Age is inevitable, but in some cases, these stars are even more recognizable now than they were back then.
In 1957, Kelly Ann McGillis was born. This lovely actress became an iconic face of American movies in the 80’s. Most people know her for the 1986 blockbuster hit Top Gun, which famously launched the career of Tom Cruise. Kelly also starred in the 1985 film Witness alongside Harrison Ford, a role which earned her both Golden Globe and BAFTA nominations. In 1988, Kelly starred in The Accused beside Jodie Foster, another role she is well remembered for. In 2009, Kelly publicly came out as a lesbian. She shared a civil union with Melanie Leis, a sales executive, from 2010 to 2011. Today, Kelly is still acting, and is a proud mother and grandmother.
Born in 1957, Lori Singer is the Jewish beauty from the 1984 film Footloose, a classic that had withstood the test of time. She’s also known for her role in the television series Fame, which ran from 1982-1983. After taking a break from acting for a few years, Lori returned to acting with guest role on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. More recently, she’s worked as a producer, with her documentary Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God winning a Peabody Award.
Born in 1956, Linda Carroll Hamilton is the American actress known for originating the famous role of Sarah Connor in the Terminator films. She was also well loved for her role as Catherine Chandler in the television series Beauty and the Beast, which ran from 1987-1990. She earned two Golden Globes and an Emmy for her role on the show, and its popularity even resulted in a reboot on the CW in 2012. Linda is also a mother of two, and has continued to act. Some of her more notable recent appearances have been on the television shows Chuck and Defiance.
Born in 1970, Jennifer Lynn Connelly originally attracted attention as a child model. She debuted on the big screen in 1984, with her role in Once Upon a Time in America. In 1986, she starred in Labyrinth, one of her most iconic roles and the reason many today know her name and face. Other notable films of hers include the The Rocketeer in 1991 and A Beautiful Mind in 2001. For the latter, Jennifer won an Academy Award, Golden Globe, and a BAFTA. She still acts today, and is also busy with her work as an Amnesty International Ambassador for Human Rights Education. In addition to her acting skills and desire to help others, Jennifer has also been numerous times commemorated as one of the world’s most beautiful women by a variety of magazines and newspapers.
Born in 1967, Mia Sara went became the star of one of the most memorable films of the 1980’s. The 1986 film Ferris Bueller’s Day Off ensured no one could forget her, and she was in a number of other films following up that great success. One of her other most notable roles was in the 1994 film Time cop, for which she won a Saturn Award. She still acts today, and is married to Brian Henson, the oldest son of Jim Henson, creator of the Muppets.
Born in 1968, Molly Kathleen Ringwald is easily one of the most iconic faces of the 80’s. Sixteen Candles in 1984, The Breakfast Club in 1985, and Pretty in Pink in 1986, all John Hughes films, ensured that no one would ever forget her face. She still acts today, most notably in The Secret Life of the American Teenager, which ran from 2008 to 2013. Molly is also a married mother of three.
Born in 1961, Lea Katherine Thompson is the iconic star of the Back to the Future trilogy, one of the most memorable film franchises of the 80’s. She also starred in the 1986 film Howard the Duck and the 1993 film The Beverly Hillbillies, among many others. One of her other iconic roles was in the 1995-1999 television series Caroline in the City. More recently, Lea has had a slew of television guest star appearances, and has been one of the stars of Switched at Birth since 2011. She is a married mother of two girls, and is still just as beautiful today as she was in her very first appearance!
It’s impossible not to recognize Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia from the original Star Wars trilogy. She’s not just an actress though, and has found success as both a novelist and screenwriter as well. Other major films she’s remembered for include 1980’s The Blues Brothers and 1989’s When Harry Met Sally…, both of which are still beloved films today. Star Wars is still a major part of her life, now that she’s reprising her role in the new trilogy of films. Fans young and old find it impossible to forget Carrie Fisher!
The star of 1968’s Rosemary’s Baby, Mia Farrow is an American actress known for a wide variety of notable roles. She was nominated for a BAFTA and a Golden Globe for Rosemary’s Baby, and also found success with 1974’s The Great Gatsby and 1978’s Death on the Nile. She still acts today, in films such as 2008’s Be Kind Rewind. She’s also done quite a bit of stage acting, and is the mother of fourteen children, ten of whom are adopted.
In 1990, Barbara Hershey won an Emmy and a Golden Globe for her role in 1990’s A Killing in a Small Town. That’s only one example of stellar acting and success in her career, another example being 1988’s The Last Temptation of Christ. Today, she’s still garnering attention with roles in films such as 2010’s Black Swan and television series such as Once Upon a Time and Damien.
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