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Q: Who played young Bette Midler in "Beaches?" She looks familiar.

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Young Cecilia (CC) Carol Bloom, Bette Midler's character at age 11, was played by a young Mayim Bialik at age 13.

It was a breakout role for her, and two years later she was starring on her own TV series, "Blossom."

She starred on the series as Blossom Russo, a girl in a house full of men, raised by her widowed, professional-songwriter father. The show was a hit and also made a star (however briefly) of teen heartthrob Joey Lawrence.

Sadly, Bialik's stardom was also destined to be brief. Once "Blossom" left the air in 1995, she found herself in the position many child stars do, unemployed and unable to leverage their cuteness into work anymore.

There's hope, though.

She just landed a recurring gig on ABC Family's "The Secret Life of the American Teenager," playing Dr. Wilameena Bink.

It sort of brings Bialik back around, playing an adult on a show full of teen stars. She reflected a little on that in an interview with IESB.net.

"It makes me, personally, feel very old. It's funny. Teen actors now look much fancier than we looked, 15 and 20 years ago. It's interesting to see what our culture has demanded from young actresses, especially."

She landed the "Secret Life" gig after slowly increasing her profile again after laying low for quite a while.

She did one-off guest spots last year on "Bones" and "Saving Grace," and this year on a recent episode of Fox's "'Til Death."

Strangest yet was probably the episode of "What Not to Wear" she did, allowing the show's celebrity stylists to update her style from "homeless hippy" (an actual quote from the show's Stacy London) to "chic mom-on-the-go."

The other child actress in "Beaches," playing the younger version of Barbara Hershey's character, had even less luck breaking out of the child-actor trap. Marcie Leeds only did four more roles on screen -- most notably an eight-episode arc on the cult-classic romance series "Beauty and the Beast" -- before quitting the business to pursue a medical career.

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