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10 Celebrities Who Quit Hollywood

Hollywood is known as 'the land of broken dreams,' because so many people move there in an attempt to get their big break in the entertainment industry. With stiff competition, harsh criticism and lots of rejection, very few actually ever make it big. Many have tried to make it in Hollywood, but have failed. Then, there are the people who have tried, have succeeded and decided to quit. They've learned that being a celebrity isn't all it's cracked up to be. These former stars have exchanged fame and fortune for normalcy. Here are ten celebrities that said, "Enough is enough," and decided to quit Hollywood.

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9 Freddie Prinze Jr.

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8 Elizabeth Hurley

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7 Mara Wilson

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Actress, Mara Wilson is widely known for her roles in Mrs. Doubtfire and Matilda. Her last film was Thomas and the Magic Railroad in 2000. Since then, Mara explained in 2012 why she quit acting. She told US Magazine, "Film acting is not very fun. Doing the same thing over and over again until, in the director's eyes, you 'get it right', does not allow for very much creative freedom. The best times I had on film sets were the times the director let me express myself, but those were rare." Wilson now works for Publicolor, a nonprofit organization based out of New York City. Mara is interested in writing young adult novels and wrote her first off Broadway play, titled 'Sheeple' in 2013.

6 Sean Connery

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5 Dave Chappelle

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4 Jonathan Taylor Thomas

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3 Meg Ryan

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2 Amanda Bynes

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1 Josh Hartnett

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Back in the early 2000's, Josh Hartnett was considered an A-Lister, starring in films like, Black Hawk Down, Pearl Harbor, Lucky Number Slevin and 30 Days of Night. In an interview with Details magazine, Hartnett revealed that he got sick of his fame, because he didn't feel comfortable in his own skin and he felt he couldn't trust anyone. He moved back to Minnesota in 2007, for eighteen months and in the last seven years, Hartnett has only starred in independent films. Recently, Josh Hartnett took a role in the new Showtime series, Penny Dreadful which airs this month. Hartnett states that he is "seeking personal and professional growth now", rather than "trying to climb the Hollywood ladder".

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