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Old 09-04-2013, 07:16 PM
Location: California
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Drew Barrymore and Scarlett Johansson seem to e doing well enough. Shannen Doherty, I'm not sure what she's doing these days, I saw her on a commercial about getting your degree or something like that.
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Old 09-04-2013, 07:19 PM
Location: The Netherlands
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Originally Posted by baileyvpotter View Post
Kurt Russell and Jodi Foster are doing well.
So are Mila Kunis and Natalie Portman.

With many actors, I'm surprised at how young they started. I never really think of Mila or Natalie as "child stars" but they were actually quite successful when they were younger.

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Old 09-04-2013, 07:30 PM
Location: Colorado
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Originally Posted by English Dave View Post
There was also the sad tale of Bobby Driscoll. Forgotten now, he was a famous child actor of the 40s and 50s. He is the voice of Peter Pan in the Disney film. In his teen years, he suffered badly with acne, and he eventually drifted into the world of drugs. He was found dead at the age of 31 in New York City. He was buried in an unmarked pauper's grave.
I remember him in old movies, he was such a cute kid.....what a loss......
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Old 09-04-2013, 07:42 PM
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Dean Stockwell (a child actor from the 40s) also did very well transitioning. One of his first movies (if not his first one) was "The Boy with Green Hair".

Mr. Stockwell had a nice television career in middle-age. I forgot the name of the program, but it may have been televised in the late 80s or early to mid 90s.

He was also great in Married to the Mob.

Yep, I saw Shannen Doherty on a college commercial. She had a decent transition. However, as with many, substance abuse (and other) problems stalled her career. She played in Little House on the Prairie, Beverly Hills 90210, and Charmed. She did some movies.

I concentrate on the child actors from long ago because I like "older" stuff. Always have; think I got that from my aunt when during the 60s and 70s we watched movies from the 30s. She always pointed out how things back then were made, like refrigerators, stoves, clothes, etc.
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Old 09-04-2013, 08:16 PM
Location: Old Mother Idaho
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To some degree, the earlier a child starts acting the better his chances are of leaving the biz at adolescence for a while and going through young adulthood privately, then re-emerging as an adult actor.

The little kids- age 4 to 10- who have responsible parents (or, most often one responsible parent) get spared when the hit the early adolescent gawkiness so many kids go through. That's mostly boys, but the girls who mature early also lose little kid parts pretty quickly.

The real damaged ones, like Sandra Dee, enter movies as young teens. Often, a 14 year old girl will play against a boy who is supposed to be the same age but is actually 5 or more years older, and many of the 'teen' extras are also in their 20's.

These girls often have the ability to look like teens for a long time, and are most often very ambitious kids who come out of nowhere. While they have stage mothers, many of the moms just enthusiastically do everything they can to help their child become a star, while knowing nothing of what it really means if they hit the big time. We all see 9 year old girls in local talent contests, maybe playing in family bands, or getting good parts in local plays and productions. They and their parents are naive to the bone about the realities of Hollywood, but they sure want to get there, and some do.

The Disney corporation lives and dies on the popularity of it's child TV stars, going all the way back to the 50's. Walt himself fostered the careers of many of his child stars while he was alive; Kurt Russell, Annette Funicello, and earlier, Bobby Driscoll, Luana Patton, and Hayley Mills all were made famous in their childhood as exclusive Disney stars.

Disney has always been a very closed studio system that over-hypes fantasy in ways other studios do not. They have a very keen sense of what sells well to kids and their parents, a very over-wholesome and completely scrubbed alter reality of average American childhood.
Hanna Montana is a perfect Disney product. The notion that a young girl who is a famous rock star who goes to an average school while keeping her true identity a secret is completely preposterous, but it feeds every young girl's fantasy of being a movie star. That Miley Cyrus is petite just allowed Disney to use her longer than most, but by the time Miley was old enough to leave, Disney already had 3 or 4 Mileys to replace her show with another, identical one. The supply of young teen girls is never ending, and Disney knows that there is always another big bunch of tween girls coming along who will follow them.

Big sister may have watched Britney Spears. Middle sister watched Hannah Montana. Now, little sister is watching whoever is hot on Disney right now. The girls themselves have become replaceable sparkle ponies. When one gets a little tattered or a year too old, there's another brand new one, right off the shelf.

The kids naturally hit the wall when the hormones start kicking in. They don't have to make any decisions, they all have the money to indulge themselves as they wish, and often the studio is the only place where they feel safe and secure. While not all their home lives are bad, many are, and the disconnect between studio fantasy and home reality is a conflict they can never resolve in themselves well.
Booze and drugs are big kid toys. Real expensive big boy toys, so they must be the best toys, and child stars can afford them.

All 14 year old kids tend to think they're more mature than they actually are. With no one to teach them otherwise, with parents and studios who depend on them for huge money, and in a place were superficiality reigns supreme, it's no wonder that kids like River Phoenix, Lindsay Lohan, and hundreds of others ended up drunks or addicts. Their lives are all huge fancy cars built with big engines and no brakes.
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Old 09-04-2013, 10:02 PM
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Originally Posted by Soda120 View Post
Thanks, P47P47 and Jaxson for the Desi (and group) videos.
This is a fun thread, btw.
You're welcome and I think it is fun too talking about all these child stars I'm glad the Sandra Dee thread got it going.

Shannen Doherty was rumored to be difficult to work with from the beginning as she aged she just turned hateful & ugly if somebody tried to rein her back in.

Talking about her on LHOTP reminded me about Kyle Richards played on there as well about the same time. She was the little girl that had one leg shorter than the other and Charles Ingalls made a thicker sole for her shoe so her legs looked to be the same length. She had shows before & after TV guest appearances until ER she was on there a bit now she is just a real housewife of Beverly Hills reality show. Along with her child star sister Kim Richards. Kyle used men more of her attention getter and Kim used drugs & alcohol. Their older sister is Kathy Hilton Paris Hilton's mom.
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Old 09-05-2013, 02:57 AM
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Interesting stuff about these sad child actors....

But it's not always a smooth transition: To be a teen idol is to be vulnerable. Brooke Shields has said that being a sex object led her to feel like she wasn't in control of her own body, and is one of the reasons she didn't have sex until she was 22. Natalie Portman has said similar things.

Read more: 7 Reasons Child Stars Go Crazy (An Insider's Perspective) | Cracked.com
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Old 09-05-2013, 03:51 AM
Location: Texas
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Originally Posted by PippySkiddles View Post
I loved Shelley Fabares on the sitcom "Coach"; but then shortly after it went off the air, Shelley just sort of disappeared. Then during some interview her husband,Mike Farrell made a reference to her having a serious health issue but wouldn't elaborate. Turns out she had to have a liver transplant. I do hope she's healthy and well now. But also makes me wonder how many non-celebrities are on a waiting list for a liver and not getting one. But that's for another thread.....
Shelley Fabares - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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Now here is a blast from the past. I remember Shelley Fabares as the daughter, Mary, on The Donna Reed Show. Around that time she also had a best selling 45 titled "Johnny Angel." I had a boyfriend at the time named Donny so I would sing along and replace Johnny with Donny.

OMG! Those years of teenage angst....how did we ever survive them? LOL

Also, Shelley was Annette Funicello's best friend since the Mickey Mouse Club days and she appeared in the movie "A Star is a Wish You Dream On." or some title like that. I actually have the movie but I'm too lazy to walk across the room to check the title. Annette was in a wheelchair due to MS at that point in time.

I was a huge fan of Annette's and I'm still a fan of Shelley's. I am also older than dirt. ahahahah!
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Old 09-05-2013, 08:05 AM
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Originally Posted by Jaxson View Post
Wow I hope she is OK too now.

Jodie Sweetin from Full House sure took the drug detour path she is in a custody battle over her 2nd child right now. She was so cute I read an interview once about how she couldn't land any roles because she was branded by the Stephanie character.
And her 3rd divorce, and she's only 31.

Taran Noah Smith went from playing Mark Taylor on Home Improvement to getting divorced at a very young age(thanks to a gold digger), drug problems, and basically having all kinds of problems.

Dana Plato went from playing a wholesome Kimberly Drummond on Diff'rent Strokes to going into pornography, drugs, economic decline, and then finally dying from her drug problems.

Macaulay Culkin went from Home Alone, Home Alone II, and Richie Rich, to drug issues.

Ralph Macchio wasn't really a "child star" at all. However, his skinny physique, soft voice, and his boyish-looking face allowed him to play teenage characters all the way into his late 20s. He was in My Cousin Vinny playing a college-age student(18-19 years old). He was in his early 30s. However, he couldn't get stronger roles because he had developed a reputation for play younger roles and for basically looking much younger than his age. All he was known for was The Outsiders(Johnny), The Karate Kid, Karate Kid II, and Karate Kid III(Daniel Larusso). After being known for those roles, he had a hard time getting more roles. He has had a few roles since then, but not like his old days.
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Old 09-05-2013, 08:26 AM
Location: England
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Originally Posted by green_mariner View Post

Dana Plato went from playing a wholesome Kimberly Drummond on Diff'rent Strokes to going into pornography, drugs, economic decline, and then finally dying from her drug problems.
Talking of Diff'rent Strokes, there is the sad story of Gary Coleman.
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