Being a Hollywood or Broadway superstar is like owning a Midas touch! Fans adore you, big brands hover around you, and the media cannot stop raving about you. In short, the world becomes your oyster. However, not all such film & theater personalities kick their way out into this life of luxury. You will get goose bumps when you discover how many such multi-millionaire superstars had humble beginnings and had no more than their dreams of making it to Hollywood or theatre. How they sustained through some incredibly trying times is indeed exemplary. Embarking on a road to fame meant sacrificing whatever little they had. They abandoned homes, lived out of their cars, sold off their belongings for one hot meal, and took up odd gigs to make ends meet, hoping to be discovered one day. We bring you the biographies of some such famous American film and theater personalities who with their sheer perseverance surmounted the biggest odds and went on to be counted among some of the biggest celebrities we know today.
Dolly PartonDolly Parton
19 January 1946
Singer
Judy GarlandJudy Garland
10 June 1922
Singer

Ariana Grande Ariana Grande
26 June 1993
Singer, Actress

Johnny DeppJohnny Depp
09 June 1963
Actor

Scarlett JohanssonScarlett Johansson
22 November 1984
Actress

Macaulay CulkinMacaulay Culkin
26 August 1980
 
Matthew McConaugheyMatthew McConaughey
04 November 1969
Actor

Emma RobertsEmma Roberts
10 February 1991
Actress

Jake PaulJake Paul
17 January 1997
Actor, Viner
Nicole KidmanNicole Kidman
20 June 1967
Actress

Timothée ChalametTimothée Chalamet
27 December 1995
Actor
Amber HeardAmber Heard
22 April 1986
Actress

Gina CaranoGina Carano
16 April 1982
Mixed Martial Artist

Kurt RussellKurt Russell
17 March 1951
 

Zooey DeschanelZooey Deschanel
17 January 1980
Actress

Tom CruiseTom Cruise
03 July 1962
Actor
Arnold SchwarzeneggerArnold Schwarzenegger
30 July 1947
Former Governor of California

Clint EastwoodClint Eastwood
31 May 1930
Actor

Chadwick BosemanChadwick Boseman
29 November 1976
Actor

Leonardo DicaprioLeonardo DiCaprio
11 November 1974
Actor, Film Producer
Goldie HawnGoldie Hawn
21 November 1945
Actress

Jon FavreauJon Favreau
19 October 1966
Actor
Sarah PaulsonSarah Paulson
17 December 1974
Actress

Dwayne JohnsonDwayne Johnson
02 May 1972
Actor

Cameron BoyceCameron Boyce
28 May 1999
Actor, Dancer
George ClooneyGeorge Clooney
06 May 1961
Actor

Marla MaplesMarla Maples
27 October 1963
Actress
Jennifer AnistonJennifer Aniston
11 February 1969
Actress

Kim KardashianKim Kardashian
21 October 1980
Reality TV Star, Model, Socialite

Kristen StewartKristen Stewart
09 April 1990
Actress
Allison MackAllison Mack
29 July 1982
Actress

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Kelly PrestonKelly Preston
13 October 1962
Actress
Angelina JolieAngelina Jolie
04 June 1975
Actress, Filmmaker, Activist

Rosario DawsonRosario Dawson
09 May 1979
Actress

Kaley CuocoKaley Cuoco
30 November 1985
Actress

Shia LaBeoufShia LaBeouf
11 June 1986
Actor
Marilyn MonroeMarilyn Monroe
01 June 1926
Actress
Bruce LeeBruce Lee
27 November 1940
Actor, Martial Artist

Tom Lister Jr.Tom Lister Jr.
24 June 1958
Actor

Adam SandlerAdam Sandler
09 September 1966
Actor

Brad PittBrad Pitt
18 December 1963
Actor
Jim CarreyJim Carrey
17 January 1962
Actor

Robin WilliamsRobin Williams
21 July 1951
American stand-up comedian

Alec BaldwinAlec Baldwin
03 April 1958
Actor, Producer, Comedian

Dave ChappelleDave Chappelle
24 August 1973
 

Jason MomoaJason Momoa
01 August 1979
Actor
Valerie BertinelliValerie Bertinelli
23 April 1960
Actress

Blake LivelyBlake Lively
25 August 1987
Model and Actress
Kylie JennerKylie Jenner
10 August 1997
Model, Reality Star

Tom HanksTom Hanks
09 July 1956
Academy Award Winning Actor

John TravoltaJohn Travolta
18 February 1954
Actor
Zendaya Maree Stoermer ColemanZendaya Maree Stoermer Coleman
01 September 1996
Actress, Singer

Kristen WiigKristen Wiig
22 August 1973
Actress
Will SmithWill Smith
25 September 1968
Actor

Sylvester StalloneSylvester Stallone
06 July 1946
Actor, Director

Rashida JonesRashida Jones
25 February 1976
Actress

Megan FoxMegan Fox
16 May 1986
Actress

Julia RobertsJulia Roberts
28 October 1967
Actress
Whitney HoustonWhitney Houston
09 August 1963
Singer

Snoop DoggSnoop Dogg
20 October 1971
Actor

O. J. SimpsonO. J. Simpson
09 July 1947
Former American Football Player

Frank SinatraFrank Sinatra
12 December 1915
Singer and Actor
Charlie McDowellCharlie McDowell
10 July 1983
Film Director

Cardi BCardi B
11 October 1992
Rapper
James StewartJames Stewart
20 May 1908
Actor

Colin JostColin Jost
29 June 1982
Screenwriter, Actor

Carrie FisherCarrie Fisher
21 October 1956
 
Joaquin PhoenixJoaquin Phoenix
28 October 1974
 

Selena GomezSelena Gomez
22 July 1992
Actress
Bing CrosbyBing Crosby
03 May 1903
American singer

Timothy OlyphantTimothy Olyphant
20 May 1968
Actor

Emilia ClarkeEmilia Clarke
23 October 1986
Actress
Natalie PortmanNatalie Portman
09 June 1981
Actress, Producer, Director

Cameron DiazCameron Diaz
30 August 1972
Actress
Conchata FerrellConchata Ferrell
28 March 1943
Actress

Jennifer LopezJennifer Lopez
24 July 1969
Singer, Actress, Dancer

Garrett HedlundGarrett Hedlund
03 September 1984
Actor, Model, Singer

Nicolas CageNicolas Cage
07 January 1964
Actor, Producer
Mila KunisMila Kunis
14 August 1983
Actress
Anna KendrickAnna Kendrick
09 August 1985
Actress

John CenaJohn Cena
23 April 1977
Wrestler, Rapper

Meryl StreepMeryl Streep
22 June 1949
Actress

betty whiteBetty White
17 January 1922
Actress
Tom SelleckTom Selleck
29 January 1945
 

Drew BarrymoreDrew Barrymore
22 February 1975
Actress

Chris EvansChris Evans
13 June 1981
Actor

Anne HathawayAnne Hathaway
12 November 1982
Actress

Katie HolmesKatie Holmes
18 December 1978
Actress
Patrick SwayzePatrick Swayze
18 August 1952
Actor

Kristin ChenowethKristin Chenoweth
24 July 1968
Actress
Chris PrattChris Pratt
21 June 1979
Actor

Katee SackhoffKatee Sackhoff
08 April 1980
Actress
Gigi HadidGigi Hadid
23 April 1995
Model
Charlie SheenCharlie Sheen
03 September 1965
Actor