The ’90s were such an awesome time it’s impossible to register that twenty whole years have passed! Being such a unique decade for fashion, it seems that 90’s style is all the rage again. The ’90s were also an exciting era for female stardom, as many talented young ladies graced our screens.
Everyone who was anyone had blond highlights, and teens went crazy over wide-legged jeans, primarily because of the stars who wore these iconic styles with such flair. Let’s check out what these 90s It-girls are up to today and see who made it big!
Jennifer’s acting career began in television commercials. Her big break was playing the part of Sarah Reeves on the show Party of Five. Hollywood fell in Love with Love Hewitt, and she was offered roles like Julie James in the horror flick I Know What You Did Last Summer.
In 2014 Hewitt starred in the tv show Criminal Minds but left because she got pregnant. Now, after having two children with her husband, Brian Hallisay, Jennifer is back on television. Since 2018, she has held the leading role in Ryan Murphy’s series 9-1-1.
Reaching the spotlight in her fan-favorite role as Caroline on Baywatch, Yasmine Bleeth gave Pamela Anderson a run for her money. Bleeth stayed in the hearts and minds of men worldwide, memorable for her acting as well as her slow-motion running down the beach.
While in her red bathing suit, Yasmine didn’t leave the limelight between 1993-1997. After Baywatch, she acted in Crowned and Dangerous and A Face to Die For. Sadly, shortly after the millennium, Bleeth was admitted to rehab because of severe substance abuse and has stayed away from the public eye since.
Julia Stiles began acting at the young age of eleven. Her break-out role was in the 1998 thriller Wicked, where she starred beside Brad Pitt and Harrison Ford. In 1999, Stiles got the central role in the iconic teenage comedy 10 Things I Hate About You, with Heath Ledger as her leading man.
Since then, Julia has been consistently cast in successful movies like Save the Last Dance, The Prince and Me, The Bourne Identity, Mona Lisa Smile, and Silver Linings Playbook. In 2010, Stiles acted in the series Dexter and, beginning in 2017, in the series Riviera.
Jennie Garth entered the public eye in the early 90s because of her part in the popular show Growing Pains. However, it wasn’t until her next role that Garth became an It Girl. She got the part of a lifetime in Beverly Hills, 90210 playing the beloved Kelly Taylor.
After Beverly Hills, 90210, Jennie starred in the show What I Like About You, but Kelly Taylor was a hard act to follow. Garth eventually decided to play the character of Kelly again in the 2008 CW spin-off 90210. Since then, she’s been hosting her own show, The Jennie Garth Project.
The talented Claire Danes became famous after playing Angela Chase in the 1994 teen show My So-Called Life. However, her most iconic role was as Juliet in the contemporary remake of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, from 1996, in which Leonardo DiCaprio played her Romeo.
Danes stayed popular throughout the decade and played in movies like Les Miserables and The Mod Squad. She kicked off the 2000s with roles in Igby Goes Down and The Hours. More recently, Danes won a Golden Globe for her portrayal of Carrie Mathison, the main character in the acclaimed Drama series Homeland.
Amanda Bearse became well known in the late 1980s for her role in Married with Children that she played until 1997. Bearse was cast in the of Marcy D’Arcy, the Bundy family’s feminist neighbor. After Married with Children, Amanda kept acting a little and started directing.
Bearse directed numerous television episodes in various shows such as Mad TV, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Reba, Dharma and Greg, The Jamie Foxx Show, and Jesse. A proud lesbian married to Carrie Schenken, Amanda was always upfront about her orientation and has inspired the LGBTQ community for decades.
Debbe Dunning played Heidi Keppert, the Tool Time Girl assistant, on the show Home Improvement throughout much of the 90s. She also played Rochelle on Married with Children for two seasons in 1991 and 1992. Aside from these roles, Dunning’s career didn’t seem to pan out.
Dunning continued acting in television series such as Wicked Wicked Games in 2006 and some television movies like The Spiral Staircase. Her acting career may never have picked back up, but she lives a great life with her three kids, which she had with ex Steve Timmons, a professional volleyball player.
Mandy Moore only began to act after she succeeded as a musician. She became popular in 1999 when her debut single “Candy” made it to 41st place in Billboard Top 100. Her first album So Real, got her a Kid’s Choice Award in 2000. However, Mandy Moore was ready to try something new.
In 2001 she starred as Anne Hathaway’s frenemy in The Princess Diaries, and in 2002 broke American’s hearts in the teen drama A Walk to Remember. Presently, Mandy is still acting; she’s most acclaimed for her portrayal of Rebecca Pearson in the comedy series This is Us.
Tia Carrere, singer, model, and actress became famous in the 1980s after starring in General Hospital, a long-running soap opera. Later she appeared in the series The A-Team and after that in MacGyver. However, the roles that made her a 90’s icon were Cassandra in Wayne’s World and Juno in True Lies.
Most people don’t know that since the 90s, Carrere has focused chiefly on her music. She has quite a following and has even won two Grammy Awards. Furthermore, Tia contested in season two of Dancing with the Stars and starred in AJ and the Queen, RuPaul’s Netflix show.
When Lark Voorhies arrived on the small screen as Lisa Turtle in the show Saved by the Bell, people were enamored! She received four Young Artist Awards for her role. Later she acted in other series, such as The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, The Bold and the Beautiful, and Days of Our Lives.
At her fan’s great disappointment, Lark stepped away from acting in the early 2000s to return only as a guest star in Saved by the Bell in 2020. However, Voorhies didn’t disappear entirely; she became an author and wrote Trek of the Cheshire and two other novels.
When asked about 90s fashion, there is one name on everyone’s lips, Kate Moss. The quintessential supermodel, Moss was all the rage. Tall, thin, and flat-chested, Kate started modeling at just fourteen years old. Her unconventional look influenced an entire decade of fashion, for many designers drew inspiration from Kate.
Moss was a notorious party girl and dated her fair share of rock stars, but thanks to her true personality, she has continued to be one of the most sought-after models, even today. Far surpassing other 90s supermodels, TIME magazine named Moss as one of their 100 most influential people.
Everyone loved the pink Power Ranger, but did you ever wonder who was hiding behind the pink mask? Only the fantastic Amy Jo Johnson. Famous for her role as Kimberley on Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, this superhero turned pink into a symbol of strength and bravery. However, that wasn’t all Amy did.
After the Power Rangers, she appeared as a regular in shows such as Flashpoint and Felicity. Amy Jo also directed four films, including The Space Between, from 2017. Furthermore, in 2001, this multi-talented woman released her first album of three, called The Trans-American Treatment.
Brandy Norwood has excelled at everything from singing to acting. This mesmerizing entertainer reached platinum in the blink of an eye with her 1994 album, Brandy. Brandy arrived on the small screen, breaking out in 1996 with her starring role in Moesha.
Norwood appeared in numerous guest roles on television before becoming a series regular on 90210 and later in The Game, Zoe Ever After, and most recently Star. Not only that but Brandy is also celebrated for her leading role as Roxie Hart in Broadway’s 2015 run of “Chicago,” which she reprised in 2016 and 2017.
Fairuza Balk first appeared as the naïve Dorthey in the 1980s, Disney film Return to Oz. However, Balk shed her innocent act in the 90s when she revealed her goth side in Hollywood films like The Craft and American History X. In 2000, she appeared in the popular movie Almost Famous, as one of the infamous Band-aids.
Since the early 2000s, she’s done voice roles for The Justice League and Family Guy, as well as various independent films. In 2015 Balk appeared on the series Ray Donovan and in 2021 scored a role in the show Paradise City.
In the early 90s, Alyssa Milano appeared in Who’s the Boss as Samantha. Afterward, she played Jennifer in Melrose Place and charmed viewers as Phoebe in Charmed, the beloved supernatural fantasy series. Still gracing our screens, Milano has had quite the career.
Perhaps Alyssa Milano’s most enormous feat is her activism. The actress played a leading role in the #Metoo movement that Tarana Burke started in 2006. Milano posted the memorable tweet that rebooted the movement and changed Hollywood and the world as we know it.
Well known for her childhood role in Growing Pains as the memorable Carol Seaver, Tracey Gold didn’t have an easy time. After Growing Pains, Gold kept acting, but due to her continued struggle with anorexia, she spent her time going in and out of recovery facilities.
Luckily Tracey was surrounded by supporting friends and even scored a role that proved to be cathartic. Gold played Nancy in the 1994 movie For the Love of Nancy. The film was about Nancy’s struggles with anorexia and helped Tracey work through her issues and silence her haters and the unrelenting paparazzi.
Daughter of Bebe Buell, Steve Tyler, and Todd Rundgren, Liv was meant for fame. She first appeared in the early 90s in Stealing Beauty and Empire Records. Later, Liv acted in the box-office hit Armageddon and then in her most famous role to date, Arwen, in The Lord of the Rings trilogy.
However, Liv Tyler wasn’t done yet; even after having kids, she has continued to star in films, including Jersey Girl, The Incredible Hulk, and Ad Astra. Tyler tried her hand at television as well, appearing in 2017 as a series regular in HBO’s dystopian drama, The Leftovers.
Karyn Parsons became famous in a flash due to her role in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air as Will Smith’s spoiled cousin Hilary Banks. However, after her years as Hilary, Karyn stayed primarily out of the limelight, cropping up only occasionally, before quitting acting in 2002.
Her most notable credits since The Fresh Prince were as Margot, the main character in Lush Life, and later, as Toni on The Job. Parsons is married to director Alexandre Rockwell and owns a foundation called Sweet Blackberry dedicated to elevating African American stories.
Fiona Apple started an incredible music career at seventeen years old! In 1996, only two years later, she released her first album, called Tidal, that she’d independently composed. Apple reached immediate acclaim. She even won the Best Female Rock Vocal Performance, Grammy Award for her song “Criminal.”
Fiona released three more award-winning albums throughout the next twenty years, including When the Prawn…, platinum-certified. Apple is still actively releasing music; in 2017, she wrote the political anthem “Tiny Hands” for the Washington Women’s March, and in 2020 her latest album, Fetch the Bolt Cutters, was released.
At the young age of fifteen, Naomi Campbell began modeling. She stole the spotlight so fast that before a year had passed, she appeared on the cover of British Elle Magazine. If it had not been for the unfortunate racial discrimination that Naomi suffered, she might have outshined her friend, Kate Moss.
Thankfully, the fashion industry stood by Campbell and condemned the bigotry she faced. Dabbling in singing and writing, the supermodel found her strength in the fashion and beauty industry. Naomi has her own perfume line and has appeared as a guest star on American Horror Story and Empire.
Jenna entered the Hollywood scene in the late 80s, appearing in quite a few TV shows, including Kate & Allie and Lenny. She was around for a few years before she scored her break-out role in Blossom. Jenna played the part of Six Lemure for five years.
Following her role as Six, Jenna decided to take a break for the small screen and devote time to her film studies. However, when she attempted to return to acting after college, she was barely cast and pretty much faded from the public consciousness.
Winona Ryder first gained acclaim for her role as Lydia in Tim Burton’s Beetlejuice and quickly stole the Hollywood spotlight after her 1989 portrayal of Veronica in the film Heathers. She became a household name in the 90s, starring in Edward Scissorhands, Mermaids, Girl Interrupted, Reality Bites, and many more.
Winona even won a Golden Globe for her supporting role in The Age of Innocence. Notorious for her shoplifting scandal and her tumultuous relationship with heartthrob Johnny Depp, Ryder got her fair share of attention. Recently, she has starred in the series Stranger Things and The Plot Against America.
Born to Hollywood insiders, Gwyneth Paltrow always knew she would be famous. From a young age, she appeared in films like Hook and Se7en. In 1996, she starred in Emma, based on Jane Austin’s novel; then, Paltrow stole Hollywood’s heart for her performance in the romantic drama Sliding Doors.
This talented star has graced our screens in Shakespeare in Love, The Talented Mr. Ripley, and The Royal Tenenbaums. Gwyneth also played Iron Man’s love interest in Marvel’s films. Ex of Brad Pitt and Chris Martin, Gwyneth is currently married to television writer Brad Falchuk and has a famous blog, GOOP.
Although Janet Jackson never reached the heights of fame that her late brother Michael did, she still made quite the impression. Janet first released her own music in 1982 but became a pop icon with her two hit albums from the 90s; Janet and The Velvet Rope.
Janet also starred in the 1993 film Poetic Justice alongside Tupac and snagged a few other leading roles. After an incident during her half-time performance at the 2004 Super Bowl, Jackson experienced a career setback. However, she prevailed and, in 2015, started her own record label, where she’s continued to release albums independently.
The frontwoman of grunge-punk band Hole, Courtney Love drew crowds with her controversial performances and combative lyrics. In 1992 the uninhibited musician married Nirvana’s Kurt Cobain; the couple led a highly publicized relationship and were constantly accosted by paparazzi until Cobain’s suicide in 1994.
Blamed by many fans for Kurt’s untimely death, the devasted rockstar was undeterred. Love continued to work on her music and even appeared in a few acclaimed motion pictures and the series Sons of Anarchy and Empire. In 2020, Courtney announced that she was writing new music.
Natalie Portman is considered one of Hollywood’s best actresses. She debuted in 1994 as Matilda in Leon: The Professional. Portman continued scoring high-profile roles, including the part of Padme Amidala in the Star Wars franchise. Natalie also worked on her bachelor’s degree while starring on Broadway.
The acclaimed talent has gone from good to great, starring in Garden State, Closer, V for Vendetta, and Jackie. In 2010, Portman received an Academy Award for her leading role in the film Black Swan and had been nominated for many awards since. Natalie is also a film director and producer.
Linda Fiorentino started acting in the 80s but got her big break in 1994 for her role as Bridget Gregory in The Last Seduction. Hollywood was blown away by her performance, and the up-and-coming actress soon scored roles in Larger Than Life, Dogma, and Men in Black.
Unfortunately, after acting in Dogma, Linda’s luck took a turn, and her career went downhill. She disappeared from the screen entirely in 2009 and hasn’t returned. Linda’s sister Donya is married to actor Gary Oldman and was previously wed to acclaimed filmmaker David Fincher.
Rachael Leigh Cook was only ten years old when she began modeling. Her acting career started in 1995 when she scored a part in the movie The Babysitters Club. In 1999 Rachael starred as Laney Boggs in late success, She’s All That, becoming an instant It-Girl.
Cook continued her acting career in cult classic Josie and The Pussycats and appeared in the 2007 Nancy Drew movie. Since then, she has done chiefly voice roles for various television shows, including Robot Chicken and Batman Beyond. In 2020, Cook produced and acted in the Netflix film, Love, Guaranteed.
Lisa Bonet is best known for her portrayal of Denise Huxtable in The Cosby Show and A Different World, which she played for almost ten years. In 1993 The Cosby Show ended, and so did Lisa’s first marriage to musician Lenny Kravitz; their daughter is actress Zoe Kravitz.
Bonet kicked off the 2000s with her role in High Fidelity. Since then, she has acted chiefly on television in series including The Red Road, Life on Mars, Girls, and Ray Donovan. Bonet’s second marriage seems to be going well; her husband is Aquaman, the extremely hot Jason Momoa!
Gaby Hoffman began her career as a child in 1993, Sleepless in Seattle. However, Hoffman gained more acclaim at age thirteen, for her portrayal of Samantha, in the coming-of-age flick Now and Then. She continued to act during the 90s, playing parts in films like 200 Cigarettes and All I Wanna Do, among others.
Recently, Hoffman has resurged, starring in films including Wild and Crystal Fairy and the Magic Cactus. Gaby has also had primary roles in the Amazon series Transparent and the HBO series, Girls. She is set to appear in the upcoming film C’mon C’mon in 2021.
Chloë Sevigny gained her fame by appearing in Sonic Youth music videos in the early 90s. In 1995, she made her film debut in the controversial, coming-of-age drama, Kids. Sevigny gained praise for her role and received an Independent Spirit Award. Her next significant role was as Lana in the film Boys Don’t Cry.
Chloë’s performance was so convincing that she was nominated for a Golden Globe and an Oscar. She has continued acting in indie films and tv series, including American Psycho, Dogville, Zodiac, American Horror Story, Bloodline, and Big Love. She’s also a director and a style icon.
In 1991, Nia Long starred as Brandy in Boyz n’ the Hood; her outstanding acting set her career into motion. Long soon scored the role of Lisa, Will Smith’s girlfriend, and fiancé, in the sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. She stayed big in the 90s, starring films like Made in America and Soul Food.
The 2000s saw Nia in hits, including The Best Man Holiday and Big Momma’s House. Recently, Long has appeared on Empire, Dear White People, and more. She also acted in three films in 2020, including Life in a Year, alongside Jaden Smith and Cara Delevingne.
Can you even pretend to like the 90s if you aren’t a fan of Buffy the Vampire Slayer? Sarah Michelle Gellar is renowned for her role as Buffy in the show, which is considered a classic today. However, Gellar started acting in 1993 in the soap opera All My Children.
Since Buffy, Sarah has acted in Cruel Intentions, Scooby-Doo, and more. These days, Gellar is less active, primarily performing in indie films with occasional television cameos. She is happily married to actor Freddie Prinze Jr., whom she met while filming I Know What You Did Last Summer.
Rising to fame with the help of their shoe, Sister, Sister, Tamera, and Tia Mowry are our favorite 90s twins. The pair were always dressed in matching outfits and indistinguishable. These twins went on to act as identical sisters again, in the movies Twitches, Twitches 2, and 17 Again.
Tia went on to play in tv series Nicky, Ricky, Dicky and Dawn, and The Game, while Tamera starred alongside her in teen comedy The Hot Chick. Both sisters have stayed in the spotlight and even appeared in a reality show about their lives called Tia & Tamera.
Stacey Dash will forever be hailed for her role as Dionne in the teen classic, Clueless. Whether in the movie or the show, starring alongside Alicia Silverstone, Dash shone. Stacey continued acting after Clueless, appearing in films and on television, in View from the Top, CSI, The Game, and Single Ladies.
Stacey was hired in 2014 to be a cultural commentator on Fox News and stayed there three years. In 2018 she briefly ran for Congress before withdrawing from the race. Despite her political interests, Dash continues working in film and television until today.
Xena, the Warrior Princess, stole the hearts of many 90s natives. Due to Lucy Lawless’s ability to enthrall audiences, she pulled off the superhero costume better than anyone. Xena’s close relationship with her sidekick caused speculation and made Lawless an LGBTQ icon.
Lucy was later cast for similar roles, acting in Battlestar Galactica and doing the voice-over in some of DC Comic’s animated shows. Recently, Lucy has appeared in Parks and Recreation, Salem, Ash vs. The Evil Dead, My Life is Murder, and many more series. This warrior woman has continued supporting LGBTQ rights while also advocating for other causes.
Tiffani Thiessen got her breakthrough role as Kelly Kapowski in Saved by the Bell and went on to star as Valerie Malone in Beverly Hills 90210, gaining a loyal fan base for her work. Later, Tiffani appeared in her fair share of television shows, including Fastlane, White Collar, and Alexa & Katie.
Aside from acting, Thiessen is also a talented cook. In 2015 she even starred in her own cooking show on the Cooking Channel, called Dinner at Tiffani’s. Recently, she started hosting a new show called Deliciousness that combines food and comedy.
Elisabeth Shue began acting in the 80s; her first memorable role was in The Karate Kid. She continued with a top part into the late 80s, as Jennifer Parker in The Back to the Future franchise. However, Shue reached real acclaim in the 90s, starring in hits like Deconstructing Harry.
Shue was nominated for an Oscar in 1995 for her leading role in Leaving Las Vegas. Elisabeth is still around today, reprising her role from The Karate Kid on Cobra Kai and starring in the superhero series The Boys, and appearing in the 2017 film Battle of the Sexes.
Yet another Baywatch star, Erika Eleniak, has made our list. She, too, dropped the jaws of millions worldwide for running in a red swimsuit. Her Baywatch role of Shauni McClain assisted her in scoring leading parts in 90s films such as Under Siege and The Beverly Hillbillies.
Aside from a few guest roles on shows such as CSI and Desperate Housewives and a stint on The Real Gilligan’s Island, Eleniak hasn’t been too active lately. However, she is set to portray the legendary Marilyn Monroe in a 2022 film about the iconic Hollywood starlet.
Despite Eva LaRue beginning her acting career in the 80s, she only stepped into the limelight in 1993, for her part Dr. Maria Santos Grey on All My Children. LaRue continued playing Maria until 1997 and reprised her Emmy nominated role from 2002 to 2005.
LaRue didn’t get another leading role right away, as Natalia Boa Vista on CSI: Miami. Eva stayed on CSI until 2012 and has since then appeared on Fuller House, The Young and the Restless, Criminal Minds, and most recently as Amber Russell in Finding Love in Quarantine.
Tori Spelling is mainly known for her 1990 role as Donna in Beverly Hills 90210, which her father produced. However, she actually got her start on Saved by the Bell. After 90210, Tori went on to act in a variety of 90s tv movies, such as A Friend to Die For.
Spelling appeared in the Beverly Hills 90210 spin-off as a guest star, reprising her role as Donna. Aside from being a talented actress Tori Spelling is also a writer and has penned six books, one of which reached first place on the New York Times Bestseller list.
Beginning her career in the 90s, Juliet Tablak never entirely made it big. She was briefly well-known as Amber on Married with Children from 1994 until 1995. Her career never took off; she only had minor roles after Amber in insignificant shows and movies.
Juliet decided to stay away from Hollywood and became a Pilates teacher. Later her belief in the healing powers of wellness and exercise inspired her to go back to school, and she became a chiropractic doctor. It seems that Dr. Tablak’s real calling in life was away from the small screen.
Ashley Judd first won over audiences in 1991 for her guest role in the series Star Trek: The Next Generation. Following Star Trek, Judd’s career took off; the actress scored leading parts throughout the 90s and the 2000s, and as late as 2019. She has played many notable roles.
Among her best-known films are Double Jeopardy, Ruby in Paradise, Where the Heart Is, Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, De-Lovely, High Crimes, and the Divergent franchise. Ashley is an acclaimed actress and has been nominated for numerous awards for her work.
Mariska Hargitay’s natural beauty made it easy for her to reach the spotlight. The young Mariska won the 1982 Miss Beverly Hills contest. After winning the pageant, she was cast as a guest star on quite a few tv shows, including Baywatch, Falcon Crest, Can’t Hurry Love, and even Seinfeld.
However, Mariska’s real break came in 1999, when she was cast as Olivia Benson in Law & Order. Hargitay received a Golden Globe for this role and has been nominated for her fair share of Emmys. She still plays Olivia Benson today on Law & Order’s various spin-offs.
Nancy McKeon broke out in the 80s sitcom The Facts of Life as rebellious teen Jo Polniaczek. McKeon kept acting into the 90s, starring in Can’t Hurry Love and Style & Substance as well as in several films, including The Wrong Woman, and made for tv movies like Baby Snatcher.
In the early 2010s, Nancy’s career died down for a while, but in 2018 she contested in the tv series Dancing with the Stars. Since then, she has returned to the screen, appearing in 2021 in the Amazon Prime teen drama Panic.
Daryl Hannah had already made it big by the end of the 80s with films like Splash, Blade Runner, and Steel Magnolias under her belt. Hannah enjoyed stardom throughout the 90s, acting in films such as Grumpy Old Men and The Little Rascals. In 1996 she was chosen by Empire magazine as one of the 100 Sexiest Stars.
Her most important role to date may be from 2000 when she played Elle Driver in Tarantino’s Kill Bill. In 2015, Daryl appeared as a series regular on Sense8. She’s set to star in the upcoming series, The Now, opposite Dave Franco.
Phoebe Cate’s break-out role was as Linda in the 80s flick Fast Times at Ridgemont High. She kept scoring excellent parts, like Kate in Gremlins. As the 90s dawned, Phoebe’s star kept rising, and she went on to act in Drop Dead Fred, Princess Caraboo, and Gremlins 2.
However, in the mid-90s, Cate disappeared from the silver screen. She only came back to star in her final film, The Anniversary Party, before retiring her acting career for good. Phoebe is married to Sophie’s Choice, and A Fish Called Wanda actor Kevin Kline and owns a Boutique in Manhattan.
Kate Winslet broke our screens in her Oscar-Winning performance as Rose in the 1997 classic Titanic. Though she first graced the public with her 1994 role in Heavenly Creatures. This talented beauty played in the 1995 version of Sense & Sensibility and later in Hamlet and Jude.
Winslet has gained even greater recognition since the 90s and has genuinely inspired audiences with her acting in films such as Eternal Sunshine of a Spotless Mind, Finding Neverland, Revolutionary Road, and The Reader, for which she won an Academy Award. She is the youngest actress to have been nominated for six Oscars.
Tatyana Ali’s first regular role was on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air as Will Smith’s cute cousin, Ashley Banks. Ali grew up on the show and became a fan favorite for her excellent portrayal of Ashley. She continued after the Fresh Prince, doing mostly short-lived roles until the mid-2000s.
In 2007 she was cast as Roxanne on The Young and The Restless, and in 2010 starred as Tyana on Love That Girl! Tatyana is still around today, acting in the occasional episode or independent film. Ali’s most notable film work was when she played a small role in Jawbreaker.
First noticed by audiences in The Wonder Years as Winnie, Danica McKellar scored plenty of roles throughout the 90s in film and television. Her next recurring role was in The West Wing in 2003 and later in 2006 in Inspector Mom. She has continued acting until today, starring in Young Justice and Project Mc2.
Danica can also be spotted in many Hallmark mystery movies and made for television films. However, McKellar has excelled in something far different from acting. She has written six books about mathematics, targeted towards young adults and meant to help them become interested in math.
Fans fell in love with Marisa Tomei in the 90s because of her innocent face and comedic acting. Though she had already appeared on television and in films, Tomei’s portrayal of Mona Lisa Vito in the 1992 comedy, My Cousin Vinny pushed her into the spotlight and won her an Academy Award.
Marisa became progressively more popular, scoring leading roles throughout the 90s and until today. The talented actress received two more Oscar nominations for her performances in The Wrestler and In the Bedroom. Recently she has starred in many films, including The Big Short and Spider-Man: Homecoming.
Though she may not qualify as a star per se, Monica Lewinsky was undoubtedly a household name in the 90s. While interning in the White House in 1998, Monica became famous due to her adulterous relationship with then-president Bill Clinton; this scandal rocked the decade.
Clinton was impeached because of their affair, and Lewinsky became an overnight celebrity, featured in books and on tv, while also a victim and a scapegoat. In 2014, Monica Lewinsky wrote an article telling her side of the story. Recently she’s been working as an anti-shaming/bullying activist and motivational speaker.
Danielle Fishel first appeared on tv in Full House in a guest role but became famous for playing the character of Topanga in Boy Meets World. Fishel continued acting after Boy Meets World, starring in the spin-off Girl Meets World and working in small parts in various TV shows.
Danielle can also be spotted in the 2015 film Boiling Pot and in Childish Gambino’s promotional movie Clapping for the Wrong Reasons. More recently, she has been mainly taking voice roles in shows such as Star vs. the Forces of Evil. These days, Fishel works as a reporter.
Mara Wilson was perhaps the world’s favorite child star in the 90s, gaining attention for her portrayal of Natalie in Mrs. Doubtfire in 1993 at the young age of six. Wilson’s true claim to fame is for her role as Matilda Wormwood in Matilda. Mara’s performance as the magical young girl is transcendent.
However, after 2000, Mara stepped away from acting. Wilson was traumatized by childhood fame and by working on films while her mother was dying of cancer. In 2016, the former actress wrote a memoir called Where Am I Now? True Stories of Girlhood and Accidental Fame.
Former Olympic figure skater Tonya Harding kicked off the 90s with her share of record-breaking performances. Her success was short-lived; in 1994, the skater became infamous for her alleged attack on fellow figure skater Nancy Kerrigan. Harding was accused of attempting to maim her competition.
The entire world followed Harding and Kerrigan’s feud. Despite being pardoned and reinstated, Tonya’s career never picked back up. She quit skating and tried focusing on a brief boxing career. In 2018 she competed in Dancing with the Stars. Margo Robbie won an Oscar, portraying Harding in the 2017 film I, Tonya.
Nancy Kerrigan’s main claim to fame was also due to her and Tonya Harding’s beef. Despite the attempt to injure Nancy permanently, the talented skater recovered and was soon back on her skates. Just weeks after the injury, Kerrigan went on to win the silver medal in the 1994 Winter Olympics.
Kerrigan continued skating after 1994, though primarily non-competitively. In 2004, she was inducted into the US Figure Skating Hall of Fame. In the film, I, Tonya, Kerrigan was played by Caitlin Carver. Kerrigan, like Harding, appeared on Dancing with the Stars; luckily, they competed in different seasons.
Chilean actress Cote De Pablo began her career by hosting a few episodes of the talk show Control in 1994. De Pablo’s first significant role was in 2000, in the series The $treet. Cote finally got her chance to shine when she got the role of Ziva David in NCIS.
The talented actress played Ziva from 2005 until 2020 and has had her share of roles in other shows and movies as well. Cote has been nominated for countless awards for the part of Ziva and has even won. In 2014, de Pablo starred in The 33.
Melissa Joan Hart started acting in the late 80s but landed her first significant role as Clarissa in Clarissa Explains it All on Nickelodeon. Hart’s real pièce de resistance is her performance of Sabrina Spellman in everyone’s favorite 90s show, Sabrina the Teenage Witch. Hart also portrayed Sabrina on other shows.
Melissa scored small parts on tv all throughout the 90s and the 2000s before getting another leading role in 2010. She was cast as Mel Burke on Melissa and Joey and stayed on the show for five years. Recently, she has starred as Liz on No Good Nick.
Amanda Bynes started out on Nickelodeon’s All That and Figure It Out. Next, she got her own comedy series in 1999, called The Amanda Show, when she was only thirteen. Amanda kept gaining popularity, snagging leading roles in Hairspray, What A Girl Wants, She’s The Man, and Easy A.
Unfortunately, since then, Amanda’s life took a turn for the worse. Like so many child stars, she now struggles with substance abuse and has been arrested and charged for various misdemeanors. Recently, Bynes announced that she was four years sober, the former actress apologized for her actions while under the influence.
Alisson Hannigan began her incredible career in 1997 with the vital role of Willow in Buffy the Vampire Slayer. In 1999 she nailed a prominent role as the quirky band nerd Michelle in American Pie, later starring in two of its sequels, American Pie 2 and American Wedding.
Things kept looking up, and Hannigan was cast a Lily in the 2005 sitcom How I Met Your Mother. These days, Alyson hosts the show Penn & Teller: Fool Us and has played guest roles on tv and in film. Alyson married her co-actor Alexis Denisof, who she worked with on Buffy.
Elizabeth Berkley’s first famous role was in Saved by the Bell; later, she was a guest star on Baywatch as Courtney Bremmer. Berkley’s actual claim to fame is for her portrayal of Nomi in Showgirls, a film that bombed initially but later gained a cult following.
Berkley then went on to act in The First Wives Club, CSI: Miami, and The L Word. In 2013 she competed in Dancing with the Stars. Recently, Elizabeth reprised her role as Jessie in the 2020 reboot of Saved by the Bell. Berkley also runs an online self-help program designed to help teenage girls.
Mayim Bialik first starred as Blossom on the show Blossom in 1991. Bialik is most acclaimed for her role in the 1994 film Don’t Drink the Water, directed by Woody Allen. Aside from her convincing acting skills, Mayim also has a Ph.D. from UCLA and is a neuroscientist.
Bialik also played a neuroscientist on The Big Bang Theory! As Dr. Amy Farrah Fowler, we are sure her actual knowledge came in handy when learning her script. Recently, Mayin was cast as Kat in Call me Kat and reprised her role as Dr. Amy Farrah Fowler in Young Sheldon.
Andrea Barber stole our hearts with her performance as Kimmy Gibler in the 90s favorite, Full House. Sadly for her fans, Barber quit acting after Full House, returning only to play Kimmy again in Fuller House’s spin-off. Although, die-hard Barber fans can catch her as Carrie in reruns of Days of Our Lives.
Andrea is a college graduate and has two children who keep her busy. In 2021 she decided to pick up acting again and accepted a recurring role in That Girl Lay- Lay; she was also a guest panelist on The Talk in 2017.
Also, a Full House alum, Candace Cameron Bure, played D.J. Tanner in the memorable sitcom. Bure stuck around after the show ended and starred as Summer in Make It or Break It in 2009. Candace is known for her television films and was a finalist on season eighteen of Dancing with the Stars.
In 2015 Bure co-hosted The View for two seasons before playing D.J. Tanner again in Fuller House. Bure is currently in the cast of the Aurora Teagarden Mystery television movie series. The talented actress is married to Valeri Bure of the NHL.
Breaking out for her leading role in 1998 as Joey on Dawson’s Creek, Katie Holmes became Hollywood’s favorite girl next door. Moving towards film, with Pieces of April and The Gift, Holmes gained acclaim for Batman Begins and Thank You for Smoking.
Holmes was previously married to actor Tom Cruise, but the two have since divorced. The talented woman has kept up her acting, starring in films such as Logan Lucky and Dear Dictator. In 2016 Holmes debuted as a director with the film All We Had; she is now working on her second film.
Also breaking out in Dawson’s Creek, Michelle Williams was cast as Jen and stole the hearts of a generation as Dawson’s naughty neighbor. She met her partner, actor Heath Ledger while acting together on Brokeback Mountain and in 2005 gave birth to their daughter; in 2008, Ledger tragically died.
However, the strong mother wasn’t defeated and went on to snag leading roles in, My Week with Marilyn, Blue Valentine, Shutter Island, and Manchester by The Sea. Michelle continues to wow audiences in Venom and The Greatest Showman. She is set to appear in the Scenes from Marriage remake on HBO.
Jessica Biel’s break-out role was as Mary in 7th Heaven. Although the actress first gained acclaim for her Award-Winning acting in Ulee’s Gold in 1997. Biel kept going strong and gave incredible performances in The Illusionist, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and The Rules of Attraction.
Wife of the musician and actor Justin Timberlake, Jessica has continued acting through marriage and motherhood. Biel was recently nominated for a Golden Globe and an Emmy for her leading part in the chilling miniseries The Sinner. Her most recent role was as Lia Haddock in the 2019 series Limetown.
Shannen Doherty didn’t leave the spotlight for the entire 90s. Breaking out as Brenda in Beverly Hills 90210, the starlet was soon snagged by Hollywood casting agents. After 90210, Doherty moved on to play Pure in Charmed and then starred in numerous guest roles and tv movies.
Recently, she reprised her 90210 character and even played a small part in the teen drama Riverdale. The actress even acted in the 2018 Heathers remake, having performed in the original alongside Winona Ryder. The actress had quite a few movies in the works, so keep an eye out.
Possibly the most beloved actress on our list, everyone knows Jennifer Aniston from her role as the gorgeous Rachel Green on Friends. Being cast in such a successful sitcom was Aniston’s big break, and she stayed in the award-winning part for ten whole years.
Since Friends, Jennifer has been busy; she acted in many romantic comedies such as Along Came Polly, Bruce Almighty, Marley and Me, and Rumor Has It. In 2021, Aniston starred in Friends: The Reunion to the excitement of her fans. Jennifer has been married to heartthrob Brad Pitt and the multi-talented Justin Theroux.
Mädchen Amick gained great acclaim for her entrapping performance as Shelly Johnson in David Lynch’s cult series Twin Peaks. The actress was also a series regular on the show Central Park West. Later she showed up in guest roles on Dawson’s Creek, Gilmore Girls, Mad Men, and Gossip Girl.
Reprising her performance of Shelly, Amick returned for the Twin Peaks sequel in 2017. For those who wonder what she is up to today, Amick plays the part of Alice Cooper in Riverdale and has starred in Witches of East End, American Horror Story: Hotel, and Love.
Neve Campbell became famous for her part in Party of Five as Julia Salinger. Later she gained a loyal following for her recurring role as Sydney Prescott in the horror movie franchise, Scream. Campbell also starred in the 90s flick The Craft as well as the film Wild Things.
Neve continued acting after the 90s, though mostly sporadically. She guest-starred on Grey’s Anatomy and Mad Men. Campbell’s last memorable role was as LeAnn Harvey in House of Cards. She is set to star in a leading role in a new legal drama called The Lincoln Lawyer.
Gabrielle Union began acting in the 90s, with mostly small roles in Sister, Sister, 7th Heaven, and Friends. Union later starred in memorable teen comedy-dramas 10 Things I Hate About You and She’s All That. Her first lead role was in the teen cheerleading movie, Bring It On.
Union kept it up in the 2000s, acting in Neo Ned, Bad Boys II, and Love & Basketball. Lately, Gabrielle has starred in Girls Trip, Breaking In, and played Syd Burnett in the series L.A.’s Finest. Union is married to basketball star Dwyane Wade.
Larisa Oleynik first showed up on the small screen in 1994 as Alex in the magical show The Secret World of Alex Mack. Larisa also starred beside Gabrielle Union and Julia Stiles in 10 Things I Hate About You, in the 1995 movie, The Baby-Sitters Club, and many more.
More recently, Oleynik snagged roles in Mad Men, Pretty Little Liars, Winx Club, and Trinkets. Her last part was playing Karen Ferris in The Healing Powers of Dude. Larisa is also a stage actress and has been in Les Misérables and Baghdaddy on Broadway.
Meagan Good first reached our screen when she was but four years old. Although she had been acting for years, Good’s first primary role was in the series Cousin Skeeter that started in 1998. In the early 2000s audience fell in love with her in Biker Boyz, Deliver Us From Eva, Venom, and D.E.B.’s.
In 2012 she had a recurring role in Californication and had guest-starred in numerous tv shows. As an adult, Meagan was cast for even more parts, snagging the role of Lara Vega in Minority Report as well as acting in Shazam! and its sequel.
Michelle Trachtenberg started acting on the show Clarissa Explains It All but soon moved on to The Adventures of Pete and Pete, in which she played Nona. Michelle just kept getting better roles, showing up next as Dawn in Buffy the Vampire Slayer and, after that, playing Harriet in Harriet the Spy.
In 2007, Trachtenberg starred on Gossip Girl as the ruthless Georgina Sparks. After that, Michelle acted in Mercy, Weeds, and Love Bites. The actress hasn’t done much in the past few years, but we hope she’ll pick up acting again soon.
If you’ve watched any 90s shows, you’ll probably recognize Christine Taylor. Taylor began her acting career in 1989 on the show Hey Dude; she then guest-starred on Dallas, Saved by the Bell, and Blossom. Taylor also showed up in adult shows such as Seinfeld and Friends.
The actress’s next big part was in the show Arrested Development, from 2005 until 2018, and in 2016 until 2021, she starred in the series Search Party. Her film career is also not too shabby; Christine was in Zoolander, Tropic Thunder, and in 2020 she had a role in Friendsgiving.
Elisha Cuthbert became famous for her past in the ghost story Are You Afraid of the Dark? Later she acted in various kids’ movies in the 90s before landing a part in Love Actually in 2003. Her most prominent roles were Danielle in The Girl Next Door and Carly in House of Wax.
Elisha later was chosen to play Kim Bauer on the show 24; she stayed in that role alongside Keifer Sutherland until 2010. Recently, Elisha played Abby in the series The Ranch. Cuthbert is married to NHL player Dione Phaneuf, and the two have a daughter together.
Lisa Foiles was an avid fan of the show All That. After starring in Even Stevens, she got lucky and was cast to act in All That herself. She and the rest of the cast were like a family and were even home-schooled together. Lisa later appeared in the show Malcolm in the Middle.
These days Lisa still occasionally works as an actress, but mainly as a video game journalist, YouTuber and model. The former star loves Comic-com and hosts games through GameSpot. In 2016, Lisa gave birth to her first kid with her husband, producer Shawn Cloninger.
In the 90s, Jessica Alba acted in The Secret World of Alex Mack and the movie Camp Nowhere. In 1995 she became a series regular on Flipper before starring the top part of Max in the 2000 show Dark Angel. She was also a guest on Beverly Hills 90210.
What established her as a serious actress was Alba’s performance in the film Sin City in 2005. Later she starred in Good Luck Chuck, Machete, Little Fockers, and Killers Anonymous. Recently, Jessica appeared in L.A.’s Finest as Nancy McKenna. The iconic actress has been a judge on Project Runway and RuPaul’s Drag Race.
In 1991, Shannon Woodward was cast as a young girl who couldn’t find her kitten in Clarissa Explains It All. Woodard continued to be cast in minor roles on Nickelodeon throughout her childhood but got her big break in 2007 as Di Di on the show The Riches.
The talented actress was then cast in the series Raising Hope, and she really peaked in the critically acclaimed HBO series Westworld. Recently Woodard appeared in the film Happily and is set to appear in Ms. Corman, an upcoming series. Shannon is best friends with Katie Perry.
Famous for her successful career as a musician, most fans don’t know that Alanis Morisette actually started as a child actress. The singer appeared in the 80s show You Can’t Do That on Television. In the 90s, she acted in Dogma and Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back.
Of course, this superstar is far more famous for her iconic music. Her third album Jagged Little Pill was released in 1995 and went platinum; the artist’s most famous song, “Ironic,” is featured in the album. In 2020 Alanis released the song “Reasons I Drink,” detailing her struggle with substance abuse.
Lindsay Sloane started acting in The Wonder Years before being cast as Valerie in Sabrina, the Teenage Witch, in 1997. The actress had guest roles on numerous shows and television films before landing the main parts in Grosse Pointe and The Stones.
The young actress’s career kept going strong, and she got a role in the classic teen film, Bring It On. Next, she appeared in She’s Out of My League and in Horrible Bosses and its sequel. Lindsay’s last role was as Billie in 2019 in the film, Endings, Beginnings.