1990s: These child movie stars disappeared from circulation


From Jake Lloyd to Ariana Richards to Heather Langenkamp and Phoebe Cates, focus on eight child stars of the ’90s who disappeared (or almost) from the radar.

They were successful at a very young age and then disappeared from circulation, by choice or simply because fate had not chosen to accompany them further on the road to the sets. From Jake Lloyd, Anakin Skywalker from Star Wars – The Phantom Menace, to Ariana Richards, the girl from Spielberg’s Jurassic Park, through Heather Langenkamp and Phoebe Cates, fighting respectively with Freddy and the Gremlins, focus on eight child-stars. 90s whose careers in front of the camera quickly came to an end.

Mara WilsonMadame Doubtfire

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Revealed in 1993 with the comedy Madame Doubtfire, in which she plays Natalie Hillard, the daughter of the character played by Robin Williams, the American Mara Wilson has a nice career as a child star. She is seen in the credits of the family productions Miracle on 34th Street, The Fairy Wars and Matilda. With this latest film, we imagine her career launched from her, and yet Mara Wilson decides to call it quits in the early 2000s, not feeling free enough creatively. She became a writer, publishing in 2016 the autobiographical work Where Am I Now?: True Stories of Childhood and Accidental Fame.

Ariana Richards (Jurassic Park)

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ariana richards started her career as a child star very strongly, the girl playing in front of the camera of Steven Spielberg inside Jurassic Park and The Lost World, cult blockbusters in which she plays Lex Murphy, the granddaughter of John Hammond. But the young American will completely disappear from circulation after the movie Tremors 3, released in theaters in 2001. After being a singer for a while with the release of an album titled First Love, Ariana Richards became in impressionist painting.

Heather Langenkamp (Claws of the Night)

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Horror movie fans will inevitably remember his terrified face when he found himself fighting the terrifying Freddy Krueger in the claws of the night. If she hasn’t completely given up on her acting career (we saw her again in Freddy’s Night Out and Star Trek Into Darkness), heather langenkamp still largely shelved the trays. But Hollywood is never far away for the American, since she opened AFX Studioscompany specializing in special effects and makeup.

Jimmy Workman (The Addams Family)

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Revealed at the beginning of the 90s with the comedy The Addams Family, in which he plays the son Pugsley, the American Jimmy Workman has not seen his career take off. He found his comic-ghoulish role in Addams Family Values, appeared in For Better and For Worse, and that’s about it… Jimmy Workman retired from the sets in the early ’90s. big screen. .

Jake Lloyd (Star Wars)

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When, in 1999, jake lloydAfter replicating Arnold Schwarzenegger in The Toy Race, he plays Anakin Skywalker in Star Wars – The Phantom MenaceThere is no doubt that the little one has everything to become a star. However, the young American lives very badly with a celebrity who makes his life hell and quickly disappears from the sets. In 2020, his mother reports that Jake, now 33, has Paranoid schizophrenia.

Phoebe CatesGremlins

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Nostalgics of the 80s necessarily remember phoebe catsrevealed with It’s Getting Hot at Ridgemont High School and, above all, fantastic comedy gremlins. He will resume his role as Kate Beringer in Gremlins 2, then appears very episodically on screen until 2001 and The Anniversary Party. Since then, she swims … The American, married to actor Kevin Kline since 1989, said “stop” to the profession, premiering in New York Blue Tree Storespecializing in the sale of jewelry and clothing.

Charlie Korsmo (Hook)

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In 1991, the path to success seemed clear for young Charlie Korsmo. In fact, he is chosen to give the answer to robin williams on the hook Steven Spielberg, family production that sees him being captured by the terrible Captain Hook. However, the artistic career of the young American will not go beyond the year 1998 with a role in the feature film Big Party. Charlie Korsmo will completely change his environment, becoming a lawyer.

Lisa Jakub (Independence Day)

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With his roles in the comedy mrs doubtfire (while marie wilsonAlso on this list, she plays one of the daughters of robin williams) and the fantasy blockbuster Independence Day (where she plays Randy Quaid’s daughter), many would have bet that young Lisa Jakub was on her way to a successful film career. It will not be like that, the young American will disappear completely from the radar from 2000. Finding no more interest in comedy, Lisa Jakub has become a blogger, writer and yoga teacher.


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