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Celebrity Then And Now
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Celebrity Then And Now
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Maia Brewton

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Famous For:
Adventures in Babysitting, Parker Lewis Can't Lose
Networth:
$500,000
Currently Known For:
Semi-Retired Actress
Famous Years:
1985 - Present
Birthdate:
September 30, 1977
Maia Brewton


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  famous for:
Adventures in Babysitting, Parker Lewis Can't Lose

  networth:
$500,000

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Certain films and television shows perfectly encapsulate the era in which they were filmed. For movies like “Adventures in Babysitting” and shows like “Parker Lewis Can’t Lose”, they really showed what life was like in the late 1980s and early 1990s. One star that enjoyed a lot of success during this time was Maia Brewton, who appeared in both of those productions. She had also been part of some other notable works, but has stayed away from acting for the most part after a hot start to her career.Advertisements:

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Brewton was born in Los Angeles, California on September 30, 1977. From an early age, Brewton started performing and was auditioning for roles on screen. Thankfully for Brewton, she didn’t have to wait long to land her first roles as she was just six years old when casting directors started to hire her for her work.

Brewton made her debut in 1984 when she appeared on an episode of the series “Blue Thunder”, and had a couple of episodes of “Matt Houston”. Over the next year, Brewton appeared in the shows “Brothers” and “Trapper John, M.D.” as well as a television movie. However, it was 1985 that Brewton had one of her most famous roles as she played Sally Baines in the smash hit film “Back to the Future”, and then had a regular role on the series “Lime Street”.

In 1987, Brewton had another memorable role as Sara in “Adventures in Babysitting” where she starred alongside Elisabeth Shue, Keith Coogan and Anthony Rapp. The film has been seen as a cult hit after making around $35 million at the box office. “The cast and crew were all phenomenal, and I felt like a real part of the gang, despite being the only kid on set,” Brewton said of her experience with the film.

“We did most of the shooting at night, so I got to stay up late. It was an incredible time, shooting crazy car chases and gang fights with Elisabeth Shue at the helm. I did most of my own stunts, which was super rad. As far as shooting goes, singing ‘Babysitting Blues’ was a real highlight...It’s still amazing to me the role that movie played for so many girls around my age. Everyone has a story of watching it at sleepovers, seeing it on their first date, and watching it now with their kids.”

Coogan added onto this, saying that “I’ve had people say that this was their first film that their parents took them to that they remember going to the theaters to watch. (For me), I think it’s about crazy. I think these kids leave the suburbs and they go into town and everybody they meet is absolutely crazy. It’s a loony bin in the city.” The crew has since reunited for the film’s anniversary, remaining in good spirits with one another.

For the rest of the 1980s, Brewton had appeared on television multiple times in shows like “Dolly”, “My Sister Sam” and “21 Jump Street”.Brewton then kicked off the 1990s with a couple of guest spots, but was most known at this time for appearing in “Parker Lewis Can’t Lose”. She played the little sister of the title character that goes to school with the Ferris Bueller-esque Parker, who often said “My brother is a dead man!”

“There was no other show on TV at that time like (Parker Lewis Can’t Lose),” Brewton said. “We were on in the early days of Fox, with shows like ‘In Living Color’ and ‘Get a Life’ - there was a real sense of seeing just how far we could push it. I think it gave people a delightful break from the day to day.” She added that the series was perfectly “in the annals of quirky 90’s TV.”

The series ran for three seasons and had more than 70 episodes on air. After the series ended, though, Brewton stepped away from acting for the most part. Since 1993, she’s had just two roles with the short film “Is This Your Mother?” in 2002 and was on an episode of “Odd Mom Out” in 2015.

Whenever a young star leaves the spotlight to get away from acting, it can typically be a sad story, especially when they try to find fame once again. That wasn’t the case for Brewton, however, who had other plans outside of acting. Once she finished high school, Brewton headed to the east coast to attend the prestigious Ivy League school Yale. While there, Brewton earned her degree and went on to become an attorney, doing quite well for herself these days. The 41 year old also has two children with her wife Lara Spotts, and the two have been together for over a decade.

In the years that have passed, Brewton has been asked about why she’s no longer part of acting on a full-time basis. “I love acting, and I’ve been fortunate enough to experience it in my incarnations,” she said. “From TV to film to off-Broadway to smaller theater. After college I thought about getting back into professional acting, but I found (myself) drawn to other things. I did theater with a wonderful company in Santa Monica (CA)...and that scratched the itch in a wonderful way. I was also growing increasingly interested, and disappointed, in government and decisions being made on both a local and national level. I decided to go to law school and learn more.”

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