Timeline: Being a showbiz kid isn't child's play


October 1922 -- Hal Roach releases the silent two-reeler "Fire Fighters" and "Our Gang" is born. For the next 22 years, a continuous parade of kids star in more than 200 shorts.

1923 -- Jackie Coogan becomes Hollywood's top boxoffice star, with MGM paying him $1 million for four movies over two years.

November 1935 -- 20th Century Fox ups Shirley Temple's salary to more than $4,000 a week.

June 1939 -- The Coogan Law is signed into California law, protecting kids' incomes, after Coogan's millions were spent by his parents.

March 1955 – Natalie Wood, 16, begins filming "Rebel Without a Cause." Anxious to prove she could handle the adult role of James Dean's rebellious girlfriend, rumor has it the teenager slept with the film's then 43-year-old director Nicholas Ray to get the part. Wood earns a best supporting actress nomination for her performance.

February 1957 -- The Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. gives ABC's "The Mickey Mouse Club" a Golden Globe.

April 1963 – Patty Duke, 16, wins the supporting actress Oscar for her portrayal of Helen Keller in "The Miracle Worker." Duke had originated the role on Broadway when she was only 12.

April 1974 -- Ten-year-old Tatum O'Neal becomes the youngest person in Oscar history to win in a competitive category, for supporting actress in "Paper Moon."

February 1977 -- Fourteen-year-old Jodie Foster earns her first Academy Award nomination for her role as a prostitute in "Taxi Driver."

March 1979 -- Nickelodeon's iconic green slime makes its first appearance in "You Can't Do That on Television." It evolves into a network staple, especially at its Kids' Choice Awards.

July 1982 -- A helicopter crashes on the set of "Twilight Zone: The Movie," killing actor Vic Morrow and two child extras.

April 1989 -- "MMC" -- aka "The All New Mickey Mouse Club," debuts on Disney Channel and will feature Britney Spears , among others.

January 1990 -- Former child actor Paul Peterson establishes A Minor Consideration, a nonprofit advocacy group for the rights of young performers.

February 1993 -- A court awards former "Diff'rent Strokes" star Gary Coleman $1.28 million, ruling that his parents and business adviser misappropriated funds from his earnings.

August 1999 -- An updated version of the Coogan Law is passed -- SB 1162 -- ensuring that 15% of a minor's gross earnings are set aside.

July 2007 -- After complaints of abuse on CBS' "Kid Nation," New Mexico passes legislation closing a federal loophole that exempted television and theatrical productions from child labor law restrictions.

February 2008 -- Although it only opens in 683 theaters -- all 3-D venues -- Disney's "Hannah Montana and Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert" tops the domestic boxoffice, earning more than $31 million.