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Child Stars Living Beyond the Stereotypes

When the words “child star” is mentioned the ideas of a lost and wasted life may enter some minds, but it  is not always the case.   The saying that the squeaky wheel is the one that gets the oil is very fitting in the this situation;  many times it is the child star that has walked the most troubled path that gets the noticed.  Of course that kind of new is more interesting to most people than the tales of stars that are living normal lives in a healthy way.    Despite the troubled stars garnering so much attention, there are still many find success in entertainment without have their names a part of a scandal.

After starring in the sitcom “Doogie Howser M.D.” , we did not see much of Neil Patrick Harris.  On the program Harris portrayed the prodigy, Doogie Howser for 4 seasons.     After the show ended in 1993, Harris continued to act on screen and on stage.    It was not until the success of “How I Met Your Mother”  that Harris regained more of his popularity.

Another child star from the 80s and 90s is Keisha Knight Pulliam.  Her  break-out role was that of Rudy Huxtable on the sitcom “The Cosby Show.”’  The show was widely popular and ran for 8 season from 1984 to 1992.  After the end of the show Pulliam focused on her education and then graduated with a bachelor’s degree in sociology.   She then resurfaced in a few different roles.  She currently can be seen on the Tyler Perry sitcom “House of Payne.”

Another success former child is Mayim Bialik who had the title role in the sitcom “Blossom.”  After “Blossom”  ,Bialik showed that Hollywood stars have a brain, by getting her Ph.D. in neuroscience from UCLA.   Currently she is part of the cast of “The Big Band Theory”   where she portray plays a neurologist.

These are just some of the stars that we have seen that have made it back in front of the camera.  Some never went away, nut their newest roles have thrust them back in the limelight.  In addition to those few mentioned here, there are many that have successful live, whether it is in the performing arts or another field.


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