53 Celebrities Who Have Been Homeless People

53 Celebrities Who Have Been Homeless

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List Criteria: List of notable homeless celebrities

List of Famous People Who Were Homeless, loosely ranked by fame and popularity. A surprising number of famous actors, musicians, and businessmen have experienced homelessness at some point in their lives. Most use their struggles as inspiration to realize their greatest goals. Are you in need of some inspiring success stories? Check out this list of celebrities were homeless.

Who is the most famous person who was homeless? Superstar Jennifer Lopez tops our list. Lopez was kicked out of her home for choosing to pursue a career in dance rather than a college education. For weeks after, she spent all of her time at the dance studio and even slept there since she could not afford another place to stay. Other successful women who have been homeless include Halle Berry, Carmen Electra, and Jewel.

Tyler Perry may have an estimated net worth of $400 million, but the Madea mastermind lived out of his car when he was a struggling playwright. Other people who have had great success after struggling with homelessness include Steve Jobs, David Letterman, and Paul Mitchell founder John Paul DeJoria.

What do you think of all of the celebrities who used to be homeless? Share your thoughts in the comments section.

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  1. Jennifer Lopez recently shared that she was homeless a few months before she booked “In Living Color.” The former Fly Girl used to sleep in her dance studio because she had nowhere else to go.
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    • Age: age 46
    • Birthplace: New York City, USA, New York, Castle Hill
    • Profession: Film Score Composer, Fashion designer, Record producer, Businessperson, Songwriter, + more
    • Credits: Antz, Ice Age: Continental Drift, American Idol, Out of Sight, Anaconda, + more
  2. Steve Jobs
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    Apple mastermind Steve Jobs crashed on friends' floors during college and returned glass Coke bottles to make a little bit of money.  He recalled his meager beginnings during a commencement speech at Stanford University: "I would walk the 7 miles across town every Sunday night to get one good meal a week at the Hare Krishna temple."
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    • Age: Died at 56 (1955-2011)
    • Birthplace: California, United States of America
    • Profession: Businessperson, Entrepreneur, Inventor, Designer
  3. Halle Berry found herself homeless when she was first starting her career in Chicago. She told Reader's Digest that she is actually grateful for the situation, saying, “It taught me how to take care of myself and that I could live through any situation, even if it meant going to a shelter for a small stint, or living within my means, which were meager."
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    • Age: age 49
    • Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio, United States of America
    • Profession: Television producer, Film Producer, Model, Actor, Voice acting
    • Credits: X-Men, X-Men: The Last Stand, X-Men 2, X-Men: Days of Future Past, Cloud Atlas, + more
  4. David Letterman lived out of his 1973 Chevy pickup truck when he was just starting out in Los Angeles.  The late night talk show host got his start by writing jokes for Jimmy Walker and soon he became a star in his own right.
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    • Age: age 68
    • Birthplace: Indianapolis, Indiana, United States of America
    • Profession: Talk show host, Announcer, Comedian, Television producer, Film Producer, + more
    • Credits: Everybody Loves Raymond, Beavis and Butt-head Do America, The Drew Carey Show, Private Parts, Man on the Moon, + more
  5. Long before she was a country music superstar, Shania Twain struggled with homelessness.  When she was a child, Twain stayed at a Toronto shelter with her mother and siblings.  Later, when Twain was just 16, she took shelter by squatting in a vacant house and sleeping on buses.
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    • Age: age 50
    • Birthplace: Windsor, Canada
    • Profession: Songwriter, Musician, Singer-songwriter, Composer, Music artist, + more
    • Credits: Shania Twain: Live, The Specials, The Platinum Collection, Up! Live in Chicago, Why Not? with Shania Twain, + more
  6. Tyler Perry has gone on to become one of the most successful film makers in Hollywood, but he lived out of his car when he was a struggling playwright in Atlanta.
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    • Age: age 46
    • Birthplace: USA, New Orleans, Louisiana
    • Profession: Television director, Theatre Director, Songwriter, Television producer, Film Producer, + more
    • Credits: Star Trek, Gone Girl, Diary of a Mad Black Woman, Madea's Big Happy Family, Tyler Perry's Madea's Family Reunion, + more
  7. Carmen Electra had just finished touring with Prince when a boyfriend stole her money and left her with nowhere to go. The Playmate spent a couple of years homeless in Los Angeles before she nailed auditions for "Baywatch" and "Singled Out."
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    • Age: age 43
    • Birthplace: Sharonville, Ohio, United States of America
    • Profession: Fitness professional, Model, Author, Actor, Voice acting, + more
    • Credits: Scary Movie, Scary Movie 4, Good Burger, Baywatch, Bedtime Stories, + more
  8. Carrey opened up about his experience with homelessness in an interview with “Inside the Actors Studio” host James Lipton. Carrey recalled, “My father was a musician who got a 'regular job' to support his children. When he lost his job, that's when everything fell apart. We went from 'lower middle class' to 'poor.' We were living out of a van. I quit school at age 15 to begin working to help support my family as a janitor.”
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    • Age: age 53
    • Birthplace: Canada, Newmarket
    • Profession: Comedian, Film Producer, Screenwriter, Actor, Voice acting
    • Credits: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Batman Forever, Dumb and Dumber, The Mask, The Truman Show, + more
  9. When Jewel Kilcher was 18, she lived out of her VW van.
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    • Age: age 41
    • Birthplace: USA, Utah, Payson
    • Profession: Record producer, Poet, Guitarist, Singer-songwriter, Actor, + more
    • Credits: Ride with the Devil, Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story, The Sing-Off, Nashville Star, Fast Cars and Superstars: The Gillette Young Guns Celebrity Race, + more
  10. Sylvester Stallone spent about three weeks sleeping at the Port Authority bus station when he came across an ad for an adult film that was paying $100 a day. Stallone worked for two days on the film - long enough to get himself out of the bus station.
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    • Age: age 69
    • Birthplace: New York City, USA, New York
    • Profession: Television producer, Film Producer, Screenwriter, Actor, Voice acting, + more
    • Credits: Rocky, Men in Black, First Blood, Rocky III, Rocky IV, + more
  11. When Kelly Clarkson first moved out to Los Angeles, her apartment burnt down in a fire.  With little money and no contacts in LA, Clarkson lived out of her car and at shelters.
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    • Age: age 33
    • Birthplace: Fort Worth, Texas, United States of America
    • Profession: Record producer, Songwriter, Singer-songwriter, Actor, Singer, + more
    • Credits: American Idol, Mad TV, From Justin to Kelly, The Crazy Ones, Duets, + more
  12. After a young Kurt Cobain's parents got divorced, he was tossed around between extended family members until he ended up homeless, living under a bridge.  The Nirvana frontman also spent time sleeping in hallways, waiting rooms, and even porches.
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    • Age: Died at 27 (1967-1994)
    • Birthplace: USA, Aberdeen, Washington
    • Profession: Guitarist, Songwriter, Musician, Singer, Artist
  13. Kelsey Grammer has had more than his fair share of tragedies in his life.  Several of the "Frasier" stars' family members died in terrible ways, and as a young actor Grammer slept in an alley, his motorcycle being his only shelter.
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    • Age: age 60
    • Birthplace: Charlotte Amalie, United States Virgin Islands
    • Profession: Television director, Comedian, Television producer, Film Producer, Actor, + more
    • Credits: Toy Story 2, Cheers, Monsters University, X-Men: The Last Stand, Frasier, + more
  14. Lil' Kim lived with her mother in their car during her youth.
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    • Age: age 41
    • Birthplace: New York City, USA, New York
    • Profession: Record producer, Rapper, Singer-songwriter, Model, Author, + more
    • Credits: Zoolander, She's All That, You Got Served, Dancing with the Stars, Superhero Movie, + more
  15. When Jim Morrison was a struggling poet/musician, he slept everywhere from rooftops to cars and even under the pier at Venice Beach.
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    • Age: Died at 28 (1943-1971)
    • Birthplace: Melbourne, Florida, United States of America
    • Profession: Film Score Composer, Poet, Songwriter, Musician, Screenwriter, + more
    • Credits: Love Her Madly, Lion’s Love, HWY: An American Pastoral, Feast of Friends, Induction, + more
  16. When Cary Grant was young, he would sleep out in alleys if he couldn't make enough money to stay at a flop house by working on the military docks.
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    • Age: Died at 82 (1904-1986)
    • Birthplace: United Kingdom
    • Profession: Actor
    • Credits: North by Northwest, The Philadelphia Story, Bringing Up Baby, His Girl Friday, Notorious, + more
  17. Hilary Swank lived in a car with her mother when they first moved out to Hollywood.
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    • Age: age 41
    • Birthplace: Lincoln, Nebraska, USA
    • Profession: Film Producer, Actor
    • Credits: Million Dollar Baby, Insomnia, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Beverly Hills, 90210, + more
  18. Benjamin Franklin ran away from his home in Boston at the age of 17. He hitched a ride on a ship to New York and then walked to Philedelphia on foot.
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    • Age: Died at 84 (1706-1790)
    • Birthplace: Eastern United States, Boston, Area code 617, New England, United States of America, + more
    • Profession: Statesman, Librarian, Politician, Diplomat, Musician, + more
  19. Dr. Phil McGraw comes from meager beginners. The talk show host spent part of his childhood living with his father in their car, staying at YMCAs when they could.
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    • Age: age 65
    • Birthplace: USA, Oklahoma, Vinita
    • Profession: Pilot, Television producer, Psychologist, Film Producer, Author, + more
    • Credits: Scary Movie 4, Dr. Phil, Madea Goes to Jail, Love the Beast, Wonder Woman, + more
  20. Ella Fitzgerald
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    Ella Fitzgerald slept out on the streets of New York until she won a singing compitition and started her career.
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    • Age: Died at 79 (1917-1996)
    • Birthplace: Virginia, United States of America
    • Profession: Actor, Singer
    • Credits: St. Louis Blues, Pete Kelly's Blues, The Savoy King: Chick Webb and the Music That Changed America, Ride 'Em Cowboy, A Man and His Music + Ella + Jobim, + more
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