The Most Hated Movie Actresses of the 1990s

Many millennials remember the ’90s for the nostalgia, looking back on beloved ’90s toys, TV shows, and films. In those movies though, a handful of actresses who were less than loved. Some of them garnered universal hatred during their careers. Others are still despised in the industry (not always for legitimate reasons). These are the 18 most hated actresses of the ’90s.

18. Rosie O’Donnell

Rosie O'Donnell on The View

Rosie O’Donnell | ABC

Comedian Rosie O’Donnell has long been a polarizing Hollywood personality, from her feud with Donald Trump to the drama surrounding her exit from ABC’s The View. Rumors concerning backstage fights, clashes with staff, and an ongoing conflict between her and co-host Whoopi Goldberg culminated in some pretty damning evidence.

Next: This ’90s actress experienced “stranger” times.

17. Winona Ryder

Actress Winona Ryder

Actress Winona Ryder at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. | Chelsea Lauren/Getty Images for Sundance

This Edward Scissorhands star had a rough go in the ’90s. As she rocketed to fame, Winona Ryder lost her grip on reality, becoming deeply depressed and getting arrested for shoplifting. Fans turned on Ryder, and suddenly she faced a world of hate in Hollywood. She took a 15-year break from acting to right her life. Things seem to be improving with the hit TV series Stranger Things, as she portrays mom Joyce Byers.

Next: The world has labeled this singer/actress a homewrecker.

16. Leann Rimes

Leanne Rimes and Eddie Cibrian posing together

Leanne Rimes and Eddie Cibrian | Fabiano Silva/Getty Images

The Grammy winning singer and actress reentered the spotlight when her affair with actor Eddie Cibrian went public while filming their Lifetime movie Northern Lights in 2009. Cibrian divorced the mother of his two children, and Leann Rimes divorced her husband of seven years. The media and their exes bashed them, and Rimes spent a lot of time defending herself and quarreling with Cibrian’s ex.

She and Cibrian married in 2011 and filmed a reality show for VH1 in an attempt to set the record straight. It lasted one season.

Next: This actress is out of touch with reality.

15. Gwyneth Paltrow

Gwyneth Paltrow smiling while holding a microphone

Gwyneth Paltrow | Vivien Killilea/Getty Images

The Iron Man actress has made a habit of saying tone-deaf things that make those of us who aren’t insanely wealthy cringe. US Weekly even voted Gwyneth Paltrow the “Most Hated Celebrity” back in 2013, speaking volumes to the way many in and out of Hollywood feel about her.

Next: Her famous smile can’t even sway her haters.

14. Julia Roberts

Actress Julia Roberts

Actress Julia Roberts smiles at the 69th Cannes Film Festival. | Alberto Pizzoli/AFP/Getty Images

Julia Roberts’ reputation preceded her early on in her career, earning her the title of “Tinkerhell” from director Steven Spielberg on the set of Hook. To this day, the media has not uncovered exactly what she did to get on Spielberg’s bad side, but the label follows her.

Next: This actress went from beloved comedian to hated troll.

13. Roseanne Barr

Roseanne Barr

Roseanne Barr attends a 2015 Tribeca Film Festival reception.| Mike Windle/Getty Images

The former beloved TV actress has managed to evoke anger and hatred from most followers of her illustrious comedy career. An early sign of what was to come occurred during a San Diego Padres baseball game when Roseanne Barr botched singing the “Star Spangled Banner” and grabbed her crotch as the audience booed her.

Now she’s known for inflammatory tweets, such as the time she responded to UC Davis’s support of BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement). Barr tweeted, “I hope all the jews leave UC Davis & it then it gets nuked.” There’s so much more to her story; Salon covers it well here.

Next: Can you be hated for being nice?

12. Anne Hathaway

Anne Hathaway behind a bar

Oscar-winning actress Anne Hathaway in Colossal | Neon

Actress Anne Hathaway just barely squeaks onto this list, having starred in Get Real in 1999. That said, she’s also the least deserving of our hatred. Hathaway has garnered frequent criticism for what people perceive to be a less-than-genuine niceness, a label beyond unfair label given the poor behavior of some of Hollywood’s real divas.

Next: Not everyone loves the material girl.

11. Madonna

Madonna speaks on stage holding a microphone in front of a black and purple backdrop

Singer and actress Madonna | Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images

Madonna’s behavior transcends her brief foray into acting in the ’90s, but it’s still worth mentioning. During filming of A League of Their Own, she wrote a letter to a friend espousing how much she hated actresses, was miserable playing baseball for the movie, didn’t get to wear makeup, and called Geena Davis a “Barbie doll.”

Next: You’re definitely doing something wrong when all your coworkers hate you.

10. Teri Hatcher

Teri Hatcher smiling on the red carpet, wearing a black dress

Actress Teri Hatcher | Jason Merritt/Getty Images for Variety

Teri Hatcher has been active in Hollywood for awhile, but it wasn’t until her tenure on Desperate Housewives that she started rubbing people the wrong way. Her co-star Nicollette Sheridan labeled her the “meanest woman in the world,” emphasized by the fact that “years later when the series wrapped in 2012, the actresses bought goodbye gifts for the cast and crew, but noticeably left Hatcher’s name off the presents.”

Next: Stealing someone’s husband earned this actress a permanent spot on the list.

9. Angelina Jolie

Angelina Jolie wearing a black top, set against a blue UN background

Angelina Jolie | Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty Images

Here is an instance of an actress getting a good deal of unfair flak. The biggest knock against her comes from fans who hold her responsible for “stealing” Brad Pitt away from Jennifer Aniston. In reality, that’s a) not really our business, and b) mitigated by the fact that everyone involved are consenting adults. Either way, it lands her an unfortunate (and unearned) place on this list.

Next: Everyone associates this actress with the ’90s.

8. Shannen Doherty

A young Shannon Dohert, wearing a black lace top and smiling

Shannen Doherty | The WB

Shannen Doherty is so universally hated by her co-stars and employers in Hollywood that TV show staff wrote her off not one, but two shows in just a few years (90210 and Charmed). Co-star Jason Priestly recounts a time when she became enraged because the studio sent a town car rather than a limo to pick her up from the airport, one of many less-than-positive stories from this time in her life.

Next: Since starring in Clueless this actress’s career has gone downhill.

7. Stacey Dash

Stacey Dash with her hands out, wearing a white dress

Stacey Dash speaks at an awards show. | Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images

This talk show host and actress lands the top spot on this list for a whole mess of reasons, most notably involving her time at Fox News. During that period, Stacey Dash called for an end to Black History Month, was an outspoken critic of the Black Lives Matter movement, and eventually became so inflammatory with her opinions that even Fox News didn’t want to keep her around. She was terminated from the network in January 2017.

Next: This superstar is a true diva.

6. Jennifer Lopez

Jennifer Lopez on the red carpet

Jennifer Lopez on the red carpet | Angela Weiss/AFP/Getty Images

Actress and singer Jennifer Lopez’s history as a on-set diva isn’t difficult to trace. Culture listed some of her more egregious moments, diving into how she “will not act for you unless you meet her incredibly specific list of demands.” That’s just the tip of the iceberg too, having made many enemies during her time in Hollywood.

Next: Her famous feud with a supermodel hurt her reputation.

5. Naomi Campbell

Naomi Cambell in a bathtub, smiling

Naomi Campbell in Empire | FOX

A 14-year feud with Tyra Banks doesn’t do wonders for your public image, and that’s exactly what happened with Naomi Campbell. “I’m very scared of her,” Banks admitted in an interview back in 2016, citing an intense rivalry during their time as models, where Campbell, “caused the lowest times of (her) life.”

Next: Her polarizing comments got her nowhere.

4. Raven-Symoné

Raven Rymone smiling, wearing all black

Raven-Symoné on Empire | Fox

The second she said she wouldn’t hire anyone with a “black” name Raven-Symoné found herself in hot water. “I’m very discriminatory against the words like the ones they were saying in those names,” she stated, “I’m not going to hire you if your name is Watermelondrea. That’s just not going to happen. I’m not going to hire you.”

Next: Bad-mouthing coworkers won’t get you anywhere in Hollywood.

3. Katherine Heigl

Katherine Heigl with his hair up, smiling on the red carpet

Katherine Heigl | Jason Merritt/Getty Images

Over her time on Grey’s Anatomy, Katherine Heigl served as the pariah of the entire cast, a label she hasn’t shaken to this day. This reputation continues to follow her around in the years since, essentially destroying her presence in Hollywood in the process.

Next: This child star literally lost her mind.

2. Amanda Bynes

Amanda Bynes smiling, wearing a white tshirt

Amanda Bynes in What a Girl Wants | Warner Bros

The career trajectory of Amanda Bynes has been spotty to say the very least. After moving through a successful early run as a child star, a series of DUIs coupled with frighteningly erratic behavior led to a quick downfall. Bynes spent time in a psychiatric ward, indicating a serious need for help.

Next: Drugs and alcohol overwhelmed this promising actress.

1. Lindsay Lohan

Lindsay Lohan looking surprised, wearing a purple top

Lindsay Lohan in Mean Girls | Paramount Pictures

Following her quick rise to Disney stardom, Lindsay Lohan’s career took a terrible turn, fueled by erratic behavior, drugs and alcohol, and some shoddy guidance from her parents. Today, she’s still trying to climb out from under all that, but it’s been a slow road for the former Mean Girls star.

Additional reporting by Ali Harrison.

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