douglas cameron 250x350 Cameron Douglas: Moms Life a Soap OperaIn the old days, kids of big Hollywood stars tried to do their parents proud. Henry Fonda’s kids, Jane and Peter, were rebellious but never got involved with actual crime.

Marlo Thomas, Candice Bergen, Jeff and Beau Bridges, Jennifer Nicholson, Lucie Arnaz, Kyle and Alison Eastwood have all made their parents proud.

But lately, things aren’t going so well for Hollywood’s next generation. Redmond O’Neal, son of Ryan O’Neal and Farrah Fawcett, is famously in jail. He had to visit his dying mother in an orange prison suit and chains.

Now Cameron Douglas, son of Michael and Diandra Douglas, is on his way to a probably long prison term for allegedly being a major distributor of drugs. It’s not his first brush with the law, but it may be his last.

The Douglas family has always been plagued by the drug problem. Michael’s brother Eric died of a drug overdose in 2004 after a history of failed rehabs and public embarrassments.

Cameron Douglas certainly hasn’t had it easy. Much as we love Michael Douglas an actor, his personal life was always a roller coaster. In 1990 he went into rehab for sex addiction and alcohol abuse. His marriage to Catherine Zeta-Jones, however, has been a success’maybe a sign of being able to start a family once the bright light of a red hot career is cooled enough to think straight.

Diandra Douglas is another story. The local papers report that it was in her apartment yesterday that Cameron’s guards found him getting crystal meth delivered inside an electric toothbrush. They didn’t say if he’s also flossing, but his dentist will be proud.

Since her divorce from Michael, Diandra Douglas has lived a soap opera. With a wealthy boyfriend she commissioned twin boys from a surrogate. When the relationship broke up, she sued the boyfriend for custody and lost, in a very public battle. (She wouldn’t marry him, sources said, because that would have ended her alimony from Douglas.) Diandra did eventually marry another man, and adopted a little girl from Khazakstan. That guy went back to his first wife, and he and Diandra divorced.

If “Guiding Light” had used this plot, they’d still be on the air!

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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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