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FORMER CHILD ACTORS TODAY

by Robert Regan
The 1944 Jane Eyre had in its cast three extraordinary child actresses: Peggy Ann Garner, Margaret O’Brien, and Elizabeth Taylor. The first two reached an “awkward” stage after which they faded away from movies. Only Taylor successfully managed the transitions to teen-age and adult roles. Today, there are a number of talented young women who have been acting steadily since childhood; one debuted at age three! In spite of their experience, ability, and beauty (in some cases off-beat, but still striking), very few good films or parts have come their way. So, here are my choices of the best films or the best parts so far for (in order… Read more
The 1944 Jane Eyre had in its cast three extraordinary child actresses: Peggy Ann Garner, Margaret O’Brien, and Elizabeth Taylor. The first two reached an “awkward” stage after which they faded away from movies. Only Taylor successfully managed the transitions to teen-age and adult roles. Today, there are a number of talented young women who have been acting steadily since childhood; one debuted at age three! In spite of their experience, ability, and beauty (in some cases off-beat, but still striking), very few good films or parts have come their way. So, here are my choices of the best films or the best parts so far for (in order of age) Drew Barrymore, Christina Ricci, Kirsten Dunst, Scarlett Johansson, and Dakota Fanning. Missing from MUBI is The Secret Life of Bees.

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