Some people would do anything for 15 minutes of fame, but these stars prove that celebrity status isn’t always a dream come true. In fact, these 20 talented folks chose to walk away from it all: high-flying careers, the glitz and glam of Hollywood or even million-dollar paychecks. Some left the limelight and went looking for a quiet life; others chose a new career path entirely – but all of them quit when the going was good and left us wondering what they could have achieved if they’d just carried on a bit longer.
20. Mara Wilson
Mara Wilson, the adorable child star of ’90s blockbusters Matilda and Mrs. Doubtfire, turned her back on Hollywood at the tender age of 13 and later chose instead to make words her career. In 2012, then, the blogger and playwright gave the world a clue as to why she’d retired from Tinseltown so young, writing, “Here is something no real celebrity will ever tell you: film acting is not very fun.”