Do you remember a time when gas prices were in the double digits instead of the triple digits? A time when you absolutely had to use a pay phone if your vehicle broke down? A time when the closest thing to the internet was a CB radio unit?
The bottom line is that, the 1980s were much simpler times. I remember those times all too well, things like those classic commercials (you know, “Where’s the Beef?”) and the television shows which were the predecessors of online movies and videos.
Have you ever wondered what happened to the child stars of those days, stars such as Soleil Moon Frye and Molly Ringwald? Well here they are, all grown up and beautiful for you to see!
With A Little Help From My Friends
For those of you who don’t know the caption, this was the theme song of the late 80s sitcom “The Wonder Years,” a show about a kid and his coming of age experiences during the 1960s. Danica McKellar is an actress who is very well known for portraying Winnie Cooper, the love interest of the main character Kevin Arnold (portrayed by Fred Savage).
Danica Is A Genius. Really, Not Kidding
Danica McKellar went on to attend UCLA. She graduated summa cum laude, with a degree in Mathematics. Danica and a few of her colleagues even proved a new math theorem, which is appropriately named the Chayes-McKellar-Winn Theorem. She has also returned to acting. She has not just beauty, but brains also.
Holy Macanoli! It’s Soleil Moon Frye
Soleil Moon Frye (Soleil is French for “sun”) is an American actress. Soleil has been acting since the age of two, after seeing her father, veteran actor Virgil Frye, and brother, Meeno Peluce, on TV. She is best known for playing Penelope “Punky” Brewster on the 80s sitcom “Punky Brewster.”
Can You Imagine What Soleil Looks Like Now?
Soleil Moon Frye has appeared in several movies and television programs since “Punky Brewster.” She has also had a hand in directing as well. Soleil has even written a screenplay depicting the experiences a group of teenager encounters in a cafe. Soleil has aged very well, and has ditched the multi-colored outfits she wore constantly in the 80s.
And Now, Onto Melissa Joan Hart
Melissa Joan Hart is an American actress from Sayville, New York. She started her acting career at the tender age of four, and her first acting gig was a commercial for a bathtub toy called Splashy. Her mother, Paula Hart, is her agent. She had a few roles in several features in the 80s. Melissa performed in two plays as the youngest member of New York’s Circle Repertory Lab Company: “Beside Herself” and “Imagining Brad.”
Melissa All Grown Up
Melissa Joan Hart started her career in the 80s where she played small roles in TV series such as “Kane & Abel,” “The Equalizer,” and “Another World.” Melissa came into her own in the 90s playing in the Nickelodeon sitcom “Clarissa Explains It All.” She is currently known for being in “Melissa & Joey.”
I Don’t Think We’re Alone Now
Tiffany Renee Darwish, better known as just “Tiffany,” is an American pop singer. She appeared on the talent show “Star Search” in the 80s before she got her big break being signed to MCA records. Tiffany ultimately became very well known for her hit song “I Think We’re Alone Now.”
Tiffany, Is That You Now!
Tiffany has since moved on from the bubble-gum genre of music and even gave a shot to performing R&B music. Well, that did not work out for her, but she has since gone country and performs that genre of music. She has also given acting a try and she is a member of SAG, AFTRA, and SESAC.
Who Can Forget Rudy Huxtable?
Keshia Knight Pulliam is an American actress. She started acting at a very young age, like at nine months old! She made an appearance in the cult classic movie The Last Dragon, and is very well known for portraying Rudy Huxtable on the 80’s hit sitcom “The Cosby Show.”
From Acting To School To Acting Again
Keshia Knight Pulliam has gone from the gap-toothed cutie to full-grown beauty. She has the distinction of being the youngest person to receive an Emmy nomination as well. After “The Cosby Show” ended, she went on to play in a few movies and also appeared in other sitcoms before she became really focused on her education. After graduating from Spelman College, she started up her acting career again.
Hey Alyssa, Who’s The Boss Now?
Alyssa Jayne Milano is an American actress, producer and former singer. She is perhaps best known for playing the role of Samantha Micelli on the ABC sitcom “Who’s the Boss?” which ran from 1984 through 1992. She is also known for playing in the Fox soap opera “Melrose Place” as well.
A Brand New Life Around The Bend!
Well, not a brand new life, but the beautiful Alyssa has since kept herself well-occupied after “Who’s the Boss?” She played the infamous Amy Fisher in the movie Casualties of Love: The Long Island Lolita Story and has landed roles in “Charmed” and “Mistresses” as well.
The Unsinkable Molly Ringwald
Molly Ringwald is an American actress. She is considered a major icon when it comes to the 80s, as she appears in most retro remembrances and pop culture shows from that decade. She is well known for playing in The Breakfast Club, Sixteen Candles, and Pretty in Pink.
She Just Can’t Get Out Of The 80s
It would be hard to imagine discussing the 80s without mentioning Molly Ringwald. She just represents all those nostalgic feelings of being at the mall and new wave music that was the craze of the time. Molly appeared as Aunt Bailey in the 80s inspired Jem and the Holograms in 2015.
Tracey Gold Way Back When
Tracey Gold is an American actress and former child star who is perhaps best known for playing the role of Carol Seaver on the 1980s sitcom “Growing Pains.” She is also the sister of actress Missy Gold. Before acting on “Growing Pains,” Tracey actually began acting at the young age of four.
No Pains For Tracey Gold
Tracey Gold has gone on to appear in numerous made-for-TV movies since “Growing Pains.” It became well known that Tracey had a personal battle with herself as she battled with anorexia for years. She made headlines in 2004 when she was arrested for a DUI. In early 2009, she co-hosted with Fred Roggin on the live show “GSN Live.”
Remember Jenny From Troop Beverly Hills?
Jenny Lewis is an American actress. Jenna made her acting debut in 1985 at the age of nine. The following year, she was cast alongside Lucille Ball in the short-lived sitcom “Life with Lucy.” It wasn’t until the late 80s that she scored her first big break when she was cast as Hannah in Troop Beverly Hills.
Jenny Has Been Busy Since Then
Jenny Lewis has been known to date famous such actors such as Jake Gyllenhaal and David Faustino. When the 90s came along, she turned her attention to her music and began a music career. Jenny sang lead vocals for the indie rock group Rilo Kiley, which she formed with then-boyfriend Blake Sennett in 1998. In 2010, she teamed up with new boyfriend Johnathan Rice to form musical duo Jenny and Johnny.
Drew Barrymore Of E.T. Fame
Drew Barrymore is an American actress who comes from a long line of Hollywood stars. Her parents were John and Jaid Barrymore. Drew shot to fame in 1982 at age six when she played Gertie in E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. She also went on to star in Firestarter and Irreconcilable Differences, and earned a Golden Globe nomination also.
Drew Keeps Winning Those Awards
Drew Barrymore has gone on to star in numerous films. She played Amy Fisher, aka the Long Island Lolita, in The Amy Fisher Story. She also played in Batman Forever and The Wedding Singer. She published an autobiography, Little Girl Lost, in 1990. She has an Emmy nomination and a Golden Globe Award for her role in HBO’s Grey Gardens.
You May Or May Not Remember Vicki The Robot
Tiffany Brissette is a former American actress who began her acting career at the very young age of two. Her mother entered her in numerous pageants and talent competitions and appeared on “Webster” at age 10. She is best known for playing Vicki the robot on the sitcom “Small Wonder.”
No More Acting For Tiffany
Tiffany Brissette made an appearance on the 90s show “Parker Lewis: Can’t Lose.” She also played in a television show by the name of “Equal Justice,” which ran from 1990 to 1991. She went on to earn a psychology degree from Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California. She has lived in San Diego since retiring from acting.
Debbie Gibson Back In The 80s
Debbie Gibson is an American singer. She sang in the Metropolitan Opera House’s children’s chorus at eight years old before recording her debut album “Out of the Blue” in 1987. She was just a teenager when her single “Foolish Beat” hit No. 1. She is perhaps best known for her song “Only in My Dreams.”
Debbie Fast-Forwarded Years Later
Debbie Gibson went on to release seven more albums since the ’80s. It seems like the magic was gone since then, though. She is also an actress. She appears regularly on Broadway and in other staged musical productions. Debbie also competed in “Skating With Celebrities” in 2006 and “The Apprentice” in 2012.
Fergie Before She Was Fergie
Stacy “Fergie” Ferguson is an American actress and singer. Before she became one of the biggest stars in the music industry, she lived a relatively normal life. Fergie became a cheerleader and was a straight-A student before getting into show business. Fergie was the longest-running cast member of the musical TV series “Kids Incorporated.”
From TV To A Successful Music Career
Fergie went on to make music after appearing on “Kids Incorporated.” Fergie started her musical career when she joined girl group Wild Orchid during the early ’90s. She had a setback when she developed an addiction to crystal meth. She then left the band in 2001, got clean and found international success after joining The Black Eyed Peas. She continues to perform as a musician today.
Tina From Family Ties Back In The 80’s
Tina Yothers is an American actress. Her father was a television producer. Tina started off as many children did early in her career, by acting in commercials and on television as a toddler. She got a break and is possibly best remembered for playing Jennifer Keaton on the popular 80s sitcom “Family Ties.”
Okay, Where Is Tina Now?
Tina Yothers has gone in several different directions after her time on “Family Ties” ended. She dyed her hair black, and went on to write an autobiographical advice book for girls. She also formed a band, Jaded, with her brother Cory Yothers. Tina married electrician Robert Kaiser and has three children, one from a previous relationship.
Nancy McKeon AKA Jo From The Facts of Life
Nancy McKeon is an American actress who started her career at the age of two. She had done numerous commercials before landing production roles. She is the younger sister of actor Phillip McKeon of “Alice” fame. Nancy is best known for playing Jo Polniaczek on the sitcom “The Facts of Life.”
Nancy Says She Ain’t Going!
Nancy McKeon continued to stay in the acting business long after “The Facts of Life” ended in 1988. When it came to participating in The Facts of Life Reunion (2001), she declined, saying “I’m just not a fan of that kind of thing. I would not watch it, so why would I be IN it? It’s just never the same.” She did, however, offer to direct a movie which would have dealt with the girls reuniting after Jo’s death. She later said that she was joking.
Little Tootie Of The Facts Of Life
Kim Fields is an American actress. She comes from a family of actresses. Her mother Chip is an actress and her sisters Alexis and Jere Fields are also actresses. She has been acting since she was a little child. Kim is best known for portraying Tootie Ramsey in the 80s hit sitcom “The Facts of Life.”
Kim Continues To Be In The Game
Kim Fields went on to star in the sitcom “Living Single” in the 90s, after “The Facts of Life” ended in 1988. She and her co-star Mindy Cohn, who played Natalie on “The Facts of Life” still keep in contact these days. Fields has made appearances on the reality television series “The Real Housewives of Atlanta.”
Lisa Whelchel AKA Blair From The Facts Of Life
Lisa Whelchel is an American actress, singer, songwriter, author, and speaker. Lisa Welchel is best known for playing on the sitcom “The Facts of Life.” Lisa played the role of Blair Warner, an over-achieving and condescending rich girl who was exactly the opposite of Jo Polniaczek, the tomboyish and tough biker girl.
Lisa Has Seen The Light
Lisa Whelchel made a few appearances on television after “The Facts of Life.” Lisa has been acting since the age of four and made Christian music during her run on “The Facts of Life.” She actually became a born-again Christian and devoted her life to her faith at age ten.
Candace Cameron From Full House
Candace Cameron is an American actress. Candace is the youngest of four children. She is the younger sister of actor Kirk Cameron from the 80s sitcom “Growing Pains.” Candace has been acting from a young age. She is best known for playing on the late 80s ABC sitcom “Full House.”
Candace Is Now A Family Woman
Candace Cameron (now known as Candace Cameron Bure) has since continued to act since “Full House.” Candace has appeared in the sitcom “That’s So Raven” and also the sitcom “Cybil.” Before “Full House,” she also made sporadic appearances on “Growing Pains.” Today, Candace is married to hockey player Valeri Bure and they have three children.
Raven-Symoné Back In The 80’s
Raven-Symoné (birthname Raven-Symoné Pearman) was born in Atlanta, Georgia, to Lydia and Christopher Pearman. At a young age, she moved to New York. She signed with the Ford Modeling Agency, and was sent by them on an audition for the movie Ghost Dad. This led to Bill Cosby casting her on “The Cosby Show” as Olivia.
Oh Snap! Raven-Symoné Is Still Going Strong
Raven-Symoné went on to star in her own sitcom a few years after “The Cosby Show” called “That’s So Raven.” Around the time near “The Cosby Show’s” final season, she started a singing career. She released a song called “That’s What Little Girls Are Made Of.” She currently appears on “The View.”
Lisa Bonet As Denise Huxtable
Lisa Bonet is an American actress. She is well-known for playing the role of Denise Huxtable on the hit TV sitcom “The Cosby Show.” She also appeared on another sitcom a few years later, known as “A Different World.” She then went back to playing on “The Cosby Show” but left afterwards because of “creative differences.”
Lisa The Rebellious Spirit
Lisa was on “The Cosby Show” for a short time from 1984 to 1986. Bill Cosby did not approve of Lisa Bonet appearing in the movie Angel Heart because of its racy content, so she was removed from the show but came back in the Cosby spin off “A Different World.” She was said to show up late for work on “A Different World” which led to her removal from the show. She married Lenny Kravitz and then divorced him a few years later. They have a daughter named Zoë. Lenny and Lisa remain friends.
American actress Elisabeth Shue rose to fame in such memorable 1980s films such as Adventures in Babysitting, Karate Kid, Cocktail, Back to the Future Part II, and Back to the Future Part III. She started out with appearances in high-profile commercials for mayonnaise and hamburgers, and easily made the transition to the big screen.
Onward and Upward
Elisabeth Shue’s Hollywood career never slowed down. In 1995 she starred in Leaving Las Vegas, opposite Nicolas Cage. The role earned her an Academy Award, and since then she’s appeared in many other critically-acclaimed films such as Deconstructing Harry, The Trigger Effect, Hollow Man, Hide and Seek, and House at the End of the Street.