Our Plans to Engineer Career Comebacks for Curly Sue, Lisa Turtle, Small Wonder, and More


For every child actress who vanishes for years but then suddenly and successfully reemerges in an HBO series or hit sitcom, there's another who transitions into a series of septum surgeries and appearances in creepy soft-core photo shoots for foreign magazines with names like SCHLOSS. The recent returns of Mayim Bialik (The Big Bang Theory), Gaby Hoffmann (Homeland, The Good Wife), and Anna Chlumsky (the upcoming Veep) gave us a zap of nostalgic joy, but it only made us even more curious about the ones whom we haven't seen in a long time. Where's Mara "Matilda" Wilson's comeback role? Blossom can get a second chance, but not Curly Sue? In order to do our part to bring every former sassy or dimpled teen star back to their rightful place in the pop-culture firmament, whether they want to or not, we've picked nine of these actresses and studied their post-hit careers to come up with a plan to get them back on top.