It might be surprising to know that some of today’s A-listers started life with very humble beginnings. Some struggled with homelessness, abuse, crime and very limited access to food. Despite these dire circumstances, celebrities that continue to dazzle us with their amazing talent were able to rise above their situations and live the life they’ve always dreamed of. No matter what negative feedback they may have received from family or friends along the way, they dug their heels in and fought hard for what they wanted.
The road has by no means been easy for any of them. Every opportunity came as a result of determination and persistence. This is truly inspirational and provides motivation for the rest of us to keep pushing through until we reach our own heights. Not surprisingly, these celebs have used their crafts (be it acting, singing or dancing) to lift us, the audience, and inspire us to follow them on this journey. Many give back to their communities through monetary means or by becoming advocates for causes that many people can relate to. It seems as though it’s not just about the amount of dollars they can bring in, but about making a difference. They have a unique insight into the other side of the fence.
Here's a list of truly inspirational celebrities who’ve triumphed over their early circumstances to become extremely successful, while remaining well grounded. Their early years may come as a surprise since the focus is on their current situation, but taking a look back to see just how far they’ve come will be motivating.
10 Viola Davis
9 Hilary Swank
8 Halle Berry
7 Steve Harvey
6 Leonardo DiCaprio
5 Jennifer Lopez
3 J.K. Rowling
2 Dr. Dre
1 Oprah Winfrey
This media queen was born in the deep south in rural Mississippi to a teenage mother. It may be shocking to know that her early years were incredibly difficult and marked by poverty and abuse. Family support was lacking but her father’s push for education set her on the path that would allow her to work her way up the media ladder until she eventually landed her own talk show. Since then she’s launched her own production company, network, magazine and a school for girls in Johannesburg, South Africa. She’s even appeared in critically acclaimed movies such as The Color Purple and Beloved. She has amassed an incredible wealth and is one of the world’s richest people. With this in mind, she’s also one of the world’s most generous people. You remember her “Favorite Things” episodes on her talk show right? At the time it seemed unfathomable but it was common for everyone in the audience to leave with a car. Not too shabby for someone worth $3 billion.
Sources: www.ibtimes.co.uk, www.biography.com, blackamericaweb.com
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