Hollywood can be a fickle place. One moment, celebrities can be on top and the next, they find themselves blacklisted. These celeb ladies were once queens of the big screen. Many of them are considered icons for the roles they played over the years, yet they couldn’t find work now if they tried.
From stars who made one too many box office flops to young ladies that had pubic meltdowns, a lot of these actresses ruined their careers. Then there are the celebs who walked away from fame to raise a family or just decided to focus on other talents. Either way, we haven’t seen them on the screen in years. Please enjoy this list of Why You’ll Never See These 20 Famous Women In A Movie Again.
20 Alecia Silverstone Couldn't Handle Criticism
Alecia Silverstone gave an amazing performance in the 1995 film, Clueless. The actress has kept a low profile over the years because she couldn’t handle criticism about her weight. “If you told me that acting meant I was going to be called fat and have to do things a certain way, then I was like, ‘F off.’” she told Vanity Fair.
19 Catherine Zeta-Jones Had To Focus On Her Mental Health
Catherine Zeta-Jones won Best Supporting Actress for her performance in the film Chicago but soon faded into the background. So, why did she give up acting? The actress revealed to Express that she stepped out of the spotlight because she suffered from bipolar disorder and needed to focus on her mental health.
18 Ashley Greene Can't Find Work
Ashley Greene’s career skyrocketed when she starred alongside Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson in the Twilight films. We don’t see much of her in Hollywood these days and that’s partly because she chose to play smaller roles in obscure movies after the Twilight saga came to a close in 2012.
17 Mara Wilson Hates Hollywood's Beauty Standards
Mara Wilson was a beloved child star in the 90s thanks to her roles in Mrs. Doubtfire and Matilda. She left it all behind when she became a teenager because she was overwhelmed by Hollywood’s beauty standards. "I realized, 'I don't fit their idea of what a Hollywood actress looks like," Wilson told People Magazine.
16 Pheobe Cates Opened A Boutique
Phoebe Cates was every teenage boy’s dream in the 80s when she starred in the film, Fast Times At Ridgemont High. The actress gave up acting when she became a mom and opened a gift shop in New York City. "I always wanted to have a general store," she told USA Today.
15 Elizabeth Berkley Was Torn Apart By Critics
Elizabeth Berkley found fame on the show Saved By The Bell. Yet, it was her performance in the 1995 film, Showgirls, that got everyone’s attention, and not in a good way. Critics panned the movie and Berkely was never able to recover. The actress hasn’t found any work in Hollywood ever since.
14 Amanda Bynes Had A Meltdown
Amanda Bynes was a child star and was last seen in the 2006 comedy, She’s The Man. In 2010, she retired from acting, deleted her Twitter feed, and had several run-ins with the law. Bynes pulled herself together and recently earned a degree from California’s Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising but has no plans to return to the screen.
13 Katherine Heigl Is Difficult To Work With
Katherine Heigl's star has faded because she earned the reputation of being difficult to work with on the show Grey's Anatomy. Rumors spread of Heigl being whiny and demanding on the set. Then, she dissed the 2007 movie Knocked Up during an interview with Vanity Fair, saying that Judd Apatow’s comedy painted “women as shrews.”
12 Ariana Richards Is Focusing On Art
Fans of Jurrasic Park may remember Ariana Richards as Lex. The actress gave up acting to become a painter. She told The Daily Mail that the fame was just too much, saying, 'If I wanted to go to a café and have lunch and have a conversation with people it was very difficult because people would come up to me and ask for autographs.”
11 Sarah Michelle Gellar Became A Baker
Sarah Michelle Gellar was a 90s princess in such films as I Know What You Did Last Summer and Cruel Intentions. The actress stepped off the big screen to start the organic baking line, Foodstirs. She does have a few television appearances in the works, but isn’t slated to work on any films in the near future.
10 Bridget Fonda Is Focusing On Motherhood
Bridget Fonda was a Hollywood darling during the 80s and 90s, starring in box office hits like Single White Female and It Could Happen To You. The actress suddenly disappeared from acting when she married composer, Danny Elfman in 2003. She gave up her career to focus on raising their two children.
9 Megan Fox Bit The Hand That Fed Her
Megan Fox shot to stardom in the movie Transformers, but hasn’t been getting much work in Hollywood these days. We can’t help but wonder if it’s because she criticized director, Micheal Bay during an interview with Wonderland. "He's like Napoleon and he wants to create this insane, infamous mad man reputation," Fox said.
8 Sharon Stone Suffered A Stroke
Sharon Stone was an icon in the 90s, thanks to her roles in box office hits like Total Recall and Basic Instinct. The actress suffered a massive stroke and was forced to back away from Hollywood. She told Variety that she lost everything she had. “I lost my place in the business. I was like the hottest movie star, you know?” she revealed.
7 Drew Barrymore Is Focusing On Producing
Drew Barrymore became well-known for her roles in several romantic comedies like Never Been Kissed and 50 First Dates. She hasn’t been featured in a film on the big screen in some years, but that’s just because her acting career has taken a backseat so she can focus on the production side of filmmaking.
6 Lindsay Lohan Had A Public Breakdown
Lindsay Lohan is another child star that found fame in the 2000s with such films as Freaky Friday and Mean Girls. She had a very public meltdown after having several run-ins with the law and a series of stints in rehab. Lohan has since managed to stay out of tabloid headlines, but her movie career never recovered.
5 Jessica Alba Made Too Many Flops
Jessica Alba was a well-known actress in the late 90s, but after being featured in several box office flops, she’s all but vanished from being cast in movies. Between the raunchy rom-com, Good Luck Chuck and the highly panned Fantastic Four, she made several bad career choices and never bounced back.
4 Jennifer Love Hewitt Isn't Taken Seriously
Jennifer Love Hewitt has seen much success on television, but her skills just don’t seem to translate on the big screen. She once starred in films like I Know What You Did Last Summer and The Tuxedo. It seems like Hollywood just doesn’t take her seriously when it comes to casting her in movies.
3 Cameron Diaz Gave Up Acting For Married Life
Cameron Diaz was a comedy darling for many years. Fans enjoyed her in several movies like There’s Something About Mary and Charlie’s Angels. It's well-known that she stepped away from the limelight for love. She married Good Charlotte’s Benji Madden and never looked back. The actress has vowed to never act again.
2 Meg Ryan Left It All Behind
Meg Ryan became known as America’s sweetheart after starring in Sleepless in Seattle and You’ve Got Mail. The actress gave up acting and is rarely seen at public events. According to E! News, Ryan revealed that she “didn’t really aim to be an actor” and “wanted to figure out who she was.”
1 Hilary Swank Is Taking A Break From Acting
Hilary Swank is a two-time Oscar-winner who took a hiatus from acting to care for her sick father, who needed a lung transplant. The actress opened up about being her father’s caregiver when she was a guest on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert saying, “I took three years off to be with him and help him through that life journey.”
Sources: Vanityfair.com, People.com, Usatoday.com