Mara Wilson – best known for her roles as Matilda Wormwood in Matilda and Nattie Hillard in Mrs. Doubtfire, Mara is the oldest daughter of television broadcast engineer, Mike Wilson. Her stay at home mother, Suzie Shapiro Wilson, passed away as a result of breast cancer while Mara was filming Mrs. Doubtfire and the movie was dedicated to her memory. Mara has gone on to become a writer, playwright, voice actress and stage actress.
Dakota Fanning rose to prominence at the age of seven for her performance in the 2001 film I Am Sam which earned her a Screen Actors Guild Award. She went on to appear in Charlotte’s Web, War of the Worlds and Uptown Girls. Dakota was raised by her tennis pro mother and baseball playing father and her sister, Elle Fanning, is also an actress. Dakota is still an actress and has a long list of movie and TV credits under her belt.
Justin Henry’s tear jerking performance in 1979 film Kramer vs. Kramer earned him a nomination for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. Justin went on to appear on TV series Fantasy Island and also starred in Brat Pack film Sixteen Candles as Molly Ringwald’s son. Despite such a promising start, Justin now only makes occasional film appearances and is Regional Sales Director of an internet television company based in California.
Macaulay Culkin is the blond-haired, blue-eyed child who stole the show in 1990 hit film Home Alone. The film starts with Kevin McCallister (played by Culkin) getting left behind when his family flies to Paris for Christmas. He runs rings round two would-be burglars with homemade booby traps and foils their plans for revenge. Fame and fortune and living life in the public spotlight has caused problems for Culkin and he continues to hit the headlines from time to time for one reason or another.
Shirley Temple – no list would be complete without the original child star who became a box office sensation back in the 1930s. Her career began at the age of three, starring in a long list of box office hits, including Heidi, The Little Princess, Bright Eyes, Wee Willie Winkie and Fort Apache. Temple became active in politics via the Republican Party in California and then a failed run for Congress. She was appointed as a Representative to the United Nations General Assembly by Nixon and has acted as United States Ambassador to several countries. Shirley Temple died in February 2014 at her home in California of natural causes.