Fame can be all too fleeting for some. One minute you’re the leading lady of a money-spinning blockbuster, the next you’re taking third bill in a straight-to-DVD flop. Here are 20 actresses – some of whom even have major awards to their names – who have discovered just how fickle the film industry can be.
20. Amanda Bynes
After wrapping up Nickelodeon hit The Amanda Show, Amanda Bynes enjoyed success with big-screen outings What a Girl Wants, Hairspray and Easy A. But since 2012 she’s become more famous for her troubled private life than her talents. She’s twice been arrested for DUI and has repeatedly been hospitalized for mental health issues. Bynes later announced that she was quitting acting to pursue a career as a fashion designer.
19. Rebecca Gayheart
Rebecca Gayheart was a teen movie regular at the turn of the century thanks to roles in Jawbreaker, Harvard Man and Urban Legend. The former “Noxzema Girl” later turned to the small screen with parts in Nip/Tuck and Dead Like Me. But since appearing in the aptly-titled 2006 conspiracy drama Vanished, she’s all but disappeared from our screens. Indeed, three guest TV spots and supporting roles in Bunny Whipped, G.B.F. and Grey Lady are her only credits from the past decade.