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11 Celebrities Who Were Dirt Poor Before They Got Famous

Rags to riches.

Celebrities are people we instantly admire. Whether they're a singer, an actor, both, or they've just made a name for themselves, their hard work is something to admire. However, a lot of the time we think they were born into rich families, and everything just worked for them along the way. That's definitely not true at all. 

Celebrities work hard, and most of the time it's because they came from nothing. Not all of them were born into fame and money, like Paris Hilton. A lot of celebrities had to sleep in their car while going for auditions, and now they're some of the biggest stars in Hollywood. 

From rags to riches, these 11 celebrities had it rough but made it work. And now they're probably worth millions!

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Chrissy Metz 

Chrissy Metz is one of the stars of This Is Us, and we cannot picture the show without her. However, she revealed on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon that when she went to the audition, she only had 81 cents in her bank account and she didn't know if she even had enough gas to get there. Luckily, she got the call that she landed the role of Kate while in the parking structure, and her life changed from there! 



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Halle Berry 

Halle Berry was so fixated on being a successful actress, but she ultimately struggle to book roles and that left her without money. She had to seek help and live in a homeless shelter for a while, and asked her mom for financial help but she refused. She now has an Academy Award under her belt, but she definitely worked hard for that. 



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J.K. Rowling 

A lot of people know about J.K. Rowling's struggles before her found fame for writing Harry Potter. She has said before that times were so rough, that she even contemplated suicide. While writing Harry Potter she was jobless, a single parent, but she was grateful that she wasn't homeless. J.K. Rowling was rejected by so many publishers, but she finally got the green light and the series has sold over 450 million copies worldwide. Her net worth now is estimated at $1 billion.  


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Chris Pratt

Chris Pratt is a well known name now, but before he was famous and auditioning, he was actually homeless and living out of his van in Hawaii. He lived in his van until he booked Cursed: Part III in 2000 and his life was never the same!



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Oprah Winfrey 

Oprah may be one of the most successful women in the world, however, she went through a lot before she was famous. Her mother was a teenager, and Oprah lived with her grandma while her mom tried to make ends meet. She was raped at the age of 9 by a relative, and she also once ran up to Aretha Franklin and told her she had been abandoned. Aretha Franklin gave her $100 for a hotel. Oprah was the first ever black woman to become a billionaire. 



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Jim Carrey 

Before Jim Carrey was a super successful actor, he was a teenager whose dad struggled with unemployment, and that ultimately led them to living in a single VW camper. Jim Carrey worked as a janitor, construction worker, and in a picture frame factory just to pay the bills. He believes in the law of attraction, which led him to drive down the streets of Hollywood and picture himself on a billboard. He then booked Dumb and Dumber, which was his big break. 



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Jennifer Lopez

Jennifer Lopez is one of the most successful women in the business, but as a teen her and her mom did not get along. She chose dancing over college, and her mom was furious, ultimately leaving J.Lo homeless at 18 years old. She spent a lot of nights sleeping on the couch of her dance studio, but it all worked out for her because she soon after booked a huge gig, and the rest is history!



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Justin Bieber

Justin Bieber's career started by posting videos on YouTube, but before then, he was living in a rat infested house, usually went hungry, and he had to sleep on a pull-out couch because he didn't have his own bedroom. Once he was discovered by Usher, his world changed, and his one of the most known male singers in the world. 




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Leighton Meester

Leighton Meester played a rich, know-it-all, prissy teenager in Gossip Girl, however her upbringing was not like that at all. She was born in jail because her mother and father was serving time for smuggling drugs into the US. She credits both of her parents for giving her a normal upbringing otherwise. 



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Mark Wahlberg 

Mark Wahlberg wasn't always so put together. He dropped out of school at 14 and decided to join the gang life. He spent 50 days in jail for assaulting two men, but after that he decided to turn his life around. Soon after that he got a record deal, and that's where Marky Mark was born.  




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Mariah Carey

Before she was a so-called diva, Mariah Carey actually grew up in one of the poorest parts of Long Island. She's confessed to having no toys, and having to play in the yard entertaining herself. After moving to NYC, she worked a ton of jobs but not long after that she was discovered at a party. She's now worth almost $500 million. 



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