Child stars are the pint-sized actors we've watched grow up on screen. These talented actors began their careers and traversed the triumphs and pitfalls of fame at an early age. While some child stars, like Sarah Jessica Parker and Natalie Portman, have continued their success into adulthood, others have been plagued by troubles following their early fame. Here's a look at some of the actors who made it big when they were kids.
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profile name: Melissa Gilbert profile occupation: Film Actress, Television Actress
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profile name: Leonardo DiCaprio profile occupation: Environmental Activist, Film Actor
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