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Despite their success and early fame, the lives of noted celebrities like Heath Ledger, Kurt Cobain and Philip Seymour Hoffman ended in tragedy. In this riveting series, explore how the gap between actual life and public reporting helped to create these contemporary legends. "Too Young to Die" portrays the individuals behind their myth.

FilmRise
1 Season, 10 Episodes
July 28, 2012
7.2/10
Cast: Paul Bendelow, Karla Schlender
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  • Her role as Dorothy in "The Wizard of Oz" turned 16-year-old Judy Garland into a major star. She was an entertainer by nature. Yet the dramatic circumstances of her life and death cast shadows over her achievements: she was an exploited child star whose life became intwined with pills, alcohol, divorces, attempted suicides, bad friends and financial problems.

  • He was Austria's greatest rock star and one of the most important European musicians of his time. Coming from a poor Vienna neighborhood, he became world famous with his hit "Rock Me Amadeus." His cultural legacy is more influential than any other German-speaking singer. But the fame came at a price. On February 6, 1993, under the influence of alcohol and cocaine, Falco crashes his car into a bus.

  • Vladimir Vysotsky played in sold-out halls and everyone knew at least one of his more than 600 songs, even though they were never officially released in the Soviet Union. With his unique voice and his highly poetic lyrics casting a brutal and honest light on daily socialist life, this singer/songwriter became the "Voice of Russia."

  • On the night of October 30, 1993, River Phoenix is set to play with his band at the Viper Room on Sunset Boulevard when he dies suddenly of a drug overdose on the sidewalk outside the club. "Stand By Me" was his breakthrough, "Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade" popularized him, and "My Own Private Idaho" solidified him as an idol for an entire generation.

  • In November 1981, at the age of 43, Natalie Wood, actress and mother of two, drowned in a tragic incident. At the tender age of 4 she stepped in front of the cameras for the first time. By the time she was a teenager, she had starred in "Rebel Without A Cause" and "West Side Story." How fragile was Wood, who been in the spotlight for such a long time? This film will reveal the drama of her life.

  • On April 5, 1994, the 27-year-old rock star took his own life at his home in Seattle. Kurt Cobain was the voice of his generation. The film traces the short dramatic life of the rock rebel and reveals the shocking psychological background that shaped his's life and music. Excerpts from Cobain's diaries, which describe in brutal honesty his bleak and joyless youth and his attempts to numb himself w

  • He only made 7 films, but as an actor John Belushi made an indelible impression. He became a star in his mid-twenties with "Saturday Night Live," and his "Blues Brothers" albums sold millions. This film portrays his meteoric rise to fame and his shocking and untimely death, and gives unparalleled insights into the show business of the 70's and 80's.

  • He only lived to be 28 years old. The news of Heath Ledger's death spread like wildfire. His death deeply touched all of Hollywood as well as fans around the world. The film traces Heath Ledger's evolution from the young Australian actor to the complex character actor he became, revealing a yet unknown side of him.

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