Twenty Tragic Child Stars

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20 Tragic Child Stars Taran Noah Smith Leif GarrettTracey Gold Gary Coleman Lindsay Lohan Edward Furlong Drew Barrymore Linda Blair Natasha Lyonne Corey Haim Danny Bonaduce Jodie Sweetin Tatum O'Neal Judy Garland Brad Renfro Dana Plato River Phoenix Jonathan Brandis Judith Barsi Heather O'Rourke Child stars are by no means fated for tragedy. Many are fortunate to be born into loving, protective families that shield them from the many pitfalls of sudden fame. Others find fortitude and...Read Full Story

Tragic Child Star #1: Heather O'Rourke

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image via wordpress.com Heather O'Rourke BornDecember 27, 1975 in San Diego, California DiedFebruary 1, 1988 in San Diego, CaliforniaNotable RoleCarol Anne Freeling in the Poltergeist films (1982, 1986, and 1988) Best Known For:With her white-blonde bangs and her wide blue eyes, the image of child actress and model Heather O'Rourke became synonymous with one of the biggest hits of the 1980s: Steven Spielberg's Poltergeist. It was she who delivered the film's unforgettable tagline: "They...Read Full Story

Tragic Child Star #2: Judith Barsi

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screen cap via Judith Barsi Tribute. Judith Barsi Born June 6, 1978 in Los Angeles, California Died July 25, 1988 in Canoga Park, CaliforniaNotable RolesDucky in The Land Before Time (1988)Anne-Marie in All Dogs Go to Heaven (1989) Best Known For:Judith Barsi's time in the spotlight was brief, but she touched many children growing up in the late 1980s with her charming vocal performances in All Dogs Go to Heaven and The Land Before Time, both of which were released after her death...Read Full Story

Tragic Child Star #3: Jonathan Brandis

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Image via Geocities. Jonathan Brandis Born April 13, 1976 in Danbury, Connecticut Died November 12, 2003 in Los Angeles, CaliforniaNotable RolesMatthew/Martha in Ladybugs (1992)Barry Gabrewski in Sidekicks (1992)Lucas Wolenczak on SeaQuest DSV (1993-1996) Best Known For.Jonathan Brandis landed his first role on the soap One Life to Live at the age of six. He shot to stardom in 1990, with starring roles in The Neverending Story II and It. Among his biggest hits were Sidekicks (with Chuck...Read Full Story

Tragic Child Star #4: River Phoenix

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via delius.egloos.com River Phoenix Born August 23, 1970 in Metolius, Oregon Died October 31, 1993 in Hollywood, CaliforniaNotable RolesChris Chambers in Stand By Me (1986)Charlie Fox in The Mosquito Coast (1986)Mike Waters in My Own Private Idaho (1991) Best Known For: River stunned critics with his performance in 1986's Stand by Me. He continued to make a name for himself as one of the most promising young actors in Hollywood with his performances in The Mosquito Coast, Indiana Jones...Read Full Story