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Celebrity Lives: Personal vs. Professional By Deborah Netburn, Stephanie Lysaght and Todd Martens, Los Angeles Times Staff Writers Separate the art from the artist. Its the job of any critic, and the requirement of being a die-hard fan. But sometimes somewhere along the way that task becomes an insurmountable one. It starts innocently enough. Who isnt a little envious of a Disney-inspired theme park in his or her backyard? And then a baby is dangled over a balcony, or a white Bronco is chased on national television, and all bets are off. Heres a look at some celebs whose personal toils have begun to outweigh their professional accomplishments. Michael Jackson Got famous for: From his work with the Jackson Five, to his mega-blockbuster Thriller, Jackson was a source for irresistible melodies and crossover hits. Now hes famous for: Where to begin? Its been longer than most can remember since Jackson was known primarily for his music, as odd couplings (Lisa Marie Presley?), the aforementioned baby-dangling incident, and some serious child abuse charges that resulted in a 2005 trial have marred the former King of Pop.
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