Feature Kids do the darndest things July 31, 2009 Movies.ie looks back at the antics of some of the movie worlds most well known (for good and bad) child actors. Remember when you were a kid, you could eat whatever you want, run around in circles for hours, colour on the walls and your only real responsibilities were to brush your teeth and once in a blue moon visit your decrepit old aunty. Not exactly a shabby life but it has nothing on the lives of the rich and famous. We look at the antics of some of the movie worlds most well known (for good and bad) child actors. 1. Drew Barrymore You’d have to ask yourself what exactly Drew Barrymore did to get the number one spot. Drew’s big break came with her role in ET. From here she became an iconic 80’s child actress, playing predominantly comic roles. She has had a successful transition from child star into fully fledged adult actress, performing in, Charlies Angels, Bad Girls, Boys on the Side, Donnie Darko. In 1995 she established her own production company ‘Flower Films’. However it is her particularly troubled childhood that has landed Drew the number spot – she started smoking at the age of nine, drinking alcohol at 11 and was doing cocaine by the age of 13, her hectic career had turned her into a rebellious and highly strung young teenager. Her first rehab visit was at the age of 13 and again at the age of 14. Drew has successfully managed to turn her life around and has become one of the most popular and loved celebrities today. 2. Macauley Culkin You probably know him better as Kevin McAllister that annoying kid who is constantly abandoned by his parents either at home or at the airport! Home Alone (1990) was Culkins first big hit and with the sequel he became a household name. Several of his other early childhood films include, The Good Son, and The Pagemaster, he also befriended Michael Jackson after starring in his video for ‘Black and White’. He disappeared for a few years amidst several rumours and highly publicised stories involving his legal battle to separate himself from his parents. He reappeared in 2003 and has since taken on roles in Indie films, Broadway and Television. In 2004 the once loveable child star was arrested and jailed for possession of several narcotics and illegal substances. He was a key witness in the 1993 trial against Michael Jackson, the prosecution claimed that Culkin was abused Michael Jackson, both denied the claims and Jackson was freed. 3. The Olsen Twins Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen are probably the most famous twins on the planet. Their names immediately conjure up memories of terrible low budget kids’ films about their whacky antics as cheeky and charming little girls. Their adorable little faces earned them their first role as Michelle Tanner on the sitcom Full House. The twins have been working since 1987 and are still active in pursuing their acting careers but this seems to have taken a back seat as the girls are also busy running their multi-million dollar company Dualstar. Their last film was New York Minute, and since then the girls have concentrated on their college studies. Controversy is no stranger to their lives however. Mary-Kate checked herself into rehab after battling with anorexia in 2004 and only last year her name was mentioned in the investigation into Heath Ledgers death, rumours circulated that the pair were in fact dating each other. Her sister is also no stranger and in 2006 filed a $40million dollar against the National Enquirer on the grounds of slander and defamation. 4. Haley Joel Osment He sees dead people, inspires world change and even fought alongside Mickey Mouse in a quest to stop evil Disney villains taking over the world. A promising career lay ahead of Haley Joel Osment,, his first role came in the guise of a commercial for Pizza Hut and from here his career took off – landing the role as Forrest Gump’s son, lead role in Bogus alongside Whoopi Goldberg and Gerard Depardieu, as well as numerous television appearances, perhaps Osment’s best known role came in 1999 starring alongside Bruce Willis in The Sixth Sense.. However in the last few years Haley has managed to do some serious damage to career after crashing his car, he pleaded guilty to driving under the influence and drug possession. Three years probation, a fine and a court order to attend rehab has all but ruined this young stars career. 5. Shirley Temple Born in 1928, Shirley Temple (not to be confused with Tele Bingo star) shot to fame after starring in one of the most successful films of 1934, ‘Bright Eyes’, at the age of six. A singing, acting, tap dancing machine Shirley dominated the film industry and Hollywood throughout the 1930’s cited as being a ray of sunshine and hope during the Great Depression that swept across America and the world. She retired from making movies in 1949 but continued to make numerous television appearances, her own show ending in 1961. A lot of rumours followed Temple through her life, the two most prominent being blacklisted as a Communist in 1940s and one claiming that she died in the late 1970s. The woman is still alive and up to a few years ago had a very influential political career as an American Ambassador. Shirley celebrated her 81st birthday in April of this year.