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7 Child actors who grew up and ruined their shows

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Erin Moran: Happy Days
This is one case where the producers really should have known better. By the time Happy Days launched in 1974, Erin Moran was 13 and already had a long career behind her as a child actor. So it shouldn’t have been that hard to figure out that she had reached the ceiling of her potential. Instead, we got to see a young woman’s awkward growing pains play out in real time over the next decade—not those of her character Joanie, mind you, but of Moran herself, as she struggled to keep pace with the better actors around her. By the time the show finally went off the air, we’re not sure who was more relieved: her, or us.

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