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

Kirk DouglasKirk Douglas
09 December 1916
Actor

Jennifer LopezJennifer Lopez
24 July 1969
Singer, Actress, Dancer

Judy GarlandJudy Garland
10 June 1922
Singer

Scarlett JohanssonScarlett Johansson
22 November 1984
Actress
Brie LarsonBrie Larson
01 October 1989
Actress

Jason MomoaJason Momoa
01 August 1979
Actor

Brad PittBrad Pitt
18 December 1963
Actor
Dwayne JohnsonDwayne Johnson
02 May 1972
Actor

Jennifer AnistonJennifer Aniston
11 February 1969
Actress
Leonardo DicaprioLeonardo DiCaprio
11 November 1974
Actor, Film Producer

Jennifer SymeJennifer Syme
07 December 1972
Actress

Tom HanksTom Hanks
09 July 1956
Academy Award Winning Actor

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

Al PacinoAl Pacino
25 April 1940
Actor
Robert De NiroRobert De Niro
17 August 1943
Actor

Carrie FisherCarrie Fisher
21 October 1956
 

Charlize TheronCharlize Theron
07 August 1975
 

Michael DouglasMichael Douglas
25 September 1944
Actor, Producer
LizzoLizzo
27 April 1988
Singer

Chris PrattChris Pratt
21 June 1979
Actor
Macaulay CulkinMacaulay Culkin
26 August 1980
 

Eddie MurphyEddie Murphy
03 April 1961
Actor

Clint EastwoodClint Eastwood
31 May 1930
Actor
Johnny DeppJohnny Depp
09 June 1963
Actor

Lisa BonetLisa Bonet
16 November 1967
American Actress
Demi LovatoDemi Lovato
20 August 1992
Singer, Songwriter, Actress

Quentin TarantinoQuentin Tarantino
27 March 1963
Fimmaker

Ariana Grande Ariana Grande
26 June 1993
Singer, Actress
Angelina JolieAngelina Jolie
04 June 1975
Actress, Filmmaker, Activist

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Robert Downey Jr.Robert Downey Jr.
04 April 1965
Actor, Producer
Dolly PartonDolly Parton
19 January 1946
Singer

Maggie BairdMaggie Baird
30 March 1959
Actress

Gabrielle UnionGabrielle Union
29 October 1972
Actress

Kylie JennerKylie Jenner
10 August 1997
Model, Reality Star
Bruce LeeBruce Lee
27 November 1940
Actor, Martial Artist
Tom CruiseTom Cruise
03 July 1962
Actor

Amber HeardAmber Heard
22 April 1986
Actress

Bella ThorneBella Thorne
08 October 1997
Actress, singer

Will SmithWill Smith
25 September 1968
Actor
Adam SandlerAdam Sandler
09 September 1966
Actor

betty whiteBetty White
17 January 1922
Actress

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

Jim CarreyJim Carrey
17 January 1962
Actor

Harrison FordHarrison Ford
13 July 1942
American actor
Natalie PortmanNatalie Portman
09 June 1981
Actress, Producer, Director

Blake LivelyBlake Lively
25 August 1987
Model and Actress
AaliyahAaliyah
16 January 1979
American singer

Sylvester StalloneSylvester Stallone
06 July 1946
Actor, Director

O. J. SimpsonO. J. Simpson
09 July 1947
Former American Football Player
Marilyn MonroeMarilyn Monroe
01 June 1926
Actress

Selena GomezSelena Gomez
22 July 1992
Actress
Arnold SchwarzeneggerArnold Schwarzenegger
30 July 1947
Former Governor of California

Zoë KravitzZoë Kravitz
01 December 1988
Actress

Robin WilliamsRobin Williams
21 July 1951
American stand-up comedian

Shia LaBeoufShia LaBeouf
11 June 1986
Actor

Cameron DiazCameron Diaz
30 August 1972
Actress
John KrasinskiJohn Krasinski
20 October 1979
Actor, Director, Screenwriter

Kristen BellKristen Bell
18 July 1980
Actress, Singer

Mila KunisMila Kunis
14 August 1983
Actress

John CenaJohn Cena
23 April 1977
Wrestler, Rapper
Zachary LeviZachary Levi
29 September 1980
Actor

Rashida JonesRashida Jones
25 February 1976
Actress
Nicole ScherzingerNicole Scherzinger
29 June 1978
Singer

Peggy LiptonPeggy Lipton
30 August 1946
Actress

Steven SpielbergSteven Spielberg
18 December 1946
Filmmaker
Vanessa HudgensVanessa Hudgens
14 December 1988
Actress

Cameron BoyceCameron Boyce
28 May 1999
Actor, Dancer
Jon FavreauJon Favreau
19 October 1966
Actor

Jane FondaJane Fonda
21 December 1937
American actress

Jennifer LawrenceJennifer Lawrence
15 August 1990
Actress
Liza MinnelliLiza Minnelli
12 March 1946
Actress, Singer

Whitney HoustonWhitney Houston
09 August 1963
Singer
Patrick SwayzePatrick Swayze
18 August 1952
Actor

Mark WahlbergMark Wahlberg
05 June 1971
Actor, Singer

Tiffany HaddishTiffany Haddish
03 December 1979
Actress, Comedian

Gina CaranoGina Carano
16 April 1982
Mixed Martial Artist
Gwyneth PaltrowGwyneth Paltrow
27 September 1972
Actress
Lenny BruceLenny Bruce
13 October 1925
Standup Comedian

Bradley CooperBradley Cooper
05 January 1975
Actor

Salma HayekSalma Hayek
02 September 1966
Actress

Ellen DeGeneresEllen DeGeneres
26 January 1958
Comedian
Rami MalekRami Malek
12 May 1981
Actor

Terry CrewsTerry Crews
30 July 1968
Actor, American Football Player

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

Emily BluntEmily Blunt
23 February 1983
Actress

Nicole KidmanNicole Kidman
20 June 1967
Actress
Jeremy RennerJeremy Renner
07 January 1971
Actor

Liv TylerLiv Tyler
01 July 1977
Actress
Luke PerryLuke Perry
11 October 1966
Actor

Charlie SheenCharlie Sheen
03 September 1965
Actor
Frank SinatraFrank Sinatra
12 December 1915
Singer and Actor
Kevin HartKevin Hart
06 July 1979
Comedian