Rarely Seen Photos That Reveal A Different Side To The 90s

By | February 2, 2023

Will Smith smeared with cake at the 'Fresh Prince Of Bel Air' wrap party 

The final decade of the millennium was an era of change. Generation X had taken the societal reigns from the Baby Boomers and letting their hair down. Fashion was taking a turn for the flannel, and young people were beginning to look for new ways to have a good time.

These snapshots of the 90s show that the decade was full of a kaleidoscopic mix of culture, fashion, and music that made it an unforgettable era to live in - when Anna Nicole Smith was legitimate celebrity and when Johnny Depp was still considered an independent film star.

It’s important to use these pictures from the 90s to take your preconceived notions of the decade and turn them on their head. That’s the coolest part about taking a deep dive into the past… you never know what you’ll find on the other side.

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source: NBC

Every kid growing up in the ‘90s remembers watching The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Will Smith’s first foray into acting. It was fun, cool, and dare we say… fresh. The show made Smith a household name but according to the star the only reason he accepted the role was because he was in trouble with the IRS.

Following the breakout hit “Parents Just Don’t Understand" Smith ended up blowing through all of his money and with a huge IRS bill. When the duo’s second album flopped he was in deep trouble.

After hanging out around the Arsenio Hall Show for a while he bumped into none other than Quincy Jones. The two started hanging out and they spitballed the entire concept of Fresh Prince. They pitched the series to Brandon Tartikoff of NBC in Jones’ driveway and the show ran from 1990 to 1996.

The face that launched a thousand ships... Julia Roberts, early 90s

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source: Reddit

Hands down there was no bigger star in the ‘90s that Julia Roberts. Maybe Arnold Schwarzenegger but that’s arguable. Her big break came in 1990’s Pretty Woman where she teaches Richard Gere about love and life but she almost didn’t star in the picture.

Three days after she was cast in Pretty Woman (originally titled 3,000) the production company backing the film folded. After Disney picked the film up and brought on Garry Marshall he agreed to meet with her as a courtesy, although he planned to cast a Hollywood A-lister in the role. Roberts explains the rest:

This small movie company folded over the weekend, and by Monday, I didn’t have a job. Garry Marshall came on, and because he’s a great human being, he felt it would only be fair to meet me, since I had this job for three days and lost it. They changed the whole thing and it became more something that is in my wheelhouse.