Imagine being young and having millions of dollars, with nobody to tell you how you have to spend it. You are rich, you are famous, and no matter where you go, everyone knows who you are. Sounds great, doesn't it? Perhaps it would be nice for a little while, but eventually you just might run out of things to spend your money on and start to turn to alcohol, drugs or maybe even illegal activities, just out of boredom. It may sound fantastic, but for these people, they had it all and then lost it all. A few of them may still have a bit of money left, but it doesn't even compare to what they were making in the past.
Sometimes actors and actresses play a character for so long that that's what people expect from them, and it is very difficult to get roles doing anything else. This is what happened to quite a few people in Hollywood, and they have found it nearly impossible to get any other acting jobs because they were remembered as being “that one kid” from “that one show.” It is especially difficult when the parents of these kids aren't in the acting business, and really don't have any idea on what to tell their kids when their lives seem to be spiraling out of control.
It may be easy to judge these people, and to simply say “don't drink or use drugs.” Just try to imagine having that much money and just tell yourself not to spend it on such frivolous things. It may sound simple to do; but once a person has that much money, it’s tough to just live “like a normal person.” Now imagine being a teenager. Just what would you do with millions of dollars? Would it be easy to save your money and be responsible, or do you think you might end up like these celebrities that lost everything? It's hard to say if you're not in their shoes.
10 Edward Furlong
Does everyone remember the awesome kid from Terminator 2? At the time of the filming, Edward Furlong was 12 years old when he played John Connor in 1991. It appears (from sources) that his home life wasn't that different from the independent character he played in the film. At 15 years old, he was fed up with his aunt and uncle who had raised him and decided that he wanted to be on his own. He filed a lawsuit to become emancipated and won, most likely because the courts believed that he was old enough to take care of himself and had enough money from the movies he would (probably) be making.
9 Jaimee Foxworth
“Did I do that?” Snort, snort.
8 Erin Moran
7 Brian Bonsall
The television comedy Family Ties, was on for a few years before Steven and Elyse Keaton's fourth child on the show, Andrew joined the sitcom. Brian Bonsall played the adorable youngest child of the Keaton's, but according to his real-life mother, was sometimes “treated too much as an adult.” After the end of the almost decade-long television show, Brian moved on to a few more roles; including a short stint on Star Trek: The Next Generation.
6 Lindsay Lohan
When Lindsay Lohan was just a toddler, her parents realized the star potential of her child and enlisted her with Ford Modeling Agency. From the age of three, Lindsay was thrown into the spotlight by starting out in commercials for large companies such as Gap and Pizza Hut. When she was just ten years old, Lindsay landed a spot on Another World, where she became a household name for soap opera fans. After about a year on the soap, Lindsay became a Disney star practically overnight by appearing in the remake of The Parent Trap. After playing roles of identical twins, Lindsay's career basically exploded. She was in many films that made millions of dollars, including Mean Girls and Freaky Friday. Everyone had thought that Lindsay's acting days were just beginning, and at one time she was worth millions.
5 Adam Rich
The year was 1977, and a newspaper columnist in Sacramento, California makes enough money to support a wife and three children. Or at least that's what the television show, Eight is Enough, would have had you believe. It really isn't that far-fetched; however, because the series that ran into the early 80s was actually based on a true story.
4 Jeremy Jackson
3 Dustin Diamond
2 Leif Garrett
1 Amanda Bynes
From an extremely young age, Amanda appeared to have been headed towards an incredibly lucrative future. She had her own television show on Nickelodeon when she was only twelve years old, and had continued to be on TV and act in movies for several years before she decided to retire. In 2012, Amanda was 29 years old and worth over $5 million when she retired from acting. This is the time when most people don't even know what they are planning on doing with the rest of their lives yet, and here is this young girl who appears to have had enough of her career.
Amanda was allegedly doing drugs and acting strangely when her parents decided to take control of her finances. She was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, and was arrested multiple times for DUI, before losing her driver's license entirely. Amanda was found sleeping in an airport on one occasion, because she was under the assumption that her parents would not give her any of her money. Amanda went from making a few million dollars a year to trying to find a place to sleep at night.
Sources: imdb.com, complex.com, radaronline.com, huffingtonpost.com, usmagazine.com
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