Our Favorite Hollywood Stars Who Quit Show Business

Mara Wilson

One of the most iconic child stars to leave the business, Mara Wilson (yes, that’s Matilda!) has been vocal about why. She has cited the reasons, such as not finding acting fun anymore, on her blog, and also did a post for Cracked.com about why she thinks child stars tend to spiral out of control.

Wilson’s debut book revealed another reason she left Hollywood: She stopped getting the parts she wanted because she wasn’t as cute as she used to be. Not many are cut out for that kind of brutality.