What the Hell Happened to Lacey Chabert?
Lacey Chabert was classically trained at Juilliard. She has worked with all of the great American directors; Scorsese, Coppola, Spielberg, and even Kubrick. At the age of nine, Chabert became the youngest-ever Academy Award winner. She has followed up that Oscar win with two more, plus several nominations. Not to mention her Emmies, Grammies and Tony Awards. Chabert is one of only 12 people in history to win all four awards to qualify for EGOT status. There is no denying that she has forever changed the face of cinema and all of pop culture.
Well, maybe not. She’s actually a child actor who grew into a curvy Maxim cover girl. In fact, I have long considered her ineligible for the “What the Hell Happened” series due to her limited filmography. But two things convinced me to reconsider (and probably not the two things you are thinking of)*. First, to be completely honest, Chabert started showing up in the search terms that drive traffic to this site without even having an article devoted to her! That got me to thinking… how much traffic would Chabert generate if I actually wrote a picture-filled article about her?
But even being the sell-out that I am, that didn’t immediately convince me. What would I write about? Chabert’s only done a handful** of movies. So I looked over her filmography for an angle. And I made a startling discovery. These days, Chabert does a lot of voice work. I mean A LOT of voice work. Nowadays, it’s not uncommon for celebs to dabble in voice work to make a quick buck. But typically, cartoon voice-overs are done by talented actors who are not loved by the camera. But the camera LOVES Chabert. Allow me to present a visual demonstration:
This woman is working off camera! What the hell happened?
*The first of many boob jokes to follow
**I exercised a great deal of restraint to not turn the word “handful” into the second boob joke of the article***
***The footnote explaining how I resisted the impulse to make a boob joke is essentially the second boob joke of the article.
But Chabert’s story wasn’t always about her endowments. Chabert started off as a child actor. In 1990, at the age of 8, Chabert appeared in a commercial for the toy store chain Child World (also known as Children’s Palace). The video was essentially a series of toy commercials strung together to highlight all of the hot toys in the company’s catalogue. The name of the video was Video Toy Chest… okay so maybe jokes about Chabert’s chest are unavoidable.
In 1991, Chabert appeared opposite Kirk Cameron and Cloris Leachman in a TV movie called A Little Piece of Heaven. The movie was directed by Mimi Leder who was at the time primarily a television director. But she would go on to direct feature films like The Peacemaker and Deep Impact. According to Wikipedia, here is the plot of A Little Piece of Heaven:
Will Loomis (Kirk Cameron) is living with his handicapped sister Violet. She wants a young child to play with, so brother Will takes a child (and later another) from the local orphanage. The children are told they have died and are in heaven. Will and Violet try to make their farm ‘a little piece of heaven’ for the kids, while the authorities wonder what has happened to the missing children.
That totally sounds like something Kirk Cameron would do.
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