Forgotten Hollywood Bombshells: Where Are They Now?

Entertainment | Camille Travis | 07/10/2015 | 04:00 PM EDT

They were hot back then, but have since cooled down. So we ask: where are they now?

We're taking a trip down memory lane to check in on some of our favorite film and television bombshells from the past. We know their faces and can remember their roles, but where are they now? Find out below.

 


CYNDA WILLIAMS


Williams first stepped on the scene in the Spike Lee joint Mo' Betta Blues in 1990, where she played the beautiful and talented singer Clarke Betancourt. Looking to capitalize on the success of the film, Williams locked in a deal with Sony to produce an album, but the project was later shelved due to internal disagreements. She continued to sing on the local circuit and with bands, as music was one of her true loves. Williams went on to star in films such as One False Move, The Tie That Binds, Turning Point and more. She also nabbed a slew of TV roles, including a part in the Emmy Award-winning television movie Introducing Dorothy Dandridge, starring Halle Berry. In 2012, she starred in the stage production "Immediate Family," directed by Phylicia Rashad.  


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THERESA RANDLE


Randle grabbed bit parts in Jungle Fever, Malcolm X, Bad Boys and more before landing a starring role in 1996's Girl 6 as an out-of-work actress turned phone sex operator. Later that year, she played Michael Jordan's wife, Juanita Jordan, in the classic sports comedy Space Jam. In 2000, Randle took the title role in the TV movie Livin' For Love: The Natalie Cole Story, based on the Grammy Award-winning singer. The actress stayed busy with a part in 2003's Bad Boys II, as well as television roles in "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" and "State of Mind." Randle was last seen in the 2010 drama Shit Year.


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ALYSIA ROGERS


Rogers' star was brighter than ever after starring in John Singleton's film debut Boyz N The Hood and later Class Act with Kid 'n Play. But things took a turn after 1992 when she became pregnant with her first child. In a 2012 interview with News Blaze, the actress said she stepped away from Hollywood to become a full-time mother. She said: "I was a single mother shortly after my last film and devoted all of me to figuring out this motherhood thing and trying to be the best mom I could be because she was my world. Now she's a wonderful young college student and I feel it's time to finish what I started years ago." Since her return, Rogers has starred in the drama short Beyond Merritt.


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ALLISON DEAN


Dean made her acting debut as the 'round-the-way girl in Coming To America in 1988. After the film, she grabbed a few roles here and there-- "CBS Schoolbreak Special" and "Chicago Hope" for television and Cool As Ice and Without A Pass for film. She nabbed a small role in 1997's Speed 2: Cruise Control opposite Sandra Bullock. She later appeared in "Once and Again," "Alias," the beloved "Girlfriends" and more. In 2016, she's expected to appear in the horror thriller The Final Table.

 

 

TRACY BINGHAM


Bingham made most of her coins as a babe on the popular '90s series "Baywatch." In addition to being a bikini, lingerie and fitness model, she's stayed busy with a number of roles on television. A short list of her credits includes "The Jamie Foxx Show," "Malcolm and Eddie," "The Parkers," "The Proud Family," "Girlfriends," "Reno 911!" and more. Bingham was bit by the reality show bug in 2004 when she appeared in "The Surreal Life," which followed has-been actors as they lived in a mansion in the Hollywood Hills. She later starred in other reality series such as "Celebrity Big Brother," "The Surreal Life: Fame Games" and "Gimme My Reality Show!" Bingham, who will soon star in the comedy short East of Hollywood, is a proud vegetarian and has starred in PETA's "I'd Rather Be Naked Than Wear Fur" campaign.


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MARI MARROW


Marrow got her start on Baywatch and went on to secure roles on "Out All Night," "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air," "The Jackie Thomas Show," "In The House," "Sister, Sister," "One Life To Live" and "Everybody Hates Chris," among others. She also scored a number of film roles such as Bodily Harm, How To Be A Player, Hair Show, 35 and Ticking and more. Marrow has one son and spends her time working closely with Project Angel Food, which delivers food to homebound AIDS patients. She's also a real estate agent in Los Angeles. 


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IRENE CARA


Sparkle! Cara took her success in the 1976 musical drama and ran with it. She appeared in "What's Happening!!" and Roots: The Next Generation, but will forever be remembered for her Golden Globe-nominated role in the 1980 film Fame. In 1981, Cara was slated to star in her own sitcom titled "Irene" for NBC, but the network never picked it up. She followed up by starring as Myrlie Evers-Williams in the PBS biopic about the civil rights leader Medgar Evers. In 1984, she won an Academy Award for Best Original Song for co-writing "Flashdance...What A Feeling." Cara dominated the '80s and early '90s with a number of film and television roles, as well as musical projects. In 2005, she appeared in the NBC singing competition "Hit Me, Baby, One More Time." She now lives in Florida and works with her band Hot Caramel, which released an album in April 2004.

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JAYNE KENNEDY


The Washington D.C.-born beauty made a name for herself when she was crowned Miss Ohio 1970, the first African-American woman to claim the title. In 1978, she found a place in the world of sports broadcasting as a studio analyst on "The NFL Today." She later won an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture for her role in 1981's Body and Soul and nabbed roles in "The Love Boat," "Benson," "227" and more. Kennedy was diagnosed with endometriosis in the late 1980s and slowly began stepping away from the spotlight. Kennedy, the mother of four, last appeared on the TV One series "Way Black When" in 2011 to discuss her life and career.


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HEATHER HUNTER


Hunter made name for herself in the adult entertainment industry, starring in X-rated films in the late '80s and '90s. She also split her time in Los Angeles as a "Soul Train" dancer and video model. Hunter later hosted "The Peep Show" on pay-per-view TV (an interview show with uncensored videos) and dabbled in the world of music. Today, she works as a photographer for her very own company and continues to write, produce and paint.


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