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22nd Sep '17 11:00:30 AM PurpleWarrior13
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* Tuesday Weld, a popular child/teen actress of the 1950s and early 1960s struggled with this hard, largely due to her StageMother putting pressure on her as the breadwinner of her family. She had a nervous breakdown at age 9, struggled with alcoholism by age 12, and attempted suicide at least once. She emancipated herself at 16, and kept acting through her 20s, but eventually started turning down high-profile roles, and was completely out of the spotlight by the 70s, largely by choice. She's now a ReclusiveArtist.

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* Tuesday Weld, a popular child/teen actress of the 1950s and early 1960s struggled with this hard, largely due to her StageMother StageMom putting pressure on her as the breadwinner of her family. She had a nervous breakdown at age 9, struggled with alcoholism by age 12, and attempted suicide at least once. She emancipated herself at 16, and kept acting through her 20s, but eventually started turning down high-profile roles, and was completely out of the spotlight by the 70s, largely by choice. She's now a ReclusiveArtist.
22nd Sep '17 10:59:47 AM PurpleWarrior13
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* Tuesday Weld, a popular child/teen actress of the 1950s and early 1960s struggled with this hard, largely due to her StageMother putting pressure on her as the breadwinner of her family. She had a nervous breakdown at age 9, struggled with alcoholism by age 12, and attempted suicide at least once. She emancipated herself at 16, and kept acting through her 20s, but eventually started turning down high-profile roles, and was completely out of the spotlight by the 70s, largely by choice. She's now a ReclusiveArtist.
17th Sep '17 11:37:10 PM KingClark
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''= Current Life Mess''

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''= ''Former Child Star = Current Life Mess''
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10th Sep '17 5:06:58 AM jormis29
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* Patty Duke was a preteen when she became the youngest ever actress at the time to receive a competitive Oscar (as UsefulNotes/HelenKeller in ''Film/TheMiracleWorker'' in 1962), then gained new fame with her [[UncannyFamilyResemblance dual role]] on ''Series/ThePattyDukeShow''. As she grew up, Duke went through many personal struggles, starting with a dysfunctional childhood and worsening thanks to her junkie handlers/managers who sheltered, manipulated and ostracized[[note]]largely as her managers were afraid of her leaving them[[/note]] her, fed her prescription pills and alcohol and molested her. After finding out her handlers spent most of her money she earned from her show, she finally broke free in 1967 by marrying a middle-aged camera operator she met and fell in love with on the set of the sitcom. She had also dealt with undiagnosed bipolar disorder, alcoholism (likely used as a form of self-medication) and marital/financial difficulties, before finally being diagnosed and treated for her bipolar disorder in 1982; she released two memoirs chronicling her struggles and became a mental health advocate. She maintained an acting career right until sepsis - caused by a ruptured intestine - claimed her life in 2016, [[EarnYourHappyEnding reconciling with her family, forgiving her childhood handlers, and settling down with her third husband on a ranch in Idaho]].

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* Patty Duke Creator/PattyDuke was a preteen when she became the youngest ever actress at the time to receive a competitive Oscar (as UsefulNotes/HelenKeller in ''Film/TheMiracleWorker'' in 1962), then gained new fame with her [[UncannyFamilyResemblance dual role]] on ''Series/ThePattyDukeShow''. As she grew up, Duke went through many personal struggles, starting with a dysfunctional childhood and worsening thanks to her junkie handlers/managers who sheltered, manipulated and ostracized[[note]]largely as her managers were afraid of her leaving them[[/note]] her, fed her prescription pills and alcohol and molested her. After finding out her handlers spent most of her money she earned from her show, she finally broke free in 1967 by marrying a middle-aged camera operator she met and fell in love with on the set of the sitcom. She had also dealt with undiagnosed bipolar disorder, alcoholism (likely used as a form of self-medication) and marital/financial difficulties, before finally being diagnosed and treated for her bipolar disorder in 1982; she released two memoirs chronicling her struggles and became a mental health advocate. She maintained an acting career right until sepsis - caused by a ruptured intestine - claimed her life in 2016, [[EarnYourHappyEnding reconciling with her family, forgiving her childhood handlers, and settling down with her third husband on a ranch in Idaho]].
9th Sep '17 2:17:41 PM PurpleWarrior13
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* Jonathan Brandis was another sad case. He played young Bill in the original 1990 miniseries for Creator/StephenKing's ''[[Film/{{It1990}} It]]'', and later Lucas in ''Series/SeaQuestDSV''. However, his career fell on progressively hard times after that, something his friends say contributed to his heavy drinking and depression. He passed away on November 12, 2003 at the age of 27, after hanging himself.
* Blake Heron, best known as Marty in ''Film/{{Shiloh}}'', didn't go onto much else, and tragically passed away on September 7, 2017 at the age of 35. He had struggled with a drug addiction since the age of 12, and had recently completed rehab for a heroin addiction.
7th Sep '17 6:08:54 PM jamespolk
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* The original six Dead End Kids, who played a gang of street urchins in the 1935 play ''Dead End'' and its 1937 film adaptation and then similar groups of delinquents in several further films (such as ''Film/AngelsWithDirtyFaces''), provide several straight examples and several aversions.

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* The original six Dead End Kids, who played a gang of street urchins in the 1935 play ''Dead End'' and [[Film/DeadEnd1937 its 1937 film adaptation adaptation]] and then similar groups of delinquents in several further films (such as ''Film/AngelsWithDirtyFaces''), provide several straight examples and several aversions.
29th Aug '17 8:10:50 PM karstovich2
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* Jenny Lewis and Blake Sennett are subversions as well, now much better known for their indie rock band Music/RiloKiley (and then Lewis' solo career) then their pasts as child actors.

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* Jenny Lewis Music/JennyLewis and Blake Sennett are subversions as well, now much well. In TheEighties and early [[TheNineties Nineties]], they were moderately famous for their roles in kids' movies and TV (Lewis for her parts in ''Film/TheWizard'' and ''Film/TroopBeverlyHills'', Sennet for his turn as Pinsky in ''Series/SaluteYourShorts''). In the late 90s, they formed an indie-rock band that (after some changes) ended up called Music/RiloKiley. They've been better known for their indie rock as musicians ever since, with Lewis finding particular success both with the band Music/RiloKiley (and then Lewis' and as a solo career) then their pasts as child actors.artist after Rilo Kiley's (amicable) 2011 breakup.
3rd Aug '17 1:50:11 AM Sentinel2373
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** Even William Thomas (Buckwheat) and Darla Hood (Darla), who went on to lead normal lives, died relatively young (49 and 47 respectively) of health problems. Those who did not die either tragically and/or prematurely mainly worked in menial jobs, making this a straight version of the trope.

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** Even William Thomas (Buckwheat) and Darla Hood (Darla), who went on to lead There were even some cast members who, despite leading normal lives, died relatively young (49 nonetheless. They include:
*** John Collum (Uh-huh) at the age of 36 from a heart attack.
*** Elmo Billings at the age of 51 from a stroke.
*** Darla Hood (Darla) at the age of 47 of acute hepatitis from a blood transfusion given during an appendectomy.
*** William Thomas (Buckwheat) at age 49 of a heart attack.
*** Alvin Buckelew (aged 40); Carlena Beard (aged 42), sister of Matthew "Stymie" Beard; George "Chuck" Nokes (aged 49); Tommy [=McFarland=] (aged 51); Shirley "Muggsy" Coates (aged 51);
and 47 respectively) Gary "Junior" Jasgur (aged 58) - all of health problems. unspecified causes.
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Those who did not die either tragically and/or prematurely mainly worked in menial or low-key jobs, making this a straight version of the trope.
2nd Aug '17 9:21:56 PM Sentinel2373
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** Donald Haines (who played several roles) and Bobby Hutchins (Wheezer) were WWII-related fatalities. Haines was killed in action at the age of 23 at the Kasserine Pass in Tunisia, while Hutchins (a member of the Army Air Corps) was killed at the age of 20 when his plane crashed on landing during a training exercise.

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** Donald Haines (who played several roles) and Bobby Hutchins (Wheezer) were WWII-related fatalities. Haines was killed in action at the age of 23 at the Kasserine Pass in Tunisia, while Hutchins (a member of the Army Air Corps) was killed at the age of 20 when his plane crashed on landing during a training exercise.



** Several cast members died prematurely of cancer either in their late 50s or early 60s. This include:

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** Several cast members died prematurely of cancer either in their late 50s or early 60s. This These include:
2nd Aug '17 9:16:32 PM Sentinel2373
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*** Marvin Strin (Bubbles) at age 56.



*** Dale Belding (Specks) at age 58.



*** Gerald Perreau (Dudley "Dud") at age 64.
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