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

Dwayne JohnsonDwayne Johnson
02 May 1972
Actor

Judy GarlandJudy Garland
10 June 1922
Singer

Brie LarsonBrie Larson
01 October 1989
Actress

Jason MomoaJason Momoa
01 August 1979
Actor
Jennifer AnistonJennifer Aniston
11 February 1969
Actress

Clint EastwoodClint Eastwood
31 May 1930
Actor

Sylvester StalloneSylvester Stallone
06 July 1946
Actor, Director

Patrick SwayzePatrick Swayze
18 August 1952
Actor
Brad PittBrad Pitt
18 December 1963
Actor

Jennifer SymeJennifer Syme
07 December 1972
Actress
Quentin TarantinoQuentin Tarantino
27 March 1963
Fimmaker

George R. R. MartinGeorge R. R. Martin
20 September 1948
Screenwriter, Novelist

Arnold SchwarzeneggerArnold Schwarzenegger
30 July 1947
Former Governor of California
Angelina JolieAngelina Jolie
04 June 1975
Actress, Filmmaker, Activist

Scarlett JohanssonScarlett Johansson
22 November 1984
Actress
Leonardo DicaprioLeonardo DiCaprio
11 November 1974
Actor, Film Producer

Jennifer LopezJennifer Lopez
24 July 1969
Singer, Actress, Dancer

Chris PrattChris Pratt
21 June 1979
Actor
Tom CruiseTom Cruise
03 July 1962
Actor

Lisa BonetLisa Bonet
16 November 1967
American Actress
Kim KardashianKim Kardashian
21 October 1980
Reality TV Star, Model, Socialite

Will SmithWill Smith
25 September 1968
Actor

Robert De NiroRobert De Niro
17 August 1943
Actor

Cameron BoyceCameron Boyce
28 May 1999
Actor, Dancer
Ariana Grande Ariana Grande
26 June 1993
Singer, Actress
Bruce LeeBruce Lee
27 November 1940
Actor, Martial Artist

Charlize TheronCharlize Theron
07 August 1975
 

Dave ChappelleDave Chappelle
24 August 1973
 

Gabrielle UnionGabrielle Union
29 October 1972
Actress
Demi MooreDemi Moore
11 November 1962
American actress

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Robert Downey Jr.Robert Downey Jr.
04 April 1965
Actor, Producer

Kylie JennerKylie Jenner
10 August 1997
Model, Reality Star

Marilyn MonroeMarilyn Monroe
01 June 1926
Actress

Bella ThorneBella Thorne
08 October 1997
Actress, singer
Mila KunisMila Kunis
14 August 1983
Actress

Robin WilliamsRobin Williams
21 July 1951
American stand-up comedian
Johnny DeppJohnny Depp
09 June 1963
Actor

Blake LivelyBlake Lively
25 August 1987
Model and Actress

Ashton KutcherAshton Kutcher
07 February 1978
Actor, Producer, Model, Investor
Bradley CooperBradley Cooper
05 January 1975
Actor

Kristen BellKristen Bell
18 July 1980
Actress, Singer
Zoë KravitzZoë Kravitz
01 December 1988
Actress

Selena GomezSelena Gomez
22 July 1992
Actress

Winona RyderWinona Ryder
29 October 1971
 

Alec BaldwinAlec Baldwin
03 April 1958
Actor, Producer, Comedian

Zachary LeviZachary Levi
29 September 1980
Actor
Rashida JonesRashida Jones
25 February 1976
Actress

Eddie MurphyEddie Murphy
03 April 1961
Actor

Nicole KidmanNicole Kidman
20 June 1967
Actress

Peggy LiptonPeggy Lipton
30 August 1946
Actress
Michael DouglasMichael Douglas
25 September 1944
Actor, Producer

Liza MinnelliLiza Minnelli
12 March 1946
Actress, Singer
Paul RuddPaul Rudd
06 April 1969
Actor

AaliyahAaliyah
16 January 1979
American singer

Al PacinoAl Pacino
25 April 1940
Actor
Jane FondaJane Fonda
21 December 1937
American actress

betty whiteBetty White
17 January 1922
Actress
Jennifer LawrenceJennifer Lawrence
15 August 1990
Actress

jack nicholsonJack Nicholson
22 April 1937
Actor, Filmmaker

Snoop DoggSnoop Dogg
20 October 1971
Actor
Paul WalkerPaul Walker
12 September 1973
Actor

LizzoLizzo
27 April 1988
Singer
Matthew McConaugheyMatthew McConaughey
04 November 1969
Actor

Kirk DouglasKirk Douglas
09 December 1916
Actor

Shia LaBeoufShia LaBeouf
11 June 1986
Actor

Reese WitherspoonReese Witherspoon
22 March 1976
Actress
Rami MalekRami Malek
12 May 1981
Actor
Anne HathawayAnne Hathaway
12 November 1982
Actress

John TravoltaJohn Travolta
18 February 1954
Actor

Kirsten DunstKirsten Dunst
30 April 1982
Actress

Megan FoxMegan Fox
16 May 1986
Actress
Terry CrewsTerry Crews
30 July 1968
Actor, American Football Player

Tom HanksTom Hanks
09 July 1956
Academy Award Winning Actor

Macaulay CulkinMacaulay Culkin
26 August 1980
 

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

Sharon TateSharon Tate
24 January 1943
Model, Film Actress, Television Actress
Dennis QuaidDennis Quaid
09 April 1954
Actor

Jake GyllenhaalJake Gyllenhaal
19 December 1980
 
Jeremy RennerJeremy Renner
07 January 1971
Actor

Amber HeardAmber Heard
22 April 1986
Actress

Natalie PortmanNatalie Portman
09 June 1981
Actress, Producer, Director
David BenioffDavid Benioff
25 September 1970
TV Producer

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

Kevin HartKevin Hart
06 July 1979
Comedian

Matthew PerryMatthew Perry
19 August 1969
Actor

Kristen StewartKristen Stewart
09 April 1990
Actress
Mark WahlbergMark Wahlberg
05 June 1971
Actor, Singer

Cole SprouseCole Sprouse
04 August 1992
Actor
Julia RobertsJulia Roberts
28 October 1967
Actress

Gwyneth PaltrowGwyneth Paltrow
27 September 1972
Actress
Jim CarreyJim Carrey
17 January 1962
Actor

Emily BluntEmily Blunt
23 February 1983
Actress
Diahann CarrollDiahann Carroll
17 July 1935
Actress