These '70s and '80s Child Stars Look Nothing Like You Remember

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How well do you know what happened to these child actors from the '70s and '80s? While some went on to achieve success in Hollywood, others crashed and burned. Where did your favorite child stars end up?

Jodie Foster

Jodie Foster began acting in television commercials at the age of three. When Foster was twelve years old, she was cast by Martin Scorsese as Iris, the child escort in Taxi Driver. Although the Los Angeles Welfare Board initially opposed her appearance in the film, she was eventually approved to work on set.

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Foster transitioned into adult roles in the 1980s and '90s, earning critical acclaim for her performances in The Accused and The Silence of the Lambs, the later of which became one of the most successful films of 1991. These days, Foster is focusing more on directing rather than acting.

Molly Ringwald

In 1979, after appearing on Diff'rent Strokes, Molly Ringwald was cast on the spin-off The Facts of Life, where she played perky feminist student Molly Parker. Ringwald was let go after the first season, but she rose to stardom as a member of the Brat Pack in the 1980s, due to her performances in Sixteen CandlesThe Breakfast Club, and Pretty in Pink.

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The More You Know

  • Actor Joaquin Phoenix was born in a cult, which might help explain why his siblings were named River, Rain, Liberty, and Summer. Their parents were members of Children of God group, which was founded in the 1960s.
  • Soon after moving to New York City, Madonna worked at a Dunkin' Donuts. She was fired after one week for messing with the jelly machine.
  • Dennis Rodman has 28 siblings.
  • Before Taylor Lautner was a vampire, he was a junior world karate champion for several years running.
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