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Under The Influence (TV-PG)

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Amy Winehouse & Lauryn Hill

Lauryn Hill and Amy Winehouse; two unique musicians, one an undeniable influence on the other. But in their own destructive ways they sabotaged their careers and the gave up the throne they once reigned. Lauryn suffered an identity crisis in opposition to her powerful image. Amy was destroyed by enablers and deadly addictions. This is the story of two divas who never met, but were both chewed up and spit out by the music industry they once dominated.

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Britney Spears & Lindsay Lohan

Lindsay Lohan and Britney Spears were new stars for the new millennium; talented, beautiful and troubled. Lindsay was a child star who could not only open a film, but also command a starring role. Britney was a pop phenomenon who outsold and outshone her contemporaries. But they both suffered a total career collapse. We look deeper at the influences of early trauma and negative people which led on a downward spiral.

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George Michael & Prince

George Michael and Prince were royalty in the kingdoms of music and pop culture. They were adored by a world they couldn’t face, so they created their own to live and ultimately die in. George; an international man of mystery with a golden voice. Prince; an innovator in every sense of the word. We will investigate the mysterious circumstances behind their sudden deaths, just months apart.

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John Belushi & Chris Farley

John Belushi and Chris Farley were two larger than life artists who ruled the comedy roost. One blazed a trail the other would follow 15 years later to the bitter end. John was a rock star comic who took great risks for the reward of laughter. Chris dominated every stage and screen on which he appeared. This is the story of a mentor and a protégé who would never meet but are tragically, forever linked

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Philip Seymour Hoffman & Cory Monteith

Philip Seymour Hoffman and Cory Monteith were two beloved actors who earned praise from their peers. Both men also triumphed over drug addiction with years of sobriety, only to crash in similar ways. Philip was ruled by his own compulsiveness. Cory was running away from a past that caught up to him. We take a closer look at the vicious cycle of rehab and relapse that will forever link these two stars.

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River Phoenix & Heath Ledger

River Phoenix and Heath Ledger were popular and talented young actors who earned early acclaim. But off-screen and behind closed doors their lives were hidden in secret. River was a troubled kid trying to keep up with a wild Hollywood crowd. Heath was anxious and uncomfortable in the spotlight that made him famous. We will investigate the influences they were under in their lives that led to their untimely deaths.