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Where Are They Now? 19 Child Stars of the '90s

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If you were a ‘90s kid, you know some of these faces as surely as if they ate rectangle pizza and lettuce salad next to you in the cafeteria every day. But would you recognize them today? Here’s what they’re up to now—and what they look like.

1. Ross Malinger

You remember him as: Jonah Baldwin, the young, incurable romantic from Sleepless in Seattle.

After knocking around Hollywood for a bit and landing roles in shows like Party of Five and Recess (he was the voice of T.J.), Malinger took a job as the manager of an automotive shop in Malibu. It closed in 2009, so what he's been up to since is anyone's guess.

2. Mason Gamble

You remember him as: Dennis the Menace.

Mr. Wilson would be proud. Gamble was a National Merit Scholar Finalist in high school and was also a pretty accomplished pole vaulter. He graduated from UCLA’s Dentistry School and was studying marine biology as of 2011. In addition to all of that, Gamble continues to act a bit—his most recent movie was 2010’s Golf in the Kingdom with Malcolm McDowell and Frances Fisher.

3. Tina Majorino

You remember her as: Corrina, Corrina.

After taking a seven-year break from a wildly successful childhood acting career (Corrina, Corrina; Waterworld; Andre; When a Man Loves a Woman) Majorino resurfaced in 2004 as side-ponytailed Deb in Napoleon Dynamite. She’s been busy ever since, with roles on Veronica Mars, Grey’s Anatomy, Bones, and True Blood. But what about those missing seven years? She was busy being a normal kid: "I wanted to experience the things that a little kid can experience and get to know myself so when I came back I could be tough enough and strong enough to keep a good attitude, keep my head on straight and make the right decisions for myself and my family.”

4. Austin O’Brien

You remember him as: Nick Zsigmond, the love interest in My Girl 2.

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O’Brien continued to act until about 2011, but is now running his own photography business in L.A. 

5. Bradley Pierce

You remember him as: the little brother from Jumanji.

Pierce was also the voice of Chip Cup from Beauty and the Beast and Flounder in The Little Mermaid. Those Disney roles still keep him busy from time to time as he provides voiceover work for Kingdom Hearts and other projects where his distinctive voice is needed. 

6. Jimmy Workman

You remember him as: Pugsley from The Addams Family movies.

I’m not sure what he’s doing for employment—Celebuzz suggests that he’s “now working on the other side of the camera.” In 2012, he was a witness in his sister’s battle for emancipation from their mother. Ariel Winter, better known as the brainy Alex Dunphy from Modern Family, is estranged from her mother after allegations of abuse. Workman’s stance is that no abuse ever took place; the 15-year-old Winter is simply upset that her mother wanted her to break up with her 18-year-old boyfriend.

Their other sister, Shanelle, whom Winter wanted to appoint as her legal guardian, was the voice of Wendy on Wendy’s fast food commercials.

7. Ashley Peldon

You remember her as: the little Elizabeth in Drop Dead Fred.

Peldon still acts a little, including voiceover work, but that’s not all she does. After getting her degree in child psychology and a master’s in clinical psychology, it looks like she’s now working on her doctorate in depth psychology. And if you’ve never seen a website for an actress/voiceover artist/therapist, well... maybe you don’t hang out with enough people from L.A.

8. Amber Scott

You remember her as: Maggie Banning from Hook.

She apparently graduated from Trinity College in Hartford in 2006 and was a sorority girl, but she’s been laying pretty low other than an updated headshot for IMDB. Maggie Banning was the only live-action role Scott played, and her only other acting experience seems to be some voiceover work on a 1995 documentary called The American Experience.

9. Adam Hann-Byrd

You remember him as: Little Man Tate. He was also in Jumanji, playing the young Robin Williams character.

Hann-Byrd graduated from Wesleyan University in Connecticut in 2004 with degrees in psychology and film studies. After being chosen as a fellow in the Warner Bros. TV Writers' Workshop in 2011, Hann-Byrd co-wrote a Slender Man short.

10. Michael Oliver

You remember him as: Junior from Problem Child. He can tell you what he's doing these days:

Spoiler alert: He's got three cats and a hamster.

11. Shawna Waldron

You remember her as "Icebox" from Little Giants.

Waldron is still steadily acting, most recently in Stitch, a movie that came out in 2014 where she co-starred with another '90s favorite: Edward Furlong. 

12. Olivia Hack

You remember her as: Cindy Brady from The Brady Bunch Movie.


If you haven't seen Olivia Hack on your television lately, chances are you've probably heard her. Hack avoided getting typecast as Cindy Brady by turning to voiceover work, lending her pipes to things like Hey Arnold!, Family Guy, Care Bears: Welcome to Care-a-Lot, and Star Wars: The Clone Wars.

13 and 14. Brittany Ashton Holmes and Bug Hall.

You remember them as: Darla and Alfalfa from The Little Rascals.

Brittany Ashton Holmes, perhaps best known as the doe-eyed Darla, stopped acting in 1996. Since his days as Alfalfa, however, Bug Hall has been all over screens both big and small. He's had parts in The O.C., Nikita, Saving Grace, Criminal Minds, 90210—and he was in Arachnoquake on SyFy last year. I'm outraged that there was no Sharknado-like media frenzy for this. ("Deadly fire-breathing spiders are unearthed after a massive earthquake in New Orleans.") Hall is also a musician, an acting teacher, and a rather enjoyable Tweeter. The 2010 picture above, by the way, is from a Little Rascals reunion. 

15. Travis Tedford

You remember him as: Spanky from The Little Rascals.

Like Holmes, Tedford also quit acting. "Didn't develop drug addiction and as a result: Not famous," says his Twitter profile. He currently works as a inbound marketing specialist at a credit union in Texas. 

16. Miko Hughes

You remember him as the kid with the OB/GYN father in Kindergarten Cop, and also Gage from Pet Sematary (though the latter was actually 1989).


Hughes has also been working pretty steadily and recently started writing and directing. He also maintains a pretty steady presence over on the Twitter

17. Lisa Jakub

You remember her as: the older sister from Mrs. Doubtfire

What has she been up to for the past decade or so? In her own words

"At the age of 22, I realized that there must be more to life than premieres and pretending to be other people. I left the film industry under the guise of following the man I loved to Virginia. Luckily, the man I loved really was in Virginia, so it all worked out and we lived happily ever after in our own version of a Hollywood ending. While figuring out how to be a normal person, I have dedicated myself to my lifelong love of writing and my profound respect for a well-told story. I am a writer, a traveler, a devoted yogi, wife and dog-mom. I also make really good spinach gnocchi."

18. Jonathan Lipnicki

You remember him as: the kid from Jerry Maguire


These days, the kid who knows that the human head weighs eight pounds could probably break your skull. Lipnicki trains MMA fighters. He's continued to act, and yes, he continues to stay in touch with Tom Cruise.

19. Ariana Richards

After her starring role in Jurassic Park, Richards appeared as a pregnant teen in the video for Ben Folds' "Brick." Though she still dabbles in acting here and there, Richards spends her time as a portrait artist these days. One of her clients: Steven Spielberg.

This story originally appeared in 2013.

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David Lynch's Amazon T-Shirt Shop is as Surreal as His Movies
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David Lynch, the celebrated director behind baffling-but-brilliant films like Eraserhead, Blue Velvet, Mulholland Drive, and Twin Peaks, is now selling his equally surreal T-shirts on Amazon.

As IndieWire reports, each shirt bears an image of one of Lynch’s paintings or photographs with an accompanying title. Some of his designs are more straightforward (the shirts labeled “House” and “Whale” feature, respectively, drawings of a house and a whale), while others are obscure (the shirt called “Chicken Head Tears” features a disturbing sculpture of a semi-human face).

This isn’t the first time Lynch has ventured into pursuits outside of filmmaking. Previously, he has sold coffee, designed furniture, produced music, hosted daily weather reports, and published a book about his experience with transcendental meditation. Art, in fact, falls a little closer to Lynch’s roots; the filmmaker trained for years at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts before making his mark in Hollywood.

Lynch’s Amazon store currently sells 57 T-shirts, ranging in size from small to triple XL, all for $26 each. As for our own feelings on the collection, we think they’re best reflected by this T-shirt named “Honestly, I’m Sort of Confused.”

Check out some of our favorites below:

T-shirt that says "Honestly, I'm Sort of Confused"
"Honestly, I'm Sort of Confused"

Buy it on Amazon

T-shirt with a drawing of a sleeping bird on it
"Sleeping Bird"

Buy it on Amazon

T-shirt that says Peace on Earth over and over again. The caption is pretty on the nose.
"Peace on Earth"

Buy it on Amazon

T-shirt with an image of a screaming face made out of turkey with ants in its mouth
"Turkey Cheese Head"

Buy it on Amazon

T-shirt with an odd sculpted clay face asking if you know who it is. You get the idea.
"I Was Wondering If You Know Who I Am?"

Buy it on Amazon

T-shirt with an image of a sculpted head that is not a chicken. It is blue, though.
"Chicken Head Blue"

Buy it on Amazon

T-shirt with a drawing of a lobster on it. Below the drawing, the lobster is labeled with the word lobster. Shocking, I know.

Buy it on Amazon

T-shirt with an abstract drawing of what is by David Lynch's account, at least, a cowboy

Buy it on Amazon

[h/t IndieWire]

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9 Things You Might Not Know About Maurice Sendak
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Maurice Sendak's books were shaped by his own childhood: one marked by the Lindbergh baby kidnapping, the concentration camp deaths of most of his extended family, and parents consumed by depression and anger. When Sendak started illustrating and writing for children, he vowed that he wouldn't write stories of sunshine and rainbows, because that's not real life. In honor of what would have been his 90th birthday, here are a few other things about Maurice Sendak's real life you may not have known.


Sendak and his brother visited Manhattan’s F.A.O. Schwarz in 1948 to try to get the company to purchase their handmade, fairytale-inspired wooden toys. Though the toy store declined to purchase the brothers’ work for reproduction, they were impressed with Sendak’s artistic eye and asked him if he’d be interested in a job dressing windows. He worked at F.A.O. Schwarz for three years while taking classes at the New York Art Students League.


The book was intended, of course, to feature fillies, foals and mares. Editor Ursula Nordstrom adored the title, finding it poetic and beautiful, but there was one problem: Sendak couldn’t draw horses. When he told his editor that the whole horse thing wasn’t going to work out, he recalls her “acid tone[d]” response: “Maurice, what can you draw?”

“Things,” he said, and "things" he drew.

Side note: Ursula Nordstrom was also the editor of a few classics like The Giving Tree, Goodnight Moon, Harold and the Purple Crayon and Charlotte’s Web among others. Not a bad resume.


“They were unkempt; their teeth were horrifying. Hair unraveling out of their noses.” Though the monsters were modeled after his family, they weren’t named after them; in fact, the things had no names in the book. They finally received monikers when Wild Things was made into an opera. “We had to have names to tell [the actors] when they were screwing up. They had Jewish names: Moishe, Schmuel. But the names were dropped after the opera. They never had names until they became movie stars.”


It wasn't until he was older that Sendak realized how lucky those immigrant relatives were to be alive—and how lucky he was. Most of his extended family died in concentration camps, which his father discovered the day of Sendak's bar mitzvah. He attended the happy event anyway. When unknowing guests burst into "For He's a Jolly Good Fellow" when Mr. Sendak walked through the door, Maurice knew something horrible had happened by his father's expression. "My father's face was vivid, livid, and I knew I had done something very bad, that I had made him suffer more than he had to. This 13-year-old ersatz man."


Prior to the success of his own books, Sendak illustrated the popular Little Bear series by Else Holmelund Minarik.


Though many parents and libraries initially protested that Where the Wild Things Are was too scary for children, it was his later book, In the Night Kitchen, that landed on the American Library Association’s frequently challenged and banned books list. It features a little boy named Mickey, who is nude throughout most of the story, likely because he’s dreaming. “Have you never had a dream, yourself, where you were totally naked?” he said, when Stephen Colbert asked him about the nudity. (Colbert: “No.” Sendak: “I think you’re a man of little imagination.”) Because of Mickey’s full frontal and some of his nude antics in the book (he jumps into a milk bottle, for instance, and later slides down it), critics have deemed it inappropriate for children. It was #24 on the ALA’s frequently banned books from 2000-2009.


Sendak believed that the Lindbergh baby kidnapping very much affected his childhood, his work and his views on life in general. Though he was only 3.5 years old when the tragedy occurred in 1932, he says he vividly remembers the whole thing, including hearing Mrs. Lindbergh’s tearful voice pleading with the kidnappers via radio to rub camphor on her infant’s chest because she didn’t want his cold to get worse. “If that baby died, I had no chance. I was only a poor kid, okay? [When the Lindbergh baby was found dead,] I think something really fundamental died in me.”


Waiting for a sweet Where the Wild Things Are app for the iPad so your kids can explore the book in a new way? Don’t hold your breath. To say that Sendak disliked eBooks is an understatement: "F*** them is what I say; I hate those e-books. They cannot be the future ... they may well be. I will be dead, I won’t give a s***!”


Sendak never told his parents that he was gay. “All I wanted was to be straight so my parents could be happy,” he told The New York Times in 2008. “They never, never, never knew.” His partner of 50 years, Eugene Glynn, passed away in 2007.

This post originally appeared in 2011.


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