The Truth About Curly Sue's Straight Hair, Sobriety and Decision to Leave Hollywood

Season 5 Episode 506
Aired on 05/09/2015 | CC
Alisan Porter was just 10 years old when she shot to fame in John Hughes' '90s comedy Curly Sue. At the time, this child star was compared to the great Shirley Temple. "Life as a child star was normal life for me," she says. "I never really saw myself as anything special or different, other than the fact that I worked at a young age."

When Alisan auditioned for Curly Sue, she says she knew it was her role, despite having straight hair. "I did not have curly hair," she says. "I think I had two perms, and then they would curl my hair everyday anyway."

While she was still young, Alisan made the decision to leave show business. "I was just getting to the point where it just wasn't fun for me anymore," she says. "There was no joy in it for me. I think I just wanted to be doing normal kid things."

Like many young stars, Alisan admits to struggling with addiction, and in 2014, this mother of two revealed that she's seven years sober. Watch as she shares why she sought treatment.

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