the spotlight. She starred as herself in comedy film Tropic Thunder. She has most recently appeared in Netflix series The Babysitters Club.
Denise Richards – Then
Denise Richards has been in the film industry for over three decades. She first starred in movies like Starship Troopers, Wild Things, and was even a Bond girl, playing Christmas Jones in The World Is Not Enough.
Denise Richards – Now
She has steadily continued to appear in films throughout the years. Richards appeared in Scary Movie 3, Madea’s Witness Protection, and made an appearance in sitcom Blue Mountain State. She is currently a cast member of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.
Tia Carrere – Then
Tia Carrere became a prominent actress after she starred on hit soap opera General Hospital. She played the role of Jade Soong Chung for three years. She later appeared in Wayne’s World as Mike Myer’s love interest, Cassandra. This role led her to become very well known.
Tia Carrere – Now
She also began to model, and appeared in the January 2003 Playboy issue as well as in Maxim. She has done some voice work, including on Lilo & Stitch and Duck Dodgers. She also starred in reality show competitions Dancing with the Stars and The Celebrity Apprentice. Most recently, she starred in Netflix seires AJ and the Queen.
Mariah Carey – Then
Mairah Carey is one of the most famous and successful singers of all time. Her beloved holiday song “All I Want For Christmas Is You” was released over 25 years ago. Her massive hit songs “Hero,” “Without You,” and “Always Be My Baby” were all released in the 90’s.
Mariah Carey – Now
Carey, who is known for her stunning 5-octave range voice, remains a star but has not achieved the same level of fame as she did in the 90’s. Since those days, she has only released one album that has been very commercially successful.
Eva LaRue – Then
Eva LaRue was known for her famous line “Smile, you’re on Candid Camera!” while co-hosting the show Candid Camera. She also appeared in hit soap opera All My Children as Dr. Maria Santos Grey.
Eva LaRue – Now
She was on All My Children from 1993 until 1998 and later reprised the role twice, first from 2002 until 2005, and later in 2010 until 2011. Most recently, she has starred as Detective Natalia Boa Vista on CSI: Miami, appearing the role from 2005 until 2012.
Shannon Elizabeth – Then
Shannon Elizabeth is best known for her role as Nadia in the American Pie film franchise. After the success of those films, she went on to star in movies like Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, Scary Movie, and Tomcats.
Shannon Elizabeth – Now
Since the 90’s, Shannon has appeared in guest spots on several TV shows and has acted in several films as well. She focuses a majority of her time on activism. She runs an animal rescue called Animal Adventures, which is located in South Africa.
Demi Moore – Then
Demi Moore started out her acting career with her role on soap General Hospital. She truly rose to fame as a member of the 1980’s Hollywood “Brat Pack,” the group of young stars that went on to appear in Blame It On Rio, St. Elmo’s Fire, and About Last Night.
Demi Moore – Now
Her success in films continued with Ghost, Indecent Proposal, and A Few Good Men. By 1996, she had become the highest paid actress after earning $12.5 million for her role in Striptease. She has had three high profile marriages, the first to Freddy Moore, the second to Bruce Willis, and the third to Ashton Kutcher.
Stacey Dash – Then
Stacey Dash appeared in several small roles on TV shows before she hit big with her role in the film Clueless. Even though she was 28 years old at the time, she played high schooler Dionne Marie Davenport. She reprised the role for the TV series version of Clueless as well.
Stacey Dash – Now
After her days on Clueless, Dash has appeared in several films, had a role in CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, and reality show Celebrity Circus. She also appeared in Kanye West’s music video for “All Falls Down.” She later turned to politics, appearing as a Fox News contributor. In 2018, she ran for Congress in California, but later withdrew her candidacy.
Britney Spears – Then
In the 1990’s, there was almost nowhere you could turn without hearing about Britney Spears. She became the “Princess of Pop” and released two albums that became best selling albums of all time. She was the best selling teenage artist of all time.
Britney Spears – Now
Perhaps all the fame was all too much, because Spears ended up sadly having a breakdown in the middle of her career. The incident involving her public head-shaving became media fodder. Luckily, she took the time to get help and has since made an incredible comeback, releasing more albums and touring worldwide.
Cindy Crawford – Then
At 17 years old, Cindy Crawford won Elite Model Management’s Look of the Year contest and it launched her supermodel career. She moved from her hometown of DeKalb, Illinois to New York City and became one of the most successful models of all time.
Cindy Crawford – Now
Crawford officially retired from modeling in 2000. She has since launched her own line of cosmetics called Meaningful Beauty. She also designed furniture for a line sold at JCPenney. In 2011, she made her return to modeling and has appeared in print with her daughter Kaia Gerber, who is also a successful model.
Yasmine Bleeth – Then
Yasmine Bleeth was just 10 months old when she appeared in a baby shampoo ad, but she became a household name many years later when she starred in hit TV seriesBaywatch as Caroline Holden. She gained fame and landed on People’s 50 Most Beautiful People list.
Yasmine Bleeth – Now
Bleeth appeared in 54 episodes total on Baywatch and used her fame on the show in order to launch her own swimwear collection. She appeared sporadically in other TV shows and movies but has not done much since 2003. She struggled with substance abuse and while at rehab, she met her now husband.
Carmen Electra – Then
Carmen Electra began her career in music after she met Prince, who produced her album in 1993. She then began glamour modeling, appearing in Playboy many times. Her breakout acting role came in 1997 when she played Lani McKenzie on Baywatch.
Carmen Electra – Now
Electra went on to appear in films like the Scary Movie franchise and Starsky & Hutch. She also had several high profile relationships, including with basketball star Dennis Rodman and rock star Dave Navarro. Recently, she has made small appearances as a guest star or herself on several TV shows.
Pamela Anderson – Then
Pamela Anderson is a model and actress who began her career as Playmate of the Month in the February 1990 issue of Playboy. Her exposure from the spread led her to land roles on TV in shows like Home Improvement, and of course Baywatch.
Pamela Anderson – Now
Most recently, Anderson has appeared in several reality series like Dancing with the Stars, VIP Brother, Dancing on Ice, and Danse avec les stars. She is also an activist advocating right animal rights, promoting a vegan lifestyle and being involved with PETA.
Marisa Tomei – Then
Marisa Tomei appeared in TV shows like As the World Turns and A Different World before she really made it big with her role as Mona Lisa Veto in My Cousin Vinny, which earned her an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.
Marisa Tomei – Now
After her success on My Cousin Vinny, she continued to appear in films like Anger Management and Wild Hogs. She plays the role of Aunt May in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, starring in films like Captain America: Civil War, Spider-Man: Homecoming, Avengers: End Game, and Spider-Man: Far From Home.
Jenny McCarthy – Then
Jenny McCarthy started out her career by posing for Playboy after the magazine offered her $20,000 to appear in the October 1993 issue. She then became Playmate of the Month. After appearing in the magazine, she became a TV host on Playboy TV and also on MTV.
Jenny McCarthy – Now
Since then, she has appeared in films like BASEketball, Diamonds, Santa Baby, and Scream 3. McCarthy also appeared as a co-host on The View. She now is a judge on musical competition The Masked Singer. McCarthy is also known for her “alternative medical” approach, especially in regards to autism, and for her erroneous conspiracy theories involving a link between vaccines and autism, which have since been thoroughly debunked.