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.
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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