1980s Actresses: Then and Now

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Jodie Foster At the young age of three, Jodie Foster Began her career and child modeling in addition to being a child prodigy. She was first seen on television in Mayberry R. F. D. and on stage in Alice doesn’t live here anymore and Tom Sawyer.

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Melanie Griffith Born and raised by the actor Tippi Hedren, Melanie Griffith is a show-stopping actress and film producer. She began acting at 17 in the film Night Moves, soon after she moved on to more promiscuous films such as Body Double in which she won her first accolade.

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Michelle Pfeiffer Not only is Michelle Pfeiffer a famous actor, but she is also a producer and businessperson. Pfeiffer was talented since the beginning, her first lead in the musical Grease 2 gained fame by showcasing her as sweet but, her ability to embrace different personalities such as in Scarface is what began her path of Fame.

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Linda Hamilton Made her mark in television starring in The Terminator series as Sarah Connor. This launched her acting career giving her more opportunities. After taking classes from Lee Strasberg, she landed roles in Beauty and the Beast, Dante’s Peak, Children of the Corn, and King Kong Lives.

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Jamie Lee Curtis gained fame starring in the horror genre of films. She was first casted in Halloween as a scream Queen, because of the positive response to her role she was featured in popular films such as Prom Night, Terror Train, and The Fog.

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Kim Cattrall Kim Cattrall, most known for her role on Sex and the City is an actress born in Liverpool England. Cattrall has received and won both Golden Globe and Emmy Awards throughout her acting career.

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Morgan Fairchild Born in Dallas Texas, Morgan Fairchild is an actress who started off acting in the soap opera Search for Tomorrow. She continued her soap opera path by featuring in Dallas and later Flamingo Road where she was nominated for her first Golden Globe Award.

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Brooke Shields The beautiful Brooke Shields started modeling at a youthful age which opened her up to the world of acting before most others.  Her recent work includes voicing over Mr. Pickles and Mama Named Me Sheriff.

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Diane Lane is an actress and producer born in New York City; she picks up acting after her father who was a Manhattan drama coach. Her first starring feature was in Child Bride of short Creek at the age of 15, she later got into more serious acting in roles such as The Outsiders, which launched her career.

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Winona Ryder An exceedingly popular Hollywood actor, has been in the industry since age 14. After gaining popularity from the performance Beetlejuice, was casted in the films Mermaids, Dracula, and Heather’s, in which she played more innocent roles.

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Diane Keaton Born and raised in Los Angeles, Diane Keaton has known the ins and outs of Hollywood since the very beginning. She landed her first role in Lovers and Other Strangers in 1970, which later landed her starring role in The Godfather Parts I, II, and III.

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Lynda Carter Is known for being an actress, singer, songwriter, and model for beauty pageants. She is most popularly known for playing Wonder Woman in 1975 which racked in international fame.

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Catherine Bach Catherine Bach’s creative and unique personality carried her through Hollywood. She is an actress known for her part in The Dukes of Hazzard, during filming she suggested bringing her own costume because she felt as if the one given was inappropriate.

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Sharon Stone Born in Meadville Pennsylvania Sharon Stone is an actor, model, and producer. She began her career modeling in pageants leading to runway modeling for the Ford Modeling Agency.

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Adrienne Barbeau Born in Sacramento California, Adrienne Barbeau is an actor, singer, and writer of three Books. She began her fame in the Broadway Musical production Greece. She is widely known for starring in science fiction and horror films such as Escape From New York, Swamp Thing, and The Fog, as well as voicing over Catwoman on Batman’s animated series.

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Sally Field There is no doubt that Sally Field took Hollywood by storm, she impressively received three Primetime Emmy Awards, two Academy Awards, two Golden Globe Awards, and a Screen Actors Guild award.

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Victoria Principal Born in Fukuoka Japan, Victoria Principal is an entrepreneur, author, producer, and actress. She moved to the United States and launched her career first featuring in TV commercials. She is most popularly known for starring in the soap opera Dallas.

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Shirley McLaine has a huge personality both on and off the screen. Acclaimed to be full of energy, quirky, and headstrong it is no surprise that her acting blows critics away, earning her two British Academy Film Awards, an Academy Award, a Primetime Emmy Award and five Golden Globe Awards.

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Connie Sellecca A producer, actor, and model. After modeling in New York, she was first seen acting in the Bermuda depths. She is very well known for her roles in Captain America II: Death Too Soon, The Greatest American Hero, and Hotel.

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Heather Locklear The consecutive nominee for the Golden Globe Award, Heather Locklear, is an actress born and raised in Los Angeles California. She gained most of her fame from starring in the film Melrose Place, which got nominated for four Golden Globe Awards.

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Mia Farrow Born in the beautiful Beverly Hills California, Mia Farrow grew up in a talented household, with her mother as an actor and her father a director. She was primarily recognized from the early film Guns at Batasi where she won her first Golden Globe Award.

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Demi Moore The beautiful Demi Moore is an exceptionally talented actor and film producer. She is very widely known for her starring role in Striptease, in which she was paid $12.5 million, making her the highest paid actor during the time.

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Kim Basinger modeled in New York with the Ford Modeling Agency, taking after her mother Ann Lee, before her acting career in Los Angeles. She was first seen featured on ABC’s Charlie’s Angels, before starring in Katie: Portrait of a Centerfold.

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Goldie Hawn has been an exceedingly popular actor in Hollywood since the beginning she’s considered a bankable star, guaranteeing success in any role. In her early years she took on ballet & tap, making her first debut in Romeo & Juliet.

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Barbra Streisand Born in the Big Apple Barbara Streisand has been in the acting business for a successful 7 decades. Her love for songwriting and music drove her to releasing the very popular album The Barbra Streisand Album, the engagement in her recording career launched her passion for acting.

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Shelley Long gained international fame by starring in the sitcom cheers as Diane Chambers. From the popularity of the show, she won two Golden Globe Awards, and later starred in The Brady Bunch, Money Pit, Troop Beverly Hills, and most recently ABC’s Modern Family.

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Meg Ryan is widely known for her acting in romantic comedies, as well as being a producer. At the beginning of her career, she featured in commercials and landed her first role in the soap opera As the World Turns.

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Sissy Spacek Before her acting career Sissy Spacek strived to be a singer using the name Rainbo but ended up joining the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute once the sales of her single started to drop. She began her path in acting starring in Badlands in 1973 which then got nominated for an Academy Award.

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Jessica Lange Receiving countless accolades Jessica Lange is a staple actor in television starring in many films, movies, and plays. Her acting style described as fast yet dreamy carried her fame into her most recent appearance in the immensely popular series American Horror Story.

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Meryl Streep An adaptive and resourceful personality is what drove Meryl Streep to fame. During her roles she was able to embody the character’s life which caught director’s attention, winning her three Academy Awards and nine Golden Globe Awards.

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Shawnee Smith Shawnee Smith is an actress and singer. Before her acting career she toured globally with the rock bands Fydolla Ho and Smith & Pile. From a young age Smith performed in plays such as To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday, in which she became the youngest actress to receive the Dramalogue Critics Award.

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Isabelle Adjani French actress Isabelle Adjani holds the record amount of Cesar Awards dedicated to her. Her early work includes French theatre productions in which she started acting at the age of 14, and later starred in the praised film The Story of Adele H.

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Jane Alexander has always had a passion for acting since before even attending college, in college she studied theater and focused on solidifying her acting career. She made her first debut featuring in the Broadway production A Thousand Clowns, leading to The Great White Hope.

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Natassja Kinski the German actor and model is known globally due to her work in Europe. She first got introduced to acting while working in her hometown as a model, her first role was in The Wrong Move.

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Rae Dawn Chong Daughter of the actor and comedian Tommy Chong, Rae Dawn Chong is an actress in many popular films as well as a director. Her first acting role was in the film Quest for Fire in which she won a Genie Award.

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Molly Ringwald Born in Roseville, California Molly Ringwald has many talents in the arts. At the early age of 5 Ringwald started acting, featured in Alice in Wonderland, Annie, and at 15 she launched her professional career, starring in the hit movies The Breakfast Club and Sixteen Candles.

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Angela Bassett Born in the Big Apple, New York City, Angela Bassett is an activist, actress, producer, and director. She was nominated for many Academy Awards and won a Golden Globe for her role in the film What’s Love Got to Do with It.

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Bette Milder has a boatload of accomplishments, spanning over 50 years. She won her first Golden Globe Awards for her film The Rose, and later won two more for the films Gypsy and For the Boys.

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Denise Katherine Matthews also known as Vanity is an actor, model, singer, songwriter, and dancer. Vanity began her career in modeling for the Zoli Model Agency as well as competing for Miss Canada in 1978.

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Ione Skye Born in Hampstead London Ione Skye is an actress, author, and painter. She first started acting in the film River’s Edge and later starred in director Cameron Crowe’s feature film The Rachel papers.

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Whoopi Goldberg Born in the Big Apple Whoopi Goldberg is a woman of many talents. She is an actor, comedian, television personality, and author who has won a Tony Award, Grammy Award, Academy Award, and Emmy Award.

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Glenn Close is an actor and producer with a love for anthropology. She was entered in the American Theater Hall of Fame in 2019 due to her influential acting in Broadway productions, films, musicals, and producing her own film.

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Pam Grier is a strong notable actor for her roles in empowering films such as Foxy Brown Friday Foster and The L Word. She was the first woman in the industry to star in action and crime movies, paving the path for female actors.

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Lea Thompson Born straight out of Hollywood California Jennifer Jason Leigh is an actor, taking after her parents Barbara Turner and Vic Morrow. She is widely known in the film’s Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Cycle and recently in the series Atypical and film Annihilation.

This article is originally published on Adventure Crunch.