Where Are They Now?


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They were Hol­ly­wood A-lis­ters at the top of their game, only to fade from the spot­light. Learn about the shock­ing se­cret lives of long-lost stars.


In the late ’90s, Shania Twain was one of the big­gest mu­sic stars in the coun­try. But around 2000, feel­ing ready for a break, she re­treated to Switzer­land with then-hus­band Mutt Lange and had a son, Eja. All stayed quiet on the pro­fes­sional front — she didn’t record an al­bum for 15 years. But her per­sonal life made head­lines when Mutt’s af­fair with Shania’s best friend was ex­posed and, in a twist wor­thy of a coun­try song, Shania found love with the pal’s ex-hus­band, Frédéric Thiébaud. The singer, 54, was back on top with a world tour in 2018, and re­cently an­nounced her new Las Ve­gas res­i­dency, which kicks off Dec. 6.


She was an in-de­mand lead­ing lady, thanks to mem­o­rable turns in Top Gun (she played Tom Cruise’s love in­ter­est) and Wit­ness with Har­ri­son Ford. But the 62-year-old left show­biz shortly af­ter to get sober and go “on a jour­ney to fig­ure out who the hell” she was, she says. Now the mom of two, who pub­licly came out as a les­bian in 2009, teaches act­ing classes in North Carolina. As for a guest stint in Top Gun 2? “Oh my god, no,” she re­cently said. “I’m old and fat!”


In 2009, the Who’s the Boss ac­tor took a hia­tus from act­ing to teach 10th-grade English in Philadel­phia. The 68-yearold star says get­ting in front of a chalk­board had been a life­long dream. “The im­pe­tus and the de­sire to go do it was be­cause I could smell 60,” he says, “[and I thought] I bet­ter do this be­fore I can’t do it any­more.” The stint lasted just a year (one se­mes­ter of which was filmed for the A&E se­ries Teach: Tony Danza), but the star — whose 2018 Netflix se­ries The Good Cop was can­celed af­ter its first sea­son — says he still hosts the school’s an­nual tal­ent show!


He’s doing great now, but that wasn’t al­ways the case for the Home Im­prove­ment ac­tor. In 1978, long be­fore that show’s 1991 launch, the ac­tor was ar­rested at a Michi­gan air­port for pos­ses­sion of co­caine, and sub­se­quently pleaded guilty to drug traf­fick­ing charges. He spent just over two years at a fed­eral prison in Min­nesota be­fore be­ing paroled in 1981. “It put me in a po­si­tion of great hu­mil­ity, and I was able to make amends to friends and fam­ily and re­fo­cus my life,” says Tim, 66, who went on to great suc­cess in both tele­vi­sion and movies, in­clud­ing the record­break­ing Toy Story se­ries.


Twenty years ago, she was busy rack­ing up awards and nom­i­na­tions for her work on Mad About You and op­po­site Jack Ni­chol­son in As Good as It Gets. These days, the 56-year-old sin­gle mom is most likely to be found surf­ing the waves in Mal­ibu and fo­cus­ing on rais­ing her teenage daugh­ter. Fol­low­ing a pub­lic ap­pear­ance ear­lier this year, the ac­tress was ru­mored to have got­ten plas­tic surgery on her face. “She doesn’t look like her­self,” whis­pers an in­sider. But van­ity is no longer im­por­tant to her, He­len says. “I gave up wor­ry­ing about it.”


“I needed a minute,” says the ac­tress of ditch­ing the spot­light and mov­ing to Lon­don af­ter a string of big- and small-screen hits, in­clud­ing TV’s Party of Five and ’90s flicks like The Craft, Scream and Wild Things. The 45-yearold mom of two ad­mits that be­ing pi­geon­holed as a hor­ror movie star caused re­sent­ment — but she’s since adopted a more grate­ful at­ti­tude and moved on to less-scary roles in House of Cards and the Cana­dian film Cas­tle in the Ground. She doesn’t think she’ll show up on the up­com­ing PO5 re­boot, but says, “I look for­ward to see­ing it!”


The long­time ac­tor was still star­ring as beloved Jack Bauer on Fox’s wildly pop­u­lar se­ries 24 in 2007, when he was or­dered to serve

48 days in jail for a DUI con­vic­tion and vi­o­lat­ing pro­ba­tion. “I have gone to jail a few times in my life for doing some in­cred­i­bly stupid stuff,” says the 52-year-old, “and I can tell you, the first thing you lose when you walk through those doors is your dig­nity.” In re­cent years, the cleaned-up star —who went on to play the lead in Des­ig­nated Sur­vivor for three sea­sons — has been fo­cused on his mu­sic ca­reer.


As a child star, he per­formed along­side the likes of Justin Tim­ber­lake and Brit­ney Spears on The Mickey Mouse Club, then par­layed that into a rock-solid film ca­reer. But the 38-year-old fa­ther of two has al­ways kept his dis­tance from the trap­pings of Hol­ly­wood. In 2007, he lived in the Skid Row area of L.A., say­ing, “You can’t fil­ter your­self from real­ity there.” And in 2013, he took a mini break from act­ing to get “per­spec­tive.”


It was an epic fall from, well, grace for the Grace Un­der Fire star. Af­ter a suc­cess­ful five-year run on the ABC sit­com, the co­me­dian spi­raled out of con­trol due to a se­ri­ous drug ad­dic­tion, which ul­ti­mately left her home­less. “I did ev­ery­thing but crack and nee­dles,” she re­veals. “I did it till the wheels came off.” Her rock bot­tom was end­ing up in a home­less shel­ter. Brett, 61, has since got­ten to a much bet­ter place — she starred in two episodes of The Left­overs in 2015 and also ap­peared in How to Get Away With Mur­der in 2016.

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