12 Celebs Who Traded Fame for Family
These celebrities decided to take some time away from the camera and the stage to focus on building their family.
Hugh Grant's jilted lover, this British bombshell had a string of American hits with "Austin Powers" and "Bedazzled." She would not, however, stick around to try to capitalize on that fame. She left acting in 2002 to focus on her new family. She has since taken some small roles, but has devoted herself full time to her family.
One of the biggest Hollywood stars in the 1940s up until his retirement in 1966, Cary Grant retired from acting when his daughter was born. He was a bit older at the time (62) and he wanted stability in her life as well as his own. And he stayed true to that -- he would not act in another film after 1966, and he passed away in 1986.
Best known for the pool scene in Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Phoebe Cates was on her way to becoming a leading Hollywood lady and sex symbol. After she married and had a couple children with husband Kevin Kline, she largely retired from the screen to focus on her family. While she would take small roles here and there, she has largely stayed out of the public spotlight.
Star of SCTV, Ghostbusters, and Honey I Shrunk the Kids, Rick Moranis had a solid career. Unfortunately, his wife died of breast cancer in 1991, leaving him to raise his children alone. While he attempted to have a career and a family, he found it to be too difficult and ultimately retired from acting in 1997. He has since started to act more, mainly as a voice actor.
The sensitive, athletic love interest of Molly Ringwald in Sixteen Candles, Michael Shoeffling appeared on his way to becoming a top leading man in the early '90s. However, after that role, he found acting jobs difficult to come by and ultimately retired from acting to support his family. He now owns a woodworking studio where he makes crafts and furniture items.
Starring in a string of hits in the mid-80s, including The Big Chill and Agnes of God, Meg Tilly would greatly reduce her acting work in order to focus on her children. She has taken some smaller roles recently, but she also keeps herself busy writing. She has actually written five novels and been nominated for several awards for them.
After the success of Mrs. Doubtfire, the oldest child in the movie, Lisa Jakub, could have continued acting and had a chance at a solid career. After a few more roles, however, she decided to retire from acting at age 22 to focus on having a normal life. She is now married to her college boyfriend and keeps herself busy as a writer, leading the normal life she wanted.
This Nigerian born model and actress was an in-demand model in the late 80s and early 90s after winning several beauty pageants in Nigeria. Fame, however, was not her main concern. Instead, she went on to become a nurse and has since worked to bring medical treatment to Nigerians who otherwise could not afford it. While she acts in some small roles, her primary focus is on health care.
The star of In Living Color and later of My Wife and Kids, Damon Wayans has largely retired from acting since that show ended. He divorced his wife in 2000 and found the demands of raising four kids to be too much with acting. He therefore gave up almost all roles to focus on his children, performing just sporadically over the last decade.
A member of the legendary Fonda family, Bridget Fonda has not acted since 2002. She suffered a serious car accident in 2003 and later had a son with her husband, composer and former Oingo Boingo singer Danny Elfman. She has since focused exclusively on her family, choose not to take any acting roles and has largely stayed out of the limelight.
Widely considered one of the most beautiful women in Hollywood, Grace Kelly famously gave up acting to become royalty. After marrying Prince Rainier of Monaco, Kelly focused on being a mother and being a princess. In fact, she not only retired, her films were banned from playing in Monaco. She died in a tragic car accident in 1982 after suffering a stroke.
Jamie Lee Curtis
After being in actress for more than 30 years, Jamie Lee Curtis decided it was time to retire and focus on her family. She now dabbles in acting, photography, and social causes along with her family and husband Christopher Guest. While she takes small roles here and there, she is nowhere near as busy as she was in the 80s and 90s.
Kristy McNicol was a big television star back in the 70's and 80's. She is known for playing Letitia "Buddy" Lawrence on the television series "Family," when she was just fourteen years old. She eventually won two Emmy Awards for her performance in the series. She left acting after 24 years in the business to focus on herself and her own healing process after a diagnosis of bipolar disorder.