10 Child Stars Who Survived Fame And Fortune

Child stars are usually outgoing, precocious, sometimes even truly talented and driven. One would think the natural progression is to become successful adults. However all that goes out the window without the proper support and guidance needed to keep them grounded and sane. Sadly some child stars lose themselves along the way to fame. While some take their earnings and leave Hollywood to lead normal low profile lives.

For all the Amanda Bynes like situations, there are also those like the late Shirley Temple Black. She was the biggest little star of the Depression era, had dolls and drinks named after her, and yet Shirley managed to escape the pitfalls of child stardom to live a productive life with charm, wit and grace. Many obviously with the proper guidance do in fact succeed at handling stardom,  managing to grow into normal, productive adults. Some young stars move on to different lines of work as some grow into fine adult actors. So here is a look at ten child stars who did what most of us do; they grew up took responsibility for themselves and became adults. You will recognize them all, either from their past child stardom or present successful careers.

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9 Jay North

8 Elijah Wood

7 Melissa Gilbert

6 Kristen Stewart

5 Jerry Mathers

4 Reese Witherspoon

She began modeling at the age of 7. In 1990 at age 15, Reese Witherspoon got her first feature role in, “The Man in the Moon”. Her other roles which brought her to prominence were in the films, “Pleasantville” in 1998 and “Cruel Intentions” in 1999. Her breakthrough role came as Elle Woods in the 2001 comedy, “Legally Blonde” which was a huge box-office smash and established Witherspoon as one of the top female actresses in Hollywood. In 2006 she won the Best Actress Oscar for her role as June Carter Cash in the Johnny Cash bio film, “Walk the Line”. She was married to actor, Ryan Phillippe for seven years and had two children with him, daughter Ava and son Deacon. While they divorced in 2006 it was amicable and the two share joint custody of their children.

3 Jodie Foster

2 Ron Howard

1 Leonardo DiCaprio

Leonardo DiCaprio has been acting since he was a young teenager. He started his career by appearing in television commercials prior to landing recurring roles in television series such as the soap opera “Santa Barbara” and the sitcom “Growing Pains” in the early 1990s. He made his film debut in the film “Critters 3” in 1991. DiCaprio really became noticed when he starred in the films, “This Boy’s Life” and “What’s Eating Gilbert Grape” before becoming a household name for his role as Jack Dawson in, “Titanic”. He has been nominated for numerous prestigious awards in his chosen field. DiCaprio won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Drama for ”The Aviator” in 2004 and the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy for “The Wolf of Wall Street” in 2013. He has become a favorite actor for many top directors and has appeared in a number of notable films including, “Gangs of New York”, “Catch Me If You Can”, “The Departed” and “Revolutionary Road”. He is also a well-known advocate for various environmental organizations. DiCaprio funded, wrote and narrated the documentary, “The 11th Hour” about the effect humans are having on the planet.

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