Celebrities have a tendency to be treated as almost mythological creatures when their time in the spotlight is shining. The paparazzi follow their every move, they dictate the fashion trends (remember “The Rachel” haircut?) and their ever-growing fanbase can’t seem to get enough.
But what happens when these celebrities that we know and love start to falter? Do we stop paying attention? You better believe we don’t. Even when, as you’ll see with Harvey Weinstein, these celebrities try to hide with a disguise.
Whether it’s excessive partying – which is often accompanied by drug use, which then leads to rehab… yay Hollywood! – run-ins with the law, or scandals that irreparably damaged their reputation, these 15 celebrities have all had moments that will leave you thinking how grateful you are that you aren’t them.
Included are photos of these celebrities at their absolute lowest, which also means several photoshoots with local police departments and experiences that we’re sure these celebrities wish they could erase.
Here are 15 photos of celebrities after they fell from grace.
15. Yasmine Bleeth
Yasmine Bleeth was one of the primary stars on the series Baywatch in the 90s. She’s even fawned over by Chandler Bing in the series Friends (how could anybody not love Yasmine Bleeth?!). She also appeared in the soap opera One Life to Live, but her real life has had its own moments of drama!
As you may be able to tell, the above photo on the right was taken after she was arrested in 2001 for cocaine possession. Outside of an appearance in the Baywatch remake, Bleeth’s career has been far from notable since her run-in with the law. Which means she also may associate this mug shot as being a sign that her time in the spotlight was over.
14. Natasha Lyonne
Natasha Lyonne has not quite totally fallen from grace at the moment, as Orange is the New Black remains one of the most popular Netflix properties. Especially now that House of Cards has been given the boot!
But after her first big stint in Hollywood that came on the back of her American Pie films, Lyonne found herself addicted to drugs. “It’s weird to talk about. I was definitely as good as dead, you know? A lot of people don’t come back. That makes me feel wary and self-conscious. I wouldn’t want to feel prideful about it. People really rallied around me and pulled me up by my f*king bootstraps.”
13. Dustin Diamond
Dustin Diamond is always going to hold a place in 90’s kid’s hearts for his role as Screech on Saved By the Bell. But his adult life definitely didn’t go as smoothly, including as you can probably tell, spending some time in cuffs.
Diamond was arrested (at least in the above incident) for stabbing a man during a bar fight and then leaving the scene. He ended up spending three months in jail, and after violating his probation was re-arrested.
12. Amanda Bynes
One of the worst things you can do is get behind the wheel of the car when you are intoxicated. But sadly, that’s a decision that Amanda Bynes elected to do on at least two occasions and was stopped by police.
Bynes appears to just be an irresponsible driver however when you also factor in the fact that she’s participated in a hit-and-run. Bynes wanted nothing to do with Hollywood for a while (which was just fine, they wanted nothing to do with her), but she has recently started to re-emerge from the spotlight.
11. Mischa Barton
Mischa Barton was living what many people would consider a dream life as one of the stars on the television series The O.C. But in 2009, Barton’s excessive partying and drug use led to her attempting to take her own life, followed with an intervention by her parents and agents. The incident saw her spending several days in a psychiatric ward.
Some of her most excessive partying came alongside Nicole Richie and Lindsay Lohan. When discussing her mental health at the time, Barton said, “We thought, ‘Work hard, play hard’. It was a train I could not get off of. When you’re young, you can do it, but after a while, it’s going to come crashing down on you.”
10. Bill Cosby
Bill Cosby was one of the most beloved TV decades for his role on The Cosby Family. You may also recognize him from Kids Say The Darndest Things. But his life in the spotlight may have been full of some seedy things when people were not looking.
Over 60 women have come out accused Cosby of allegedly sexually harassing or assaulting them with the first allegations occurring decades ago. Despite not being charged yet, this photo of Cosby leaving the courtroom is not a good look.
9. Harvey Weinstein
Harvey Weinstein has been seen out in public for the first time since the scandal has started breaking. In photos obtained by TMZ, Weinstein attempts to keep a low profile with what is allegedly a blonde wig as well as what some reporters believed to be orange makeup.
Sorry Harvey, good disguise, but not good enough to fool the tabloid reporters who are going to make a living this year off of your case. It has been reported that the NYPD may have enough evidence to arrest Weinstein for some of the crimes he has allegedly committed against women.
8. Edward Furlong
Edward Furlong definitely doesn’t look anything like the young kid that you’ve probably seen a thousand times in Terminator 2: Judgement Day. His adult life has been a mess, including being arrested in the past for domestic abuse against Monica Keena, who just happens to be beside him in the above photo.
Furlong has spent multiple stints in rehab for battles with drug addiction as well as alcoholism. Perhaps adding an uncomfortable angle to his life, Furlong had a relationship that lasted years when he was 13 years old with his 26-year-old tutor.
7. Lindsay Lohan
You can’t think about celebrities who have struggled in Hollywood for long without thinking about Lindsay Lohan. She may have starred in The Parent Trap as a young kid, but the trappings of young adulthood saw her commit several illegal actions; including multiple DUI’s.
Anytime Lohan emerged at a nightclub, the paparazzi were surely quick to follow which also hurt her public image. Not to mention the several trips to rehab that caused significant setbacks in her then-aspiring film career. Lohan also earned some backlash earlier this year after publicly defending Harvey Weinstein following the accusations of harassment and assault.
6. Mark Salling
Mark Salling won’t have anyone singing any sad songs of sympathy when he finally gets himself locked up behind bars. Salling was arrested, and recently pled guilty, to the possession of inappropriate child content and will face upwards to 7 years in jail.
It was reported that police had discovered over 50,000 images of minors in compromising situations, as well as a separate flash drive that contained thousands more images, as well as over 100 videos. Salling came to fame on the series Glee where he played Noah “Puck” Puckerman.
5. Courtney Love
Courtney Love is thankfully an example of someone who was able to turn their life around, and not one of the many celebrities who died at too early of an age.
When talking about her recovery from her addictions that ravaged her good looks and career opportunities, Love said, “What really saved me was, obviously going to meetings and stuff like that, but I’m a Buddhist. I chant and I’m really serious about it. I chant twice a day. I’m Nichiren Buddhist so it’s Nam-Myoho-Renge-Kyo. So I sit there in the morning, ‘Nam-Myoho-Renge-Kyo, Nam-Myoho-Renge-Kyo, Nam-Myoho-Renge-Kyo,’ and it changed my life. Absolutely. It turned everything around.”
4. Mel Gibson
Mel Gibson has enough action films on his resume that he should be considered one of the biggest icons in the industry. And while he’s recently trying to get his film career back on track with films such as Daddy’s Home 2, his career will forever be hurt by his 2006 DUI arrest that also saw him making several anti-Semitic remarks.
It is believed that this incident led to his acting career getting blackballed for nearly a decade. Robert Downey Jr, who has also struggled with the law and battles with addiction, is credited as being one of the people who helped bring him back into the spotlight.
3. Pamela Anderson
Pamela Anderson was one of the biggest names in the 90s. There weren’t many men out there that didn’t love Baywatch and even though the re-make failed, the series still did wonders for Anderson’s career. Among her other accomplishments included appearing in Playboy on multiple occasions.
But Anderson’s slide from the top of Hollywood was an ugly one in many regards. Rumors that she altered her appearance, as well as photos emerging of her partying perhaps too hard (as we show) have definitely hurt her overall look.
2. Pete Doherty
Pete Doherty‘s addiction to drugs may become evident the second you take a look at the photo of him above. It was reported at one point that Doherty’s father was going to cut all ties from his famous musician son if he was unable to stay clean.
Unfortunately for Doherty, the most recent headlines surrounding him involve him being stopped by police in August. Doherty was driving in Italy when he was pulled over, during which police discovered heroin on him. Making matters worse for Doherty, he also had an invalid driving license and was not registered.
1. Amy Winehouse
Amy Winehouse was a talented musician, having won several notable awards including several Grammys. But her life was as notable for the partying as it was for the music that she produced. Helped in no part by the incessant paparazzi who hounded Winehouse throughout her life.
Winehouse, as you may know, passed away at the age of 27 after suffering from alcohol intoxication. This photo may not show her “fall from grace” as her popularity continued until her death, but it’s absolutely a harrowing look at Winehouse prior to her passing.