You don’t have to be born in the shadow of the Hollywood sign to make an impact on the screen.
1. Judy Garland
Hometown: Grand Rapids.
Breakthrough: At age 15, serenading Clark Gable with “You Made Me Love You” at his birthday party.
Highlight: Serenading a rainbow in “The Wizard of Oz.”
Where is she now? Died in 1969 after overdose of barbiturates.
2. Charlie Korsmo
Breakthrough: At 12, looking for a father figure in “Men Don’t Leave.”
Highlight: Looking for a father figure in “Dick Tracy.”
Where is he now? Teaching corporate law at Cleveland’s Case Western Reserve University of Law.
3. Winona Ryder
Breakthrough: At 13, feeling like an alien in the teen comedy “Lucas.”
Highlight: Befriending an alien in the scream comedy “Beetlejuice.”
Where is she now? Starring in Netflix’s “Stranger Things.”
4. Rachael Leigh Cook
Breakthrough: At 18, smashing an egg with a frying pan in an anti-drug commercial.
Highlight: Smashing an evil corporate ring with pop music in “Josie and the Pussycats.”
Where is she now? Headlining “Autumn in the Vineyard,” which premieres Oct. 8 on Hallmark Channel.
5. Yara Shahidi
Breakthrough: At 12, putting up with Eddie Murphy’s antics in “Imagine That.”
Highlight: Putting up with Anthony Anderson’s antics in “Black-ish.”
Where is she now? Continuing her role as Zoey on the hit ABC sitcom.