17 Stars Whose Breakout Roles Gradually Sink Into Oblivion

Every actor has a humble start, even the most iconic Hollywood royalty had to start somewhere. While some actors create a breakthrough as a child, some take their time. Leo Dicaprio was a case in point. The actor achieved international stardom with the role of Jack in “Titanic” but it was actually his performance as a developmentally disabled boy in “What’s Eating Gilbert Grape” that bestowed him success in Hollywood.

Also, many starts in commercials, tiny roles, or forgotten independent films and this goes on for years that they languish and don’t get any further. It’s so sad, right? But, you know what’s more regrettable? Actors had one role that made their face and name known to the entire planet but over decades, this role is gradually forgotten. Just a few people still put it in their memories.

Scroll down to see which roles seem to be gradually forgotten.

#1 Renée Zellweger in Jerry Maguire

Source: © Jerry Maguire / TriStar Pictures© What/If / Warner Bros. Television

#2 Kristen Dunst in Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles

Source: © Interview With The Vampires© The Power of the Dog

#3 Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman

Source: © Pretty Woman / Buena Vista Pictures© Julia Roberts / Instagram

#4 Heath Ledger in 10 Things I Hate About You

Source: © 10 Things I Hate About You© The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus

#5 Carrie-Anne-Moss in The Matrix

Source: © The Matrix / Warner Bros. Pictures© Snow Ball / Momentum Pictures

#6 Jake Gyllenhaal in Donnie Darko

Source: © Donnie Darko© Gordon Correll© CC BY-SA 2.0

#7 Philip Seymour Hoffman in Scent of a Woman

Source: © Scent of a Woman© The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2

#8 Emma Stone in Superbad

Source: © Superbad / Sony Pictures Releasing, East News

#9 Scarlett Johansson in Lost in Translation

Source: © Lost in Translation / Focus Features© The Academy / Instagram

#10 Luke Perry in Beverly Hills, 90210

Source: © Beverly Hills, 90210 / CBS Studios© Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

#11 Rachel McAdams in Mean Girls

Source: © Mean Girls / Paramount Pictures© SpreePiX Berlin© CC BY 2.0

#12 Salma Hayek in Desperado

Source: © Desperado / Sony Pictures Releasing© Salma Hayek / Instagram

#13 Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s

Source: © Breakfast at Tiffany’s© Always / Universal Pictures

#14 Abigail Breslin in Little Miss Sunshine

Source: © Little Miss Sunshine© David Shankbone, © CC BY 3.0

#15 Marion Cotillard in La Vie En Rose

Source: © La Vie En Rose© Georges Biard© CC BY-SA 3.0

#16 Tony Curtis in Some Like It Hot

Source: © Some Like It Hot© David & Fatima / Karim Movies

#17 Jodie Foster in Taxi Driver

Source: © Taxi Driver / Columbia Pictures© The Mauritanian / FTX Films