26 Celebrities Who Quit Being Famous People

26 Celebrities Who Quit Being Famous

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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 the pressures of celebrity are just to great, 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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    "Catcher in the Rye" author J.D. Salinger quit be famous just as he was gaining popularity in 1951.  By 1959, he stopped publishing stories and he officially stopped being interviewed in 1980.

    Born: 1919
    Birthplace: New York City, Area code 917, Contiguous United States, New York, United States of America + 2 more
    Nationality: United States of America
    Profession: Soldier, Novelist, Writer
    Institution: Valley Forge Military Academy and College, McBurney School, Columbia University, Ursinus College, New York University
    Cause Of Death: Natural causes
    Place Of Death: Northeast United States, New Hampshire, New Hampshire’s 2nd congressional district, United States of America, Cornish + 2 more
    Date Of Death: 2010
    J. D. Salinger : see more

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