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Tracey Gold is an actress who shot to stardom in the 1980s on the hit TV show Growing Pains.
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Her condition worsened to the point where she had to leave Growing Pains in January 1992 (her character was sent to London to study rare books). The show ended that spring, and Gold continued to fight for her life. Her close-knit family rallied around her. "The Gold family has always been a role model," said Alan Thicke,
who played the actress' TV father. "Harry and Bonnie Gold make the Seavers look like the Manson family."
By 1994, Gold was on the road back to health and started speaking publicly about her battle with anorexia. In October of that year, she married production assistant Roby Marshall, who proposed after arranging an on-air announcement from news anchor Diane Sawyer on Prime Time Live. The couple went on to have four sons. Gold credited pregnancy for conquering her body-image problems.
"When you have a life inside of you, it changes your focus," she said. "I've never felt the need to go back to [anorexia] again." But Gold made headlines again in 2004, after rolling her SUV down a California highway embankment with her family inside. Her youngest son suffered a broken clavicle and cuts to his head. Gold was arrested and charged with DUI. She pled guilty and received three years probation.
With a busy brood at home, Gold has taken some time off from her career to raise her family. She has continued to act—primarily in made-for-TV movies—has hosted reality programs and is planning a reality series of her own. Her favorite role these days is being a mom, she says. "I've been acting since I was 4 and have played so many different characters," she says. "I really like being me."
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