Before they rose to stardom, many of today’s celebrities struggled to make ends meet. Some were more than just poor: they were the homeless type who had to work several times as hard to survive the brutal conditions of the streets. Others had to resort to illegal activities just to have something eat at the end of the day. From living in crowded shelters to spending the night in vehicles, these celebrities had to do whatever it takes to make it out alive. Eventually, these same celebrities managed to turn their lives around and have inspired others to understand that it can be possible to start from nothing and ending with something.
Here are 17 of today’s celebrities, who, at some point in their past lives, had to live homeless for some time before hitting it big:
1. Daniel Craig
Daniel, the latest actor in the Bond franchise, didn’t always come out as classy as he was in his 007 films. As a struggling actor back in the day, he would spend night after night sleeping on park benches. But nowadays, it’s never the case.
2. Halle Berry
Halle, an Oscar winning actress, is a combination of beauty, talent, and brains. Before her breakout Hollywood career, she lived at a shelter in New York while trying to land an acting job. This time around, she’s bagged multiple awards from a number of impressive films.
3. Oprah Winfrey
Oprah, a multi-millionaire, actress, and TV host, spent several years with her grandmother wearing dresses mostly made out of potato sack. After being molested at age 13, she was sent to live with her father, where her life turned around for the better.
4. J.K. Rowling
J.K., fresh off her brutal divorce in the 90s, not only had a child at the time, but she had to live on welfare. Her famous Harry Potter series was done in coffee shops just so she could get her daughter to sleep. Now, she’s a world-renowned author with a reputation.
5. Jim Carrey
Jim wasn’t always the funny man back in the day. As a child, he dropped out of school and had to be content living in a van with his family. His poor life led him to live on his older sister’s lawn (in a tent). But that changed big time years later as a comedian/actor.