The problem with being famous is that fame doesn't always last forever. In the highly competitive world of entertainment, there are always talented younger people just waiting to break through and grab their share of the limelight. Staying relative and in-demand in such an aggressive environment can be tricky and there are some entertainers that just don't make it. They either resign themselves to whatever work comes along or simply fade into obscurity. It's sad, but it happens.
Today we are looking back at some of the hottest and most in-demand actresses of the nineties and seeing how they look today and what they've been up to. Some of them have gone on to have long successful careers while others...well... not so much.
During the 90s all these actresses were well known for their beautiful looks and acting abilities - let's see how the last two decades have treated them!
25 How Does Cameron Diaz Do It?
When Cameron Diaz landed her breakout role in the smash-hit 90s comedy The Mask (alongside Jim Carrey) she had no acting experience or training. She's certainly come a long way since then, proving that she's got the talent to match her beautiful face. And nearly 25 years later, she still looks incredible. Tell us your secrets, Cameron!
24 Claire Danes Continues To Shine
Claire Danes began her career playing the lead role in the teen drama series My So-Called Life in 1994. She then went on to play alongside Leonardo DiCaprio in Romeo + Juliet in 1996, which made her a household name.
Danes matured into a serious actor playing Carrie Mathison on the Showtime drama Homeland.
23 Heather Locklear Looks Like She's Had A Rough Time
Heather Locklear was a huge name in the nineties, best known for playing the role of Amanda Woodward on Melrose Place, which earned her numerous Golden Globe nominations.
But lately things haven't been going so well for the actress and according to USA Today, she pleaded no contest to eight misdemeanor charges of battery and resisting arrest earlier this year.
22 There's No Stopping Charlize Theron
By the late 1990's it was clear that Charlize Theron was an actress with a successful career ahead of her. Audiences lapped up her performances in films like The Devil's Advocate and The Cider House Rules.
More recently Charlize has become an action star - starring in several highly successful films including Mad Max: Fury Road and Fast And Furious 8.
21 What Happened To Tara Reid?
During the 90s Tara Reid was at the height of her fame appearing in numerous teen movies including American Pie, Cruel Intentions, and Urban Legend.
Sadly her most recent claim to fame is the Sharknado film series - not exactly what we expected from her but hey, at least she is still working.
20 Drew Barrymore Is Sweeter Than Ever
Drew Barrymore certainly has come a long way. It's hard to believe that this fun level-headed actress, now well-known for her roles in romantic comedies like The Wedding Singer and Never Been Kissed, was once a very troubled young woman. And to top it all off - she still looks amazing!
19 Denise Richards Made Some Poor Choices
Although today she's better known as the ex-wife of Charlie Sheen back in the nineties Denise Richards was a young actress who was very much in demand.
She appeared in a string of teen movies including Drop Dead Gorgeous and Wild Things, before starring as Bond Girl Christmas Jones in the 1999 film The World is Not Enough.
18 Who Could Forget Michelle Pfeiffer?
Michelle Pfeiffer began her acting career back in 1978 and enjoyed her first leading role in the musical Grease 2. By the 90s she was one of the most popular actresses appearing in films like Dangerous Minds, One Fine Day, and Batman Returns (where she took on the memorable role of Catwoman).
17 Sharon Stone Is Growing Old Gracefully
In the 90s absolutely everyone knew who Sharon Stone was and that was thanks to her role as a female killer in the erotic thriller Basic Instinct. The film was considered extremely raunchy at the time and Sharon went on to star in a number of other successful movies during the decade.
16 Carmen Electra Is Hotter Than Ever!
Baywatch was one of the most popular TV shows during the nineties so when Carmen Electra landed her role on the show, it basically launched her career too. Although she's never been leading lady material she has managed to keep us well-entertained with her performances in parody films like Scary Movie and Disaster Movie.
15 Penélope Is Blissfully Happy And It Shows
During the nineties, audiences fell in love with Spanish actress Penelope Cruz after watching her performances in films like Belle Epoque, Open Your Eyes, and The Hi-Lo Country.
Today Cruz is happily married to fellow actor Javier Bardem (No Country For Old Men and Skyfall) and the couple has a son named Leo.
14 Time Wasn't Kind To Pam Anderson
Pamela Anderson was at the height of her fame during the nineties thanks to her breakout role in the hit TV series Baywatch. She appeared in a few movies during the decade as well but none of them were that well received. Does anyone remember Barb Wire? Not exactly Pam's finest moment.
13 Jennifer Aniston Is Glowing With Success
Jennifer Aniston shot to fame thanks to her role as Rachel Green in the hit 90s TV show Friends, which remains popular even today.
Since then she's managed to build a name for herself as a movie actress and is still popular and in-demand. And she's still looking as lovely as did 20 years ago!
12 Elizabeth Hurley Still Fits Into That Infamous Dress
Elizabeth Hurley landed her first modeling job at the age of 29 - an age most models are starting to move away from the industry. Her modeling career helped her break into the movies and during the nineties, she appeared in comedy films like Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery and Mickey Blue Eyes.
11 Fresh-Faced Liv Tyler Still Dazzles
Liv Tylers' 90s film credits included Empire Records and Stealing Beauty but it wasn't until the early 2000s when Liv took on the role of Arwen in The Lord of The Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, that she hit the height of her fame.
Tyler continues to act today and can be seen in Brad Pitt's latest film Ad Astra.
10 Shannon Elizabeth Was A Favorite 90s Crush
Shannon Elizabeth became a popular actress after appearing as the love interest in the hit teen comedy film American Pie. During the early 2000's she appeared in movies like Scary Movie, Tomcats, and Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back.
Today Shannon is 46 and still looking as fresh-faced as ever!
9 Julia Roberts Is Still A Pretty Woman
Today Julia Roberts is synonymous with the 1990 film Pretty Woman - which helped her launch a super-successful film career - so it's hard for us to imagine anyone else playing that role.
The reality is that Julia only got the part after a slew of actresses (including Michelle Pfeiffer, Molly Ringwald, Meg Ryan, and Daryl Hannah) all turned it down.
8 Sarah Traded Films For Family Life
During the nineties, Sarah Michelle Gellar shot to fame playing Buffy Summers on the Buffy the Vampire Slayer TV series. She also made a name for herself as a scream queen, appearing in numerous horror flicks including Scream 2, I Know What You Did Last Summer and The Ring.
7 Heather Looks Like She Is Having The Time Of Her Life
You might remember Heather Graham from films like The Hangover and The Hangover Part 3 but if you're a fan of 90s cinema you'll also remember her performances in movies like Boogie Nights, Scream 2, and Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me.
And today at the age of 49, she looks like she is having the time of her life.
6 Julia Stiles Is Still Around
During the nineties, Julia Stiles was a popular teen actress starring alongside the late Heath Ledger in 10 Things I Hate About You and films such as Wicked and I Love You, I Love You Not.
Today you can still watch Stiles (albeit on the small screen) in the Sky Atlantic series Riviera.
5 Everyone Just Loved Alyssa Milano
Alyssa Milano is perhaps best known for playing the role of Jennifer Mancini in Melrose Place and Phoebe Halliwell in Charmed during the 1990s. Fans will also remember her from her breakout TV role as Samantha Micelli in Who's the Boss?
She also appeared in several movies throughout the decade including Glory Daze and the thriller Fear.
4 Rachel Weisz Is Defying Her Age
Rachel Weitz began her acting career in the early '90s appearing in films like Stealing Beauty, Chain Reaction, and The Mummy.
She went on to win the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role as an activist in the 2005 thriller The Constant Gardener. Today she is married to James Bond actor Daniel Craig.
3 Reese Still Rocks!
It was during the '90s that Reese Witherspoon first started to make a name for herself as an actress. Fans will remember her from her earlier films which included Cruel Intentions, The Man in the Moon, Fear, Election, and Pleasantville.
She went on to win the Academy Award for Best Actress for her role as June Carter in the 2005 biographical film Walk The Line.
2 Kirsten's Smile Is Just Timeless
Kirsten Dunst first became known to movie fans at the 12 when she starred alongside Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt in the 1994 film Interview with the Vampire. Her role as Claudia netted her a Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actress.
Kirsten continues to act today and in 2017, she received a Screen Actors Guild Award for her performance in the biographical drama film Hidden Figures.
1 Natasha Is Still Oh-So-Glamorous
Natasha Henstridge began modeling at the age of 14 and eventually started doing commercials. She decided that she enjoyed acting and was lucky enough to land the leading role in a sci-fi film called Species. Her film debut turned out to be a massive success, with Species making $113 million at the box office.