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.
Joaquin PhoenixJoaquin Phoenix
28 October 1974
 
Emilia ClarkeEmilia Clarke
23 October 1986
Actress

Brie LarsonBrie Larson
01 October 1989
Actress

Judy GarlandJudy Garland
10 June 1922
Singer

Jason MomoaJason Momoa
01 August 1979
Actor

Scarlett JohanssonScarlett Johansson
22 November 1984
Actress
Dwayne JohnsonDwayne Johnson
02 May 1972
Actor

Dolly PartonDolly Parton
19 January 1946
Singer

Robert De NiroRobert De Niro
17 August 1943
Actor

Jennifer AnistonJennifer Aniston
11 February 1969
Actress
Jennifer SymeJennifer Syme
07 December 1972
Actress

George R. R. MartinGeorge R. R. Martin
20 September 1948
Screenwriter, Novelist
Clint EastwoodClint Eastwood
31 May 1930
Actor

Eddie MurphyEddie Murphy
03 April 1961
Actor

Kim KardashianKim Kardashian
21 October 1980
Reality TV Star, Model, Socialite
Arnold SchwarzeneggerArnold Schwarzenegger
30 July 1947
Former Governor of California

Macaulay CulkinMacaulay Culkin
26 August 1980
 
Carrie FisherCarrie Fisher
21 October 1956
 

Chris PrattChris Pratt
21 June 1979
Actor

Al PacinoAl Pacino
25 April 1940
Actor
Angelina JolieAngelina Jolie
04 June 1975
Actress, Filmmaker, Activist

Lisa BonetLisa Bonet
16 November 1967
American Actress
Kristen BellKristen Bell
18 July 1980
Actress, Singer

Brad PittBrad Pitt
18 December 1963
Actor

Ariana Grande Ariana Grande
26 June 1993
Singer, Actress

Charlize TheronCharlize Theron
07 August 1975
 
Kristen StewartKristen Stewart
09 April 1990
Actress
Selena GomezSelena Gomez
22 July 1992
Actress

Gabrielle UnionGabrielle Union
29 October 1972
Actress

Kylie JennerKylie Jenner
10 August 1997
Model, Reality Star

Bella ThorneBella Thorne
08 October 1997
Actress, singer
Leonardo DicaprioLeonardo DiCaprio
11 November 1974
Actor, Film Producer

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Bruce LeeBruce Lee
27 November 1940
Actor, Martial Artist

Tom CruiseTom Cruise
03 July 1962
Actor

Nicole ScherzingerNicole Scherzinger
29 June 1978
Singer

Will SmithWill Smith
25 September 1968
Actor
Sylvester StalloneSylvester Stallone
06 July 1946
Actor, Director

Tom HanksTom Hanks
09 July 1956
Academy Award Winning Actor
Blake LivelyBlake Lively
25 August 1987
Model and Actress

Marilyn MonroeMarilyn Monroe
01 June 1926
Actress

Michael DouglasMichael Douglas
25 September 1944
Actor, Producer
Johnny DeppJohnny Depp
09 June 1963
Actor

Jon FavreauJon Favreau
19 October 1966
Actor
Robert Downey Jr.Robert Downey Jr.
04 April 1965
Actor, Producer

Jennifer LopezJennifer Lopez
24 July 1969
Singer, Actress, Dancer

Natalie PortmanNatalie Portman
09 June 1981
Actress, Producer, Director

Paul RuddPaul Rudd
06 April 1969
Actor

Zoë KravitzZoë Kravitz
01 December 1988
Actress
AaliyahAaliyah
16 January 1979
American singer

Kris JennerKris Jenner
05 November 1955
Reality TV Personality

Shia LaBeoufShia LaBeouf
11 June 1986
Actor

Robin WilliamsRobin Williams
21 July 1951
American stand-up comedian
O J SimpsonO. J. Simpson
09 July 1947
Former American Football Player

Kirk DouglasKirk Douglas
09 December 1916
Actor
Zachary LeviZachary Levi
29 September 1980
Actor

Rashida JonesRashida Jones
25 February 1976
Actress

Reese WitherspoonReese Witherspoon
22 March 1976
Actress
Peggy LiptonPeggy Lipton
30 August 1946
Actress

Robert ForsterRobert Forster
13 July 1941
Actor
Cameron BoyceCameron Boyce
28 May 1999
Actor, Dancer

Frank SinatraFrank Sinatra
12 December 1915
Singer and Actor

Mila KunisMila Kunis
14 August 1983
Actress
Patrick SwayzePatrick Swayze
18 August 1952
Actor

Jennifer LawrenceJennifer Lawrence
15 August 1990
Actress
Kristin ChenowethKristin Chenoweth
24 July 1968
 

Adam SandlerAdam Sandler
09 September 1966
Actor

Gina CaranoGina Carano
16 April 1982
Mixed Martial Artist

LizzoLizzo
27 April 1988
Singer
John KrasinskiJohn Krasinski
20 October 1979
Actor, Director, Screenwriter
Bradley CooperBradley Cooper
05 January 1975
Actor

betty whiteBetty White
17 January 1922
Actress

Rami MalekRami Malek
12 May 1981
Actor

Terry CrewsTerry Crews
30 July 1968
Actor, American Football Player
John CenaJohn Cena
23 April 1977
Wrestler, Rapper

Danny DeVitoDanny DeVito
17 November 1944
 

Jim CarreyJim Carrey
17 January 1962
Actor

Sharon TateSharon Tate
24 January 1943
Model, Film Actress, Television Actress

jack nicholsonJack Nicholson
22 April 1937
Actor, Filmmaker
Liza MinnelliLiza Minnelli
12 March 1946
Actress, Singer

Diahann CarrollDiahann Carroll
17 July 1935
Actress
Jeremy RennerJeremy Renner
07 January 1971
Actor

Emily BluntEmily Blunt
23 February 1983
Actress

David BenioffDavid Benioff
25 September 1970
TV Producer
Jamie Lee CurtisJamie Lee Curtis
22 November 1958
Actress, Author

Luke PerryLuke Perry
11 October 1966
Actor
Kiernan ShipkaKiernan Shipka
10 November 1999
Voice Actress

Kevin HartKevin Hart
06 July 1979
Comedian

Whitney HoustonWhitney Houston
09 August 1963
Singer

Cole SprouseCole Sprouse
04 August 1992
Actor
Nicole KidmanNicole Kidman
20 June 1967
Actress

Julia RobertsJulia Roberts
28 October 1967
Actress
Matthew McConaugheyMatthew McConaughey
04 November 1969
Actor

Walt DisneyWalt Disney
05 December 1901
 
Anne HathawayAnne Hathaway
12 November 1982
Actress

Harrison FordHarrison Ford
13 July 1942
American actor
Dennis QuaidDennis Quaid
09 April 1954
Actor