Everywhere you look — it’s the Olsens!
and Mary-Kate got their start as child actresses before taking the fashion world by storm. Ashley Olsen
The sisters famously took turns starring as Michelle Tanner on
from 1987 to 1995. While winning over fans on the beloved sitcom, the Full House fraternal twins began appearing in their own films, including Double, Double, Toil and Trouble and How the West Was Fun.
As their following grew, their careers did too, with roles in
It Takes Two, Passport to Paris, Our Lips Are Sealed, Holiday in the Sun and . Their final So Little Time joint movie, New York Minute, debuted in 2004.
Mary-Kate and Ashley ultimately retired from acting to pursue fashion design. They founded The Row in 2006 and Elizabeth and James in 2007, simultaneously retreating from the spotlight to gain more privacy.
rarely make public appearances or give interviews, but they made an exception in 2018 when they opened up to WSJ. Magazine about their partnership.
“It’s been 32 years of learning how to communicate,” Ashley explained at the time, comparing their bond to “a marriage and a partnership. We have had ups and downs.”
While she added that the two “do everything together,” Mary-Kate chimed in, “We came out of the womb doing that.”
Ashley also revealed why the pair opt to let their work speak for itself. “We’re not product pushers,” she said. “I don’t know if it’s because of the way we grew up — we just don’t like talking about ourselves or talking about what we’re doing. … It’s not really our approach.”
Mary-Kate, for her part, tied the knot with
in November 2015, allowing her to settle into a Olivier Sarkozy quiet personal life. “I think we’re lucky. [Working hard] comes quite naturally for us. We don’t need so much time to sit and think and ponder,” she told Net-a-Porter’s The Edit of herself and Ashley in 2017. “But then I have a husband, two stepkids and a life; I have to go home and cook dinner. I ride horses on the weekends. You find the thing that helps you relax, and if you don’t have it, you have to look for it. Or you get burned out, and then you’re not productive.”
News of the
Beastly star’s split from the banker broke in May 2020. Us Weekly exclusively reported at the time that Mary-Kate had an “ironclad prenup” to protect “her business interests and fortune.” The exes finalized their divorce in January 2021.
From TV to the red carpet, scroll through the gallery below to see photos of the twins over the years.
September 22, 1987
Playing Michelle Tanner, the twins began their eight-season run on
Full House opposite , Bob Saget , Jodie Sweetin , Candace Cameron Bure and John Stamos . Dave Coulier
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June 19, 1991
The two posed together in a promo shoot for
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January 1, 1992
As kids, the twins starred in a series of successful direct-to-video films, including
To Grandmother’s House We Go, Double, Double, Toil and Trouble, How the West Was Fun, Billboard Dad, Passport to Paris, Winning London, Holiday in the Sun and When in Rome.
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March 31, 1993
“Just as we’ve had great working lives, we have also had good personal lives,” Mary-Kate has said. “For instance, we have made school our No. 1 priority. We have been in school our entire lives with kids our own age.”
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April 25, 1997
Dressed in matching outfits, the Olsens attended the Audrey Hepburn Hollywood for Children Family Film Festival.
July 14, 2001
Full House ended, the twins returned to the small screen with the Fox Family Channel series So Little Time; it lasted just one season.
October 9, 2003
Mary-Kate and Ashley played — what else? — twin sisters in
New York Minute, which premiered the following year. It was their first theatrical release since 1995’s It Takes Two.
April 3, 2004
The former child stars got slimed on stage during Nickelodeon’s 17th Annual Kids’ Choice Awards in Westwood, California.
April 29, 2004
After more than a decade in show business, the twins were honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Later that year, Mary-Kate entered treatment for anorexia.
June 11, 2004
The twins — who skipped their prom to host
— graduated from Campbell Hall in North Hollywood, California. Months later, they began classes at New York University. Saturday Night Live
February 19, 2006
The twins emceed the Total Girl Fashion Launch at Luna Park in Sydney, Australia. As designers themselves, the twins have launched several lines: The Row, Elizabeth and James and Olsenboye.
February 7, 2007
Blonde beauties! The twins looked glam as they sat front row during the Fall 2007 Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York City.
February 29, 2008
Wearing their trademark oversized sunglasses, Mary-Kate and Ashley attended the Chanel fashion show during Paris Fashion Week.
November 12, 2008
The sisters co-authored
Influence, which features interviews with designers like and Diane von Furstenberg Karl Lagerfeld, as well as other high-profile photographers, celebrities and businesspeople.
June 6, 2011
Mary-Kate and Ashley were nominated for the Swarovski Award for Womenswear at the prestigious CFDA Awards; they lost out to designer
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October 5, 2011
Sisterly love! The twins attended the NYLON & AX Armani Exchange Private Dinner in New York City with their
other famous sibling, Avengers: Age of Ultron actress . Elizabeth Olsen
November 15, 2011
Killing it. The gorgeous twosome were named
Vogue‘s Most Stylish siblings, beating out other famous sisters such as and Kate (No. 9) and Pippa Middleton and Beyoncé (No. 7). In April 2012, they also made Solange Knowles TIME‘s Fashion Icons List.
May 7, 2012
Making a statement, as always! Mary-Kate turned heads at New York City’s Met Gala when she wore her platinum blonde hair in a messy bun and donned an oversized black satin gown.
June 4, 2012
Ch-ch-changings! Mary-Kate traded in her famous blonde locks for a darker ‘do while attending the CFDA Awards in New York City. The sisters coordinated in black and wore their locks down.
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May 6, 2013
Spring has sprung! The ladies shined on the red carpet at the Chaos to Couture-themed Met Gala. Ashley wore an orange Christian Dior Haute Couture gown while Mary-Kate stood out in a vintage Balmain jacket.
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May 16, 2013
These two! The gals (with shades on!) attended the New York Knicks vs. Indiana Pacers game at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The following month, they debuted their pricey $16,900 fur backpack in conjunction with their fashion line The Row.
April 25, 2014
Back on TV! The sisters answered fun facts about each other during an appearance on
. Turns out, Mary-Kate was the first to kiss a boy and is the better dancer. Just two months earlier, The Ellen DeGeneres Show Us broke news that Mary-Kate got engaged to Sarkozy.
May 5, 2014
Another glamorous night! The gals hit up Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute Gala and were spotted mingling with
and David once inside. Victoria Beckham
May 5, 2015
The two coordinated in black for the star-studded Met Gala. That same month, it was confirmed that they would not be joining Netflix’s
Full House reboot, . “Heartbroken,” former costar Stamos tweeted amid the news. “I understand they’re in a different place and I wish them the best. I promise you will not be disappointed with our reunion and spinoff!!” Fuller House
June 6, 2016
The famous twins coordinated in black as they attended the CFDA Fashion Awards at Lincoln Center in New York City. On June 13, they celebrated their 30th birthday.
February 25, 2017
Chicest bridesmaids ever! The twins served as bridesmaids at their friends Maggie Kayne and Travis Hayden’s wedding in Mangawhai, New Zealand, on February 25, 2017.
May 1, 2017
The Olsen twins attended the Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garcons: Art Of The In-Between-themed Met Gala in New York City on May 1, 2017, displaying their love and appreciation for fashion.
June 5, 2017
Ashley and Mary-Kate posed together at the 2017 CFDA Fashion Awards in their brand The Row on June 5, 2017. The sisters were nominated for the Accessories Designer of the Year Award, which they won in 2014.
May 7, 2018
The twins attended the Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination-themed Met Gala. Mary-Kate donned an all-black, off-the-shoulder ensemble while Ashley wore a red, black and bronze gown.
May 6, 2019
Mary-Kate and Ashley twinned in vintage Chanel black leather dresses at the Camp: Notes on Fashion-themed Met Gala.
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