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20th Jul '16 4:38:40 PM DesertDragon
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* Most of the cast of ''Film/TheLittleRascals'' (the original short films, also known as ''Our Gang''), giving rise to the rumour of the "Our Gang Curse." Carl Switzer (Alfalfa) was murdered over a gambling debt at the age of 31. Chubby died at the age of either 18 or 22 depending on the report, after a massive weight loss following surgery. William Laughline (Froggy) died in a scooter accident at the age of 16. Kendall [=McCormas=] committed suicide at age 64. Mickey Daniels died alone in a hotel room, of cirrhosis of the liver. Matthew Bear (Stymie) led a life of crime and drugs. Scotty Beckett died of an overdose. And so on. Even Buckwheat (William Thomas) and Darla (Darla Hood), who led relatively normal lives, died early (49 and 47 respectively) of health problems. Several of the other cast members lived lives of crime and drug addiction and died young, making this a straight version of the trope.

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* Most of the cast of ''Film/TheLittleRascals'' (the original short films, also known as ''Our Gang''), giving rise to the rumour of the "Our Gang Curse." Carl Switzer (Alfalfa) was murdered over a gambling debt at the age of 31. Chubby died at the age of either 18 or 22 depending on the report, after a massive weight loss following surgery. William Laughline (Froggy) died in a scooter accident at the age of 16. Kendall [=McCormas=] committed suicide at age 64. Mickey Daniels died alone in a hotel room, of cirrhosis of the liver. Matthew Bear (Stymie) led a life of crime and drugs. Scotty Beckett died of an overdose. And so on. Even Buckwheat (William Thomas) and Darla (Darla Hood), who led relatively went on to lead normal lives, died early relatively young (49 and 47 respectively) of health problems. Several of the other cast members lived lives of crime and drug addiction and died young, making this a straight version of the trope.
16th Jul '16 3:00:05 AM alnair20aug93
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* MaraWilson had a pretty peaceful life despite going out of the spotlight. Nowadays she works as a stage actress, writes a humorous blog, [[Podcast/WelcomeToNightVale guest stars on a weird podcast]] and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PnkKmpgl0uk calls out]] [[WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic internet reviewers]]. And is a good enough sport to [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6i_IBUNAphM]] of ''Film/{{Matilda}}'' with WebVideo/TheNostalgiaChick. And later on, [[http://www.cracked.com/blog/7-reasons-child-stars-go-crazy-an-insiders-perspective/ wrote an article about why real life examples of this trope occur.]]

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* MaraWilson had a pretty peaceful life despite going out of the spotlight. Nowadays she works as a stage actress, writes a humorous blog, [[Podcast/WelcomeToNightVale guest stars on a weird podcast]] and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PnkKmpgl0uk calls out]] [[WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic internet reviewers]]. And is a good enough sport to [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6i_IBUNAphM]] com/watch?v=6i_IBUNAphM costar in a review]] of ''Film/{{Matilda}}'' with WebVideo/TheNostalgiaChick. And later on, [[http://www.cracked.com/blog/7-reasons-child-stars-go-crazy-an-insiders-perspective/ wrote an article about why real life examples of this trope occur.]]
16th Jul '16 2:58:14 AM alnair20aug93
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* MaraWilson had a pretty peaceful life despite going out of the spotlight. Nowadays she works as a stage actress, writes a humorous blog, [[Podcast/WelcomeToNightVale guest stars on a weird podcast]] and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PnkKmpgl0uk calls out]] [[WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic internet reviewers]]. And is a good enough sport to [[http://thatguywiththeglasses.com/videolinks/team-nchick/nostalgia-chick/36832-matilda costar in a review]] of ''Film/{{Matilda}}'' with WebVideo/TheNostalgiaChick. And later on, [[http://www.cracked.com/blog/7-reasons-child-stars-go-crazy-an-insiders-perspective/ wrote an article about why real life examples of this trope occur.]]

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* MaraWilson had a pretty peaceful life despite going out of the spotlight. Nowadays she works as a stage actress, writes a humorous blog, [[Podcast/WelcomeToNightVale guest stars on a weird podcast]] and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PnkKmpgl0uk calls out]] [[WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic internet reviewers]]. And is a good enough sport to [[http://thatguywiththeglasses.com/videolinks/team-nchick/nostalgia-chick/36832-matilda costar in a review]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6i_IBUNAphM]] of ''Film/{{Matilda}}'' with WebVideo/TheNostalgiaChick. And later on, [[http://www.cracked.com/blog/7-reasons-child-stars-go-crazy-an-insiders-perspective/ wrote an article about why real life examples of this trope occur.]]
11th Jul '16 3:15:51 PM twilicorn
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* Ross [=McCall=] started off as the little kid playing Music/FreddieMercury in the Music/{{Queen}} video for "Miracle" and did numerous productions as a child actor. But he's far more recognisable for his adult roles such as Matthew Keller in ''Series/WhiteCollar'', Liebgott in ''Series/BandOfBrothers'' or Ron Clarke in ''24: Live Another Day''. He alluded to this trope in an interview, saying that he thankfully got any rebellion out of his system at a young age.

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* Ross [=McCall=] started off as the little kid playing Music/FreddieMercury in the Music/{{Queen}} video for "Miracle" and did numerous productions as a child actor. But he's far more recognisable recognizable for his adult roles such as Matthew Keller in ''Series/WhiteCollar'', Liebgott in ''Series/BandOfBrothers'' or Ron Clarke in ''24: Live Another Day''. He alluded to this trope in an interview, saying that he thankfully got any rebellion out of his system at a young age.




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* Spanish singer Maria Isobel was 9 when she won the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in 2004. As an adult she remained well-adjusted and is now one of Spain's biggest rising stars, even participating in the Spanish preselection for the 2016 adult Eurovision.
6th Jul '16 7:21:15 AM DesertDragon
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It doesn't help that puberty is a fickle beast and there is no guarantee that a cute and adorable kid will grow into an attractive adult. Creator/EmmaWatson and Creator/DanielRadcliffe may have matured nicely since their ''Franchise/HarryPotter'' days, but there are countless others whose adolescent years weren't nearly as kind, making it that much harder to find work as adults.

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It doesn't help that puberty is a fickle beast and there is no guarantee that a cute and adorable kid will grow into an attractive adult. Creator/EmmaWatson and Creator/DanielRadcliffe may have matured nicely since their ''Franchise/HarryPotter'' days, but there are countless others whose adolescent years weren't nearly as kind, making it that much harder to find acting work as adults.
6th Jul '16 7:19:37 AM DesertDragon
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It doesn't help that puberty is a fickle beast and there is no guarantee that a cute and adorable kid will grow into an attractive adult. Creator/EmmaWatson and Creator/DanielRadcliffe may have matured nicely since their ''Franchise/HarryPotter'' days, but there are countless others whose adolescent years weren't nearly as kind.

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It doesn't help that puberty is a fickle beast and there is no guarantee that a cute and adorable kid will grow into an attractive adult. Creator/EmmaWatson and Creator/DanielRadcliffe may have matured nicely since their ''Franchise/HarryPotter'' days, but there are countless others whose adolescent years weren't nearly as kind.
kind, making it that much harder to find work as adults.
29th Jun '16 12:18:23 PM twilicorn
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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.
** Straight examples:
*** Billy Halop found his film work drying up after he returned from military service in UsefulNotes/WorldWarII; having left the Dead End Kids in 1940, he missed out on their later work in the Bowery Boys series, having to settle for the knockoff Gas House Kids series. He struggled with alcoholism and a string of failed marriages before getting his life back on track in the late 1960s by qualifying as a registered nurse[[note]] He was inspired to pursue this career after caring for his third wife, who had multiple sclerosis; he had previously had some success as a dryer salesman for the Leonard Appliance Company of Los Angeles, at one point being named "Most Creative Salesman in the US" by the National Association of Manufacturers.[[/note]] and getting a recurring role as cabbie Bert Munson on ''Series/AllInTheFamily'' until dying of a heart attack at 56.
*** Bobby Jordan made the transition to the Bowery Boys series, but grew frustrated with his dwindling screen presence in the films, eventually quitting the series and finding increasing solace in the bottle (helped in this endeavour by a later job as a bartender) before dying of cirrhosis of the liver at 42.
*** Leo Gorcey was one of the most prominent actors in the Bowery Boys series until, following his father's death in a car accident, he descended into alcoholism and trashed a movie set in a drunken haze, leading the studio to refuse his request for a pay rise, which in turn led him to quit the series. He had been married five times at his death from liver failure aged 51, at the end of a decade of only sporadic film work.[[note]] During this time, he gained a certain amount of notoriety for being the only person depicted on the cover of Music/TheBeatles' ''Music/SgtPeppersLonelyHeartsClubBand'' to request a fee; EMI refused the fee and simply painted him out of the cover photo.[[/note]]
** Aversions:
*** Huntz Hall stayed with the Bowery Boys series until the very end, and though he had the odd career hiatus, he continued to find acting jobs until the early 1990s. Not that he needed the money, as he had become wealthy through investment in offshore oil and gas drilling.
*** Gabriel Dell transitioned to adult roles in the Bowery Boys films before leaving the series in 1950. He spent three years at the Actors' Studio, and had perhaps the most successful solo acting career of the Dead End Kids, finding steady work on Broadway and in films and television (he was a regular supporting player on ''The Steve Allen Show'' in the late 1950s) until the early 1980s.
*** Bernard Punsly[[note]] Not "Punsley" as it was often misspelled[[/note]] retired from acting in 1943 at the age of 20 and became a doctor (even as an actor, he would read medical textbooks between takes), maintaining a private practice and being a hospital chief of staff in the greater Los Angeles area. He was also married just once, for over fifty years (ending with his death aged 80), and had two children.[[note]] Though Punsly claimed never to watch his old films, feeling he had grown out of them, he did join Huntz Hall, the only other living former Dead End Kid, for the unveiling of the group's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1994.[[/note]]



* Patty Duke was the youngest ever actress to receive 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[[/note]], fed her prescription pills and alcohol and molested her; she finally broke free (after finding out her handlers 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 chronicling her struggles and became a mental health advocate. She maintained an acting career up to her death 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 to receive an Oscar at the time for her role as Helen Keller to receive a competitive Oscar (as UsefulNotes/HelenKeller in ''Film/TheMiracleWorker'' in 1962, 1962), then became an Emmy nominee playing gained new fame with her [[UncannyFamilyResemblance identical twin cousins]] dual role]] on ''Series/ThePattyDukeShow'', becoming the youngest actress to star in a prime-time television series bearing her name. She ''Series/ThePattyDukeShow''. As she grew up, Duke went through many personal struggles due to struggles, starting with a dysfunctional childhood, alcoholic handler/managers childhood and worsening thanks to her junkie handlers/managers who kept her sheltered, manipulated and ostracized[[note:largely ostracized[[note]]largely as her managers were afraid of her leaving them[[/note]], them[[/note]] her, fed her prescription pills and alcohol and molested her; she finally broke free (after her. After finding out her handlers spent most of her money she earned from her series) 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 her the sitcom. She had also dealt with with undiagnosed bipolar disorder and fell into disorder, alcoholism (likely used as a form of self-medication) and marital and financial 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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* 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.
** Straight examples:
*** Billy Halop found his film work drying up after he returned from military service in UsefulNotes/WorldWarII; having left the Dead End Kids in 1940, he missed out on their later work in the Bowery Boys series, having to settle for the knockoff Gas House Kids series. He struggled with alcoholism and a string of failed marriages before getting his life back on track in the late 1960s by qualifying as a registered nurse[[note]] He was inspired to pursue this career after caring for his third wife, who had multiple sclerosis; he had previously had some success as a dryer salesman for the Leonard Appliance Company of Los Angeles, at one point being named "Most Creative Salesman in the US" by the National Association of Manufacturers.[[/note]] and getting a recurring role as cabbie Bert Munson on ''Series/AllInTheFamily'' until dying of a heart attack at 56.
*** Bobby Jordan made the transition to the Bowery Boys series, but grew frustrated with his dwindling screen presence in the films, eventually quitting the series and finding increasing solace in the bottle (helped in this endeavour by a later job as a bartender) before dying of cirrhosis of the liver at 42.
*** Leo Gorcey was one of the most prominent actors in the Bowery Boys series until, following his father's death in a car accident, he descended into alcoholism and trashed a movie set in a drunken haze, leading the studio to refuse his request for a pay rise, which in turn led him to quit the series. He had been married five times at his death from liver failure aged 51, at the end of a decade of only sporadic film work.[[note]] During this time, he gained a certain amount of notoriety for being the only person depicted on the cover of Music/TheBeatles' ''Music/SgtPeppersLonelyHeartsClubBand'' to request a fee; EMI refused the fee and simply painted him out of the cover photo.[[/note]]
** Aversions:
*** Huntz Hall stayed with the Bowery Boys series until the very end, and though he had the odd career hiatus, he continued to find acting jobs until the early 1990s. Not that he needed the money, as he had become wealthy through investment in offshore oil and gas drilling.
*** Gabriel Dell transitioned to adult roles in the Bowery Boys films before leaving the series in 1950. He spent three years at the Actors' Studio, and had perhaps the most successful solo acting career of the Dead End Kids, finding steady work on Broadway and in films and television (he was a regular supporting player on ''The Steve Allen Show'' in the late 1950s) until the early 1980s.
*** Bernard Punsly[[note]] Not "Punsley" as it was often misspelled[[/note]] retired from acting in 1943 at the age of 20 and became a doctor (even as an actor, he would read medical textbooks between takes), maintaining a private practice and being a hospital chief of staff in the greater Los Angeles area. He was also married just once, for over fifty years (ending with his death aged 80), and had two children.[[note]] Though Punsly claimed never to watch his old films, feeling he had grown out of them, he did join Huntz Hall, the only other living former Dead End Kid, for the unveiling of the group's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1994.[[/note]]
26th Jun '16 7:36:58 AM twilicorn
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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 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 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.


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* Patty Duke was the youngest ever actress to receive 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[[/note]], fed her prescription pills and alcohol and molested her; she finally broke free (after finding out her handlers 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 chronicling her struggles and became a mental health advocate. She maintained an acting career up to her death in 2016, [[EarnYourHappyEnding reconciling with her family, forgiving her childhood handlers, and settling down with her third husband on a ranch in Idaho]].
26th Jun '16 7:33:10 AM twilicorn
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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 attempted 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 Quincy Jones-produced 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 and went on to have several more 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''. during TheSixties. 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 was nominated for an Oscar for a song she cowrote for the 1980 hit musical ''Film/{{Fame}}'', movie ''Film/{{Fame}}'' ("Out here on my own"), losing only to the musical's film's title track. She attempted occasional comebacks and maintained a strong career in the oldies/nightclub circuit before her death from cancer in 2015.
24th Jun '16 5:14:13 PM nombretomado
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* Whit Hertford was a fairly popular child actor and voice actor appearing in works like ''Film/JurassicPark'', ''Series/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'', ''Series/FullHouse'', and ''TinyToonAdventures'', ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures'', he came back into show business having a successful career as an actor, writer, and director.
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