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A very rare and scarce autograph of Disney Peter Pan , Song of the South academy Award winner child actor Bobby Driscoll(March 3, 1937 – March 30, 1968)signed page from Actors Directory book. Also contains a very early signature of a then child actress Joan Evans.About Bobby Driscoll:
was a natural-born actor. Discovered by chance at the age of five-and-a-half in a barber shop in Altadena, CA. and then convincing in anything he ever undertook on the movie screen and on television throughout his career spanning 17 years (1943-1960). Includes such notable movie screen appearances as The Sullivans (1944), Song of the South (1946), So Dear to My Heart (1948), and The Window (1949), which was not only the sleeper of 1949 but even earned him his Academy Award in March 1950 as the outstanding juvenile actor of 1949. For his role as Jim Hawkins in Walt Disney's Treasure Island (1950), he eventually received his Hollywood Star on 1560 Vine Street, and in 1954 he was chosen in a nation-wide poll for a Milky Way Gold Star Award (for his work on TV and radio). But all the more tragic, then, was his fruitless struggle to find a place in a pitiless adolescent world after severe acne had stalled his acting career at 16. When his face was no longer charming and his voice not smooth enough to be used for voice-over jobs, his last big movie hit was the voice of animated Peter Pan (1953), for which he was also the live-action model. When his contract with the Disney studios was prematurely terminated shortly after the release of Peter Pan (1953) in late March 1953, his mother additionally took him from the talent-supporting Hollywood Professional School, which he attended by then. On his new School, the public Westwood University High School, on which he graduated in 1955, all of a sudden his former stardom became more burden than advantage. He successfully continued acting on TV until 1957 and even managed to get two final screen roles; in The Scarlet Coat (1955) and opposite of Mark Damon and Connie Stevens in The Party Crashers (1958). His life became more and more a roller coaster ride that included several encounters with the law and his eventual sentencing as a drug addict in October 1961. Released in early 1962, rehabilitated and eager to make a comeback, Bobby was ignored by the very industry that once had raised and nurtured him, because of his record as a convict and former drug addict. First famous... now infamous. Hoping to revive his career on the stage after his parole had expired in 1964, he eventually traveled to New York, only to learn that his reputation had preceded him, and no one wanted to hire him there, either. After a final appearance in 'Piero Heliczer''s Underground short _Dirt_, in 1965 and a short art-period at Andy Warhol's so-called Factory, he disappeared into the underground, thoroughly dispirited, funds depleted. On March 30, 1968, two playing children found his dead body in an abandoned East Village tenement. Believed to be an unclaimed and homeless person, he was buried in an unmarked pauper's grave on Hart Island, where he remains.
Bobby Driscoll (March 3, 1937 - March 30, 1968) was a child actor, he appeared in starring roles in several Disney films. He starred in the live-action films Song of the South, So Dear to My Heart, and Treasure Island. He also voiced Goofy Jr., Goofy's son in two animated shorts, Fathers Are People and Father's Lion. Perhaps his most famous role was his last role for Disney, as the voice and close-up model for Peter Pan. Though he was a personal favorite of Walt Disney and well-paid, by the time he hit puberty, he left Disney, and never achieved the level of success he had at Disney.Post-Disney Career
By the 1960s, with his career reduced to bit-parts in films and guest spots on TV, he had been arrested for drug charges and sentenced to rehab. After his parole, he tried to establish himself as an avant-garde artist in New York City, including a stint as a member of Andy Warhol's group of artists, The Factory. His last known film role was in the Warhol-produced "Dirt". He left The Factory sometime in 1967 or early 1968, but his addiction to drugs took a toll on his life.His body was found on March 30, 1968 in an abandoned building, his body was unclaimed and buried in Potter's Field on Hart Island. In 1969, his mother with the help of the Disney Studio tracked down his body and it was confirmed with a fingerprint match provided by NYPD. The public did not know of his death until it was revealed in 1972, when Song of the South was re-released in theaters.
Bobby Driscoll (March 3, 1937 – March 1968) was an American child actor known for a large body of cinema and TV performances from 1943 to 1960. He starred in some of the Walt Disney Company's most popular live-action pictures of that period, such as Song of the South (1946), So Dear to My Heart (1948), and Treasure Island (1950). He served as animation model and provided the voice for the title role in Peter Pan (1953). In 1950, he received an Academy Juvenile Award for outstanding performance in feature films.In the mid-1950s, Driscoll's career began to decline, turning primarily to guest appearances on anthology TV series. He became addicted to narcotics and was sentenced to prison for drug use. After his release he focused his attention on the avant-garde art scene. In ill health from his drug use, and his funds completely depleted, he died in March 1968.Contents [hide]1 Life and career1.1 Early childhood1.2 "Wonder Child"1.3 Disney1.4 TV and radio1.5 Post-Disney1.6 Later roles1.7 New York City1.8 Death2 GalleryLife and career
Early childhoodBorn Robert Cletus Driscoll in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Driscoll was the only child of Cletus Driscoll, an insulation salesman, and Isabelle Kratz Driscoll, a former schoolteacher. Shortly after his birth, the family moved to Des Moines, where they stayed until early 1943. When a doctor advised the father to relocate to balmy California due to pulmonary ailments he was suffering from his work-related handling of asbestos, the family moved to the Los Angeles area. Driscoll's barber urged his parents to try to get the cute child into the movies, and the man's son, an occasional actor, got him an audition at MGM for a bit role in the 1943 family drama Lost Angel, which starred up-and-coming Margaret O'Brien. While on a tour across the studio lot, five-year-old Driscoll noticed a mock-up ship and asked where the water was. The director was impressed by the boy's curiosity and intelligence, and chose him out of forty applicants."Wonder Child"Driscoll's brief, two-minute debut helped him win the role of young Al Sullivan, the youngest of the five Sullivan brothers, in the 20th Century Fox's 1944 World War II drama The Fighting Sullivans, opposite Thomas Mitchell and Anne Baxter. With his natural acting and talent for memorizing lines at that young age, he was soon considered a new "Wonder Child". One major studio would recommend him to another, leading to screen portrayals as the boy who could blow his whistle while standing on his head in Sunday Dinner for a Soldier (1944), the "child brother" of Richard Arlen in The Big Bonanza (1944), and young Percy Maxim in So Goes My Love (1946), with Don Ameche and Myrna Loy. In addition, he had a number of smaller roles in movies such as Identity Unknown in 1945, and Mrs Susie Slagel's, From This Day Forward, and O.S.S. with Alan Ladd, all three of which were released in 1946.DisneyBobby Driscoll celebrating his 9th birthday on the set of Song of the South on March 4, 1946, accompanied by Walt Disney (at the right), and director Harve Foster
Bobby Driscoll celebrating his 9th birthday on the set of Song of the South on March 4, 1946, accompanied by Walt Disney (at the right), and director Harve FosterDriscoll was the first actor Walt Disney put under contract, to play the lead character in 1946's Song of the South, which introduced live action into the producer's films, in addition to extensive animated footage. The film turned Driscoll and his co-star Luana Patten into child stars, and they were discussed for a special Academy Award as the best child actors of the year, but in 1947 it was decided not to present any juvenile awards at all.Now nicknamed by the American press as Walt Disney's "Sweetheart Team", Driscoll and Patten starred together in So Dear to My Heart, opposite acting balladeer Burl Ives and veteran character actress Beulah Bondi. It was planned as Disney's first all live-action movie, with production beginning immediately after Song of the South, but its release was delayed until late 1948 to meet the demands of Disney's co-producer and long-time distributor RKO Radio Pictures for some animated content in the film.Driscoll played Eddie Cantor's screen son in the 1948 RKO Studios musical comedy If You Knew Susie, in which he teamed up with former Our Gang member Margaret Kerry. He appeared with Patten and Roy Rogers' Sons of the Pioneers in the live-action teaser for the Pecos Bill segment of Disney's cartoon compilation Melody Time, which was released in 1948.Bobby Driscoll receiving his Academy Award from Donald O'Connor in 1950
Bobby Driscoll receiving his Academy Award from Donald O'Connor in 1950Driscoll was "loaned" to RKO to star in The Window, based on Cornell Woolrich's The Boy Who Cried Murder. However Howard Hughes, who had bought RKO the previous year, considered the film unworthy of release and Driscoll not much of an actor, and delayed its release. When it was released in May 1949, it became a surprise hit and recouped a multiple of its production costs. The New York Times credited Driscoll with the film's succeess:"[...]The striking force and terrifying impact of this RKO melodrama is chiefly due to Bobby's brilliant acting, for the whole effect would have been lost were there any suspicion of doubt about the credibility of this pivotal character.[...] "The Window" is Bobby Driscoll's picture, make no mistake about it.[...]So Dear to My Heart and The Window earned Driscoll a special Academy Award in March 1950 as the outstanding juvenile actor of 1949.in character for Treasure Island
in character for Treasure IslandDriscoll was cast to play Jim Hawkins in Walt Disney's version of Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island, with British actor Robert Newton as Long John Silver, the studio's first all-live-action picture. The feature was filmed in the United Kingdom, and during production it was discovered that Driscoll did not have a valid British work permit, so his family and Disney were fined and ordered to leave the country. They were allowed to remain for six weeks to prepare an appeal, during which director Byron Haskin hastily shot all of Driscoll's close-ups, using his British stand-in to film missing location scenes after he and his parents had returned to California. Driscoll's work in this film earned him a star at 1560 Vine Street on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame.Treasure Island was an international box office hit, and there were several other film projects involving Driscoll under discussion, but none materialized. For example, Haskin recalled in his memoirs that Disney, although interested in Robert Louis Stevenson's pirate story as a full length cartoon, always planned to cast Driscoll as Mark Twain's Tom Sawyer. At that point in time, he was at the perfect age for the role, but because of a story rights ownership dispute with Hollywood producer David O. Selznick, who had previously produced the property in 1938, Disney ultimately had to cancel the entire project. Driscoll was also scheduled to portray a youthful follower of Robin Hood following Treasure Island, again with Robert Newton, who would play Friar Tuck, but his run-in with British immigration made this impossible.Driscoll's second long-run Disney contract allowed him to be loaned to independent Horizon Pictures for the double role of Danny/Josh Reed in When I Grow Up (1951). His casting was suggested by Oscar-winning screenplay writer Michael Kanin.In addition to his brief guest appearance in Walt Disney's first TV Christmas show in 1950, One Hour in Wonderland, Driscoll lent his voice to Goofy, Jr. in the Disney cartoon shorts, Fathers are People and Father's Lion, which were released in 1951 and 1952, respectively.Driscoll portrayed Robert "Bibi" Bonnard in Richard Fleischer's comedy The Happy Time (1952), which was based on a Broadway play of the same name by Samuel A. Taylor. Cast with acting veterans Charles Boyer, Marsha Hunt, Louis Jordan, and Kurt Kasznar, he played the juvenile offspring of a patriarch in Quebec of the 1920s, the character upon whom the plot centered.The Making of Peter Pan - From left to right: Bobby Driscoll and Kathryn Beaumont, Kathryn Beaumont and Roland Dupree doing a flight-scene, Bobby Driscoll alone, Bobby Driscoll and Walt Disney reading the script, Roland Dupree while filming the "Mermaid-scene" - 1951
The Making of Peter Pan - From left to right: Bobby Driscoll and Kathryn Beaumont, Kathryn Beaumont and Roland Dupree doing a flight-scene, Bobby Driscoll alone, Bobby Driscoll and Walt Disney reading the script, Roland Dupree while filming the "Mermaid-scene" - 1951Peter Pan based on Bobby Driscoll
Peter Pan based on Bobby DriscollDriscoll's last major success, Peter Pan, was produced largely between May 1949 and mid-1951. Driscoll was cast opposite Disney's "Little British Lady" Kathryn Beaumont, in the role of Wendy Darling; he was used as the reference model for the close-ups and provided Peter Pan's voice, while dancer and choreographer Roland Dupree was the model for the character's motion. Scenes were played on an almost empty sound stage with only the most essential props, and filmed for use by the illustrators.In his biography on Disney, Marc Elliot described Driscoll as the producer's favorite "live action" child star: "Walt often referred to Driscoll with great affection as the living embodiment of his own youth [...]" However, during a project meeting following the completion of Peter Pan, Disney stated that he now saw Driscoll as best suited for roles as a young bully rather than a likeable protagonist. Driscoll's salary at Disney had been raised to $1750 per week and compared to his salary, Driscoll had little work from 1952 on. In March 1953, the additional two-year option Driscoll had been extended (which would have kept him at Disney into 1956) was canceled, just weeks after Peter Pan was released theatrically. A severe case of acne accompanying the onset of puberty and explaining why it was necessary for Driscoll to use heavy makeup for his performances on dozens of TV shows, was officially provided as the final reason for the termination of his connection with the Disney Studios.TV and radioFrom top to bottom: Bobby Driscoll in Navy Log, episode: Navy Corpsman, 1955, A Letter To Loretta, episode: Big Jim, 1954 and The Zane Grey Theatre, episode: Death Watch, 1956.
From top to bottom: Bobby Driscoll in Navy Log, episode: Navy Corpsman, 1955, A Letter To Loretta, episode: Big Jim, 1954 and The Zane Grey Theatre, episode: Death Watch, 1956.Driscoll encountered increasing indifference from the other Hollywood studios. Still perceived as "Disney’s kid actor" he was unable get movie roles as a serious character actor. Beginning in 1953 and for most of the next three years, the bulk of his work was on television, on such anthology and drama series as Fireside Theatre, Schlitz Playhouse of Stars, Front Row Center, Navy Log, TV Reader's Digest, Climax!, Ford Theatre, Studio One, Dragnet, Medic, and Dick Powell's Zane Grey Theater. In some special star-focusing series, he appeared with Loretta Young, Gloria Swanson, and Jane Wyman.Between 1948 and 1957, he performed on a number of radio productions, which included a special broadcast version of Treasure Island in January 1951 and of Peter Pan in December 1953. And as it was common practice in this business, Driscoll and Luana Patten did promotional radio gigs (starting in late 1946 for Song of the South) and toured the country on various parades and charity events through the years. In 1947 he recorded a special version of "So Dear to My Heart" at Capitol Records.Post-Disneypublicity photo
publicity photoAfter leaving the Disney studios, Driscoll's parents withdrew him from the Hollywood Professional School which served child movie actors, and sent him to the public Westwood University High School instead. There his grades dropped substantially, he was the target of ridicule for his previous film roles, and he began to experiment with drugs. He said later, "The other kids didn't accept me. They treated me as one apart. I tried desperately to be one of the gang. When they rejected me, I fought back, became belligerent and cocky — and was afraid all the time." At his request, Driscoll's parents returned him the next year to Hollywood Professional School, where in May 1955 he graduated.However, his drug use increased. In an interview years later, he stated, "I was 17 when I first experimented with the stuff. In no time I was using whatever was available, ... mostly heroin, because I had the money to pay for it." In 1956, he was arrested for the first time for possession of marijuana, but the charge was dismissed. On July 24, 1956, Hedda Hopper wrote in the Los Angeles Times: "This could cost this fine lad and good actor his career." In 1957, he had only one television part, that of the loyal brother of a criminal immigrant in M Squad, a long-running crime series starring Lee Marvin.In December 1956, Driscoll and his girlfriend Marilyn Jean Rush (occasionally misspelled as "Brush") eloped to Mexico to get married, to avoid their parents' objections. The couple was later re-wed in a Los Angeles ceremony that took place in March 1957. They had three children, but the relationship didn't last. They separated, then divorced in 1960.Later rolesDriscoll began using the name "Robert Driscoll" to distance himself from his youthful roles as "Bobby". (Since 1951, he had been known to friends and family as "Bob", and in Schlitz Playhouse of Stars - Early Space Conquerors, 1952, was credited as"Bob Driscoll".) He landed two final screen roles: with Cornell Wilde in the 1955 release The Scarlet Coat, and performing opposite Mark Damon and Connie Stevens in The Party Crashers (1958).He was charged with "disturbing the peace" and "assault with a deadly weapon" after hitting with a pistol one of two hecklers, who made insulting remarks while he was washing a girlfriend's car; the charges were dropped. Late in 1961 he was sentenced as a drug addict and imprisoned at the Narcotic Rehabilitation Center of the California Institution for Men in Chino, California. His last known appearances on TV were small roles in two, single-season series: The Best of the Post, a syndicated anthology series adapted from stories published in The Saturday Evening Post magazine, and The Brothers Brannagan, an unsuccessful crime series starring Stephen Dunne and Mark Roberts. Both were originally aired on November 5, 1960.When Driscoll left Chino in early 1962, he was unable to find acting work. Embittered by this, he said, "I have found that memories are not very useful. I was carried on a silver platter ... and then dumped into the garbage."New York CityBobby Driscoll in New York City, 1967
Bobby Driscoll in New York City, 1967In 1965, a year after his parole expired, he relocated to New York, hoping to revive his career on the Broadway stage, but was unsuccessful. He became part of Andy Warhol's Greenwich Village art community known as The Factory, where he began focusing on his artistic talents. He had previously been encouraged to do so by famed artist and poet Wallace Berman, whom he had befriended after joining Berman's art circle (now also known as Semina Culture) in Los Angeles in 1956. Some of his works were considered outstanding, and a few of his surviving collages and cardboard mailers were temporarily exhibited in Los Angeles at the Santa Monica Museum of Art. In 1965, early in his tenure at The Factory, Driscoll gave his last known film performance, in experimental filmmaker Piero Heliczer's Underground movie Dirt.DeathHe left The Factory in late 1967 or very early 1968 and, penniless, disappeared into Manhattan's underground. On March 30, 1968, about three weeks after his 31st birthday, two boys playing in a deserted East Village tenement at 371 East 10th St found his dead body. The medical examination determined that he had died from heart failure caused by an advanced hardening of the arteries due to longtime drug abuse. There was no ID on the body, and photos taken of it and shown around the neighborhood yielded no positive identification. When Driscoll's body went unclaimed, he was buried in an unmarked pauper's grave in New York City's Potter's Field on Hart Island.Late in 1969, about nineteen months after his death, Driscoll's mother sought the help of officials at the Disney studios to contact him for a hoped-for reunion with his father, who was near death. This resulted in a fingerprint match at NYPD, which located his burial on Hart Island. Although his name appears on his father's gravestone at Eternal Hills Memorial Park in Oceanside, it is merely a cenotaph since his remains still rest on Hart Island. Driscoll's death was not reported until the re-release of his first Disney film, Song of the South, in 1971/72, when reporters researched the whereabouts of the film's major cast members, and his mother revealed what had happened.
Joan Evans (born July 18, 1934) is an American film actress.
Contents [hide]1 Career2 Filmography2.1 Film2.2 Television3 References4 External linksCareerEvans appeared in three movies with actor Farley Granger. Her first film with him was as the title role in Roseanna McCoy (1949), based on the real-life romance between two members of the Hatfield-McCoy feud. She gained the role after producer Samuel Goldwyn conducted a national talent search. She was only fourteen years old when she started work on Roseanna McCoy, and her parents added two years to her age so she could claim to be sixteen when the film was released.
Her parents were Hollywood writers Dale Eunson and Katherine Albert. Her father wrote the book The Day They Gave Babies Away, which was made into the movie All Mine to Give (1957). She was named after actress Joan Crawford, her godmother. When Evans was seventeen years old, she announced that she would marry a car salesman named Kirby Weatherly.
Her parents asked Crawford to dissuade her from marrying, since Evans was so young, but Crawford not only gave the couple her blessing, she had the wedding ceremony performed right in her own house without having the parents present. Evans's marriage to Weatherly lasted, but the friendship between Evans's parents and Crawford ended.
In 1984, Joan Evans and her husband signed a tribute to Crawford in Daily Variety.
Evans' film career was launched with her three pictures opposite Granger, including a supporting role in the drama Our Very Own and a featured part in the crime story Edge of Doom. She had top billing as a suicidal teenager in 1951's drama On the Loose, then second billing to Esther Williams in a 1952 musical comedy, Skirts Ahoy!
Evans continued to make movies throughout the 1950s, including a featured role in It Grows on Trees, a comedy about a family with a tree that grows money in place of leaves. She starred as the love interest of John Derek in a 1954 western, The Outcast, and co-starred twice with Audie Murphy in the westerns Column South and No Name on the Bullet. She retired from acting in 1961. Her last role was in the episode "The Killer Legend" on the TV series McCoy (1949) - Roseanna McCoyOur Very Own (1950) - Joan MacaulayEdge of Doom (1950) - Rita ConroyOn the Loose (1951) - Jill BradleySkirts Ahoy! (1952) - Mary Kate YarbroughIt Grows on Trees (1952) - Diane BaxterColumn South (1953) - Mary WhitlockThe Outcast (1954) - Judy PolsenA Strange Adventure (1956) - Terry DolginNo Name on the Bullet (1959) - Anne BensonThe Flying Fontaines (1959) - Jan FontaineThe Walking Target (1960) - Gail RussoTelevisionGeneral Electric Theater (1954)Climax! (1954–1955) - Helen O'Neill, NarratorThe Millionaire (1956) - JulieSchlitz Playhouse of Stars (1956)Cavalcade of America (1957)Lux Video Theatre (1956–1957)Cheyenne (TV western) (1958) - Lilac77 Sunset Strip (1958) - Diane ForsytheWagon Train (1959) - SarahZorro (1959) - LeonarThe Chevy Mystery Show (1960) - BlancheThe Rebel (1960) - CassieThe Outlaws (1961) - Molly MooreTales of Wells Fargo (1961) - Kathy DavidsonThe Brothers Brannagan (1960–1961) - Terry, Peggy DoddThe Tall Man (1961) - Lou Belle MartinLaramie (1961) - Julie WadeRipcord - Juli WarnerThe term child actor or child actress is generally applied to a child acting on stage or in motion pictures or television, but also to an adult who began his or her acting career as a child; to avoid confusion, the latter is also called a former child actor. Closely associated is teenage actor or teen actor, an actor who reached popularity as a teenager.Many child actors find themselves struggling to adapt as they become adults. Lindsay Lohan and Macaulay Culkin are two particular famous child actors who eventually experienced much difficulty with the fame they acquired at a young age; Lohan's career resumed after an interruption of several years. Many child actors also become successful adult actors as well, an example being Mickey Rooney's career that included both the popular 1935 film A Midsummer Night's Dream and the popular 2011 film The 1 Regulation of child 1.1 California
2 Issues involving child 2.1 Ownership of 2.2 Competitive 2.3 Effects
3 Post-success troubles
4 Post-childhood success
5 See also
7 External linksRegulation of child actorsIn the United States, the activities of child actors are regulated by the governing labor union, if any, and state and federal laws. Some projects film in remote locations specifically to evade regulations intended to protect the child. Longer work hours or risky stunts prohibited in California, for example, might be permitted to a project filming in British Columbia. US federal law "specifically exempted minors working the Entertainment Business from all provisions of the Child Labor Laws." Any regulation of child actors is governed by disparate state law.
CaliforniaDue to the large presence of the entertainment industry in California, it has some of the most explicit laws protecting child actors. Being a minor, a child actor must secure an entertainment work permit before accepting any paid performing work. Compulsory education laws mandate that the education of the child actor not be disrupted while the child is working, whether the child actor is enrolled in public school, private school or even home school. The child does his/her schoolwork under the supervision of a studio teacher while on the set.
Issues involving child actors
Ownership of earningsMany child actors never got to see the money they earned because they were not in charge of this money. Jackie Coogan earned millions of dollars from working as a child actor only to see most of it squandered by his parents. In 1939, California weighed in on this controversy and enacted the Coogan Law which requires a portion of the earnings of a child to be preserved in a special savings account called a blocked trust.  A trust that is not actively monitored can also be problematic however as in the case of Gary Coleman who after working from 1974, later sued his adoptive parents and former business advisor for $3.8 million over misappropriation of his trust fund.
Competitive pressureSome people also criticize the parents of child actors for allowing their children to work, believing that more “normal” activities should be the staple during the childhood years. Others observe that competition is present in all areas of a child’s life—from sports to student newspaper to orchestra and band—and believe that the work ethic instilled or the talent developed accrues to the child’s benefit.The child actor may experience unique and negative pressures when working under tight production schedules. Large projects which depend for their success on the ability of the child to deliver an effective performance add to the pressure.
EffectsMany actors' careers are short-lived and this is also true of child actors. Peter Ostrum, for example, is now a successful large-animal veterinarian after a starring role in Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory. Shirley Temple became a public figure and diplomat. Jenny Lewis, formerly of Troop Beverly Hills, is a well-known indie rock musician. In Poland, child actor identical twin brothers Lech and Jarosław Kaczyński became very successful politicians, at one time Lech being President and Jarosław the Prime Minister.There are child actors who have achieved successful thespian careers into adulthood. These include Jodie Foster and Helen Hunt, who both won Academy Awards as adults; Roddy McDowall, who had a long and distinguished career including as the regular star of the Planet of the Apes series; Micky Dolenz, who started his career as a child star in the 1950s, grew up to be a musician of the successful 1960s pop group The Monkees, which had its own successful television show; Ron Howard, who, in addition to being the star of both of the long running The Andy Griffith Show and Happy Days television series, became an Oscar-winning director in adulthood; Elijah Wood, who continued his career successfully into adulthood playing Frodo Baggins in The Lord of the Rings film series and starring as Ryan Newman in the T.V. series Wilfred. Other child actors who have continued their careers into adulthood include Hayley Mills, Ann Jillian, Johnny Whitaker, Kathy Garver, Danielle Brisebois, Erika Eleniak, Christina Ricci, Shelley Fabares, Jake Gyllenhaal, Joaquin Phoenix, Candace Cameron Bure, Karron Graves, Gaby Hoffmann, Hilary Duff, Molly Ringwald, Stacy Ferguson, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Lisa Whelchel, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Soleil Moon Frye, Melissa Joan Hart, Dean Stockwell, Neil Patrick Harris and other Academy Award winners Mickey Rooney, Tatum O'Neal, Irene Cara, Reese Witherspoon, Hilary Swank, Christian Bale, Brie Larson, Leonardo DiCaprio and Emma Stone.
Post-success troublesIn many cases, the failure to retain stardom and success and exposure at a young age has caused many child actors to lead adult lives plagued by legal troubles, bankruptcy, and drug abuse.Examples include the cast members of the American sitcom Diff'rent Strokes, which starred child actors Todd Bridges, Gary Coleman, and Dana Plato. Plato went on to pose for Playboy magazine and was featured in several softcore pornography films. She was arrested twice for armed robbery and forging prescriptions, and died in May 1999 from an overdose of prescription medication, deemed suicide. Coleman famously sued his parents for misuse of his trust fund and, although awarded over $1,000,000, filed for bankruptcy in 1999. After many charges of assault throughout the next years, Coleman died in May 2010. Bridges was plagued with many legal troubles as well as an addiction to cocaine. After breaking this habit, he traveled across the U.S., touring schools and warning about the dangers of drug abuse. He has since made several cameo appearances on multiple television programs.The popular television sitcom Full House made child stars out of Jodie Sweetin and the Olsen twins. After the show, Sweetin went on to develop an addiction to methamphetamine, as well as alcoholism. She later overcame this and wrote a memoir describing her experiences. Mary-Kate Olsen and Tracey Gold (Growing Pains) developed eating disorders, for which they were treated with intensive rehab. Anissa Jones, of Family Affair fame, overdosed on August 28, 1976 at age 18.Jonathan Brandis, who appeared in a number of films as a child and teenager, committed suicide in 2003 at the age of 27 due to reasons possibly related to his lack of continued success into adulthood. Likewise, Sawyer Sweeten, a child actor who portrayed Geoffrey Barone on the American sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond, took his life in 2015 at the age of 19 after a period of depression.Drew Barrymore was notorious for her illegal and public antics beginning shortly after her first role in E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. Barrymore admits to smoking cigarettes at age nine, drinking alcohol by the time she was eleven, smoking marijuana at the age of twelve, and snorting cocaine at the age of thirteen. At the age of fourteen, she attempted suicide.Another popular example today of child actors with post success troubles would be Lindsay Lohan. Famous for her roles in The Parent Trap and Life Size, Lohan entered her career at age three by modeling at the Eileen Ford Agency and made her acting debut in 1996 as the third actress to play Ali Fowler in the television drama Another World. Lohan has since run into much trouble with the law including a DUI in 2010. In February 2011, Lohan was charged with the theft of a necklace reported stolen from a jewelry store the month before. Most recently Lohan stars in the movie The Canyons, in which she plays an adult actress having an affair.
Daniel Radcliffe, Dakota Fanning and Macaulay CulkinThere are many instances of troubled adult lives due to the stressful environment to which child actors are subjected. Child actors are under a lot of scrutiny, as they grow older. It is common to see a child actor grow up behind the camera, whether in films, television shows or both. However, it is not uncommon to see child actors continue their careers throughout as actors or in a different professional field.Now adults, the cast of Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint) were all featured in each of the eight installments of the movie franchise, and continue to act in feature films and theater in their mid twenties.Dakota Fanning, who rose to prominence after her breakthrough performance at age seven in the 2001 film I Am Sam. Her performance earned her a nomination for a Screen Actors Guild Award at age eight in 2002, making her the youngest nominee in history. She later appeared in the mega productions of Hollywood in such acclaimed blockbuster films as Man on Fire, War of the Worlds, Charlotte's Web, Hounddog, The Secret Life of Bees, Coraline, The Runaways, The Motel Life, and the franchise The Twilight Saga. Fanning's younger sister, Elle Fanning is also a child and teen actress who has starred in many film roles since before she turned 3.Miranda Cosgrove, known mainly for her role on Drake & Josh as a child gained more attention in her role as a teenager in the show iCarly. Since the end of the show she has been featured in other roles, including as the voice of Margo in Despicable Me and its sequel, Despicable Me 2. Once she was of age she decided to pursue a college degree in film at the University of Southern California.Shirley Temple became a public figure and diplomat beginning in the 1960s. Some of her duties included representing the United Nations, and becoming a US ambassador in countries such as Ghana and Czechoslovakia.Mary-Kate Olsen was treated for an eating disorder, deemed anorexia, but her twin sister remained less troubled. In an article with the magazine Marie Claire, Mary-Kate expressed the bittersweet nature of the twins' childhood. "I look at old photos of me, and I don't feel connected to them at all," she said. "I would never wish my upbringing on anyone... but I wouldn't take it back for the world." The twins now have continued success in the fashion industry with an estimated net worth of approximately $100 million.Drew Barrymore started acting at three years of age. During her childhood she battled with drugs, but today she continues to act in films throughout her thirties. Natalie Portman took a small break in acting to get a bachelor's degree in Psychology from Harvard University before continuing her career as an actress. Rider Strong, known as “Shawn Hunter” in Boy Meets World, was educated at Columbia University and now runs a successful blog and published a graphic novel. Neil Patrick Harris got his acting start in Doogie Howser, M.D. He continues to act in television, films and theater.Jonathan Lipnicki, known mostly for the Stuart Little films, now successfully competes in Brazilian jiu-jitsu. Sara Gilbert is known for her role on Roseanne and is now successful as a talk show host on The Talk. Also from Rosanne, Michael Fishman continued to work in film, but behind the scenes and has since been nominated for an Emmy in the work he did in Sports Science.  Kirsten Dunst and Lacey Chabert both made the transition from a child actress to an adult actress with a rough patch including depression. After a stay in a rehabilitation center, Dunst was able to recover and continue her career. She proves that the pressures of growing up under the spotlight may not come without repercussions.