Your Favorite 80s Icons: Here’s How They Look Now

Mia Sara is famous for her girl next door look in “Ferris Buller’s Day Off” as Sloane Peterson. She recently appeared in The Witches of Oz, a TV miniseries and happily married to Brian Henson.

You see her today as host in “Home Made Simple” on the Oprah Winfrey Network but before that, Soleil Moon Frye was Penelope, the “Punky Brewster” in Punky Brewster sitcom.

During the 80’s, Bo Derek was a head turner and probably a heart breaker. Today, she is still a hottie. And many people love her for her charm and talent.

Ally Sheedy is famous for her iconic role as Allison in “The Breakfast Club”. She also played in “War Games”, “St. Elmo’s Fire”, and “Short Circuit”. She still appears on several TV shows like “Psych” and some extra roles in “Sins of our Youth” and “X-Men: Apocalypse”.

Tiffany Darwish became one of the common names across the country when the teen star became a record breaker in 1987 for her cover “I Think We’re Alone Now”. Today, she is a successful businesswoman in Nashville, Tennessee.

Still a red head hottie, Molly Ringwald was once a big teen star in the 80’s. She starred in “Sixteen Candles”, “The Breakfast Club” and “Pretty in Pink”. She also starred in “The Secret Life of the American Teenager”. Today, she is one of the stars in “Raising Expectations” while producing jazz albums.


Anthony Michael Hall was known for his comedy roles in “National Lampoon’s Vacation”. He played geeky roles in “Sixteen Candles” and “The Breakfast Club”. The peak of his career since was “The Dead Zone”, which was aired in 2002 to 2007, and was one of the highest-rated cable television series in the country.


Remember Claudia Wells as Jennifer, Marty’s girlfriend in “Back to the Future”? She took a long break from acting, but was given a comeback role in 2011 in the movie Alien Armageddon. Today, she runs a resale shop in California.


Judd Nelson, as John Bender in “The Breakfast Club” was a rebel once. He also played Alec Newbury in “St. Elmo’s Fire”. He has definitely earned his spot in Hollywood.

Debbie Gibsonwas the first artist who wrote, produced, and performed her single “Foolish Beat” in 1988. She was just 18 back then. In 2014, she was criticized for her extreme weight drop, only to know that she was suffering from Lyme disease.


The “Dukes of Hazzard” star John Schneider is still as good looking as he was back in the days. Still, he is one of the most loved 80s icons that you can probably still remember.


Jennifer Jason Leigh was known for her role as Stacy Hamilton in “Fast Times”. She also starred in “Backdraft” and “Single White Female”. She was nominated for an Academy Award for her role as Daisy Domergue in Quentin Tarantino’s “The Hateful Eight”.


Andrew McCarthy was one of the 80s iconic stars and is still active as he directs several series today such as “Hart of Dixie”, “White Collar”, “Gossip Girl”, “Alpha House”, “The Blacklist”, “Orange Is the New Black”, etc.


Erin Moran or Joanie from the sitcom “Joanie Loves Chachi” might embarrass you in front of your friends, but she’s still lovable, right? Erin is one of the most popular 80s icons whose is still known by many fans around the world. She has a talent.


Jennifer Grey from 1987 “Dirty Dancing” is actually the talent we have watched in “Dancing With the Stars” in 2010. Today, she plays a role in the “Amazon Studios for Red Oaks”, a comedy series.


Tempest Bledsoe is still as charming as ever. She is known for her roles in “The Expendable”, “Santa and Pete”, “Husband for Hire” and “N-Secure”.

The famous Karate Kid, Ralph Macchio is a fully grown man, and yes, he’s a charmer. He is absolutely one of the 80s icons whom many people will recognize. He is still popular many years after starring in the “Karate Kid”.


Henry Thomas, the cutie star form E.T. has grown into a handsome man.  If you’re an 80s kid, you probably know his loveable character in the movie!


Geri Jewell, the star of “Facts of Life” took a long break and now plays minor roles. She’s also the published author of “I’m Walking as Straight as I Can”.


Danny Pintauro gave up the mullet and it really looks good on him. Some of his famous roles are in movies like “The Still Life”, “Cujo”, “The Great American Sex Scandal” and “The Beniker Gang”.


Curious what Jeff Cohen has been up since his role as Chunk in “The Goonies”? Well, he’s now a lawyer and works as one of the founding partners at Cohen & Gardner LLP in Hollywood.


That fierce but sweet Renee O’Connor from  “Xena: Warrior Princess” is still a head turner today.  Some of the movies she played in include “Alien Apocalyse”, “Bitch Slap” and “Darkman II: The Return of Durant”.


Bonnie Tyler has kept her love for music since the 80s until today.  Now, 65 years old, Bonnie is still in people’s head for her songs like “Here She Comes” and “Lost in France”.


Delta Burke never gave up her big hairdo. Well, that’s what makes her Delta Burke.  She starred in “Designing Women” as Suzanne Sugarbaker for which she was nominated twice for the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series award (Emmy Awards).


Emmanuel Lewis grew older but stayed small and young in our minds. He was born on March 9th, 1971. He is best known for the 80’s TV sitcom “Webster” where he played the main character.


Scott Baio, one of the heartthrobs we’re all rooting for in the 80s has not been seen much these days, but he was a hottie way back in his “Happy Days” career.


Todd Bridges gave up that updo and we don’t know where it went. He’s one of those popular 80s icons that is still in many people’s hearts.


Demi Moore’s controversial split with Ashton Kutcher may have slowed her television exposure but she was surely one of the most sought actresses since her first appearance in the 80s. She was remarkable in all of her roles in “St. Elmo’s Fire”, “About Last Night”, “A Few Good Men”, and “Indecent Proposal”. Today, she spends most of her time in doing charity work and business.


Tracey Gold’s career started with “Growing Pains” but she dropped the final season when she suffered from anorexia.


Lucy Lawless was the original warrior princess and she proves that age is just a number. Today, she appears in “Spartacus” and  “Parks and Recreation”.  She’s still gorgeous.


Phoebe Cates became an icon for bikini models and was featured in Rolling Stone for her role in “Fast Times”. She also starred in “Gremlins”. She quit acting and pursued her career in dancing where she became successful. Today, Cates owns a boutique in NY.


Lisa Whelchel was one of our favorite stars back in the 80’s and everyone was thrilled when she appeared in “Survivor”.  She is still one of the most sought actresses for her great acting and charm.

Our original “MacGyver” was Richard Dean Anderson. He was surely the man for the role.

Brooke Shields’ career has never been dull since her appearance in 1981 in “Blue Lagoon”. Up to now, she remains one of the most beautiful women in Hollywood.

Today, Katey Sagal appears in “Futurama” and “Sons of Anarchy”, a role very far from her character in the 80’s as a shoe sales representative’s wife.

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