The legendary Doris Day was the biggest female actress to grace the big screen in the early 60s. The iconic actress has been in far too many films to list them all here and she was ranked sixth among the box office performers by 2012. Besides her acting career, she was also one of the most celebrated singers of the 21st century and recorded more than 650 songs. That’s no mean feat!
The veteran retired from acting after her sitcom “The Doris Day Show” went off the air in 1973. She was living in Carmel-by-the-sea, California, and was an animal welfare activist up until her passing in 2019.
The Fonda Family
You better believe it, Bridget Fonda is Peter Fonda’s daughter and Jane’s niece. She made her acting debut at just five years old in 1969’s “Easy Rider.” It was only much later on that She first made a name for herself in films like “It Could Happen to You” and “Single White Female” in 1994 and 1992 respectively.
She even went on to study acting at NYU and at the Theatre Institute of Lee Strasberg, but sadly her last work in the showbiz sector was in the early naughties. Since 2002, she has retired from acting to raise her son, Oliver, who she’s been raising with her husband Danny Elfman, a music composer for “The Simpsons” series.
An Internet Sensation
After Norris served in the United States Air Force, he competed as a martial artist, winning many championships. He is most known for films like Way of the Dragon and Missing in Action 1, 2, & 3. The martial artist gone actor hasn’t had a big role since 2005. The actor, most recognized for “Walker, Texas Ranger” has taken time off in order to support his wife and her health issues.
While Norris has not acted in quite some time, his reputation as a tough guy definitely lives on through things like the viral Chuck Norris Facts meme which made him an internet sensation. Norris also continues to make appearances in ads and commercials.
Gone for Two Decades
Glenda Jackson took a major break from acting from 1992 to 2015. The British actress and former Labour Party politician is one of few actors to receive the Triple Crown of Acting. The two-time Academy Award winner is famous for films like "Women in Love" and "A Touch of Class." After a 23-year hiatus, she appeared in the play "Blood, Sex and Money."
In 2016, she once again returned to the stage, playing the title role in Shakespeare’s "King Lear" in London. This past year, she returned to Broadway, acting in "Three Tall Women," and won a Tony Award for her performance.
An Inexplicable Disappearance
If you are a kid of the 90s, then there's a good chance you recognize Joe Pesci for playing one of the main villains in the Christmas classic "Home Alone." However, Pesci was a veritable acting force who worked with the iconic director Martin Scorsese on classic films like "Raging Bull," "Goodfellas", and "Casino."
In 1999, he walked away from it all. According to Complex, it was unclear why Pesci retired early. Over the last two decades, he has made appearances here and there (think, a Snickers commercial) but it doesn't look like he's about to relive his days as an actor.