There is only room for so many superstars in Hollywood. The constantly revolving door of famous people is hard to keep up with sometimes, and only the lucky ones actually stay in the spotlight for the better part of their career. Sometimes all it takes is one or two big movies to catapult a new face into household name status. No one knew who Megan Fox was before she starred in the Transformers movie. Then all of a sudden she was gracing the pages of magazines all over the world.
It is easy to make the wrong choices, and Hollywood is not usually big on second chances. Choosing the wrong scripts, getting involved with the wrong people, or personal issues can all derail a promising career. A lot of celebrities drop off everyone's radar, and no matter how hard they try, they never recapture the magic of their first big break. But it doesn't have to be that way. After all, we all love a good underdog story. Here are 10 of the biggest celebrity comebacks that Hollywood has ever seen.
10 Victoria Beckham
When the Spice Girls were in the height of their fame in the late 1990s, Victoria Adams, or Posh Spice, was definitely not the one people thought would go on to bigger and better things. But since marrying pro footballer, David Beckham in 1999, Victoria's fame has risen to epic proportions. She went from the Spice Girl no one noticed was there, to an internationally recognized style icon and fashion designer. The rest of the Spice Girls have done little of note compared to Posh, and she has accumulated an impressive net worth of $300 million. To top it all off, she has recently been named the UK Entrepreneur of 2014.
9 Neil Patrick Harris
8 Robert Downey Jr.
7 Mickey Rourke
Despite the fact that his acting career was steadily on the rise due to roles in films like 9 1/2 Weeks, Rumble Fish, and Angel Heart, in 1991, Mickey Rourke decided to return to amateur boxing. After a few years in the ring, and a significant amount of reconstructive surgery to fix the damage boxing had done to his face, he decided to return to acting. But it wasn't until he landed the lead role in the film adaption of Sin City, that people really started taking notice. His role in The Wrestler earned him an Oscar nomination for Best Actor, and now he is as in demand as he ever was before he left Hollywood to be an amateur boxer.
6 Martha Stewart
5 Nicole Richie
The daughter of Lionel Richie first made her mark as Paris Hilton's best friend on Fox's The Simple Life. Nicole Richie and Paris showed off their sense of privilege and entitlement by working low paying, menial jobs, and spending time with "average people" across America. During the fourth season of the show, Richie was arrested for a DUI, and sentenced to 4 days in jail. In 2006, she started dating Joel Madden of Good Charlotte, and after having two kids together, they got married in 2010. Although Richie was initially considered only a socialite who was "famous for being famous", she has turned her reputation around, and is now known for her fashion sense, philanthropy efforts, and her popular reality show, Candidly Nicole.
4 Alec Baldwin
The eldest Baldwin brother, Alec Baldwin, had a successful career on the rise when he divorced wife of nine years, Kim Basinger. The couple had a daughter, who became the subject of an expensive, time consuming, custody battle. Baldwin claimed Basinger denied him access to their daughter, and tried to cut him out of her life. Baldwin published a book, detailing the extremes Basinger went to to keep him from his daughter. He spent over a million dollars on the lawsuit, and in 2007, a voice mail he left was released during which he called his daughter a "rude, thoughtless little pig." He revealed a couple years later that he contemplated suicide over the controversy the voice mail caused. Despite his personal demons, his career has thrived, and his role on 30 Rock, from 2006-2013 has earned him two Emmy's, and three Golden Globes.
3 Charlie Sheen
2 Britney Spears
After "Hit Me Baby One More Time", Britney Spears was launched into the kind of worldwide fame pop singers dream about. She had a highly publicized relationship with Justin Timberlake, before marrying backup dancer Kevin Federline, and having two sons. She and Federline divorced after two years, and her personal problems started a media frenzy over her strange behaviour, which included shaving her head bald. She lost physical custody of her sons, and her father, Jamie was granted conservatorship over her and all her assets. But despite her personal problems, her career pursuits remained as successful as ever. She is currently in the middle of a 100-show Las Vegas residency, and is working on her tenth studio album.
1 Ben Affleck
Ben Affleck started out as a regular in Kevin Smith-directed films like Chasing Amy, and Dogma, but it wasn't until he won the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay for Good Will Hunting alongside Matt Damon, that people began to take notice. He starred in the blockbuster, Armageddon, and his career was on the rise, until his highly scrutinized relationship with Jennifer Lopez. The two made the flop Gigli together, and it seemed like Affleck might never recover. He turned to directing, and all his films (Gone Baby Gone, The Town, Argo) have been critically and commercially successful. He recently appeared in Gone Girl, and will be playing Batman in 2016's Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice.