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8th Mar '17 11:25:19 PM sayaleviathan
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* Filipina actress, Vilma Santos, came into the limelight a child actress during the 60's and was praised for her performance in ''Trudis Liit'' (''Little Trudis'') which earned awards in the Philippines film industry. Throughout her career, she is known as "The Star for All Seasons" and most of her movies earned a lot in the local box office. Her first marriage with fellow actor Edu Manzano failed but her second marriage with Senator Ralph Recto [[HappilyMarried remained contented]] and her son from her first marriage also became a respected actor. She also has a successful political career after being a mayor of her hometown and a governor in her home province. Currently, she's a congresswoman representing her province and despite not doing movies anymore, she's still regarded as one of the best actresses today.
11th Feb '17 4:28:20 PM twilicorn
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* Much has been said about Skylar Deleon being a "former ''[[Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers Power Rangers]]'' star convicted of double-murder" but the truth is he had only appeared as an extra in one episode. Nonetheless, he did act a bit as a child and teenager, before getting involved in crime as an adult.

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* Much has been said about Skylar Deleon being a "former ''[[Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers Power Rangers]]'' star convicted of double-murder" double-murder," but the truth is he had only appeared as an extra in one episode. Nonetheless, he did act a bit as a child and teenager, before getting involved in crime as an adult.



* Averted with Creator/SarahJessicaParker, who started her career as Theatre/{{Annie}} on Broadway and ''Series/SquarePegs'', then made the transition to adult star with plenty of movie roles... and then she starred in ''Series/SexAndTheCity''...

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* Averted with Creator/SarahJessicaParker, who started her career as Theatre/{{Annie}} on Broadway and ''Series/SquarePegs'', then made the transition to adult star with plenty of movie roles... and then she starred in ''Series/SexAndTheCity''...




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* Creator/RoseMarie started her career in old-time radio as a very young child, then went on to ''Series/TheDickVanDykeShow'' among other things. Now in her nineties, her career has spanned decades and a documentary about her life was successfully funded by Website/{{Kickstarter}}.



* 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 up to her death from sepsis 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 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 up to her death from 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]].



* The child actors on ''Series/GimmeABreak'' did well. Creator/JoeyLawrence continued to act through his teens and adulthood, including a main role on ''Series/{{Blossom}}'' and several guest roles as an adult. Currently, Lawrence stars in ''Series/MelissaAndJoey''. His younger brother Matthew Lawrence has had a long career and transition to adult roles. Kari Michaelsen (Katie) became a motivational speaker after retiring from acting. Lauri Hendler faded from the limelight after TheEighties. Lara Jill Miller (Samantha) studied law and passed the bar in three states while on a break from acting, and continues to do voice work.

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* The child actors on ''Series/GimmeABreak'' did well. Creator/JoeyLawrence continued to act through his teens and adulthood, including a main role on ''Series/{{Blossom}}'' and several guest roles as an adult. Currently, Lawrence stars in ''Series/MelissaAndJoey''. His younger brother Matthew Lawrence has had a long career and transition to adult roles. Kari Michaelsen (Katie) became a motivational speaker after retiring from acting. Lauri Hendler faded from the limelight after TheEighties. Lara Jill Miller Creator/LaraJillMiller (Samantha) studied law and passed the bar in three states while on a break from acting, and continues to do voice work.
23rd Jan '17 6:31:04 AM morane
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* The prognosis on former (child) stars on sports depend a lot on the sports in question, and especially on if it is a spectator sport if not. Many athletes who are involved in non-spectator sports, where professional career is not an option, must plan their exit strategy already when they are on the top. Even career athletes do come one day to the point where they have to think of their exit strategy.
** Individual competition sports (track and field, swimming, weightlifting, archery etc) athletes usually avert this trope completely, usually picking an academic or professional career after their active sports career. They usually plan their exit strategy well already on the prime of their career, or exit while on the top.
** Individual match-up sports (martial arts, tennis, boxing etc) may either avert or play this trope straight, depending on their exit strategy.
** Team competition sports (sailing, sledding, rowing, skydiving) usually avert this trope.
** Team match-up sports (football, ice hockey, basketball, baseball etc) usually (and sadly) play this trope straight, unless they are forced to exit their career prematurely [and have an exit strategy].
19th Jan '17 4:12:23 PM Wolfberries
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* As far as child actresses go, Margaret O'Brien ''ruled'' the 1940s and early 1950s, boasting a impressive resume by the time she turned 12. As an adult her film roles were few and far between, and she was only marginally more successful after transitioning to television.
18th Jan '17 12:12:58 AM shamblingdead2
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* The three lead kid actors on ''Series/DiffrentStrokes'' -- Gary Coleman, Todd Bridges, and Dana Plato -- became infamous for brushes with the law as adults. Plato ultimately died at 34 of a drug overdose which was ruled a suicide. Gary Coleman, meanwhile, [[FunnyAneurysmMoment struggled to recover before tragically dying at 42 from head trauma]]. Bridges, meanwhile, is a regular on [=TruTV=]'s ''The Smoking Gun Presents'', along with former ''Partridge Family'' cast member Danny Bonaduce, another example of a former child star who fell into serious problems as an adult (both Bridges and Bonaduce appear to be getting their lives on track at this point).

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* The three lead kid actors on ''Series/DiffrentStrokes'' -- Gary Coleman, Todd Bridges, and Dana Plato -- became infamous for brushes with the law as adults. Plato ultimately died at 34 of a drug overdose which was ruled a suicide. Gary Coleman, meanwhile, [[FunnyAneurysmMoment struggled to recover before tragically dying at 42 from head trauma]]. Bridges, meanwhile, is a regular on [=TruTV=]'s ''The Smoking Gun Presents'', along with former ''Partridge Family'' cast member Danny Bonaduce, another example of a former child star who fell into serious problems as an adult (both Bridges and Bonaduce appear to be getting their lives on track at this point). Danny Cooksey, who played [[CousinOliver Sam]] in the final season, seems to have escaped the woes of his older cast mates, probably from a mix of good parenting, limited later acting roles (and a failed music career), and a fairly normal adult life and marriage.
18th Jan '17 12:04:26 AM shamblingdead2
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* During the InfoDump section of ''Literature/TheShining'', a former child star named Little Marjorie is mentioned. Derwent bought a struggling movie studio after its biggest star OD'd on heroin at the age of 14. Marjorie's cause of death was reported to be a "wasting disease."
13th Jan '17 9:57:32 PM Doug86
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* Creator/NatalieWood starred in ''Film/MiracleOn34thStreet'' aged 8, but successfully adapted to 'grown-up' parts in her teens with ''Film/RebelWithoutACause'' and ''Film/TheSearchers'' and is barely remembered as a child star at all. The only significant scandal to happen to her stems from her death (she drowned off the coast of Santa Catalina Island while on a yacht with her husband, Robert Wagner, and friend Creator/ChristopherWalken), the exact circumstances remaining unknown to this day).

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* Creator/NatalieWood starred in ''Film/MiracleOn34thStreet'' ''Film/MiracleOnThirtyFourthStreet'' aged 8, but successfully adapted to 'grown-up' parts in her teens with ''Film/RebelWithoutACause'' and ''Film/TheSearchers'' and is barely remembered as a child star at all. The only significant scandal to happen to her stems from her death (she drowned off the coast of Santa Catalina Island while on a yacht with her husband, Robert Wagner, and friend Creator/ChristopherWalken), the exact circumstances remaining unknown to this day).
18th Dec '16 4:39:56 PM akaun6899
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* The antagonist in ''WesternAnimation/DespicableMe3'', Balthazar Bratt, grew up to be obsessed with the character he played on TV in the 80s. As such, he moves and dresses like Creator/MichaelJackson, and his weapons mostly consist of modified 80s items, like exploding Rubik's cubes and wads of bubblegum that can trap whoever steps on them.
25th Nov '16 8:26:17 PM DesertDragon
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* Much has been said about Skylar Deleon being a "former ''[[Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers Power Rangers]]'' star," but the truth is he had only appeared as an extra in one episode. Nonetheless, this convicted murderer did act a bit as a child and teenager, before getting involved in crime as an adult.

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* Much has been said about Skylar Deleon being a "former ''[[Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers Power Rangers]]'' star," star convicted of double-murder" but the truth is he had only appeared as an extra in one episode. Nonetheless, this convicted murderer he did act a bit as a child and teenager, before getting involved in crime as an adult.
18th Nov '16 8:29:17 AM RoseAndHeather
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* Bindi Irwin wasn't even 10 when Discovery Channel gave her her own edutainment series, ''Bindi the Jungle Girl'', priming her to follow in the footsteps of her late father [[Series/TheCrocodileHunter Steve Irwin]]. After the show ended she fell into obscurity for a while until she won ''Series/DancingWithTheStars'' at 17, and as of this writing she has quite a career ahead of her.

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* Bindi Irwin wasn't even 10 when Discovery Channel gave her her own edutainment series, ''Bindi the Jungle Girl'', priming her to follow in the footsteps of her late father [[Series/TheCrocodileHunter Steve Irwin]]. After the show ended she fell into (relative) obscurity for a while while, concentrating on wildlife work at Australia Zoo, until she won ''Series/DancingWithTheStars'' at 17, and as of this writing she has quite a career ahead of her.her. She is also by all accounts an extremely sane and well-adjusted young woman.
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