CARE Awards to Honor Child Stars Past and Present

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The CARE Awards, to be held next weekend at Universal Studios Hollywood, will be honoring two generations of child actors. Stanley Livingston (Chip, of My Three Sons) will be honored along with 150 of today's hot young actors including Shailene Woodely (star of Secret Life of the American Teenager), Jason Dolley (Disney's Hatching Pete), and Ryan Malgarini and Kathryn Newton of CBS's Gary Unmarried. This isn't your typical awards show, and these aren't typical child actors.

The BizParentz Foundation announced today that their guest of honor will be former child star Stanley Livingston, most recognized for his role on My Three Sons. Livingston will be honored at the CARE Awards which will be held Sunday, March 15th at Universal Studios Hollywood.

"Stanley is a great example of a child star who did wonderful things with his life, and still made time to leave a legacy for our generation of child actors," said Anne Henry, founder of BizParentz Foundation. "We want to show kids that it is possible to work as a child actor and be a positive force in the industry -- in front of the camera or behind it." Past recipients of the award have included Justin Shenkarow, Margaret O'Brien, Joey Lawrence and JoAnne and Fred Savage.    

Mr. Livingston boasts a 53 year career in the entertainment industry. He started as a 4 year old as a swimmer with the group The Water Babies, then booked a regular role on the series The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet, before starting his 12 year run as "Chip" in My Three Sons. Decades and many major films later, Mr. Livingston is a director and a producer. His most recent project is The Actor's Journey for Kids, a set of DVDs where he invited a lifetime of famous peers, industry co-workers and experts to share their secrets for a successful career in Hollywood.

Livingston will be honored alongside 150 of Hollywood 's youngest stars at the awards. That's unusual for Hollywood awards where intergenerational honors are hard to come by. At first glance, CARE, aka Child Actor Recognition Event, looks like a typical Hollywood red carpet awards show. But CARE requires that even their 150 child honorees bring something to the table. To receive a CARE award, child actors must have worked professionally in 2008, kept a 3.0 grade point average in school, done community service, and written an essay. Additional criteria include acting study, union membership, clean online presence and an art project. Their parents must also prove their worth--they have to pass a written quiz that incorporates questions addressing current events like the issues involved in the current industry labor relations, and naming states that have child labor laws.    

Livingston will join awardees that include a hot slate of child stars including Shailene Woodley (star of Secret Life of the American Teenager), Jason Dolley (series regular on Cory in the House and star of the film Hatching Pete), Piper MacKenzie Harris (star of Jerry Bruckheimer's upcoming film, G-Force), and Ryan Maglarini and Kathryn Newton, the young stars of CBS' Gary Unmarried. Awardees come from across the continent, representing at least 10 states and Canada.

CARE is made possible by a full slate of corporate sponsors including Universal Studios, Laurel Springs School (who will be awarding one lucky child with a $2000 scholarship), American Express by GE Money, Breakdown Services, Disney, Holdon Log and iFlyHollywood.    

Proceeds from the event benefit the BizParentz Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to education, advocacy and charitable support to parents and children engaged in the entertainment industry. Find their website, along with photos of past CARE events, at


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