Author: Dorothy Nahrwold
Child stars have always had a complicated relationship with Hollywood. Sure, it's fun to watch cute kids ham it up for audiences and deliver one-liners that make us chuckle. But once the kids grow out of the roles, the industry that made them famous replaces them with a fresh crop of fresh faces. Growing up is hard, but growing up as a child star is even harder. Child stars appear to lead charmed lives, graced with fortune, fame, and adoring fans. For some, success is full of adventure and limitless opportunity-but for many, fame brings punishing schedules, addiction, abuse, and emotional breakdowns. The story of an Ex-Mouseketeer will uncover the kid actor industry deeply. The Mouseketeers came into existence in 1955, just in time to promote Disneyland. This is the story of that time and place in the lives of the talented kids who became household names. The dry, witty, clear-eyed look at the fame of his youth, serves as a cautionary tale for anyone seeking stardom, especially the young.