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10 Hollywood Actress Who Quit Acting Early

Various actresses have left acting industry due to their various problems.
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Hollywood actresses are mostly seen to leave the acting industry earlier than the actors due to various reasons.

Due to their family problems, raising children, for the sake of mental peace and not being able to adopt to new trends and topics of acting industry, many actresses have left the acting career and pursued for their dream.

Some of the most famous actresses who have quit acting and joined another field are mentioned in this article. 

10. Nikki Blonsky


Nikki Blonsky, best known for playing in the movie 'Hairspray' for which she received various awards which was her debut movie as well. She is one of the top actresses who quit acting on early age.

Nikki Blonsky also starred in series like Valemont and Huge which also enhanced her acting career at that time.

She has played on more than 10 movies and show in her acting career. When she was playing in Hairspray, she was so influenced by the movie she got a Cosmetologist License and started working as a hairstylist and learned how to provide beautiful hair and makeup looks. 
Although she was a great actress now she is working mostly as a cosmetologist in New York City.

9.Phoebe Cates

Phoebe Cates an actress with high potential quit acting at young age to form a business of boutique in New York City.
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Phoebe Cates, a famous actress of 80's and 90's appeared in various movies including Paradise, Princess Caraboo, Private School and so on. After 1994 she gave up her acting career and has appeared in only one movie in 2004.

She gave up her acting career and opened her own boutique in New York City called Blue Tree in 2005. This idea came from her husband actor Kevin Kline whom she married in 1989 and has two children with. 

Although she was a actress she also used to sing songs for her movies and was a model before her acting career. She last appeared in the movie 'The anniversary Party' in 2001 with her 2 children and husband.

8.Meghan Markle

Former actress and present Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle along with her husband Prince Charles.
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Mostly famous for her role in series 'Suits', Meghan Markle went from acting career to royalty route as her marriage to Prince Harry in 2018.

Meghan Markle left her acting career in the same series she got famous for and she have acted in very few movies. Although she hadn't got much chances to act in movies she was doing well through various series and getting her name in Hollywood.

After becoming Duchess of Sussex, She and Prince Harry have established a foundation called Archewell and got a production deal with Netflix as they step back from their royal life and started living in California. 

7. Ariana Richards

Ariana Richards retire from acting at early age to pursue her dream of painting and standing next to her artwork.
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Ariana Richards now a professional artist, used to be one of the best child actress for her role in the movie 'Jurassic Park' and its sequel.

She left her acting career after the movie in 2001 and last appeared in 2013 and has done lots of small appearance on various series.

Ariana Richards became widely popular for her role in Jurassic Park series and was seen as a potentially a great actress for future, but the fate was not as decided. She won various awards for her role in various movies at that time.

In 2014 she was voted in no. 98 on VH1's 100 Greatest Child Stars. She is now married to Mark Aaron Bolton and they have a daughter.

6. Amanda Bynes

Amanda Bynes left acting career due to her various mental health problem and now starting new career as fashion designer.
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Amanda Bynes started her acting career as a child actress and known through her various series and movies throughout her career.

Her most famous shows were 'All That' and 'The Amanda Show' where she was the lead of both series and the sports comedy movie 'She's the man' where she played along with Channing Tatum.

Due to various mental health and substance abuse problems, she left the acting industry and got various cases going against her and now she is recovering. She has also apologized to the people through her Twitter for her irregular behavior since past years. 

Now after her recovery going on she is pursing her career on fashion designer and enrolled at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising.

5. Mara Wilson

Mara Wilson famous for her role in Matilda as Matilda left the acting industry as she found herself not suitable for changing scenario.
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Retired from her acting career at the early age of 13, Mara Wilson was recognized for her unforgettable role as Matilda.

Mara Wilson has become a writer from shifting her career from acting. In her book 'Where Am I Now?: True Stories of Girlhood and Accidental Fame'
published in 2016, she explained that as she grew up, she found that her appearance didn't fit in Hollywood.

She has appeared in less than 10 movies till now but have played in various web series. Her famous movies were Mrs. Doubtfire and Matilda from where she gained the fame of child actress. 

After those iconic performances she left the Hollywood stating the enough is enough and pursed on writing to build up her future.

4. Jennette McCurdy

Jennette McCurdy a child actress left the acting career which was never made for her.
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Jennette McCurdy started her acting career at the age of 8 and quit acting at an early age as well.

Her main reason for quitting Hollywood as explained in her memoir, 'I'm Glad My Mom Died' was that acting was never her dream and she had negative experiences in her previous sets.

She was mostly famous for her role as Sam Puckett in iCarly and Sam & Cat. As she has quit acting, she is pursuing to writing books and express herself through them.

Although her life was miserable made by her mother she had suffered various mental diseases such as eating disorders and now she is alcoholic and trying to recover from it.

3. Portia De Rossi

Actress Portia De Rossi (Left) and her partner Ellen DeGeneres (Right) talking about their personal life in The Ellen Show.
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Got fame from the sitcom 'Arrested Development' and thriller series 'Scandal', Portia De Rossi is also one of the actresses that quit acting early.

Portia De Rossi is married to comedian and TV Host Ellen DeGeneres and she quit acting at 2017 after her Scandal shows completion. 

She stated that the main reason for quitting was her growing age and she knew what acting would like to her in the next 10 to 20 years so she decided to quit and start her own business and help her partner in social works.

In her acting career she has done more than 15 movies and many more shows which was she famous for. She have received various awards and nominations in her acting career.

2. Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen

Mary-Kate and Ashley Wilson were famous twin actresses who ended their acting career in early age to start their own business.
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Also known as Olsen Twins, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen were famous for their role as infants in 'Full House'.

They began acting fully at the age of six and continued to their teenage years starring together in TV Shows, movies and other video projects. Their younger sister Elizabeth Olsen is also one of the most famous actresses in Hollywood.

They both quitted acting since 2011 as Ashley leaving the film industry first at 2010 and Mary-Kate working till 2011. It was seen like acting is not something this twins were focusing on and changed their career.

As they quit acting they have pursued their career by forming a company named Dualstar which ranks them as the wealthiest women in the entertainment industry at a very young age.


1. Cameron Diaz

Cameron Diaz one of the renowned actress of Hollywood retired from acting at early age to become a self help author.
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Starting her debut from the movie “The Mask”, Cameron Diaz have done more than 40 movies in her short term acting career. 

She was famous for the movies like 'Charlie's Angel', 'The Holiday', 'There's Something About Mary' and so on. She was considered as the bankable star which means she was capable of guaranteeing box-office success simply by showing up in a movie.

She stated that the main reason she left Hollywood was that she fell victim to all the societal objectification and exploitations that women are subjected to. And she found peace in her soul by living acting industry.

After quitting the acting industry Cameron Diaz is pursing as a self help author and has written two best selling works since her retirement. 

Focusing on the health the first book is 'The Body Book' which is all about how to keep one’s body healthy. And the second book 'The Longevity Book' which is all about how to keep one’s life long and prosperous.