Beauties We All Had a Crush on During the ’90s, Ranked

Growing up in the ‘90s was fun for a number of reasons – Pop Music, Super Mario Kart, Nickelodeon, Nirvana, Titanic AND… the many female sex symbols from all corners of the industry.

Pamela Anderson / Jennifer Love Hewitt / Cindy Crawford / Marisa Tomei
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From top models to TV bombshells, the ’90s introduced us to a host of sexy celebrities who, let’s be honest, made watching certain shows a whole lot better (ahem Baywatch). Let’s see where these gorgeous vixens are today.

Here are the top bombshells of the decade, ranked!

38. Drew Barrymore Then

Anyone who saw Mad Love when it first came out in 1995 surely wanted to be Chris O’Donnell’s wife, Drew Barrymore. It’s easy to understand why. In the ’90s, Barrymore was a mix of everything.

Drew Barrymore and Chris O'Donnell sit on top of their jeep in a still from Mad Love.
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She was super sweet yet sort of grunge. She was clumsy and naïve yet clever and seductive. The star even made a lisp seem like the sexiest thing to have! There’s no doubt that Drew Barrymore was one impressive lady in the ’90s.

Drew Barrymore Now

Over two decades later, Drew continues to be a successful and sexy female starlet. She’s still dominating the entertainment business. She also owns her own blossoming beauty brand called Flower Beauty and has recently released her first clothing line, Dear Drew.

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The latest news about this adorable bombshell is that she has taken a break from the spotlight. In the spring of 2021, she told her fans that she was taking “an indefinite hiatus from acting.” But this doesn’t mean she’s not working on other projects! She’s recently released a fun cookbook called Rebel Homemaker.

37. Gwen Stefani Then

Back in the ’90s, Gwen Stefani was the platinum-haired, red-lipped bad girl with ridiculous abs. Her punk-like sex appeal added to No Doubt’s rebellious image. She was their leading lady and had every fan either hoping to be her or longing to be with her.

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No Doubt’s third album, Tragic Kingdom (1995) became their most successful one, selling more than 16 million copies worldwide and earning her a Grammy nomination. At the turn of the century, in 2000, Rolling Stone magazine named Stefani “the Queen of Confessional Pop.”

Gwen Stefani Now

After the ’90s, Stefani embarked on a solo career and gained worldwide success standing on her own without No Doubt playing in the background. Apart from the music, she has launched her own clothing line called L.A.M.B. as well as her own perfume.

Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton pose onstage during the 62nd GRAMMY Awards.
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The most recent news about Stefani’s personal life has to do with her love life, specifically, her wedding. On July 3rd, 2021, Stefani walked down the aisle with her hubby, country music star, and judge of The Voice, Blake Shelton!

36. Jennifer Aniston Then

Throughout the ’90s, Jennifer Aniston was the nation’s sitcom sweetheart. Her cult classic “Rachel” hairdo on Friends encouraged millions of women to layer their hair, although let’s be honest, most of us failed to pull it off.

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But it wasn’t only Aniston’s hair that made her an icon. It was also the down-to-earth vibe she gave off and her approachable demeanor. Both sexy and funny, Aniston was every man (and woman’s) dream in the ’90s.

Jennifer Aniston Now

Three decades later, Jennifer Aniston still has us both laughing and swooning. She’s still just as lovable and sought after. And the most recent news about her is that she is finally ready for a relationship.

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She’s been in and out of relationships for thirty years but has spent the past year on her own, something she’s super happy about. “I didn’t want to [date] for a long time and I loved really being my own woman without being a part of a couple,” she said. But now, she’s ready to date again, and she’s hoping it’ll be with someone outside the industry.

35. Jenny McCarthy Then

Jenny McCarthy launched her career in 1993 when she posed nude for Playboy. Some would say that she wasn’t off to a good start, because becoming more than just a nude model isn’t all that easy. Buy Jenny has both beauty and brains.

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She used her newfound stardom to catapult herself into the spotlight, appearing on numerous commercials and films including Scream 3 (2000), Dirty Love (2005), and John Tucker Must Die (2006). She’s even hosted her own talk show called The Jenny McCarthy Show.

Jenny McCarthy Now

In recent years, Jenny has faced backlash over some of her views: in particular, for her attempt at villainizing vaccines, claiming that they played a central role in the development of autism (something that hasn’t really been backed up scientifically).

Jenny McCarthy during a taping of The Masked Singer.
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A lot of Jenny’s theories have been called “dangerous” “reckless” and “uninformed,” but let’s try and give her some slack. The star’s motives appear to come from a place of genuine concern, as she has an autistic son herself.

34. Denise Richards Then

Denise Richards was the steaming hot chick you didn’t want to mess with in most of the ’90s movies she starred in. Both sexy and terrifying, Richard’s roles in movies like Drop Dead Gorgeous and Wild Things had viewers’ heads spinning.

Denise Richards waves in a scene from Drop Dead Gorgeous.
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For her role in Drop Dead Gorgeous, Richards played a spoiled princess. She was praised by The Los Angeles Times for her performance, “as rightly nasty as she was pretty.” Denise ended the decade with class, starring as a Bond girl, a role that officially established her status as a ’90s sex symbol.

Denise Richards Now

Denise Richards is still in the business, although she’s not as “mainstream” as she was in the ’90s. But, hey, her marriage to Charlie Sheen really took a toll on her mental health. One of her most recent appearances has been on the show The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.

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Other than starring as a real housewife, Denise has worked on numerous films including Money Plane, Alpha Code, Timecrafters, Switched, and Reality Queen. Looks like this ’90s starlet has been keeping busy!

33. Sharon Stone Then

There’s no doubt that Sharon Stone was one fierce beauty (still is!). She was intelligent and bold enough to take on the role of Catherine Tramell in Basic Instinct, and her performance didn’t go unnoticed. It made her a household name, and the fantasy of many men and women at the time.

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She also starred next to Robert De Niro in the drama Casino, a movie that earned her the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Motion Picture. Beauty, brains, and talent, Sharon Stone has them all! We’re proud to have her on this list.

Sharon Stone Now

As for today, Sharon Stone’s recent projects include a role in the Netflix drama Ratched, which premiered in the fall of 2020. And In 2021, Stone starred as herself in Here Today. She’s also cast to star in Beauty, a Netflix movie scheduled for 2022.

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Over the years, Stone has tried to put her star status to good use by raising funds and involving herself in philanthropic causes. She’s received some criticism, though, for not doing enough research before spilling money on useless causes. In any case, she means well.

32. Claudia Schiffer Then

Named multiple times as one of the most beautiful women in the world, Claudia’s ability to appeal to a worldwide audience has assured an international modeling career that has spanned over two decades.

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Apart from dominating the covers of Elle and Vogue, Claudia has also been featured in other magazines including Cosmopolitan, Time, and Harper’s Bazaar, as well as Rolling Stone, People, and Vanity Fair. But no matter how many times we’ll see her face between the pages, we’ll never get sick of her endearing and charming looks. She’s graced a total of over 2,000 magazine covers.

Claudia Schiffer Now

Claudia Schiffer is still incredibly gorgeous. She’s now 51 years old and has been devoting herself to other works like design. The model launched her own cashmere collection during Paris’ fashion week in 2011.

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As for family life, Claudia always knew she would have kids of her own. But before meeting her current husband, Matthew Vaughn, she was working nonstop and didn’t have much time. “But once we got together,” she shared, “suddenly a whole new world seemed to open up. Matthew and I are a team.”

31. Demi Moore Then

Demi broke into the business in the ’80s, but she gained critical success in the proceeding decade. One of her most successful films is the romantic drama Ghost (1990) where she played a young woman who is protected by the ghost of her dead lover.

Demi Moore, as Molly Jensen, in a still from Ghost.
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The love scene in the movie between her and Patrick Swayze has become one of the most iconic moments in Hollywood history. The film was nominated for numerous awards, and her performance earned her a Golden Globe.

Demi Moore Now

As for her recent projects, Moore has starred in the 2020 thriller Songbird, where starred alongside Peter Stormare and Craig Robinson. She also landed a central role as Diana in the drama series Dirty Diana, based on a podcast of the same name.

Demi Moore attends The 2019 Met Gala.
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Apart from that, Moore made a cameo appearance as a model at Rihanna’s fashion show in 2020. She has also been using her social media accounts to raise awareness of slavery and sex trafficking. We’re glad to see her put her star status to good use.

30. Jennifer Connelly Then

Jennifer Connelly kicked off the decade with the film The Hot spot, where she played Gloria Harper, a woman who was being blackmailed. The movie itself didn’t do very well, but Jennifer was praised by critics.

Jennifer Connelly poses as Gloria Harper from The Hot spot.
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Over the years, she has been listed as one of the world’s most beautiful women by numerous magazines including Time, Vanity Fair, and Esquire. Jennifer Connelly’s unique look has been stunning audiences for decades now.

Jennifer Connelly Now

Since her 90s heyday, Jennifer Connelly has involved herself with so many things other than acting. She was named Amnesty International Ambassador in 2005 for Human Rights Education, appearing in an advertisement emphasizing the global need for drinking water.

Jennifer Connelly of 'Snowpiercer' appears onstage during a press conference.
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The project sought donations for different projects around the globe in India, Africa and Central America. In 2012, she was the ambassador for Save the Children, a fundraiser advocating for children’s rights around the U.S.

29. Liv Tyler Then

Liv Tyler’s breakthrough film was Stealing Beauty (1996), where she starred as Lucy Harmon, a helpless romantic teenager who flies to Tuscany, Italy, where she intends on losing her virginity. The movie got mixed reviews, but Tyler’s performance stood out in the best way possible.

Liv Tyler, as Lucy Harmon, stares off into the distance in a still from Stealing Beauty.
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Variety magazine wrote: “Tyler is the perfect accomplice. At times sweetly awkward, at others composed and serene, the actress appears to respond effortlessly and intuitively to the camera, creating a rich sense of what Lucy is about that often is not explicit in the dialogue.”

Liv Tyler Now

Today, Liv Tyler is doing a lot more than acting. She’s an active supporter of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and was appointed as a Goodwill Ambassador for the United States.

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She’s also been donating to the Women’s Cancer Research Fund to support new research, education, and overall awareness directed at the development of better approaches to the early diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of women’s cancer.

28. Carmen Electra Then

Carmen Electra was that 90’s chick you really wanted to hang out with, but without your boyfriend around (because she’d steal him of course). She began her career as a dancer in 1990 but then moved on to singing in 1993 when she released her debut album (it would be her only one).

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She moved to LA in the mid-’90s, where she began her career as a Playboy model. In 1997, she got her first big acting gig as Lani in Baywatch. The part lasted a year and helped establish her position as an official sex symbol.

Carmen Electra Now

Recently, Carmen Electra was seen playing the role of Tia in the show Alone Together. But overall, she’s been mostly away from the entertainment industry. It looks like she’s kicking back from her acting career for now.

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Still, she’s one of the most active celebrities on social media. Carmen regularly posts pictures and captions about her life. She’s reportedly single, but it’s hard to know for sure. In any case, we’re glad to see she’s doing well!

27. Kathy Ireland Then

In 1993, Kathy’s name appeared on a line of socks, and it sold 100 million pairs. Kmart noticed that and decided to give her her own clothing line which included swimwear, accessories, tops, sweaters, and more.

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Ireland then decided to form the Kathy Ireland Worldwide, a brand marketing firm. At the advice of one of her friends, Warren Buffett, Kathy began selling home furniture. “Fashion and apparel are constantly changing, but in home it’s more consistent,” Buffett explained.

Kathy Ireland Now

Over the years, Kathy Ireland has done practically everything. From charity work to writing children’s books to raising awareness about AIDS, Ireland isn’t afraid to speak up for what she cares for and dive deep into her passions.

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As for Kathy Ireland Worldwide, the latest news has been that actress Vanessa Williams has signed a management partnership agreement with them. This entrepreneur seems to be on good terms with everyone in the business.

26. Cameron Diaz Then

While still in high school, Cameron Diaz signed a modeling contract with Elite Model Management. She was only 16. And by the early ’90s, she was on the cover of numerous magazines including Seventeen magazine, as well the fact of several Coca Cola commercials.

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In the mid-’90s, she took on acting after she landed the role of a jazz singer named Tina Carlyle in the movie The Mask. The film received great reviews and catapulted Diaz into the spotlight, establishing her status as Hollywood’s newest beauty.

Cameron Diaz Now

In 2020, Cameron Diaz announced she was retiring from acting, a decision she said, that left her at peace. ” “I got a peace in my soul,” she said during an interview with Gwyneth Paltrow for her show, Goop, “Because I was finally taking care of myself.”

Cameron Diaz attends an event.
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“It’s a strange thing to say,” she added, “I know a lot of people won’t understand it…But it’s so intense to work at that level and be that public and put yourself out there.” After years in the business, Diaz concluded it was time to open her life up to a new phase.

25. Alyssa Milano Then

Milano got her breakthrough role at a very young age. At just 10 years old, she landed the role of Tony Danza’s daughter in the sitcom, Who’s the Boss? After the hit series ended, Milano was worried she would forever be remembered as Danza’s daughter.

A studio portrait of Alyssa Milano, as Samantha Micelli.
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Luckily, she broke free from the character and landed more and more roles that proved just how well of an actress she truly was. She dominated the ’90s with her outstanding performances in films like Where the Day Takes You and Fear.

Alyssa Milano Now

Apart from acting, Milano has involved herself over the years with several important causes, fighting against things like homophobia and transphobia, as well as fighting against women’s harassment in the industry.

Alyssa Milano speaks during a rally in front of the U.S. Supreme Court.
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The latest news about this ’90s icon is that she was arrested recently outside the white house during a voting rights protest. We got to hand it to her, she’s one fierce lady. Before her arrest, she tweeted: “I’m going to risk arrest today because, in the last year, there have been 425 bills that have been introduced to restrict voting rights.”

24. Michelle Pfeiffer Then

The ’90s were certainly Pfeiffer’s decade. She began earning $1 million per film and even opened her own boutique film production company, Via Rosa Productions. Among the man movies she starred in, one stood out. The independent drama, Love Field, released in 1992.

Michelle Pfeiffer poses on set.
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For her part as the eccentric housewife, she earned numerous nominations, including the Golden Globe for Best Actress and the Academy Award for Best Actress. She ended up winning the Silver Bear for Best Actress at Berlin’s International Film Festival.

Michelle Pfeiffer Now

At the start of the year (2021), Pfeiffer was cast as Betty Ford in the tv series The First Lady which is set to premiere some time in 2022. The show will focus on strong women such as Michelle Obama, Betty Ford, and Eleanor Roosevelt and the impact they had during their time in the White House.

Michelle Pfeiffer attends the 'mother!' screening.
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The part of Betty Ford will be Pfeiffer’s first recurring series role since the very start of her career. Both a marvelous actress and skilled producer, Pfeiffer has proven that she is a timeless force in Hollywood. We’re excited for what the future holds!

23. Faith Hill Then

Faith Hill released her debut album, Take Me as I Am in 1993. The sales were strong, and the crowd went wild for her single “Wild One.” She became the first female country singer in three decades to hold the number one position on the Billboard chart for three consecutive weeks!

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Her cover of Piece of My Heart also did extremely well and flew to the top of the country charts in 1994. Her debut album sold a total of 3 million copies. In the spring of 1996, she toured with country singer Tim McGraw, and it didn’t take long for the two to fall in love and start a family.

Faith Hill Now

As of today, Hill is signed with Sony Music Nashville, along with her partner Tim McGraw. The power couple released a joint album titled The Rest of Our Life, which was first performed at the opening of Country’s Music Hall of Fame and Museum.

Tim McGraw and Faith Hill attend the 52nd Academy Of Country Music Awards.
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While her music isn’t as mainstream as it was back in the days, Hill still enjoys spending time in the studio, creating new and heart-warming tunes. She and Tim have three healthy kids – Gracie, Audrey, and Maggie McGraw.

22. Kim Basinger Then

Kim Basinger entered the ’90s with a bang. After the success of Batman where she starred as Vicki Kale, she was given many new and exciting offers, including a part alongside Alec Baldwin in the film The Marrying Man.

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In 1994, she joined Baldwin for another movie, this time, the thriller The Getaway, where she played the wife of a former criminal. She later worked with director Robert Altman for the comedy Prêt-à-Porter, in which she played a dim-witted cable reporter.

Kim Basinger Now

Basinger’s most recent project is her role of Elena Lincoln in the film Fifty Shades Darker, the sequel of Fifty Shades of Grey. She starred as Christian Grey’s business partner and former lover. Her co-star, Dakota Johnson, described Basinger as “one of the greatest people to work with.”

Kim Basinger attends a Gala.
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Even though the movie got many negative reviews, it still made an estimated $381.4 million worldwide. Kim Basinger joined the franchise a year later, in 2018, to reprise her role in the series’ third movie, Fifty Shades Freed.

21. Halle Berry Then

Berry moved to New York in 1989 to pursue her dreams of becoming an actress. She spent months living on the streets because she couldn’t afford to pay rent. Finally, she got her break in the short-lived TV show, Living Dolls.

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After the show ended, Berry moved to L.A., where she landed her breakthrough role playing a biracial slave in the television adaptation of the book Queen: The Story of an American Family, written by Alex Hale.

Halle Berry Now

At the start of 2019, Halle Berry became the executive producer BET’s TV series, Boomerang, based on the movie in which she starred. A year later, in 2020, she tried her hand at directing for the very first time!

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She directed the film Bruised, in which she starred as an MMA fighter by the name Jackie Justice, who suddenly reconnects with her long-lost son. The movie premiered in the fall of 2020 and garnered positive reviews.

20. Heidi Klum Then

Born and raised in West Germany, Heidi Klum enrolled in a national modeling contest, “Model 92” and out of 250,000 contestants, she was voted the winner. Klum was offered a modeling contract by Thomas Zeumer, Metropolitan Models’ CEO.

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Klum then began appearing on different talk shows, including the German late-night show called the Gottschalk Late Night Show with host Thomas Gottschalk. After graduating from school, she decided to pursue modeling full-time.

Heidi Klum Now

Klum is now married to Tokyo Hotel’s guitarist Tom Kaulitz. The two began dating in 2018, and finally, after a lot of hiding and sneaky behavior, she announced on her social media accounts that the two were engaged and happier than ever.

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In one of her recent interviews, Heidi Klum describes herself as “a nudist,” saying that she grew up in a very free environment, one where she didn’t have to hide or feel insecure about her body. “I love not wearing too much,” she proudly stated.

19. Stacey Dash Then

Stacey Dash’s major breakthrough appearance was in the late ’80s, where she was cast in the comedy Moving (1988). She also landed roles in the films Renaissance Man and Mo’ Money. She kept steadily working all through the ’90s as well.

Stacey Dash, as Dionne Davenport, in a still from cluless.
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In 1995, she received her huge break with the cult teen classic Clueless, where she starred alongside Alicia Silverstone as her character’s best friend, Dionne Davenport. Afterward, the movie spawned a TV spin-off of the same name, in which she starred again as Dionne.

Stacey Dash Now

Dash went on to marry Jeffrey Marty, but things got really ugly in 2019 when she was arrested in her apartment on a domestic battery charge. Dash pleaded not guilty, and the case was eventually dropped.

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A year later, in the summer of 2020, Stacey Dash finally filed for divorce after realizing that they wouldn’t be able to meet each other halfway. In 2021, the actress went on The Dr. Oz Show where she opened up about her addiction to Vicodin. She’s been five years sober now!

18. Shannon Elizabeth Then

Shannon graduated high school in 1991 and straight away began pursuing a career in the business. She worked as a model for some time before beginning a career in film. Her breakthrough role was in 1999’s America Pie.

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Shannon went on to star in movies like Scary Movie, Tomcats, and Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back. She also played in the series Cuts until its cancellation in the spring of 2006. Elizabeth also starred in several episodes of That 70’s Show.

Shannon Elizabeth Now

Fun fact about Shannon Elizabeth – she sees poker as her second career. She was even called “one of the leading celeb poker players.” She played in the 2005 World Series Poker where she won a special tournament.

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She beat 83 celebrities and poker experts to cash in $55,000! She also won the World Series of Poker in 2006. In 2007, she reached the semi-finals of the National Heads-Up Poker Championship, only to lose her spot to the champion, Paul Wasicka.

17. Jennifer Love Hewitt Then

Hewitt’s rise to stardom began in the mid ’90s when she landed the lead role of Sarah Reeves Merrin on the popular Fox series Party of Five which ran from 1995-1999. Co-creator of the show, Amy Lippman, praised Hewitt.

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“She was a crazy professional. You didn’t have to ask yourself, ‘I don’t know if she’ll be able to work up a head of steam here, I don’t know if she’ll be able to cry.’ She wasn’t running to her trailer [between takes] to smoke cigarettes or play with a toy poodle. She was reading material and trying to plot her career.”

Jennifer Love Hewitt Now

Now in her 40s, Jennifer Love Hewitt is still as stunning as ever and is still glad to be part of the entertainment industry. She keeps busy by writing children’s books and starring on Fox’s 9-1-1 as Maddie.

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She has also recently released two wines with her husband, actor Brian Hallisay whom she first met on the set of her latest TV show, The Client List. Brian plays Doug, Maddie’s abusive ex-husband from whom she is hiding on 9-1-1.

16. Penelope Cruz Then

Cruz made her acting debut in 1989 when she was just 15 years old. She starred in Mecano’s music video for their song La Fuerza del Destino. She then hosted the Spanish TV talk show La Quinta Marcha, a show hosted by teens and aimed at teen viewers at home.

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In 1991, Penelope Cruz made her cinema debut as the lead role in the comedy-drama Jamón, Jamón. In the movie, she played Sylvia, a young, pregnant woman whose mom doesn’t approve of her relationship. After appearing nude in the film, she became a mega sex symbol.

Penelope Cruz Now

Nowadays, Cruz is busy working on new and exciting projects, including a collaboration with Almodóvar in the movie Parallel Mothers which premiered at the 78th Venice International Film Festival.

Penelope Cruz attends 'Madres Paralelas' photocall.
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Her acting was lauded by the critics and earned her the Volpi Cup for Best Actress. She also joined the film The 355, a spy movie centering around a group of female detectives, alongside Lupita Nyongo and Fan Bingbing.

15. Shania Twain Then

Shania released her self-titled album in 1993. A while before its release, she sang backing vocals for other artists including Jeff Chance and Sammy Kershaw. Even though Shania’s album didn’t crack the top ten (it reached only number 67), it still gained positive reviews.

Shania Twain poses for a magazine shoot.
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By 1999, the album was certified platinum, selling over 1 million copies. The album had two hit singles, What Made You Say That and Dance With the One That Brought You. It ended up being more successful in Europe than in the U.S.

Shania Twain Now

Twain’s last album, Now, was released in 2017 and led to an exciting worldwide tour. The album’s second single, Swingin’ With My Eyes Closed was released in the summer of 2017 and was followed by two other memorable hits, Poor Me and We’ve Got Something They Don’t.

Shania Twain performs on stage.
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In June 2019, Shani Twain announced her second Las Vegas residency called Let’s Go! which began in December 2019 and is set to run for two whole years. We’re truly happy she’s still out and about and making people smile with her angelic voice.

14. Elizabeth Hurley Then

Hurley’s debut film appearance was in the late ’80s, in the movie Aria. She then took on other films including Bedazzled, Serving Sara, Dangerous Ground, and Passenger 57. In late 1997, she won her first and only acting award.

Elizabeth Hurley, as Karen, in a still from Dangerous Ground
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She won the ShoWest Supporting Actress of the Year for her role in the spy comedy Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery. She also produced two films with Hugh Grant, Extreme Measures and Mickey Blue Eyes.

Elizabeth Hurley Now

Elizabeth Hurley ended up marrying Arun Nayar, but filed for divorce a while later, citing “Nayar’s unreasonable behavior.” She then began dating Shane Warne, whom she bought a mansion with near Ledbury, Herefordshire.

Elizabeth Hurley attends an event.
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One of the latest scandals surrounding Hurley, well not exactly Hurley but more her family, is that her nephew, Miley Hurley, was stabbed in the back by a group of criminals in south London. She said it was an “appalling time” for the family.

13. Salma Hayek Then

After landing a minor role in the 1993 movie Mi Vida Loca, Hayek was noticed by a director named Robert Rodriguez and his wife, Elizabeth Avellan. They gave Hayek a role with Antonio Banderas in their 1995 film Desperado.

Salma Hayek, as Carolina, sits up in bed in a scene from Desperado.
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Hayek followed that role with the movie From Dusk Till Dawn where she starred as a vampire queen and performed an erotic snake dance, a scene that established her status as a sex symbol in the industry.

Salma Hayek Now

Hayek has come a long way since her snake-dancing days. In 2014, she campaigned for women’s rights in Afghanistan, then followed her trip to Lebanon a year later, where she criticized the attitudes towards women there.

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Hayek also opened up about being harassed by film mogul Harvey Weinstein during the production of the movie Frida.

Among other things she has done lately, Hayek used her social media account to raise awareness about the disappearance of Vanessa Guillen.

12. Rachel Weisz Then

Weisz kicked off her film career with a small role in the 1994 movie, Death Machine, but her first big role was in the 1996 film Chain Reaction, where she starred alongside Keanu Reeves and Morgan Freeman.

Rachel Weisz, as Evelyn Carnahan, in a still from The Mummy
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While the movie garnered mostly negative reviews, it was still a minor financial success, and it put Rachel in the public’s eye. Weisz then appeared as Miranda Fox in Bernardo Bertolucci’s Stealing Beauty where she was first given the moniker the “English rose.”

Rachel Weisz Now

Rachel has some exciting new upcoming projects in store. She’s set to play Elizabeth Taylor in the biopic A Special Relationship. The movie will chronicle the legendary actress’ career from her early films to her years as an activist.

Rachel Weisz attends the 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards
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In the summer of 2021, it was announced that Rachel would co-star with Colin Farrell in Love Child, a film directed by Todd Solondz. Recently (October 2021), it was reported that she will be playing in a new movie based on the novel, Séance on a Wet Afternoon.

11. Marisa Tomei Then

After several small movies and minor roles, Marisa Tomei catapulted into the public’s eyes with her outstanding performance in the 1992 comedy, My Cousin Vinny. She received critical praise for her comedic acting.

Marisa Tomei, as Mona Lisa Vito, in a still from My Cousin Vinny.
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One critic, Vincent Canby, stated: “Ms. Tomei gives every indication of being a fine comedian, whether towering over Mr. Pesci and trying to look small or arguing about a leaky faucet in terms that demonstrate her knowledge of plumbing.”

Marisa Tomei Now

Tomei’s recent projects include a role in The Rewrite as a single mom who goes back to school to take a class taught by none other than Hugh Grant. In 2018, she starred as Dr. May Updale in the movie The First Purge.

Marisa Tomei attends the 2020 Vanity Fair Oscar Party.
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Tomei also landed the role of Aunt May in Marvel’s many movies including Captain America: Civil War, Avengers Endgame, and Spider-Man: Far From Home. She also recently starred as Edith Bunker in All in the Family.

10. Tiffani Thiessen Then

Thiessen competed in beauty pageants throughout her childhood and was named Miss Junior America in 1987. The following year, she graced the cover of Teen magazine, after winning the magazine’s “Great Model Search.”

Tiffani Thiessen poses for a studio portrait as Kelly Kapowski.
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In 1989, she was given the title of Cover Girl’s “Model of the Year,” and later made her first screen debut as Kelly Kapowski on NBC’s TV sitcom Saved by the Bell, where she starred until its final season in 1993.

Tiffani Theisen Now

The recent news about this beloved actress is that she has joined the cast of Saved by the Bell’s sequel series. In the spring of 2020, it was reported that Theissen would be reprising her part in the show as Kelly Kapowski.

Tiffani Thiessen attends a premiere.
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The actress guest-starred in three episodes, although fans wished to see her a bit more! Later in the year, in November of 2020, it was reported that she would be hosting MTV’s comedy show, Deliciousness.

9. Elisabeth Shue Then

Even though she was normally cast as a girl-next-door type, Shue managed to land a career-defining role when she got the part in 1995’s Leaving Las Vegas, where she starred as a prostitute alongside Nicolas Cage.

Shue in a scene from Leaving Las Vegas.
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Her performance won her an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress, as well as nominations for a BAFTA, Golden Globe, and SAG Award for Best Actress. Shue eventually snatched the won Best Actress Award at the Independent Spirit Awards.

Elisabeth Shue Now

Shue’s recent projects include a leading role in the American superhero drama TV series, The Boys, where she stars alongside Karl Urban and Jack Quaid. She also played the lead role in the TNT television show Constance, where she played a former beauty queen.

Elisabeth Shue attends 2019 Comic-Con.
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Another recent project includes her role in Greyhound, where she stars opposite Tom Hanks. She’s been married to David Guggenheim since 1994, and the two have three children, Miles, Stella, and Agnes.

8. Elle Macpherson Then

Elle Macpherson posed nude in 1994’s Sirens, and her beautiful looks caused quite a stir in the media. People began scouring the internet trying to find more nude pictures of her. Eventually, she decided to produce naked photos “on her own terms.”

Elle is seen swimming in the lake in a still from Sirens.
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Elle made a bold movie and decided to pose for Playboy, and, needless to say, everyone rushed to buy that edition the second it came out. Towards the end of the decade, in 1999, the island nation of Antigua and Barbuda used Macpherson’s face on a series of postage stamps, turning her into the first model to appear on legal files.

Elle Macpherson Now

Elle Macpherson is a proud mom of two, who is learning nowadays to “value stillness” according to an interview she did with The Daily Mail. She posts many photos of herself on social media, always adding positive and empowering captions.

Elle Macpherson comes to the gala of the Mon Cheri Barbara Day.
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By the end of 2020, the former model uploaded a snapshot of herself and wrote that she’s looking forward to a “calm, prosperous and joyous 2021.” Elle often shares wellness tips with her fans where she discusses her diet and overall health routine.

7. Heather Graham Then

In 1989, Heather Graham acted in Gus Van Sant’s Drugstore Cowboy where she landed the role of Nadine, a young, drug-addicted accomplice of the two protagonists. Her outstanding acting earned her a nomination for Best Supporting Actress.

Heather Graham, as Nadine, in a still from Drugstore Cowboy
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She later appeared in the dark comedy I Love You to Death alongside William Hurt and Keanu Reeves. She also played in the coming-of-age movie Shout, which was released in 1991 and earned her a nomination for Best Actress Starring in a Motion Picture.

Heather Graham Now

One of Graham’s most recent works includes co-starring in the dark comedy show Bliss, starring Stephen Mangan as a corrupt travel writer who is trying to juggle a relationship with both Heather Graham and Jo Hartley.

Heather Graham attends the Gotham Independent Film Awards.
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Other than acting, Graham has involved herself with philanthropic work, including advocating for the organization Children International. Graham once stated that what she likes about the organization is that “you are helping a child have a better life. It’s great for that child to know that someone who lives in another country cares about them.” Brains and beauty!

6. Cindy Crawford Then

Cindy Crawford was the ultimate 90’s supermodel that who had everyone wondering why their jeans didn’t look as good on them as they did on her. Frankly, the answer was simple – genes like Crawford’s are truly a rarity.

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Throughout the decade, Crawford’s face was featured on the cover of numerous fashion magazines including Elle, Cosmopolitan, Vogue, and Allure. A count in the late ’90s confirmed that she had made over 500 appearances.

Cindy Crawford Now

Cindy Crawford, now a former supermodel, has become a successful entrepreneur as well as a devoted mom of two. She has two incredibly beautiful children with her husband Rande Gerber. They have a son named Presley and a daughter named Kaia (who is the spitting image of Cindy).

Cindy Crawford attends an event.
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Her recent post on social media is of her, chilling in her home office, celebrating the International Day of the Girl. Her caption read: “I’m celebrating the girl that I was, and the woman I am today.”

5. Sarah Michelle Gellar Then

Sarah Michelle Gellar was Hollywood’s good and bad girl, all at once. She was both menacing and appealing. She killed vampires as “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” but she also manipulated people in the twisted film Cruel Intentions.

A promo shot of Sarah Michelle Gellar as Buffy Summers.
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People listed her on their “Most Beautiful” list at the time, officially cementing her “It Girl” status in the business. Sarah isn’t only pretty, though; director Roger Kumble (who worked with her on Cruel Intentions, said she was one of the most professional actors he ever worked with.

Sarah Michelle Gellar Now

Sarah Michelle Gellar is still as likable and as endearing as ever! She’s been married to her co-star, Freddie Prinze Jr., since 2002, which is a pretty incredible achievement in Hollywood. They have a young boy named Rocky and a 12-year-old girl named Charlotte.

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As for her professional endeavors, Sarah has recently joined the voice cast of Masters of the Universe: Revelation, where she voices the character Teela. In the spring of 2021, Gellar announced that she had been cast in a new comedy pilot.

4. Heather Locklear Then

In the 1990s, Heather Locklear was America’s ultimate girl next door, staring in the hit series Melrose Place and then taking on the lead role in Sin City. Her adorable looks charmed everyone, including bad boy Tommy Lee.

A studio portrait of Heather Locklear as Caitlin Moore.
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At the height of Melrose Place’s popularity, Heather Locklear was everywhere. People named her one of the 50 Most Beautiful People, twice! First in 1994, and then again at the turn of the decade in 2001.

Heather Locklear Now

Locklear took several years off, but recently, she’s been working on a new and exciting project called Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff. At first, she was scared to come to the set, for fear of not being able to memorize lines or stick to the schedule.

Heather Locklear attends A premiere.
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However, everything ended up just fine, and she’s having the time of her life working on the new show. “I don’t know why I was so fearful of memorizing lines, how about getting emotion across,” Locklear said of the challenges she overcame.

3. Neve Campbell Then

Neve was the “It Girl” in some of the ’90s most memorable cult classics. She spent half of the decade going wild on the hit series Party of Five, and the other half, bewitching all of America in The Craft.

Neve Campbell, as Sidney Prescott, in a still from Scream.
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Towards the end of the decade, Campbell knocked everyone’s socks off with her performance in 1996’s Scream. Director Wes Craven called her in to audition for the role of Sidney Prescott. He believed she could be both innocent but also strong enough to handle emotional conflicts.

Neve Campbell Now

While Campbell has kept things more or less mellow since her 1990s wild streak, she did carve time to shoot the subsequent films in the spooky franchise, Scream 2, 3, and 4. One of her most recent works includes a role in the hit drama House of Cards.

Neve Campbell attends the MTV Movie & TV Awards.
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Other than that, at the start of 2021, Neve took on the role of Mickey Haller’s ex-wife, Maggie McPherson, in Netflix’s TV adaptation of The Lincoln Lawyer. We’re glad to see Neve is still taking on serious and interesting roles.

2. Winona Ryder Then

At the start of the decade, Winona was viewed as a niche Edward Scissor Hands type of sexy. But by the end of the ’90s, she was everybody’s Girl, Interrupted. She proved that she could be both kooky weird and sexy, and both mental weird and sexy.

Winona Ryder, as Susanna Kaysen, in a scene from Girl, Inerrupted
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For her role in Girl Interrupted where starred alongside Angelina Jolie, one critic stated that Ryder was the reason to see the film in the first place. He said: “Ryder shows again her skill at projecting mental states; one of her gifts is to let us know exactly what she’s thinking, without seeming to.”

Winona Ryder Now

Winona continued to shine over the years, landing roles in several dramas. The most recent one is Netflix’s critically acclaimed series Stranger Things where she plays a single mom who lost her son under mysterious circumstances.

Winona Ryder attends the Screen Actors Guild Awards.
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Other than that, she’s starred in HBO’s The Plot Against America, a show based on a novel by the same name. The creator of the series praised the actress, saying: “Winona always had the standing of the great American ingenue.”

Pamela Anderson Then

With her famous red swimsuit and a figure to die for, this Baywatch babe had men willing to drown just to see her up close. For many, Pamela Anderson was THE sex symbol of the ’90s. A buxom blonde with a sweet smile, Anderson won the crowd over ever since that infamous baseball game where she appeared on the big screen.

Pamela Anderson poses on the beach as C. J. Parker.
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She kicked off the decade strong by being Playboy’s Playmate of February 1990. For the rest of the ’90s, Anderson dominated the decade by appearing on numerous talk shows and showing her face in all the most luxurious events in Hollywood.

Pamela Anderson Now

The latest news about this ’90s icon is that she has married her bodyguard, a man named Dan Hayhurst. Anderson had previously married “bad boys” like Tommy Lee and Kid Rock. But today, she’s in the arms of a caring family man.

Pamela Anderson attends the
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She told her fans that she has spent the past year at home, renovating her place as well as Dan’s: “I’ve just been home for the last year and a half renovating,” she shared. “And now it’s just gorgeous. I’ve renovated all the cabins; we’re putting in a dock. It’s a gorgeous piece of property. And Dan and his kids are living here, too.”