Steve Harvey Was Homeless For Three Years
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The Family Feud host lived out of his 1976 Ford Tempo, washing up in public bathrooms. Harvey told People in 2013, “Even in my darkest days I had faith it would turn around.”
He got his big break on Showtime at the Apollo and is now so wealthy that he and his wife established the Steve & Marjorie Harvey Foundation to mentor youth and award scholarships.
Hilary Swank Lived In A Car With Her Mother For Two Weeks
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The two-time Oscar winner lived with her mother in a car as a 15-year-old. This came after moving to Los Angeles so Swank could pursue a career in acting. Later on, the pair would crash on air mattresses in a friend’s empty house.
They would leave in the morning before the realtor showed up with prospective buyers.
Jewel Grew Up In A Troublesome Home
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The daughter of an abusive alcoholic, the future musician grew up in a home with no heat or running water in Alaska. She turned to living on the streets and resorting to shoplifting from time to time.
Now, the singer helps kids with her Never Broken program, a roadmap to help develop job skills and improving self-esteem.
Up next, the Canadian country star who moved into a shelter for battered women.
Steve Jobs Returned Coke Bottles To Make Money
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The Apple mastermind crashed on his friends’ floors during college. He even recalled his meager beginnings during a commencement speech at Stanford University.
In the speech, he said, “I would walk the 7 miles across town every Sunday night to get one good meal a week at the Hare Krishna temple.”
Tyler Perry’s $12,000 Investment Forced Him To Live Out Of His Car
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In 1990, Perry spent $12,000 of his life savings for an autobiographical play. I Know I’ve Been Changed was a complete failure, forcing him to live out of his car. However, his perseverance paid off when he revamped the production.
Eventually, the play financed his first movie, Diary of a Mad Black Woman.
Shania Twain Escaped From Home With Her Mother And Sisters
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The future Canadian country star escaped an abusive childhood home. Eventually, she moved into a shelter for battered women in Toronto and lived there for about a year. The five-time Grammy award winner recounted the chilling details in her 2011 memoir From This Moment On.
She made it her personal mission to help other kids in similar situations.
The next one ahead is another artist who lived in a dance studio for months.
Beck Crashed On His Friends’ Couches As He Explored The Lower East Side
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The guitarist was only 19 years old when he got up and left for New York. He explored the anti-folk scene, and two years later, he faced the prospect of living on the streets in the winter.
He would return to Los Angeles, and his experience is a big reason why so many of his charitable endeavors benefit at-risk children, including Every Mother Counts.
Suze Orman Lived In Her Ford Econoline Van While Working As A Waitress
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The financial guru knows all about rags and riches. That’s why, after driving to Berkeley California, she lived in her van. In her 2005 bestseller, The Money Book for the Young, Fabulous, and Broke, she couldn’t afford to rent an apartment.
With her net worth over $35 million, she’s now associated with the Women’s Leadership Conference.
Jennifer Lopez Slept In A New York Dance Studio
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J Lo slept there for three months while trying to break into show business. Eventually, it paid off in 1990 when she got hired as a Fly Girl dancer on In Living Color. Fame as a pop idol soon took over, and movies followed suit.
Lopez pays it forward by supporting the Boys & Girls Club of America.
Her co-star never forgot one particular moment when he was 12 years old.
Kelsey Grammer Camped Out Behind A Theater Where He Got One Of His First Jobs
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Before appearing on Cheers, Frasier, and The Simpsons, the Emmy-Award winning star was homeless. When he first started out, he slept behind a theater, but the actor made sure to never forget about that.
These days, he’s contributed to more than two dozen charitable causes, including Broadway Cares and Equity Fights AIDS.
Halle Berry Was So Broke She Sought Refuge In A Homeless Shelter
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Three months after moving to New York in 1989, the aspiring actress never forgot the lesson she learned early on in her career. The Oscar winner lived in a shelter until she got off her feet.
Berry is now a prominent support of nonprofits like T.Y.M.E. Ministries, aiding to runaways and homeless minors as well.
Jim Carrey Never Forgot One Moment When He Was 12
When his father lost his job, it felt like “a kick in the guts” and it’s something the comedian has never forgotten about. The future In Living Colorstar’s family lived in a van, and Carrey worked in a factory eight hours a day after school.
In 2015, he joined the battle against world hunger by created the Better U Foundation.
A future late night talk show host lived out of his van.
Martin Sheen Slept On The Subway While Making It As An Actor
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The father of Charlie Sheen and Emilio Estevez was a subway rider, sleeping on the New York City subway in the early sixties. In 1986, Sheen became an advocate for the homeless with a made-for-TV biopic.
Today, the former West Wing star supports charities including St. Francis Food Pantries and Shelters.