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.

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Danielle Brisebois acting on the set of 'All in the Family' TV show in 1978 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ron Eisenbeg/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD - SEPTEMBER 29: Actress Danielle Brisebois attends the 57th Annual Photoplay Awards on September 29, 1979 at the TAV Celebrity Theatre in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
1979: Promotional portrait of actors Carroll O'Connor (1924 - 2001; right), Martin Balsam (1919 - 1996), and Danielle Brisebois in costume and on the set, for the premiere season of the television series 'Archie Bunker's Place'. Briesbois is sitting on O'Connor's lap and is wearing rollerskates. (Photo by CBS Photo Archive/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - JULY 01: Danielle Brisebois (Photo by The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - JULY 07: Danielle Brisebois and Glenn Scarpelli (Photo by The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
Actress Danielle Brisebois attends SAG and AFTRA Actors On Strike in circa 1980 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ron Eisenberg/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
File Photo of Bruce Penhall, Sarah Jessica Parker, Timothy Patrick Murphy and Danielle Brisebois in Los Angeles, California on December 11, 1982 (Photo by Barry King/WireImage)
UNITED STATES - DECEMBER 01: Danielle Brisebois and mother (Photo by The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - DECEMBER 01: Danielle Brisebois (Photo by The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
Actress Danielle Brisebois and actress Jamie Lee Curtis attend the Young Musicians Foundation's Second Annual Celebrity Mother/Daughter Fashion Show on March 10, 1983 at Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - DECEMBER 4: Actress Danielle Brisebois attends the Fifth Annual Youth in Film Awards on December 4, 1983 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
MALIBU, CA - APRIL 23: Danielle Brisebois attends the taping of Battle of the Network Stars on April 23, 1983 at Pepperdine University in Malibu, California. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - AUGUST 30: Actress Danielle Brisebois on August 30, 1983 dines at Chasen's Restaurant in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD - MARCH 9: Actress Danielle Brisebois attends Allan Carr Hosts 'The Red Light Affair Goes to Florida' Hookers and Gangsters Themed Party to Celebrate the Upcoming Release of the Feature Film 'Where the Boys Are '84' on March 9, 1984 at the Hollywood Palladium in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
LOS ANGELES - JUNE 6: Actors Ricky Schroder and Danielle Brisebois attend the Hollywood 100 Pro-Celebrity Tennis Classic - Part of the Hollywood Centennial Celebration Week on June 6, 1987 at Los Angeles Tennis Club in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - SEPTEMBER 12: Actor Carroll O'Connor and actress Danielle Brisebois attends Fendi Celebrates the Launch of Its New Fragrance 'The Forum of the Fendis' Gala to Benefit the Actors' Fund of America on September 12, 1987 at Virginia Robinson Gardens in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD - JULY 7: Actress Danielle Brisebois attends the Celebrity Focus Magazine and the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel Present 'A Tribute to the Legend' Opening Night Exhibition of Marilyn Monroe Memorabilias on July 7, 1987 at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
WEST LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 11: Actress Danielle Brisebois attends the Sxith Annual Celebrity Tennis Classic to Benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation on August 11, 1990 at the Beverly Hills Country Club in West Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
WEST LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 11: Actress Danielle Brisebois attends the Sxith Annual Celebrity Tennis Classic to Benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation on August 11, 1990 at the Beverly Hills Country Club in West Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD - JULY 11: Actress Danielle Brisebois attends the 'Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey' Hollywood Premiere on July 11, 1991 at the Mann's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - NOVEMBER 18: Actress Danielle Brisebois and date attend the 'Commitment to Life VI' Gala to Benefit AIDS Project Los Angeles on November 18, 1992 at the Universal Amphitheatre in Universal City, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
NEW YORK CITY - JANUARY 24: Actress Danielle Brisebois attends the 'Before Sunrise' New York City Premiere on January 24, 1995 at the Village East Cinema in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
WESTWOOD, CA - DECEMBER 6: Actress Danielle Brisebois attends the 'As Good as It Gets' Westwood Premiere on December 6, 1997 at the Mann's Village Theatre in Westwood, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD - MARCH 17: Actor Carroll O'Connor and actress Danielle Brisebois attend Carroll O'Connor Receives a Hollywood Walk of Fame Star on March 17, 2000 at 7080 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD - MARCH 17: Actor Carroll O'Connor and actress Danielle Brisebois attend Carroll O'Connor Receives a Hollywood Walk of Fame Star on March 17, 2000 at 7080 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Danielle Brisebois and Natasha Bedingfield (Photo by Randall Michelson/WireImage)
LONDON - OCTOBER 6: Danielle Brisebois arrives for the BMI Awards at the Dorchester Hotel on October 6, 2009 in London, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MAY 18: Songwriter Danielle Brisebois arrives at the 58th Annual BMI Pop Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel on May 18, 2010 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 01: Songwriter Danielle Brisebois speaks onstage during Deadline's The Contenders at DGA Theater on November 1, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Imeh Akpanudosen/Getty Images for Deadline)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 02: Danielle Brisebois arrives at the 87th Academy Awards Nominee Luncheon at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on February 2, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 22: Danielle Brisebois attends the 87th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 22, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Ethan Miller/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 22: Danielle Brisebois attends the 87th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 22, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
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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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Veronica Cartwright, circa 1960. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archive/Getty Images)
(Original Caption) Soda Break. Hollywood, California: Four talented young actresses (left to right) Debbie Maldow, Karen Balkin, Veronica Cartwright and Diane Mountford, take a refreshment break between scenes on a schoolroom set of The Children's Hour. Karen Balkin plays the role of Mary Tilford which is considered the best role written for a child and surely one of the most repellent. The film is being produced and directed by William Wyler.
From left, Mitch Brenner (Rod Taylor), Lydia Brenner (Jessica Tandy), Melanie Daniels (Tippi Hedren), and Cathy Brenner (Veronica Cartwright) are waiting with anticipation in their living room during a scene from Alfred Hitchcock's 1963 horror classic, The Birds. (Photo by ?? John Springer Collection/CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images)
Promotional headshot of actress Veronica Cartwright, as he appears in the movie 'Alien', 1979. (Photo by Stanley Bielecki Movie Collection/Getty Images)
Actors Sigourney Weaver and Veronica Cartwright in a scene from the movie 'Alien', 1979. (Photo by Stanley Bielecki Movie Collection/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - JANUARY 1: Veronica Cartwright (as Ethel Skakel Kennedy) for the television mini-series, Robert Kennedy and His Times broadcast on CBS over three nights, beginning January 27, 1985. Image dated January 1, 1984. (Photo by CBS via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - JANUARY 1: From left to right, Brad Davis (as Robert Kennedy) and Veronica Cartwright (as Ethel Skakel Kennedy) for the television mini-series, Robert Kennedy and His Times broadcast on CBS over three nights, beginning January 27, 1985. Image dated January 1, 1984. (Photo by CBS via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - CIRCA 1985: Actress Veronica Cartwright poses for a portrait in circa 1985 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Donaldson Collection/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
PASADENA,CA - SEPTEMBER 7 Actress Veronica Cartwright attends the 1997 Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards on September 7, 1997 at Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actress Veronica Cartwright attends the Screening of the HBO Original Movie 'The Rat Pack' on August 18, 1998 at Samuel Goldwyn Theatre in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
WILL & GRACE -- 'Homo for the Holidays' Episode 7 -- Air Date 11/25/1999 -- Pictured: (l-r) Sean Hayes as Jack McFarland, Veronica Cartwright as Judith McFarland (Photo by Chris Haston/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Actress Veronica Cartwright attends the 1999 Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards on August 28, 1999 at Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actress Veronica Cartwright attends the 'Scary Movie' Westwood Premiere on July 2, 2001 at Avco Center Cinemas in Westwood, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Veronica Cartwright (Photo by Jean-Paul Aussenard/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD - JULY 18: Actress Veronica Cartwright poses backstage at the Outfest 2004 Awards Night during the 22nd L.A. Gay and Lesbian Film Festival on July 18, 2004 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Vince Bucci/Getty Images)
Veronica Cartwright and Angela Cartwright during Academy of Television Arts & Sciences 60th Anniversary - Inside and Reception at Leonard H. Goldenson Theatre in North Hollywood, California, United States. (Photo by Mathew Imaging/FilmMagic for Academy of Television Arts and Sciences)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - OCTOBER 26: **EXCLUSIVE** Veronica Cartwright poses at the Hollywood Life Celebrates David Duchovny's Very Good Year Event at the Pacific Design Center on October 26, 2007 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Michael Bezjian/WireImage)
Veronica Cartwright enter caption here at The Langham Resort on August 8, 2009 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
EASTWICK - ABC's 'Eastwick' stars Ashley Benson as Mia Torcoletti, Jon Bernthal as Raymond Gardener, Veronica Cartwright as Bun Waverly, Jaime Ray Newman as Kat Gardener, Lindsay Price as Joanna Frankel, Rebecca Romijn as Roxanne (Roxie) Torcoletti, Sara Rue as Penny Higgins, Johann Urb as Will St. David and Paul Gross as Darryl Van Horne. (Photo by Bob D'Amico/ABC via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 28: Actress Veronica Cartwright poses during the arrivals for the opening night performance of 'Alfred Hitchcock's The 39 Steps' at the Center Theatre Group/Ahmanson Theatre on April 28, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ryan Miller/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - OCTOBER 23: (L-R) Tippi Hedren and Veronica Cartwright attend the 'Universal's Legacy Of Horror' hosted by AMPAS, Screening of 'The Birds' at AMPAS Samuel Goldwyn Theater on October 23, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Tibrina Hobson/FilmMagic)
WILL & GRACE -- 'Homo for the Holiday' Episode 7 -- Pictured: (l-r) Megan Mullally as Karen Walker, Eric McCormack as Will Truman, Debra Messing as Grace Adler, Sean Hayes as Jack McFarland, Veronica Cartwright as Judith McFarland -- (Photo by: Chris Haston/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 05: Actress Veronica Cartwright attends The Hollywood Show held at The Westin Los Angeles Airport Hotel on Saturday October 5, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MAY 30: Actress Veronica Cartwright attends the Los Angeles premiere of 'The Odd Way Home' at Arena Cinema Hollywood on May 30, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic)
PARSIPPANY, NJ - OCTOBER 23: Veronica Cartwright attends the Chiller Theatre Expo - Day 1 at Sheraton Parsippany Hotel on October 23, 2015 in Parsippany, New Jersey. (Photo by Bobby Bank/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 03: Actress Veronica Cartwright attends the 'Me And Earl And The Dying Girl' premiere at The Harmony Gold Theatre on June 3, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 03: Veronica Cartwright arrives at the Los Angeles premiere of 'Bosch' held at Arclight Hollywood on February 3, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)
BURBANK, CA - JUNE 28: Veronica Cartwright attends the 43rd Annual Saturn Awards at The Castaway on June 28, 2017 in Burbank, California. (Photo by Justin Baker/FilmMagic)
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