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Hollywood's Emancipated Stars

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Ariel Winter

In 2012, "Modern Family" star Ariel Winter, then 14, was removed from her home by authorities over allegations that Winter's mom was physically and emotionally abusive. Ariel was placed in the custody of her older sister Shanelle Gray, with whom she remained until May 2015 when she became legally emancipated.

"I am now officially emancipated!!!" Winter, now 17, tweeted. "I'm really lucky I have an amazing support system and lovely people in my life who have given me the support and guidance to have been given this wonderful opportunity." —XFINITY Entertainment Staff (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

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