From Being Famous ‘80s Stars, See What These Artists Do Today


Shelly Duvall made a mark in the entertainment industry when she played the role of Wendy Torrance in the 1980 movie The Shining. The classic film is based on Stephen King’s famous novel with the same title and the film was directed by Stanley Kubrick. Hence, this might be Duvall’s greatest investment in the business. However, behind the film’s success is the sacrifice of its actors on set that resulted in exhaustion due to Kubrick’s alleged severe method. According to reports, Kubrick has behaved tyrannically towards Duvall which eventually caused her trauma. In 2002, she stepped away from the spotlight and started living in her rural Texas home. Her traumatic experience ended up in “mental wear and tear.


Jenilee Harrison made a name for herself as the replacement for blonde roommate Chrissy Snow on the hit 1980s sitcom, Three’s Company. Harrison played the role of Chrissy’s cousin at the time. She is the blonde girl who always knocked things out. After her time in the show, she joined Dallas as Jamie Ewing Barnes. She was also a part of The Love Boat from 1981 to 1987. However, Harrison was suddenly disappeared from the limelight. She was last seen in the 2002 TV movie The Power. Since then, she didn’t appear either on the small or big screen. Harrison may be living her life away from the glitz and glamour of Hollywood and simply putting her money in investment accounts.


Rebecca de Mornay received her breakthrough role in the 1983 movie Risky Business, where she played the role of Lana, opposite Tom Cruise. Since then, Mornay has been active in the entertainment world. She appeared in the films The Hand that Rocks the Cradle, Wedding Crashers and more. Sadly, the 60-year-old star suffered from alcohol abuse and even faced disorderly conduct and DUI charges. Thanks to her lawyers, she only had to pay her fine. Despite that, Mornay landed a part in the recently axed Jessica Jones on Netflix. She also has a movie which will probably come out next year.


Anthony Edwards might be best known as Dr Mark Green on the first eight seasons of ER. The hit TV series managed to give him a Golden Globe award and six Screen Actors Guild Awards. He was also nominated for Primetime Emmy Awards for four consecutive years. He appeared in the 1984 movie Revenge of the Nerds, where he played the lovable character of Gilbert. It was followed by a sequel movie and a role in Top Gun with Tom Cruise. Edwards is now 57 years old and he still has it when it comes to acting. He even joined a theater show and is part of the TV series Designated Survivor


Dolly Parton is one of the greatest talents that Hollywood has. Aside from being a famed actress and singer-songwriter, she is also a multi-instrumentalist, record producer, businesswoman, and humanitarian. She has been continuously receiving credit for her work in country music. Parton was the biggest female country music singer during the 1970s to the 1980s, making her a true music icon. She has launched 51 albums, which the majority became all-time classics. Recently, Parton released a documentary about her life, Dolly Parton’s Heartstrings, which she wrote, directed, and produced.


Kelly LeBrock surprised everyone when she appeared in the 1984 movie The Woman in Red with Gene Wilder. She was next seen in Weird Science in 1985. She continuously appeared in TV sePIA ZADORA – SINGERries and movies since then. However, amidst her fame, LeBrock suffered from substance abuse and drug addiction. LeBrock might be fine now to some degree. After her last appearance in the 2015 movie Hidden Chambers, she is set to return as Donna in a new movie, Charlie Boy, which would be out in December.


Pia Zadora received national attention when she did the 1982 movie Butterfly, for which she earned a Golden Globe Award as New Star of the Year. However, the highly-criticized film also gave her a Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Actress and the Worst New Star. Aside from being an actress, Zadora also has a golden voice. She released her own albums back in the day. Although she is not acting now, she is busy performing at Pia’s Place at Piero’s Restaurant in Las Vegas, Nevada. With her great talents, she managed to amass a $25-million net worth, which may also be the result of her great money management skills.


Tom Berenger made waves in the 1980s. He is best known as Staff Sergeant Bob Barnes in the movie Platoon, Jake Taylor in the Major League films, and Thomas Beckett in the Sniper series. His success in the movies, however, doesn’t apply to his personal life. He has been married four times. For his last three marriages, he sought the help of his divorce lawyers. Fortunately, he stayed married to Laura Moretti for seven years since they tied the knot in 2012. Now, Berenger is still active in the industry as an actor. He has two upcoming movies that his fans should watch out for.


Heather Locklear has been a part of two big television series in the 1980s – T.J. Hooker and Dynasty. Her fame continued until the 1990s when she did Melrose Place, which gave her four consecutive Golden Globe nominations for Best Actress for Television Series Drama. Unfortunately, despite the success, she had a troubled life. Locklear has been battling substance abuse for several years now. She has also been in-and-out of rehab several times. Locklear definitely needs her attorney now after she was ordered to enroll in a month-long treatment program in a mental health facility.


From the 1980s until today, Madonna is still the undisputed Queen of Pop. She is considered to be one of the most influential pop artists up to this day. Aside from being a pop icon, she is also a fashion icon. Despite her age – she is now 61 years old – Madonna still has it. Every song is still a hit, amassing to her huge net worth of $800 million. With that hefty amount, the singer-songwriter surely needs a good financial advisor to help her maintain or even grow her wealth. She is also a businesswoman and a financier of several charities.


Matt Dillon used to be the boy next door during the 1980s. He established himself as a teen idol when he made My Bodyguard, Little Darlings, Tex, Rumble Fish, The Outsiders, and The Flamingo Kid. When he grew up, he started to take more mature roles which can be seen in You, Me and Dupree, Wild Things, and many more. Although Dillon is not as big as a star that he once was in the early days, he is still active in the industry. There was never a year that he didn’t appear on the small and big screen. He has a couple of projects this year and even has a movie coming up. We should give him credit for his great talents.


Aside from being an actor, Don Johnson is also a producer, director, singer, and songwriter. He came to prominence when he played the role of James “Sonny Crocket” in the 1980s television series Miami Vice, for which he won a Golden Globe award for. His part of the cop series Nash Bridges which allowed him to maintain his celebrity status in the 1990s. Since then, Johnson never ran out of work. He is still active in the industry until today, doing the thing he loves – acting. Johnson has a new television series coming up and is also a part of HBO’s Watchmen. Hence, he can continue to pay his mortgages to avoid losing one of his homes again, according to some reports.


Nicole Kidman’s star continuously shines until the present. She is one of the most sought after actresses of today. With her great acting skills, she has won different awards such as an Academy Award, a Primetime Emmy Award, and a Golden Globe Award. She was also one of the highest-paid actresses in the world in 2006, 2018, and 2019. She was once married to Tom Cruise. As everyone thought they were the perfect pair, they parted ways so their lawyers fixed their divorce in 2001. Now, she is happily married to Keith Urban for 13 years.


Bo Derek was a “feminine symbol” during her heydays in the 1980s. She conquered the big screen with films like Tarzan the Ape Man, Bolero, and Ghosts Can’t Do It, all of which were directed by her late husband, John Derek. However, she still managed to instill the film with her signature acting, immense talent, and, of course, sexy physique. At 62 years old, Derek is still active in the industry. She was recently seen in the 2018 movie The Last Sharknado: It’s About Time. She also has an upcoming film, JL Family Ranch 2, with Trevor Donovan, Jon Voight, and more which will be released in 2020. Surely, the movie’s earnings will add up to her bank account and investments.


Tonya Harding is definitely a legend. She used to be a figure skater and boxer but now, she is a reality television personality. The 48-year-old skating icon was one of the only two women who successfully manage to do a Triple Axel in a competition. However, she got involved in a huge scandal in 1994 when she was accused of being an accomplice to the attack of her competitor, Nancy Kerrigan. Although her lawyers saved her from being imprisoned, she lost her fans and even got banned from competing. Now, Harding retired from the world of figure skating and is living a quiet, peaceful life.


Kirstie Alley made a name for herself when she was part of the science fiction movie Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan and the television sitcom Cheers in the 1980s. Since time immemorial, the 68-year-old actress had been struggling with her weight until she finally found an effective diet for her. This made Alley a weight-loss guru. When her collaboration with the nutrition company, Jenny Craig, ended, Alley decided to set up her own, probably with the help of a business loan. However, it ended on a bad note with lawsuits, which she legally settled. All’s well that ends well now for Alley.


Mr. T has been known for his roles as B.A. Baracus in the 1980s television series The A-Team and as Clubber Lang in the 1982 movie Rocky III. But before he made a name for himself, the 67-year-old star used to be Muhammad Ali and Michael Jackson’s bodyguard. He has a success story that he can share with his kids and future generations of his family. Although he is not often seen, either on the small or big screen today, he constantly has guest roles here and there. He even appeared on Dancing with the Stars in 2017. Despite not having a regular show, Mr. T has a fortune, which is a product of his savings and investments.


Michael J. Fox became a household name in the 1980s, thanks to the success of the Back to the Future trilogy. From here, the 58-year-old actor’s career started to bloom until he was tested positive for Parkinson’s disease. There were reports that Fox got so affected by his disease that he turned to alcohol, leading to alcohol addiction. Fortunately, he managed to control himself and avoided going on a drinking spree so he didn’t need to go to alcohol rehab facilities. Now, he is an advocate for Parkinson’s disease awareness and research to find a cure for the illness. He also founded the Michael J. Fox Foundation to help them spread the word more. He must have availed personal loans to do this when he was just starting.


Kevin Bacon made a name for himself when he did the 1984 musical-drama film Footloose. It was followed by a number of successful movies like Apollo 13, Mystic River, JFK, A Few Good Men, and more. Although Bacon didn’t suffer any substance abuse issue, he and his wife of 31 years, Kyra Sedgwick, got into a financial controversy when their savings got lost in Bernie Madoff’s Ponzi scheme. Fortunately, their financial advisor and lawyers helped them fix the issue legally. Now, Bacon is still busy acting. He is part of the TV series City on a Hill and has an upcoming movie, You Should Have Left which will probably come out next year.


Actor and martial artist Chuck Norris just turned 80 years old earlier this year or more accurately coined as ‘28 Chuck Norris years’ –a joke associated with him for his action hero credit roles in the ‘70s and 80s, which paved the way to his formidable reputation. His legend, however, is not at all unfounded. It was after Chuck was discharged from the Air Force in the late ‘50s when he started making a name for himself in martial arts. He also tried his luck in what eventually became a very successful acting career with roles in movies like Way of the Dragon and Missing in Action to his credit, as well as the titular character in the long-running series, Walker, Texas Ranger. Though Chuck is nowhere near retirement, he has not only created his own martial art, Chun Kuk Do but has also published non-fiction books and advertising commercial trucks for sale. This man, no matter his age, doesn’t stop trying out new things, even to the degree of writing when moves can be limited.

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