The glamour of Hollywood has its rewards for the very few who are successful and for those that make it in the competitive environment of acting, the world is there oyster. Living in mansions and having legions of adoring fans, being on the hollywood hot list is the ultimate achievement for any actor.
Many actors start their careers in early childhood, but not all them continue to succeed with a squeaky clean image as they age and we’ll take a look at nine Famous Child Celebrities With tarnished Careers.
Kicking off our countdown at number 9, is the American actor Steven Anthony Lawrence.
Nr 9 – Steven Anthony Lawrence
Lawrence was born in July 1990, and started his acting career at the tender age of 6. He gained fame almost overnight when he was lucky enough to land the role as ‘Bernard Beans’ in the Disney Show smash hit, Even Stevens.
His innocent (almost goofy looks) had wide appeal and as his popularity grew, he had his fans eating from his hand.
During his two years stint as the star of Even Stevens, he kept a busy acting schedule and also starred in other shows like, ‘Married with children’, ‘Cheaper by the dozen’, That’s So Raven, ‘Kicking and Screaming’ and ‘The Amanda Show’ which were all popular shows at the time and his road to further stardom looked promising.
But unfortunately for him, his acting career took a downward trend as he aged without any more substantial acting roles and nowadays, Lawrence spends most of his time teaching mainly in the LA area. He also presents the odd seminar at top Universities and finds the work very gratifying.
Unbeknown to many, Lawrence has always been a kind-hearted person and has through the years, helped raise money for a campaign aimed at buying toys for underprivileged kids.
With a bit of luck, hollywood will one day in the future, reward him with their own kindness and offer him a role that will place him at the top of his career again.
Nr 8 – Tom Cruise
Tom Cruise was born on July 3, 1962, in Syracuse, New York. With nomadic parents who constantly travelled, Cruise was educated in both Canada and the US and attended 15 different schools.
His mother remarried and finally settled with her new husband in Glen Ridge, New Jersey. At the time, Cruise was a devout catholic and had aspirations of becoming a Priest but soon abandoned that idea when he decided to pursue a career in acting instead. At age 18, he dropped out of school and headed for New York in search of work.
His film career began at age 19 with a small part in the film ‘Endless Love’ in 1981. Since his debut, his acting career has flourished and Cruise is now one of Hollywood’s hottest properties helped by some very successful blockbuster movies such as ‘Top Gun’, Jerry Maguire and more recently the ‘Mission Impossible’ franchise which he produced and which have kept him at the top of the pile as one of the highest paid actors in the world.
But his success was recently tarnished during the making of the film American Maid when two Pilots were killed in an airplane accident while filming on location in Columbia. The small twin engined plane went down in bad weather conditions and a lawsuit has been filed by the family’s of the deceased.
The lawsuit claims that some of the aerial stunts in the film were last minute decisions without warning and were borderline safe in unfamiliar terrain. The families claim that as Cruise is an experienced Pilot himself, he could have flown the plane himself. The tragic incident has undoubtedly left Cruise’s reputation severely tarnished.
Nr 7 – Justin Bieber
Justin Drew Bieber was born March 1, in 1994 in London, Ontario, Canada and was raised in Stratford, Ontario, Canada. As a youngster, he showed a strong interest in music and taught himself to play several instruments, including, guitar, piano and trumpet and after his church group arranged a fundraiser to pay for a set of drums and drum lessons he learned how to play the drums too. He plays the guitar left handed.
He would often perform and record his songs on camera at home and his mother started posting his videos on YouTube. The videos soon gained popularity and a following fan base. They also gained the attention of a talent scout who managed to help him sign a record deal and at just 16 years old, Bieber had his first hit record with the track named ‘Baby’.
In his early musical career, his mother traveled with him and he moved to Atlanta Georgia and by 2001, he was Google’s most-searched person. By 2015, he had 66 million Twitter followers and 72 million Facebook fans, but he hasn’t always been kind to his doting fans, many of whom have been told to go away when seeking an autograph or selfie from the popstar.
Love him or hate him, Bieber is today one of the biggest names on the popular music scene, but his angelic, almost innocent looks hide the fact that he has through the years, become one of the bad boys of the music industry.
In January 2014, Bieber was arrested for a ‘Drinking Under The Influence’ and at the time of his arrest, he admitted to smoking marijuana.
He has had several altercations with his Californian neighbor Jeffrey Schwartz and has even resorted to pelting his neighbor’s home with eggs. In 2014, Bieber was on the receiving end of a two years probation sentence and was ordered to pay Schwartz $89,000 in restitution for damages to the Schwartz property.
Bieber has had the ‘taste of foot in his mouth’ on several occasions. In 2014, during his Japan tour, he captioned a selfie with “Thank you for your blessings” after visiting a controversial monument which enshrines the souls of Japanese war criminals, a fact that Bieber claims he didn’t know about.
He also came under investigation for illegally spray painting graffiti on an exterior wall of a beach-side hotel in Rio de Janeiro, during his during his South America tour in 2013.
He attracted further outrage and criticism on Twitter after a visit to the house where Anne Frank hid from the Nazis during the 2nd world when he wrote in the guestbook. “Truly inspiring to be able to come here. Anne was a great girl. Hopefully she would have been a belieber”.
Whether we like it or not, Justin Bieber has carved out a very successful musical career for himself and it will be interesting to see if continues to upset the apple cart and tarnish his career even more, or finally mature into someone his fans could be proud of.
Nr 6 – Winona Ryder
Winona Laura Horowitz was born October 29, 1971 in Olmsted County, Minnesota. She assumed the screen name Ryder after the musician, Mitch Ryder when at age 13, when she was cast in her first acting role in the film ‘Lucas’.
She was given her first name by her parents after a nearby town called Winona and at the age of 10, the family moved to Petaluma where she enrolled in acting classes.
Ryder Ryder later went on to star in several films including Welcome Home Roxy Carmichael, Mermaids, Edward Scissorhands and The Age Of Innocence in 1993, directed by Martin Scorsese whom she says is the best director in the world. Ryder narrowly missed out staring in the The Godfather Part 3, when two days before filming began, she dropped out owing to a severe bout of the flu.
Ryder claims that her inspiration to be become a professional actress was after watching Sarah Miles’ performance in Ryan’s Daughter (1970).
Ryder has appeared and starred in several movies through the years, most of which have been successful at the box office but there have also been a few that were not big winners like ‘The Girl You Want’ for which she received a new version of the original script which she hated.
The film was being made by Touchstone Pictures and Ryder tried to get released from her contract, but was threatened with a lawsuit, so she completed the film. The film’s title was changed to Boys (1996) and sat on the shelf for more than a year. It finally released in just a handful of theaters and grossed less than five hundred thousand dollars.
In 1994, Ryder dedicated the film Little Women (1994) to a young girl from her hometown of Petaluma, California, who was kidnapped and brutally murdered. The girl’s name was Polly Klaas and Ryder offered a $200,000 reward for anyone with information about the case and still remains a strong supporter of the Polly Klaas Foundation.
Owing to a near drowning when she was 12, Ryder suffers from aquaphobia. Her phobia caused problems when she had to act in some of the underwater scenes in Alien Resurrection (1997) and the scenes had to be reshot numerous times.
Ryder’s downward trend started on December 12, 2001 when she was arrested for allegedly stealing clothing items and having in her possession, illegal pharmaceutical drugs without a prescription in Beverly Hills. After seeking legal council, her lawyer denied the accusations, and Ryder was later released on $20,000 bail.
She was later described by the Beverly Hills police as ‘‘ a nice lady, who was friendly, polite and cooperative”.
Almost a year later, on November 6, 2002, Ryder was found guilty of vandalism and grand theft in connection with the shoplifting charges and sentencing was scheduled for December 6, 2002. She was acquitted on the third charge of burglary.
She was finally sentenced to 480 hours of community service, three years’ probation, $3700 in fines, and $6355 in restitution on the shoplifting charges.
It’s widely believed that Ryder has had depression issues and has even checked herself into hospital for treatment and when asked the subject she said. ‘‘I don’t regret opening up about my moments of depression because although it might sound a bit cliche’ I have had many women approach me to say “It meant so much to me’’.
Fortunately, Winona Ryder’s brief blemish on her career has not stopped her getting several more acting jobs and her recent main role in the very popular Netflix series ‘Stranger Things’ seems to have brought her back into the limelight she deserves.
Nr 5 – Adam Levine
Photo Source: Rolling Stone
Adam Noah Levine was born on March 18, 1979. He is the lead singer for the pop rock band Maroon 5 and also a songwriter and more recently an actor. Born and raised in Los Angeles, California, Levine’s musical career began in 1994, when he co-founded the band Kara’s Flowers, as the lead vocalist and guitarist.
The band was formed while he was attending the private Brentwood School with friends and fellow students Jesse Carmichael, Mickey Madden and Ryan Dusick and they released their first album, The Fourth World, in 1997, as high school seniors.
After releasing a single named ‘Soap Disco,’ the band appeared on an episode of Beverly Hills 90210 in a failed attempt to promote themselves and their music and shortly after, they broke up.
Later on, Levine formed another band and named it Maroon 5, whose success includes several chart-topping hits and gold and platinum albums. In 2011, Levine branched out into television as a judge/coach on NBC’s reality singing show The Voice.
Maroon 5 earned their first Grammy Award (Best New Artist) in 2004 and the band went on to win Grammys for Best Pop Performance in 2005 and 2007.
In 2012 Maroon 5 were in the charts again with their fourth studio album, Overexposed that featured hits like “One More Night” and “Payphone.” Since 2012, the band has continued to produce several more hits and in 2017, they were again in the charts with hits like ‘What Lovers Do,’ ‘Wait’ and ‘Girls Like You.’
Levine seems to enjoy controversy and relishes the tough guy image he portrays whom many followers believed was just for show, but in reality, there are a lot of stories out there with fans claiming that Levine is a mean person in real life.
It’s quite obvious, when you watch his co-presentation of the The Voice, that he possesses absolutely no chill factor and most people assumed it was merely a persona that he developed for the show, but they were wrong.
One fan told Reddit a story almost too crazy to believe. He said, he was at a gig with one of his girlfriends who was really excited about getting Levine’s autograph, but when she approached the singer for one, he responded with ‘’I don’t give autographs to ugly chicks.” The embarrassing account has been verified by several others who were present at the time.
The story is not too hard to believe when you consider that he only dates models and has had a string of beautiful women on his arm. The angered fan went on to say. ‘‘ He comes off as very shallow and vain – the kind of guy who got bullied in high school and who is now successful.’’
Levine has further tarnished his image on the tv series ‘The Voice’ with fans claiming he was biased towards one contestant.
Whatever the truth, Levine can’t be all that bad. Afterall, outside his singing, acting career, he has devoted his time to the advancement of various causes, including awareness for Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, testicular cancer (for which he posed nude for Cosmopolitan magazine) and has crusaded on behalf of gay rights. Perhaps with newfound energy for all these causes, he might become a bit nicer and see his star rise again.
Nr 4 – Britney Spears
Britney Jean Spears, was born December 2, 1981, in McComb, Mississippi, U.S. At the age of 11, she starred in The All-New Mickey Mouse Club which launched her highly successful career as a pop singer and performer.
When she was 15 she made a demo tape that earned her a development deal with Jive Records and two years later she released her first single, ‘Baby One More Time.’
The song soon became the subject of controversy, both for its lyrics and the video which portrayed her as a young, provocative schoolgirl. However, the hype onl added to her success and when the album was released it rose rapidly to Nr 1 on the charts and and eventually sold more than 10 million copies in the United States.
In 2000, her second album was released ‘Oops!…I Did It Again’ and it sold 1.3 million copies in its first week of release, setting a record for first-week sales by a solo artist.
In 2001 she signed a multimillion-dollar deal to be a spokesperson for Pepsi and released her third album, Britney, which sold more than four million copies domestically. This was followed in 2003, by another album, ‘In the Zone’ which sold nearly three million copies.
The American teen had become the idol of millions around the world and her youthful, innocent, appearance added a special charm to her personna and to her songs that were being played on radio stations around the world.
But despite her fame, the singer was also profoundly affected by personal issues and in 2001 her beloved grandmother died. This was shortly followed by the divorce of her parents. Both events seriously affected her morale.
In an effort to address the problems, she abandoned the music scene for a while, and due to money problems, she had to close her restaurant, which she had founded in 2002. A few years later in 2007, her much loved aunt died of cancer and the Spears was so depressed that she even shaved her head.
Spears has throughout her career made headline news and not always for the right reasons. In 2004, she married Jason Alexander, but the marriage only lasted two days. When asked about it, the singer said she wanted to know how it felt to be married and the atmosphere of Las Vegas led her to make such a rash decision.
Spears also dabbled in acting, and made her debut to the big screen in 2002 with the lead role in the coming-of-age film ‘Crossroads.’ Many experts predicted she would enjoy a successful movie career, but on the contrary, she was awarded the Golden Raspberry Award in the category ‘The worst actress’. She also appeared in another film ‘Fahrenheit 9/11’ and it too was deemed a failure by the critics.
Spears has been romantically involved with several other celebrities in the past, notably Justin Timberlake, which ended acrimoniously and she has often found herself in the spotlight, no so much for her music but rather for events in her personal life.
Her tarnished reputation began to take hold when her marriage to the Dancer, Kevin Federline, from 2004-07 also ended in divorce. She later lost the custody of their kids to him with her ex husband claiming she had a substance abuse problem.
Spears credibility was further compromised when she agreed to a ‘meet and greet’ event for adoring fans who were willing to pay $2500 for the privilege. Many fans felt cheated, when it was their turn. ‘‘She smiled, didn’t talk and had one photo taken.’’ The entire episode lasted about three seconds and many fans felt it was a total waste of money.
Somehow, Spears has continued to develop her creativity. In 2016, the singer released the song Slumber Party, which was a YouTube success with 16.5 million views and only time will tell if the once young and innocent child star will be able to retain her hordes of fans worldwide.
Nr 3 – Shia LaBeouf
Shia LaBeouf was born on June 11, 1986, in Los Angeles, California. LaBeouf grew up in an impoverished environment, a situation that got worse when his father, (a VietNam veteran) developed a substance abuse problem and left the family on their own.
In 1993, LaBeouf was tired of being without much money, and he started doing stand-up comedy at various coffee clubs in his neighborhood which gave him a certain amount of confidence on a public stage. Then one day, he saw a friend acting in the tv series ‘Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman’. LaBeouf discovered that his friend earned a decent wage from his role and he was inspired to do the same.
The next day, he started looking for an agent and after finding one he arranged an audition and did a stand-up routine in front of him. Impressed with his performance, the agent signed him and he was soon auditioning.
His first big breakthrough came when he landed the role of Louis Stevens on the popular Disney Channel series Even Stevens(2000) for which he later won a Daytime Emmy Award for his performance.
His acting skills soon attracted the attention of other producers and landed him roles in several television series including, ‘The Nightmare Room’ and the TV film, ‘Hounded’, in 2001.
His first taste of big screen success was in the film adaptation of the Louis Sachar novel ‘Holes’, which proved popular with the critics as well as young audiences.
In 2003, LaBeouf landed the lead role in the coming-of-age drama, ‘The Battle of Shaker Heights’. He also had a small part in Charlie’s Angels, ‘Full Throttle’ (2003).
LaBeouf’s film career continued with several supporting roles, appearing in the sci-fi action drama I, Robot (2004) with Will Smith. The next year, he played Chas, a sidekick to Keanu Reeves’s demon hunter in Constantine (2005).
In 2005, LaBeouf had a leading role in the historic sports drama ‘The Greatest Game Ever Played’ and while filming the movie, he became romantically involved with one of the producer’s daughters, China Brezner. Their relationship ended in 2007.
In 2007, LaBeouf starred in two box office hits and was named “Star of Tomorrow” at the ShoWest convention, an annual event for the National Association of Theatre Owners.
He moved into the blockbusters category with the “Transformers” franchise and also starred in other hits like Alfred Hitchcock’s ‘Disturbia’, a role which could possibly have been instrumental in the blemishes his career was to experience after the making of that movie.
In November 2007. He was arrested for trespassing after he refused to leave a Chicago drug store. The charges were later dropped. After being involved in a car accident, in July 2008, he was arrested for DUI. The accident left him with a damaged hand that needed extensive surgery and his injury was written into his role by the screenwriters for the Transformers and in January 2009, he had his driver’s license suspended for a year as a consequence of his refusing blood-alcohol-level testing after the accident in 2008.
After an incident at Studio 54 in 2014, LaBeouf was charged with disorderly conduct and criminal trespass. His case wasn’t helped when he spat and swore at the arresting officers all the way to the station.
In 2017, after attending rehab, LaBeouf had a repeat of bad behaviour when he screamed abuse at the officers trying to detain him for public intoxication. He was fined $ 1000, and ordered to attend anger management.
LaBeouf has not been seen on the big screen for a while, instead preferring to lead a quieter life with public art performances which he reportedly enjoys. Who knows, the move might also help him put to rest his more turbulent behaviour of the past.
Nr 2 – Kendall Jenner
Kendall Nicole Jenner was born on November 3, 1995 in Los Angeles, California to Kris and Bruce Jenner an Olympic champion. Her youth was spent in an affluent suburb of Los Angeles which she shared with her younger sister Kylie and four half-siblings from her mother’s first marriage to O.J. Simpson.
At the age of 14, Jenner’s mother signed her up to Wilhelmina Models modeling agency and she began her career doing fashion shoots for the popular clothing chain, Forever 21.
A photo in Teen Vogue led to more work and a heap of other ad notable campaigns mainly for Australian brands and since then Jenner has appeared in high fashion runway shows wearing clothes for the world’s most famous designers.
By the end of 2014, the young model was dubbed the new “It” girl and Jenner’s rise to fame has has continued with photos spreads for the magazines, Harper’s Bazaar, GQ and Vogue. She was also voted Favorite Model in 2015 and 2016 and is listed at Forbes’ as one of the highest paid models in the world.
Jenner is one of the siblings from the famous Jenner/Kardashian family. She is probably better known for her participation in the family’s popular reality television show, ‘Keeping Up With The Kardashians.’
Her tv popularity helped her to launch her modeling career and she soon appeared in an ad campaign for Forever 21. The campaign propelled her to high fashion runways for major internationally famous designers and magazine spreads and she is now recognised as one of the most in-demand and highest paid models in the fashion industry.
Jenner is a social media junkie with over 125 million followers and consequently, recognized as a top fashion and e-commerce influencer. She has also launched her own brands of clothing, accessories and make-up.
Jenner and her family are high profile and usually not far from the headlines. Her father, Bruce Jenner (a famous olympic champion) came out and announced he was transgender in 2015 and is now known as Caitlyn Jenner. Her mother was married to O.J Simpson and one of her sisters Kim Kardashian is married to Kanye West.
The Kardashian-reality tv series has kept the family close to controversy and Jenner’s star was first tarnished in 2017, when she was singled out and publicly ridiculed for her starring role in a Pepsi ad campaign called “Live For Now,”
In the ad campaign she is seen offering a policeman a Pepsi to quell the unrest of protestors which brought outrage from the public for trivializing the Black Lives Matters movement. The ad campaign was cancelled the following day with an apology from Pepsi,and Jenner was reportedly “devastated” by the backlash.
When asked why she hadn’t apologised for her role in the sensitive nature of the ad, it was revealed that due to her contractual agreement with Pepsi, she was unable to comment publicly on the matter.
A little short of two months later, Jenner faced even more controversy, when she and her younger sister Kylie, promoted vintage T-shirts through their clothing line Kendall + Kylie.
The shirts were printed with images of the musicians Tupac Shakur and the Notorious B.I.G. with the sisters’ faces superimposed on them. The public backlash was fierce and they also faced violation of copyright laws for not having prior permission to use the images. The shirts were swiftly removed from their site by the sisters and accompanied by a public apology.
Photo Source: Harper’s Bazaar
Jenner’s momentary lack of thought has lost her many fans and tarnished her ‘Star Studded’ career that even the best makeup would have a hard time covering up, but she is young and we all learn by our mistakes. Perhaps Jenner will too.
Nr 1 – Iggy Azalea
Iggy was born Amethyst Amelia Kelly on June 7, 1990, in Sydney, Australia. She grew up in the small town of Mullumbimby, New South Wales town (population 3,000). Her father is an artist and author of children’s books and her mum, Tanya, is a cleaner.
She became interested in hip hop around the age of 12 and her favorite artists included Busta Rhymes, Missy Elliott and fell in love with Tupac’s music.
The idea of living beyond the Australian outback came about in 2001, when Azalea went on a road trip to America with her grandparents. Whilst there she visited Los Angeles and Las Vegas.
Living in Australia left Azalea feeling cut off from the heart of Hip Hop music in America and with the aim of getting closer to the hip hop community, she turned to the internet and soon made friends with a boy named Derek.
Shortly before her 16th birthday, Azalea told her parents she was going on holiday with friends. She headed for the U.S to meet Derek in person for the first time. Derek was living in Miami, and simply being in the country where hip hop had its birthplace was enough to make her feel at home and Azalea soon informed her parents that she wouldn’t be returning to Australia.
With the use of the internet, she eventually gained recognition from her viral music video on YouTube before releasing her first mixtape in 2011.
In the early days of her music career, Azalea was considered a rank outsider in the Hip Hop scene, but she soon gained acceptance in the pop mainstream with her debut album ‘The New Classic’ that included smash hits like ‘Bounce,’ ‘Fancy,’ and ‘Problem.’
In 2014, she equalled the Beatles record by becoming the only artist to rank at No. 1 and 2 simultaneously on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and that same year her debut album, The New Classic, went to No. 3, yielding four Grammy nominations.
The sassy blonde Australian quickly replaced her Australian twang for an incongruous Southern drawl and has become one of the most successful rappers of recent times despite being white.
The following year she appeared on the cover of XXL magazine’s 2012 Freshmen Class issue, the first non-American female rapper to make their Freshmen Class list.
The magazine’s cover sparked a social-media clash with another female rapper with a very similar name, Azealia Banks, who tweeted: “How can you endorse a white woman who calls herself a runaway slave master?” and so the feud began and still continues with momentum today.
Azealia Banks’ tweet was in reference to the controversial lyrics in Iggy’s song “DRUGS,” which the Australian rapper would later apologize for as a “tacky and careless thing to say”, but not before she responded to the tweet from Banks that read. “You should just be happy I’m on the XXL cover as a woman, for women. And if you want to have an achievement, work, and earn your own achievements.”
The feud between the two headstrong women that started in 2014 still continues unabated today with their back and forth tweets becoming more and more insulting. They both seem unable to put the breaks on and their dispute has even started taking on racial slur references.
Azalea has continued to snatch the headlines, but not for non-musical reasons. She has publicly revealed secrets about her high-profile relationships, uploaded Instagram twerking clips and has made candid admissions regarding cosmetic surgery. In an interview with Vogue, she claims that initially, she didn’t want other girls to feel bad about their bodies but then decided that she ‘‘wasn’t into keeping secrets’’.
More recently, Azalea has signed with Wilhelmina Models International, and has subsequently been named the “new face of Levi’s jeans.”
Azalea’s music is still trending at the top of the Hip Hop charts and with a bit of luck, she will concentrate more on her music/modelling career and spend less time trying to tarnish the careers of others.