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C.A.R.E. honors Newhall child actors

Posted: April 15, 2011 2:48 p.m.
Updated: April 15, 2011 4:00 p.m.

Marlowe Peyton, pictured here on the set of "Parenthood," is one of two Newhall girls who is set to receive a C.A.R.E. award on April 30 at Universal Studios Hollywood.

Newhall actresses Merit Leighton, 8, and Marlowe Peyton, 6,  will be honored with a C.A.R.E. (Child Actor Recognition Event) award from the BizParentz Foundation during a red-carpet ceremony at Universal Studios Hollywood on April 30.

Leighton has modeled since 6 months old in catalogs and ad campaigns, and began her TV and film career at age 6. She is a three-time C.A.R.E awardee and will be recognized for her work in the USA Network's short film "Monster Slayer," in which she starred as Bea alongside Timm Sharp and Alicia Goranson.

She'll also be awarded for the Indie Feature "Grooming Giselle" and her work in the short film "Specifically," directed by actor-turned-director George Newbern.

"I look forward to the C.A.R.E. awards every year," Leighton said. "It is such a special day for us."

Merit's younger sister, Marlowe Peyton, began working in TV and film at the age of 4. She will receieve her second C.A.R.E award for her work as Emma on "Special Agent Oso," airing on the new Disney Jr. channel, as well as her appearances on "Parenthood" and "United States Of Tara."

Leighton and Peyton are both homeschooled and have worked for two years on a project called The Plastic Patrol. When the girls heard there was a trash dump in the ocean called the North Pacific Garbage Patch on Oprah's Earth Day program, they decided to do something about it and The Plastic Patrol was born.

The Patrol is all about teaching kids how they can reduce waste.

"The Plastic Patrol is very important to us. We can help save the oceans [and] kids can make a difference," Peyton said.  "Please come help us."

C.A.R.E. awards are based on a unique point system where young performers (18 and younger) must qualify with a combination of professional acting work in 2010, academics, union membership, training, a written essay, community service and several other criteria.

Leighton, Peyton and the rest of Young Hollywood will walk the red carpet and enjoy a positive image at the seventh annual C.A.R.E. Awards.

Celebrating the positive ways children contribute to the entertainment industry and held at the Globe Theatre inside Universal Studios Hollywood, C.A.R.E honors more than 150 of the industry's brightest young stars for their positive contributions to the entertainment industry.

Awardees will receive a red carpet entrance to Universal Studios, private awards luncheon, engraved trophy, gift bag, collectible souvenirs, and entrance to Universal Studios Theme Park for a day of kid-oriented fun following the event.


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