For many who grew up watching shows from the 90s, Jessica Wesson is a household name.

The actress had wooed teens after appearing on some of the most beloved films and TV shows of the era like Flipper (1996), Casper (1995), and Home Improvement (1991). However, much to the disappointment of many, the popular child artist vanished from the scene at the turn of the century and has remained out of the public eye since 2001. 

Keep reading to know more about the Casper star’s quick rise to fame and subsequent retirement, including rumors surrounding Wesson's disappearance.

Wesson Gained Fame as a Child Icon in the 90s

Wesson's career started very early on. At the tender age of 10, the American actress starred as Jennifer Sudarsky in the sitcom Home Improvement. The then-10-year-old quickly rose to ranks after making her debut, and by 1993 she was already nominated for the Young Artist Award.

She eventually starred in movies like Milk Money (1994) and Longshot (2001), all of which are superhit classics today.

In a relatively short time, the child star had bagged several award nominations, including 'Golden Globe' and 'Primetime Emmy' nominations.

It seemed like the Flipper actress was destined to be a prominent name in Hollywood, having already appeared in a slew of classics from the 90s at such an early age. But things took an unexpected turn.

She Suddenly Disappeared from the Spotlight, Inviting Rumors

Actress Wesson's retirement came as quickly as her fame. The promising actress stopped her career dead in its tracks in 2001.

After a last on-screen appearance in the 2001 film Longshot as Kelly Montgomery, she hasn’t appeared in any movie or TV show. This, of course, led to a plethora of speculation about the whereabouts of the former child star.

There have also been rumors about her suicide among fans, owing to a large number of such cases among Hollywood child stars.

Most likely, though, she just chose a normal life over one of a celebrity like some of her peers.

What Happened to Her after 2001?

However, there have been some sightings in the past two decades that hint at what the retired child star might potentially be doing now. In 2002, the Flipper star was spotted at Los Angeles Fashion Week in California.

Jessica Wesson's photo as adult

Jessica Wesson's photo as an adult. (Photo: Wall of Celebrities

Eight years later, in 2010, Wesson worked as a script supervisor for two short films: The Other Way Around and The Weird Ones. Other than that, there isn't any real evidence to tell us what Wesson is up to.

Wesson Still Remains a Fan Favorite

The actress may have disappeared, but her fame certainly has not. The Home Improvement actress is still remembered fondly as a 90s talent.

The beautiful blonde was the childhood crush of many youngsters, as is evident from fan pages that still rekindle the actress's fond on-screen memories.

The fact that words of adoration for the actress who had long disappeared from the scene still surface in social media is a testament to Wesson's persona as a once shining beacon to a nostalgic era.