01:36 AM EDT 10/17/2013
Originally posted 05/29/2013 12:30PM
Despite the history of former child stars having trouble transitioning into adulthood – as evidenced by Britney Spears's public meltdown in 2008, Lindsay Lohan's ongoing troubles, and, most recently, the upheavals taking place in the life of Amanda Bynes – former child star Mara Wilson said she "had a generally good experience" standing before the cameras in Mrs. Doubtfire (1993), Miracle on 34th Street (1994) and Matilda (1996).
She also clearly developed a pro's perspective on what can happen as a child star matures – because she's now shared her thoughts in a breezy yet thoughtful essay on the Cracked.com humor site, titled "7 Reasons Child Stars Go Crazy."
In it, the 25-year-old gets a handle on why "not many child stars make it out of Hollywood alive or sane." She also sheds light on why "at any given time there are at least three former ones having very public breakdowns."
Originally posted 01/16/2013 02:05PM
Conrad Bain, the easygoing TV star who played the Park Avenue father on the 1978-85 sitcom Diff'rent Strokes, died in his hometown of Livermore, Calif., on Monday. He was 89.
His daughter, Jennifer Bain, confirmed his death to PEOPLE, and said her father died of natural causes.
"He'd been unconscious for a couple of days, but he was comfortable and it was very peaceful," she said of her dad, who also played the argumentative neighbor on the 1972-78 hit show Maude.
"I was able to be with him very close to the end [and] able to put my ear to his heart and sing him songs."
Originally posted 05/28/2012 04:00PM
After 14 years of marriage, Diff'rent Strokes alum Todd Bridges and his wife Dori are splitting.
"The Bridges have decided that disunion is in the best interest of their collective futures," a statement from Bridges says. "Although Todd and Dori are going their separate ways, they are mutually committed to the well-being of their son [Spencir, 13]."
The once troubled teen star, 47, who also appeared on the UPN/CW sitcom Everybody Hates Chris, broke the news on his Twitter account Friday.
"She's a great mother I'm glad to have had the years to know her and have a great kid with her," he wrote. "As we know, people grow apart and we did."
He added Monday: "Life is full of changes."
Originally posted 03/10/2010 01:25PM
In 2008, Todd Bridges appeared on an episode of the A&E reality show The Two Coreys in an attempt to help Corey Haim get sober. Now, hours after his friend died at age 38, the Diff'rent Strokes star is adding his voice to the number of celebrities paying tribute.
"Corey Haim was a good friend of mine and he will be missed," Bridges says in a statement. "Too many people are dying way too young and it's sad because of the loved ones who are left behind to understand what happened and to feel the loss. I hope he's in a better place."
Bridges also says he hopes that Haim's passing will help people who are struggling with sobriety to look closely at their lives.
"I will always love my Brother, and I will never judge him," his statement continues. "I understand his pain, but I also know now there is a way out. I hope anyone who is dealing with the same stuff gets out before it's too late. Don't let the death of others fool you into thinking that it cannot happen to you. If you play with fire, you will get burned.
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