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Posted at 10:43 AM ET, 01/31/2007

When Child Stars Attack Grow Up

By Liz Kelly

Two of the planet's most sacred child stars have done the unthinkable: started to grow up.


Daniel Radcliffe poses in a promotional shot for 'Equus.' (AP)

First, celluloid darling Dakota Fanning caught major fan backlash after a film depicting Fanning as a 12-year-old rape victim premiered at Sundance last week. The movie, "Hounddog," has been decried as child abuse and even inspired an online petition seeking the arrest of Fanning's mother and agent.

Then, yesterday, 17-year-old Daniel Radcliffe -- yes, geeky, awkward and universally adored Harry Potter -- showed us he's all grown up in some racy equestrian shots released to promote his performance in a London stage production of "Equus." Parents are verklempt -- some British moms and dads say no more Hogwarts yarns for their little ones. Said one: "We as parents feel Daniel should not appear nude. Our nine-year-old son looks up to him as a role model. We are very disappointed and will avoid the future movies he makes."

How have other child stars fared in making the leap from G to PG-13? Let's see:

Tatum O'Neal
From little pixie in "Paper Moon" to teen sexpot in "Little Darlings"
Where is she now? O'Neal does regular TV work with recurring roles on "Rescue Me" and "Wicked Wicked Games."

Macaulay Culkin
From lovable commando in "Home Alone" to drugged out murderer in "Party Monster"
Where is he now? After a winning role in 2004's "Saved," he's popped up on stage and in cartoon "Robot Chicken."

Drew Barrymore
From "E.T.'s" little Gertie to predatory teen in racy "Poison Ivy"
Where is she now? Currently starring with Hugh Grant in "Music and Lyrics," Barrymore went on to become a successful romantic comedy regular.

Alyssa Milano
From tomboyish Samantha Micelli on '80s sitcom "Who's the Boss" to sexy cheesefests like 1994's "Embrace of the Vampire" and 1996's "Poison Ivy II"
Where is she now? Since ending her eight-year run on "Charmed," Milano has laid low. Comedian Sarah Silverman recently told Howard Stern she often battles Milano in online Scrabble.

Jodie Foster
From one of the hardest working kid actors on TV to an underage prostitute in "Taxi Driver"
Where is she now? After earning an Academy Award nomination for "Taxi Driver," Foster went to Yale and then resurfaced as a serious actress, winning two Oscars before the age of 30.

Dustin Diamond
From "Saved by the Bell's" Screech to "Dirty Sanchez"
Where is he now? Pretty much nowhere, unless you consider Internet sex tapes and a getting exiled (Warning: graphic language) from a VH1 celeb-reality show somewhere.

Elizabeth Berkley
From "Saved by the Bell's" Jessie to "Showgirls"
Where is she now? Good question.

Lisa Bonet
From "Cosby Show" good kid Denise Huxtable to overtly sexual voodoo scenes in 1987's "Angel Heart"
Where is she now? Small roles in "Enemy of the State" and "High Fidelity," and currently in talks to join Jennifer Aniston and Colin Firth in "Gambit."

Celebritology field agents Frank Thomason, Lisa Todorovich, Jenny Markley and Nancy Kerr contributed to this report.

By Liz Kelly  | January 31, 2007; 10:43 AM ET
Categories:  Celebrities, Celebritology 101, Miscellaneous  
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