Yesterday, 08:47 PM
You are right. People like Jay North, Tracey Gold, and Erin Moran herself have spoken about the pressures of being a kid in Hollywood, and then eventually tossed aside as Hollywood moves on, often leaving them penniless. Moran successfully sued CBS over royalties, but most child stars aren't as successful.
Unfortunately, it's too late for so many child actors: Dana Plato, Gary Coleman, Rusty Hamer, Corey Haim, River Phoenix, Bobby Driscoll, Carl Switzer...
I would say that drug and alcohol abuse played a big part in ruining the lives of many child actors. Many child stars have families who helped them cope with the pressures both in front of and behind the camera. But with some child actors, the families were a part of the problem.