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X Child Stars: Where Are They Now?

3.36  ·  Rating details ·  77 ratings  ·  20 reviews
This is the go-to guide for fans for biographical information, rare photos, and interesting trivia about their favorite child stars, shows, networks, and the times that defined the shows. Spanning sixty years of television history, this book details both the success stories and tragedies of many child stars. Here is the story of Anissa Jones, Buffy on Family Affair, who ...more
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published April 15th 2016 by Taylor Trade Publishing (first published March 15th 2016)
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Lolly K Dandeneau
Mar 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book reaches back through the decades of child stars, which anyone who has watched nick at nite may find interesting. Fear not, there are also updates on stars of the 80s and 90s too. Some of our tv stars faced struggles they couldn't move past, and habits they couldn't kick, some are success stories and others have had a second life returning to stardom. There were things I didn't know about some stars and others I had heard about but were confirmed in this child stars dictionary of sorts. ...more
Lisa Mcbroom
May 26, 2016 rated it did not like it
While this is not the worst book I read it gets one star from the shoddy research both authors did. First of all Christopher Knight's ex wife is not Alana Curry but Adrienne Curry! You cannot say Patrick Laborteux is the younger brother of Matthew Laborteux then turn around and say he is the elder one. Also Andy and Matthew Lawrence are the younger brothers of Joey Lawrence. Also there is a picture of Doogy Houser on the back cover but nothing on Neal Patrick Harris! Sorry if readers think I'm ...more
Sep 23, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
While this book was nothing special, it was interesting to see what has happened to many of the children we saw in various TV series - some good & some bad.
There is a lot of editorialization of a lot of the paths that some followed, so be prepared for some lecturing. But it is all with Ms. Garver's heart in the right place. After all, one of her co-stars succumbed a young age to the trappings of child stardom.
Kudos to Paul Petersen and his organization's efforts to look out for child stars.
Oct 07, 2018 rated it liked it
While I did like the book, it really could have been so much better. There were so many TV shows and child stars that I had never heard of. The author treats them like you should know who they are (or were back in the day). But the blurbs on some of the shows and what happened to some of the former child stars are way too brief and do not give enough information. I also feel that in some entries, the research could have been a lot better and someone failed to proofread.
Deborah Toornman
May 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed reading what happened to several of the child stars I grew up with. I've had an opportunity to see Kathy Garver and Paul Peterson speak on their passion for helping child actors transition to the next stage in their lives.
She writes with great enthusiasm for the topic.
Jul 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
a great reference book for child stars
Ellen Klock
X Child Stars: Where Are They Now by Kathy Archer and Fred Ascher explores the lives of numerous child actors who appeared on some of our favorite television shows beginning in the 1950's through the 1990's. Kathy is the perfect person to attempt such a book since she herself was a child actor (Cissy in Family Affair) who successfully transitioned into acting as an adult. A co-worker and often friend to many of the actors mentioned, she has a personal insight into the pitfalls child actors face ...more
Teena in Toronto
Apr 08, 2016 rated it liked it
This book is written by Kathy Garver, who was Cissy in the 1960s sitcom Family Affair. It is a guide to all the shows (most well-known but some were obscure) that had children in them and what happened to these kids. The chapters are broken up by year from the 1950s to the 1980s

* The 1950s - I Love Lucy, The Adventures of Ossie and Harriet, Make Room for Daddy, Father Knows Best, Leave it to Beaver, etc.
* The 1960s - My Three Sons, The Dick Van Dyke Show, Bewitched, Petticoat Junction, The
Mar 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book, co-authored by Kathy Garver of Family Affair fame, explores the lives of dozens and dozens of child TV actors, starting with the show I Love Lucy. The explorations are short, however. Each actor gets a small write-up describing their life during and after their child actor days. Employment, education, marriages and children are often mentioned. It's a sympathetic look that does not shy away from mentioning drug or other major problems, but it's not a dirt dishing book by any means. ...more
Lori L (She Treads Softly)
X Child Stars: Where Are They Now? by Kathy Garver, Fred Ascher is a highly recommended guide that answers the titular question. The entries are short and succinct, which allows many, many entries and coverage of a large number of TV shows. The book covers forty years of television history, starting with early shows from the 1950's, such as "I Love Lucy" and "The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet" through to more recent series from the 1980's, like "The Wonder Years," "Growing Pains," and ...more
Rowman & Littlefield and NetGalley provided me with an electronic copy of X Child Stars, in exchange for an honest review.

Smartly laid out by decade, X Child Stars: Where Are They Now? is a virtual "who's who" of child television actors and actresses. The authors did a good job of displaying the shows in which the child actors starred, with the episode count, the network, and the number of years the show was on air. I particularly liked the show descriptions and, where applicable, the
Mar 29, 2016 rated it liked it
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Opie Taylor. Pottsie. Lassie and Timmy. Wednesday and Pugsley. Eddie Munster. Ricky Nelson. The Brady Bunch. You'll find all your old TV friends in X Child Stars. Written with respect and affection, this peek into the lives of hundreds of kids who were part of our family is fun and filled with memories.

Loved the blurbs on popular TV shows from the 50's through the 80's, great summaries of memorable episodes and cast changes. An extensive table of contents and index get you to the shows and
Apr 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
Very comprehensive list of all child actors on tv shows from the 1950's-1980's. It includes a quick blurb of the show ( to refresh our memories) & the children in those shows---who they played, if married, kids, schooling etc. I'd have really liked it to include children from movies and/or at least up to the millennium, not stop at the80's, but it was very well organized, easy to read & lots of tv shows I certainly forgot or didn't know existed

I received a digital copy from Net Galley.
Jun 21, 2016 rated it liked it
This book was ok, it would've been 100% better if there had been pictures of the people as child stars and a more current picture. I also noticed that some child stars were left out. For example the actor that played Patty Duke's brother on the Patty Duke show wasn't mentioned, just Patty Duke and the actor that played her boyfriend. Otherwise it was a good very short snippets of child stars and what they did after childhood.
Aug 12, 2016 rated it liked it
In this very very quick read, we are given a glimpse into a question many people may be asking....what happened to your favorite child actor? Beginning with the 1950's and going to the 90's, we are given the history of what happened to most major actors after the shows ended. Some of the stories were uplifting, many tragic. The reason why this book got only three stars was because the entries were super short and there were a LOT of shows I had never even heard of.
Jul 19, 2016 rated it liked it
This book was okay. It was interesting learning about what has happened to different child stars, but each little vignette ends in a cutesy platitude. The author is Cissy from Family Affair and she said in the intro that she didn't want the book to come across as exploitive. She succeeded, but there wasn't a lot of meat there.
Mary Kenyon
Jul 07, 2016 rated it liked it
My biggest complaint is how badly this is written but I sure loved hearing about some of the child stars I used to watch. A fun, quick read~
Annie Booker
Oct 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Fascinating book. You'll find yourself using Google to remind yourself of who some of these child stars were and to find out what they look like now.
Jun 12, 2016 rated it liked it
Interesting for what it is. Organized by decade, it gives updates on quite a few child stars. Remember the brother in Small Wonder? Not good.
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Kathy Garver is an accomplished and versatile actress whose acting career first took flight with the legendary filmmaker Cecil B. DeMille. She is a UCLA graduate, attended London’s prestigious Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, and has proven her talents for comedy and drama with starring roles in My Fair Lady, Sunday in New York, and A Midsummer Night's Dream. She lives in San Francisco, where she ...more