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Right and left: Alisan Porter appears in photos posted on her Twitter page following her March 10, 2012 wedding. / Center: Alisan Porter appears in a scene from the 1991 movie Curly Sue. - Provided courtesy of twitter.com/alisanporter / Warner Bros. Pictures

'Curly Sue' star Alisan Porter welcomes baby with Brian Autenrieth

03/12/2012 by Corinne Heller

Alisan Porter, a former child star best known for her role in the 1991 John Hughes film "Curly Sue," and her husband Brian Autenrieth, have welcomed their first child - a baby boy named Mason.

The 31-year-old actress gave birth on Tuesday. She Tweeted an Instagram photo of her husband's daughter Cassie holding the child, saying: "Mason Blaise Autenrieth. 7 lbs 20 inches long. Born 7/17 we are all very in love."

"Can't sleep just staring at my child," Porter added, before posting a photo of her son on Wednesday.

The actress and Autenrieth, 34, married on March 10 at the California ranch Diablo Dormido in front of 100 guests. People magazine reported that the two began dating when she was 18 and "went their separate ways before reuniting."

Porter had talked about her pregnancy and wedding on Twitter. She posted a photo of herself sporting a baby bump in her strapless, lace wedding gown, the chuppah, or wedding canopy used in traditional Jewish weddings.

"Ever since you know who found out he was a boy he's been showing off," she Tweeted on February 21. "By kicking his mother. #littledude."

Porter also Tweeted a picture of herself 33 weeks into her pregnancy on May 30.

Autenrieth is also a former child star who played Brandon Capwell on the soap opera "Santa Barbara." He now manages a fruit export company with his family in Southern California.

Porter, a native of Massachusetts, began her on-screen career in the 1980s and at age five, became the youngest person to appear on the singing contest show "Star Search." She was then cast in small roles on the shows "Pee-wee's Playhouse" and "Family Ties."

She starred in the 1989 movie "Parenthood" before she was cast in her breakout role as the title character in "Curly Sue" alongside James Belushi and Kelly Lynch. Her family moved to Connecticut when she was a teenager.

"As the buzz from 'Curly Sue' wore off, so did my desire to do film," she said in a December 2008 article published in Movemnt magazine.

She said that thanks to an "amazing theater program" in her new high school, she found a new love for stage acting. Porter starred in the Broadway musical "Footloose." She told Movemnt magazine she then "moved to Malibu to chase a surfer dude, taught dance at a wonderful studio, started a band, played Miriam in 'The Ten Commandments' at the Kodak Theater, recorded my first record, spent four years playing music in Los Angeles, and did a plethora of musicals and random shows."

Porter's band was called The Raz. "The Ten Commandments" was a short-lived Los Angeles musical that starred Val Kilmer and Adam Lambert, who would later become a glam rock star thanks to his run on "American Idol." Porter played Miriam, Kilmer was Moses and Lambert portrayed Joshua.

Porter moved back to New York in 2006 to star in the Broadway musical "A Chorus Line" for a about a year and a half. She eventually moved back to California. Her last on-screen role was as a "Chorus Line" dancer in the 2008 Eddie Murphy film "Meet Dave."

"It is sometimes hard for other people to see me as anything but 'Curly Sue,'" she said. "I ask myself if they know I'm a dancer. A choreographer. A teacher. Do they know I write my own music and play with my own band? Do they know I have struggled with addiction and am now proudly a sober woman? Yes, even I didn't escape the child star curse! To me, all these things make up who I truly am."

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