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Old 06-21-2011, 06:15 PM   #61
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Someone I remember, but no one else seems to is Aileen Quinn. She had a huge hit with her lead role in Annie, beating out thousands of other girls all around the country. She really had a lot of talent as a kid, but was unfortunately kept under contract to do a bunch of Annie sequels that never happened. She made The Frog Prince with Helen Hunt which was my favorite movie as a kid, then faded into obscurity. She's now acting in local theater companies. Certainly not the huge star she was once predicted to become.

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Speaking of child actresses that disappeared after a few years, here's another one:

Anyone remember Irwin Allen's version of Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland? It was a 2-part live-action miniseries that aired in 1985. It featured an all-star cast with the likes of Sammy Davis, Jr. as The Caterpillar, Ringo Starr as The Mock Turtle, and Carol Channing as The White Queen, just to name a few.

Natalie Gregory (pictured below), who played the title role, and had a few minor TV roles prior to landing the title role, seemed to have the makings of an overnight child superstar. It should also be noted that at age 9, she was the youngest actress (US or UK) ever to play the title role in a major motion picture or TV adaptation of Carroll's classic story. The 1985 version was also the first film adaptation to depict Alice as a little girl (which is how Carroll originally depicted her as), rather than the young woman that most versions (including Disney's 1951 animated feature) did.

Although Natalie continued to act in movies and TV shows after Alice in Wonderland (most notably in Disney's 1988 animated feature Oliver & Company in which she voiced Jenny Foxworth, the little girl in the film), she didn't get as much attention for those roles as she did for her Alice role. When the 1980s ended, so did her career, and there has been no trace of her ever since. The picture below is how she looked like without the blonde wig she had on for Alice in Wonderland.

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There's also ice skater-turned-actress Lynn-Holly Johnson, who hit big in the late 70s and early 80s with Ice Castles, Watcher in the Woods, and For Your Eyes Only. After getting a Razzie for Where the Boys Are '84, her film career essentially came to a halt. After a few minor roles in TV movies, she retired from show biz to become a full-time wife/mother. She still pops up at James Bond-related promotions/premieres, regional theater, and skating events (like the 2005 premiere of Ice Princess, pictured with Mr. & Mrs. Scott Hamilton).
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Dennis Christopher- made a name for himself in films like Breaking Away, Chariots Of Fire, and Don't Cry, It's Only Thunder.


Personally my favorite performance of his(next to Breaking Away) is the early 80's horror flick Fade To Black.

In 1987 he appeared in the 80's schlock scifi-horror Alien Predator, alongside Lynn-Holly Johnson.
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This one goes under disappeared child star and Star Wars alumnus: Jake Lloyd



Prior to Star Wars he was most known for the Arnold Schwarzenegger Christmas-comedy Jingle All the Way in 1996.

He then landed the role of Anakin Skywalker (Darth Vader as a kid) in Star Wars - Episode I: The Phantom Menace in 1999.



Despite being associated with Star Wars and playing the younger version of an iconic character Jake Lloyd never did anything else after this. He decided to leave the business in the early 2000s.

To date the most recent work of his are a few Star Wars video games that came out around 2001-2002.



Today he remains active in the Star Wars / Comic Convention circuit.
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Another musician that tried to do movies was KISS' Gene Simmons.



During the 1980s the band KISS had many changes going on, two of the original members were gone and they decided to take off the make-up. During this time Gene Simmons tried to do other projects - such as trying to become a movie star.

He has looked back on this time period with not much pleasure saying that he wasn't 100% with KISS and that the music was not the greatest.





Gene's first real acting gig (not including the infamous Phantom of the Park) was the Tom Selleck science-fiction film Runaway in 1984.

At the time of release the film was over-shadowed by another sci-fi movie - 1984's The Terminator.





He then had a cameo in 1986's Trick or Treat and then appeared in his widely ridiculed role as an evil hermaphrodite in Never Too Young to Die.

1987's Wanted: Dead or Alive was the last of Gene's attempt at movies during the 1980s. He then went back with KISS full-time.





Gene Simmons has continued to appear in many film and tv roles but his attempt at becoming a movie star never happened.

Most recently he appeared on ABC's "Castle" and continues to do his reality show "Gene Simmons' Family Jewels".
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Bridgette Andersen- Seemed to be one of those child stars that was going to hit it big after she appeared in the film Savannah Smiles in 1982, and the TV movie A Summer To Remember '85....but she only did 4 theatrical movies, the almost forgotten Too Much from 1987 being her last.

Another tragic ending, at the age of 21 she killed herself.
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Fairuza Balk - became well-known after starring as Dorothy in the 1985 Wizard of Oz sequel Return to Oz, and really didn't do anything after that until her much-praised turn as the "evil witch" in the 90's sleeper horror movie The Craft.

Stephen Geoffreys---after breaking out thanks to the 80's horror hit Fright Night, went on to do a couple of more 80's comedies, Heaven Help Us and Fraternity Vacation, which weren't as successful as Fright Night. He did get a little boost by appearing in 1989's 976-Evil and also had a small part in 1986's At Close Range. He ended up doing porn under the name Sam Ritter. but is now returning to the horror genre. He was asked to appear in the Fright Night remake but turned it down.

Brad Renfro - This unknown child actor was cast alongside veterans Susan Sarandon and Tommy Lee Jones in The Client and became a hit with critics. He went on to star in Sleepers and Apt Pupil. But drugs took over his life and he died of a heroin overdose in 2008.

Jane March - after getting on Hollywood's radar thanks to the controversial film The Lover, she was cast as Bruce Willis' love interest in the erotic thriller The Color of Night. But the movie was a flop with critics and viewers and she pretty much disappeared from the mainstream, although she continues to act.
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Bridgette Andersen- Seemed to be one of those child stars that was going to hit it big after she appeared in the film Savannah Smiles in 1982, and the TV movie A Summer To Remember '85....but she only did 4 theatrical movies, the almost forgotten Too Much from 1987 being her last.

Another tragic ending, at the age of 21 she killed herself.

I remember her when she played Gretel in Faerie Tale Theatre. However I don't believe she killed herself - she died of an accidental drug overdose.
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How about Robby Benson most known for Ode To Billy Joe. He did a couple of movies after then faded away.
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Robby Benson is still in show biz, albeit on the other side of the camera. He has found much success as a producer and especially as a director - he recently directed a movie about Rev. Billy Graham. Of course, Robby Benson acted, in a matter of speaking, in a major Disney picture released back in 1991 - he was the voice of Beast in Beauty & The Beast.

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Angie Harmon


She started out on television with roles on "Baywatch Nights" and "Law & Order".

She was on "L&O" from 1998-2001 and left because she wanted to focus on her film career saying that she prefers film to television.





The films she got were either released direct-to-video, had limited runs, or did not meet box office expectations:

Charlie Sheen comedy Good Advice (2001)
Had a supporting role in Agent Cody Banks (2003)
The Deal that had a limited run in 2005
Jim Carrey comedy Fun with Dick and Jane (2005)
End Game released direct-to-video in 2006
The Good Mother also released direct-to-video in 2006
Robert Redford western Seraphim Falls that had a limited run in 2007






She also unsuccessfully tried to get back on television with "Inconceivable" in 2005 and "Women's Murder Club" from 2007-2008.

She's currently on TNT's "Rizzoli & Isles".
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Melissa Joan Hart


She's mostly known to teens who grew up in the 1990s-2000s from her tv roles on "Clarissa Explains it All" and on "Sabrina the Teenage Witch".

In 1999, while still on "Sabrina", she did the teen rom-com Drive Me Crazy which did not turn out to be a success and became her only major release in a leading role.

Throughout the 2000s she did a few television movies and independent productions.



She's currently back on television with ABC Family's "Melissa & Joey".
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I'm surprised nobody has mentioned Mandy Moore. She had a few good movies in the early 2000's but hasn't really been in anything since. She started out as a singer and then became an actress.
A few of the movies she did was:

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