Most famous people had a place to start and a trust fund to fall back on in case their show business aspirations wouldn’t pan out. Yet, many didn’t have anything but their dream and unrelenting ambition. Before they became millionaires and gained worldwide recognition, some of the most successful celebrities of our time couldn’t even afford a roof over their heads. While a lot of them lived out of their cars, a few future Hollywood stars even spent time in homeless shelters.
We compiled a list of the most impressive “rags to riches” stories about today’s top-rated, wealthy famous people. You’d be surprised how many A-listers had truly humble beginnings. For our list, we picked only the wealthiest, most widely-known stars who were once totally homeless.
17. Halle Berry
When she was still trying to book her first gig, Halle Berry didn’t have the means to pay for housing. Being all alone in Chicago, she spent many nights at homeless shelters. Halle embraces that time of her life – in a “Readers Digest” interview, she said it showed her that she “could take care of myself and bear through any situation.”
Years later, the film producer, TV star, model and actress has one of the most recognizable names and one of the largest fortunes in show business. As a model, Barry has endorsements from Versace, Cote and Revlon. She has acted in at least 40 different movies and received over a dozen awards for her acting. Plus the X-Men movie series alone has made her almost $70,000,000.