Danielle Brisebois then and now: The 'All in the Family' child star is now an Oscar-nominated songwriter


You may not have heard Danielle Brisebois' name in a few years, but make no mistake: You've been hearing her work day after day.

The Brooklyn native first entered the Hollywood scene at just 7 years old, and it wouldn't take long before she'd her breakout role on "All in the Family," and its spinoff, "Archie Bunker's Place," for which she received a Golden Globe nomination at age 12.

Whew! That's a big enough career trajectory for a lifetime, but Brisebois was just getting started. She pivoted away from acting toward music and put pen to paper, co-writing Natasha Bedingfield's hits "Unwritten" and "Pocketful of Sunshine" as well as tunes for Paula Abdul, Mandy Moore and Kelly Clarkson.

In 2015, after decades of impressive strides in the music industry, Brisebois, now 49, was nominated for an Academy Award for the song "Lost Stars," which was featured in the Keira Knightley-starring "Begin Again."

Amid all her career success, Brisebois found love, marrying British producer/songwriter Nick Lashley in 2008. Lashley was one of Brisebois' co-writers on "Lost Stars." The two are parents of twin daughters.

Take a look at Brisebois' transformation through the years in the gallery above. (Our favorite photos are from Carroll O'Connor's Hollywood Walk of Fame ceremony in 2000, just one year before he passed away.)

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