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.
Chadwick BosemanChadwick Boseman
29 November 1976
Actor
Naya RiveraNaya Rivera
12 January 1987
Actress, Singer

Kelly PrestonKelly Preston
13 October 1962
Actress

Bruce LeeBruce Lee
27 November 1940
Actor, Martial Artist

Johnny DeppJohnny Depp
09 June 1963
Actor

Dwayne JohnsonDwayne Johnson
02 May 1972
Actor
Amber HeardAmber Heard
22 April 1986
Actress

John TravoltaJohn Travolta
18 February 1954
Actor

Will SmithWill Smith
25 September 1968
Actor
Charlize TheronCharlize Theron
07 August 1975
 

Jonathan GroffJonathan Groff
26 March 1985
Actor
Olivia de HavillandOlivia de Havilland
01 July 1916
Actress

Zac EfronZac Efron
18 October 1987
Actor, Singer

Tom CruiseTom Cruise
03 July 1962
Actor

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

Jada Pinkett SmithJada Pinkett Smith
18 September 1971
Actress
Pete DavidsonPete Davidson
16 November 1993
Stand-up Comedian

Jennifer AnistonJennifer Aniston
11 February 1969
Actress

Mark SallingMark Salling
17 August 1982
Actor, Musician

Daveed DiggsDaveed Diggs
24 January 1982
Actor
Clint EastwoodClint Eastwood
31 May 1930
Actor

Robin WilliamsRobin Williams
21 July 1951
American stand-up comedian
Leonardo DicaprioLeonardo DiCaprio
11 November 1974
Actor, Film Producer

Marilyn MonroeMarilyn Monroe
01 June 1926
Actress

Ariana Grande Ariana Grande
26 June 1993
Singer, Actress
Scarlett JohanssonScarlett Johansson
22 November 1984
Actress

Tom SelleckTom Selleck
29 January 1945
 
Arnold SchwarzeneggerArnold Schwarzenegger
30 July 1947
Former Governor of California

Phillipa SooPhillipa Soo
31 May 1990
Actress

Mark WahlbergMark Wahlberg
05 June 1971
Actor, Singer
Megan FoxMegan Fox
16 May 1986
Actress

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Tom HanksTom Hanks
09 July 1956
Academy Award Winning Actor
Chrishell StauseChrishell Stause
21 July 1981
Actress

Joey KingJoey King
30 July 1999
Actress

Angelina JolieAngelina Jolie
04 June 1975
Actress, Filmmaker, Activist

Brad PittBrad Pitt
18 December 1963
Actor
Aidan GallagherAidan Gallagher
18 September 2003
Actor
Shia LaBeoufShia LaBeouf
11 June 1986
Actor

Leslie Odom Jr.Leslie Odom Jr.
06 August 1981
Actor

Kylie JennerKylie Jenner
10 August 1997
Model, Reality Star

Jason MomoaJason Momoa
01 August 1979
Actor
Timothée ChalametTimothée Chalamet
27 December 1995
Actor

Joaquin PhoenixJoaquin Phoenix
28 October 1974
 

Frank SinatraFrank Sinatra
12 December 1915
Singer and Actor

Milana VayntrubMilana Vayntrub
08 March 1987
Actress

Judy GarlandJudy Garland
10 June 1922
Singer
Robert De NiroRobert De Niro
17 August 1943
Actor

Robert Downey Jr.Robert Downey Jr.
04 April 1965
Actor, Producer
Cameron DiazCameron Diaz
30 August 1972
Actress

Sylvester StalloneSylvester Stallone
06 July 1946
Actor, Director

Bella ThorneBella Thorne
08 October 1997
Actress, singer
Snoop DoggSnoop Dogg
20 October 1971
Actor

Ellen DeGeneresEllen DeGeneres
26 January 1958
Comedian
Adam SandlerAdam Sandler
09 September 1966
Actor

Blake LivelyBlake Lively
25 August 1987
Model and Actress

Lea MicheleLea Michele
29 August 1986
Actress

Harvey WeinsteinHarvey Weinstein
19 March 1952
Film Producer

Charlie SheenCharlie Sheen
03 September 1965
Actor
Dan BilzerianDan Bilzerian
07 December 1980
Actor

Dakota JohnsonDakota Johnson
04 October 1989
Actress

Kristen StewartKristen Stewart
09 April 1990
Actress

Reese WitherspoonReese Witherspoon
22 March 1976
Actress
Kevin CostnerKevin Costner
18 January 1955
Actor

Patrick SwayzePatrick Swayze
18 August 1952
Actor
Cameron BoyceCameron Boyce
28 May 1999
Actor, Dancer

Chuck NorrisChuck Norris
10 March 1940
Martial artist

Winona RyderWinona Ryder
29 October 1971
 
Terry CrewsTerry Crews
30 July 1968
Actor, American Football Player

Donald GloverDonald Glover
25 September 1983
Actor, Rapper
Ben AffleckBen Affleck
15 August 1972
Actor

Jaden Smith Jaden Smith
08 July 1998
Rapper

O. J. SimpsonO. J. Simpson
09 July 1947
Former American Football Player
Whitney HoustonWhitney Houston
09 August 1963
Singer

Michael B. JordanMichael B. Jordan
09 February 1987
Actor
Marla MaplesMarla Maples
27 October 1963
Actress

Denzel WashingtonDenzel Washington
28 December 1954
American actor

Nicola PeltzNicola Peltz
09 January 1995
Actress

Macaulay CulkinMacaulay Culkin
26 August 1980
 
Vin DieselVin Diesel
18 July 1967
Actor, Filmmaker
Matthew McConaugheyMatthew McConaughey
04 November 1969
Actor

Mila KunisMila Kunis
14 August 1983
Actress

Jim CarreyJim Carrey
17 January 1962
Actor

Julia RobertsJulia Roberts
28 October 1967
Actress
Mel GibsonMel Gibson
03 January 1956
Actor

Wilford BrimleyWilford Brimley
27 September 1934
Actor

Brie LarsonBrie Larson
01 October 1989
Actress

Chris PrattChris Pratt
21 June 1979
Actor

Pierce BrosnanPierce Brosnan
16 May 1953
Actor
Paul WalkerPaul Walker
12 September 1973
Actor

Selena GomezSelena Gomez
22 July 1992
Actress
Bradley CooperBradley Cooper
05 January 1975
Actor

Dave BautistaDave Bautista
18 January 1969
Wrestler, Actor
Zoë KravitzZoë Kravitz
01 December 1988
Actress
Gigi HadidGigi Hadid
23 April 1995
Model