Most Successful Child Stars

Acting as a kid doesn't always end in a downhill spiral. 



    Fame at any age can be difficult to deal with, but some celebrities were able to navigate the tricky trappings of a life in entertainment despite getting introduced to them as kids. has compiled a list of the hottest Hollywood stars who were able to keep their heads straight long enough to enjoy careers as adults. Follow on Twitter.

    Hayden Panettiere

    Since stealing scenes at 10 years old in "Remember the Titans," Hayden Panettiere continues to enjoy a bustling career. From 2006 to 2010 she starred as the bubbly cheerleader on "Heroes" and she's also had cinematic success with films like 2009's "I Love You, Beth Cooper." View these bikini shots of Hayden and check out these sultry photos of the best legs in the business. Follow on Twitter.
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    Leonardo DiCaprio

    Since his start on "Growing Pains," Leonardo DiCaprio has navigated his career wisely ensuring Oscar-worthy roles befitting someone who has grown past his teeny bopper fame.  He transitioned from 1996's "Romeo & Juliet" by doing the record breaking Blockbuster "Titanic" in 1997. And over a decade later Leo still gets critical acclaim for thrillers like "Shutter Island" and "Inception." View more shots of Leo here and see Sports Illustrated models rocking tiny swimsuits off hours in this photo gallery. Follow on Twitter.
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    Christina Applegate

    Christina Applegate had her television debut at the tender age of three months old and has enjoyed a thriving career ever since "Married…with Children."  She made a hilarious film choice with "Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy" in 2004.  Then in 2007 she got her own show, "Samantha Who?" which ran for two seasons. Check out photos of Christina on vacation here and see these candid photos of supermodels on vacation. Follow on Twitter.

    Justin Timberlake

    Justin Timberlake’s focus helped him go from Disney star to boy band hunk to triple threat on the stage, screen, and in the studio.  In 2008, he won two Grammys for his second solo album "FutureSex/LoveSounds." Recently he starred in the sleeper hit "The Social Network." See more pictures of Justin at and check out the bikini bodies of the most powerful women in Hollywood. Follow on Twitter.

    Scarlett Johansson

    Scarlett Johansson has come a long way from her head-turning performance in "The Horse Whisperer" (1998). The 25-year-old has blossomed into a sexy starlet who can hold her own with stars like Robert Downey, Jr. in "Iron Man 2." It helps that she has a hunky A-list husband, too.  See these hot shots of Scarlett and view snaps of Fergie’s flawless bikini body. Follow on Twitter.

    Joseph Gordon-Levitt

    As a teen he starred on "3rd Rock from the Sun" and later took a break from acting to attend Columbia University.  In 2009 he reclaimed movie star status with "(500) Days of Summer" and then with 2010's "Inception." View these shots of hunky Joseph and see Vanessa Minnillo’s bikini-filled getaway with fiancé Nick Lachey. Follow on Twitter.

    Natalie Portman

    Natalie Portman has been working steadily since she was a kid. The biggest role of her teen years was quite possibly in the "Star Wars" trilogy.  Somehow she found time during her bustling career to also get a degree from Harvard.  The 29-year-old received critical acclaim for her role in 2009's "Brothers" and next up she'll be in "No Strings Attached" scheduled for release early 2011. Check out these photos of stunning Natalie and take a look at this gallery of sexy stars who have shared lovers. Follow on Twitter.  

    Sean Astin

    Sean made his movie debut at 14 in the "Goonies" movies.  He followed that up with an even more popular franchise - "Lord of the Rings."  The 39-year-old star be returning to the fantasy genre in early 2011 with "The Witches of Oz." Check out more photos of Sean here and see this gallery of the hottest celebrity bikini babes. Follow on Twitter.

    Lacey Chabert

    Lacey Chabert may have become a child star by playing Claudia Salinger on "Party of Five" but has kept out of trouble since - unlike her "Mean Girls" co-star Lindsay Lohan.  The 28-year-old actress has consistently been in movies almost yearly including "Dirty Deeds," "Black Christmas," Sherman's Way" and "Ghosts of Girlfriend's Past." Check out more of Lacey here and take a look at some gorgeous gals rocking patriotic bikinis. Follow on Twitter.
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    Mila Kunis

    While in high school, Mila Kunis juggled school with a skyrocketing career thanks to "That ‘70s Show."  Since 2000, the gorgeous star has been voicing Meg Griffin on "Family Guy." And her next big film role will be in the summer of 2011in "Friends with Benefits." See more of the brunette beauty at and see Brooklyn Decker wow in a bikini in Hawaii. Follow on Twitter.

    Claire Danes

    Claire Danes became a teen queen thanks to "My So-Called Life."  She attended Yale for two years and recently won an Emmy for her starring role in HBO’s miniseries "Temple Grandin."  See pictures of Claire in a bikini in this gallery and view George Clooney’s girlfriend Elisabetta Canalis turn heads in a skimpy bikini bottom. Follow on Twitter.
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