We all know celebrities to be some of the most beautiful people in the world. We see their faces on the big screen, magazine covers, red carpet events and in advertisements for luxury products. Their careers are based on talent, perseverance, a little luck and, of course, good looks. Unfortunately, not all these beloved entertainers manage to withstand the test of time and while some are alright with letting nature take its course with dignity and class, others have a harder time obtaining the desired eternal youth, fitting for the industry they work for and the public demand of them. With all fairness, here are some of the celebrities who haven’t fared so well against the test of time.
15 Kathleen Turner
Kathleen Turner was the gorgeous actress known for her roles in hit movies such as Romancing The Stone, The War of the Roses and Serial Mom. She was a ravishing blonde beauty with imposing stature and a sensual smoky voice. However, as is most often the case for all of us, nature took its course. Aging is an inevitable part of life, but Turner’s extreme transformation has shocked a lot of her fans. Turner quickly from being cast as the beautiful leading lady in iconic films of the '80s and '90s to playing Chandler’s father (Charles Bing/ Helena Handbasket) on the show Friends. It’s fair to say Ms. Turner will always be an icon and sometimes age just plays a trick on us all.
14 Matthew Perry
We are all familiar with Perry’s character on Friends, Chandler Bing. There is no doubt that he is many people’s favorite character from the show, having brought sarcasm and self-deprecating humor to our televisions. While the actor was never billed as a heartthrob by any means, he was a handsome guy. Lately though, Perry’s subtle good looks don’t seem to be something he’s focused on maintaining. On the contrary, he has gone on to age just like the rest of us. He did play Kathleen Turner’s son on the iconic sitcom, so maybe it just runs in the family. Whatever the case may be, Mr. Perry is a great comedic actor. With his millions of dollars, it is unlikely he is losing any sleep over his looks.
13 Carrie Fisher
All Star Wars fans out there remember Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia in the blockbuster franchise. When the first film premiered, fans became infatuated with her famous metallic copper bikini. If you were to ask any man who was a teenager in the early '80s, you would understand the enormity of this outfit and Fisher’s beauty. Flash forward to the 2000’s and it’s hard to reconcile that Fisher was that girl. While she is very outspoken and has expressed not caring one bit about people’s opinion on her looks, it is still a drastic change. It is very respectable to see her stand up for herself and not allow others to bully her based on physical appearance, but it is clear the people still remember her in that bikini.
12 Pamela Anderson
We all know of Playboy Playmate Pamela Anderson. The terms “perfect body” and “world’s most beautiful woman” were often used to describe the Bay Watch beauty’s California good looks (even though she is Canadian). At the height of her career, Anderson was every young man’s idealized version of a pin-up girl and her image was plastered everywhere you turned. As time went on, her career slowed down and soon enough, the '90s icon was relegated to B-list status. It was clear to everyone that the once celebrated Anderson’s 15 minutes were up and the once-beautiful girl on the cover of Playboy began showing the effects of time. Anderson makes it very clear is that even the most idealized human body is just that…human.
11 Tara Reid
Tara Reid got an early start in the entertainment industry with roles in Days of Our Lives and The Big Lebowski. She went on to star in a string of hit movies, most famously American Pie, where Reid was cast as the gorgeous girl next door. At the height of her career, Reid was even engaged to Carson Daily and had achieved “It Girl” status. Then she quickly went from “It Girl” to party girl and began garnering very negative publicity, with images of herself constantly looking worse for wear popping up in the media and magazines. To top it all off, blotched plastic surgery also greatly deteriorated Reid’s looks. These days, Tara works on low-budget films like Sharknado. At least she still gets work.
10 Lindsay Lohan
So much has been said about Lindsay in the media over the years. We’ve heard it all, from her hard partying lifestyle to her run-ins with the law. The list is very long. Lohan was once a talented young actress, whose charm and beauty captured the attention of Hollywood and the world. Soon however, the picture that was emerging in the media as she transitioned from Disney child actress to adulthood was that of an out-of-control starlet. Her messy personal life received more media attention than any of her films and the world got used to seeing the actress looking worse for wear time and time again. While some of us still root for Lindsay, it’s gotten harder and harder over the years.
9 Russell Crowe
We all know Russell Crowe as one of the entertainment industry’s biggest names over the last couple of decades. It can be said, the New Zealand born actor was quite the hunk in movies like Gladiator for which he won an Academy Award for Best Actor. Over the years, a slightly different picture of Crowe has emerged. Reports of diva antics and aggressive behavior have plagued this celebrity for quite some time now, but it is the changes in his physical appearance that have shocked a lot of his adoring fans. While there is a lot to be said for Hollywood stars aging gracefully, his current appearance is definitely not the one of a Hollywood leading man. To each their own.
8 Meg Ryan
One of the most recent actresses to receive the moniker of “America’s Sweetheart” in a long line of Hollywood icons was Meg Ryan. She was everybody’s favorite female lead for quite some time due to her acting chops, charm and beauty. She was a household name worldwide during the '80s and '90s. However, the last decade has seen her popularity dwindle a fair bit. It could all very well be due to the fact that Ryan looks completely different now. While many of Hollywood’s top-billing performers opt to have cosmetic procedures or surgery in order to stay relevant and look good, few actresses have undergone such a drastic change. Ryan still comes across as quite the sweetheart in current interviews, yet her career has never fully recovered.
7 Edward Furlong
Edward Furlong was a child actor who came into the public eye after starring alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger and Linda Hamilton in the Blockbuster film Terminator 2: Judgment Day, where he played John Connor. From that moment on, he was catapulted to the status of young heartthrob, but it didn’t last very long. Though Furlong continued to work in the entertainment industry, his life and most visibly his looks have taken a steep decline. A look at Furlong’s current appearance, show a very different picture from the young actor the world had fallen in love with. While it’s a little sad to see such talent wasted at such a young age, it is safe to say that Furlong is a long way from his heartthrob days.
6 Janice Dickinson
Known as the first supermodel, it is impossible not to recognize just how beautiful Janice Dickinson was in her heyday. She graced endless magazine covers and was always in demand, however most of us know Dickinson for her reality show appearances and her harsh, often mean-spirited, personality. Today’s Dickinson has severe, heavily altered features, which differ greatly from the soft yet exotic beauty of her modeling days. It is clear that it is not just time, which has played a role in her dramatic transformation. When it comes to plastic surgery, my opinion is—to each their own—but the whole point of going under the knife is to look better. It is obvious that’s not how things have played out for Dickinson.
5 Lil' Kim
It is fair to point out again that a lot of people in the entertainment industry rely on cosmetic procedures to stay relevant and look beautiful. Lil' Kim seems to have gone a bit overboard however. The rapper looks SO different now from her heyday in the mid '90s and early 2000’s. Her transformation is actually mind-boggling and a bit too reminiscent of Michael Jackson’s. Whatever the ex Queen of Hip-Hop’s intentions were for undergoing such a drastic change in her physical appearance, it is clear being subtle was not one of them. One would hope that at least Kim herself is happy with the results. I’m sure there must be a lot of fans out there who were disappointed by her choices.
4 Marlon Brando
Speaking of Hollywood leading men and all out international heartthrobs, it’s hard not to bring up Marlon Brando. While Mr. Brando is no longer with us, he is still very relevant, being considered one of the greatest and most influential actors of all time. Aside from his acting accomplishments, including two Academy Awards, Mr. Brando was so handsome in his youth that one could almost say his looks have been unsurpassable in Hollywood. Looking at film stills from his early career, we could imagine the envy he must have inspired amongst other male actors of his time. Really, the guy was that good-looking. At least he’ll always be remembered as one of the greatest to ever do it.
3 Mick Jagger
Mick Jagger is one of the biggest rock stars of all-time. This British export introduced the world to his rebellious style and boyish good looks when the Rolling Stones burst on to the scene in the 1960’s. He has had an amazing life and career over the past six decades. One look at his younger self though makes it hard to believe the living legend of today is the same person. The Jagger of the sixties and seventies was somewhat reminiscent of Harry Styles from One Direction, so it is easy to ask….what happened? Well, Jagger probably doesn’t lose any sleep over it, but if I was Harry Styles I would be a little concerned about what the future may hold. Good luck, Harry.
2 Brigitte Bardot
Brigitte Bardot may very well be the one of the most beautiful actresses of all time. She starred in iconic films such as And God Created Woman, which helped cement her sex symbol status early on in her career. As a matter of fact, the term “sex kitten” was created exclusively for her. Ironically, Bardot decided she had enough of being in the public eye in the early seventies and went on to live a secluded life in the south of France, where she has dedicated herself to animal rights. While the animals are very lucky to have her, it is fair to say that her public has been very disappointed to see her shed her temptress image and age like a mere mortal.
1 Axl Rose
Axl Rose made a name for himself as the front man of the iconic rock band Guns N’ Roses. Whether you liked their music or not, it was clear the man was talented and quite handsome. Rose had girls all over the world infatuated with his rock n' roll good looks in the early '90s. After the peak of his career, he disappeared from the limelight for quite some time, only resurfacing once in a while in the past decade. While he has still got the musical chops he became known for, his looks are another story. The rocker has undergone a serious transformation, which makes him almost unrecognizable. Rose’s current appearance reminds us just how cruel the affects of aging can be.