14 Things We Learned About Nostalgic 'It' Girls in 2021 That Made Us Say 'Oh Snap!'

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What made an "It" girl in the 1980s and 1990s? You know who they are - performers who were everywhere. These actors and performers had that special something, and their names and faces were seen on movie and television screens around the world. We just couldn't get enough.

Actors like Molly Ringwald became staples in our favorite nostalgic John Hughes movies from the '80s, while the likes of Alicia Silverstone and Halle Berry dominated the '90s box office. Numerous "It" girls transcended decades with their careers - looking at you, Drew Barrymore - while a few singers and models dipped their toes into all kinds of popular entertainment. 

We were feeling pretty nostalgic this year and decided we needed to know more about these "It" girls. We found personal stories about them, behind-the-scenes dish on their most famous roles, and details about their lives and careers - all of which left us totally buggin'. 

  • Christina Applegate And Her Roommate Started The Pussycat Dolls In Applegate's Garage
    Photo: Married...with Children / Fox

    During the mid-1990s, choreographer Robin Antin and actor Christina Applegate - AKA Kelly Bundy from Married... with Children - lived together in Las Vegas. When Antin came up with the idea to create a burlesque group, she and Applegate invited dancer-friends to Applegate's home studio in her garage, and they formed The Pussycat Dolls.

    According to Antin, "in the beginning, it was supposed to be an homage to the old musicals," but wardrobe challenges resulted in a show that featured onstage undressing. When the group first performed at The Viper Room in 1995, co-owner Johnny Depp reportedly "just flipped out," Antin said. "I remember where he was standing, smoking, looking all hot."

    Applegate performed with The Pussycat Dolls on and off, as did future members like Carmen Electra and Nicole Scherzinger. Guest appearances included Christina Aguilera and Gwen Stefani.

    • Age: 51
    • Birthplace: Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, United States of America
    793 votes
  • Julia Roberts Hasn't Left A Good Impression On Several Of Her Co-Stars
    Photo: Pretty Woman / Buena Vista Pictures Distribution

    While Julia Roberts is best known for her roles in Pretty Woman, Mystic Pizza, Steel Magnolias, and more, some actors who have worked with her have been less than thrilled by the experience.

    On an episode of Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen, co-star Hugh Grant made note of how he didn't think Roberts was a good kisser. However, he may have been trying to make a joke. Nick Nolte, who starred alongside Roberts in 1994's I Love Trouble, made much more incendiary remarks, saying, "She's not a nice person. Everyone knows that."

    During the filming of 1991's Hook, Roberts reportedly did not get along with director Steven Spielberg or the crew, and was nicknamed "Tinker Hell."

    After theater critic Roger Friedman had a run-in with Roberts in 2009, he was anything but impressed, telling Fox News:

    She cut me dead. She was rude, downright nasty, and dismissive. [Roberts] cut in between me and director Tony Gilroy to make her point. Her behavior was unexpected and chilling.

    • Age: 55
    • Birthplace: Smyrna, Georgia, United States of America
    700 votes
  • Winona Ryder's Agent Begged Her Not To Do 'Heathers'
    Photo: Heathers / New World Pictures

    The 1989 movie Heathers is a cult classic that paved the way for a different kind of high school film from the feel-good John Hughes variety of the time. Heathers walked so Mean Girls could run. But despite its endlessly quotable quips, this comedic film about teen suicide that included lines like "f*ck me gently with a chainsaw" had many '80s actors turning it down.

    One such naysayer was Winona Ryder's agent. Ryder, who played the film's lead, Veronica Sawyer, was a relatively unknown 15-year-old when she got the script. Her biggest film credit at the time was Lydia Deetz in Tim Burton's Beetlejuice, a role nearly the exact opposite of the pretty, popular, serial-killing teen of Heathers. Ryder recalled:

    My agent at the time ­literally got on her knees and begged me not to do [the movie]. She had her hands together, and she goes, “You will never. Work. Again.” We parted ways later.

    Fortunately, Ryder didn't listen. While the film was a box office flop, it later picked up steam on TV and home video and remains one of Ryder's favorite and most memorable roles.

    Heathers director Michael Lehmann recalled that the first time he filmed with Ryder, he turned to the cameraman and said, "This girl is a movie star."

    • Age: 51
    • Birthplace: Minnesota, United States of America
    508 votes
  • Alicia Silverstone Really Mispronounced 'Haitians' While Filming 'Clueless'
    Photo: Clueless / Paramount Pictures

    Director Amy Heckerling's 1995 hit comedy Clueless starred a young Alicia Silverstone in one of the most well-known performances of the actor's career.

    Silverstone, 16 at the time, made a splash in Hollywood, and according to Heckerling, the naive star's accidental mispronunciation of certain things was comedy gold. For example, during the debate scene when Cher (Silverstone) calls Haitians "Hey-dee-ans," that wasn't a comedic choice. 

    Heckerling recalled Silverstone's innocent mistake in an interview with Vogue:

    [A]s soon as I said "cut," the script woman and everyone in the crew started to walk up to her to tell her the right pronunciation and I had to run interference and go, "Step away from the actress. Stand clear of Alicia Silverstone." 

    Because I didn’t want her to know that she had it wrong, I wanted that assurance without her thinking this is funny or a joke - which changes how you say things. There’s something you do when you’re completely confident that just can’t be replicated when you know you’re doing something wrong.

    • Age: 46
    • Birthplace: San Francisco, California, USA
    614 votes
  • Halle Berry Picked Up Her Razzie For 'Catwoman' In Person
    Photo: Catwoman / Warner Bros. Pictures

    A native of Ohio, Halle Berry entered beauty pageants in the state as a teenager and was crowned Miss Ohio USA in 1986. That same year she secured first runner-up in the Miss USA pageant. Berry went on to compete in the Miss World pageant in 1986. The first African American entrant to represent the United States, Berry placed sixth.

    Berry soon transitioned to acting, with roles in 1990s with movies like BoomerangBulworth, and her Golden Globe-winning appearance in the television biopic Introducing Dorothy Dandridge. Her memorable acceptance speech in 2002, after becoming the first Black woman to win the best actress (for Monster's Ball), is legendary Oscar history.

    She earned a Razzie Award a few years later, but still managed to make "losing" look cool.

    Catwoman came out in 2004 and was a bust both critically and commercially. Berry later said she agreed to be the character after a spinoff film for her James Bond character, Jinx, was nixed, and she hoped to show that Black women could be action stars and superheroes. The film received multiple Golden Raspberry Awards, including worst actress for Berry.

    Berry attended the "ceremony" and gave a bitingly funny acceptance speech where she parodied her tearful Academy Award moment and got in on the joke:

    I’ve got so many people to thank, because you don’t win a Razzie without a lot of help from a lot of people... First of all I want to thank Warner Bros. Thank you for putting me in a piece of sh*t God-awful movie. You know, it was just what my career needed. I was at the top and then Catwoman just plummeted me to the bottom. It’s hard being on top, it’s much better being on the bottom...

    When I was a kid my mother told me that if you could not be a good loser then there’s no way you could be a good winner... I started off in beauty pageants... and I won the first three in a row... I got to the Miss USA pageant and there I was on the stage with the first runner-up... and one of us would win. And she was this buxom, blond, blue-eyed Texan. And I looked her and I thought, "Oh God, I’m probably going to lose."

    Sure enough, they called the winner. It wasn’t me... and all I could hear was my mother’s voice in my head, and I thought, "OK, here’s my chance." But all I wanted to do was f*cking slap the sh*t out of her.

    So, as you can imagine, I want to f*cking slap the sh*t out of these Razzie people that brought me here tonight. But I won’t do that. I’ll do what my mother taught me and I’ll stand here graciously. I’ll take the criticism, take it as a lesson learned, and hope to God I never see these people ever again.

    • Age: 56
    • Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
    491 votes
  • Reese Witherspoon Got Suspended From School For Selling Barrettes Out Of Her Desk
    Photo: Election / Paramount Pictures

    Reese Witherspoon, who starred in '90s movies like Fear, Cruel Intentions, and Election, said she has "always tended to be outspoken with my opinions... whether they were appropriate or not." Her affinity for pushing boundaries started when she was young.

    When Witherspoon was in the third grade, she was suspended for selling hair accessories. She reportedly bought and painted barrettes, then sold them to her classmates. In 2021, she mentioned the project on Instagram:

    If you told my third grade self, the one who started her first business customizing hair barrettes out of her desk, that one day she would be on the cover of Time magazine as a businesswoman, she would have said, “That’s so rad!” *or something very '80s like that.

    Witherspoon was suspended again when she was in high school after telling her English instructor their work wasn't difficult enough. 

    • Age: 46
    • Birthplace: USA, New Orleans, Louisiana
    372 votes