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Molly Ringwald Won't Let Her Kids Become Child Stars

April 5th, 2010 12:18pm EDT
Molly Ringwald
Former child star Molly Ringwald is determined to keep her kids out of show business until they finish college - because she doesn't want them to follow in her footsteps until they are adults.

The Breakfast Club star landed her first TV role at the age of 11 in sitcom Diff'rent Strokes and went on to find fame in John Hughes' 1984 movie Sixteen Candles, which propelled her into the spotlight.

She now has three children, Mathilda, six, and eight-month-old twins Adele and Roman, with her husband Panio Gianopolous, and she's adamant they won't begin their own careers until they have comple...
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Todd Bridges: 'I Was A Hollywood Drug Dealer'

March 17th, 2010 4:00pm EDT
Todd Bridges
Former child star Todd Bridges was so desperate to make cash when hit TV show "Diff'Rent Strokes" ended, he became a sleazy Hollywood drug dealer.

The actor was 22, out of work and in debt to tune of $300,000 and so he opted for desperate measures to pay off what he owed and get rich quick.

Promoting his new book, "Killing Willis," Bridges tells Access Hollywood, "I worked four different hotels and I had five girls that worked on the streets."

However, he couldn't stop using what he sold - and quickly became a drug addict.

He admits that was the lowest point of his life: "I hated my...
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Todd Bridges Snubbed By Gary Coleman

March 16th, 2010 5:00pm EDT
Todd Bridges
Former child actor Todd Bridges has been shunned by his "Diff'Rent Strokes" co-star Gary Coleman in recent years - but he's refusing to take the snub personally as the diminutive star is "very mad at the world."

Bridges admits he has been concerned for his former colleague after Coleman suffered a string of health problems, most recently being hospitalized in Los Angeles following a suspected seizure.

The actor reveals he has reached out to Coleman, but his former friend didn't want to speak to him.

He tells Larry King, "Gary Coleman, you know, I really love Gary. But he is suffering ...
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Todd Bridges Tried To Help Corey Haim

March 16th, 2010 9:57am EDT
Todd Bridges
Former "Diff'Rent Strokes" star Todd Bridges reached out to Corey Haim last year in a bid to curb the late actor's alleged prescription drug habit.

"The Lost Boys" star, who had a long history of drug problems, died last Wednesday after suffering a suspected overdose. And Bridges, who has also battled addiction, admits he contacted his friend a year ago and warned him about the dangers of using medication.

He tells the Today show, "I had tried to get Corey to stop taking prescription drugs and take care of his life. I tried to get him to understand that there was a different way out. He...
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Todd Bridges Opens Up About Troubled Childhood In New Book

March 15th, 2010 6:00pm EDT
Todd Bridges
Former "Diff'Rent Strokes" star Todd Bridges has opened up about his drug addiction, childhood abuse and off-screen romance with late co-star Dana Plato in a candid new book.

The former child actor, who played beloved TV character Willis on the hit 1970s and '80s show, has put pen to paper for "Killing Willis: From Diff'rent Strokes to the Mean Streets to the Life I Always Wanted."

In the autobiography, Bridges, who claims he was physically abused at the hands of his father, pinpoints the moment that sent him into a downward spiral. The actor alleges his former male publicist performed ...
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Gary Coleman Hospitalized Following Seizure

February 27th, 2010 9:11am EST
Gary Coleman
Former child star Gary Coleman has been hospitalized after suffering an apparent seizure on the set of TV news program "The Insider."

The incident occurred on the Los Angeles set at around 10 a.m. local time on Friday.

Celebrity Rehab host Dr. Drew Pinsky, who was also set to appear on The Insider, came to the Diff'rent Strokes star's aid and sat with him until paramedics arrived, reports TMZ.com.

Coleman, who suffers from a congenital kidney disease which requires frequent dialysis, was previously admitted to hospital in January after suffering what he described as "a little seizure act...
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Gary Coleman Storms Out Of 'Insider' Interview

February 18th, 2010 8:45am EST
Gary Coleman Storms Out Of
Former child star Gary Coleman unleashed a foul-mouthed tirade during a TV interview on Tuesday - storming out of the studio after a guest attorney quizzed him over his recent domestic violence arrest.

The Diff'rent Strokes star agreed to appear on The Insider in a bid to set the record straight about his arrest following a domestic dispute at his home in January involving wife Shannon Price. He was handed a suspended sentence of 31 and a half days in jail and ordered to attend a domestic violence course after pleading guilty to one count of domestic violence criminal mischief at a cour...
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Our Favorite Short Celebrities

February 3rd, 2010 2:39pm EST
Reese Witherspoon
In honor of our shortest month, February, we compiled a list of some of our favorite short celebrities - starting with the lovely Reese Witherspoon (5' 2").

Verne Troyer, 2' 8"

Notable Works: Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, Austin Powers in Goldmember, The Love Guru

Danny DeVito, 5'

Notable Works: It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Be Cool, Drowning Mona, Batman Returns

Gary Coleman, 4' 8"

Notable Works: Diff'rent Strokes

Mickey Rooney, 5' 3"

Notable Works: Boy's Town, Baby Face Nelson, The Black Stallion

Peter Dinklage, 4'5"

Notable Works:...
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Celebrities Who Should Have Their Own VH1 Dating Shows

May 8th, 2009 9:57am EDT
VH1 Dating Shows
VH1 used to air music videos and documentary series like "Behind the Music." But now like its sister company MTV, the channel is all reality, all the time. VH1 has become the celebrity dating channel featuring C-list and has been celebs. Shows like Flavor of Love and Rock of Love have been two of the popular celebrity dating shows on the network. These shows have been very successful and have rejuvenated the careers of Flavor Flav and Bret Michaels. R & B star Ray J has even had his own dating show on VH1 even though he's not a has been or C-list celebrity.

Here's some celebrities who...
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5 Favorite Guest Stars In 'Friday The 13th' Films

October 10th, 2008 10:16am EDT
Friday the 13th
There have been 11 installments in the Friday the 13th saga (parts one through eight, Jason X, Jason VS Freddy, and Jason Goes to Hell), and all that we really have learned is that Jason Vorhees is an indestructible, undead mute who likes to wear sporting equipment over his face and kill people, mostly teenagers, in new and exciting ways.

This has been his pastime since 1980, and along the way he’s met all kinds of interesting characters, and usually he proceeds to kill them. Some of these folks have gone onto projects with a little more substance, and some have increased notoriety ...
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Hip-Hop's Great White Wonders

October 1st, 2008 9:10am EDT
Beastie Boys
This week VH1 is trotting out another one of its Greatest shows, this time counting down the 100 greatest hip-hop songs. What does a network that airs reality sludge all day long know about the 100 greatest anything? Since it seems that everyone is an expert these days despite their lack of qualifications, I give you my list of the best white rappers of all time. Keep in mind, this list is compiled by a black man who plays an acoustic guitar and writes songs that owe more to Bob Dylan than Chuck D (who is a Dylan fan, by the way).

But that's the point, Hip-Hop Nation. Whereas rap was onc...
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The Demise of the Black Sitcom

August 13th, 2008 9:15am EDT
The Bernie Mac Show
African Americans have come a long way in a relatively short time in the entertainment industry. From Hattie McDaniel becoming the first black actor to win an Academy Award in 1939 to the trailblazing success of Sidney Poitier in the 1960s, African Americans have consistently broken through show business barriers on the march towards equality. As Frederick Douglass once said, "Without struggle, there is no progress."

Over the years, progress was certainly made in Hollywood, especially on the small screen. In fact, the year 1990 saw a great influx of black talent on television. That...
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'Marcia, Marcia, Marcia!' & Other Memorable TV Quotes

July 14th, 2008 8:45am EDT
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When the television became available in the early 20th century, who would have ever thought it could became such a vital part of pop culture and media coverage? These days the "Boob Tube" still holds power over even the most casual of viewers with its advertising campaigns and storytelling prime time shows.

The television is used to entertain as well as inform, and over the years thousands of shows were created to catch the attention of the public. Only so many shows are able to grab the love and approval of audiences, and even less than that stay memorable after years pass on. Here a...
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Remember These Overused Catchphrases?

January 3rd, 2008 3:50pm EST
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Ever cringe whenever a television character keeps on saying the same remark over and over again? A lot of fans can't help but associate certain TV characters based on their most popular catch phrase, and this isn't always a good thing.

From "Have mercy!" to "How you doin'?" we can't help but remember certain catch phrases because these characters have used them over and over… and over again.

A good chunk of the most overused catch phrases in television history have come from the popular 80s sitcom "Full House." Just mention this show and three phrases will come to mind: Uncle Jes...
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NBC To Air Made-For-TV Movie About 'Diff'rent Strokes'

August 7th, 2006 3:03pm EDT
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NBC will re-visit one of television's most popular comedy series -- Diff'rent Strokes -- with a movie that serves as a powerful cautionary tale about the tragedies and challenges facing the child stars of the sitcom as well as all child stars in "Behind the Camera: The Unauthorized Story of 'Diff'rent Strokes.'"

The film premieres on Monday, Sept. 4 (8-10 p.m. ET). Original cast members Gary Coleman and Todd Bridges participated in the movie and will also appear in on-camera interviews.

"Behind the Camera: The Unauthorized Story of 'Diff'rent Strokes'" not only takes viewers beh...
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Spotlight on Paul Walker

December 27th, 2005 12:03pm EST
Paul Walker
This week the eye-candy flick Into the Blue is out on DVD. And the delicious Paul Walker stars alongside Jessica Alba. Born Sept. 12, 1973, in Glendale, Calif., Walker got his start at a young age, modeling and acting in various TV shows including Charles in Charge, Diff'rent Strokes, and Who's the Boss.

His film debut came in the 1986 horror spoof Monster in the Closet, which complemented a part in the short-lived 1986 sitcom "Throb." After high school, where he was active in a variety of sports, Walker opted to study marine biology at a series of California community colleges. Real...
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