Bridgette Wilson-Sampras was once a regular fixture on our screens, but her acting career has dwindled over the past decade. Join us as we explore why she stepped back from Hollywood, despite being a major sensation.
Born Bridgette Wilson and raised in a small town in coastal Oregon, she competed in the Miss Teen USA pageant at age 16. Wilson won the contest, and became only the second-ever girl from Oregon to hold the title. In a post-win interview, Wilson told reporters that she hoped to pursue a career in the entertainment industry, and credited her family with helping her win the title. She told the Associated Press,
“I went in and I was going to give it my best shot, and whatever my best was, I was going to hope for the best…There are 51 beautiful girls here. I’m a sincere person, and I believe in myself, and having my family here was a help.”
Bridgette Wilson-Sampras quickly secured a small role in Saved by the Bell, and her popularity grew throughout the early ’90s. After an appearance in the Arnold Schwarzenegger-led blockbuster Last Action Hero, Wilson-Sampras was cast as Adam Sandler’s love interest in the movie Billy Madison. The role she’s best known for almost didn’t happen due to her work with Sandler, but a twist of fate would make sure that audiences always thought of Wilson-Sampras when they thought of Sonya Blade.
Watch the full video to see why this Mortal Kombat star disappeared from Hollywood.
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Young starlet | 0:00
Mortal Kombat | 1:15
Hollywood calling | 2:36
Marrying a legend | 3:30
Settling down | 4:28
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