25 Celebrities Who Quit Being Famous People
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25 Celebrities Who Quit Being Famous

Celebrities Who Quit Being Famous, loosely ranked by fame and popularity. It seems like everyone wants to be famous these days, but believe it or not, some very popular celebrities have decided to step out of the spotlight. Some famous people quit because they don't want to deal with the pressure of being a celebrity, while others quit so that they can raise a family.

Who is the most famous person who quit being famous? Elizabeth Hurley tops our list. In 2002, the Austin Powers actress stopped acting so that she could raise her son. "I just can't really make movies as well as be a mum and live in England," she told New York Magazine. "Something had to give, and I decided it wasn't going to be my relationship with my son. I decided I wanted to take him to school every day, which I do." Other famous actresses who quit being famous include Phoebe Cates, Meg Ryan, and Greta Garbo.

Dave Chappelle stunned fans and Hollywood insiders when he left the super successful "Chappelle's Show" at the height of its popularity in 2005. Chappelle took a trip to South Africa to regroup. He spoke about the decision, stating, "coming here I don't have the distractions of fame. It quiets the ego down. I'm interested in the kind of person I've got to become. I want to be well rounded and the industry is a place of extremes. I want to be well balanced."

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  1. In 2002, Austin Powers actress Elizabeth Hurley stopped acting so that she could raise her son.

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    Age: age 50
    Birthplace: Basingstoke, United Kingdom
    Profession: Film Producer, Model, Actor
    Schools: Queen Mary's College
    Children: Damian Charles Hurley
  2. In 2003, Sean Connery retired from Hollywood after his box office flop The League of Extraordinary Gentleman was released.

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    Age: age 85
    Birthplace: Fountainbridge, United Kingdom
    Profession: Film Producer, Actor, Voice acting
    Schools: Tollcross Primary School
    Children: Jason Connery
  3. In 1965, Cary Grant retired from acting to focus on being a father.  He was 62 at the time.

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    Age: Died at 82 (1904-1986)
    Birthplace: Horfield, United Kingdom
    Profession: Actor
    Schools: Bishop Road Primary School, Fairfield Grammar School
    Cause Of Death: Cerebral hemorrhage
    Place Of Death: Davenport, Iowa, United States of America
    Children: Jennifer Grant
  4. Dave Chappelle stunned fans and Hollywood insiders when he left the super successful "Chappelle's Show" at the height of its popularity in 2005. Chappelle took a trip to South Africa to regroup. He spoke about the decision, stating, "Coming here, I don't have the distractions of fame. It quiets the ego down. I'm interested in the kind of person I've got to become. I want to be well rounded and the industry is a place of extremes. I want to be well balanced."

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    Age: age 42
    Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States of America
    Profession: Comedian, Television producer, Film Producer, Screenwriter, Actor + 1 more
    Schools: Duke Ellington School of the Arts
    Children: Sulayman Chappelle, Ibrahim Chappelle, Sonal Chappelle
  5. In 1967, 39-year-old Shirley Temple turned her back on Hollywood. She went on to become an ambassador to the United Nations.

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    Age: Died at 86 (1928-2014)
    Birthplace: Santa Monica, California, United States of America
    Profession: Politician, Diplomat, Actor, Singer, Dancer
    Schools: Harvard-Westlake School, Westlake School for Girls, Meglin Dance Studio
    Cause Of Death: Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Natural causes
    Place Of Death: Woodside, California, United States of America
    Children: Lori Black, Charles Alden Black Jr., Linda Susan Agar
  6. Fast Times at Ridgemont High actress Phoebe Cates retired from acting in 1994 to raise her children and to spend time with her husband, Kevin Kline.

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    Age: age 52
    Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
    Profession: Entrepreneur, Model, Actor
    Schools: School of American Ballet, Professional Children's School, Juilliard School
    Children: Owen Kline, Frankie Cosmos
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