When we hear stories about someone successfully overcoming some horrible event from their youth, we feel like they deserve their success all the more. Why do we do this? In a way it's a bit of pity with a dash of admiration and a maybe a sprinkle of respect. For whatever reason, we often expect actors to have had easy lives filled with love and opportunity, so when we learn otherwise, it changes our feelings instantly. This list might just do that for you and the actors who make up each entry, though that's not the intention. We just want to tell the stories that you may not have heard before. These are the horror stories that happened to well-known actors in their personal lives, and, whether they like to admit to it or not, these events have surely left an impact on them. After all, how could they not?
Crazy and horrible things happen all around the world, but it always seems so much worse when you know the person who it happened to. Sure, we don't really know these celebrities, but we like to pretend that we do. But maybe it's more than just pretending. There is a certain kinship that comes with being a fan. Actors put a lot of work into their craft and the people that love and appreciate their work are connected to them. They may not know us, but we know them.
For most of these stars, these horrific events happened to them before they became an actor, changing who they were before we knew them, while others were changed during the course of their careers. We're not bothering with rankings or anything like that because of how untasteful that would come across. Here are 15 stars who had horrific things happen to them in real life.
15 Kelly Preston – Shot In The Arm By Sheen
14 Mariska Hargitay – Mother Killed In Car Crash
13 Tommy Flanagan – Glasgow Smile
12 Gary Busey – Motorcycle Accident
11 Terrence Howard – Christmas Slaying
10 Oprah Winfrey – Sexually Assaulted
9 Dylan McDermott – Heard His Mother Get Murdered
8 Gabrielle Union – Sexually Assaulted At Gunpoint
7 Charlize Theron – Mother Shot Her Father
6 Pamela Anderson - Sexually Assaulted
5 Keanu Reeves – Lost Child And Ex-Girlfriend
4 Joaquin Phoenix – Watched His Brother Die
3 Tracy Morgan – Severe Car Accident
2 Fran Drescher – Robbed And Sexually Assaulted
1 Kelsey Grammer – Multiple Family Tragedies
Kelsey Grammer has one of the most tragic family histories you could ever hear. It started with his father, Frank, who owned a coffee shop and a grill. One night, when Grammer was 13, an insane man named Arthur B. Niles set fire to Frank's car randomly. Frank went out to investigate when he was shot and killed by the man. Seven years later, in 1975, Kelsey's little sister, 18-year old Karen Grammer, was kidnapped by four men after they had tried to rob the Red Lobster she worked at. The men thought she might be able to identify them, so they took her back to their apartment and r*ped her. After that they promised to bring her home. They put a cloth over and left her in a car in a trailer park. However, just before they left, one of the men, Freddie Glenn, stabbed her in the throat. After they left, Karen attempted to ring a nearby doorbell, but she died before she could reach it. Five years after that, Kelsey's two half-brothers were scuba diving when one failed to resurface. The other brother went down to try and save him, but when he resurfaced incorrectly, he died from a fatal embolism.
Sources: Wikipedia; IMDB; Biography
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