Mama, Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to be Child Stars

Today’s news that Tatum O’Neal has been arrested for trying to buy drugs is just the latest evidence that it’s tough to grow up normal if you were a child star, not that we needed anymore proof.

Here’s the link to a brief Reuters story:

Quick, name one child star who didn’t grow up to be a problem adult, fighting drug and alcohol addiction, racking up multiple marriages, having frequent run-ins with the law.

I actually can name one: Ron Howard, who managed to make the transition from playing Opie on The Andy Griffith Show to portraying Richie Cunningham on Happy Days to becoming an Oscar-winning director of such films as Apollo 13 and A Beautiful Mind.

Howard married his high school sweetheart, Cheryl Alley, in 1975 and they’re still together. He wisely chose to raise his family in Connecticut rather than subjecting them to the harsh glare and temptations of Tinseltown.

Such is the power of watching TV as a child that I was thinking to myself as I was writing this post, “Well, of course, Ron is such a nice guy, he grew up in Mayberry.” Well, Howard probably did come of age on the make-believe set of Mayberry. Being a malleable Pisces, he may have absorbed all those good American small-town values as he memorized the lines for the TV show.

O.K. Enough about my infatuation with Opie. Back to Tatum O’Neal, another icon of my childhood. She has written about her heroin addiction in the past, so it’s not news that she’s struggled with drugs. Her arrest is just another entry in the Child Star Hall of Shame that runs the gamut from Mickey Rooney marrying seven times (I’ve been married twice, for the record) to Michael Jackson’s creepy search for his lost childhood with kiddie sleepovers at Neverland to Britney’s nervous breakdowns and the loss of custody of her own children.

O’Neal became youngest actor ever to win an Oscar in 1974, for her performance in Paper Moon, a book that I adored when I first read it as a teenager.

Here’s O’Neal’s chart, from a Web site that features scantily clad babes in a come-hither stance. Here’s your chance to find your soul mate from Ukraine:

Ah, the Internet ads we have to put up with to get a free natal chart.

O’Neal is a Scorpio, born Nov. 5, 1963. A cursory glance at her natal chart doesn’t show any exact transits to indicate a run-in with the law. This is where progressions and midpoints come in handy. Somebody out there is probably going to e-mail me that transiting Pluto is sesquiquadrate O’Neal’s Saturn/Mars midpoint, or somesuch.

Please look at the chart and let me know what you think is happening to her right now.


9 comments on “Mama, Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to be Child Stars

  1. Whenever I do charts of celebrity arrests, Mars always seems to figure. Mars is opposite her Saturn, which in turn has Neptune sitting on it. All of this challenges her stellium of Scorpionic planets. As Mars progresses through Leo and challenges this stellium, she is under threat of further arrests if she doesn’t treat this one as the object lesson that it is.

  2. Beth — Good call on the Mars! But Neptune’s a little past her Saturn, isn’t it? But you are right in that both Mars in Leo and Neptune in Aquarius are squaring that Scorpio stellium. Thanks for weighing in! I’m glad it was something obvious that I missed in my zeal to get this posted (my three planets in Sag are rather trigger-happy!), as opposed to one of those obscure aspects. — Monica

  3. A reader who who sent me an e-mail notes that America’s Sweetheart, Shirley Temple, managed to survive a life as a child star and go on to become a productive member of society. Here’s her take in quotes:
    “Shirley Temple, 80, the biggest child star in history grew up to be a
    healthy and productive adult. As a child she contributed to breaking race barriers by dancing with Bill “Bojangles” Robinson in four movies. She was the first celebrity to publicly discuss breast cancer, and the first person to say on national television ‘I have breast cancer.’
    Her post Hollywood career has included serving as an ambassador and diplomat.”
    If only Tatum had lived “On the Good Ship Lollipop” instead of under a “Paper Moon.”
    We have to look up Shirley Temple Black’s chart. With all that pioneering energy and diplomacy, I wonder if there’s a lot going on with the Aries/Libra axis.

  4. “But Neptune’s a little past her Saturn, isn’t it?”

    It is eight degrees, past that position, yes. This is how I look at it.
    a.) Mars/Neptune is within orb for the opposition.
    b.) Mars is in opposition to the Natal Saturn
    c.) The Natal Saturn is caught in the orb of the Mar/Neptune opposition
    d.) The opposition falls within the degree spread of the natal stellium.

    I always take the effect of the energy patterns in total when determining how they play out.

    But if you are looking for something obscure, Sedna is inconjunct her Venus, part of that highly charged Scorpio stellium, talking about loss, abandoment and betrayal. Tatum was arrested as the moon opposed that stellium. Just a few minutes ago Good Morning America did a piece on her where Tatum talks about the loss of her mother through substance abuse and cancer. Big abandonment issues there! And what set her off to look for drugs? Her dog died.

    I am glad I don’t have that type of energetic in my chart where I’m treated monthly to a dose of abandonment issues!

  5. Beth — Thanks for taking the time to provide such insightful commentary. That’s heartbreaking indeed about Tatum’s dog. And Sedna is quite interesting.
    I have spent most of my life in mainstream media where the communication is one way. I love the two-way dialogue of Web 2.0. I get to LEARN from readers who know much more about astrology than I do. Thanks again! — Monica

  6. Pingback: Astrology Explored » Blog Archive » A Sedna Story: Tatum O’Neal’s Drug Arrest

  7. Well, the Internet is just as addictive, but not as expensive or dangerous. It may be just as hazardous to personal relationships as drugs, alcohol, gambling, etc. See my post on “Internet Addiction: Let the Healing Begin” for a quiz. It’s in the Blogging category. Thanks for wheeling over!

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