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Your Favorite 1980s Child Stars: Where Are They Now?

The 1980s were a fun time in TV and movies. With lots of family-focused content in demand, many kids ended up taking center stage and grew up child stars in the spotlight — ending in both positive and negative results.

These were some of your favorite youngsters, but now they’re all grown up. See how far these ’80s celebrities have come since the decade.

Drew Barrymore

Drew Barrymore smiles while wearing a sparkly gown at an event.

Drew Barrymore smiles while wearing a sparkly gown at an event. Drew Barrymore | Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Turner

Born into a showbiz family, little Drew Barrymore played a small but memorable role as Gertie in Steven Spielberg’s classic E.T. in 1982. From there, her star began to rise, and she received a Golden Globe nomination for her performance in the film Irreconcilable Differences.

Barrymore’s well-publicized teen years were clearly a struggle for the actress, but she turned things around in her 20s. These days, Barrymore is spending her time on the small screen, starring in the satirical Netflix series, Santa Clarita Diet, opposite Timothy Olyphant.

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