Hollywood is a town littered with broken dreams. Many descend upon Tinseltown with one desire - to become rich and famous, but quickly discover that the reality of achieving star status is next to none. After spending all of their savings, they are broke and often head home, with their shattered dreams and ego broken.
But even for those who have found riches beyond their wildest dreams, the journey getting there was tough --brutally, so, in some cases. Before the glitz, the glamour, some celebrities were forced to live in their cars, unable to afford rent, while they pursued fame and fortune.
Some like Chris Pratt chose to live in his pickup while seeking acting work whereas others were forced into the situation. For instance, Jim Carrey, along with other members of his family were all forced to work janitorial jobs while living in a Volkswagen camper. Others were escaping an abusive childhood, like Lil Kim.
Thankfully, for these 12 stars, their story had a fairy tale ending. These are 12 Stars Who Slept In Their Cars Before Becoming Famous.
12 Dr. Phil
He's a man who needs no introduction and rakes in a cool $70 million a year. That a lot of money for TV shrink. But as a teenager, Dr. Phil lived out of a car with his father. "I was homeless living in a car with my dad," McGraw reportedly told the Globe in 2009. "We eventually got a room at the downtown YMCA for five bucks a week." He made his name when he began appearing on the Oprah Winfrey Show, giving advice to those who needed it.
11 David Letterman
10 Chris Pratt
9 Hilary Swank
8 Jim Carrey
This 53-year-old has had a slew of box office hits helping him amass a $150-million fortune. But Carrey was poor - dirt poor, growing up. So much so, his entire family took janitorial jobs and lived out of a Volkswagen camper. "My father was a musician who got a 'regular job' to support his children," he says of his past. "When he lost his job that's when everything fell apart. We went from 'lower middle class' to 'poor'. We were living out of a van. I quit school at age 15 to begin working to help support my family as a janitor. I'd have a baseball bat on my janitor cart because I was so angry I just wanted to beat the heck out of it."
7 Drew Carey
5 Tyler Perry
4 Kelly Clarkson
3 William Shatner
Shatner probably wished someone would beam him up and help him escape the hell of a year that was 1969.When he and his then wife Gloria Rand divorced, Shatner was broke and down and out, living in his pickup truck. "It was the early 1970s and I was recently divorced," he once Details magazine."I had three kids and was totally broke. I managed to find work back east on the straw-hat circuit—summer stock—but couldn’t afford hotels, so I lived out of the back of my truck, under a hard shell. It had a little stove, a toilet, and I’d drive from theater to theater. The only comfort came from my dog."
Two Emmy Awards and a Golden Globe later, he is worth an estimated $100 million and reports continue to come in that he made $600 million as the commercial pitchman for Priceline.com.
2 Lil’ Kim
1 Sam Worthington
This Australian actor was unemployed and out of work for quite some time while he was waiting for his big break. He revealed in an interview that he "sold everything I owned and was just living in the car basically, not doing much." And he was still living in his car until Lady Luck shined upon him and an audition with director James Cameron changed his life. He went on to win acclaim for his role in Avatar and find even more success with Clash of the Titans. As of late, the 38-year-old and recently married star, listed his Hawaiian mansion for sale for $6.5 million.
Sources: Celebrity Net Worth, DailyMail, Africa, Dish Nation
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