When we look at celebrities, we see people that we consider to be huge successes. They have a lot of money, they drive nice cars, they live in huge mansions. They live a life that most of us can only dream of having.
The thing is though, it wasn't always this way for all of these stars. Some of them struggled mightily before they became famous - so much so that they were poor or even homeless. Now being homeless when you are a guy is one thing, but being homeless when you are a young attractive woman is another thing altogether. Predators are everywhere. It says a lot about a woman that she can be homeless and make it out alive, let alone thrive and become famous.
The women on this list did just that. At one point in their lives they had no home and lived on the streets, in homeless shelters, or in cars. But now, all of the women on this list are rich, and are huge stars. Love these women or hate them, you have to respect their accomplishments.
Here is TheRichest's list of 15 Female Stars Who Were Once Homeless.
15 Shania Twain
13 Rose McGowan
12 Carmen Electra
11 Lil' Kim
10 Jennifer Lopez
Wait, say it aint so - J-Lo was homeless? How can a woman that hot, that talented, one who is now worth $300 million bucks, be homeless? Well she was homeless, but not in the streets. Jennifer moved out of her house at 18 because she and her mom were not getting along because of her desire to try and dance full time. She ended up sleeping on a cot for a while in a dance studio before finding success.
9 Natasha Lyonne
8 Heather Mills
7 Traci Lords
An adult film star that had a rough upbringing? What a surprise! Traci is maybe the least surprising on this list. There is something about being an adult film star that makes others think you might have had it rough at some time in the past. If this is so then Traci is no exception. She was a runaway, before she was in the business sleeping under a bridge with other runaway youths.
Sonique has been through a lot. While not known that well here in the States, she is well known in England, where she was born. She was left alone and homeless at the age of 16 when her mother decided that she was going to return to Trinidad. Sonique has also battled breast cancer, which she appears to have conquered.
5 June Fairchild
While most of the women on this list were homeless before they were famous, sadly June was homeless after she was well known. She was a famous actress who appeared in the Cheech and Chong movie Up in Smoke and was once the live-in girlfriend of the lead singer of the band Three Dog Night. Drugs and partying eventually took their toll and June wound up homeless on Skid Row.
4 Lena Cardwell
Lena is an actress who has been in numerous movies, such as Jeepers Creepers. When she was a child, she and her mother went to New York to try to make it big, as Lena had displayed a lot of talent growing up. Things didn't work out that great and they slept in subways and bus terminals. They supported themselves in part by Lena singing in the terminals for handouts.
3 Hilary Swank
Gorgeous Oscar winner Hilary Swank was homeless as a teenager. She and her mother moved to L.A with just 75 bucks in an attempt for Hilary to make it big. They slept in a car for a while until a friend gave them a place to stay. Looks like this seemingly crazy risk paid off for both of them.
2 Kelly Clarkson
Most people know Kelly as an incredibly popular singer who rose to fame on American Idol before winning Grammy awards. What most people don't know is that she was homeless, although it was brief and because of a fire. She and her roommate slept in a car and in a homeless shelter after a fire forced them out of their apartment. Her roommate, Janet Harvick, said "It was really, really rough because we had just moved here, and we had just moved in the day of the fire. We knew nobody here — I mean nobody, so the night of the fire, the next day, and night, we stayed in our car."
1 Halle Berry
We all know Halle Berry. She is one of the world's biggest stars and has appeared in numerous blockbuster movies and has been on the cover of many magazines. What a lot of us don't know about Halle is that she was once homeless. Berry slept at a shelter in NYC after her mom refused to send her money.
"I probably was about 21. But a girl had to do what a girl had to do. You can do that when you're 21 and ambitious, and your eyes are this big and you don't want to go home," she said. Halle is worth an estimated $70 to $80 million now.Sources: www.imdb.com; www.latimes.com; www.dailyfinance.com