Homeless Celebrities

25 celebs who once were homeless

With all of the stigma and shame put upon poor people and homeless “bums” these days, it is inspiring and important to realize that some people that Americans and others around the world idolize because of their celebrity status once were homeless. Just goes to show that people are not perfect and can get into situations that no one would want to be in. And these people somehow were able to raise themselves up, with support, to succeed in life.  The next time you see a homeless person, consider that they might be the next Celebrity in the making. Or at least someone of VALUE and IMPORTANCE. A talented WORTHWHILE person to give assistance and a HOME and food.  How can you and are you willing to help change someone’s life for the better?



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Success doesn’t come easy, especially for those in show business. Kelsey Grammer,  for example, spent many nights sleeping behind his local movie theater.

See which other stars struggled with homelessness before Hollywood: http://on.ksbw.com/1fbzMij

Hillary Swank and her single mom lived in their car

Jim Carrey’s family lives in a VW bus

Sylvester Stallone

After being evicted from his apartment, Sylvester Stallone was briefly homeless and turned to sleeping in the New York City Port Authority bus station before seeing a casting notice for the 1970 softcore pornography film “The Party at Kitty and Stud’s.” The $200 he earned help him get back on his feet.

Kelly Clarkson

Before breaking through on “American Idol,” Kelly Clarkson once lived out of her car after her Los Angeles apartment burned down.

Daniel Craig

Before he found fame as James Bond, Daniel Craig had turned to sleeping on a park bench in London as a struggling actor.

William Shatner

After “Star Trek” went off the air in the late ’60s, William Shatner found himself living out of his pickup truck while picking up some work in summer stock theater on the East Coast.

Halle Berry

At the age of 21, Halle Berry lived in homeless shelters as she tried to pursue a Hollywood career in spite of her mom’s disapproval.

 Shania Twain

In 1979, when Shania Twain was 14, her mother rounded her and her three siblings up and drove more than 400 miles to a homeless shelter in Toronto.


Jennifer Lopez couch-surfed at the age of 18 after her parents disagreed with her decision to pursue a career in Hollywood.

Sam Worthington

When Sam Worthington successfully auditioned for “Avatar,” he was living out of a car he bought with the $2,000 proceeds from selling all of his possessions.

Dr Phil

n 2009, Dr. Phil McGraw told Parade magazine that he and his father lived out of a car in Kansas City, Mo., when he was 12 years old while his father interned in psychology. Eventually the pair got a room at the downtown YMCA for $5 a week.

 Lil Kim

Lil’ Kim’s father kicked her out as a teenager, leaving the future star homeless for a while in Brooklyn, N.Y.

 David Letterman

When he first made the move from Indiana to Los Angeles, David Letterman lived out of his red 1973 Chevy pickup truck for a while.

Djimon Hounsou

Djimon Hounsou, an Oscar nominee for “In America” and “Blood Diamond,” found himself homeless as a teenager in Paris, France.


But before she got a taste of fame, Jewel traveled around the country living out of her van and performing wherever she could to make money.

 Tyler Perry

In the early 1990s, Tyler Perry moved from New Orleans to Atlanta with the dream of staging his first play. When that production flopped, he found himself homeless and living out of his car.

Carmen Electra

In her early 20s, Carmen Electra found herself homeless in Hollywood after her boyfriend stole all of her savings and left her stranded, the actress told the Las Vegas Review Journal in 2009.

Drew Carey

When he was 18, Drew Carey found himself homeless in Las Vegas while trying to make his way to California. The comedian has talked about selling plasma for money and seeking spare change to buy boxed macaroni and cheese.

 Kurt Cobain

The late Kurt Cobain was homeless for a time in Aberdeen, Wash. He’s said to have lived under a bridge and slept in hospital waiting rooms.

 Jim Morrison

Jim Morrison resorted to sleeping on Venice Beach for a period until he found rock stardom with The Doors.

 Danny Bonaduce

In his 2002 autobiography “Random Acts of Badness,” “The Partridge Family” star Danny Bonaduce wrote about having to live out of his car while he struggled with drugs in the 1980s.

 Don Imus

Talk show host Don Imus reportedly sought refuge in laundromats when he was homeless after being discharged from the Marines.

Martin Sheen

Martin Sheen has said that he spent some nights sleeping on the subway during his first days trying to make it as an actor in New York City.

Rose McGowan

In 1997, Rose McGowan told Interview magazine that she spend a year homeless in Oregon and Washington.

Whoopi Goldberg has raised moony for the homeless along with other comedians (Comic Relief)

JK Rowling


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Depressed due to her mother’s passing and while going through a divorce – Rowling found herself homeless and she was also on England’s version of welfare. It wasn’t until after writing the first book in the Harry Potter series when things began to get better.






Have you ever been homeless, know someone who has been or is or love someone who is very close to becoming homeless?




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