People: Sep. 19, 1983

She was known to millions of TV viewers as Kitten, the youngest member of the Anderson family on Father Knows Best. But when the program ended its run in 1960 after six years, Lauren Chapin, now 38, lost a lot more than a dad who could cope wisely with any domestic crisis. Out of work and spurned by her alcoholic mother, Chapin spent the next 15 years in a twilight zone of casual sex, drugs and jail for forgery. Then, one epochal day, she walked into the Eagle's Nest church in Irvine, Calif. She...

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