Who knew that the cast of That 70's Show would have so much cultural relevance long after the show ended in 2006? Just this weekend alone, three of its cast members were in the news.
The biggest of these was the tragic news of Lisa Robin Kelly. She played Topher's Grace's sister, Laurie Forman. Ever the snarky sister and the sultry mistress to Ashton Kutcher's boneheaded character, Kelso, Kelly owned her role. Unfortunately, she had problems owning her demons in the real world and passed away in her sleep at a rehab center after years of battling alcoholism.
The cause of her death is still unknown but an autopsy was performed on Saturday and the results will be released in 8 to 10 weeks. Of the entire entire cast, Kelly seemed to be the one with the most trouble adjusting to her life off camera. She was an on and off again character on the show and was replaced entirely by Christina Moore in 2003, but it did nothing to diminish Kelly's impact on her character. She was Laurie Forman hands down, replacement or not.
Her death on Wednesday, August 14 almost overshadowed the news of what co-star, Kutcher most likely considers to be his proudest accomplishment, Jobs. The posthumous Steve Jobs biopic premiered two days after Kelly's death. It was given lukewarm reviews by the surviving Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak and has only grossed $8 million dollars so far. Despite this news, Kutcher has remained respectfully mum on Kelly's passing, using his massive twitter following to promote his new film and making a scheduled television appearance at the 2013 Teen Choice Awards, where he gave an awe inspiring Jobs-esque acceptance speech. Of the cast of That 70's Show, Kutcher is its most celebrated member, which was bolstered by his return to television on Two and 1/2 Men, his marriage and divorce to 80s teen queen Demi Moore and his over 14 million twitter followers.
Laura Prepon has recently reemerged into the lime light herself. She played Eric Forman's girlfriend, Donna Pinciotti. Now in a daring turn of events she takes on the role of the raven-haired, drug dealing, lesbian Alex Vause in Netflix's sudden jailhouse hit, Orange Is The New Black. This week speculation has wavered as to whether or not her character will return for season 2. Reports are conflicting but some site that Prepon will return but not as a series regular. Whatever the case, Prepon's role as a background character has made an impact and if she does leave, her presence will be missed by fans, which might cause producers to change their minds. Only time will tell.
The other cast members seem to be doing well but their lives aren't as widely on display. Grace is making his way in the indie film circuit and even played Venom in Spiderman 3. Wilmer Valderrama has made more of a name as a sex symbol, which is an interesting turn of events being that his foreign character Fez, was a bit of an effeminate ham. It seems that he truly was acting as his dating history includes Lindsay Lohan and the bodacious Jennifer Love Hewitt.
Mila Kunis, played Kutcher's makeup obsessed girlfriend, Jackie Burkhart and has since found a niche with Family Guy creator, Seth MacFarlane, voicing black sheep character, Meg Griffin. She's also starred in a string of successful films like the Disney's reboot, Oz The Great and Powerful and MacFarlane's raunchy hit, Ted. Not to mention that she is now dating her former on-screen boyfriend, Kutcher.
Danny Masterson, on the other hand, seemed to take a page from his rock n' roll character, Hyde and explored his musical roots. He frequently promotes rock bands on his twitter page to his 1.5 million followers and He DJ's in his spare time, going by the moniker DJ Mom Jeans, all while steadily acting. He was the only former castmate to react to Kelly's death.
"Terrible, awful news. Brilliant on 70s... see you next time LRK, kisses. RT @sdavis53: #RIPLisaRobinKelly aka Laurie Forman."
No funeral arrangements have been made for Kelly to date. View the slideshow to see what the cast looks like now.
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