Whenever the word celebrity is heard an image of a rich and famous person comes into the mind. But never a person can imagine that the rich and famous person was once so poor that he couldn’t afford a room or an apartment. Following is the list of celebrities who were once homeless.
10. John Woo
John Woo is a Chinese born film director most widely known for his films, such as Mission Impossible 2, Broken Arrow, and Windtalkers etc. Mr Woo had to witness a brutal event which happened when he was seven. There had been a major fire in Hong Kong on Christmas day in 1953 which destroyed his home along with other 50,000 residents’ as well. He said that they had lost everything and had to live without a home for almost a year.
9. Daniel Craig
Daniel Craig is a British actor who is infamously known for his role as James Bond in the latest Bond movies. It was reported in Daily Mail newspaper, October 14, 2005, that Daniel was found sleeping in a park bench in London while he was struggling as an actor. Now after his big success no one could even think that Mr Bond was so helpless that he had to sleep on a park bench.
8. Michael Oher
Michael Oher is an American NFL football player, he is not much known to people as the famous football player. But is widely known because he was the subject of the 2006 book “The Blind Side”, which followed in becoming a movie and the life story of the player was revealed to the world. The movie stated Oher being homeless in his teenage years and had no place to go or had no one to look after him. He was adopted by a family who became very much supportive and brought out his hidden talents which were playing football.
7. Harry Houdini
Harry Houdini is a name known to anyone having slight bit of interest in magic or illusions. He is said to be the best magician who ever lived, and he even died while performing. He left his home at the age of 12 in search of work and had travelled for two years on his own making his way from Wisconsin to Missouri and finally settling in New York City. He said that during his two year journey, he had to live in streets, had to camp outside in the open or sometimes stay in shelters. But his struggle paid off and he got the title of the best magician who ever lived.
6. Hilary Swank
Hilary swank is one of my personal favourite actresses because she is very talented and has starred in some very good movies. I recently found out that at the age of 15 Hilary and her mother moved from Washington to Los Angeles by car because of Hilary’s auditions. They were in so much trouble that they had to live in their car until a friend helped them out by offering them a place. Her mother used pay phones for making appointments in the auditions. But now after the risky choice she had made at that time, it has finally paid off because she has become a successful actress.
5. Carmen Electra
Carmen Electra is an actress and a model. Her acting career is pretty much known by her spoofs of movies such as epic movie, disaster movie, meet the Spartans etc. In 2009, she gave an interview about her being homeless; she said not many people even knew about this. She said that in her early 20s her savings were stolen by her boyfriend. This resulted in her being homeless.
4. Sylvester Stallone
After seeing this name most of the “Rambo” and “Rocky” fans would get a shock that how could a rich and famous person like Sylvester be homeless. According to Total Film magazine, Sylvester said that he was broke and was basically sleeping in the port authority bus station for three weeks straight. Then he saw a wanted post in the paper about the film The Party at Kitty and studs who were paying $100 a day, he said that the offer was too good that he would do anything for it. So after working 2 days on the set he was finally able to get himself out of the bus station.
3. Jim Carrey
Jim Carrey is an actor, writer, producer and one hell of a comedian. He is my personal favourite comedian; due to his unimaginable talents he has won many hearts over the globe. But it sounds very sad to know that the famous Jim Carrey was once homeless. It was said that even his parents were so poor that they couldn’t afford a place either. While Jim was also struggling as an actor, he and his family, which includes elder brother John Carrey, elder sister Rita Carrey, and parents Percy Carrey and Kathleen Carrey were living in a tent in the backyard of the home of Jim’s elder sister Patricia Carrey who was married.
2. Halle Berry
Halle berry is an Oscar and Emmy award winning actress, and is famous for her role as Storm in X-Men trilogy. In 2007, Reader’s Digest had interviewed berry, in which she told the interviewer that after leaving home for the first time, while she was struggling as an actress she had to live in a homeless shelter. The reason was that her mother had refused to pay her anymore and had given her two choices, either to come home or find a way herself. The actress refused to go back and continued her struggle and now as we can see how successful she is. But not many can even imagine her being homeless.
1. Charlie Chaplin
Charlie Chaplin is a name known to many people. He was the person who had made people laugh their socks off for decades without uttering a single word. The reports were that Chaplin had a very sad childhood. In his early age he had felt a lot of pain as her mother had a mental breakdown because of his father’s death and they didn’t have any place to stay either. After getting famous Chaplin had made people laugh till his death. But from the inside he was still hurt. He often quoted that “I love to walk in the rain because no one could see me crying”.