11 Child Stars Who Sought Emancipation

Some just wanted to skirt child labor laws

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Jun 2, 2013 7:09 AM CDT

(Newser) – Turns out Jaden Smith doesn't really want to be emancipated from his parents—but these 10 child stars, rounded up by the Huffington Post, did:

  • Drew Barrymore petitioned for emancipation in 1991, when she was 15, in order to skirt child labor laws that were restricting the hours she could work.
  • Alicia Silverstone did the same thing, at the same age, so she could film The Crush in 1993.

  • Michelle Williams was also emancipated at age 15, but she later said she was "stupid" to live on her own: "I didn't know what I was taking on."
  • Macaulay Culkin's quest for emancipation was a bit more contentious: It was preceded by a custody battle and a financial fight.
  • Similarly, financial reasons were behind Corey Feldman's emancipation at age 15—he discovered he only had $40,000 left of $1 million he'd earned.
  • Emancipation runs in this family: Courtney Love was emancipated as a teen, and then her daughter Frances Bean Cobain won emancipation in 2010.
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Jaden Smith doesn't really want to be emancipated from his parents—but these 10 child stars did: Drew Barrymore petitioned for emancipation in 1991, when she was 15, in order to skirt child labor laws...   (Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP)
Alicia Silverstone did the same thing, at the same age, so she could film The Crush in 1993.   (AP Photo/Starpix, Dave Allocca)
Michelle Williams was also emancipated at age 15, but she later said she was "stupid" to live on her own: "I didn't know what I was taking on."   (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
Macaulay Culkin's quest for emancipation was a bit more contentious: It was preceded by a custody battle and a financial fight.   (AP Photo/File)
Similarly, financial reasons were behind Corey Feldman's emancipation at age 15—he discovered he only had $40,000 left of $1 million he'd earned.   (AP Photo/Jeff Christensen)
Emancipation runs in this family: Courtney Love was emancipated as a teen, and then her daughter Frances Bean Cobain won emancipation in 2010.   (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
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