If you were lucky enough to grow up in the ‘80s, we’re totally jealous. When we think of the ‘80s, we think of luminescent leg warmers, leotards, headbands, big hair and a whole load of wacky clothes – which is basically like looking into our closet nowadays. It’s fair to say that the 80’s is one of the most iconic eras in history, and gave us some of the most interesting, intriguing and classiest females in the business (even if they didn’t rock the leg-warmer look).
The ‘80s brought us some of our favorite movies and TV shows of all time. There was The Breakfast Club (AKA the detention of dreams), Stand by Me (Stephen King is a genius), The Empire Strikes Back (Star Wars = Life), Top Gun (Tom Cruise, that’s all), The Princess Bride (best fairytale ever), Beetlejuice (co-ord goals) and more – we’d need a whole other article to explain our love for ‘80s pop culture! Nevertheless, epic movies require epic actors and actresses. In this case, we’re talking actresses. Because who needs boys, anyway?
With its unique sense of style, it’s fresh-faced and beautiful ladies, it’s overflowing talent, and it’s love for pop – the ‘80s was truly remarkable. Sure, the ‘80s have brought us some of the most iconic songs of all time. Yeah, the ‘80s have given us some awesome vintage fashion trends. And yeah alright, they pretty much invented the epic teen movie (which is our ultimate fave) – but one of the best exports from the ‘80s was their famous women. The ‘80s was full of talented and beautiful women who adorned our walls and proved females are just as strong and powerful as men. We loved the ‘80s! But have you ever wondered what your famous women from the ‘80s look like now? Well, check this out…
Mia Farrow – Then
I mean, just look at that outfit. That stylist had a ROARING success with this epic ‘20s getup (and we’re pretty jealous). Mia Farrow is best known for her portrayal of Daisy Buchanan in The Great Gatsby, her starring role in Rosemary’s Baby and her Golden Globe-winning performance in Guns At Batasi. And of course, who can forget that time when she married none other than Frank Sinatra. Amazing.
Mia Farrow – Now
Yep, she’s just as darn beautiful (and we’re still just as jealous). Nowadays, Mia Farrow occasionally graces our screens in various TV series’ and movies, but she now spends most of her time caring for her 14 children – 10 of which are adopted (Woah, go Mia!) When she’s not exhibiting her acting talents or taking on the role of super-mum, Mia spends her time running a lecture series where she talks about her life, family, and career. Where can we sign up?
Dianne Wiest – Then
When it comes to ‘80s movies, there’s one that comes to mind – there’s a load of dancing, a load of sparks (quite literally) and a bucket of water. No, this isn’t like the kind of street party your weird neighbor hosts. Of course, we’re talking about Footloose. Dianne West played Ariel’s Mother and the Reverend’s wife in the 1984 film Footloose, as well as appearing in Edward Scissorhands, Hannah and Her Sister and Bullets Over Broadway. What a gem.
Dianne Wiest – Now
At 69-years-old, Dianne is still a full-time actress and going just as strong as she was in the ‘80s. She currently plays the head of the family, Joan Short, on the CBS show, Life in Pieces – and does a darn good job of it. When she’s not acting, Dianne Wiest spends time with her beautiful adopted daughters, Emily and Lily. We bet she’s the coolest mom…
Sandrine Bonnaire – Then
French-born Sandrine is most famous for her starring role in the 1985 film, Vagabond, as well as A nos amours, from which she won Cesar Awards. During the ‘80s, Sandrine was in high demand in France and the United States and starred in various French-speaking and English-speaking roles. You can just feel the talent permeating from that photograph, can’t you?
Sandrine Bonnaire – Now
Ooh la la, I want whatever face cream she’s using! Sandrine is still going strong in the world of Hollywood – in fact, she seems to be taking over (and we’re totally okay with that). Sandrine has now appeared in over 40 films, as well as writing and directing her own films, including Elle S’apelle Sandrine (Her Name Is Sabine) which is a documentary about her autistic sister.
Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio – Then
‘Say hello to my little friend…’ You probably recognize Mary from the 1983 film Scarface (which made us laugh, cry, scream and exhibit every other emotion known to man), but she actually made her acting debut in the West End, in the musical West Side Story. She then went on to be nominated for an Academy Award for her role in The Color of Money. Not bad, ey?
Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio – Now
Yep, she’s still as gorgeous as ever – just look at that smile! Illinois-born Mary married director Pat O’Connor in 1990 and then went on to have two sons, but that hasn’t stopped her from her acting. Nowadays, Mary splits her time between America and London to continue with her acting career. She must have clocked up some serious Air Miles…
Geena Davis – Then
Geena Davis is one of the biggest (not literally) faces of the ‘80s and starred in some of our favorite ‘80s movies. Davis is most famous for playing roles in critically acclaimed films such as Thelma and Louise and Beetlejuice. Before Geena broke into acting, she earned her keep working for a short time as a window mannequin. Because…apparently that’s a thing.
Geena Davis – Now
Geena is still in the midst of a successful acting career, has starred as Mrs. Little in the Stuart Little films (our fave), and obtained a lead role in the TV program Exorcist. Geena is also a member of MENSA and advocates herself as a mentor for women in the Hollywood spotlight, with the Geena Davis Institute of Gender In Media. Go on, girl!
Kelly McGillis – Then
Tom Cruise…need we say anymore? Kelly was the lucky lady who got to work alongside Tom Cruise on the Top Gun set. Not that we’re jealous or anything. She was also cast in the TV thriller Witness, alongside Harrison Ford – so she’s had a pretty good time of it. Kelly received both BAFTA and Golden Globe nominations for this role and wins our award for the greatest male co-stars of all time…
Kelly McGillis – Now
Nowadays, McGillis has taken a step back from the limelight and giving others a chance to get in front of the camera. She currently lives North Carolina and teaches budding actors the art of acting and theater. How lovely of her! In April 2009, she came out as a lesbian, after questioning and battling with her sexuality from the tender young age of 12. She has also worked with recovering drug and alcohol addicts.
Jamie Lee Curtis – Then
Just look at that smolder – wit woo! It’s fair to say that Jamie Lee Curtis’s genes (not the ones she’s wearing) worked in her favor. With actors as parents, it was inevitable that she would inherit their incredible acting talent. The brunette beauty debuted her acting skills in the film Halloween in 1978, and then went on win a BAFTA Award for her role in A Fish Called Wanda. Not too bad, ey?
Jamie Lee Curtis – Now
We love Freaky Friday and all, but can it really happen? Because Jamie Lee Curtis just doesn’t seem to age, and it’s definitely freaking us out. Curtis is still one of the biggest names in the world of Hollywood and is still appearing in major blockbuster movies. As if we weren’t jealous enough of her already, Curtis also spends her time writing children’s books and is a resident blogger for The Huffington Post.
Joanna Cassidy – Then
Joanna is the ultimate example of a woman that don’t need no man. After a successful career as a model, Joanna Cassidy wanted more from her life. So, she divorced her husband (go, girl!) and embarked on an acting career. At first, Cassidy was cast in minor film roles, but her name soon got out there, and she then went on to play in Blade Runner and Who Framed Roger Rabbit.
Joanna Cassidy – Now
Age hasn’t stopped Joanna Cassidy doing whatever the heck she wants. Since her Blade Runner days, Joanna has kept herself busy, and the work has continued to roll in. Recently, she has shied away from films and is now dominating the world of television. Over the last couple of years, she has appeared in Criminal Minds, Six Feet Under, Body of Proof and Odd Mom Out. Oh, and she still looks as fabulous as ever.
Sissy Spacek – Then
Born Mary Elizabeth Spacek, Sissy went on to take her nickname as her stage name – and we kinda dig it. Sissy made a name for herself in the late ‘70s when she starred in Stephen King’s epic horror, Carrie, where she played the shy character with a knack for telekinesis. After her initial success, Sissy continued to dominate the ‘80s and starred in the likes of The River, Missing, Raggedy Man and Crimes of the Heart.
Sissy Spacek – Now
Sissy was one of the biggest names of the ‘80s, and her subsequent career earned her a whopping six Oscar nominations (no biggie). In recent years, Sissy has taken a step back from the limelight but continued to star in a movie or TV show every so often. In 2011, she appeared in the popular movie, The Help, and has recently starred in the Netflix series, Bloodline. We can’t wait to see what she does next.
Kathleen Turner – Then
The woman with the voice! Kathleen Turner is known for her distinctive and raspy voice and her impressive acting style – which makes us feel pretty darn hopeless, as we have neither. Turner was on top form during the ‘80s and was on the top of every audition list. During this era, she appeared in famous movies such as Romancing The Stone and Prizzi’s Honor, which earned her not one, but TWO Golden Globe Awards. That’s just greedy.
Kathleen Turner – Now
Yep, she’s still more beautiful than we will ever be. As she’s got older, Kathleen has turned her hand to everything – because apparently one talent just isn’t enough! She has mostly used her voice to become a successful voice actress, playing Jessica Rabbit in Who Framed Roger Rabbit. She has also used her talents on the West End and starred in numerous theater productions. As if that wasn’t enough, Turner spends her free time teaching acting classes.
Fanny Ardant – Then
French-born Fanny Ardant always wanted to be an actress when she was younger but didn’t have the confidence to pursue it full-time. Instead, she decided to further her education and study Political Science at university. As soon as she graduated, she threw her degree on the floor (okay, she didn’t really) and tried to break into the world of acting. Needless to say, it worked. She soon landed prolific roles in films such as The Woman Next Door and Confidentially Yours.
Fanny Ardant – Now
Thankfully for us, the beautiful Fanny Ardant is still a full-time actress and going strong in France and America. Although she’s not as busy as she was in the ‘80s, she’s still managing to bag herself roles in film and TV. She’s recently starred in Chic, Lola Pater, Casanova Variations, and has tried her hand at directing. Tres Bien, Fanny! That’s as far as our French goes…
Jessica Lange – Then
This blonde beauty rose to fame as a model (no surprise there), before she was spotted by Dino De Laurentiis who cast her as the female lead in the 1976 film, King Kong. And of course, we all know that film is kind of a big deal. Despite its cult classic status, the film was subject to criticism and Jessica didn’t take the criticism well. She did not star in another film for three years but decided she wasn’t going to let the a-holes get her down, so came back with a bang. She then went on to win an Academy Award for her role in Tootsie. Yeah, take that!
Jessica Lange – Now
Jessica Lange is like a fine wine. Although we loved her before, she’s aged gracefully and is even more delicious than she was before (if that was even possible).Jessica seems to have risen to new heights as she has got older and is now most known for her role in the TV series, American Horror Story. Unfortunately, she left the show after four seasons, and we still haven’t quite gotten over it…
Lori Singer – Then
There’s something about Lori Singer you should know – sometimes, very rarely, she’s gotta cut loose…footloose. Just to warn you. Young Lori Singer grew up surrounded by the arts and spent her younger years playing the cello and taking dance lessons. These lessons came in pretty handy when she was cast as Ariel in the 1984 hit, Footloose. As if that wasn’t enough to make us all insanely jealous, she also appeared on the popular TV show, Fame.
Lori Singer – Now
In recent years, Lori Singer has gone a little quiet on the Hollywood front. Sure, she’s occasionally appeared in the odd TV series, but she’s largely stopped acting. Her most venture came in the form of a multi-award winning documentary, which she co-produced. Apart from that, Lori is just out there being the triple threat that she is. Not that we’re jealous of her super talent or anything…
Sigourney Weaver – Then
WoOoOoooOoOoOo! Did that scare you? Well, if it didn’t, Sigourney Weaver probably will. No, we’re not saying the sight of her made us cry (apart from when we realized we’d never look like her) we’re talking about the fact that Sigourney Weaver was the queen of scream in the ‘80s. During this time, Weaver appeared in some of the biggest sci-fi movies, including the Alien trilogy and the Ghostbusters films.
Sigourney Weaver – Now
Yep, Sigourney Weaver is still the coolest woman on the block – and she’s still keeping up her reputation as the queen of all things horrifying. In recent years, she has become one of the most sought-after actresses in the world of Hollywood and has scored main roles within the Avatar franchise, the Ghostbusters remake, Paul, Cabin In The Woods, and many other films that are just pure creepazoid.
Elizabeth McGovern – Then
Elizabeth was born into a family of adventurers and politicians (yep, her grandfather was literally the inspiration for Indiana Jones) but she knew she didn’t want to follow in their footsteps. Instead, started acting in High School and never looked back. She knew her passion lay in the performing arts and was lucky enough to bag herself a place at Juilliard (oooh, fancy). She debuted in the film, Ordinary People, in 1980, but made a name for herself in Ragtime, and was even nominated for an Academy Award.
Elizabeth McGovern – Now
Elizabeth is still an in-demand actress, and with a face like that…we can totally see why. Of course, she also has an acting talent that just can’t be beat alongside her beautiful image and starred in one of the most popular TV drama series’ of the 21st century. Yep, we’re talking about Downton Abbey! If you haven’t seen Downton Abbey…well, we fully suggest you do.
Molly Ringwald – Then
Molly Ringwald was the epitome of the ‘80s – and let’s be honest, we would have happily sat in detention for hours at a time if she was was with us. The red-haired Molly Ringwald took the ‘80s by storm as part of the ‘Brat Pack,’ and starred in some of the greatest movies of the time, including The Breakfast Club, Pretty In Pink and Sixteen Candles.
Molly Ringwald – Now
Molly Ringwald is still as beautiful as ever and is still taking the world by storm (as if we expected anything less). Molly is still acting regularly and has recently starred in the likes of King Cobra, SPF-18 and will soon star in the 2018 movie, Siberia. Alongside this, she also spends her time singing and writing and is a columnist for the Guardian. So, it’s fair to say she’s pretty darn busy…
Carrie Fisher – Then
Back in the 1980s, Carrie Fisher was a pretty big name… Probably because she played the coolest Princess EVER. Princess Leia. Star Wars really boosted Fisher’s career, although she was also known for her roles in The Blues Brothers, When Harry Met Sally, and Hannah and Her Sisters.
Carrie Fisher – Now
Unfortunately, Carrie Fisher passed away in 2016 after suffering with a medical emergency mid-air. However, her star continues to shine as bright as it did in the 1980s. Carrie would go on to film several other Star Wars movies, including one that she will star in posthumously at the end of 2017.
Jennifer Connelly – Then
Jennifer Connelly was destined for stardom from a young age. She started off as a child model and had already made a name for herself as one of the most beautiful women before the ‘80s. Nevertheless Jennifer made her movie debut in Once Upon A Time In America, and (of course) impressed anyone who watched it. After this initial success, she was scouted to play in Phenomena, and Labyrinth – which is easily one of the best films in existence (you know it’s true).
Jennifer Connelly – Now
Okay, so we have a few really serious questions here…does Jennifer Connelly have a time machine? Because she really doesn’t look any older?! And if she does, will she lend it to us? Since the start of her career, Jennifer has won multiple awards for her role in A Beautiful Mind and has starred in the popular Marvel film, Hulk. She is also an ambassador for Amnesty International and has been on many lists as one of the most beautiful women. Of course, because she’s perfect.
Sean Young – Then
Sean Young really used the ‘80s to her advantage and used her quirky looks to appear in some of the biggest sci-fi movies of the decade. She is perhaps most famous for her role in Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner (epic movie) and David Lynch’s Dune (yep, another epic movie). Sean was originally cast in Tim Burton’s 1989 film Batman, but broke her arm in a horseriding accident and was replaced. Well if that isn’t enough to make you stop horse riding, we don’t know what is…
Sean Young – Now
Sean Young continued to dominate the movie world in the ‘90s and early ‘00s and starred in the likes of Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, Dr. Jekyll and Ms. Hyde, and Kingpin. Unfortunately, her acting career took a bit of a stumble in the late ‘00s, as she found herself in rehab for alcohol abuse. Since then, she has been cast a few film roles – but will be making an epic debut in the new Blade Runner 2049 sequel (yessss!)
Karen Allen – Then
Yep, we have major freckle envy with this one. Karen Allen was one of the biggest names of the ‘80s, as she appeared in one of the biggest films of the ‘80s (so it kinda makes sense). Most people remember Allen for her leading role in Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark. She proved so loveable that she was asked back to play the same character in the 2008 film, Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. What a legend.
Karen Allen – Now
Karen continued to act in the late ‘80s, but her career took a back-burner in the ‘90s when she had her son, Nicholas. After his birth, she continued to take small cameos in movies and TV shows but largely dedicated her time to being a mom and pursuing new talents. What are those new talents, you ask? Well, Allen worked for a short time as a personal chef, and she even discovered a love for knitting and founded her own fabrics company. Oh, Sew you don’t…
Helen Mirren – Then
Heartthrob Helen is an acting legend and has been acting since 1967 when she started performing with the Royal Shakespeare Company – like many of the greats. Her career really came into its own in the ‘80s, when she was cast in such films as The Cook, The Thief, His Wife & Her Lover, Excalibur, When the Whales Came, and White Nights. We don’t really need to say much else. It’s Helen Mirren.
Helen Mirren – Now
Again, it’s Helen Mirren…so do we really need to tell you how awesome she is? Needless to say, her name is one that still adorns some of the biggest movies of today – and her talent has definitely been rewarded. In 2003, Helen was awarded the Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire for her services to drama. So yeah, she’s pretty big-time. We love you, Helen!
Glenn Close – Then
Like many other big Hollywood actors, Glenn Close began her career on the stage, before making her way to the world of movies. She got her first professional acting gig on Broadway (no biggie), before she was cast in her first film role, in The World According to Garp in 1982. Her role in this movie earned her an Academy Award nomination, which isn’t too bad for your first movie gig, ey? Glenn Close soon went on to star in the some of the biggest movies of the ‘80s, including Fatal Attraction, The Big Chill, and Dangerous Liaisons.
Glenn Close – Now
Let’s be honest, Glenn Close is still one of the most famous women in the world – because she is just so darn talented! She has won so many awards throughout her acting career, that it’s kinda hard to keep track of all of them. Recently, Close has appeared in the Marvel film, Guardians of the Galaxy, The Great Gilly Hopkins, 5 to 7, and has starred in five movies in 2017 alone. What a busy bee!
Judi Dench – Then
Doesn’t Judi Dench just have THE BEST voice in movie history? Dame Judi Dench (yep, she’s practically royalty) started off her acting career in the 60’s and quickly established herself within the Royal Shakespeare Company. In the 80’s, Dench made her way to the world of Hollywood and bagged herself major parts in movies like A Room With A View.
Judi Dench – Now
Throughout her career, Judi Dench has continued to pursue her true passion – Shakespeare. She has starred in countless plays for the Royal Shakespeare Company but has also managed to dominate the Hollywood movie circuit. Her most notable roles have come in the form of James Bond, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, Tulip Fever, and will soon appear in Murder on the Orient Express and Victoria and Abdul. There really is no stopping her, and we’re totally okay with that.
Mia Sara – Then
Okay, so we would have done anything to be part of the ‘Brat Pack’ – but Mia Sara was lucky enough to get the role over us. The brunette beauty managed to nag herself some of the best roles of the ‘80s, including Legend and Apprentice to Murder. However she is most known for her role as Sloane Peterson in the 1986 classic comedy, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, which made us all want to sack off school and have an epic adventure. We didn’t though, as we didn’t want to get in trouble…
Mia Sara – Now
Unfortunately, the ‘80s was definitely the high point of Mia Sara’s career, and the peak of that decade kinda troughed as the years went on. After a while, she officially retired from the world of acting but hasn’t left her talents behind. She now spends most of her time flying around the world with her private pilot’s license (as you do) but manages to fit in a few short cameos and movies every so often.
Anjelica Huston – Then
We know what you’re thinking…you recognize the face, right? But where have you seen it before? Why do you think of pumpkins and graveyards when you look at her face? Well, you’re not just having a bad day, but this ‘80s beauty is the one and only Morticia Addams! Before Anjelica starred in the Addams Family, Anjelica won an Academy Award in the 80’s for her role in Prezzi’s Honor. Yay, Morticia.
Anjelica Huston – Now
Thankfully for us, Anjelica is still rocking the world of Hollywood and gracing us with her dark locks and her timeless beauty. She is still acting today and has recently voiced Disney’s Tinkerbell (Morticia and Tinkerbell? How does that work?) As if that wasn’t enough, Huston is now expanding her talents and venturing into the world of writing and directing. Dang, she’s so cool.
Barbara Hershey – Then
If you don’t recognize the name, it’s probably because you remember Barbara Hershey as Barbara Seagull. The beautiful actress only really became famous in the late 80’s where she received a Golden Globe. But this nomination wasn’t just for any ol’ movie. Oh, no. Barbara was nominated for her portrayal of Mary Magdalene in The Last Temptation of Christ. I mean, that’s a pretty big deal.
Barbara Hershey – Now
Yep, Barbara Hershey is stilling loving her life in the spotlight, and is still gracing us with her acting talent on a daily basis – and we couldn’t be happier about that fact. Barbara’s acting career seems to have taken a darker turn as she has got older, but has certainly not slowed down. Recently, she has been cast as Cora, the mother of the Evil Queen in ABC’s Once Upon A Time. Although we hate her character, we love Barbara…so it evens things out a little bit.
Daryl Hannah – Then
Ladies and gents, drum roll, please, because we’ve got another Blade Runner actress! Daryl Hannah rose to fame in the ‘80s for her portrayal of Pris in the Blade Runner movie and was lucky enough to star alongside Harrison Ford (gah, that’s the ultimate dream). After this major role, Hannah was the talk of the town and cast in numerous hit movies, including Splash, Wall Street and Roxanne in the ’80s.
Daryl Hannah – Now
Those cheekbones are certainly still going strong. Since the ‘80s, Daryl Hannah has starred in more movies than we’ve had hot dinners – and pretty good ones at that! She’s been cast in the Kill Bill franchise, The Little Rascals, Jackpot, Storm Seekers, A Closed Book, and has recently starred in I Am Michael. As well as her continued acting world domination, Daryl also advocates herself as a human, political and environmental activist and creates her own weekly blog on these issues. Well, we feel pretty insignificant right now.
Lea Thompson – Then
Ahhhh, the lovely Lorraine. Lea Thompson is best known for playing Lorraine in arguably the best film ever made, Back to the Future (you know you can’t deny it). During the ‘80s, she made a name for herself in movies like All The Right Moves and the hilarious sitcom, Caroline and the City. In 1987 she also won the ‘Young Artist Award’ for Best Actress for her role in Some Kind of Wonderful.
Lea Thompson – Now
Although Lea Thompson hasn’t completely left the world of acting, we are kinda missing her face in our lives. Recently, Thompson has leapt (or maybe pirouetted) into the world of celebrity reality shows and has appeared on Dancing With the Stars and Celebrity Duets. She currently splits her time between hanging out with the cast and crew of the ABC Family TV show, Freeform, and raising her two daughters – both of whom have inherited her talented genes and are professional actresses.
Linda Hamilton – Then
There were so many talented actresses in the ‘80s, and Linda Hamilton was definitely at the top of that list. Known for her role as Sarah Connor in the Terminator Franchise, Linda Hamilton definitely took the 80’s by storm and made us all pretty jealous of her close relationship with ol’ Arnie Schwarzenegger and Steven Spielberg. During the ‘80s, Linda Hamilton also starred in the Beauty and the Beast TV show. Sounds like a tale as old as time if you ask us…
Linda Hamilton – Now
Unfortunately, Linda left the world of Hollywood in 1989 and left us all pretty devastated. Luckily, she didn’t leave for very long and returned to take on smaller roles on TV shows such as Defiance and Lost Girl. While she may not be starring in huge productions like Terminator anymore, Hamilton is happy to raise her children in a less intense environment. Although rumor has it, she may be returning for Terminator 5…