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30 Celebrities Who Don't Realize They're Not Famous Anymore

Katherine Heigl

Former Grey’s Anatomy star and fashion model Katherine Heigl fell off the celebrity map once her primadonna reputation leaked. She won the Best Supporting Actress for Drama award in 2007 yet turned down another nomination the following year that she never recovered from.

The cast, crew, and creator of Grey’s were insulted by her claim that her role wasn’t worthy to win. Too little, too late for Heigl, it seems, because now her chances of another nomination are nonexistent.

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John Travolta

John Travolta, movie-musical and blockbuster legend, captured the hearts of American audiences as a triple-threat actor, dancer, and singer. He can even be seen piloting his personal aircraft, including a Boeing 707-138.

Unfortunately for the Pulp Fiction star, a clear beginning of his descent occurred when he introduced Idina Menzel as “Adele Dazeem” at the 2014 Oscars. From weirdly grasping Menzel’s chin in apology at the next Oscars to creepingly photobombing an unamused Scarlett Johanssen, fans have since recovered from the Travolta fever

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Hulk Hogan

Oh, brother! where to begin with this lovable WWF legend. Hogan’s charming persona defined his career as one of top entertainers in the industry. The Hulkamania revolution was no joke (even if it sounds like one).

His once-devoted fanbase has declined since the ‘80s as Hogan dedicated his efforts to cheap productions and reality TV. Nothing against the guy, but the only relevant “Hulk” is in The Avengers.

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Madonna’s fame was no joke in the ‘80s, and she’s held the title “Queen of Pop” for decades since. Despite her single “Living For Love” being pulled from Radio 1, “Like a Virgin” and “Vogue” are still used in throwback playlists.

But once she flashed her butt at the 2015 Grammy Awards, fans started to realize that she was a little behind on the trends. Not only was she parroting every move of younger popstars, her tonedeaf tweets pointed to sinking stardom.

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Kristen Stewart

Kristen Stewart shot to success alongside the 2008 worldwide phenomenon Twilight. Readers and viewers alike associated her with their beloved heroine up until the close of the movie franchise in 2012.

That same year, her cheating scandal with director Rupert Sanders on co-star Robert Pattinson shattered the fandom. The sound of Twihard hearts breaking echoed across the world as Edward and Bella came to an end along with the chants of “Robsten forever.” She’s had various Hollywood roles since the scandal, but they always seem to bomb.

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Lindsay Lohan

Lindsay Logan became a true celebrity after starring in the hit 1998 remake of The Parent Trap after starring as a recurring actress on the soap opera Another World. Later projects such as Freaky Friday and Mean Girls made her a household name for the ‘00 kids.

But a terrible reputation of tardiness, theft, substance abuse, and nightly partying deemed her a box-office terror to producers. Her cancelled project Lindsay Lohan’s Beach Club surely signals that it’s time for her to pass the torch.

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Charlie Sheen

Charlie Sheen was once the sarcastic star of reality TV’s Two and a Half Men among a medley of popular pre-2000 films. Apparently, the poor attitude of his TV persona Charlie Harper extended far past the small screen.

Sheen riddled tabloids with reports of substance abuse, marital issues, accusations of domestic violence, and use of derogatory language to his boss Chuck Lorre. Offensive comments eventually got Sheen fired from his starring role, plummeting him from being one of TV’s highest-paid actors to barely breaking $10 million in earnings. Big whoop!

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Paris Hilton

Paris Hilton is the face of “famous for being famous.” Heiress to Hilton Hotels and unintentional star of X-rated film 1 Night in Paris, her largest claim to fame emerged in the reality series The Simple Life.

Ironically, Hilton has lived everything but a simple life since her birth. But her prevalence as a socialite was quickly overtaken by the Kardashian-Jenner clan. Looks like she’ll have to rely on Yeezy partnerships to share a sliver of their spotlight.

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Roseanne Barr

Rosanne Barr’s hilarious sitcom and dramedy Roseanne kept audiences laughing for more than nine seasons, including the much-anticipated revival.

The title actress soon found herself without her signature role after a blowout controversy. She couldn’t escape the effects of a racist tweet comparing former government official Valerie Jarrett to a monkey from Planet of the Apes. Looks like the series should have stopped at the cutting board.

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Tyra Banks

Tyra Banks: supermodel, actress, and reality TV star, yet detested by many of her fellow celebrities. As founder of America’s Next Top Model, she guided the series to becoming one of the longest-running reality shows in history.

While the show was of a similar caliber to Project Runway, her later entrepreneurial pursuits were short-lived. Her talk show FABlife was never renewed after the first season and the opening of her theme park ModelLand has been indefinitely postponed since its original projection for May 2020. Although she landed a hosting gig on Dancing With the Stars, Season 26-winner Jordan Fisher told ET that the casting was “odd” and feared her changes to the show. Maybe say goodbye to smizing for a while!

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Nicolas Cage

Nicholas Cage has starred in more than 103 films since his debut Fast Times in 1982. Cult classics such as Face/Off  and National Treasure  defined him as a versatile actor in a range of hit-or-miss movies.

The last decade has been lackluster at best and littered with self-destructive behavior. While people don’t see his movies anymore, he lives on as a face of popular internet memes. Cage has the responsibility to take action for his mistakes, and part of the punishment is eternal meme-dom.

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Snooki’s name has been infamous ever since her drunken appearances on the 2009 hit reality series Jersey Shore. But when her iconic hair pouf disappeared, so did her relevance.

She lingers in the public sphere via reality TV, interviews, WWE, and the recent cringefest How Far is Tattoo Far? With the end of her MTV show spinoff that rode Shore’s wave of success, it’s safe to say her iconic pouf is a thing of the past.

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Shia LaBeouf

Shia LaBeouf will forever be remembered as the “Just Do It” guy, even after his Even Stevens fame runs dry.

He won a Daytime Emmy Award in 2003 but since has riddled the public with odd musings and questionable behavior. Not to mention his recent questionable filmography littered with trashy action movies. Just don’t, Shia.

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Britney Spears

Britney Spears was a wee 16-year old when her single “...Baby One More Time” shattered the 1998 pop charts. Her school-girl persona and controversial music videos shot her to stardom as one of America’s sweethearts.

However, 2007 hit hard with a publicized divorce from Kevin Federline, multiple trips to rehab, a head-shaving incident, attacking paparazzi with an umbrella, and—more recently—burning down her home gym with a candle and conservatorship drama. Spears needs to take a looong break from fame (and open flames) then perhaps she wouldn’t require constant attention.

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Shaquille O’Neal

Shaquille O’Neal—AKA Shaq—is a widely recognized basketball star and has been deemed one of the greatest athletes in history by the National Basketball Association. His NBA retirement in 2011 elicited wide-ranging lamentations from fans; however, he didn’t completely disappear.

After participating in frequent commercial spots and laughable film performances, he garnered a cheesy acting reputation. He’s now a sports analyst for Inside the NBA, so I guess he got out of the I’m-desperate-for-attention phase early!

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Billy Ray Cyrus

Billy Ray Cyrus’s chart-topping debut “Achy Breaky Heart” was a hit of the ‘90s, quickly becoming his most distinctive song. His collaboration with daughter Miley Cyrus on Disney’s four-season series Hannah Montana introduced him to the younger generation and extended his music career into the late 2000s.

Unfortunately, Miley’s post-Disney antics distracted viewers from her father. His attempt to reclaim the spotlight occurred again in collaboration with Lil Nas X on the 2019 phenomenon “Old Town Road.” It was cool while it lasted, Billy, but maybe your mullet doesn’t need to come back.

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Tyler Perry

Tyler Perry’s influence can never be undervalued. Hilarious and relatable, the original Madea films were cultural phenomenons that revolutionized the genre of comedy.

But countless tanked spin offs prove that too much of the wacky grandmother can be anything but good. A 2019 interview with CNN revealed that Perry planned on retiring Madea, yet hinted that “maybe one day she’ll return but for right now, no, I think I’m done.”

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Mariah Carey

Mariah Carey’s 1990 self-titled album granted her quick access to the A-list, and her holiday hit “All I Want For Christmas Is You” will play on repeat in December for decades to come. Her grandiose performances and self-prescribed diva status was marketable during the popstar era, but is now just plain tacky.

Her failed 2016 New Year’s Eve lip-syncing stunt secured her place as the first meme of 2017. Essentially, listeners are more likely to scrutinize her vocals than praise, especially after insulting Nicki Minaj’s voice in a feud during American Idol.

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Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson

Once a 2000s chart topper, 50 Cent’s rapping career launched him into stardom—but that fame slipped away once the music stopped.

Multiple failed business attempts and an unfortunate acting career later, he is the epitome of irrelevance. At least his music remains, because he’s not busting any box offices as a bankrupt actor.

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Tony Hawk

Tony Hawk was many a novice-skateboarder’s idol and the inspiration for countless skateboarding-themed video games. The “Birdman” awed audiences with his flips and tricks, but no one seems to remember him off the ramps.

Despite his name acting as a household synonym for “skateboarder,” Hawk’s Twitter is full of anecdotes about people misidentifying him. Unfortunately, that’s a bad sign for relevancy!

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Iggy Azalea

Iggy Azalea, Australian-born rapper and songwriter, peaked in the early 2010s with catchy songs and flashy music videos. She appeared to follow the same path to stardom as contemporary singer Nicki Minaj but dropped off the radar before she truly “made it.”

A victim of constant scrutiny for her subpar on-the-spot rapping skills and accusations of cultural appropriation, she seemed to disappear after her debut album in 2014. When she returned with In My Defense in 2019, no one even seemed to notice.

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Jennifer Aniston

Jennifer Aniston is pop-culturally referenced as Rachel from the hit sitcom Friends, which had a resurgence of popularity in recent years with its inclusion in Netflix’s repertoire.

Her current television pursuit, The Morning Show, is receiving modest reviews, but viewers seem more concerned with old roles and supposed romance with ex-Brad Pitt more than her current career.

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Tonya Harding

Tonya Harding will forever exist as the insecure figure skater who ruined another athlete’s chances for 1994 Olympic gold. While Nancy Kerrigan’s leg eventually healed, Harding’s reputation remained statically infamous.

Oddly enough, the release of the 2018 blockbuster I, Tonya featuring Margot Robbie helped Harding secure spots in insurance commercials, multiple major interviews, and even Dancing With the Stars. At this point, it’s getting a little tiring. You’re forgiven, Tonya, so let’s all move on.

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Caitlyn Jenner

Caitlyn Jenner has been famous since her Olympic running career as Bruce Jenner, and the ever-rising notoriety of the Kardashian clan drug her into the drama. Once she transitioned from Bruce to Caitlyn, she was the face of tabloids and interviews everywhere, even sporting Glamour as 2015’s Woman of the Year.

Once the shock of her coming-out wore off, she was no longer shielded from scrutiny. Her brief E! series I Am Cait was a major letdown for activists longing for transgender representation in reality TV. Her controversial comment, “At first I was not for [gay marriage]” during 2015 interview on Ellen surely threw the curtain over her career as a socialite.

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Deemed the “Goddess of Pop,” Cher has been a music icon since the mid-‘60s. Paired with then-husband Sonny Bono, they sent shockwaves through both the music and television industries.

The feminist notes of her music still reside within listeners today, but her constant style-swaps and outrageous social media presence has proved that she’s trying too hard to stay relevant.

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Macklemore has more than $20 in his pocket after the global success of the rap “Thrift Shop” shot Macklemore’s net worth to about $25 million.

Since the 2013 follow-up hit “Can’t Hold Us” featuring Ryan Lewis, he hasn’t been able to top his original album. Once his collaboration with Lewis suddenly came to an end in 2017, so did his relevance. At this point, he should stick to popping tags instead of making futile comebacks.

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O.J. Simpson

O.J. Simpson, once “The Juice” of American football, led a life of controversy after his 1994 aquittal of murdering his wife Nicole Brown Simpson and friend Ron Goldman. After serving time for a conviction of armed robbery and aggravated assault, he was released from prison, yet was banned from habiting the Sunshine State with his family like he planned.

Now he resides in Las Vegas, Nevada, and tweets incessantly in an attempt to connect with fans. Unfortunately for Simpson, many users are not impressed.

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The Olsen Twins

Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen gained their celebrity from an early age. The late-’80s sitcom Full House displayed their baby-faced, charismatic personalities to all of America and even secured them an official club titled “Mary-Kate & Ashley’s Fun Club.”

Their early filmography is rife with cheesy twin movies, and they gained swaths of fame after the end of Full House. However, their refusal to participate in the semi-successful spinoff Fuller House disappointed fans of the classic sitcom. Maybe if they had participated in Fuller House instead of acting too proud for the spotlight, perhaps they’d be more relevant.

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Amanda Bynes

Amanda Bynes is most notable for her work as a child actress spanning the years 1990 to 2000, including her own self-titled spin-off series of All That.

A Britney-style 2013 breakdown and postponement of a 2018 comeback upset fans beyond repair. Even terrible face tattoos can’t hold the attention of paparazzi for long.

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Jaden Smith

Jaden Smith, legacy actor under parents Will and Jada Smith, was cute in The Pursuit of Happyness alongside his father and gave a respectable performance in the mix-reviewed remake of The Karate Kid in 2010.

But that same year, the release of his sister Willow’s one-hit-wonder “Whip My Hair” shoved him aside in favor of her “hairography.” The sci-fi/action flop After Earth paired with a fake-deep Twitter account shows that he needs major help, Mr. Miyaga style.

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