Madison was born in October of 1999, and two weeks later was already appearing in an Office Depot commercial. Although she was a bit young to make a proper decision about her future career trajectory, Madison eventually did follow a show business path. Encouraged by her parents to pursue acting, Madison was also taught to keep her feet on the ground and to remain humble. Raised in Florida in a household of seven siblings (she's the youngest), Madison attended private school when not filming. Her Christian faith also influenced Madison in her approach to stardom and served as a guide in choosing her film and television projects. When not before the cameras, Madison raised money and served as the spokesperson for Alex's Lemonade Stand, an organization to help children afflicted with cancer. That need to pursue philanthropy was just as vital to young Madison as maintaining her acting career.
After her breakthrough role in the emotional fantasy "Bridge to Terabithia," where she played Josh Hutcherson's sister, Madison appeared in the faith-based movies Saving Sarah Cain (2007) and Letters to God (2010). Although much of Madison's work is family-friendly, some of the material has inched into darker territory. She appeared several times on the playfully spooky dark fantasy anthology series "R.L. Stine's The Haunting Hour" (The Hub, 2010- ); skirted grim realism when she appeared as a guest on an episode of "Law and Order: Special Victims Unit" (NBC, 1999- ); and descended into pure supernatural horror with her lead performance in "Don't Be Afraid of the Dark," written and produced by one of the genre's modern masters, Guillermo del Toro. She also starred in three episodes as a young Snow White on the hit fantasy show "Once Upon a Time" (ABC, 2011- ). In 2012, Madison could also be seen in another major motion picture, co-starring opposite Billy Crystal and Bette Midler in the critically panned comedy "Parental Guidance."
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