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Old 02-26-2014, 11:54 AM
 
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When you were a kid, which child stars did you like? Which did you dislike? This might also depend a lot on your approximate age (Shirley Temple vs Ronnie Howard vs Mike Lookinland vs Drew Barrymore...)

I find my attitude is much different from an adult perspective than it was from a child's perspective. As an adult, I find smart, precocious kids funny and endearing when they're interviewed on TV (and I don't really even like kids that much). But when I was a kid, I hated kids like that when I saw them interviewed, and I would complain that they "acted like they thought they were great" or "they're trying to act too grown up."

For instance, in the 70s, you couldn't go a day without seeing Mason Reese. He was in every commercial, and was always a guest on TV shows (like Mike Douglas, Dinah Shore, every variety show).

I hated his guts! I thought he was so ugly and sooooo full of himself.




I also hated Quinn Cummings. As an adult, I can watch the Goodbye Girl and see that she was really talented for being so young, and that she was mature in a cute way. So I see now why adults loved her in the 70s. But as a kid, I thought she was such a show-off, full of herself, and really annoying.


As a kid in the 70s, I loved Katy Kurtzman. I don't think I even knew her name back then, but I always recognized her in everything she appeared in. she guested on Little House and appeared in several Afterschool Specials.




I also loved Melissa Michaelsen. She appeared in lots of shows and the TV movie Orphan Train.




So when you were a kid, which child stars did you love and hate?

Last edited by Tracysherm; 02-26-2014 at 11:57 AM.. Reason: Sorry about typo in title. I can't correct it!
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Old 02-26-2014, 11:55 AM
 
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AAAAHHH!!!! I hate when I have a typo in a thread title and can't correct it!!!!!!!

It's CHILD!!!
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Old 02-26-2014, 12:02 PM
 
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Hate is such a strong word, I was not filled with such intense hate when I was a child
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Old 02-26-2014, 12:04 PM
 
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Hate is such a strong word, I was not filled with such intense hate when I was a child
Oh, come on. I'm using "hate" in the sense of "can't stand" or "dislike so much that you'd like to puke." I don't mean that I didn't think they deserved to exist on the planet or that they shouldn't be saved from burning buildings.

Let's please not get into the "hate is such a strong word" discussion. This is a lighthearted thread. I hate asparagus too; is that so wrong?
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Old 02-26-2014, 12:06 PM
 
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I found Johnny Whittaker to be particularly annoying.
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Old 02-26-2014, 12:10 PM
 
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I found Johnny Whittaker to be particularly annoying.
Ah yes, "Jody"! He was just before my time, but the re-runs were on enough to make him sufficiently annoying. In some movies, didn't he have what looked like a Ronald McDonald hairstyle?
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Old 02-26-2014, 12:11 PM
 
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I felt the same way about Quinn Cummings.

I LOVED Donny Osmond and could not get enough.

http://www.younghollywoodhof.com/drina/osmond.jpg

Did not like Jimmy.

http://www.younghollywoodhof.com/drina/osmondj.jpg

LOVED Dannielle Spencer, who played Dee on What's Happening. She made sarcasm an art form.

http://www.younghollywoodhof.com/drina/spencer.jpg

I also liked the son on Alice, Philip Mckeon. He just seemed like a fun, nice kid.

http://www.younghollywoodhof.com/drina/philipmckeon.jpg

Let's not forget Kristy McNichol!

http://www.younghollywoodhof.com/drina/mcnichol.jpg

And one of my favorite shows was James at 15, with Lance Kerwin:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ABX2-4RTrY
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Old 02-26-2014, 12:16 PM
 
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Ah yes, "Jody"! He was just before my time, but the re-runs were on enough to make him sufficiently annoying. In some movies, didn't he have what looked like a Ronald McDonald hairstyle?

Maybe.

I really only remember him as "Jody" and as an annoying and sappy Tom Sawyer opposite Jodie Foster's good portrayal of Becky Thatcher.
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Old 02-26-2014, 12:27 PM
 
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Oh yeah! Kristy McNichol! I didn't like her as a kid. I always thought she looked "dirty"--not slutty-dirty (that came later) but like she needed to scrub her face and neck and wash her hair. And she was the textbook definition of "overexposed." She was EVERYWHERE.
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Old 02-26-2014, 12:38 PM
 
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I loved Shirley Temple movies when I was a kid, and the Little Rascals as well.

I can't think of any child stars of my own age that I really liked. Maybe Angela Cartwright, and Tatum O'Neal - we saw Paper Moon a half dozen times because we thought she was so cool. I did like Hayley Mills and Patty Duke, too; they were a little older. Some of my friends liked Jack Wild from Oliver! and HR Pufnstuf.

The spouse had a crush on Kristy McNichol until the day he died. Probably still does. LOL

Child stars I didn't like - the entire Brady Bunch. There was a child actress named Pamelyn Ferdin whose voice used to drive me nuts - and in the late 60s and early 70s she was in what seemed like every TV show, was the voice of Lucy in a few Peanuts cartoons, and was in some movies (The Beguiled).
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