Celebrities sometime talk about how grateful they are for their luck, success and status, enjoying luxurious lifestyles few of us can even imagine. We have a hunch these 10 mean it more than the others. Here are 10 celebrities who were once homeless.
Before Morrison became a huge singer-songwriter success in the group The Doors, he was a struggling artist living on Venice Beach in Los Angeles, sleeping wherever he could including rooftops and cars.
The peerless jazz vocalist had a turbulent childhood. Her mother died of a heart attack when she was young, and after her stepfather abused her she ran away to her aunt. Eventually, she was put in an orphanage but when it became overcrowded, Fitzgerald was homeless for a while and slept on the streets of New York City.
Before her big break on the show “In Living Color” in the ’90s, Lopez spent a few months sleeping in her dance studio. She couldn’t afford a place of her own, and her aunt who she’d been staying with kicked her out because she disapproved of Lopez’s career path.
The successful TV and movie producer-director-actor wasn’t always on top. When he was still struggling to get his big break as a writer, he lived in his car in Atlanta, Georgia, where he worked to get his first play, the musical, “I Know I’ve Been Changed,” put on stage.
Orman is one of the most famous financial advisors and experts in the world today, but when she was just starting out in Berkeley, California, she made ends meet by cutting trees, and lived out of her car.
The former adult film star revealed in her biography, “Traci Lords: Underneath It All,” that after dropping out of high school, she was homeless and slept under a bridge along with other runaways.
The “James Bond” star spent a brief time homeless in 2005, even after having some success appearing in the movie “Heartbeat.” During that time, the actor slept on park benches.
It should come as no surprise that the actor and director who made so many films on the subject of homelessness and poverty, was homeless himself. As a young boy, after Chaplin’s father died and his mother became mentally unstable, he lived on the streets.
When Swank moved out to Los Angeles as a child, she and her mother briefly lived in a car. Swank’s first big role on “Harry and the Hendersons” helped her and her mother start to build the budget they needed for a normal life.