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Movies on the Radio: Child Stars

Child actress Shirley Temple in 'Poor Little Rich Girl.'
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Everyone is familiar with famous child actress Shirley Temple. But there are a lot of other child actors in Hollywood, and there are many movies where the kid steals the show. In the next installment of Movies on the Radio, we're talking about movies featuring child stars.
From classic films featuring Elizabeth Taylor to more contemporary movies like the Harry Potter series, child actors have always been a staple of Hollywood. One of the most famous child stars is Macaulay Culkin, known best for his starring role in Home Alone. Another well-known performance is Natalie Portman in Léon: The Professional. If you saw the latest remake of It, you were probably impressed by Jaeden Lieberher, who played the lead role.

What are your favorite movies featuring a child actor? We want to hear from you! Email us your favorites at sot@wunc.org or tweet us @state_of_things with #sotmovie. You could be featured in our next installment of Movies on the Radio!

Amanda Magnus grew up in Maryland and went to high school in Baltimore. She became interested in radio after an elective course in the NYU journalism department. She got her start at Sirius XM Satellite Radio, but she knew public radio was for her when she interned at WNYC. She later moved to Madison, where she worked at Wisconsin Public Radio for six years. In her time there, she helped create an afternoon drive news magazine show, called Central Time. She also produced several series, including one on Native American life in Wisconsin. She spends her free time running, hiking, and roller skating. She also loves scary movies.
Longtime NPR correspondent Frank Stasio was named permanent host of The State of Things in June 2006. A native of Buffalo, Frank has been in radio since the age of 19. He began his public radio career at WOI in Ames, Iowa, where he was a magazine show anchor and the station's News Director.