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  1. As children, they're irresistibly cute and talented beyond their years. As teens, they're the objects of countless crushes and may make more money than most adults will see in a lifetime. It's easy to believe child stars are charmed, but the truth......  Read Full Episode Summary »

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  1. As children, they're irresistibly cute and talented beyond their years. As teens, they're the objects of countless crushes and may make more money than most adults will see in a lifetime. It's easy to believe child stars are charmed, but the truth can be shocking. These young celebrities often pay a high price for success, starting with their home lives. In this one-hour special, VH1 News will explore everything from what drives parents to seek stardom for their children to what happens when these same parents get in the way of their kids' success. Whether it's Joe Simpson's encouraging his daughter to become a sex object, Kit Culkin's working his son to exhaustion, or Susan Duff's turning into a `Momager' extreme, we'll uncover the stories behind the headlines and find out why some parents can't help themselves from crossing the line into inappropriate or downright bizarre behavior. When a kid is on the cover of TV Guide and bringing home millions, it's hard to make him take out the trash. As the power dynamic changes, parents can become seduced by fame and fortune -- living out their fantasies through their children - and the consequences can sometimes be disastrous. Former child stars speak out about the dangers of having a parent/manager and the inevitable day of reckoning when a child turns to the person who was supposed to be taking care of him and says, "Where's my money?" We'll also see how, for famous teens, too much freedom can spell disaster. With their parents often AWOL, child stars like Corey Haim and Drew Barrymore descend into a life of Hollywood excess.

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