2. Jim Carrey
Jim quit high school to help his family survive some tough economic times. They were living out of a VW van, and Jim was working as a janitor while attending open mics on his nights off. He started getting regular paid gigs, then landed the most coveted role in Hollywood at the time, the lead in “Once Bitten.”
4. Cary Grant
Cary’s father placed his clinically-depressed mother in a mental institution and told his 9-year-old son that she was on a “long holiday”. His father then abandoned him at age 10. He spent time on the streets in Southampton, England, working the docks and sleeping in alleys when there wasn’t enough money to rent a cot in a flophouse.
6. Tyler Perry
Tyler invested all of his money in his first theatrical production, “I Know I’ve Been Changed” which failed at the box office — only 30 people attended the entire weekend. He lived out of his car and rewrote (and rewrote and rewrote) the script until it got rave reviews at the House of Blues and the Fox Theatre. Now his shows are attended by an average of 35,000 people a week.
10. Jim Cramer
Jim was working as a journalist for the LA Herald-Examiner when his house was robbed on multiple occasions. It got so bad that the ‘Mad Money’ host was forced to live out of his car for 9 months when all of his possessions were stolen, leaving him destitute. Fortunately now he knows just where to keep his money.
13. Lil’ Kim
Kim’s mother left her abusive father when she was just 8, and the two had nowhere to go. They lived out of the trunk of her mom’s car until Kim moved back in with her father. He kicked her out when she was a teen, and she lived with friends and on the streets, until she met the Notorious BIG and began her rap career.
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