Former child star Missy Gold: Why I quit Hollywood and became a psychologist

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Missy Gold has no regrets about leaving Hollywood to become a shrink.

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The former child star — who is best known for portraying the governor’s daughter,

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Katie Gatling, in the sitcom “Benson,” which ran from 1979 to 1986 — tells Page Six exclusively that she “always knew” she would not be on TV forever.

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“I didn’t go into acting as a child for some great love [of it],” explains Gold, whose sister Tracey Gold played Carol Seaver in “Growing Pains.”

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“In the family, we all sort of worked and acted … and I was always more the student,” Missy continues.

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“My older sister, who also was an actress and is an actress, is still very much in her wheelhouse. But for me, I’m much more of an introvert.”

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When “Benson” was canceled, Missy was 16 and offered to test for a soap opera.

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“I thought, ‘No, this will interfere with what I want,'” she recalls. I knew I wanted to go to college, and I wanted to do something beyond that so I said no to even testing,

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