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30 of Your Childhood Crushes Then and Now

SEPTEMBER 21, 2015  —  By Jason Lopez

30 of Your Childhood Crushes Then and Now

Kirsten Dunst (Judy from Jumanji)

Kirsten Dunst (Judy from <em>Jumanji</em>)

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Kirsten Dunst has worked nonstop since she was a child, starring in films such as 'Interview with a Vampire' and 'Jumanji' to more recently 'Melancholia' and Sam Raimi's Spider-Man trilogy.

A versatile beauty who proves she can play innocent to seductive, we expect Kirsten Dunst will have a long career as she refuses to run out of steam. You can next see her grace the screen in the science fiction drama, 'Midnight Special.'

Jennifer Love-Hewitt (Julie James from I Know What You Did Last Summer)

Jennifer Love-Hewitt (Julie James from <em>I Know What You Did Last Summer</em>)

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Jennifer Love-Hewitt may have started her career as a scream queen in 'I Know What You Did Last Summer' but she rose through the ranks of Hollywood to prove that she was here to stay.

From communicating with ghosts in 'Ghost Whisperer' to chasing down crooks in 'Criminal Minds', she has had quite the colorful career (we won't get into her short-lived gig as a naughty masseuse). We look forward to seeing where she goes from here.

Christina Aguilera

Christina Aguilera

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When she first launched her career in the same year as Britney Spears, it was thought there was no way she would be able to compete. However, Christina proved that she had the voice and differentiation in style to break out of the pop mold and her powerhouse voice helped her dominate the music scene and win multiple Grammy Awards.

Currently, a main judge on NBC's 'The Voice' Aguilera is giving back her talent to those hoping to break into the music scene while working on her eighth studio album.

Jennifer Aniston (Friends)

Jennifer Aniston (<em>Friends</em>)

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Everyone knows Jennifer Aniston for her infamous role as Rachel in the hit sitcom 'Friends' but fun fact she actually originally auditioned for the role Monica. After eleven years on the beloved show, Jennifer moved away from television and into film where she had a string of success in comedy and drama roles.

Her latest film 'Cake' became a huge contender this awards season, earning Aniston her first Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress.

Melissa Joan Hart (Sabrina the Teenage Witch)

Melissa Joan Hart (<em>Sabrina the Teenage Witch</em>)

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Melissa Joan Hart launched her career on 'Clarissa Explains It All' at Nickelodeon but is mainly known for her role as Sabrina on 'Sabrina the Teenage Witch' where she bewitched our hearts for seven years before moving on to 'Melissa and Joey' which was unfortunately recently canceled.

As for now Melissa continues being a spokesperson for the diet program Nutrisystem.

Alicia Silverstone (Clueless)

Alicia Silverstone (<em>Clueless</em>)

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Alicia Silverstone stole our hearts as the lovable Cher in the '90s hit 'Clueless' before disappearing from the limelight for several years. While she has had a few films to add to her roster over the last few years, she now spends most of her time as an animal right's activist.

A self-proclaimed vegan, Silverstone has taken part in many campaigns for PETA as she promotes her lifestyle changes and healthy living.

Kelly LeBrock (Lisa from Weird Science)

Kelly LeBrock (Lisa from <em>Weird Science</em>)

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Kelly LeBrock became an obsession for teenage boys everywhere when the film 'Weird Science' was released as the sexy woman created by a science experiment. Unfortunately, her acting career did not take off as she thought it would and she has only been in a handful of D-list movies over the past decade. Recently, she mentioned she would like to return to acting, however at this moment in time she's not booked anything.

Thankfully, while her career has failed her looks have not as she has aged with grace.

Danielle Fishel (Topanga from Boy Meets World)

Danielle Fishel (Topanga from <em>Boy Meets World</em>)

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Danielle Fishel broke into the business with her starring role on 'Boy Meets World' as Topanga Lawrence, the eclectic and hilarious girlfriend of Cory Matthews.

While her career became nonexistent after the show, she recently has returned to the role that made her famous by starring in the sequel spin-off 'Girl Meets World' which focuses on Cory and Topanga's daughter.

Spice Girls (Then)

Spice Girls (Then)

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This girl group launched their careers in 1996 and their single 'Wannabe' put them on the map where Scary Spice (Mel B), Sporty Spice (Mel C), Baby Spice (Emma), Ginger Spice ( Geri) and Posh Spice (Victoria Beckham) became household names. Their music shot them into stardom rapidly with their debut album 'SpiceWorld' selling over 20 million copies worldwide.

However, the group lost Geri Halliwell in 1998 and disbanded in 2000 for an indefinite hiatus.

Spice Girls (Now)

Spice Girls (Now)

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Today, the Spice Girls all have their own successful careers with Geri Halliwell and Victoria Beckham leading the pack. Geri has gone on to a successful solo career while Victoria is now known for her fashion branding. All of the girls reunited in 2008 for a comeback album and tour, however this proved to be troublesome for the group realizing that times had changed and their hearts weren't in it.

Their last performance together was in 2012 at the London Olympics.

Drew Barrymore (Charlie's Angels)

Drew Barrymore (<em>Charlie's Angels</em>)

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Today, the Spice Girls all have their own successful careers with Geri Halliwell and Victoria Beckham leading the pack. Geri has gone on to a successful solo career while Victoria is now known for her fashion branding. All of the girls reunited in 2008 for a comeback album and tour, however this proved to be troublesome for the group realizing that times had changed and their hearts weren't in it.

Their last performance together was in 2012 at the London Olympics.

Tiffani Amber Thiessen (Kelly Kapowski from Saved by the Bell)

Tiffani Amber Thiessen (Kelly Kapowski from <em>Saved by the Bell</em>)

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Tiffani Amber Thiessen became the object of affection for teenage boys everywhere as Kelly in 'Saved by the Bell' which launched her acting career and brought her to fame in the 1990s. She went on to star as bad girl Valerie Malone in '90210' where afterwards her career seemed to take a stall and she added several D-list films to her resume.

However, in 2009 her career took another leap forward as she took on the lead role for the TV show 'White Collar' which ran until 2014. Currently, she has her own cooking show called 'Dinner at Tiffani's.'

Soleil Moon Frye (Punky Brewster)

Soleil Moon Frye (<em>Punky Brewster</em>)

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Ah, we all remember the cute Punky Brewster and she couldn't have been brought to life without the talents of Soleil Moon Frye. While the show only lasted for four seasons, Soleil went on to guest star in several shows before taking a hiatus from acting. However, she returned to the scene as Sabrina Spellman's roommate in 'Sabrina the Teenage Witch' where she remained until 2003.

Now she focuses on being a mother to her three children and has recently dipped her toes into writing novels.

Alexa Vega (Carmen from Spy Kids)

Alexa Vega (Carmen from <em>Spy Kids</em>)

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rom 'Spy Kids' to 'Machete' Alexa Vega has proven she has versatility when it comes to the roles she can play. Leaving her child star roots behind her to perform in more mature films, she has had a very fruitful career over the last decade.

She is currently married to Carlos PenaVega and is expected to guest star in an upcoming episode of 'The Mentalist.'

Christine Lakin (Al from Step by Step)

Christine Lakin (Al from <em>Step by Step</em>)

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You remember sporty Al, from 'Step by Step' right? Well, Al is all grown up and has ditched the overalls for a push-up bra. Christine Lakin has fought to stay in the limelight since 'Step by Step' went off the air starring in a few box office bombs (remember Hottie and the Nottie?) as well as a multitude of independent films.

She has spent most of her time in guest roles on hit TV shows such as 'Melissa & Joey' and 'CSI' proving she still has the power to book gigs even if they aren't as a leading lady.

Britney Spears

Britney Spears

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No one would have guessed that this Disney Mouseketeer would rise through the ranks in the late 1990s to take her throne as the Queen of Pop, let alone maintain a career for well over a decade. When Britney Spears first hit the music scene with her debut single 'Hit Me Baby One More Time' she turned the pop world upside down and has continued to reinvent herself throughout the years.

Although she had a rocky marriage to Kevin Federline for a short time as well as a career all-time low when she took a four year hiatus from music, Britney has fought her way back to the top with her albums 'Femme Fatale' and 'Britney Jean. 'The latest to take on a Las Vegas residency, fans can now see Britney perform in her 'Piece of Me' concert at Planet Hollywood.

Alyssa Milano (Samantha from Who?s the Boss)

Alyssa Milano (Samantha from <em>Who?s the Boss</em>)

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Alyssa Milano's ticket to fame began as Sam in 'Who's the Boss?' before going on to star in the CW's 'Charmed' for seven years. Since then she has taken on roles in several movies and TV shows, before landing the role of Savi on ABC's 'Mistresses.'

Sadly, due to the production moving to Vancouver she left after two seasons and now spends her time mothering her two young children.

Danica McKellar (Winnie from The Wonder Years)

Danica McKellar (Winnie from <em>The Wonder Years</em>)

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Winnie from 'The Wonder Years' left Hollywood after her successful run on the show to focus on school, specifically mathematics where she has created a line of study software to help improve teens' math skills. While she still took on small roles in films and TV shows, Danica admitted to reporters her transition from child actress to an adult was rather rocky.

Recently, she returned to the limelight as a contestant on 'Dancing with the Stars.'

Amanda Bynes (All That)

Amanda Bynes (<em>All That</em>)

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Amanda Bynes began her career on the hit kid's show 'All That' and starred in a flurry of films such as 'She's the Man' and 'Easy A.' However, a string of psychological problems effectively killed Byne's acting career and recently she was finally diagnosed as schizophrenic.

Thankfully, she has begun to receive treatment and focus on a career in fashion design but most would agree she is simply not the same girl we grew up with.

Lea Thompson (Marty McFly?s Mom in Back to the Future)

Lea Thompson (Marty McFly?s Mom in <em>Back to the Future</em>)

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Lea Thompson is best known as Marty McFly's mother from 'Back to the Future' which put her on the fast track to stardom. Since then she has been in films like 'Dennis the Menace' and had her own sitcom in the '90s called 'Caroline in the City.'

Recently, she has been in some small films, like the box office bomb 'Left Behind' and competed on 'Dancing with the Stars.'

Christina Ricci (Wednesday Addams from The Addams Family)

Christina Ricci (Wednesday Addams from <em>The Addams Family</em>)

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Ricci was creepy and kooky in the 'The Addams Family' which launched her career, making her the "it" girl in the '90s. While her career stalled for awhile, she did return to the scene in Wes Craven's troubled production of 'Cursed.'

Lately, she can be seen swinging her axe on Lifetime in 'Lizzie Borden Took an Axe.'

Jennifer Grey (Dirty Dancing)

Jennifer Grey (<em>Dirty Dancing</em>)

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Made famous for her moves in 'Dirty Dancing' Jennifer Grey became a household name in the 1980s. Sadly, her career came to a halt after a routine rhinoplasty left her unrecognizable. While did secure parts in smaller roles, her career never took off again.

Recently, she returned to her dancing roots by competing on 'Dancing with the Stars' proving she still had the moves that made her famous all those years ago.

Amy Jo Johnson (The Pink Ranger from Power Rangers)

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Known as the Pink Ranger by kids from the '90s, Amy Jo Johnson left the limelight after 'Power Rangers' to focus on her music career. Lately, she has been producing and directing short films which have done well in the film festival circuit and proving she is a triple threat when it comes to creativity.

Amy just launched a successful Kickstarter Campaign for her first feature film which is expected to shoot summer 2015.

Anna Chlumsky (Vada from My Girl)

Anna Chlumsky (Vada from <em>My Girl</em>)

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Anna Chlumsky came swinging onto the scene in the tearjerker 'My Girl' and its successful sequel 'My Girl 2? before taking a break from acting and focusing on school. She took on a few roles here and there in her teen years before making a career comeback in HBO's 'Veep.'

She can also be seen in a recurring role on NBC's 'Hannibal.'

Madeline Zima (Grace Sheffield from The Nanny)

Madeline Zima (Grace Sheffield from <em>The Nanny</em>)

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Madeline rose to fame in the '90s sitcom the 'The Nanny' and has yet to lose steam as she's taken on starring roles in 'Californication' and 'NBC's 'Heroes.'

An awkward child but growing into a stunning beauty, Madeline has proved she has got the looks and talent to make it in Hollywood for years to come.

Natalie Portman (Mathilda from Leon: The Professional)

Natalie Portman (Mathilda from <em>Leon: The Professional</em>)

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Natalie Portman stepped onto the acting scene at the age of 12 and rose to stardom in the critically-panned Star Wars prequel trilogy as Padme, Luke and Leia's mother. Now she is very selective on the roles she takes, with her film resume continuing to grow with the critical hit 'Black Swan' which won her an Oscar as well as playing Thor's love interest, Jane for Marvel.

She is now married and focused on raising her child.

Katie Holmes (Joey from Dawson?s Creek)

Katie Holmes (Joey from <em>Dawson?s Creek</em>)

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From 'Dawson's Creek' to fleeing the Church of Scientology and her ex-husband Tom Cruise, Katie Holmes has lived quite a colorful life with many different acting roles to account for.

While her career stalled after 'Batman Begins' and her marriage to Tom Cruise, she has recently been returning to acting with her role as the iconic Jackie Kennedy as well as guest roles on various sitcoms.

Christy Carlson Romano (Renee ?Ren? from Even Stevens)

Christy Carlson Romano (Renee ?Ren? from <em>Even Stevens</em>)

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Christy Carlson Romano is best known for her roles in 'Even Stevens' and as the voice of the title character of the animated series 'Kim Possible.' Throughout her teenage years she starred in several Disney films before taking on more voice over work.

She is well-known for her work on the Kingdom Hearts video games and the film 'Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children' where she voiced the role of Yuffie.

Hilary Duff (Lizzie McGuire)

Hilary Duff (<em>Lizzie McGuire</em>)

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Hilary Duff rose to stardom with her hit show 'Lizzie Maguire' which ran from 2001-2004. She continued to have success through multiple Disney films before taking a break from the film industry to focus on her music. However, she decided to disappear from the limelight completely to get married and have her first child in 2010.

Recently, she has returned to music with her first single dropping in 2014 ahead of her fifth studio album.

Mila Kunis (That ?70s Show)

Mila Kunis (<em>That ?70s Show</em>)

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Launching her career with 'That 70's Show' Mila Kunis has continued to rise to fame with roles in 'Family Guy' as Meg and in films like 'Black Swan' and 'Forgetting Sarah Marshall."

Recently, she married her 'That 70's Show' co-star Ashton Kutcher and had their first child. She also starred in the box office failure 'Jupiter Ascending.'

Courteney Cox (Friends)

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Courtney Cox brought the funny as Monica in 'Friends' who's wacky personality was hilarious and endearing. Since then she went on to star as the ruthless reporter Gale Weathers in all four 'Scream' films and currently starts in the series 'Cougar Town.'

When she's not acting she is raising her daughter with ex-husband David Arquette and planning her wedding to Snow Patrol band member Johnny McDaid.

Larisa Oleynik (Alex Mack)

Larisa Oleynik (Alex Mack)

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This California born girl has been stealing hearts since her first roles in 1993. Oleynik is known mostly for her roles in 10 Things I Hate About You and The Secret World Of Alex Mack. Larisa has now guest starred in a few widely known shows such as Mad Men andHawaii Five-o.

Larisa is now 33 and still lives in California!

Jenna Von Oy (Blossom)

Jenna Von Oy (Blossom)

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Jenna was born in Connecticut as Jennifer Jean Von Oy. She began acting in 1990 with her most famous movie Blossom.

She went on to star in The Parkers and A Goofy Movie. Jenna married Brad Bratcher in 2010 and they have two beautiful children together.

Marley Shelton (The Sandlot)

Marley Shelton (The Sandlot)

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Shelton wasn't always interested in life on the big stage. Her father was a producer but she never wanted to act. When she finally started her acting career she began working with Tobey Maguire in Pleasantville.

She then went on to make movies like The Sandlot, The Bachelor, Uptown Girls, and many many more.