The ‘90s were a pivotal period in American History, and some of the biggest movers and shakers of the era have since faded from public consciousness. Sometimes, though, ya have to wonder: Where are they now?
Former serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer was released on good behavior in 2014, after promising the parole board he wouldn’t kill and eat anyone. His successful cooking/reality show Chef Jeff airs Mondays on TLC.
Kurt Cobain, rock’s biggest recluse, retired from touring and recording in 1994 and still refuses to speak to his former bandmates in Nirvana. He’s been arrested on numerous occasions for possession of heroin and meth. He and Courtney Love divorced in 2002, and the loss of a bitter custody battle over their daughter Frances Bean and son Melvin is said to have resulted in Kurt sinking into a deep depression. Sources say he flies into a rage when “Smells Like Teen Spirit” comes on at Chili’s.
2Pac and The Notorious BIG
Once bitter rivals, 2Pac and Biggie squashed their beef in 1998, dominating the hip hop charts simultaneously throughout the 2000s. In 2020, their History Channel Program Biggie & Pac’s Coast 2 Coast became a quarantine runaway hit. On the show, the bickering, curmudgeonly pair travel America, exploring the Hip Hop scenes of out-of-the-way places throughout the country.
Scott Weiland left the rock star life behind forever in 2016, citing the temptation to use drugs while on tour as one too great to resist. Now clean and sober, he stars alongside Eazy-E in the Netflix original streaming drama Cop Dads.
Anna Nicole Smith
Anna Nicole Smith gained notoriety in the ‘90s for marrying a rich old man. In 2021, she married a handsome young clerk from a Milwaukee Circle K, who now faces the very same accusations of gold digging his wife did years earlier, except in the form of congratulations and high fives by his boys, who hang out at his mansion all day smoking marijuana and playing video games. The couple maintain that their love is genuine.
Violent protests erupted outside the parole hearing during which Timothy McVeigh was released in June 2005 after promising never to commit mass murder again. His extreme right-wing YouTube channel has over 75 million subscribers, and in 2016 he became the first convicted domestic terrorist to speak at the RNC.
After a lengthy hiatus from acting due to ongoing drug issues, River Phoenix joined the cast of the CSI: Los Angeles in 2006. In 2019, plans for an Indiana Jones reboot with Phoenix in the title role were announced by Disney. The decision sparked outrage from both the left, who decried the casting of a white male, and the right, who objected to the decision to make the character a bisexual socialist. The project has not yet begun filming.
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