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20 Celebrities Who Became Famous Because of Someone They Knew

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It's all about who you know. That may sound like a tired cliche, but in Hollywood it's totally true. A lot of people have secretly dreamed of becoming a celebrity at one time or another. But most famous people had to work really hard to achieve their silver screen dreams. Not all of them did, though. Some just got lucky. The luckiest of them all got to ride the coattails of their their famous friends, lovers, or family members all the way to the top. The stars on this list got their foot in the notoriously hard-to-open door by knowing the right people. Too bad we can't all be that lucky.
 
Some of the celebrities on this list were born into a family of famous folks, or they just happened to know the right people. Whatever the case, they didn’t do it all on their own. Some of the piggybacking celebrities put in a lot of work to get where they were, but they wouldn’t have become stars if it weren’t for a famous friend plucking them out of obscurity and giving them a leg up. If you’re prone to saying “must be nice,” you should start your engines now because these celebrities are only famous because of their friends.
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