These 11 Celebrities Went From Rags To Riches In Real Success Stories.

Looking for some inspiration to turn your life around, and finally start making some progress on your dreams? Well look no further, we’ve got it. Contrary to popular belief, not all celebrities were born into money and fame. A lot of them had to earn their stripes the hard way, and overcome rough childhoods. It’s been said that it takes nearly 10,000 hours of practice to master any craft. These celebrities definitely put the work in. Remember people: If never try to make your dreams happen, then they’ll never happen for you.

1.) Celine Dion

Growing up, Celine Dion had a hard life. Before she was a Grammy award winning singer, Dion grew up as one of 14 children in her French-Canadian Family. Her parents both struggled to provide for the family when she was young. She’s come a long way since then. Dion is now a five time Grammy winner with an estimated net worth of $400 million. Not bad.

2.) Jim Carrey

The lovable, amazing Jim Carry grew up dirt poor. During his childhood, the whole family lived out of VW camper parked right outside the factory where his parents worked. Before getting his big break Carry jumped around from low-paying job to low-paying job. He even struggled with homelessness for a time.

3.) Leonardo DiCaprio

When Leonardo DiCaprio moved out to Hollywood to pursue his dreams, the city did not necessarily embrace him. Before his big break he fell in poverty with some shady characters and even criminals. It seems like it was worth it for Leo though, his net worth is estimated to be around $200 million.

4.) Mark Wahlberg

Mark Wahlberg grew up in tough South Boston. After he dropped out of school at age 14, teenage Wahlberg pursued a life of petty crime and drugs. He got a big wake up call after serving time for assault, and decided to turn his life around. By all accounts he’s been pretty successful at this with an estimated net worth of $165 million.

5.) JK Rowling

Before becoming the international best selling author of the Harry Potter series, JK Rowling was a struggling single mother. Life was tough for her living off of government welfare, but she stuck to it and even managed to find the time to write. The result? She’s estimated to have a net worth of $1 billion. JK Rowling is literally the definition of a rags to riches story.

6.) Oprah Winfrey

With a current net worth estimated to be $2.7 billion, Oprah is in her own category of success. She grew up in poverty on a small farm in Mississippi living with her grandmother and single mother. Oprah was also sexually assaulted by a relative when she was 9 years old. Despite the hardships of her situation she persevered and went on to become the modern day media mogul and celebrity.

7.) Arnold Schwarzenegger

Before he was the Governator and action movie superstar, Arnold Schwarzenegger was a poor immigrant from Austria. He begged and borrowed to get enough money to start his first business Pumping Bricks, which he used to finance his body building career. …and we all know how that turned out for him.

8.) Jay-Z

The rapper-turned-diversified-entrepreneur began life in the Marcy Housing Project in Brooklyn. As a teen, Jay-Z got involved in crime, but turned it around to become one of the richest, most successful celebrities in the world.

9.) Sean “Diddy” Combs

If you’re not directly familiar with Sean Combs, you definitely know his reputation. This man is a true music mogul, but he didn’t start out that way. He had a tough childhood growing up in the projects in Harlem. Combs’ father was killed in a drug related shooting. Instead of letting all that get him down, Combs persevered and now owns his own successful record label.

10.) Halle Berry

Halle Berry was raised by a single mother in Cleveland, Ohio, and like many others on this list, had a hard life. Before getting her big break, she spent time in and out of homeless shelters in New York City.

11.) Tom Cruise

The “Top Gun” star didn’t have an easy start in life as the son of an abusive father living in upstate New York. Nowadays Tom Cruise and his movies are household names. Not only that, but he has a net worth of around $270 million. H/T: Elite Daily Well, I’m inspired. Let’s go start making our dreams come true. But before you do, make sure to share this post on Facebook by clicking below.

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15 Celebrity Yearbook Photos Show How We All Start Somewhere.

It’s easy to get overwhelmed by the dazzle of our favorite celebrities, but believe it or not there as a time when they were all just as dorky as the rest of us! Before starring in their own movies and TV shows, they also had to spend their times in the sometimes scary halls of high school.

Whether they spent their days as cheerleaders or goth punks, these old yearbook photos show how much time can change things. Take a look!

1.) Amy Poehler

Former cheerleader Poehler lists her most cringe-worthy high school moments as, “shoulder pads, parachute pants, acid-wash jean jackets, big hair.”

2.) Jennifer Aniston

The Friends actress attended Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts in New York, the school that inspired Fame.

3.) Aaron Paul

The Boise, Idaho native was an avid snow boarder and graduated a year early.

4.) Bryan Cranston

The Breaking Bad actor probably looked back on the chemistry club days in high school while preparing for his role on the AMC show. He also took an elective performing arts class which inspired him to take up acting.

5.) Jennifer Lawrence

The Oscar winning actress was also awarded “Most Talkative” at her middle school before switching to home schooling while pursuing her career in L.A.

6.) Anna Kendrick

Kendrick had already received a Tony nomination by the time she entered high school, but her drama teacher reports that she never had a big head about it.

7.) Mila Kunis

The actress was cast on That 70s Show at 14 and would be asked to sign magazines featuring the cast while attending high school in L.A.

8.) Ben Affleck

As a youngster in Boston, Affleck has said he spent his time with buddy Matt Damon “underage drinking, pot smoking, and all the attendant shenanigans.”

9.) Paul Rudd

As a young movie buff, Rudd would constantly quote movies like Caddyshack and Animal House and spent time hanging out with family friend Jon Hamm.

10.) Channing Tatum

Growing up in rural Alabama, Tatum spent his time playing football, baseball and running track and was a frequent visitor to the principal’s office.

11.) Sandra Bullock

The Texas native Oscar winner spent her high school years as a cheerleader as well as acting out skits she wrote for the talent show in between the other acts.

12.) Molly McCarthy

The funny lady went from prepster to punk after switching from tennis player and student council member and transformed herself with blue, black and shaved hair.

13.) George Clooney

Clooney was known as both a class clown and jock, even trying out of the Cincinnati Reds when he was just 16.

14.) Tom Cruise

The action star attended a Catholic seminary his freshman year of high school and was described as a “loner” by classmates.

15.) Will Smith

As a troublemaker at his Catholic high school, Smith earned his “Prince” nickname by being able to talk himself out of punishment.

(via Business Insider.)

Maybe you should check your yearbooks to see if there’s any famous faces hiding out! 

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These 20 Celebrities’ Yearbook Photos Are Hilarious… And Kinda Weird. LOL, Ryan Seacrest…

Looking back through old high school yearbooks is wonderful entertainment. You can laugh at the fads, the friends and the terrible hair decisions everyone seemed to make in the 80s and early 90s. What’s even better than looking at your old yearbook photos? Checking out what celebrities looked like back in the day. As it turns out, some of your favorite celebrities were little dweebs. And some (I’m looking at you Angelina) were as beautiful as ever.

1.) Jamie Lee Fox – a hair product addict

2.) Ryan Seacrest – “You’ll grow into it.”

3.) Sarah Jessica Parker – looks too innocent to have a show about sex in cities

4.) Stephen Colbert – reporting on being awesome

5.) Miley Cyrus – always a sucker for posing

6.) Tina Fey – before she was bossypants

7.) Adam Sandler – perfecting the Jew ‘fro

8.) Kanye West – NERD

9.) Ellen Degeneres – before she snagged her hot wife

10.) Eminem – before he was hardcore

11.) Winona Ryder – the girl who invented being goth

12.) James Franco – of the adorable Franco clan

13.) Steve Carrell – this hunk would never be a 40 year-old virgin

14.) Angelina Jolie – already too beautiful for her own good

15.) Helen Mirren – before she realized that she would be beautiful for decades

16.) Steve Jobs – he didn’t realize he’d change the world

17.) Tyra Banks – she already knew how to smile with her eyes

18.) Carrie Fisher – help us Carrie Fisher, you’re a nerd’s only hope

19.) Russell Brand – before transforming into a manwhore

20.) Seth Rogen & James Franco – adorable BFFs from the beginning

(H/T Elite Daily) Seeing these famous people as children (or at least younger) makes you realize how they all started out just like us. They used to be scrawny, awkward, short and silly. Anyone can become successful with enough drive and motivation. Even awkward Tina Fey grew up to be a beautiful, brilliant (and still hilariously awkward) writer, comedian and business woman. There’s always hope! Share these funny celebrity yearbook photos with others. Let people know that even A-listers started out just like us.

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The Odd Jobs Celebrities Held Before They Were Famous Are Eye-Opening.

Have big dreams of acting on the big screen? Feel like you’re stuck in a dead end job and you’ll never get your big break? I’m sure some of these celebrities did as well while working these jobs. There is hope for you yet!


1.) Cindy Crawford

Crawford made some sweet moolah by shucking corn before she became the face of Pepsi.

2.) George Clooney


Before he was the recipient of the sexiest man alive award, George cut tobacco in Kentucky.

3.) Howard Stern

The shock jock of the century once worked as an ice cream truck driver before getting his radio start.

4.) Rachel McAdams


This Mean Girl worked at McDonald’s before her acting career took off.

5.) Hugh Jackman

Quit clowning around! I won’t, Jackman worked as a clown at children’s parties before making it big.

6.) Amy Adams

This enchanting star once was a Hooters waitress while trying to save up to buy a car.

7.) Brad Pitt

Brad used to dress up in a chicken costume to advertise El Pollo Loco.

8.) Whoopi Goldberg

Goldberg once held a job as a mortuary beautician, aka putting make up on dead bodies for funerals.

9.) Channing Tatum

Maybe it wasn’t all magic, but practice. Tatum worked as a stripper before getting his big break.

10.) Tom Cruise

Going up? Tom used to work as a hotel bellhop.

11.) Christopher Walken

Walken was once employed by the circus, even doing a little dabbling in the lion taming business.

12.) Simon Baker

This Aussie was once a seedy time share salesman.

13.) Ray Romano

Before everyone loved him, Ray was a futon delivery boy.

14.) Rod Stewart

Stewart had quite the creepy job, he worked as a grave digger.

15.) John Hamm

Before Hamm was a mega-famous actor he had a less glamorous job. He was the set dresser for porn films.


Now go out and make something of yourself! Use these celebrities as examples that anything is possible and you can escape your boring, dead end job. Share this post with your friends if you know someone who is still pining to make it big in the arts.

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