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.
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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.
Birthplace: Castle Hill, New York City, New York, United States of America
Profession: Film Score Composer, Fashion designer, Record producer, Businessperson Songwriter, + more
Credits: Out of Sight, Maid in Manhattan, Monster-in-Law, American Idol
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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."
Age: Died at 56 (1955-2011)
Birthplace: California, United States of America
Profession: Businessperson, Entrepreneur, Inventor, Designer
Credits: Steve Jobs: The Lost Interview, The Pixar Story, Toy Story, The Triumph of the Nerds: The Rise of Accidental Empires
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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."
Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio, United States of America
Profession: Television producer, Film Producer, Model, Actor Voice acting
Credits: X-Men: The Last Stand, Cloud Atlas, X-Men 2, X-Men: Days of Future Past
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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.
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
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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.
Birthplace: Windsor, Canada
Profession: Songwriter, Musician, Singer-songwriter, Composer Music artist, + more
Credits: Notting Hill, Twister, I Heart Huckabees, Game Change
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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.
Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States of America
Profession: Television director, Theatre Director, Songwriter, Television producer Film Producer, + more
Credits: Diary of a Mad Black Woman, I Can Do Bad All by Myself, For Better or Worse, Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor
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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."
Birthplace: Sharonville, Ohio, United States of America
Profession: Fitness professional, Model, Author, Actor Voice acting, + more
Credits: Scary Movie, Meet the Spartans, Starsky & Hutch, Carmen Electra's Aerobic Striptease
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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.”
Birthplace: Newmarket, Canada
Profession: Comedian, Film Producer, Screenwriter, Actor Voice acting
Credits: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, The Truman Show, Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, Dumb & Dumber
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