In the 1980s, everything appeared larger than life. Huge hair, big jewelry, and big drama were the order of the day. And, of course, celebrities. And do you remember all the hot female celebs on TV? Where are they now? Where have they gone? What are they currenly doing? What do they look all look like now? It seems that while their popularity has long waned, some of us still remember them fondly from time to time.
From coming-of-age icon Molly Ringwald to romcom’s legend Meg Ryan, we have gathered for you a list of all the most popular female celebs of the 80s, as well as information on what they are up to these days. Enjoy this healthy dose of nostalgia.
#1 Erin Gray
Erin Gray began her career in the 1970s but quickly advanced into the 1980s. She started out as a model but rapidly moved into acting. She has lately appeared in Hallmark movie originals.
#2 Olivia Newton-John
Olivia Newton-charm John’s and talent captivated the nation. She displayed remarkable singing ability in films such as Grease, in addition to her acting abilities.
#3 Vanessa Williams
Vanessa Williams progressed from Miss America to Playboy to the Loveboat. She was a true 80s queen, famed for her excellent looks, wit, and determination to stay true to herself.
#4 Belinda Carlisle
Belinda Carlisle was recognized not only for her beauty, but also for her outspoken demeanor. She was the leader of the band The Go-and Go’s later had a successful solo career.
#5 Elle Macpherson
Elle Macpherson was Australia’s “It Girl,” at least according to Sports Illustrated. You’d be hard pushed not to see her on the front of every magazine. And, like Cindy Crawford, Macpherson went on to launch her own wildly successful skincare line.
#6 Cheryl Ladd
Cheryl Ladd was a charming, flirtatious, and tough character in Charlie’s Angels. She would eventually appear in a number more Hallmark movies. Her beauty hasn’t faded even at the age of 69.
#7 Meg Ryan
Back in the 1980s, Meg Ryan was a beautiful sweetheart. It’s not widely known that she began her career on the soap opera As the World Turns. She went on to star in When Harry Met Sally, of course. She has achieved a lot of success as an actor.
#8 Cindy Crawford
People believe that if Cindy Crawford had not starred in a Pepsi commercial, the company would not have been nearly as successful. She went on to become one of the world’s most famous supermodels. She even created her own skincare line, which is well-known for its effectiveness.
#9 Kim Basinger
Kim Basinger made her film debut as Vicky Vale in the 1980s Batman franchise. She has since appeared in several films, including Cool World. She was even married to Alex Baldwin, whom she divorced in 2002.
#10 Bo Derek
Even if you don’t know her name, you will recognize her face. While she is best known for her part in the romantic comedy 10, she has also acted in other films. Despite this, her good beauty made her a popular model and actress.
#11 Christie Brinkley
She had to be on the cover of every magazine in the 1980s. Billy Joel’s song “Uptown Girl” was even about her. Christie Brinkley afterwards had a great acting career.
#12 Elizabeth Shue
In the 1980s, Elizabeth Shue appeared in various comedies, including Adventures in Babysitting and Back to the Future. She was witty and gorgeous, with acting skills to match. She has continued to feature in different television shows and films, including The Boys, which is available on Amazon’s streaming service.
#13 Traci Lords
Traci Lords was well-known in the 1980s for her big-screen roles and her bogus birth certificate scandal. That didn’t stop her from carrying on acting into the present. She’s also done voice work in video games including Let It Die. She also collaborated with Pinup Girl Apparel to establish her own clothing line.
#14 Betsy Russell
She’s well-known for playing one of the main characters in the Saw franchise, although that wasn’t her first appearance. She appeared in a number of television episodes and films, including the comedy Private School.
#15 Phoebe Cates
In the 1980s, Phoebe Cates played the girl next door in a number of films, including Gremlins and Fast Times at Ridgemont High. Her acting career was cut short when she retired in the 1990s to raise her children.
#16 Heather Locklear
Heather Locklear’s involvement in various dramas resulted in her becoming a villain whom everyone despised. And a very appealing seductress at that. She later married two separate rock stars, Tommy Lee and Richie Sambora. Despite this, she has since divorced both of them.
#17 Kathy Ireland
Kathy Ireland was a highly sought-after model in the 1980s. She later built a fashion empire, with apparel lines that dominated the market in the 1980s.
#18 Courteney Cox
While she is best known for her part on Friends, she initially starred in a Bruce Springsteen music video and the film Master of the Universe. She also appeared in several TV shows, including Family Ties.
#19 Demi Moore
Demi Moore made her film debut as an honorary member of the “Brat Pack” in St. Elmo’s Fire. She has the acting skills to catch audiences’ interest, and she still performs in a variety of roles today.
#20 Christina Applegate
Christina Applegate’s major role in Married with Children catapulted her to fame. She went on to star in other films in the 1980s, as well as the number one show on Netflix, Dead to Me.
#21 Michelle Pfeiffer
Michelle Pfeiffer established throughout the 1980s that she was more than just a lovely face. Her roles in several films demonstrated that she was also a competent actress. She has now expanded her acting career and continues to participate in blockbuster blockbusters.
#22 Brooke Shields
Brooke Shields rose to stardom as a result of her iconic “Love my Calvins” statement while modeling for the jean brand. She went on to have a successful acting, modeling, and entrepreneurial career. Despite being in her 50s, she appears to have matured gracefully.
#23 Molly Ringwald
Molly Ringwald was arguably THE “It Girl” of the 1980s. She captured the hearts of both directors and actors. Her girl-next-door charm and roles in multiple hit films propelled her to celebrity. She doesn’t feature in as many films these days, but she’s far from retired.