Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Where Are They Now? Sports Movie Tomboys


If you have watched more than one sports movie in your life, you are aware that the genre has numerous standard conventions that pop up in dozens of movies. Sports movies are filled with plucky youth teams (Bad News Bears, Little Giants, Mighty Ducks), redemption through baseball (Field of Dreams, Bull Durham, The Rookie), and underdog boxers (Million Dollar Baby, Rocky, Cinderella Man) among other conventions. What we are concerned with today however, is the convention in sports movies of precocious tomboy characters. If you just think for a moment I am sure you could think of a number of examples. So what has happened to the actresses that played these tomboys? The answer; they grew up and became hot. (Click on pictures for full size)



The Role: Sheryl Yoast in Remember the Titans
The Actress: Hayden Panittiere
The Aftermath: Panittiere is currently starring in the NBC drama Heroes, and has appeared in numerous films since Titans. She has a reputation as a Hollywood wild child, and taunts the male populous of America with the fact that she is still only 17. To save you the googling, her birthday is August 21st.




The Role: Amanda Whurlitzer in Bad News Bears
The Actress: Tatum O'Neal
The Aftermath: O'Neal went on to have a long career in Hollywood and also established a reputation as a bad girl on the party scene. In 1986 she married tennis star John McEnroe, with whom she had three children. O'Neal and McEnroe divorced in 1992. Most recently she has appeared in a recurring role as Maggie on FX's firefighter drama Rescue Me.




The Role: Connie Moreua in The Mighty Ducks, D2, D3
The Actress: Marguerite Moreau
The Aftermath: After starring in the three Mighty Ducks movies Marguerite has gone on to appear in a number of television shows, including 3rd Rock From the Sun, Smallville, and The O.C. She has also appeared in films such as Queen of the Damned, Wet Hot American Summer, and Runaway Jury. She also has an utterly frightening fansite.




The Role: Julie "The Cat" Gaffney in D2, D3
The Actress: Colombe Jacobsen
The Aftermath: After a few minor film roles Colombe was a contestant on the Food Network's "The Next Food Network Star".




The Role: Becky O'Shea in The Little Giants
The Actress: Shawna Waldron
The Aftermath: Waldron has only done a few movies since Little Giants...but she is really really cute.




The Role: Jules in Bend It Like Beckham
The Actress: Keira Knightley
The Aftermath: Do I really need to tell you what Keira has been up to the past five years?




The Role: Jess in Bend It Like Beckham
The Actress: Parminder Nagra
The Aftermath: Nagra has gone on to star in a recurring role on ER as Dr. Neela Rasgotra for the past four years.

Can you guys think of any others? If so, leave em in the comments.

UPDATE:



The Role: Kimberly Mullen in Ladybugs
The Actress: Vinessa Shaw
The Aftermath: Shaw has been in a number of recognizable films, including Eyes Wide Shut, Corky Romano, 40 Days and 40 Nights, and The Hills Have Eyes.



The Role: Wendy in The Sandlot
The Actress: Marley Shelton
The Aftermath: Marley has been in over thirty movies since The Sandlot, most recently in Grindhouse.

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46 comments:

fullcourt said...

Hayden and Kiera. :o

The Brooklyn Boy said...

I'm totally jealous that I didn't think of this first. This post would fit right in at the Laminated List Fantasy Draft. (I linked you here.)Good god did the Icebox get HOT. Cheers.

Hank Worrell said...

Cool blog Brooklyn Boy, I hadn't come across it before.

Anonymous said...

Colombe is not the host of the Next Food Network Star, she was a contestant and she didn't fare very well.

The Brooklyn Boy said...

Thanks, Hank. We're nascent (four months or so), but working on that come up. Getting hits behind Google Image searches is the tough jump, ha.

Anonymous said...

Well depending of if you consider the Karate Kid series "sports movies" you got The Next Karate Kid and Hilary Swank

Hank Worrell said...

Snap, that is a good call. And...yes, bikini pictures acquired. I'll do an update at some point this afternoon.

Anonymous said...

what about the girl from Lady bugs?

The Brooklyn Boy said...

If you count surfing, you can totally include Kate Bosworth and Michelle Rodriguez from Blue Crush ...

Hank Worrell said...

The Lady Bugs chick is a complete yes. Vinessa Shaw if you want to google. She was in The Hills Have Eyes. Man, this is going to be a good update...

Anonymous said...

Kathy Ireland in Necessary Roughness? Anyone......

Anonymous said...

I think Marguerite Moreau was also in a movie called 'Easy' with multiple...ahem...grown up scenes

Anonymous said...

How about Cynthia Gibb in Youngblood?

sporty said...

You forgot the queen of all tomboy/girl athlete flicks, Quarterback Princess! Who could forget Helen Hunt as Tammy, our favorite football player...

Anonymous said...

How about the lifeguard that Specs made out with in The Sandlot? Who cares if she was part of the baseball playing crew or not. Or how about any of the women from League of Their Own?

Anonymous said...

who is that girl at the very top?

Hank Worrell said...

Hayden Panittiere

ThunderBunny said...

wendy peffercorn from the sandlot?

http://us.imdb.com/name/nm0005420/

Anonymous said...

I got curious about what happened to that little girl in Summer Catch who came up with a million different mascots (no not Jessica Biel...the other sister)...semms she didn't turn out too bad....

http://www.imdb.com/gallery/hh/0340720/HH/0340720/iid_1015687.jpg.html?hint=nm0340720

mmmm beefy said...

What about Hillary Swank. She was in The Next Karate Kid. And i think she has made a few movies since then and maybe even won an award or two

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said League of Their Own. How about a nice bikini shot of Rosie O'Donnel?

Jaime said...

Kate Bosworth and Michelle Rodriguez? I don't think it counts if they were already hot and of the age of consent when the movie was filmed.

The Brooklyn Boy said...

Keira and Parminder Nagra were both pretty grown by Bend it like Beckham ... were that not on the list, I wouldn't have suggested the ladies of Blue Crush. However, I'd readily swap in anyone from Beyond the Break.

Anonymous said...

How about the blonde football cheerleader from the movie "The New Guy"? No idea who that is and she is so hot. Also there were a couple girls on the boys basketball team in the Saturday morning show "Hang Time" that looked like they would turn out hot. Or basically any of the girls from the movie Bring It On.

Skin Patrol said...

Titties!

Anonymous said...

Becky "The Icebox" O'Shea was the best tomboy character of all time. Thanks for reminding me what a great movie Little Giants was. Not to mention Al Bundy was in it.

Anonymous said...

Jessica Biel. She was the tomboy/basketball-playing sister on 7th Heaven and she grew up alright.

Anonymous said...

What about Eliza Dushku? She was Arnold's daughter in "True Lies" and turned out SMOKIN HOT! She's the chick in Bring It On and Jay and Slient Bob Strike Back...

Adam said...

Wendy Pefercorn! Mmmmmmmm.

Scott said...

It wasn't a sports movie/show but the best tomboy grown up has to be from "Whos' the Boss" Alyssa Milano.

Anonymous said...

Hillary Swank!!!!!!

Karate Kid 3

Anonymous said...

Don't forget Nicole Kidman in a 1980's Australian movie called "BMX Bandits." I used to watch it on HBO years ago before she ever did "Dead Calm."

Anonymous said...

Josie Davis who played Sarah Powell on Charles in Charge. She was kind of a tomboy and turned out super-hot.

Anonymous said...

"Little Giants" was, and still is, a top 10 movie for me. That was my damn childhood. I always wanted to BE "the icebox". Now... strangely enough, I WANT the icebox.

Anonymous said...

"little giants" is the shiznit....I want to get in the ice box

Anonymous said...

How about Nicole Kidman? Early Aussie movies like BMX Bandits, but now?... Smokin'

Anonymous said...

Instead of waiting for people to leave comments on the tomboys later career exploits, why not look up their names on http://www.imdb.com

Anonymous said...

what about hilary swank? she was in karate kid 3 i think and at times between looking like a horseface and a man she can be like really hot. she was even hotter in the karate kid, tho.

Anonymous said...

No Christine Lakin (Al Lambert) from Step by Step?

Anonymous said...

Don't forget Michelle Trachtenberg was in the Adventures of Pete & Pete and she's not too bad to look at these days

daysleeperchuk said...

elisabeth shue!! NUFF SAID!

Alice said...

Winona Ryder was v. androgynous in Lucas. Good flick.

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Anonymous said...

If we're on the subject of "Little Giants", how about Alexa "Sleepover" Vega? She grew up nice...

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