Today's Birthday April 14: American actress Abigail Breslin ( 1996 - )
Abigail Breslin credits her avoidance of the dreaded curse of being a child star to one thing - her mum.
The actress says her mother Kim always taught her to stand up for herself and worked hard to make her feel like a normal child - despite the fact she was nominated for an Oscar by the time she was 10.
Born on April 14 1996 in New York City, Breslin starred in her first commercial at just three years old.
She graduated to the silver screen at the age of six when she landed a role as Mel Gibson's daughter in the science fiction film Signs.
From there she starred in Raising Helen and scored a cameo in The Princess Diaries 2.
But it was her role as aspiring beauty pageant contestant Olive Hoover in the 2006 critically acclaimed Little Miss Sunshine that shot her to stardom and earned her an Academy Award nomination.
While she missed out on the Oscar, she did take home a Critics Choice award for her performance.
The next year she made her stage debut alongside Cate Blanchett and Natalie Portman in the play Right You Are (If You Think You Are) in New York. She followed it up with a performance in Definitely Maybe opposite Ryan Reynolds.
In 2008 a role in Nim's Island with Jodie Foster continued her career while her 2009 performance in My Sister's Keeper garnered positive reviews.
A slew of other roles followed, culminating in her 2013 role in August: Osage County alongside Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts.
In more recent years Breslin has worked in television in the show Scream Queens and in the made-for-TV remake of Dirty Dancing in 2017.
She's also dedicated her time to be an advocate for victims of sexual assault and domestic violence after revealing she herself was once in a violent relationship.
"I'm a domestic violence and sexual assault survivor. While I now am no longer with my abuser, in the aftermath of what happened to me I developed complex PTSD," she once revealed in an emotional post to Instagram.
"Never feel like you are less than because you have a condition that you didn't cause. You are still beautiful, you are still important, you are still WORTHY."