Macaulay Culkin Highlight: Culkin was considered the most powerful child star since Shirley Temple. His adorable screaming in 1990's Home Alone catapulted him to the top of Hollywood's A-list. A few years later, he was earning $8 million a picture, more than Richard Gere. Low Point: Battling with his parents over his estate — once estimated at more than $50 million — he became a surly teen. As the highest-paid 10-year-old in Hollywood history, he told reporters, "I don't even get an allowance." Gossip pages recounted stories of public drunkenness. He sued his father and once told New York magazine that Michael Jackson's Neverland ranch was "the only place on earth where I feel absolutely, 100 percent comfortable." Recently: Culkin, now 23, took to the London stage last year and received good reviews in Madame Melville, in which he played a 15-year-old American schoolboy in 1960s Paris who is seduced by his 30-year-old literature teacher. He will soon appear in the independent film Party Monster, his first movie in nearly a decade.
Barry Williams Highlight: As Greg Brady on The Brady Bunch, he was the groovy oldest brother. Low Point: Williams worked consistently in regional theater, starring in minor productions of Pippin, West Side Story, and Oklahoma, but could never shake his squeaky-clean Brady image no matter what he tried. At one point, he even auditioned to play serial killer Ted Bundy, but the film was never made. Recently: In Celebrity Boxing, Bonaduce beat him mercilessly. Williams, 48, is featured in Dickie Roberts and appears in a Peter Gabriel-produced video spoofing Eminem entitled The Real Greg Brady.
Leif Garrett Highlight: Perennial coverboy of Tiger Beat magazine in the 1970s. Low Point: Success as a disco singer was brief. In 1979, he was high on Quaaludes when he crashed his Porsche. His best friend, Roland Winker, was left paralyzed. Recently: He leads the child actor sing-along in Dickie Roberts, and recently dropped out of F8, a hard-rock band.
Corey Feldman Highlight: At 14, Feldman had appeared in Steven Spielberg's Gremlins and The Goonies and vaulted to the upper echelons of child stardom in Rob Reiner's coming-of-age classic, Stand by Me. Low Point: At 17, he struggled with addiction and a string of heroin-related charges. His movie career crashed with such films as Meatballs 4. Recently: Feldman, 32, had a major falling out with his childhood friend Michael Jackson in the aftermath of Sept. 11, 2001. Feldman, who had come to New York to attend Jackson's 30th anniversary concert, claims Jackson tried to kick him off the bus the singer had rented to get out of the city, while sending limousines to pick up pals Marlon Brando and Liza Minnelli. Feldman turned the incident into a song called "Megaloman," in which he sings, "I believed in your words/I believed in your lies/But in September in New York/You left me to die."
Anissa Jones Highlight: As the pigtailed darling "Buffy" on Family Affair, she was the cutest thing on TV for about six years beginning in 1966. Low Point: She turned to drugs as a teenager, and shuttled between hre mother and father. She died of an overdose of Quaaludes and barbiturates in 1976 at age 18. Her ashes were cast upon the Pacific Ocean.