Celebrities that think they are A-List but are actually on the D-list have made headlines more often than not. From disgraced reality TV stars to washed up actors, these celebrities seem to think they’re well above their actual station in life.
We’ve all heard of A-list celebrities, those at the top of their game and who garner a huge amount of attention from fans. But what about D-list celebrities? These are the stars whose fame is on the decline and for whom opportunities to be seen in public become limited.
So why do some celebrities find themselves on the D-list? The answer lies with the Hollywood industry’s ever-changing standards and expectations. As trends come and go, so too do certain celebrities’ fan bases.
If a particular star doesn’t have something fresh or new to offer – whether that’s a movie, TV show or album – they can quickly become forgotten and, as a result, lose their place in the entertainment world.
In this article, we are going to take a look at 17 D-List celebrities that fall into many of these categories.
17 Celebrities on the D List, that Wish they Were Still A List
In the world of Hollywood and entertainment, everyone usually has their time to shine. For some, it’s over the span of a few years, or even decades — while others may only have a few days, weeks or months to share the spotlight.
With that in mind, let’s now take a look at some of the most notorious D-List celebs who believe they belong on the A-List — and are still trying to keep a hold onto that shining light that keep fading away.
Best known for her time as one of Hugh Hefner’s girlfriends and star of The Girls Next Door, Holly Madison has been trying for years to make it big in Hollywood without much success. She’s appeared in Dancing with the Stars, Peepshow and other low profile television shows, but seems determined to get back to the A-List.
As a one hit wonder, Vanilla Ice knows he’s on the D-List but that doesn’t stop him from trying to stay relevant. He has had his own reality show, briefly starred in Dancing with the Stars, and even tried to make it as an actor but hasn’t made much of an impression.
Once known for being a successful comedy actor, Charlie Sheen ruined his career with personal issues and outlandish behavior. After multiple stints in rehab, public meltdowns and bizarre interviews, Sheen still thinks he can get back on top but no one is taking him seriously anymore.
Before her transition from reality star to singer, Heidi Montag was a major player on The Hills. Despite numerous music releases and attempts at becoming an actress, she’s been unable to make it big in Hollywood.
Another reality star, Tila Tequila once had her own show on MTV and even released a couple of albums. She claims that she is one of the most successful Asian female artists ever but her career has definitely declined since the height of her fame.
From competing on Making The Band to appearing on Celebrity Apprentice with Donald Trump, Aubrey O’Day has attempted multiple times to become a successful singer without much luck. She still believes that she can make it big one day despite all evidence to the contrary.
Once a big star thanks to shows like Knight Rider and Baywatch, David Hasselhoff has since become more of a joke than anything else. He’s made multiple attempts at reviving his career with movies and TV guest appearances, but hasn’t managed to get back on top.
The daughter of Hulk Hogan, Brooke was once a reality television star thanks to her family’s show on VH1, Hogan Knows Best. She briefly had her own spin off series Brooke Knows Best which ended after two seasons. Since then she hasn’t been able to make it in any form of entertainment despite trying for years.
Once known for his roles on Happy Days and Charles in Charge, Scott Baio tried to revive his career with reality shows like Scott Baio is 45…and Single but hasn’t had much luck since then. He still believes he has what it takes to be an A-List star.
Courtney Stodden rose to fame as a teenage bride when she married 51 year old actor Doug Hutchison in 2011. She appeared on Celebrity Big Brother UK and even released her own EP album despite not having any real singing talent. Despite all this, she still thinks she can make it big one day.
This former Nickelodeon star’s career suffered a huge blow when she was arrested for DUI in 2012. Bynes tried to make a comeback with a new movie, Easy A, but hasn’t been able to get back in the public eye since then.
Another former Playboy model and Hugh Hefner girlfriend, Kendra Wilkinson shot to fame thanks to her reality series The Girls Next Door. She has made numerous attempts at becoming an A-List celebrity without much success and most recently appeared on Dancing With The Stars.
This stand up comedian is known mostly for his props and silly jokes, but he still thinks he can be the next Jerry Seinfeld or Chris Rock. Despite his efforts, he hasn’t been able to make it to the top.
This former Teen Mom star has tried making it as an adult actress, releasing a couple of music albums and even appearing on reality shows like Marriage Boot Camp but nothing has worked out for her. She still thinks she can be the next Kim Kardashian despite all evidence to the contrary.
Another Jersey Shore alum, Snooki rose to fame thanks to her wild antics on TV and has since made multiple attempts at becoming a successful celebrity including modeling, writing books and hosting her own show. Despite all this, she is yet to break into the A-List.
This mother of 8 rose to fame thanks to her family reality show and has since made multiple attempts at becoming a successful celebrity. Despite this, she hasn’t been able to break into the A-List despite her best efforts.
This former Star Trek actor got his career back on track with roles in The Big Bang Theory and other projects but he still thinks that he can be an A-List celebrity like his co-stars. Unfortunately, he hasn’t been able to make it as big as them.
Celebrity Life on the D-List in Hollywood
As you may have noticed through some of the names above, many celebrities are often victims of their own public image and behavior. If they become embroiled in scandal or have a bad reputation due to controversial opinions on social media, it can quickly lead to fans turning away from them.
More often than not, this can lead to a downward spiral in terms of career opportunities and public appearances, subsequently putting the celebrity on the D-list. Just take a look at where Kanye is today.
It’s not all doom and gloom for D-list stars though; there is hope for redemption! With careful management of their public image, some celebrities have managed to turn things around and reemerge at the top of their game.