Before these celebrities rose to fame, they were living a very poor life. And some weren’t just poor, they were also homeless. This just goes to show that even the wealthiest people struggled for money but have eventually turned their lives around becoming an inspiration for everyone who dreams of having a professional career despite starting from rock bottom.
#1. Halle Berry
Life wasn’t that easy for Halle Berry after two failed marriages, a few bad relationship and even a suicide attempt. The actress spent some time being homeless during the start of her career but have admitted that her experience made her even stronger and had taught her to live in any given situation.
#2. Dr. Phil
When he was only 12 years old, he was homeless and lived in a car in Kansas City with his father who was interning as a psychologist.
#3. Daniel Craig
The 007 actor used to sleep on park benches in London as a struggling actor but did you know that Daniel Craig is now worth an estimated $65 million?
#4. Jennifer Lopez
J-Lo couch-surfed when she was only 18-years-old after her parents didn’t agree with her decision to chase a career in Hollywood.
#5. Jim Carrey
At the age of 16, Jim Carrey dropped out of school to take care of her mother who became seriously ill. Soon after, he and his family was forced to live out of their Volkswagen bus.
#6. Kelly Clarkson
American Idol winner Kelly Clarkson used to live out of her car after her LA apartment burned down.
#7. Steve Jobs
The co-founder and former chairman and CEO of apple was once broke and homeless. As a student, he didn’t have a dorm room which resulted to him sleeping on floors of his friends’ rooms. He used coke bottles for nickel deposits to buy food and would walk miles across town every Sunday night to get one good meal a week at the Hare Krishna temple.
#8. Carmen Electra
Considered as the new Pamela Anderson, the sex symbol spent a couple of years homeless and stayed in LA shelters because of his boyfriend’s robbery.
#9. Charlie Chaplin
He was considered the most famous actor of the first half of the twentieth century and is the king of the silent era but Charlie Chaplin had a very tough time growing up. When he was younger, his father died and his mother was hospitalized in different asylums leaving the young Charlie to work and sleep in cold streets before he was even ten years old.
#10. Steve Harvey
In the 80s, Steve had a bad marriage and an even worse divorce which led to him being homeless. He used to sleep in his 1976 Ford Tempo or hotels, depending on his budget.
#11. Drew Carey
He was only 8 years old when his father died. He was on his way from Ohio to California to see his brother when he ended up homeless in Las Vegas.
#12. Shania Twain
When the singer was only 14, her mother rounded her and her three siblings up and drove more than 400 miles to a homeless shelter in Toronto.
After losing a job, Jewel had been homeless for about a month and almost died in a parking lot. She had bad kidneys and when she started applying to other jobs, she couldn’t hold them down because she got sick very often. She didn’t have insurance that time and that was the time she almost died in the parking lot of an emergency room because they didn’t admit her because she didn’t have insurance.
#14. Harry Houdini
Harry Houdini, the greatest magician, ran away from home at the age of 12 and ended up begging on the street for coins. His professional career started at the age of 17.
#15. Hilary Swank
When she was only 13, her parents divorced which led her and her mother to move to LA for acting gigs. They lived out of their car and book auditions over payphones until they had enough money to get an apartment.