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15th May '16 9:16:12 AM Schroeder1174
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* Lesley Gore began her career at age 16 with the number one hit, "It's My Party", produced by Quincy Jones, becoming the most successful of the solo female acts of the GirlGroup Era of the early [[TheSixties 1960s]] with hits like "Judy's Turn To Cry", "She's A Fool", "Maybe I Know" and "Sunshine, Lollipops And Rainbows". Her proto-feminist ballad, "You Don't Own Me", re-popularized by ''Film/TheFirstWivesClub'', went to number 2 on the Billbord charts, only topped by TheBeatles' "I Want To Hold Your Hand", and she had the longest set list on '''TheTAMIShow''. She graduated from college as her career slowed down, re-emerging as a singer-songwriter and summer stock actress; she co-wrote the Oscar-nominated song, "Out Here On My Own" with brother Michael for the 1980 hit musical ''Film/{{Fame}}'', losing only to the musical's title track. She attempting occasional comebacks and maintained a strong career in the oldies/nightclub circuit before her death from cancer in 2015.

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* Lesley Gore began her career at age 16 with the number one hit, "It's My Party", produced by Quincy Jones, becoming the most successful of the solo female acts of the GirlGroup Era of the early [[TheSixties 1960s]] with hits like "Judy's Turn To Cry", "She's A Fool", "Maybe I Know" and "Sunshine, Lollipops And Rainbows". Her proto-feminist ballad, "You Don't Own Me", re-popularized by ''Film/TheFirstWivesClub'', went to number 2 on the Billbord charts, only topped by TheBeatles' "I Want To Hold Your Hand", and she had the longest set list on '''TheTAMIShow''.''TheTAMIShow''. She graduated from college as her career slowed down, re-emerging as a singer-songwriter and summer stock actress; she co-wrote the Oscar-nominated song, "Out Here On My Own" with brother Michael for the 1980 hit musical ''Film/{{Fame}}'', losing only to the musical's title track. She attempting attempted occasional comebacks and maintained a strong career in the oldies/nightclub circuit before her death from cancer in 2015.
15th May '16 9:15:06 AM Schroeder1174
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* Lesley Gore began her career at age 16 with the number one hit, "It's My Party", produced by Quincy Jones, becoming the most successful of the solo female acts of the GirlGroup Era of the early [[TheSixties 1960s]] with hits like "Judy's Turn To Cry", "She's A Fool", "Maybe I Know" and "Sunshine, Lollipops And Rainbows". Her proto-feminist ballad, "You Don't Own Me", re-popularized by ''Film/TheFirstWivesClub'', went to number 2 on the Billbord charts, only topped by TheBeatles' "I Want To Hold Your Hand", and she had the longest set list on '''TheTAMIShow''. She graduated from college as her career slowed down, re-emerging as a singer-songwriter and summer stock actress; she co-wrote the Oscar-nominated song, "Out Here On My Own" with brother Michael for the 1980 hit musical ''Film/{{Fame}}'', losing only to the musical's title track. She attempting occasional comebacks and maintained a strong career in the oldies/nightclub circuit before her death from cancer in 2015.
15th May '16 8:56:08 AM Schroeder1174
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* Sean's late mother, Patty Duke, was the youngest ever actress to recieve an Oscar at the time for her role as Helen Keller in ''Film/TheMiracleWorker'' in 1962, then became an Emmy nominee playing [[UncannyFamilyResemblance identical twin cousins]] on ''Series/ThePattyDukeShow'', becoming the youngest actress to star in a prime-time television series bearing her name. She went through many personal struggles due to a dysfunctional childhood, alcoholic handler/managers who kept her sheltered, manipulated and ostracized (note:largely as her managers were afraid of her leaving them), fed her prescription pills and alcohol and molested her; she finally broke free (after finding out her handlers spnt most of her money she earned from her series) in 1967 by marrying a middle-aged camera operator she met and fell in love with on the set of her sitcom. She had also dealt with with undiagnosed bipolar disorder and fell into alcoholism (likely used as a form of self-medication) and marital and financial difficulties, before finally being diagnosed and treated in 1982; she released two memoirs chronicaling her struggles and became a mental health advocate. She maintained an acting career up to her death in 2016, reconciling with her family, forgiving her childhood handlers, and settling down with her third husband on a ranch in Idaho.

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* ** Sean's late mother, Patty Duke, was the youngest ever actress to recieve an Oscar at the time for her role as Helen Keller in ''Film/TheMiracleWorker'' in 1962, then became an Emmy nominee playing [[UncannyFamilyResemblance identical twin cousins]] on ''Series/ThePattyDukeShow'', becoming the youngest actress to star in a prime-time television series bearing her name. She went through many personal struggles due to a dysfunctional childhood, alcoholic handler/managers who kept her sheltered, manipulated and ostracized (note:largely [[note:largely as her managers were afraid of her leaving them), them]], fed her prescription pills and alcohol and molested her; she finally broke free (after finding out her handlers spnt spent most of her money she earned from her series) in 1967 by marrying a middle-aged camera operator she met and fell in love with on the set of her sitcom. She had also dealt with with undiagnosed bipolar disorder and fell into alcoholism (likely used as a form of self-medication) and marital and financial difficulties, before finally being diagnosed and treated in 1982; she released two memoirs chronicaling chronicling her struggles and became a mental health advocate. She maintained an acting career up to her death in 2016, reconciling with her family, forgiving her childhood handlers, and settling down with her third husband on a ranch in Idaho.
13th May '16 2:06:10 PM mlsmithca
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** Speaking of John Connor... There's also the so-called [[http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2012/05/18/the-john-connor-curse-nick-stahl-edward-furlong-and-christian-bale.html "John Connor Curse."]] Creator/EdwardFurlong , Creator/NickStahl, Creator/ThomasDekker, and Creator/ChristianBale all seemed to have personal and career problems after playing the role, and all were former child stars. More specifically, Furlong had trouble with drug abuse; Stahl was missing for several days and dropped off the acting radar due to his drug use; Dekker was arrested for DUI after running over a cyclist; Bale went ballistic and his rant on the of Film/TerminatorSalvation'' became a MemeticMutation, as well as his domestic assault charge around the same time (he bounced back, though, with his later films).
* For some time, Jake Lloyd seemed to be very bitter and cynical about his role as Anakin Skywalker in ''Film/ThePhantomMenace'', but since he went through high-school and college with people [[NeverLiveItDown constantly]] [[{{Misblamed}} accusing]] him of ruining ''Franchise/StarWars'', it's kinda hard to blame him for feeling so disillusioned. However, a later interview between him and a ''Star Wars'' fansite (as well as a [[https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=697006523681359&set=a.108672092514808.4720.100001160524846&type=1 photo on his own Facebook page]]) has shown that he's mellowed out since then and confirms that - contrary to popular belief - he does not hate the franchise after all the harassment.
** However, his [[http://gawker.com/star-wars-child-star-jake-lloyd-arrested-after-high-spe-1712955486?utm_campaign=socialflow_gawker_facebook&utm_source=gawker_facebook&utm_medium=socialflow arrest as of June 2015]] after a high speed chase seems to invoke the trope perfectly.

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** * Speaking of John Connor... There's also the so-called [[http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2012/05/18/the-john-connor-curse-nick-stahl-edward-furlong-and-christian-bale.html "John Connor Curse."]] Creator/EdwardFurlong , Creator/EdwardFurlong, Creator/NickStahl, Creator/ThomasDekker, and Creator/ChristianBale all seemed to have personal and career problems after playing the role, and all were former child stars. More specifically, Furlong had trouble with drug abuse; Stahl was missing for several days and dropped off the acting radar due to his drug use; Dekker was arrested for DUI after running over a cyclist; Bale went ballistic and his rant on the of Film/TerminatorSalvation'' ''Film/TerminatorSalvation'' became a MemeticMutation, as well as his domestic assault charge around the same time (he bounced back, though, with his later films).
* For some time, Jake Lloyd seemed to be very bitter and cynical about his role as Anakin Skywalker in ''Film/ThePhantomMenace'', but since he went through high-school and college with people [[NeverLiveItDown constantly]] [[{{Misblamed}} accusing]] him of ruining ''Franchise/StarWars'', it's kinda hard to blame him for feeling so disillusioned. However, a later interview between him and a ''Star Wars'' fansite (as well as a [[https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=697006523681359&set=a.108672092514808.4720.100001160524846&type=1 photo on his own Facebook page]]) has shown that he's mellowed out since then and confirms that - contrary to popular belief - he does not hate the franchise after all the harassment. \n** However, his [[http://gawker.com/star-wars-child-star-jake-lloyd-arrested-after-high-spe-1712955486?utm_campaign=socialflow_gawker_facebook&utm_source=gawker_facebook&utm_medium=socialflow arrest as of June 2015]] after a high speed chase seems to invoke the trope perfectly.
13th May '16 2:04:40 PM mlsmithca
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** Sean's late mother, Patty Duke, was the youngest ever actress to recieve an Oscar at the time for her role as Helen Keller in F''Film/TheMiracleWorker'' in 1962, then became an Emmy nominee playing [[UncannyFamilyResemblance identical twin cousins]] on ''Series/ThePattyDukeShow'', becoming the youngest actress to star in a prime-time television series bearing her name. She went through many personal struggles due to a dysfunctional childhood, alcoholic handler/managers who kept her sheltered, manipulated and ostracized (note:largely as her managers were afraid of her leaving them), fed her prescription pills and alcohol and molested her; she finally broke free (after finding out her handlers spnt most of her money she earned from her series) in 1967 by marrying a middle-aged camera operator she met and fell in love with on the set of her sitcom. She had also dealt with with undiagnosed bipolar disorder and fell into alcoholism (likely used as a form of self-medication) and marital and financial difficulties, before finally being diagnosed and treated in 1982; she released two memoirs chronicaling her struggles and became a mental health advocate. She maintained an acting career up to her death in 2016, reconciling with her family, forgiving her childhood handlers, and settling down with her third husband on a ranch in Idaho.

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** * Sean's late mother, Patty Duke, was the youngest ever actress to recieve an Oscar at the time for her role as Helen Keller in F''Film/TheMiracleWorker'' ''Film/TheMiracleWorker'' in 1962, then became an Emmy nominee playing [[UncannyFamilyResemblance identical twin cousins]] on ''Series/ThePattyDukeShow'', becoming the youngest actress to star in a prime-time television series bearing her name. She went through many personal struggles due to a dysfunctional childhood, alcoholic handler/managers who kept her sheltered, manipulated and ostracized (note:largely as her managers were afraid of her leaving them), fed her prescription pills and alcohol and molested her; she finally broke free (after finding out her handlers spnt most of her money she earned from her series) in 1967 by marrying a middle-aged camera operator she met and fell in love with on the set of her sitcom. She had also dealt with with undiagnosed bipolar disorder and fell into alcoholism (likely used as a form of self-medication) and marital and financial difficulties, before finally being diagnosed and treated in 1982; she released two memoirs chronicaling her struggles and became a mental health advocate. She maintained an acting career up to her death in 2016, reconciling with her family, forgiving her childhood handlers, and settling down with her third husband on a ranch in Idaho.
10th May '16 4:54:56 AM erforce
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* Creator/EdwardFurlong, despite solid performances in ''Film/AmericanHistoryX'' and a couple of other movies, is still remembered as [[Film/{{Terminator}} a juvenile John Connor]].
** Speaking of John Connor... There's also the so-called [[http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2012/05/18/the-john-connor-curse-nick-stahl-edward-furlong-and-christian-bale.html "John Connor Curse."]] Creator/EdwardFurlong , Creator/NickStahl, Creator/ThomasDekker, and Creator/ChristianBale all seemed to have personal and career problems after playing the role, and all were FormerChildStar s. More specifically, Furlong had trouble with drug abuse; Stahl was missing for several days and dropped off the acting radar due to his drug use; Dekker was arrested for DUI after running over a cyclist; Bale went ballistic and his rant became a MemeticMutation, as well as his domestic assault charge around the same time (he bounced back, though, with his later films).

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* Creator/EdwardFurlong, despite solid performances in ''Film/AmericanHistoryX'' and a couple of other movies, is still remembered as [[Film/{{Terminator}} [[Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay a juvenile John Connor]].
** Speaking of John Connor... There's also the so-called [[http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2012/05/18/the-john-connor-curse-nick-stahl-edward-furlong-and-christian-bale.html "John Connor Curse."]] Creator/EdwardFurlong , Creator/NickStahl, Creator/ThomasDekker, and Creator/ChristianBale all seemed to have personal and career problems after playing the role, and all were FormerChildStar s. former child stars. More specifically, Furlong had trouble with drug abuse; Stahl was missing for several days and dropped off the acting radar due to his drug use; Dekker was arrested for DUI after running over a cyclist; Bale went ballistic and his rant on the of Film/TerminatorSalvation'' became a MemeticMutation, as well as his domestic assault charge around the same time (he bounced back, though, with his later films).
5th May '16 8:39:08 PM nombretomado
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* Whit Hertford was a fairly popular child actor and voice actor appearing in works like ''Film/JurassicPark'', ''FullHouse'', and ''TinyToonAdventures'', he came back into show business having a successful career as an actor, writer, and director.

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* Whit Hertford was a fairly popular child actor and voice actor appearing in works like ''Film/JurassicPark'', ''FullHouse'', ''Series/FullHouse'', and ''TinyToonAdventures'', he came back into show business having a successful career as an actor, writer, and director.
1st May '16 1:32:41 AM Hugpocalypse
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* "Child Star" by The Unicorns deals with a former child star meeting with a disillusioned former fan.
16th Apr '16 1:47:00 PM Schroeder1174
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** Sean's late mother, Patty Duke, was the youngest ever actress to recieve an Oscar at the time for her role as Helen Keller in F''Film/TheMiracleWorker'' in 1962, then became an Emmy nominee playing [[UncannyFamilyResemblance identical twin cousins]] on ''Series/ThePattyDukeShow'', becoming the youngest actress to star in a prime-time television series bearing her name. She went through many personal struggles due to a dysfunctional childhood, alcoholic handler/managers who kept her sheltered and ostracized (note:largely as her managers were afraid of her leaving them), fed her prescription pills and alcohol and molested her; she finanally broke free in 1967 by marrying a middle-aged camera operator she met and fell in love with on the set of her sitcom. She had also dealt with with undiagnosed bipolar disorder and fell into alcoholism (likely used as a form of self-medication) and marital and financial difficulties, before finally being diagnosed and treated in 1982; she released two memoirs chronicaling her struggles and became a mental health advocate. She maintained an acting career up to her death in 2016, reconciling with her family and settling down with her third husband on a ranch in Idaho.

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** Sean's late mother, Patty Duke, was the youngest ever actress to recieve an Oscar at the time for her role as Helen Keller in F''Film/TheMiracleWorker'' in 1962, then became an Emmy nominee playing [[UncannyFamilyResemblance identical twin cousins]] on ''Series/ThePattyDukeShow'', becoming the youngest actress to star in a prime-time television series bearing her name. She went through many personal struggles due to a dysfunctional childhood, alcoholic handler/managers who kept her sheltered sheltered, manipulated and ostracized (note:largely as her managers were afraid of her leaving them), fed her prescription pills and alcohol and molested her; she finanally finally broke free (after finding out her handlers spnt most of her money she earned from her series) in 1967 by marrying a middle-aged camera operator she met and fell in love with on the set of her sitcom. She had also dealt with with undiagnosed bipolar disorder and fell into alcoholism (likely used as a form of self-medication) and marital and financial difficulties, before finally being diagnosed and treated in 1982; she released two memoirs chronicaling her struggles and became a mental health advocate. She maintained an acting career up to her death in 2016, reconciling with her family family, forgiving her childhood handlers, and settling down with her third husband on a ranch in Idaho.
16th Apr '16 1:34:19 PM Schroeder1174
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** Sean's late mother, Patty Duke, was the youngest ever actress to recieve an Oscar at the time for her role as Helen Keller in F''Film/TheMiracleWorker'' in 1962, then became an Emmy nominee playing [[UncannyFamilyResemblance identical twin cousins]] on ''Series/ThePattyDukeShow'', becoming the youngest actress to star in a prime-time television series bearing her name. She went through many personal struggles due to a dysfunctional childhood, alcoholic handler/managers who kept her sheltered and ostracized (note:largely as her managers were afraid of her leaving them), fed her prescription pills and alcohol and molested her; she finanally broke free in 1967 by marrying a middle-aged camera operator she met and fell in love with on the set of her sitcom. She had also dealt with with undiagnosed bipolar disorder and fell into alcoholism (likely used as a form of self-medication) and marital and financial difficulties, before finally being diagnosed and treated in 1982; she released two memoirs chronicaling her struggles and became a mental health advocate. She maintained an acting career up to her death in 2016, reconciling with her family and settling down with her third husband on a ranch in Idaho.
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