Leelee Sobieski

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Leelee Sobieski became one of the most successful teen stars of the 1990s with roles in Deep Impact and Never Been Kissed, and was working with Stanley Kubrick at 16, when she appeared in his final film, 1999’s Eyes Wide Shut, with Tom Cruise (above). She went onto further success with Joy Ride and The Glass House before she even turned 20.

But before turning 30, she’d had enough, telling Vogue in 2012 that she was focusing on her family and her art career — she’s a painter and sculptor. “Ninety percent of acting roles involve so much sexual stuff with other people, and I don’t want to do that,” she said.

Just 40, she’s one of those actors who quit acting entirely on her own terms.

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