Heathers: Whatever Happened to the Movie’s Biggest Stars?


Winona Ryder, who played the lead role of Veronica, was a fixture in the nineties movie scene. The actress went to star in many films including Edward Scissorhands, Reality Bites, Mermaids, Little Women, and Girl Interrupted. Ryder’s long and impressive resume was not the only thing talked about that decade. The actress was engaged to her Edward Scissorhands co-star Johnny Depp for three years before they broke up in 1993.  Ryder dated musician Dave Pirner and actor Matt Damon. Ryder also showed her charitable side that year. In the early 90s, Ryder offered up a reward of $200,000 for the safe return of Polly Klaas, a kidnapped child who was later found dead. Ryder then dedicated her role in the 1994 movie Little Women to Klaas’ memory.  Little Women was the little girl’s favorite book.

The next decade was less eventful for Ryder as she took a break from movies during the first half. This was primarily after her shoplifting incident which led to her arrest. She did appear in two movies in 2002 as both films were made before her arrest. Since 2006, she has been in a number of movies including A Scanner Darkly, The Darwin Awards, and The Dilemma. One of her most recent gigs was making a guest appearance on Comedy Central’s Drunk History last year.

Another big Heathers star many wonder whatever happened to is Christian Slater. Like his co-star Ryder, Slater was a key Generation X star of the 1990s. He starred in many notable films including Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles, Mobsters, Untamed Heart, and Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves. By 2000, he married a tv producer named Ryan Haddon and they had two kids together. Unfortunately, their relationship was a volatile one. Haddon was charged with battery when she threw a bottle at Slater’s neck and caused him severe cuts that landed him in the hospital. Shortly after that incident, Slater and Haddon announced their separation which led to a divorce years later. Slater also had numerous troubles with the law since his arrest for drunk driving and assault in 1989. It was his subsequent legal troubles that helped put a dent in his career. Last year, he married longtime girlfriend Brittany Lopez.

Whatever happened to Heathers star, Shannen Doherty played key role of Heather Duke, the Queen Bee of the clique in the movie? Even thought the movie launched her career, her most notable roles were on television including Beverly Hills 90210 and Charmed.  Although she made one more big movie Mallrats, the majority of movies she starred in were made-for-tv. In 2006, she launched a reality show on Oxygen called Breaking Up with Shannen Doherty. Two years ago, she also made a guest appearance in The New Normal. Doherty’s career has since stalled.

by Anna Peel



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