You can’t deny the cultural impact that the 90s brought to the world. Right after the Cold War, people wanted something new for the coming millennium – and this brought massive changes in the decade’s culture, from the music, how they dress, even to the stuff they showed on the screen. But, not everything from those years is as you remembered. Here are some pictures from the 90s that may be a shock to you.
Wondering how the famous Baywatch beauty got discovered? A young Pamela Anderson made an appearance on BC Lion’s Canadian Football League and garnered a lot of attention. Because of her sudden fame, she headed to Los Angeles and pursued a career in acting and modeling.
Dennis Rodman & Madonna
The legendary defender from the great Chicago Bulls was dating the Pop Icon Madonna! The Worm and the Queen of Pop had a taste for testing the public’s norms, which made them perfect for each other. It was even rumored that the two wanted to have a baby; however, that did not come into reality.
The Cast Of Friends Before Show Aired
Who knew the cast of Friends would blow up? Not them, apparently. The show’s director, Jimmy Burrows, told the then-unknown group of actors during their trip to Las Vegas in 1994 that this would be the group’s last shot at anonymity. Right after that, the show premiered, and it changed the world of entertainment forever.
26 Year Old Anna Nicole Smith Marrying 89 Year Old J. Howard Marshall
Anna Nicole Smith marrying the businessman, politician, and 63-year older J. Howard Marshall was the local tabloid’s top headline in 1994. Apparently, the two met each other at a strip club in Houston, where the TV personality worked as a stripper. J. Howard Marshall died a year later after their marriage, but because his will lacked any mention of Nicole Smith as his wife, she did not receive any inheritance.
Meghan Markle, Age 11 With Mother Doria
Way before we knew her as an actress and the Duchess of Sussex, a young Meghan Markle was living in a wealthy Los Angeles neighborhood called View Park, an area that was colloquially known as the “Black Beverly Hills,” in 1992. The would-be Duchess also attended a local private school.
Meghan Markle, Age 16 At A School Dance
At the age of 16, Meghan attended a dance for Christmas along with Luis Segura, her high school sweetheart. At that time, the young lad had no idea that her date would become an English Royalty. Meghan attended Immaculate Heart, an all-girls catholic school. Meanwhile, Segura went to an all-boys school called St. Francis.
18 Year Old Elon Musk At Queen’s University
Musk studied at Queen’s University in Canada. This was after he moved from South Africa to study. Navaid Farooq, his roommate, helped the young, would-be billionaire to live comfortably in Canada. The young Musk also fixed and sold computer parts to earn some extra cash. He claimed to create something that would suit people’s needs, like a tricked-out gaming machine or a word processor that is much less expensive than the ones sold at stores.
Window Ryder Arrested For Theft
Aside from her performance on the big screen, fans were also stunned by the arrest of the actress Winona Ryder. She was arrested for theft for stealing designer clothing and accessories worth $55000 from Saks Fifth Avenue in Beverly Hills. Aside from being given 480 hours of community service, 3-year probation, and being assigned to psychological and drug counseling sessions, Ryder also paid $3700 in fines and $6255 in restitution to Saks.
Princess Diana In The “Revenge Dress”
Many pearls were clutched in June 1994 when Princess Diana wore this dress. While many criticized her for wearing a dress that is inappropriate for a royal, the media were also stunned when the princess pulled off the form-fitting off-shoulder. People dubbed it the “Revenge Dress” as the Princess wore it after Prince Charles admitted that he had been unfaithful to her.
Julia Roberts With Unshaven Armpits
As Julia Roberts attended the premiere of her film, Notting Hill, in April 1999, she had revealed her unshaven armpits. While this act was largely seen as a motivational statement for the feminists, she also admitted that she did not feel the need to shave her pits as her sleeves would be able to cover it.
Young Ryan Gosling, Raised A Mormon
Before Ryan Gosling was a superstar actor, he was first a Mormon. In an interview, Gosling opened that his parents raised him in a religious environment that was strictly following the beliefs of the Mormon. He also said his mother admitted to him that she raised her kids as a religious zealot.
Newly Emancipated Drew Barrymore, Age 14
Drew Barrymore had quite a troubled childhood. Aside from barely attending school, she also went to parties at Studio 54 and was abusing drugs and alcohol even before she was at the legal age. At 14, Barrymore decided to emancipate herself and start her life over legally.
Macaulay Culkin With A Home Alone Poster
Everybody in the ’90s watched Home Alone. In fact, the movie became one of the highest-grossing movies ever made. And the star, Macaulay Culkin, became the Shirley Temple of the ’90s. While he was paid $1 million for his role as Kevin McCallister, Macaulay had trouble with his family.
Monica Lewinsky-Bill Clinton Scandal
“I did not have any sexual relations with that woman.” This was the famous quote that the then-president Bill Clinton spoke on air when he had an affair with the 22-year-old White House intern Monica Lewinsky. Though Clinton denied the affair, his lover admitted that they had nine encounters over the course of two years. In 1998, Clinton was then impeached on two of the four articles of impeachment.
Johnny Depp and Winona Ryder
There were no other more famous “it” couples than Johnny Depp and Winona Ryder. The two dated from 1989 to 1993 after working together on Edward Scissorhands. Unfortunately, the Depp and Ryder couple, who were 27 and 19, respectively, broke up when Winona’s father allegedly refused to give his blessing for their marriage.
Jason Momoa On The Set Of Baywatch
Jason Momoa wasn’t always Aquaman – well, not quite. Before he became DC’s Atlantean, a young Jason Momoa appeared as Jason Ioane in Baywatch Hawaii. Running shirtless and hanging out with beautiful girls, Momoa said his experience was rather crazy for a college kid.
Jim Carrey’s A-List Impressions, 1992
Before he made a name for himself in the early ’90s, Jim Carry was struggling as a comedic actor. Luckily he landed a lead role as Ace Ventura in Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, a movie that racked up $107.2 at the box office. He cemented his status as one of the comedy greats of all time when he starred in hits like Dumb and Dumber and The Mask.
Kim, Rob, and Kourtney Kardashian with Their Father Robert In 1999
Before their reality entertainment empire took off, the Kardashians were living a typical life – a typical life of wealthy elites in Los Angeles. The original source of their wealth was Robert Kardashian, who was O.J. Simpson’s defense attorney. He later passed away from esophageal cancer in 2003.
Susan Sarandon At the 1987 Cannes Film Festival
Susan Sarandon was an actress and activist. In the 1987 Cannes Film Festival, she was seen promoting her “Pretty Baby.” In the coming decades, she remained prominent in the film industry. She said that it never occurred to her that she was backing into an area where she and many other women had to be sensitive to white males of a certain age.
Robert Downey Jr. Being Sentenced In 1999
Though known throughout the globe as Iron Man, Robert Downer Jr. struggled with drug dependency during the 90s. In 1996, he had several charges of breaking the law. Soon, he repeatedly violated his probation, which leads to him being sent to prison for three years. After serving a year, he was released early as the judge claimed that his collective time in the facilities made it possible.
Leonardo DiCaprio at Bash Nightclub in 1998
A 23 Leonardo was truly on top of the world. He made success after success from films like Titanic, What’s Eating Gilbert Grabe, and Romeo. One night, he headed to Bash Nightclub in Miami to enjoy the height of his career.
Angelina Jolie, A Rising Star In The ’90s
Jolie became who she is today because of her massive success in her films in the 90s. Angelina won an Oscar for her role in “Girl, Interrupted,” which she believed to be the only character that was sane in the movie when the film was made to be otherwise.
Matt Damon and Minnie Driver
Matt Damon and Minnie Driver met on the set of Good Will Hunting. The two were in a year-long relationship that didn’t end up well. During a live interview on Oprah, Damon said he was single. This was news to Driver, who found what Matt said to be “fantastically inappropriate” for someone busy claiming to love her a month before on Letterman.
Hollywood Starlet Pamela Anderson
From the beer model to a worldwide-known personality, Pamela Anderson’s career skyrocketed during the mid-90s. She even cemented herself in the 90s pop culture when she starred on TV shows like Baywatch and appeared in Playboy 14 times during the height of her career.
Kurt Cobain Drinking Strawberry Quick Milk
Kurt Cobain was a man that was typically associated with grunge angst. That’s why his photo drinking strawberry milk on the floor with an almost child-like wonder is absolutely hilarious. Kurt claimed the Quik milk help soothe the chronic pain from his stomach issues. Where did the chronic stomach pain come from? He never told in his interviews.
Adele With Her Spice Girls Posters
Similar to most young girls of her age, Adele was a huge Spice Girls fan. In this pic, we can see the posters she had set up in her room. The girl group was in their prime during the 90s, and Adele would soon follow their stardom with her own career.
Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt At A Sting Concert, 1999
Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston at a Sting concert in New York City? There’s nothing that can get more 90’s than that. The two even got up on stage with Gordon Matthew Thomas Sumner CBE during that live performance. Bran-Gelina got married in 2000, which was considered a success for a Hollywood couple. However, their marriage ended in 2005 when they filed for a divorce.
Eminem Kissing A Fan, 1999
Marshall Mathers, also known as Eminem, took the music world by storm in the late 90s. The Detroit native rapper became a success after releasing his hit song “My Name Is,” which premiered on Total Request Live. Eminem then became one of the most iconic rappers of all time.
Jennifer Lopez Enjoying An Iced Coffee, 1997
Even from early on during her career, Jennifer was a fighter. She fought for what she believed in, which was being paid her worth. She proved her point when she drew comparisons to George Clooney getting 10 million dollars while Universal Studios was paying her “cheap” for their role on the $100 Million-grossing film, Anaconda.
Young Matthew McConaughey
“What’s wrong with beating your drums while in your birthday suit?” That was what Matthew McConaughey said after he was caught for possessing marijuana and resisting arrest while playing the bongos in the nude in 1999.
Salma Hayek’s Casting Polaroid, 1995
While it was in the 90s that the American audience discovered Salma Hayek, the actress was already a huge star in Mexico. Despite struggling during her early career in Hollywood, she managed to land a role in Desperado and From Dusk’ Til Dawn. She then starred in five more films made by Robert Rodriguez, which cemented her stardom. Hayek also helped bring some diversity in the 90s Hollywood scene.
Kim Kardashian, 1994
Kim Kardashian wasn’t always famous. But because of her famous lawyer father and Olympian step-dad, she lived the life of a wealthy Los Angeles resident. During her graduation in 1994, she was filmed telling everyone to “tape this” because “this little girl” (referring to herself) will become famous.
Mariah Carey and Will Smith
Nowadays, it’s probably impossible to think of a time when Mariah Carey and Will Smith weren’t famous. However, when this photo was taken in 1988, the two were still young and unknown artists. Two years later, Smith appeared on the hit TV show, the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, while Carey released her debut album.
Clueless Cast Behind The Scenes, 1995
In 1995 executives almost made one of the biggest mistakes of the decade by not releasing the classic coming-of-age film, Clueless. Thankfully, Paramount Pictures was smart enough to release it. Actor Paul Rudd said in one of his interviews that it was cool that they were making a movie about kids their own age.
Ryan Reynolds Holding A Puppy, 1996
Like many famous actors today, Ryan Reynolds was struggling as an actor during the start of his career. He made his first break after appearing in the Nickelodeon TV show “Fifteen.” Though he wasn’t making a lot of money, Reynolds said he felt like a “gazillionaire” for making 150 dollars per episode at his age.
Teletubbies Behind The Scenes
While Teletubbies was an international success for a kid’s show, the locals of England were displeased. The people of Warwickshire protested against the filming. In fact, Anne Wood, the show creator, said she had to make her case to the planning authorities that she would have to spend £150,000 for digging a hole and another £150,000 for filling it if ever they refused her. Though she claimed it would be a small-scale project, helicopters and photographers were soon flocking the set.
Drew Barrymore In Her Room After Being Emancipated
Drew Barrymore began living on her own in an apartment after being emancipated. Although she tried her best to hold it together, she shared in an interview with The Guardian that she had no idea how to run an apartment at her age (14).
Blake Lively Dressed As Baby Spice, 1997
This is a photo from the Twitter user @briarmadrid about her reminiscing the time she went to a Spice Girls concert in 1997. She soon realized that the girl dressed as Baby Spice in her photo was none other than Blake Lively!
Jared Leto, 1992
In 1992, the teen drama series “My So-Called Life” starred Jared Leto playing the dreamy Jordan Catalano. Leto appeared alongside the then-14-year-old Clare Danes. He ended up being the actress’s first kiss, where she described the encounter as “ridiculous.”
Glenn Close and Woody Harrelson
Glenn Close, who played Cruella De Vil in the film 101 Dalmatians, had a relationship with Woody Harrelson in 1991. Close was 14 years older than the Cheers star Harrelson. While the relationship between the two did not last, they remained good friends to this day.
Johnny Depp In 1991
Director Tim Burton was once interviewed by Rolling Stone magazine on the set of Edward Scissorhands. During the interview, he said Depp was like Edward, perceived as something he is not. Burton even admitted that he perceived Depp as the Difficult Heartthrob stereotype, but there was actually more to the boy, which made his role as Edward very personal.
Cher Performing In 1992
Along with her husband, Sonny Bono, Cher rose to fame in the 60s. After the two had split, most assumed that it was the end of her career. She then proved them wrong after having a successful solo career that is still active to this day. It was during the 90s when she started her “Love Hurts” tour, where she wore many of her noteworthy outfits.
Pre-Fame Tom Hardy
The young actor Tom Hardy struggled with substance abuse in his early 20’s. He did a 28-day rehab stint when he realized that he had a real problem and decided to turn his life around. To this day, Hardy remains in sobriety, which he started when he was 23 years old.
David and Victoria Beckham, 1997
David and Victoria might be among the most beloved celebrity couples of all time. The football star and Spice Girl first met at a charity football game in Manchester. The two were then engaged a year later. In 1999, Brooklyn, their first son, was born. They were then married in July of the same year and had three more children together.
Michael Jackson, Kevin Connolly and Leonardo DiCaprio In 1998
Prince of Pop, Michael Jackson invited actors Kevin Connolly and Leonardo DiCaprio to his private ranch, the Neverland Mansion. Kevin said one of the craziest things he saw in the Ranch was Bubbles. Bubbles were Michael’s famous chimpanzee.
Salma Hayek at 1998 Lethal Weapon 4 Premiere
Salma Hayek made a splash at the Lethal Weapon 4 premiere what’s even better as she wasn’t even in the movie. Being one of the most favored actresses during the time, Salma was selective of the roles she can play. She was offered the role of Selena after the actress (Selena Quintanilla-Perez) died.
Cameron Diaz In 1994
Everybody fell in love with Cameron Diaz as Tina, Jim Carey’s love interest, in the hit movie, The Mask. But, not many knew that her role was almost given to Anna Nicole Smith. Chuck Russel, the movie director, said Diaz’s lack of acting experience was the reason why the role was almost given to someone else. But, Cameron’s chemistry with Jim assured Chuck that he had the right gal.
Penélope Cruz, 18 Years Old, Filming Jamón Jamón, 1992
In 1992, an 18-year-old Penelope Cruz moved from Madrid, Spain, to New York City. It was also around that time that she had landed her first role in the film Jamón Jamón. She played alongside Javier Bardem, her future husband with who she would have two children together.
It wasn’t until she was eight years old that the young actress, Liv Tyler, knew her father was, in fact, Steven Tyler of Aerosmith. In an interview, she said her mother was very young when she got pregnant, and there was a bit of confusion about where Liv came from. Liv said she figured it out when she saw Mia Tyler, who looked just like her, at the stage of an Aerosmith concert.
Keanu Reeves on the set of Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey, 1991
Keanu Reeves became a superstar after Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure became a huge success. A second film in the franchise called Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey was later made, and a third installment to the series is set to be released sometime in 2020.
Brad Pitt and Edward Norton, Fight Club Filming
Fight Club was among the most iconic films of the 90s, and one of the many defining moments of the movie is the scene where Brad Pitt shows off physique. Pitt went through two sessions of extreme cardio and four weightlifting days per week, as well as a strict diet that consisted of fish, chicken, vegetables, and plenty of other sources of protein to prepare for his role.
Chandler and Monica in The One with the Jellyfish
Chandler and Monica, from the beloved sitcom Friends, didn’t get together until many seasons later on. However, rewatching the episode “One with the Jellyfish” might give a hint that the two had feelings for each other that were starting to grow.
Tara Reid, Original Party Girl
American Pie was the actress Tara Reid’s ticket to stardom. The paparazzi would flock wherever she goes, so much so that she would later comment that before Paris Hilton, before Lindsay Lohan, there was her.
Pamela Anderson & David Charvet, 1993
CJ Parker on Baywatch was Pamela Anderson’s most iconic character during the 90s. However, star and producer David Hasselhoff almost didn’t give her the role. He was worried that the Playboy model would draw too much attention. But, his worries were for naught as Anderson became one of the biggest reasons why people watched the show.
Jennifer Lopez’ Birthday Party In 1999
Many would say that 1999 was Jennifer Lopez’s year. She starred in blockbusters In Living Color, Anaconda, and Selena. She even released a multi-platinum album that year. No wonder she looked glowing and young at her 30th birthday party.
Jessica Alba was a household name during the ’90s. She became a classic teen star when she appeared on Nickelodeon, had a modeling gig in the mail catalog for Limited Too, and even became successful on TV and film. Now, Alba is a businesswoman who had founded The Honest Company.
Johnny Depp and Penelope Cruz On The Set of Blow
Even during her early career, Penelope Cruz wanted to work with Johnny Depp. However, the most challenging part she found about Depp was his sense of humor. In an interview, she said that although she knew Depp’s tricks, he still managed to crack her up. This ended up in them not finishing scenes from laughing heavily.
Forrest Gump With Nike Cortez Shoes
Forrest Gump was one of the most career-defining moment for the award-winning actor, Tom Hanks. But, aside from Hanks’ excellent portrayal of Forrest Gump, the movie also introduced the Nike Cortez sneakers to the world.
Nintendo Released SNES, 1991
The gaming company Nintendo released the Super Nintendo Entertainment System, aka SNES or Super Nintendo, in 1991. The machine changed the video game industry forever as becoming the most commercially successful 16-bit era game console. In 2003, the production of the SNES was discontinued.
Johnny Carson Retired In 1992
Johnny Carson was the original king of the late-night talk show. He began his career back in 1962, and his long track officially ended in 1992 from The Tonight Show With Johnny Carson. The talk show host won six Emmy Awards, as well as the 1980 Television Academy’s Governor Award, and a 1985 Peabody award.