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Category Archives: WTHH Actress

What the Hell Happened to Kelly McGillis?


Kelly McGillis

Kelly McGillis

In the mid-eighties, Kelly McGillis was a rising star.  Early in her career, she had a couple of hits one of which turned out to be one of the most iconic movies of the entire decade.  Top Gun made Tom Cruise a mega-star.  But McGillis’ career went in a different direction.  A few years after her star-making role, McGillis became dissatisfied with Hollywood.  While McGillis has continued working steadily. she has largely avoided the spotlight.

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What the Hell Happened to Jennifer Grey?


Jennifer Grey

Jennifer Grey

In the mid-to-late 80’s, Jennifer Grey was a rising star.  She had worked with top-tier directors like Francis Ford Coppola and John Hughes.  After just three years in movies, Grey was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Actress.  And then she vanished.  Grey’s career went from hot to cold so fast she says she actually considered changing her name and starting over!

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What the Hell Happened to Ally Sheedy?


Ally Sheedy

Ally Sheedy

Ally Sheedy rose to fame as part of the Brat Pack in the 1980’s.  In the middle of the decade, she starred in two of the most iconic coming-of-age movies of the decade.  Like a lot of her fellow Brat Packers, Sheedy’s  movie career cooled off quickly as the decade came to an end.  In the 90’s, Sheedy seemed to disappear.

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What the Hell Happened to Rosanna Arquette?


Rosanna Arquette

Rosanna Arquette

Rosanna Arquette was the first of several siblings to break into Hollywood.  Throughout the 80’s, Arquette seemed constantly on the brink of stardom.  But her big break never materialized.  There’s some memorable films on Arquette’s resume, but she was rarely the star.  Over time, the actress who inspired a hit pop song was relegated to supporting roles.  After a decade of buzz, Arquette’s spotlight faded.  Now she’s gone and I have to say…

What the hell happened?

Oh and also, meet you all the way, Rosanna, yeah!

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What the Hell Happened to Kelly LeBrock?


Kelly LeBrock

Kelly LeBrock

Kelly LeBrock was “the woman in red”.  When Anthony Michael Hall employed weird science to create his idea woman, it was LeBrock who stepped out.  She even had to remind us not to hate her for her beauty.  LeBrock was definitely a model first and an actress second.  But her acting career stalled out following her marriage to a high profile action star.  When that marriage fell apart, LeBrock went into hiding?

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What the Hell Happened to Karen Allen?


Karen Allen

Karen Allen

Karen Allen starred in one of the best-remembered blockbuster movies of all time.  She has worked with Steven Spielberg, Richard Donner, John Carpenter and William Friedkin.  Her costars include Harrison Ford, Al Pacino, Billy Murray and John Belushi.  But despite appearing in several hit movies, Allen never became a big star.  As the 80’s ended, her career cooled off and eventually she threw in the towel.  She left Hollywood for the Berkshire Mountains.

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What the Hell Happened to Elizabeth Berkley?


Elizabeth Berkley

In the early 90’s, Elizabeth Berkley was a rising star.  After several years on television, she was ready to make the leap to the big screen.  Showgirls was a huge opportunity.  The script was written by one of the most successful screenwriters in Hollywood and the director was A-list.  The last time Paul Verhoven and Joe Eszterhas collaborated, they made a star.  But this time, things worked out differently.  Instead of becoming an A-list actress, Berkley’s movie career went down in flames.

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What the Hell Happened to Elizabeth Hurley?


Elizabeth Hurley

Elizabeth Hurley

You probably know Elizabeth Hurley as Hugh Grant’s girlfriend even though the couple split up at the turn of the century.  In the late 90’s, Grant and Hurley were one of the most celebrated couples in show business.  Their personal lives made headlines.  For a time, Hurley had a pretty successful acting career of her own.  But when the 90’s ended, Hurley’s acting career fizzled out as quickly as her high profile relationship.  Good thing she had super-model good looks to fall back on!

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What the Hell Happened to Madeleine Stowe?


Madeleine Stowe - 2014

Madeleine Stowe

Madeleine Stowe was a rising star in the late 80s and early 90s.  She worked with A-list directors like Tony Scott, Michael Mann, Robert Altman and Terry Gilliam.  Stowe seemed destined for a long and distinguished career as a leading lady.  And then, poof, she vanished.  In the mid-nineties, her movie career cooled off.  It warmed up briefly in the late 90s, but ended just a few short years later.

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But wait a second, you say.  Stowe is on the TV show Revenge.  She looks fantastic and was nominated for a Golden Globe.  That’s what the hell happened to her.  Fair enough.  Pre-2011, Stowe was high on my WTHH list.  But since she’s been on a network TV show, I’ve had her on the WTHH back-burner.  But people still ask about her.  A lot.  So we’re going to go ahead and cover Stowe’s career even though she’s had a pretty impressive resurgence.  The question is, what the hell happened to Stowe’s movie career?

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What the Hell Happened to Liv Tyler?


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Liv Tyler

In the mid-nineties, Liv Tyler was a rising star.  Se had become a critical darling in a string of independent movies and commercial success by starring in a major summer blockbuster.  By 1998, it seemed like Hollywood was hers for the taking.  Since then, Tyler has worked consistently and in some fairly high profile movies.  However, he starring roles are relatively rare.  The A-list career that seemed to be hers for the taking never materialized.

So, what the hell happened?

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What the Hell Happened to Anne Heche?


Anne Heche

Anne Heche

During the 90’s, Anne Heche was an up-and-coming actress.  Many believed that the A-list was in her future.  Then she started a high-profile relationship with Ellen DeGeneres and I think it’s fair to say that all hell broke loose.  The couple became the face of same sex relationships at a time when the nation did not approve of same sex relationships.  They were all over the media.  Some accused them of shoving their lifestyle down America’s collective throat.  The relationship and the media whirlwind that surrounded it eclipsed both of their careers.  I know it’s hard to believe it now when DeGeneres is a beloved figure in the entertainment industry, but the backlash nearly took down her career.  It certainly limited Heche’s prospects.

So, what the hell happened?

I’m so glad you asked.  Because folks, this is going to be one of the bumpier rides in the series.  Buckle up, Buttercup.

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What the Hell Happened to Lea Thompson?


Lea Thompson 2014

Lea Thompson

Lea Thompson is best known for playing Michael J. Fox’s mom in the Back to the Future trilogy.  For most of the 80’s, she seemed like an actress poised for stardom.  But when the decade ended, Thompson’s movie career dried up.  From there, she transitioned into television.  First as the star of her own sitcom and then in frequent made-for-TV-movies.  Despite having worked steadily for more than three decades, Thompson never achieved A-list status.

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What the Hell Happened to Linda Hamilton?


linda hamilton 2014

Linda Hamilton

There are very few actresses who have played iconic roles in action movies.  Linda Hamilton is one of them.  But immediately following the biggest success of her career, Hamilton stopped working.  When she did work, it was usually as a guest star on a TV show.  She basically terminated her movie career at its peak.

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