Good Girls Gone Bad !!!!! covers a very interesting thing.Growing up in the media can take a toll on child actors – in addition to having to live up to the expectations of scrutinous fans, they have to deal with the pressures of a demanding public lifestyle and are often exposed to privileges and temptations most adults would have a hard time resisting. While a few manage to escape the childhood stardom unscathed, many fall prey to Hollywood’s temptations. Today we’re taking a look at seven female child celebrities who went from good girl to bad.
How Good Girls Gone Bad ????
The Good: Amanda Bynes started working in show business at the tender age of seven, appearing in TV commercials and in stage productions of “The Sound of Music” and “Annie.” Bynes’ first big success was as a Nickelodeon star in the popular shows “All That,” and “Figure It Out.” She landed her first major role in the 2003 movie “What a Girl Wants,” co-starring Kelly Preston and Colin Firth. She also experienced success starring opposite Jennie Garth in the sitcom “What I Like About You.”
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The Bad: In 2012, Bynes had several moving volitions: in March, she was stopped by police for talking on her cell phone while operating a motor vehicle, in April she was arrested and charged for drunk driving after hitting a police car, and in September she was charged for a hit-and-run after leaving the scene of two different accidents in April and August. Today: Bynes has been the subject of several media attacks for her bizarre behavior, including distributing a spinning class, locking herself in a changing room stall for a couple of hours, and posting odd Tweets.
The Good: Although she started her road to stardom at age three, Britney didn’t get her first break until she was 11-years-old when she was cast in Disney’s “The Mickey Mouse Club.” After the show was cancelled, Britney returned home to Kentwood, Louisiana to a mainstream suburban lifestyle. Dissatisfied, she continued to chase her dream of becoming a recording artist; finally, in early 1999 her album, “…Baby One More Time” was released. She enjoyed immediate success. Her album debuted at number one on the U.S. charts and went platinum after one month.
The Bad: In 2007, Spears shaved her head and went in and out of drug treatment facilities over the span of several weeks. She finally completed a month-long program, but that was only the beginning of her problems. In 2008 she refused to surrender custody of her children to their father’s representatives, barricading herself in a bathroom. She was later arrested and hospitalized for psychiatric treatment, which resulted in her losing custody of her kids. Today: In 2012, Spears joined the U.S. version of the popular TV show “The X Factor” as a new judge and mentor.
The Good: While she started working on commercials at age seven, Dana Plato is best known for the role she landed in her early teens: Kimberly Drummond on the hit NBC sitcom “Diff’rent Strokes” (1978-1986). As a cast member of the wholesome television show, 14-year-old Dana was portrayed as a sweet, all American girl.
The Bad: Years after she appeared on Diff’rent Strokes,” Plato confessed to using drugs and alcohol during her time on the show. In 1984, Plato was fired after she became pregnant as the producers didn’t feel a pregnant Kimberly Drummond would be good for the show. Unable to find other work, she starred in a soft-core porn flick. Things just went downhill from there: In 1991 she was arrested for holding up a video store and she was arrested again a year later for forging prescriptions for prescription medication.
Today: Sadly, in 1999 Plato died of a prescription drug overdose that was later ruled a suicide.
The Good: Drew began working in Hollywood when she was 11-months old. Her first movie role was in the 1980 film “Altered States” starring William Hurt. A year later she was cast in the role that put her on the map: Gertie in “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial,” earning her national recognition and success.
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The Bad: Being thrust into sudden stardom took its toll on the child actress. At nine-years-old, she started smoking cigarettes, she moved to drinking booze by age 11, was smoking pot a 12, and snorting cocaine at 13-years-old, which eventually put her in rehab. At 14-years-old she attempted suicide, which placed her back in rehab. In her teens, Barrymore posed nude in several publications and made a spectacle of herself on late night talk shows.
Today: Drew is proof positive that a troubled child star can become a success. She founded a production company in 1995 and has experienced immense success as a producer, actress, and director.
The Good: Demi Lovato’s career began on the popular children’s show, “Barney & Friends.” In 2007, she scored a role in the Disney Channel original movie “Camp Rock,” where she starred opposite the Jonas Brothers. Her performance in the movie led to a starring role in the Disney TV show “Sonny with a Chance.”
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The Bad: In 2010, Lovato entered treatment for drug and alcohol addiction, eating disorders, and self cutting after punching a Jonas Brothers’ backup dancer who allegedly reported Lovato’s behavior to her managers. After successfully completing a three-month treatment, Lovato has been openly vocal about her struggle with addiction, cutting, and bulimia. She has also shared with the public that she has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder.
Today: In 2012, Lovato joined the U.S. version of the popular TV show “The X Factor” as a new judge and mentor.
The Good: Lindsay Lohan began her career as a child model at three-years-old. She appeared in several television commercials before landing a role on the soap opera, “Another World” at 10-years-old. Her big break came by the way of her film debut in the box-office hit Disney’s 1998 remake of “The Parent Trap” co-starring Natasha Richardson and Dennis Quaid. She again enjoyed box office success in Disney’s 2003 remake of “Freaky Friday.” Her leading role in the 2004 movie “Mean Girls” secured her as movie star.
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The Bad: In and out of jail and rehab, Lohan has become the poster child for good girl gone bad, earning the distinct honor of being arrested more times than any other child star on this list. She’s been busted for suspicion of driving under the influence, driving under the influence, driving with a suspended license, possession of drugs, violating probation, and theft.
Today: Lohan is still appearing in motion pictures. Her latest project, “Scary Movie 5,” is scheduled for release in 2013.
The Good: Jodie Sweetin started her career at age four when she appeared in a commercial, but she wouldn’t become a household name until she secured the role of Stephanie Tanner in the family-friendly sitcom “Full House.” She appeared on the show from its debut in 1987 until it ended in 1995.
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The Bad: As chronicled in her 2010 memoir “unSweetined,” Sweetin revealed she was a recovering alcoholic and methamphetamine addict that began when “Full House” went off the air.
Today: Sweetin is still acting, appearing in TV movies and providing voice acting for animated films. Which of these good girls gone bad is your favorite? Do comment in the comments section below
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