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.