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. "Gossip Girl" actress Taylor Momsen quit acting in 2011, when she was 18. She told Elle Magazine, "I quit acting, actually. I quit 'Gossip Girl' and now tour and am in a band, and that's pretty much all I want to do. Hopefully I'll be able to only do that for the rest of my life." Momsen tours with her band, The Pretty Reckless.

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    • Age: age 22
    • Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri, United States of America
    • Profession: Musician, Singer-songwriter, Model, Actor
    • Schools: Herbert Hoover Middle School, Professional Performing Arts School
  2. Pink Floyd co-founder Syd Barrett was forced to leave the band due to mental illness.  He stopped making public appearances in late '70s until he died in 2006.

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    • Age: Died at 60 (1946-2006)
    • Birthplace: Cambridge, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Guitarist, Songwriter, Musician, Singer-songwriter, Singer
    • Schools: Cambridgeshire High School for Boys, Camberwell College of Arts
    • Cause Of Death: Cancer, Pancreatic cancer
    • Place Of Death: Cambridge, United Kingdom
  3. After his 1971 World Championship match, chess superstar Bobby Fischer left the game at the height of his career. He was not seen again until 20 years later.

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    • Age: Died at 65 (1943-2008)
    • Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States of America
    • Profession: Professional Chess Player, Author
    • Schools: Erasmus Hall High School
    • Cause Of Death: Renal failure
    • Place Of Death: Reykjavik, Iceland
  4. ABBA singer Agnetha Faltskog moved to a remote island in Sweden after the band broke up in the 1980s. She claimed that she did not sing at all for 13 years.

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    • Age: age 65
    • Birthplace: Jönköping, Sweden
    • Profession: Record producer, Songwriter, Musician, Actor, Composer + 1 more
    • Children: Linda Ulvaeus, Peter Christian Ulvaeus
  5. Jake Ryan from Sixteen Candles left the acting business behind in 1991 to be a full-time dad. He has since owned a woodworking shop.

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    • Age: age 55
    • Birthplace: Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, United States of America
    • Profession: Model, Actor
    • Schools: Cherokee High School, Temple University
    • Children: Zane Schoeffling, Scarlet Schoeffling
  6. She was a the star in Matilda. 

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    • Age: age 28
    • Birthplace: San Fernando Valley, California, United States of America
    • Profession: Actor, Voice acting, Singer, Writer, Playwright
    • Schools: Sherman E. Burroughs High School, Tisch School of the Arts, New York University
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    • Age: age 64
    • Birthplace: Oadby, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Bassist, Electronics engineer, Musician, Singer-songwriter
    • Schools: King's College London, Chelsea College
    • Children: Joshua Deacon, Robert Deacon, Cameron Deacon, Michael Deacon, Laura Deacon + 1 more
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