Jessica Wesson is a familiar name for many people who grew up watching shows from the 1990s.
After starring in some of the most popular films and TV shows of the time, such as Flipper (1996), Casper (1995), and Home Improvement (1995), the actress wooed teenagers (1991). However, the popular kid artist vanished from the scene before the turn of the century, much to the dismay of many, and has stayed out of the public eye since 2001. Continue reading to learn more about Jessica Wesson swift ascent to popularity and eventual retirement, as well as the theories surrounding his disappearance.
Now and then an actor from the 90s will come to me out of the blue and I can’t sleep at night until I know what happened to them. Today it’s Jessica Wesson (Casper, Milk Money, Flipper) and the world knows sweet FA. She just noped it out of here in 2001 and, really, good on her. pic.twitter.com/iiSpYWlvL1
— Kirri (@matineeidyll) December 10, 2018
Jessica Gained Fame as a Child Icon in the 90s
Wesson’s career began at a young age. At the tender age of ten, the American actress debuted in the sitcom Home Improvement as Jennifer Sudarsky. After her debut, the then-10-year-old quickly progressed through the ranks, and by 1993, she had already been nominated for the Young Artist Award.
She went on to star in films like Milk Money (1994) and Longshot (2001), all of which are now considered superhit classics. The kid star received multiple award nominations in a short period of time, including ‘Golden Globe’ and ‘Primetime Emmy’ awards.
With roles in a spate of 90s blockbusters under her belt at such a young age, it appeared as if the Flipper actress was destined to be a household figure in Hollywood. Things, however, took an unexpected turn.
She Suddenly Disappeared from the Spotlight and Rumors emerged
Wesson’s retirement came almost as swiftly as her celebrity. In 2001, the young actress’s career came to an abrupt halt.
She hasn’t been in a film or television show since her last role in the 2001 picture Longshot as Kelly Montgomery. This, of course, sparked a flurry of curiosity regarding the former child star’s whereabouts.
Due to a high number of such incidents among Hollywood child stars, there have also been suspicions regarding her suicide among admirers.
Most likely, she simply preferred a normal life over that of a superstar, as did some of her contemporaries.
What Happened to Jessica after 2001?
However, there have been a few sightings over the last two decades that suggest what the retired child star might be up to these days. The Flipper actress was photographed at the Los Angeles Fashion Week in 2002.
Wesson acted as a screenplay supervisor on two short films, The Other Way Around and The Weird Ones, eight years later, in 2010. Aside from that, there isn’t much evidence to suggest what Wesson is up to.
Jessica Still Remains a Fan Favorite
Although the actress has vanished, her celebrity has not. The woman from Home Improvement is still remembered fondly as a 90s star. As seen by fan pages that still rekindle the actress’s warm on-screen memories, the gorgeous blonde was many kids’ childhood crush.
Wesson’s character as a once-shining light to a nostalgic age is reflected in the fact that messages of affection for the actress who had long since vanished from the stage still arise on social media.