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Oscar-Nominated Kids Who Tried to Become Adult Stars

Saoirse Ronan in "The Host" Open Road Films

"The Host" hits theaters this week, and for many fans it's a chance to see whether the popular Stephanie Meyer novel can become a pop culture phenomenon like "The Twilight Saga" did before it.

But for other film buffs, "The Host" represents something else: The continuing development of star Saoirse Ronan, who famously earned an Oscar nomination for 2007's "Atonement" at the age of 13. Will "The Host" finally turn her into an A-lister and ensure that she avoids the child star curse ... or will she become the latest of Oscar's children to experience their biggest career highlight before being legally able to drive? Get More »

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'America's Boy' Jackie Cooper Dies at 88

Jackie Cooper
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Jackie Cooper is now running the great Daily Planet up in the sky.

Cooper, a former child actor and star of the four Christopher Reeve "Superman" movies, died at a convalescent home in Santa Monica this Tuesday, according to The Hollywood Reporter. He was 88.

It would appear that Cooper died of natural causes. "He just kinda died of old age,” said his attorney, Roger Licht. "He wore out."

Jackie Cooper was a huge child star in the '30s, appearing in 15 of Hal Roach's popular "Our Gang" short comedies and earning the nickname of "America's Boy." He holds the record for the youngest actor to ever receive an Oscar nomination for a lead role, having been nominated at the age of nine for his performance in "Skippy" (1931), which was based on a comic strip. Get More »

Filed Under: Movie News | Source: The Hollywood Reporter

The 25 Youngest Oscar Nominees of All Time

Hailee Steinfeld in True Grit

When does a child actor stop being merely precocious and enter the pantheon of acting gods? You know the gods of which we speak; they look down from their mighty pedestals as we shower them with tributes year after year… THE OSCAR NOMINEES.

Well, in order to walk through that threshold into Hollywood's elite circle, these young folks have to have chops, serious chops. Or be really, really cute. Either way, it takes sacrifice, hard work and possibly some crazy-ass stage parents. Get More »

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