Some careers are over by the time a kid turns 18, while others keep going and going and...
Success Stories and Cautionary Tales
If Lindsay Lohan's failed career is bumming you out, take solace knowing that not all child stars end up in her shoes.
Even though Macauley Culkin and Lindsay Lohan haven't had too much success in their 20s, there are tons of big stars today who started out as just young as they were.
Click through to see which paths different child stars have chosen. There are many whose lives didn't end up in shambles, and, alas, many who did.
Ginny Weasley is all grown up! The former "Harry Potter" star has since gone on to earn a bachelor's degree, launch a modeling career and continue acting since the film series ended.
She was engaged to "Twilight" star Jamie Campbell Bower and is currently dating nightclub boss Simon Hammerstein who is 13 years older than the 24-year-old star.
Chase scared the entire country when she portrayed Samara in "The Ring." The actress has come a long way from her villain days and has ditched her long, brown tresses from the horror film for blonder locks (left). Chase, now 24, also voiced the role of Lilo in "Lilo & Stitch" and had a reoccurring role on HBO's "Big Love." She also has a number of upcoming film roles listed on IMDB.
She won rave reviews for playing both the lead roles in "The Parent Trap" (1998), left. She then went off to school to live a normal life and came back with a bang to play a "Mean Girl" in 2004. Since her comeback life hasn't exactly gone uphill and there were definitely some bumps in the road (center), but things seem to be on the up swing for the once troubled star (right) pictured recently looking healthy and happy. For more pictures of a healthier looking Lilo, visit X17online.com.
Hollywood royalty Barrymore hit the big screen as a tiny tot, stealing our hearts in "E.T."
Though she had a wild child phase (complete with teenage rehab stint), the actress rallied and came back stronger than ever.
These days, the 39-year-old is still starring in hits and directing them as well. She made her directorial debut with "Whip It" in 2009. Barrymore married art consultant Will Kopelman in 2012. They have one daughter Olive and another bundle of joy on the way.
Not too shabby.
The 33-year-old played quirky Tommy on the hit 90s series "3rd Rock from the Sun," and then moved on to teen movies like "10 Things I Hate About You."
In recent years, the actor has built up a solid career, with dark indie flicks like "Brick" and rom coms like "(500) Days of Summer." He starred alongside Leonardo DiCaprio in 2010's "Inception" and made his directorial debut in 2013's "Don Jon" which he also wrote and starred in.
Melissa Joan Hart
Once a Nickelodeon kiddie favorite, Melissa moved from her hit "Clarissa Explains It All" (at left) to yet another successful series, "Sabrina the Teenage Witch."
After slowing things down a bit to start a family (three little boys and a husband), Melissa, 37, came back to the biz, competing in "Dancing with the Stars" and kicked off her current ABC Family sitcom, "Melissa & Joey:" in 2010. She released an autobiography in the fall of 2013 entitled "Melissa Explains it All."
With the outrageous antics, it's hard to believe he's the freckle-faced kid from "The Partridge family" in the '70s. Between the drugs, the arrests, and the general drama, Bonaduce is the greatest child-star cautionary tale.
After the show, Danny struggled with addictions to drugs and alcohol and even became homeless at one point. He cleaned up his act in the '80s, becoming a successful radio personality.
Then in 2005 he starred in his own train wreck of a reality show, "Breaking Bonaduce" and in 2007 he was the host and judge of the VH1 series “I Know My Kid’s a Star.” Today, Danny makes personal appearances on TV and radio, and often gets in the ring for celebrity bouts with other stars past their prime.
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The former "Roseanne" star stole our hearts as sassy daughter Darlene.
As an adult, she returned to the small screen, appearing on "The Big Bang Theory" with Johnny Galecki -- who played her boyfriend (and later husband) on "Roseanne."
Sara, now 39, appeared on a few shows in 2010 and is a co-host and creator of the daytime talk show "The Talk." The star has two young children with her ex-partner TV producer Allison Adler. She is currently engaged to former 4 Non Blondes frontwoman Linda Perry.
Before he was king of the world in "Titanic," Leo was Luke on "Growing Pains" and starred in movies like "This Boy's Life."
Now 39, Leo churns out hit flicks continuously. From "J. Edgar" to "Inception" and most recently "The Wolf of Wall Street," DiCaprio receives high praise for his films.
Neil Patrick Harris
Doogie! Everyone was relieved when the fictional child doctor grew up unscathed.
After years leading a normal life, Harris came back into the public eye parodying himself in 2004 comedy "Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle." The actor then took on the role of Barney on the CBS sitcom "How I Met Your Mother," and scored a series of hosting gigs (Tonys, Emmys, etc). He’s also been active on Broadway, starring in shows like “Cabaret,”and directing a production of "Rent." NPH won an Emmy for his guest-starring role in "Glee."
Now 40, Harris and his partner David Burtka share twins Harper and Gideon.
Christina was a huge child star in the '90s, appearing in movies like "Mermaids," "The Addams Family," "Now and Then," and "Casper."
The actress transitioned into more adult roles with "The Ice Storm," then went on to star in flicks like "The Opposite of Sex," "Pumpkin," "Sleepy Hollow," "Black Snake Moan" and "Speed Racer."
After playing Kevin Arnold on "The Wonder Years," Savage (whose brother Ben was also a child star) stepped behind the camera. Over the years he has directed and produced TV episodes of "Hannah Montana," "Phil of the Future," "Ugly Betty," and "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia."
Fred, 37, graduated from Stanford University with an English degree, and has three children with his wife Jennifer Stone Savage.
The poster girl for successful former child actors, Jodie has maintained her composure, from "Taxi Driver" to "The Accused." Some of her other movies include "Silence of the Lambs," "Little Man Tate," "Maverick," "Nell," and "Panic Room."
The actress, who has two children with ex-partner Cydney Bernard, graduated with honors from Yale and speaks fluent French. She has won numerous awards, including two Oscars, two Golden Globes, and three Bafta awards.
Whoa! Joey was a cute kid on "Gimme a Break!" and a hunky teen on "Blossom," but faded away for a bit. He's made a comeback in recent years, appearing on "Dancing with the Stars" and TV movies like "My Fake Fiance."
Lawrence is married with two daughters and currently stars on "Melissa & Joey" on ABC Family.
Elijah ruled the '90s as a wide-eyed brunette, appearing in movies like "Avalon," "Forever Young," and "The Good Son."
Ang Lee's 1997 film "The Ice Storm" moved the actor into adult territory, and Elijah appeared in movies including "Deep Impact" and "The Faculty."
Today, he is best known for playing Frodo in "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy, but has since appeared in "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind," "Sin City," "Everything is Illuminated," and "Bobby."
In 2005, Woods started his own record label, Simian Records. He most recently starred in the dark comedy "Wilfred."
Mayim is famous for her starring role in '90s sitcom "Blossom."
Since the show, the actress had two kids and got her Ph.D. in neuroscience. Dang! She ventured back to Hollywood, having appeared on shows like "Curb Your Enthusiasm," "The Secret Life of the American Teenager," and currently stars as Amy Farrah Fowler on "The Big Bang Theory." She fits right in with those smarty pants!
Though he'll be forever known as Zack Morris, Gosselaar has found success as an adult in Hollywood.
The former "Saved by the Bell" star has appeared in TV shows like "NYPD Blue" and "Raising the Bar," and in recent years has starred in "Franklin and Bash."
Mark-Paul is married to advertising executive Catriona McGinn and has has two children with his first wife model Lisa Ann Russell.
Sarah Jessica Parker
SJP got her start as Patty on sitcom "Square Pegs" (at left) -- a far cry from chic Carrie of "Sex and the City"! She's had plenty of success since her "Footloose" days.
Parker has since starred in "Sex and the City," (and its sequel), "Failure to Launch," "Hocus Pocus," and "Did You Hear About the Morgans?"
Married to Matthew Broderick, the couple have three children.
The "Home Alone" star seemed like he had a bright future ahead of him in 1990 and starred in the sequel two years later. But his career went stale by the mid-90s.
He has had some guest appearances on shows over the years, but nothing to write home about.
At age 18, he married fellow actor Rachel Minor. The couple divorced four years later and Culkin dated actress Mila Kunis from 2002–2010. See Culkin step out with his current leading lady by visiting X17online.com.
Little Ronny Howard made his acting debut in "The Music Man" and then played adorable Opie on "The Andy Griffith Show."
He then appeared in the 1973 film "American Graffiti,’ and scored another hit television role: that of "Happy Days"’ Richie Cunningham.
After retiring from acting, Howard turned his attention to directing, helming films such as "Splash," "Willow," "Apollo 13" (which won two Oscars), "A Beautiful Mind" (for which he won an Oscar for Best Director) and 2008’s "Front/Nixon."
Howard told "Vanity Fair" magazine his greatest achievement is “Forty-eight consecutive years of steady employment in television and film, while preserving a rich family life.” The director resides in Connecticut with his wife of more than 3 decades, with whom he has four children and one grandchild. Daughters Bryce and Paige are actors.
He has many movies lined up, including the anticipated big-screen version of "Arrested Development."
Winnie Cooper was America's sweetheart on "The Wonder Years," and she grew up to be appropriately wholesome, yet sexy.
McKellar has turned her attention to studying math, and has released best-selling books geared toward young girls ("Kiss my Math," "Math Doesn't Suck," "Hot X: Algebra Exposed"). Conversely, she did a lingerie pictorial for "Stuff" magazine in 2005.
Danica does the occasional acting gig, though she admits that the transition from "child actor to adult actor was a little bumpy." She's had a guest roles on "The West Wing," and "How I Met Your Mother."
The former child has a kid of her own now and will compete on the upcoming season of "Dancing With the Stars."
A teen queen in the '80s, Molly stole hearts in John Hughes classics like "Sixteen Candles" and "Pretty in Pink."
After waiting out young adulthood in France, Ringwald made a come back when she starred in ABC Family's "The Secret Life of the American Teenager."
Molly is married with three little ones. Her book, "Getting the Pretty Back," was released in 2010.
Michael J. Fox
Michael P. Keaton went on to star in "Back to the Future" trilogy and "Teen Wolf," and rode his fame wave into adulthood. As a grown-up, the former "Family Ties" actor starred in ABC's "Spin City," winning an Emmy and three Golden Globes for his role.
Diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease in 1991, the actor has since been a research advocate. He has released three books (including this year's "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Future: Twists and Turns and Lessons Learned").
The actor voiced Stuart Little in the animated mouse movie franchise, and has made occasional guest appearances on shows such as “Scrubs” and “Boston Legal." Fox will return to TV on the upcoming season of the CBS drama "The Good Wife." His sitcom, "The Michael J. Fox" show was canceled.
Married to Tracy Pollan since 1988, the couple have four children.
The former "Who's the Boss?" child star took a sexy detour (remember "Poison Ivy II"?), but turned things around, landing a regular gig on "Melrose Place" and then the hit WB series "Charmed."
In recent years, Alyssa wrote a book about baseball and completed a guest role on "My Name is Earl." The actress starred in the short-lived sitcom "Romantically Challenged" and will appear in the second season of "Mistresses."
Portman was 12 when she landed a role in 1994's "The Professional," launching her career.
Though she took a break to study at Harvard, smarty-pants Natalie came back bigger than ever. Some of her hits include "Beautiful Girls," "Where the Heart Is," "Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones," "Garden State," "Closer," "The Other Boleyn Girl," "Brothers" and "Black Swan."
Anna won an Oscar at the tender age of 11 for her work in "The Piano."
Almost half a decade later, she came back with movies like "She's All That" and the X-Men franchise. Current HBO series "True Blood" is earning Paquin acclaim these days; she won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in 2008.
Anna is currently married her "True Blood" co-star, Stephen Moyer. The couple welcomed twins in 2012.
Some careers are over by the time a kid turns 18, while others keep going and going and...