Who knows what the future holds for Macaulay Culkin, Elijah Wood, and Jesse Bradford? Perhaps the answer can be found in yesterday’s wunderkinder, whose ups and downs betray the caprice of being child stars. Age 1 Brooke Shields poses as the Ivory Snow baby at 11 months.
Age 2 Future Beaver Jerry Mathers debuts on TV’s Ed Wynn Show.
Age 3 Jodie Foster does a stint as the Coppertone Girl.
Age 4 Shirley Temple debuts in 1932’s Red Haired Alibi. Age 5 Future Opie and director Ron Howard appears in 1959’s The Journey.
Age 6 Shirley Temple receives a special Oscar in 1935.
Age 7 Drew Barrymore costars in 1982’s E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial.
Age 8 Natalie Wood costars with Orson Welles in Tomorrow Is Forever.
Age 9 Her family’s breadwinner since age 3, model Tuesday Weld has a nervous breakdown.
Age 10 Tatum O’Neal wins Best Supporting Actress Oscar for 1973’s Paper Moon.
Age 11 Brandon De Wilde gets Best Supporting Actor nomination for 1953’s Shane.
Age 12 Elizabeth Taylor rides a winner in 1944’s National Velvet.
Age 13 Jodie Foster gets Best Supporting Actress nomination for 1976’s Taxi Driver.
Age 14 Future teen idol Sandra Dee makes her film debut in 1957’s Until They Sail. (She later admits to alcoholism and anorexia.)
Age 15 Mickey Rooney plays Puck in 1935’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Age 16 Patty Duke wins a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for 1962’s The Miracle Worker.
Age 17 Recovering substance abuser Drew Barrymore makes a comeback in 1992’s Poison Ivy.
Age 18 After The Danny Thomas Show ends in 1964, Rusty Hamer is unable to find permanent acting work. (He commits suicide in 1990.)
Age 19 Cher (with Sonny) tops the singles charts with 1965’s ”I Got You Babe.”
Age 20 Comedian Freddie Prinze is a hit on TV’s Chico and the Man in 1974. (He fatally shoots himself three years later.)
Age 21 No longer America’s darling, Shirley Temple makes her last movie, A Kiss for Corliss, in 1949.