Beautiful Stars Of The '80s Who Still Excite Today

By Jacob Shelton

Madonna has always been a wild child

Everyone who came of age in the 1980s has a special connection to the favorite stars of the era. Whether they found comfort in the goth aesthetic of Winona Ryder or the chic style of Brooke Shields, these stars continue to mean something to the teenagers of that fateful era. But what are they up to now?

Stars may look like they're infallible and unflappable, but look closer and you'll see that they're not that different from everyone else. They grow and change just like everyone else, and they find new ways of expressing themselves.

These untold stories of stars of the '80s will shed light on what they were doing in their heyday and what they're up to today. Even if a few of these stars are still super famous you'll never guess what some of your favorite celebrities are doing today.

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In the 1980s no one was as ubiquitous as Madonna, the Queen of Pop. After years of training as a dancer, working at Dunkin' Donuts, and doing her best to survive in the wasteland that was the late '70s and early '80s in New York City she broke through with songs like "Lucky Star" and "Holiday." In spite of her five times platinum debut album, it wasn't until 1984 that she became capital m Madonna.

Even before recording her second album, "Like A Virgin," Madonna knew that she had to take control of her career and do something spectacular. She later said to biographer J Randy Taraborrelli:

I had to prove them wrong, which meant not only proving myself to my fans but to my record company as well. That is something that happens when you're a girl. It wouldn't happen to Prince or Michael Jackson. I had to do everything on my own and it was hard trying to convince people that I was worth a record deal. After that, I had the same problem trying to convince the record company that I had more to offer than a one-shot singer. I had to win this fight.