It can be a difficult climb for those who are able to find success in the entertainment industry. Very few people are blessed and handed jobs, finding themselves vaulted to celebrity status. Often times, the trek from the bottom to the top is one filled with many peaks and even more valleys. It is a trying time where people deal far more with failure than success. If you want to be an actor in the entertainment industry, be prepared to hear the word no. And you better get used to hearing the word no, because you’re bound to hear it very often. It takes a thick skin to make it in the entertainment business. But more than a thick skin, it takes a keen strategic eye. Those who are dedicated are often able to find ways to overcome their obstacles and take their shot at stardom.
That’s where the expression, "the casting couch" comes from. You want it bad enough? Well, then you got to work for it. Maybe you have to sleep around to finally get your break. Maybe you have to do things you never thought you would have to in order to have a shot at getting to the top. Either way, there are many celebrities who didn’t have a path paved with gold on their way to celebrity status. They had to work their way up the ugly ladder of success and often times had to do things they weren’t proud of. All of it was done in the name of getting by and trying to find their careers. For these 10 celebrities on this list, their sacrifices paid off big time! These are 10 Celebrities Who Were Escorts Before Becoming Famous,
10 Marilyn Monroe – The Original Bombshell
Norma Jean Mortenson, better known as Marilyn Monroe, was a blonde bombshell. The actress and singer exploded as a pin-up girl and sex symbol for the entire world. Before she sang “Happy Birthday” to President Kennedy, Monroe, at the tender age of 20, landed a modeling contract with Blue Book Modeling Agency. From modeling, Monroe moved on to acting. But Monroe didn’t break through right away and she posed nude for photographer Tom Kelley in 1949 for just $50.
9 Brad Pitt – The Pool Boy
8 Al Pacino – The Godfather
In another twist of odd fate, the legendary actor Al Pacino hardly brings about thoughts of prostitution. The leading man has become a household name for his explosive characters who jump off the screen. His role as Michael Corleone, in The Godfather trilogy, and Tony Montana, in Scarface, has cemented the actor’s amazing career. But prior to this Oscar winner getting gigs in Hollywood, he had to work the streets to survive.
7 Denise Richards – High-End Escort
Denise Richards is known as a sexual temptress who graced the movie and small screens with explosive roles in the 1990s. She was as hot as any leading lady around. She even rose to the status of “Bond Girl” for one of her epic roles. She also ended up marrying Charlie Sheen, but we’ll get to that soon. Before Richards ever appeared on camera, she worked for Heidi Fleiss at her highly secretive escort service.
6 Russell Brand – Male Gigolo
Russell Brand has found a very successful career as a comedic actor, one that has allowed him to mingle with A-List celebrities and even land him Katy Perry as a wife. Brand is very open about his childhood in which he was sexually abused as a child. Brand was also bulimic as a teen. His father wanted to turn him into a man, and at age 16, brought him to Hong Kong where he hand picked out a prostitute for his first official sexual experience. Brand had a rough go of it early in his career, battling demons with his drug addiction and claiming to be a sex addict.
5 Raquel Welch – Working Girl
4 Tony Danza – Merv’s Man
Strange and twisted, women aren’t the only ones who have had to swallow their pride on the way to the top. Tony Danza, notable television star of the 1980s hit, Who’s the Boss?, was not the boss early in his career. Danza wanted to make it and while he was in a boxing gym, he caught the eye of a prostitute. She decided to help Danza out and pass his phone number along to a Hollywood producer she had been shagging it up with.
3 Joan Collins – London’s Calling
2 Sophie Anderton – Modeling and Beyond
Anderton has been a reality TV specialist after her successful career as a model. The British beauty has also endured a great deal of issues with both alcohol and drugs. Anderton would use her celebrity to prostitute herself, charging wealthy businessmen $15,000 an hour to help fuel her addictions. During the day she was drinking a bottle of vodka while at night she feasted on cocaine. When the coke would run out, she would sleep with more men to restock her stash.
1 Nancy Reagan – The “First” Escort
When I think about the former First Lady, Nancy Reagan, being an escort is not the first thing that comes to mind. The regal wife of President Ronald Reagan had Hollywood aspirations just like her future husband. Nancy Davis (prior to being Reagan) was an aspiring actress and when she arrived in Hollywood, struggled to get roles. She got a job as a “hostess girl.” Her job was to help wine, dine and entertain actors the studios wanted to recruit.
Davis dated several actors and gained a reputation in Hollywood prior to her meeting and eventually marrying, Ronald Reagan. Once she met Ronny, all the “escorting” came to an end.
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