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. Hilary Swank is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list 53 Celebrities Who Have Been Homeless
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    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, United States of America
    • Profession: Film Producer, Actor
    • Credits: Boys Don't Cry, Insomnia, Million Dollar Baby, P.S. I Love You
  2. Benjamin Franklin is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list 53 Celebrities Who Have Been Homeless
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    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: Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America
    • Profession: Statesman, Librarian, Politician, Diplomat, Musician, + more
  3. Phil McGraw is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list 53 Celebrities Who Have Been Homeless
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    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: Vinita, Oklahoma, USA
    • Profession: Pilot, Television producer, Psychologist, Film Producer, Author, + more
    • Credits: Dr. Phil, Entertainment Tonight, Late Show with David Letterman, Through Your Eyes
  4. Ella Fitzgerald is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list 53 Celebrities Who Have Been Homeless
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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: The Master, American Hustle, The Aviator, Malcolm X
  5. Daniel Craig is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list 53 Celebrities Who Have Been Homeless
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    Daniel Craig slept on a park bench when he was a struggling actor.  In an interview, the Bond star stated, "I've done awful things to survive, because I had no money."
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    • Age: age 47
    • Birthplace: Chester, England
    • Profession: Actor, Voice acting
    • Credits: Skyfall, Casino Royale, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Quantum of Solace
  6. Punk rocker Patti Smith slept in streets, parks, and subways in New York when she was a struggling artist.
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    • Age: age 69
    • Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States of America
    • Profession: Poet, Musician, Singer-songwriter, Actor, Voice acting, + more
    • Credits: Natural Born Killers, Noah, The Rum Diary, Patti Smith: Dream of Life
  7. Charlie Chaplin is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list 53 Celebrities Who Have Been Homeless
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    Charlie Chaplin was forced onto the streets of London when he was a child after his father died and his mother had a mental breakdown.
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    • Age: Died at 88 (1889-1977)
    • Birthplace: Walworth, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Film Score Composer, Comedian, Film Producer, Screenwriter, Film Editor, + more
    • Credits: The Gold Rush, City Lights, Modern Times, The Great Dictator
  8. Suze Orman is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list 53 Celebrities Who Have Been Homeless
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    Before Suze Orman became a world famous finacial guru, she lived out of her van in Berkeley. 
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    • Age: 64
    • Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States of America
    • Profession: Businessperson, Television producer, Financial adviser, Author, Actor, + more
    • Credits: CBS News Sunday Morning, My Man Is a Loser, Suze Orman: 9 Steps to Financial Freedom, The Suze Orman Show, Suze Orman: Women & Money, + more
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