7 Child actors who grew up and ruined their shows

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Susan Olsen: The Brady Bunch
Finally, there’s perhaps the most classic example of a child star growing up and suddenly dropping off a precipice: Susan Olsen, who played Cindy Brady on The Brady Bunch. Olsen was only seven when she was cast on Bunch, but by the time the show went off the air, she was a very gawky 12. If that wasn’t enough, the show asked her to do a lot more than just act—they wanted her to to sing and dance as well, once the show became a poor imitation of The Partridge Family, except those were talents she simply did not have.

Just how awkward was Olsen during those final years? The show actually brought in the universally reviled Cousin Oliver to try and replace the cute factor that Olsen had so thoroughly lost once she hid her adolescent years. Good luck having “worse than Cousin Oliver” on your resume and getting anywhere in life. via

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