10 Celebs who went from homeless to famous

Everyone has to go through rough times at some point of their life. It can be personal, professional or purely emotional. That tough experience may lead someone to break form the inside completely, or one can only become tough and move on to better things from there. Here are examples of 10 celebrities who had to endure hardships on their way to stardom and fame.


10 Hilary Swank

The 2 times academy award winner for Boys Don’t cry and Million dollar Baby, Hilary Swank started out as a child actor at the age of 9. Her mother and she decided to try out acting as a career after her parents got divorced.

Hilary and her mother lived out their car and used to book auditions for roles using pay phones. Even her first major role in 1999’s Boys Don’t Cry, for which she received an Oscar and a Golden Globe, didn’t pay her more than $3000.

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9 Kelly Clarkson

The very first winner of the reality show The American Idol, Kelly Clarkson went on to become of the most famous singers in US. Before winning her American Idol title, Clarkson had to live without a home for a period of time. She worked as a waitress to make some money for a demo tape and also had to return to her hometown due to a fire in her apartment. She managed to live out of her car and went to become one of the bar setter for American Idol contestants.

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8 William Shatner

William Shatner is famous for his iconic show Star Trek. He became a huge star due to that show, but after the show ended, he had to endure a period in which he went through a divorce, lost all his money and his apartment due to no work.


But he ultimate started doing little roles in TV shows and continued getting guest roles in big TV shows and films. Little by little he regained his position as a bankable star and went on to feature in shows like Boston Legal and the Practice to much acclaim and awards.

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7 Sam Worthington

The star of James Cameron’s Avatar, Sam Worthington is an Australian actor of English descent. Before getting the role of Jake Sully in Avtar, Worthington sold all his possessions for $2,000 and bought a car in order to audition for roles and travel.

The actor has gone onto work in films like Terminator Salvation and Wrath of Titans.

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6 Dr. Phil

Known to give practical advice on relationships and personal problems for over the years, Phil McGraw or Dr. Phil revealed that he and his father used to stay in a car when his father was pursuing his psychology degree. Later he says that they moved to a YMCA in a room costing $5/week. He says that experience has firmly rooted him to the earth in terms of ethics and work.

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5 Jewel

Jewel is one of the most acclaimed country singers in US. She started working with her parents at the age of 6 and as she grew old, she used to travel the country singing wherever she could. She used to live out of her van and worked for any payment she could get.


Her hard work paid off when her first album Pieces of You went multi-platinum in 1995. Since then she has gone on to become country singing’s biggest stars.


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4 Jim Carrey

Funny man Jim Carrey known for The Mask and his TV show In living colour. He has also featured in some the best comedies in film history such as Dumb and Dumber, Pet Detective Ace Ventura and Liar Liar.


When he was 15, his father lost his job as a musician and her mother suffered from mental illness. He has to live out of his van and work as a janitor after dropping out of school. He never managed to complete his education due to his commitment to full time work and care for his mother. But his hard work and natural talent paid off when he was cast in the comedy TV show In Living Colors and subsequently into many movies which went on to become major hits.

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3 Jennifer Lopez

Jennifer Lopez is known for her beautiful voice, dancing skills and her toned body. But at one point of time, the now multi-millionaire had to live with friends and out of her car while she was trying to make it big in the music and movie industry. Her parents didn’t want her to try out in Hollywood and stick to performing musically and dance. But her desire to become larger than life, led her through those hard times and now she has her own production company, fragrances and a great movie career to cherish.

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2 Halle Berry

Halle Berry was the winner of the Miss Teen All-American Pageant, where she represented her home state of Ohio. When she decided that she wanted to pursue acting, she lived in several homeless shelters until she was able to afford an apartment.

But later she went onto find success in the super hero X-Men movies and became the first African American actress to win the Oscar for best actress for her amazing performance in Monster’s Ball in 2001. Regularly appearing in world’s top 100 sexiest women list, she also appeared in a James Bond movie and is now one of the most sought after actresses in the Hollywood.

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1 Sylvester Stallone

Star of the Rocky and Rambo movie franchises, Sylvester Stallone is one of the greatest action heroes Hollywood has ever seen.

Before making it big with the first Rocky film, Stallone had worked in a soft porn film and used to work and sleep in the docks of Port Authority of New York City. He even had to sell his dog in order to make some money to travel to movie studios to present his script for Rocky. He eventually sold the script for $350,000 and the movie went onto be nominated for 10 Oscars and won 3 of them including Best Picture. Stallone has written every movie of the Rocky and Rambo franchise and has even directed few of them.


He is also credited with inventing the genre of old actions heroes with his Expendable series of movies comprising of some of the best older action stars of Hollywood.

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