Hollywood kids: part 1

Hollywood child stars have been around since the days of silent cinema, but they often have difficult, or even tragic, lives, and their fans can desert them when they enter their late teens. But here are some ex-child stars that have survived the Hollywood machine. 
During the Depression-era of the 1930s, Hollywood produced many child stars. The most famous of all was Shirley Temple - a talented singer and tap dancer who made her first film at the age of 4. She became the first child to win an Oscar, but the film studios lost interest in her when she hit her 20s, and she was already a divorcee at 21. As an adult, however, she became involved in politics and had a successful career as an international diplomat. She represented the USA at the United Nations, and also served as an ambassador to Ghana and Czechoslovakia.
Elizabeth Taylor starred as a child in several sentimental films of the 1940s, including the Lassie series about a faithful, clever dog. She was stunningly beautiful, and her film roles continued into her adult life. By In the 1960s she was one of the biggest stars in Hollywood, and she became notorious for her many marriages - eight in total (twice to the same man, actor Richard Burton). In the 1970s Elizabeth suffered from alcoholism and weight problems, but in the 1980s she discovered a new role as campaigner and fund- raiser for AIDS charities. 

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