It’s hard to imagine famous people ever struggling for money.
But many of them were not just poor — they were homeless. We’ve given you some extraordinary rags-to-riches stories in the past, and here are some more incredible stories of people who at some point in their lives had nowhere else to sleep but on the streets.
They eventually turned their lives around and became an inspiration to anyone who dreams of a professional career despite starting from nothing.
Carrey said it was during these tough financial times growing up when he developed a sense of humour.
Yahoo! reported that the comedian dropped out of high school and lived in a VW bus with his family parked in different places throughout Canada. They eventually moved into a tent on his older sister's lawn and parked the van in the driveway.
The co-founder of Canada's largest specialty chain of coffee shops was once homeless because of a drinking problem
While he was in his early 20s, Frank O'Dea was panhandling and living on the streets, according to John Demont at The Chronicle Herald.
That was, until he and his business partner opened Second Cup, which is the largest specialty coffee chain in Canada today with 360 locations.
Personal finance guru Suze Orman is now worth approximately $25 million, but she lived out of her van for four months in 1973
Before becoming the multi-platinum singer Jewel, she lived on the streets after losing her job. In an interview with Adam on Showbizspy, the singer said:
'I ended up homeless because my boss propositioned me and when I wouldn't sleep with him he didn't give me my paycheck,' she said.
'I got kicked out of where I was living and my rent was due that next day.
'I thought 'Well, I'll live in my car for a minute… get back on my feet,' but I had bad kidneys and I never could hold down another job because I got sick so often. I didn't have insurance and ended up almost dying in the parking lot of an emergency room because they wouldn't admit me because I didn't have insurance.
'I ended up homeless for about a month and I went back to singing.'
Chris Gardner inspired the movie 'The Pursuit of Happyness' and was homeless with a young son while he was in a finance training program
Aside from a movie based on his life starring Will Smith, Gardner also has two New York Times bestselling books under his belt: his autobiography 'The Pursuit of Happyness and '
But before his story was shared with the world, Gardner was living on the streets with his young son. At the time, he was trying to pursue a career in finance despite not having any experience in it, or even a college degree. He received a spot on the Dean Witter Reynolds training program, but couldn't afford to live off of the small salary, and his wife eventually left.
He is also a motivational speaker and CEO of Gardner Rich LLC with offices in New York, Chicago, and San Francisco.
According to his Web site, Gardner's childhood was 'marked by poverty, domestic violence, alcoholism, sexual abuse and family illiteracy.'
Michael Oher's story of homelessness and struggle in 'The Blind Side' was inspirational to the world
During his childhood and teenaged years, Oher was living on the streets while his crack-addicted mother lived in public housing, reported NPR.
He was eventually taken in to live with a wealthy family, played college football at the University of Mississippi and drafted into the NFL in 2009 for the Baltimore Ravens.
His inspirational story was turned into Michael Lewis's 2006 book 'The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game and the movie 'The Blind Side.'
Singer Ella Fitzgerald was abused, had mafia ties and was homeless before becoming the 'Queen of Jazz'
She would go on to sing for President Ronald Reagan in 1981, but before becoming 'arguably the finest female jazz singer of all time,' Fitzgerald was abused by her stepfather when her mother died at a young age, according to PoemHunter.com.
Fitzgerald ran away from there and was homeless until debuting at the Apollo Theatre in 1934. Her voice quickly won her fame and throughout her career, she won 13 Grammy Awards and received medals from both President Reagan and George H. W. Bush.
She died in 1996, but her face appeared on a United States postal stamp in 2007.
Before becoming the greatest magician, Harry Houdini ran away from home at the age of 12 and begged on the streets for coins
At a young age, Houdini knew he wanted to be a magician and ran away from home by hopping a freight car, according to Appleton Public Library.
He ended up in Missouri.
A few years later, he moved to New York City with his father, but they were so poor Houdini continued to panhandle on the streets.
He began his professional career at 17.
Before the age of 10, Charlie Chaplin had to figure out how to make a living on the streets of London
After the early death of his father, Chaplin's mother was put in a mental hospital and the young boy and his brother had to try to make a living by themselves, according to his Web site.
As both his parents were in show business, Chaplin and his brother decided to follow suit. Today, he's known as one of the greatest actors during the silent film era.
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