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Name Your Favorite Movie Child Star

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Please name  your favorite  movie child star .  Here is a list  Hayley  Mills  Shirley  Temple  Kurt Russell  Jackie  Cooper  Roddy McDowell  Drew Barrymore  Margaret O'Brien  Sherry  Jackson  Natalie  Wood   Freddie  Bartholomew  Elizabeth  Taylor  Ron  Howard   Please if you have another movie child  star  that needs to be mentioned,  include it in your post..

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I am not usually a fan of child actors, but there are some exceptions:

Peggy Ann Garner

Margaret O’Brien

Natalie Wood

Shirley Temple (though I like her more as a teen)

Dean Stockwell

If we’re counting teenagers as children:

Judy Garland

Ann Blyth

Hayley Mills

Sandra Dee

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  • Jackie Coogan (The Kid)
  • Shirley Temple (Stowaway, The Little Princess)
  • Natalie Wood (Miracle on 34th Street) 
  • Bobby Driscoll (Treasure Island)
  • Brigitte Fossey (Forbidden Games)
  • Veronica Cartwright (The Children's Hour, The Birds)
  • Angela Cartwright (The Sound of Music)
  • Alakina Mann (The Others)
  • Hayley Mills (Pollyanna)
  • Inger Nilsson (Pippi Longstocking)
  • Tatum O'Neal (Paper Moon)
  • Aileen Quinn (Annie)
  • Lindsay Lohan (The Parent Trap)
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Jackie Coogan, Mary Ann Jackson

George "Spanky" McFarland,  Carl "Alfalfa" Switzer  

Darla Hood, Jean Darling, Stymie Beard, Tommy Bond

Freddie Bartholomew

Sybil Jason, Shirley Temple, Jane Withers

Terry Kilburn

"Bobs" Watson, Cora Sue Collins, Marcia Mae Jones

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And Ron Howard...what a treasure! Fun to watch him grow up along with us!

No one has mentioned Jackie "Butch" Jenkins who gave hilarious deadpan performances-


Here's a pic of him as a grown man without his trademark freckles-


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I'd like to add Dickie Moore to the list. He and Marlene Dietrich were great together as mother and son in Blonde Venus. He popped up recently as a teenager in Juke Girl when Ann Sheridan was Star of the Month. He was part of the round table of child stars which Robert Osborne assembled for a Private Screenings and had some good stories to tell. 


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