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Child stars are notorious for going down various paths of destruction (River Phoenix, Dana Plato and Corey Haim spring to mind), but not all of them fall prey to the vices of stardom. Some of them hit a rough patch but figure out how to make a comeback anyway, while others transition seamlessly to adult careers in entertainment. Here are some of the biggest child stars of the 1980s who are still acting today.

1. Tracey Gold

Tracey Gold starred on Growing Pains from 1985 until 1992. She took a hiatus from the show when anorexia nervosa caused her to drop to a skeletal 80 pounds. She managed to recover, and became an advocate for the disorder. Despite a DUI arrest a few years ago, she’s been doing well. The actress is married with three children and still acts in made-for-TV movies pretty regularly, and co-hosted GSN Live up until 2011.

Tracey Gold
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2. Alyssa Milano

Alyssa Milano landed her role on Who’s the Boss at the age of 11, and she has continued to act her whole life. She’s had a few movie roles, and also starred in Melrose Place and Charmed throughout the years. Most recently she was on the show Mistresses but quit when the show relocated from Los Angeles to Vancouver, because she didn’t want to move her family. She was recently a host on Project Runway: All Stars.

Alyssa Milano
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