In pictures: Hollywood child actors: Then and now

Updated: Nov 11, 2017, 09:05
  • In pictures: Hollywood child actors: Then and now

    Leonardo DiCaprio started his career by appearing in TV commercials. He also had recurring roles in TV soaps like 'Santa Barbara' and 'Growing Pains'. His first major film release was in the adaptation of the memoir 'This Boy's Life' (1993). DiCaprio's performance in the comedy-drama 'What's Eating Gilbert Grape' (1993) earned him an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor. The actor finally won an Oscar for his role in 'The Revenant'. DiCaprio is only getting better with age, isn't he? Pic/YouTube and Santa Banta

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    Hilary Duff became a teen idol by playing the titular character in the TV series 'Lizzie McGuire'. She eventually ventured into Hollywood by bagging lead roles in 'Agent Cody Banks', 'Cheaper by the Dozen' and 'A Cinderella Story'. Hilary, who filed for divorce from Mike Comrie in February 2015, is the mother of their 3-and-a-half-year-old son Luca Cruz Comrie. Doesn't she look fabulous? Pic/YouTube and Hilary Duff's Instagram account

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    Lindsay Lohan received critical and commercial success with her Hollywood debut in 'The Parent Trap' (1998). 18 years later, she finds herself battling drug and alcohol problems. After arrests for cocaine possession, several visits to the rehab, a fallout with her family and a high-profile lesbian relationship, Lindsay Lohan now seems to be picking up the pieces of her once glamorous life, but we wonder if it's too late. Pic/YouTube and Santa Banta

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    Twins Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen made their acting debut as the adorable Michelle Tanner on TV series 'Full House'. The Olsen twins are now fashion designers and are also popular for their signature style statements. Pic/YouTube

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    Scarlett Johansson made her film debut at the age of 9 in the fantasy comedy 'North' (1994). She went on to play the daughter of Sean Connery and Kate Capshaw in 'Just Cause' (1995). Scarlett also appeared in 'Home Alone 3' in 1997. She garnered prominence for her performance in 'The Horse Whisperer' (1998) directed by Robert Redford. Scarlett transitioned to adult roles in 2003 with 'Girl with a Pearl Earring' and Sofia Coppola's 'Lost in Translation', for which she won a BAFTA Award for Best Actress. Scarlett has successful films like 'The Black Dahlia', 'The Prestige', 'Vicky Cristina Barcelona' and 'The Avengers' series to her credit. She is considered as one of the most sexiest actresses in Hollywood now. Pic/YouTube

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    Before coming to prominence with Disney's television series 'Wizards of Waverly Place', Selena Gomez featured in the children's series 'Barney and Friends' with Demi Lovato. In 2008, she formed her band 'Selena Gomez and the Scene' after signing a recording contract with Hollywood Records and they released a few albums before going into a hiatus in 2012. Selena forayed into Bollywood with films like 'Ramona and Beezus' (2010), 'Monte Carlo' (2011), 'Hotel Transylvania' (2012) and 'Spring Breakers' (2013). Pic/YouTube and Santa Banta

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    Macaulay Culkin rose to stardom with the success of 'Home Alone' film series, which continues being a holiday classic. A nasty custody battle between the then teenager and his parents was followed by an arrest in 2004 for possession of pot. Culkin was repeatedly ostracised for his drug use and that soon became his identity. These days, he performs with his underground cover band called 'The Pizza Underground' that features lyrics related to pizza. Well. Pic/YouTube and Instagram

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    Though she was popular and loved as a Nickelodeon kid in 'All That' and 'The Amanda Show', Bynes spiralled downwards pretty quickly. After acting in a couple of moderately successful movies, Bynes announced that she was retiring from Hollywood. After several, not-so graceful run-ins with the law, her issues finally saw her in a mental health care treatment after she started a fire in front of a stranger's house. She also went onto a social networking site claiming her father abused her as a child and also went on record calling Rihanna and Obama ugly. Oh, Amanda! Pic/YouTube and Instagram

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    Not many know, but 'Hannah Montana' wasn't Miley Cyrus' first tryst with the big screen. She played small roles in the television series 'Doc' and Tim Burton's 'Big Fish'. Miley shot to fame as a teen idol after being cast in Disney's 'Hannah Montana' in which she portrayed the "good girl" Miley Stewart. And then came a transformation. The hair was cut short and dyed blonde. From being perceived as a Disney star to grabbing headlines for her on-stage antics (remember the 'twerking' incident at the Video Music Awards?), provocative 'Wrecking Ball' video and racy photoshoots. Miley reinvented herself and how! Pic/YouTube and Santa Banta

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    Being the granddaughter of film legend John Barrymore, Drew was born to act. She first appeared in a dog food commercial when she was 11 months old. She made her film debut in 'Altered States' (1980), but her breakthrough role was playing Gertie in Steven Spielberg's 'E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial' (1982). However, Drew had a troubled childhood which was marred by drug and alcohol abuse, and two stints in rehab. But she successfully made the transition from child star to a film actress with movies like 'The Wedding Singer', '50 First Dates', 'Never Been Kissed' and 'Charlie's Angels' to her credit. Pic/YouTube and Drew Barrymore's Instagram account

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    As a child actor, Joseph Gordon-Levitt appeared in films 'A River Runs Through It', 'Angels in the Outfield' and '10 Things I Hate About You', and in the TV series '3rd Rock from the Sun'. He took a break from acting to study at Columbia University, but dropped out in 2004 to pursue acting again. He has since starred in popular films like '500 Days of Summer', 'Inception', 'The Dark Knight Rises' and 'The Walk'. Pic/YouTube and AFP

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    Long before he rose to fame by playing Barney Stinson in American sitcom 'How I Met Your Mother', he won many a hearts by portraying the title role of a child prodigy doctor in 'Doogie Howser, M.D.'. Pic/YouTube and Instagram account

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