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The downward spiral of child actors


By Dre Weston

Being a child star in Hollywood has numerous perks, including access to a ton of cash at a very early age. But what lurks behind the glitz and glamour is a dark side few young stars anticipate but many fall victim to. Today, DoYouRemember.com looks back at fallen teen idols and child stars whose lives spiraled out of control.

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MeritaBread July 16 2014 at 1:30 PM

It's all about the parenting. Children, even child stars, should not have access to a ton of cash. Responsible parents would have put that money in trust for them. Responsible parents still parent their own children, rather than turning them loose to be preyed upon by pedophiles and drug dealers. Yes, parenting is hard work. Parenting teens is even harder. Parenting teens who earn tons of money can be most difficult. But, if the proper foundation of discipline and respect has been laid, parents and their child actor children can successfully navigate the treacherous path to responsible adulthood. Parents like the Lohans, the Culkins, Brooke Shields' mom, etc., are the reason why some child stars spiral out of control. The vast majority of child actors go on to lead "normal" lives. A few even make the transition to successful adult actors. But, every little league baseball player will never play in the big leagues. Neither will every child actor. Parents need to educate them

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mgt0331 July 16 2014 at 12:48 PM

They all sucked anyway. We all have hard times, toughen up and stay away from drugs morons.

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dboiani mgt0331 July 17 2014 at 3:45 PM

Simpleton.

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don July 16 2014 at 12:59 PM

Its always amazing to me how all of the child actors and also their adult counterparts, always have an excuse for the drugs, and alcohol. They all; suffer or suffered from the biggest disease of all: EXCUSIOLOGY --

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Velocity105 July 16 2014 at 12:26 PM

Didn't I see Bonaduce in Shrek? As far as Lohan's concerned she will never bounce back, they'll find her in the same NYC apartment they found Driscoll in around 2018.

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MAD_DAWG1 Velocity105 July 16 2014 at 3:57 PM

I hope is does not take untl 2018

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sulsul46a July 16 2014 at 2:21 PM

Ok, I''l get serious. One of the big problems here is the parenting. The parents never instilled a plan B in a lot of these cases. They let they child think is was going to go on forever. There was never any other path layed out when the train came into the station.

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CAMERON sulsul46a July 16 2014 at 2:33 PM

Yes so very. True. Star today gone tomorrow

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Dan July 16 2014 at 1:03 PM

Yet some child stars go on to success as adults including ron Hoard and Jackie Cooper. Others accept fleeting fame and go on to normal lives with regular jobs after childstar fame fizzles. It's all in the guidance they get from their parents and their own ability to cope. Former child star Paul Peterson has started a support group for other ex-child stars to help them cope with life beyond stardom. Paul was inspired to start his group by the suicide of Rusty Hamer at age 42. ♣

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sulsul46a Dan July 16 2014 at 2:15 PM

I believe Jackie Cooper had his struggles like many of us.

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nonacmb Dan July 16 2014 at 4:37 PM

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MAD_DAWG1 July 16 2014 at 3:56 PM

Oh boo hoo. Who gives a krap. Get a real job.
Then you can cry about hard times

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Hello Gorgeous!! July 16 2014 at 3:04 PM

Bobby Driscoll was the voice of Peter Pan. Bless his heart. He was an excellent little actor. Bless them all. In fact, they didn't suck. Child actors have the hardest time of all. They love the work, usually. When they lose a show it's like early retirement and they money goes. These kids are sometimes the sole provider for the family. That sucks, but it happens. Don't blame the kids. If the parents don't pay attention and keep them busy they spin out of control. Regular retirement is hard. Try it on as a child. Be nice.

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dickn2000b Hello Gorgeous!! July 16 2014 at 3:16 PM

You are exactly correct. Poor parenting is to blame.

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sulsul46a July 16 2014 at 2:13 PM

Nice Rack!

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simark1 July 16 2014 at 5:32 PM

I wouldnt kick her out of bed though.

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