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Where Are They Now - The Griswold Kids


Can someone explain to me why, for the past two weeks, I could find one of the four vacation movies on some cable channel, at least twice a day. Trust me, I'm not complaining. With everything else in reruns, Clark and family were welcome at all hours, and I got to practice my line memorizing...I'm going steady, and I French kiss. So? Everybody does that. Yeah, but Daddy says I'm the best at it

Well, when you watch them all together like that, the fact that they changed the kids in each movie stands out even more. And it got me thinking again. I know Anthony Michael Hall is solving crimes on USA, and I just heard Juliette Lewis on Howard a few months back, but there were eight of them. Did they go on to bigger and better things, or will they show up on Former Childstar Central...this calls for some useless research.

Vacation Audrey - Dana Barron
First up...Dana Barron, Audrey #1 and the daughter responsible for asking cousin Vicki about her frenching skills.

Dana remained in show business, working in both tv and movies...mostly "b" stuff though. She did have a recurring role on 90210, and was a regualr on a short-lived TV version of the magnificent seven (who knew?) But when you find them on the autograph signing sites, you know they're usually in minute 17 of their stardom. Her classic Vacation role will probably be what she's remembered for. (I know...still about a zillion times more impressive than anything I've done)

This is kinda weird, though. She's listed as being one of the three Dana's of American acting (you mean, like the two Corey's?) More on that later.

Vacation Rusty - Anthony Michael Hall

Sixteen Candles, Breakfast Club, Weird Science, the really shitty SNL years, Johnny B Good, Edward Scissorhands, around 50 different TV movies, playing Whitey Ford on HBO's 61 (pretty cool flick about Roger Maris), nothing, nothing, career resurgence on The Dead Zone. Let's move on.

European Audrey- Dana Hill
These are the ones that get me...Dana Hill passed away in 1996 from her long-standing battle with juvenile diabetes. She had suffered from the disease since she was 10 years old. It limited what had apparently been a passion for sports, and also stunted her growth, forcing her to take roles playing much younger than she was. When the disease started to take over in the '90's, she switched to voiceover work, in series like Rugrats and Duckman. She was a real fighter, spent alot of her time trying to broaden awareness of the disease, and apparently had alot of fans, based on the tribute sites I found. Pretty cool gal.

PS: She's also Dana #2 from the group referenced above. Any guesses on #3?

Eropean Rusty - Jason Lively
I had a bitch of a time finding anything on this dude outside the normal IMBD stuff. Although that IS where I read he had a role in the 1993 classic, (I shit you not) Return To Zork. But you know what? Most interesting thing about this dude is that his whole family is in show business. Sister Robin was a regular on Twin Peaks, Chicago Hope, and Ralph Macchio fell in love with her in Karate Kid III. Sister Lori has gone the science-fiction route. Brother Eric is an up-and-comer currently in the L-Word. And sister Blake (whoa, sister Blake) was recently in Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (chick flick). And get this, the whole freakin' family is in some '06 movie called Simon Says...how does that work?

Jason was is Return to Zork, though.

We interrupt this Where Are They Now post for an important trip down Christmas Vacation Memory Lane.

Christmas Audrey - Juliette Lewis
Cape Fear, Kalifornia, What's Eating Gilbert Grape, Basketball Diaries, Natural Born Killers...lady's got quite the resume, no? What you may not know (or maybe you do...who am I, Jellio Rivera) is that she's recently switched gears to become lead vocalist/rocker in Juliette and the Licks. (that's what she was promoting on the Stern show) Dear Juliette, please go back to acting.

My other intersting tidbit about Juliette. She's one of only thirteen celebrities whose Punk'd episode didn't air. When I read that, I was like...good for her, screw what's his name. Then I read that they simply forgot to air it. So much for being my hero. (Side note...how long before Ashton would suffocate if he ever decided to punk our friend, Johnny C...just a thought.)

Christmas Rusty - Johnny Galecki
Hey, it's Darlene's boyfriend from Roseanne. Another "on to bigger and better" stories. (The Griswolds have a pretty good batting average). Johnny's been in some pretty decent movies of his own...I Know what you Did Last Summer, Vanilla Sky, and I flick I liked alot, Suicide Kings. Next up...Happy Endings in 2006. (Well, you got me with the title. Please continue.)

By the way, Is it just me, or did anyone else notice that in every other Vacation flick, Rusty is older. But at Christmas time, all of a sudden, Audrey is the big sister. What cosmic entertainment worm hole causes that shit? Merry Christmas. Merry Christmas. Merry Christmas. Merry Christmas. Kiss my ass. Kiss his ass. Kiss your ass. Happy Chanukah.

Vegas Audrey - Marisol Nichols
Check out who got overlooked on the Did They Get Hot post? The latest Audrey is actually Latino, which means...I didn't know they had a maid. (KIDDING. Jesus, relax) Minor parts in a few big pictures...Bowfinger, Can't Hardly Wait, Scream 2, but Marisol's now focusing on TV work. She was on that short-lived blind cop thing, and she actually premieres this Friday on an ABC series called In Justice...good luck you sexy Latin Griswold, you!

By the way...she's also a proud member of the Church of Scientology, which means she's beatiful AND a little nuts...how hot is that?

Vegas Rusty - Ethan Embry
Dude, what are you, like 28 or something? You're gonna be SOOO bald in three more years. Anyway, I've always liked Ethan Embry. He was the pain in the ass kid with Al Bundy in Dutch before Vegas Vacation, and after, he was his partner on Dragnet. (Who says there isn't some master plan?) Empire Records, White Squall, I Know What You Did, Harold & Kumar, and the bass player on That Thing You Do. (Every time I see that flick, the song's in my head for three days) Next up, a series called Brotherhood. But first, please...minoxidill, rogaine, that thing where they take part of the back and put it in the front...pick one, quick.

A few final thoughts...

1) Click here to download my favorite rant from all four movies.

I think you're all fucked in the head! We're 10 hours from the fuckin' fun park and you want to bail out! Well I'll tell you something. This is no longer a vacation. It's a quest. It's a quest for fun. I'm gonna have fun, and you're gonna have fun. We're all gonna have so much fuckin' fun we'll need plastic surgery to remove our goddamn smiles! You'll be whistling "Zippity Do-da" out of your assholes! I gotta be crazy! I'm on a pilgrammage to see a moose!Praise Marty Moose! Holy shit!

B) There seems to be a sexual position called the Marty Moose.

and 3) Remember this kids...Save your money, or else. Link

And how's this for a New Year's Resolution. If you came here through a link from another site, stop being a pop culture lemming, and make YesButNoButYes your homepage. Just think...you'll be up on this useless shit before anyone else. Imagine the possibilities.

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Great job putting that together! I have only ever seen bits and pieces of European Vacation and Vegas Vacation, but I love the other two. Love the scene at Eddie's house with the ketchup and the Hamburger Helper...Classic stuff.
I, for one, did not even know that there *was* a Christmas Vacation 2. Has anyone out there seen it??

said Cindy on January 2, 2006 8:14 AM.

One thing of note is that Dana Barron is the only Griswald kid to reprise their role, which she did in Christmas Vacation 2. Haven't seen the movie, and i've heard that it is apparently not completely bad.

said LordHart on January 2, 2006 12:55 PM.

Nice post...up here in the Toronto area two stations (owned by the same media group) each showed Christmas Vacation twice in the same day. And everytime I stumbled upon it, it was the tree fire scene!

As for Dana #3, how could anyone forget Dana Plato, the poster girl for child stars gone wrong. But only three Danas? What about Dana Delaney?

said nayoro on January 2, 2006 1:03 PM.

jason lively was also in "night of the creeps"

said thunderchunks on January 2, 2006 2:01 PM.

A ranking of the movies
1. European Vacation
2. Vegas Vacation
3. Vacation
4. Christmas Vacation

said Sam on January 2, 2006 2:43 PM.

check out this vacation inspired t-shirt

the description is also part of your favorite rant...mine too.

said Justin on January 2, 2006 11:00 PM.

Ethan Embry's character in That Thing You Do was never given a name. If you watch the credits, he is listed as T. B. Player (The Bass Player) whodathunkit

said DissChris on January 3, 2006 7:37 AM.

My ranking is a bit different.

1. Christmas Vacation - maybe due to my birthdate, but this is the first one I saw and absolutely loved it. One of my favorite comedies ever. The quotes are endless, and the holidays aren't complete until I watch it at least once.

2. Vacation - Just barely making second place, partly because it was so great and original (or so ive heard) back when it did come out. Uncle Eddie stole the show.

3. European Vacation - The Griswolds were still fresh, the gags are over the top (clark knocking over Stone Henge), and "Big ben, parliament!" is said every time im lost and I have to turn around.

4. Vegas Vacation - I was afraid this was going to suck, coming out so long after the last one, but Chevy was still hilarious and Uncle Eddie's appearance was awesome and brought back some great "Vacation" memories (real shocking his daughter became a stripper, "but daddy says im the best at it!"). Though it is fourth on my list, I still stop and watch it when I see it. HEY, Mr. Nick Papa Giorgio!!

said Jason on January 4, 2006 3:28 AM.

What about the Griswold "Cousins"? You know, Eddie's kids? What happened to them?

said Sam3 on January 4, 2006 10:59 AM.

I like to talk about stool.

said Fecal McStool on January 4, 2006 12:17 PM.

I actually had the misfortune of watching Christmas Vacation 2: Cousin Eddies Island Adventure. It was absolutely, bar none, the worse movie I have ever seen. You could not possibly get high enough to find this movie funny.

said Nick Bourbaki on January 4, 2006 3:35 PM.

Ethan Embry was also in the movie Can't Hardly Wait.

said Amanda on January 4, 2006 5:39 PM.

My ranks of the Movie start with

1.) CHRISTMAS VACATION-My family see it every christmas eve and have seen if for the past 7 years it's just not Christmas untill we see it. My father is the classic Clark mentality. I could make a movie about out trip to Disney world but I'll make it short between being cramped in a van from texas to florida, a tire blow out and many other obsticles it was an adventure we will never forget. other than that the other lampoon movies were great as well.

said Roberta on January 4, 2006 6:46 PM.

"The shitter's full!"

said Eddie on January 6, 2006 9:05 PM.

how could you not mention that Embry played the main character in Can't Hardly Wait?


said J-Diggity on January 9, 2006 11:03 AM.

Wasn't Ethan Embry also the gay friend in Sweet Home Alabama?!?!

said Amanda on January 9, 2006 11:47 PM.


said POOPDECK on January 10, 2006 12:25 AM.

Marisol Nichols is my old highschool friends sister and she is in fact NOT latino. their family is either greek or italian. Nichols is not her last name either

said adidas1200 on January 20, 2006 5:59 PM.

I have loved Ethan Embry for ages now. t's just so depressing to hear "old" and "Ethan" in the same sentence. :(


said Janet on April 21, 2006 9:02 PM.

Hallo! site the best! :)

said newboy on November 2, 2006 5:50 PM.

Jason Lively was also in "Rock'n'Roll High School Forever" with Corey Feldman. It's a nonsensical romp and he plays a tight-ass yuppy kinda kid who likes underwear :)

said Tommy on February 11, 2007 10:52 PM.

Nice little thing you put together. I found this when searching for "dana barron myspace". HAH.

said James on December 30, 2007 12:03 AM.

Did anybody notice the spelling of the Griswold name? In the first movie, Vacation, it's spelled GRISWALD. In all subsequent movies, it was spelled GRISWOLD. Personally, I prefer the later. Don't know why - -

Jim Griswold.

said James Griswold on February 19, 2008 5:04 PM.

Just wanted to say that if you are not getting paid to write stuff like this, there is no God.

said Ethicist on February 29, 2008 10:07 AM.

dana hill passed away now

said Mike on May 8, 2011 12:25 PM.
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