Here’s the unfortunate truth: most Hollywood performers tend to live a life that is often filled with difficulties.
However, when it comes to child actors in Hollywood, the situation becomes much worse.
The intense lifestyle that comes with spending your early years in Hollywood has led to the downfall of some of the most popular child actors – some of whom escaped from the big screen, and others who chose to end their own lives.
6 Shirley Temple
Being one of the first child stars to become instantaneously popular, Shirley Temple was widely known for her plucky attitude, lovable dance moves and her iconic curly red hair.
While she is commonly associated with joyful movie titles such as Curly Top or The Littlest Rebel, the beginning of her career was rather shaky and odd.
Before stepping into the spotlight in Hollywood, Shirley Temple was part of set of films known as Baby Burlesks.
These films consisted of toddlers who played parodies of mature films revolving around the topics of current affairs, actors, and politics.
While this concept may not sound all that bad, the child actors in Baby Burlesks were often required to wear inappropriate clothing and reenact adult scenes.
Amongst these films is War Babies, where Shirley Temple is spotted wearing a loose-fit top that constantly slips and falls down in her arms and is required to present herself as a prostitute.
Later in life, Temple stated that the films had greatly exploited the actor’s childhood innocence and were also racist and sexist at times.
While Temple’s career progressed, news regarding the beginning of her career spurred and many harsh rumors began to spread about her.
5 Judy Garland
Popular for her spectacular voice and feminine charm, Judy Garland played some of the most iconic roles in Hollywood’s history – such as Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz and Ester Smith in Meet Me in St. Louis.
However, behind the big screens of Hollywood lie the years of torturous pressure that lead Garland to her substance abuse and early death.
Reports suggest that Garland’s studio head constantly referred to her as an ugly duckling, convincing her to wear caps on her teeth and reshaping her nose in order to make her look more appealing on camera.
As a result, Garland faced a lifetime of self-image issues, believing that she was really unattractive. As a result, she quickly became addicted to amphetamines.
According to a self-made statement later, Garland admitted that she had taken drugs with the MGM studio executives back when she was obviously underage. At the age of 47, Garland found herself broke, in despair, and deeply in debt.
Despite her quick rise to stardom in Hollywood as a child star, Judy Garland had led a life filled with mental health struggles, substance abuse and even physical torture.
In June 1969, the once-famous child star was found dead in her London apartment.
According to medical reports, the cause of death was determined to be an overdose of barbiturates – a drug that she had become addicted to as early as childhood.