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.
Tom HanksTom Hanks
09 July 1956
Academy Award Winning Actor
Dwayne JohnsonDwayne Johnson
02 May 1972
Actor

Rock HudsonRock Hudson
17 November 1925
Actor

Timothée ChalametTimothée Chalamet
27 December 1995
Actor

Scarlett JohanssonScarlett Johansson
22 November 1984
Actress

Sharon TateSharon Tate
24 January 1943
Model, Film Actress, Television Actress
Jason BatemanJason Bateman
14 January 1969
Actor

Leonardo DicaprioLeonardo DiCaprio
11 November 1974
Actor, Film Producer

Tom CruiseTom Cruise
03 July 1962
Actor
Rashida JonesRashida Jones
25 February 1976
Actress

Jerry StillerJerry Stiller
08 June 1927
Comedian
Brad PittBrad Pitt
18 December 1963
Actor

Jennifer AnistonJennifer Aniston
11 February 1969
Actress

Harvey WeinsteinHarvey Weinstein
19 March 1952
Film Producer

Mark WahlbergMark Wahlberg
05 June 1971
Actor, Singer

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

Donald GloverDonald Glover
25 September 1983
Actor, Rapper

John KrasinskiJohn Krasinski
20 October 1979
Actor, Director, Screenwriter

Arnold SchwarzeneggerArnold Schwarzenegger
30 July 1947
Former Governor of California
Bruce LeeBruce Lee
27 November 1940
Actor, Martial Artist

Kylie JennerKylie Jenner
10 August 1997
Model, Reality Star
Angelina JolieAngelina Jolie
04 June 1975
Actress, Filmmaker, Activist

Judy GarlandJudy Garland
10 June 1922
Singer

Joaquin PhoenixJoaquin Phoenix
28 October 1974
 
Kim KardashianKim Kardashian
21 October 1980
Reality TV Star, Model, Socialite

Ariana Grande Ariana Grande
26 June 1993
Singer, Actress
Brian DennehyBrian Dennehy
09 July 1938
Actor

Sylvester StalloneSylvester Stallone
06 July 1946
Actor, Director

Marilyn MonroeMarilyn Monroe
01 June 1926
Actress
Carmen ElectraCarmen Electra
20 April 1972
 

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Vin DieselVin Diesel
18 July 1967
Actor, Filmmaker
Emily BluntEmily Blunt
23 February 1983
Actress

Ben AffleckBen Affleck
15 August 1972
Actor

Al PacinoAl Pacino
25 April 1940
Actor

Ben StillerBen Stiller
30 November 1965
Actor
Robert Downey Jr.Robert Downey Jr.
04 April 1965
Actor, Producer
Will SmithWill Smith
25 September 1968
Actor

Jason MomoaJason Momoa
01 August 1979
Actor

Amber HeardAmber Heard
22 April 1986
Actress

Dakota JohnsonDakota Johnson
04 October 1989
Actress
Tom SelleckTom Selleck
29 January 1945
 

Dolly PartonDolly Parton
19 January 1946
Singer

Gigi HadidGigi Hadid
23 April 1995
Model

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

Robin WilliamsRobin Williams
21 July 1951
American stand-up comedian
Mila KunisMila Kunis
14 August 1983
Actress

Jennifer LopezJennifer Lopez
24 July 1969
Singer, Actress, Dancer
Charlize TheronCharlize Theron
07 August 1975
 

Shia LaBeoufShia LaBeouf
11 June 1986
Actor

Natalie PortmanNatalie Portman
09 June 1981
Actress, Producer, Director
Quentin TarantinoQuentin Tarantino
27 March 1963
Fimmaker

Reese WitherspoonReese Witherspoon
22 March 1976
Actress
John CenaJohn Cena
23 April 1977
Wrestler, Rapper

Christina ApplegateChristina Applegate
25 November 1971
Actress

Evan Rachel WoodEvan Rachel Wood
07 September 1987
Actress

Blake LivelyBlake Lively
25 August 1987
Model and Actress

Pete DavidsonPete Davidson
16 November 1993
Stand-up Comedian
Chris PrattChris Pratt
21 June 1979
Actor

Matt DamonMatt Damon
08 October 1970
Actor

Anne HathawayAnne Hathaway
12 November 1982
Actress

Carrie FisherCarrie Fisher
21 October 1956
 
Adam SandlerAdam Sandler
09 September 1966
Actor

Charlie SheenCharlie Sheen
03 September 1965
Actor
Kristen StewartKristen Stewart
09 April 1990
Actress

Robert De NiroRobert De Niro
17 August 1943
Actor

Paul WalkerPaul Walker
12 September 1973
Actor
Natalie WoodNatalie Wood
20 July 1938
Actress

Jim CarreyJim Carrey
17 January 1962
Actor
Nicole KidmanNicole Kidman
20 June 1967
Actress

Harrison FordHarrison Ford
13 July 1942
American actor

Matthew McConaugheyMatthew McConaughey
04 November 1969
Actor
Steven SpielbergSteven Spielberg
18 December 1946
Filmmaker

Julia RobertsJulia Roberts
28 October 1967
Actress
Macaulay CulkinMacaulay Culkin
26 August 1980
 

betty whiteBetty White
17 January 1922
Actress

Joel McHaleJoel McHale
20 November 1971
Comedian, Actor

Zooey DeschanelZooey Deschanel
17 January 1980
Actress
Ashton KutcherAshton Kutcher
07 February 1978
Actor, Producer, Model, Investor
Jennifer LawrenceJennifer Lawrence
15 August 1990
Actress

Mel GibsonMel Gibson
03 January 1956
Actor

Zac EfronZac Efron
18 October 1987
Actor, Singer

Chuck NorrisChuck Norris
10 March 1940
Martial artist
Jessica AlbaJessica Alba
28 April 1981
Actress

Bradley CooperBradley Cooper
05 January 1975
Actor

Selena GomezSelena Gomez
22 July 1992
Actress

Jake GyllenhaalJake Gyllenhaal
19 December 1980
 

Snoop DoggSnoop Dogg
20 October 1971
Actor
Nicolas CageNicolas Cage
07 January 1964
Actor, Producer

Winona RyderWinona Ryder
29 October 1971
 
Vanessa HudgensVanessa Hudgens
14 December 1988
Actress

Megan FoxMegan Fox
16 May 1986
Actress
Steve CarellSteve Carell
16 August 1962
Actor
Patrick SwayzePatrick Swayze
18 August 1952
Actor