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Viral News Stars of the '90s — Where Are They Now?


Back in the late 1960s, Andy Warhol predicted "In the future, everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes." And while people have used that phrase metaphorically to refer to fleeting notoriety, it's close to the truth nowadays. With social media and constant access to the Internet in the palm of our hands, viral news sensations are flashes in the pan. 

Back in the '90s, we had a few sensations similar to the "Cash Me Outside" Girls and Permit Patties of the world — only they stuck around far longer in our news cycles and collective consciousness before eventually fading into obscurity. It's been a minute since we've seen them on shows like Hard Copy and A Current Affair. Here's what they've been up to since.

1. Amy Fisher


Dubbed "The Long Island Lolita" by tabloids, Amy Fisher gained national notoriety in 1992 when the then 17-year-old shot Mary Jo Buttafuoco, the wife of Amy's boyfriend, Joey Buttafuoco. She was tried and sentenced to serve 5 to 15 years for the attempted murder and was released in 1999 after serving 7 years. After a brief career as a columnist for the Long Island Press, she entered into the adult film industry. She retired from adult entertainment in 2011.

As of 2017, she had moved with her three kids from Florida back to Long Island, less than an hour away from the scene of her crime. She has also changed her name and tried her best to distance herself from the past.