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We all have that one special movie that transformed our lives as a kid, enhancing the power of our imaginations and allowing us to view life through a magical filter that our reality couldn't provide.

Over the decades, a myriad of wonderful films have graced our big screens, but as the years go by, we sometimes forget what happened to the incredible leads that brought all the magical classics to life. Find out exactly what happened to the seven actors and actresses from your favorite old-school movies after the final credits rolled:

1. Kate Maberly - 'The Secret Garden' (1993)

Based on the 1911 novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett, the 1993 movie The Secret Garden introduced us to a serious little girl (played by Kate Maberly) who entered through the gates of Misselthwait Manor after the death of her indifferent parents — check out the trailer:

What has Kate been up to since? Gulliver's Travels, Midsomer Murders, A Touch of Frost, Finding Neverland, Like Minds, Popcorn, Boogeyman 3, The Booth at the End, Rites of Passage, The Ghastly Love of Johnny X and Standing Up.

2. Hal Scardino - 'The Indian in the Cupboard' (1995)

Twenty years ago, Lynne Reid Banks' novel The Indian in the Cupboard was brought to life in the 1995 Frank Oz-directed film starring Hal Scardino,

What has Hal been up to since? Searching for Bobby Fischer and Marvin's Room before leaving acting for almost ten years. Now though, it seems as if he's appearing in upcoming drama titled The Show, which is he is also producing.

Aside from his acting work, Scardino also has his own non-profit organization, Aperta Productions.

3. Peter Billingsley - 'A Christmas Story' (1983)

As little Ralphie Parker, Peter Billingsley won our hearts in his quest for a BB gun in the Christmas classic A Christmas Story.

What has Peter been up to since? Although he has remained in the entertainment world, much of what the actor does now is actually behind the camera lens. He has produced various projects with Jon Favreau and Vince Vaughn, including Dinner for Five, Iron Man, Four Christmases.

4. Liesel Matthews - 'A Little Princess' (1995)

Liesel Matthews' character Sara Crew sparked our inner-most imaginations when she was introduced the world of magic realism and dreams in the 1995 classic A Little Princess. Here's the trailer:

What has Liesel been up to since? Air Force One, Blast.

She is also the heir to Hyatt Hotels' family fortune and, with her brother, sued her family over her trust funds following her father's death. For that, she received a whopping $500 million, before leaving the US to go to India. Since then, she has undertaken many charity projects focusing on education and clean water initiatives in the developing world.

5. Hatty Jones - 'Madeline' (1998)

The 1998 live-action version of Ludwig Bemelmans' works about a little red-headed Parisian school girl continues to be a favorite — it also introduced to the world of little Hatty Jones with her adorable button-nose and even cuter smile.

What has Hatty been up to since? Holby City, Doctors, Wannabes, The Silent Gangsters.

Apparently, Hatty was up for the role of Hermione Granger in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, but she was considered a bit too old to play the 11-year-old witch. Today, most of her acting involves around the Offstage webseries.

6. Peter Ostrum - 'Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory' (1971)

Decades on, and Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory still continues to find a place in the hearts of children worldwide, who also yearn for the chance to find their golden ticket within a wrapper of a scrumptious chocolate bar — here's the life-changing moment in the movie:

What has Peter been up to since? Unfortunately, Charlie Bucket was Peter Ostrum's first and final role!

Today, he is a veterinarian in New York.

7. Aileen Quinn - 'Annie' (1982)

In 1982, Aileen Quinn rocked the 'hard knock life' as strong-willed orphan Annie, giving us all hope that the "sun will come out tomorrow."

What has Aileen been up to since? The Wizard of Oz (voice), The Charmkins (voice). The Frog Prince, 30 and Multiple Sarcasms, The Comeback Kids.

She's also proven she's still as feisty as ever by continuing to show off her singing skills as the lead singer of an LA-based rockabilly group called the Leapin' Lizards. Amazing!

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