While some celebrities move on to bigger and bigger projects and never leave the limelight, some simply fizzle out and fade into obscurity. Be it family, or plain inadequacy concerning their acting chops, these once burgeoning Hollywood leading ladies are now a thing of the past. Let’s see their reasons for doing so!

Meg Ryan


With classic hits under her belt such as ‘Sleepless in Seattle’, ‘You’ve Got Mail’, ‘When Harry Met Sally’, Meg Ryan was a favorite for the casting directors in the 80’s and 90’s. But her success only lasted so long after her messy divorce from actor Dennis Quaid, which hurt her reputation, accompanied by some extreme plastic surgery.

Amanda Bynes

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Bynes rose to prominence as a child actor on Nickelodeon shows ‘All That’ and ‘The Amanda Show’. But her fall from grace was swift, thanks to her erratic behavior, trouble with the law, and dramatic change in her physical appearance mid-2000’s. She hasn’t been seen on TV since, with claims that she’s focusing on a fashion career.

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Lauryn became a household name with her role in the much-beloved film ‘Sister Act 2: Back In Habit’. The audience was captivated by her powerful voice and she soon followed it up with the release of her critically acclaimed album ‘The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill.’ But then, Lauryn left public life almost entirely. Rumors were that she joined a cult, or lost her mind.

Grace Kelly

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Grace Kelly exuded the vibes of a royal even before she married the Prince of Monaco. A darling of the 50’s, her career came to an abrupt end when she married Prince Rainier the Third. Grace Kelly became the Princess of Monaco and left the silver screen behind. Possibly the best reason to leave Hollywood!

Elizabeth Hurley

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Equal parts sultry and sassy and an English accent to add to it, Elizabeth Hurley was an erotic icon in the 90’s. But her looks were going to take her only so far, it seems. Her last prominent role was in early 2000, and aside from a few gig here and there, Hurley has faded away.

Phoebe Cates

retired actor-pheobeThe brunette beauty from the iconic red bikini scene from ‘Fast Times at Ridgemont High’, Phoebe Cates made an abrupt exit from Hollywood in the mid-90’s after meeting her husband Kevin Kline. She was an empty presence in movies after the birth of her second child.