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2013: MISCHA BARTON OPENS UP ABOUT HER POST-O.C. STRUGGLES
In 2003, Mischa Barton was one of the hottest young stars in Hollywood, thanks to her starring role on the Fox drama The O.C.. But just six years later, she was at rock bottom after being committed to a psych ward for four days. In 2013, a now-healthy Barton opened up about her struggles for the first time: "It was a train I could not get off of. When you're young, you can do it, but after a while, it's going to come crashing down on you."
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2005: JENNIFER ANISTON & VINCE VAUGHN'S NEW ROMANCE
Their movie might have been called The Break Up, but the romance between Aniston and Vaughn was going strong on the film's Chicago set. "Vince brings out something in Jennifer that brightens her," a source told PEOPLE. "She's constantly belly-laughing when they're together. It's a joy to see."
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2004: MELISSA ETHERIDGE BATTLES BREAST CANCER
Etheridge spent years raising money and awareness for breast cancer research after losing her mother to the disease, but that didn't lessen the shock of finding out that she also had cancer. Still, she was determined to be positive: "Melissa," her friend Kathy Najimy told PEOPLE, "will soar through this in her usual, unbelievably courageous fashion."
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2002: FAITH HILL OPENS UP ABOUT DAUGHTER'S PREMATURE BIRTH
Ten months after enduring a terrifying emergency C-section to deliver her third daughter, Audrey, the country singer – and her newest bundle of joy – was happy and healthy once again. "Through this whole ordeal we leaned on each other," her husband, Tim McGraw, told PEOPLE. "When you need a friend, she's somebody you want. She's a strong person. Faith has a very real sense of what she wants out of life. She wants it all."
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1996: MADONNA, NOW WITH CHILD
Despite building a career on her wild child reputation, Madonna was more than ready for motherhood by the time she welcomed her daughter, Lourdes Maria Ciccone Leon, in 1996. "This is," she told PEOPLE, "the greatest miracle of my life."
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1994: CHARLES & DIANA'S DIVORCE GETS UGLY
In the midst of a very public split, and with the British public quickly turning against him, Prince Charles was in hot water after a book was published claiming he never loved his wife. Though Charles promptly denounced the book, saying, "I've never discussed private matters, and I don't think the Queen has either," the Princess of Wales was "horrified and shocked" – and the media quickly pit the former spouses against one another.
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1986: JOAN RIVERS VS. JOHNNY CARSON: THE ORGINAL LATE-NIGHT WAR
Rivers and Tonight Show host Carson were the best of friends and incredibly supportive of one another's careers – that is, until Rivers took the opportunity to host a late-night talk show of her own, after which Carson remarked, "Seven or eight weeks is one thing. It would be very difficult for Joan to do this full time." Still, despite the negative press and doubt, Rivers wasn't going down without a fight: "If I have to write every joke myself, I'll make it work," she told PEOPLE. "If I have to call every guest myself, I'll make it work. If I have to run the cameras, sweep the floors, answer the phones, give up everything else in my life, I'll stay right here."
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1979: AT HOME WITH ROBIN WILLIAMS
From the moment that Mork & Mindy premiered, Williams was one of the biggest stars in the world, and the constant demands on his time, attention and to be "on" at all times started to wear him down. Still, thanks to his then-wife, Valerie, he was finding a way to balance the pressure of being Mork with everyday life. "There are some people in this world who belong to everyone," Valerie told PEOPLE. "Of course, most of them are responding to Robin's talent or to 'Mork.' I love Robin the person. He is a joy to live with."
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