Monday, January 12, 2009

Where Are They Now? Lost 80s Movie Actresses Of The Day

It's not too hard to keep up with the big stars of 80s movies. We get regular updates on Molly Ringwald, Phoebe Cates, Elisabeth Shue, etc. But I was watching Better Off Dead not long ago and thought, I wonder whatever happened to Diane Franklin? And then I started thinking about some of the other supporting actresses of 80s movies that I liked, and wondered what happened to them, too. And then I started working on this post. And then it took forever to finish. And now here it is. I hope you like it. If not, I quit.



DEBORAH FOREMAN

80s breakthrough
A former Maybelline model, Foreman is best remembered as the title character and object of Nic Cage's affection in Valley Girl (1983).

After That
Played weekend party host (and killer?) Muffy St. John in April Fool's Day and had small parts in Real Genius and My Chauffeur. Foreman continued to work sporadically through the late 80s and early 90s, but never had another hit.

Today
Foreman is a yoga and pilates instructor in L.A., and returned to the screen after 13 years to appear in 2008's Beautiful Loser.

Web
DeborahForeman.net



DIANE FRANKLIN

80s breakthrough
Made her 1982 film debut in The Last American Virgin (though not as the titular virgin), followed by a role in Amityville II: The Possession.

After That
Played exchange student Monique in Better Off Dead (1985), and has continued to work in film and television off and on since the 80s, including parts in "Matlock," "Charles In Charge" and "Murder, She Wrote." She also played Princess Joanna in Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure (1989).

Today
Franklin is married with two kids and does occasional acting gigs. In a nod to her Better Off Dead character, the L.A. Dodgers-loving Monique, Franklin sang the National Anthem at a Dodgers game in 2004.



HAVILAND MORRIS

80s breakthrough
As high-school hottie Caroline Mulford in Sixteen Candles (1984), the obstacle between Sam (Molly Ringwald) and her crush, Jake (Michael Schoeffling).

After That
Morris has worked consistently in movies (Who's That Girl, Gremlins 2, Home Alone 3) and TV series ("Family Ties," "Cosby," "Sex And The City").

Today
Married with a daughter, Morris recently appeared in "One Tree Hill" and "Canterbury's Law," and has parts in the upcoming films, Fighting Fish and Adam. She also sells real estate in New York City.



KERRI GREEN

80s breakthrough
A cum laude graduate of Vassar College, Green was discovered by Steven Spielberg and cast as Andy Carmichael in The Goonies (1985).

After That
Another 1985 hit, Summer Rental, and a memorable performance in David Seltzer's Lucas (1986). Since then Green has appeared in Three For The Road (1987), and episodes of "ER," "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" and "Mad About You." She also wrote and directed Bellyfruit in 1999.

Today
Producer, screenwriter and mother of three, Green lives in L.A.



AMANDA WYSS

80s breakthrough
As Judge Reinhold's girlfriend Lisa in Fast Times At Ridgemont High, although she'd already been in several TV shows and movies before that.

After That
Became Freddie Kreuger's first-ever victim in 1984's A Nightmare On Elm Street. Also appeared in Better Off Dead and Silverado in 1985 before dropping off the radar and appearing mostly in low-budget films and guest roles on TV series ("ER," "The Division," "Cold Case," "CSI").

Today
Wyss will appear later this year with Joe Pantoliano in To Live And Die, and recently did an episode of Showtime's "Dexter."

Web
An interview with Amanda from last year's Comic Con.



CATHERINE MARY STEWART

80s breakthrough
As Maggie Gordon, girlfriend of Alex Rogan (Lance Guest) in 1984's The Last Starfighter, although she had appeared in several TV series and movies prior to that, including a bit part in Sylvester Stallone's Nighthawks.

After That
Catherine continued to work after Starfighter, with parts in Mischief, Weekend At Bernie's, "The Outer Limits" (TV), "The Guiding Light" and more. She also married and became a mother to two children, a boy and a girl.

Today
On her blog, Catherine says that after taking time off to raise her kids, she is now focusing on work again. She appeared in 2008's Generation Gap, a made-for-cable movie starring Ed Asner, John Heard and Rue McClanahan.



CLAUDIA WELLS

80s breakthrough
As Marty McFly's girlfriend, Jennifer, in Back To The Future. Wells did not appear in the sequels, choosing instead to take care of her cancer-stricken mother. (Elisabeth Shue took over the role for Back To The Future II and III.)

After That
Wells appeared in only a handful of projects, including the short-lived TV series, "Fast Times," based on the movie, Fast Times At Ridgemont High. She left show business in 1986, but recently appeared in Still Waters Burn, a low-budget indy film.

Today
Owns Armani Wells, a men's clothing store in L.A.

Web
ArmaniWells.com



MIA SARA

80s breakthrough
Her first movie was Legend (1985) with Tom Cruise, but her breakthrough was Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986) as Ferris' girlfriend, Sloane.

After That
Sara has enjoyed steady work since the 80s: A Stranger Among Us, Timecop, "Time Trax," The Pompatus Of Love, "Chicago Hope," "CSI: NY," a recurring role on the WB series, "Birds Of Prey," and more.

Today
Still working; recently appeared in "Tinseltown" (2007) and "Nightmares & Dreamscapes" (2006). Has one daughter, 11, with ex-husband Jason Connery.



HELEN SLATER

80s breakthrough
1984's Supergirl, followed by The Legend Of Billie Jean (1985)

After That
Scored two more hits with Ruthless People (1986) and The Secret Of My Success (1987), and has continued to work steadily in movies (City Slickers, Happy Together, Betrayal Of The Dove), TV ("Seinfeld," "Will & Grace," "Grey's Anatomy") and Broadway.

Today
Slater is married with a daughter and still acts; she appeared last year in episodes of "Crossing Jordan" and "Smallville." An accomplished pianist, singer and songwriter, she has two CDs out, "One Of These Days" and "Crossword."

Web
HelenSlater.com


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47 comments:

  1. Most turned into MILFs. Yum.

    (Nice article, thanks.)

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  2. Diane Franklin... NOOOOOOOoooooooo!!!
    She was so pretty with that beautiful dark curly hair! That hideous blond just makes her look cracked out!

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  3. What Avoidz said. I haven't heard of most of these women, but they've all aged quite well!

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  4. I love that most of them have simply improved with age. Gives one hope.

    BTW: we love you too Cary.

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  5. OMG! I LOVED "My Chauffer." I could quote that movie for days, second only to Sixteen Candles. Thanks for the update and the memories, Cary. Too cool.

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  6. great job, cary! i love all of the movies referenced. i had a TOTAL crush on helen slater and wanted to BE billie jean king. i remember her from an episode of seinfeld, too.

    and yeah, total MILFs. gives me great hope!

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  7. Hope? Dang, MOFM, you're already a MILF!

    (I think it's the curlers.)

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  8. Loved seeing these. I, too, had such a girl crush on Helen Slater.

    Catherine Mary Stewart had an 80s film "Night of the Comet" about two Valley girls trapped in a decimated LA - it's alternatively scary and funny and such an 80s timepiece that I recommend it for anyone who hasn't seen it.

    Thanks, Cary!

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  9. Kerri Green bugged me to no end, and I have no idea why. I suspect it was because she got to kiss Sean Astin in Goonies... that really pissed me off.

    I will forever have a girl-crush on Sloan Peterson.

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  10. Well done, Cary! It was fun to read this and see what they are all up to now. This must have taken quite a bit of time to pull together. You did a great job!

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  11. i guess i was too busy checking out the dudes or getting high way back then because i dont remember most of these gals.

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  12. So cool to see what they're all up to today. Thanks, Cary. One movie that I loved from the 80s was 'Modern Girls' -- any idea if Cynthia Gibb is still about?

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  13. that was sooo enjoyable.

    I totally saw caroline from 16 candles in Union Square a couple years ago and totally knew exactly who she was. I didn't know what had happened to her though.

    This post beats the shit out of my Willie Aames blog on 11:11.

    Goddamn you, Cary. You always beat me.

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  14. That was really a cool post! I like seeing that other people age too. I so wanted to be Molly Ringwald, back in the day.

    Off to check out Krissy's Willie Aames blog. My kids know him as Bibleman, but he'll always be Buddy Lembeck.

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  15. Thank youse all.

    I tried to include Dana Barron ("Vacation") and Susan Ursitti ("Teen Wolf") but couldn't find much good info about either of them.

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  16. Cary, agree with everyone else, fantastic post! Most of them look even better today. Diane Franklin will always be that bitch Karen that broke Gary's heart in TLAM, regardless of Better Off Dead.

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  17. Dana Barron died a few years ago; I remember reading the story. Cancer, I think, in her 30's. Sad.

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  18. Why would I venture to guess that all these women lived much happier lives staying under the radar in Hollywood than if they had become huge Megastars?

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  19. GREAT JOB CARY!!! Don't quit!

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  20. Totally Tubular post! Now how about the guys????

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  21. They all look vaguely familiar but I agree, they all look much better now. I remember Sloane from Ferris Bueller and Caroline from 16 Candles. Both great movies!

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  22. MOFM--Billie Jean rocked, but I don't think her last name was King. :) Fair is Fair! Also had the chic who does the voice of Lisa Simpson in it. That movie ruled.

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  23. Aries, Dana Barron isn't dead. You're thinking of Dana Hill, who played Audrey Griswold in European Vacation. She died in 1996.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dana_Hill

    Samsmama, right you are. Yeardley Smith was in The Legend of Billie Jean, a strange but entertaining movie. There was a popular Pat Benetar song from that movie but I can't remember which one.

    Peter Coyote: Where's Billie Jean?!
    Girl: She's ever-whare!

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  24. D'oh! Wrong Dana. I stand corrected!

    Here's one I just thought of: Joyce Hyser, from Just One of the Guys. I would look her up, but my search-fu is pathetically weak compared to Cary's.

    She was wicked cute, though, back in the day.

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  25. please find what happened to child star Kristin Cumming from the tv movie "Don't go to sleep" from 1982.

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  26. interesting thoughtOctober 21, 2010 at 12:01 AM

    Helen Slater showed off her nearly flat boobs in a movie later in her career, but I forget what the name was. Michael Madson was in it.

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  27. Diane Franklin can now be seen in episode 3 of a web show called "Toon Wolf" in which she plays the president of a network and her daughter plays her assistant. And even though she doesn't appear with her daughter until near the end of the episode, Diane still looks great and hopefully "Toon Wolf" will be the beginning of a successful return to acting for her.

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  28. Thanks, Dia-- err, Anonymous.

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  29. HA,Ha,ha,ho,hoo,hoo - hee - ha,uh - ha,ha... And I thought my jokes were bad!
    The truth is, I was having a hard time getting my profile through, so I posted under "anonymous". Anyway, I know that "Toon Wolf" isn't going to help Diane Franklin win an Emmy anytime soon (even she admits on her fan site that the episode she appears in is "campy but fun"), but at least it proves that she's still working and having fun at it - which is always a good thing.

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  30. Where is Nancy New, who starred in "The Europeans" (1979), "The Bostonians" (1984) and "Jane Austen in New York"?

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  31. Are those real movies? Never heard of them. Or her. Or you.

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  32. I think that Nancy New is currently posting anonymously on blogs.

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  33. I'm trying to find an actresse from the early to mid 80's. She looked a lot like Elizabeth Shue & had a mole abouv her lip like Cindy Crawford, & had long brown wavey hair. She was in several movies. I can't find her on any 80's sites. Can anyone help?

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  34. It's not Leah Thompson or the usual actresses from the 80's. She was in a movie (80's) were she & two friends accidently killed a man on spring break or they were drinking/driving. One of the girls jumps off a hotel roof killing her when she hits the swimming pool at the end of the movie because the detective is getting close to figuring out the 3 girls are the killers, they were unusual suspects. This is driving me nuts. No one knows who I'm looking for!

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  35. Anonymous, could it have been the movie Dead Silence? It starred Carrie Mitchum, Lisanne Falk, and Renee Estevez. It was from 1991. I don't know if any of them had a mole, though.

    Reviews for it are here.

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  36. That's it!!! Thank you so much Daisy! I've looked for this answer for years. I was totally off on the year. Thanks again! :-)

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  37. Daisy, I ordered a copy of the movie! It was hard to find. Merry Christmas & Happy New Year to you & your's. :-)

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  38. Thank you, Anonymous! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your family too. :-)

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  39. I am trying to find a movie title from I believe the late 80's-early 90's. The movie was about a teenage girl (I thought her role name was Lisa) who was a troubled teen with drugs. I think she was a daughter to a Dr. She had beautiful long, thick blonde curly hair. She was admitted to a rehab facility. I swore it was Not My Daughter, but I looked it up and it isn't that one. Can anyone help? Not much to go off of. I cannot remember the actor/actress that play her parents.

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  40. I believe you are thinking of the 1985 Made-For-Tv movie 'Not My Kid', the dad George Segal is a Dr. & the mom is Stockard Channing.

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0089705/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1

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