On Air Now
Early Breakfast with Jenni Falconer 4am - 6am
All these celebrities had a taste of the famous life but decided to leave it behind to follow different paths.
Who can forget Culkin in the role of Kevin McAllister in 'Home Alone'? The American is still one of the most famous and loved child actors, however after starring in several popular films as a kid, including 'My Girl', his fame plummeted as he became a teenager, and after a few TV roles and big screen flops, Culkin decided to leave showbiz.
The actor, who turns 34 this month, decided he'd had enough of acting and turned his interest to art and music. He's now in a band/avant-garde art group called 'Pizza Underground'. The group do covers of the Velvet Underground's songs, but all themed around...you guessed it, pizza! He currently lives in Paris.
The American-born actress found fame with Monty Python and especially with her role of Polly Sherman in 'Fawlty Towers'. Booth was married to John Cleese for 10 years and the couple had one child, Cynthia. After acting for several years the funny star decided to quit her job and re-train in something completely different....
Booth is now a psychotherapist, quite a difference from her previous career! Picture: PA
Charmian Carr became famous in the 60s with her role of Liesl Von Trapp in 'The Sound Of Music' (fourth from the right in the picture). The musical was a huge success but after co-starring in a TV film the year after, Carr decided to bid adieu to show business and changed her career entirely....
Charmian Carr found a passion for interior design and furniture and opened her own shop in California. Her business is now very successful and she's added skincare and canine products to her line.
In 1973 Linda Blair played the unforgettable role of Regan in one of the most terrifying films of all time: 'The Exorcist'. The actress worked solidly for years in films and TV shows, though never quite making it as a leading lady. Blair however had another passion other than acting, so she decided to dedicate her life to a different cause...
The 55-year-old opened The Linda Blair WorldHeart Foundation, a charity organisation based in Los Angeles that takes care and re-homes neglected animals.
Phoebe Cates was, along with Brooke Shields, the ultimate 80s teen pin up. She was unforgettable in the coming of age romantic drama 'Paradise' and in 'Gremlins'. Her future looked stellar but the actress decided her calling was somewhat different... Picture: Getty
After marrying fellow actor Kevin Kline and having two children, Cates retired from show business and opened her own boutique, Blue Tree, in Madison Avenue, New York City. Picture: PA
Danny Lloyd played Jack Nicholson and Shelley Duvall's son Danny in Stanley Kubrick's 1980's film 'The Shining'. Danny's words 'Redrum, Redrum' are unforgettable to many, but not the actor himself, who only went on to do one more film after the famous horror. Lloyd simply was not interested in an acting career and is now a science professor.
Amy Linker starred in 80s TV show 'Square Pegs' with Sarah Jessica Parker. After a few TV and film roles, unlike her co-star, Linker decided to change career, more than once... Picture: Getty
At first Linker became an internet researcher for a marketing company, before retraining as a school teacher. Picture: Getty
Tiffany had a huge hit at the age of 15 with the single 'I Think We're Alone Now'. The singer carried on with her music and acting career, although never reaching the same success as her early teen years. Find out what she's up to now...
Tiffany never fully left showbiz, still occasionally making the odd stage and reality TV appearance. These days she owns two shops called Tiffany's Boutique in Tennessee.
French actress Brigitte Bardot was one of the most famous women in the 50s and 60s and starred in popular films such as 'Le Mépris' ('Contempt') and 'Viva Maria!'. Despite her great talent, beauty and fame, the star packed it all in in 1973 and followed a very different path...
After leaving show business before her 39th birthday, Bardot dedicated herself to animal welfare and in the mid 80s she funded the Brigitte Bardot Foundation for the Welfare and Protection of Animals.