Re: VH1 100 Greatest Kid Stars
I am once again reminded that there is a huge segment of moviegoers who have never seen over half of the movies made, because they don't watch classic films (and don't get me started on foreign films). This list reflects that bias. With the availability of TCM and the volume of dvds available from Netflix and the like, movie lovers can see so many wonderful films that VH-1 seems to have ignored, and a large portion of their viewers probably don't know exist. How was the list chosen? Did viewers vote?
A list that contains the Olsen Twins and not Elizabeth Taylor has no credibility at all. Shirley Temple was terrifically prolific (and the picture in the dictionary for child-star), if a bit annoying. Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney were wonderful, as well as Jackie Coogan, Jackie Cooper (The Champ), Margaret O'Brien (Meet Me In St. Louis)...also Virginia Wiedler (The Philadelphia Story, etc.) and Dickie Moore come to mind right off hand. Natalie Wood is terrific in Miracle in 34th Street. More recent child actors I admire were Ron Howard, Jodie Foster, Tatum O'Neal, Lukas Haas. Today's Haley Joel Osment and Dakota Fanning are truly gifted.