Top 5 Classic Teen Movie Idols

While Lindsay Lohan, Hilary Duff and Mandy Moore may be the recent teen queens, they certainly aren’t the first teen idols to rock the big screen. We take a look at the biggest teen idols of yesteryear!

Teen Idol – James Dean (1950s)

Why He’s Famous: This hottie biscotti wasn’t just in Rebel Without a Cause, he was a rebel without a cause. Boys wanted to be him and girls wanted to save him from his bad-to-the-bone self.
Where is He Now: James Dean died in a car accident in 1955. He was 24 years old.

Teen Idol – Sandra Dee (1960s)

Why She’s Famous: She was a successful model by the time she was 12 and a film star by 14. Her surfing hit, Gidget, made her one of the hottest “It Girls” of the 60s.
Where is She Now: Sandra Dee died of kidney complications in 2005 at the age of 63.

Teen Idol – Olivia Newton-John (1970s)

Why She’s Famous: Olivia played Sandy in the classic teen film Grease opposite a pre-chubby John Travolta.
Where is She Now: Since her Grease days, Olivia Newton-John has concentrated on her singing career and released many albums.

Teen Idol – Molly Ringwald (1980s)

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Molly Ringwald

Why She’s Famous: Molly Ringwald’s performances in ’80s hits like Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club and Pretty in Pink made her a huge star but after allegedly turning down the lead for Ghost and Pretty Woman her career cooled off.
Where is She Now: Molly appeared in Not Another Teen Movie and has been performing theater on Broadway and in London’s West End.

Teen Idol – John Cusack (1980s)

Why He’s Famous: John Cusack rose to fame in ’80s teen hits like Sixteen Candles and Stand By Me. He may not have been as much of a heartthrob as James Dean but he had the likeable every-guy act down pat.
Where is He Now: John hasn’t gone anywhere. His audience may have got a little older but he’s still making great films like Being John Malkovich and High Fidelity.

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