In our modern world, there are few things that are more valuable than fame itself. Being well-known affords a person opportunities far greater than those given to the anonymous. There are many avenues to gain financially, and it seems like lots of people will bend over backward to please them. Looking from afar it seems like one hell of an awesome way to go through life. That is why we see lots of people who’ve made a name for themselves doing everything possible to hold onto their fifteen minutes with everything they possibly can. After all, if you look at the phenomenon of B-list celebrities appearing on a glut of reality TV shows, it seems like evidence of their desire to hang on and make a buck.
One of the major things that a lot of celebrities have attempted to do in order to hold onto their place in the spotlight is to try to look as much like they did at the beginning of their careers. Ironically, it is that desire that has resulted in a lot of celebrities looking nothing like they used to, because of their use of plastic surgery, which can go very wrong. Thinking of the famous folk whose looks have changed so much that we may not be able to pick them out of a lineup inspired us to put together this list.
In order to for someone to be considered for inclusion on this list, they first of all need to be a star in any industry that makes someone famous. Whether they are a musician, singer, actor, politician, journalist, reality television star, artist, model, athlete, wrestler, or any number of other things that can make someone a star, it doesn’t matter. The important thing is that they need to be someone of note. Then, of course, they need to have undergone a massive change in appearance. Keep in mind, though, we won’t be including people like Jocelyn Wildenstein, who is a minor celebrity because of the way her face has changed. We’ve also excluded anyone who has just gone from being a child star to an adult, or anyone who is simply aging with grace, as puberty doesn’t count for a list like this, nor does entering the twilight of life.
15 John Travolta
14 Carrot Top
13 Lark Voorhies
12 Lara Flynn Boyle
11 Renee Zellweger
10 Barry Manilow
9 Goldie Hawn
8 Meg Ryan
7 Melanie Griffith
6 Courteney Cox
5 Lil’ Kim
4 Sylvester Stallone
When it comes to the transformation Sylvester Stallone has undergone, it has to be one of the most confusing alterations of anyone on this list. A massive action star who has spent his career taking on bad guys in grisly fight sequences, you’d think he’d wear the lines on his face with pride. Especially when you consider that there is probably no other genre of film, in which muscles far outweigh the importance of an attractive face.
3 Daryl Hannah
When Daryl Hannah first made it big as an actress she looked like she could be walking catwalks or appearing in a bevy of professional photo shoots had her interests not made her an actor instead. Between movies like Blade Runner, Splash, Roxanne, Wall Street, Steel Magnolias, Crazy People, Memoirs of an Invisible Man, and Grumpy Old Men, audiences came to know a natural beauty.
2 Dolly Parton
There have been a lot of celebrities who’ve come and gone through the revolving door that is the public’s focus over the years but very few have had the staying power of Dolly Parton. Popular enough throughout her life that she was able to take the name she’d built and create a popular and successful theme park called Dollywood, it has been open ever since 1961. Also able to release forty-one different records that were among the top ten country albums over her lengthy career, she’s had a 110 singles chart over a 40 year career.
1 Mickey Rourke
For anyone who has been able to watch the career of Mickey Rourke unfold it has been a fascinating tale. At one time one of Hollywood’s heartthrobs on the rise, he was given pivotal roles in movies like Diner, 9 ½ Weeks, The Pope of Greenwich Village, Year of the Dragon, Rumble Fish, Barfly and Angel Heart. Then his acting career hit the skids to a degree and he took a career path unlike any we’d seen a former film star take prior to that by becoming a boxer. A move that meant that he got punched in the face repeatedly for a living, had he joined the sport earlier in life and honed his skills a little bit more it may not have taken such a large toll on him.
Telling The Daily Mail in 2009 that he had gone to “the wrong guy” for plastic surgery on his face in light of his many injuries, the result is that his face looks nothing like the one we’d known for years prior. Interestingly enough, though, the resulting change in his look and the weathered appearance it gave him resulted in him being the perfect person to embody roles that rejuvenated his career. Between Marv from the Sin City films and Randy "The Ram" Robinson from The Wrestler, Mickey became relevant in the mid to late 2000s in a manner he hadn’t enjoyed in years.
Sources: Wikipedia, Dollywood, DailyMail
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