27 Once-Fading Stars Who Made Big Comebacks

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They're all back in the spotlight.

Stars rise and fall in the entertainment business all the time -- it's difficult to sustain one's upward career trajectory indefinitely. Sometimes a star who hit it big in some previous decade finds it difficult to keep up with the times and remain relevant. Other times the celebrities do themselves in by getting caught up in a scandal or putting their foot in their mouths. The good news is that everyone loves a comeback, and most stars who had any kind of loyal fan base can usually win back their affection and attention with the right project at the right time.

Cher had a hit song in the 1960s, a variety show in the 1970s, and won an Oscar in the 1980s before reinvigorating her career in the late 1990s with the hit single "Believe." Robert Downey Jr. almost let substance problems ruin his life, but the actor cleaned himself up and is now at the center of the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Iron Man. Heathers star Winona Ryder stalled her career after being caught stealing clothes, but she rebounded with a key role in Stranger Things and even made a commercial for L'Oréal Paris Elvive about having a comeback. Other stars who regained their popularity include Ryan Reynolds, Tina Turner, Cyndi Lauper, Robin Wright, Patrick Dempsey, Rob Lowe, Matthew McConaughey, Drew Barrymore, Christian Slater, Dave Chappelle, LL Cool J, Mickey Rourke and many more.

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