I was going to say Jim Carrey. He lived in his car when he went to LA.
Oprah...(she's an actor as well, sometimes).
Shania Twain,I still remember her story about mustard sandwiches she took to school from a Rolling Stone magazine 15 years ago.
The fact that you had to go that far back in time, R8, lends credence to the idea that show business is for trustafarians nowadays.
Brad Pitt & Johnny Depp
There's a lot of distance between "from nothing" and trustafarian. I'd say anyone from a working class or even middle class background did not have any particular advantage.
I'll try to be current for R9.
Leonardo Di Caprio
James Garner's story always struck a chord with me.
Bronson Pinchot's mother was a single parent after she left an abusive husband. Pinchot family was on welfare and wore clothes from Goodwill.
SJP, but at least she got a hoof in the door while still a child.
Drew Barrymore-she had such a hard life
Hayden Christiansen-almost never made it
Tori Spelling-really had to work to get her roles!
There's lots; why don't you just Google, OP??? That's what it's for
R16, I started this thread by request of another poster on the stars who came from wealth and privilege. I try to be a very nice, helpful person.
Hugh Jackman went to the Australian version of an English public school (i.e. prep school in US). Just saw an old interview with him on 60 Minutes last week.
Charles Bronson came from Pennsylvania coal country, and his family was so poor (that had lots of children, and he was the eldest boy) he once had to wear a hand-me-down dress to school because he had outgrown everything else.
Charlize Theron and her mother lived in their car for a while.
You'd think r16 would be ashamed she doesn't even know how to work the "return" button properly.
Nathan Lane. His father drank himself to death and his mother was mentally ill.
[quote] Charles Bronson came from Pennsylvania coal country, and his family was so poor
Wow, I have to add him to my list of Celebrities I Thought Were Jewish, But Aren't. He supplants Jason Robards as my most recent addition.
Viola Davis was truly poor as a child.
Barbara Stanwyck had a horrific childhood.
I was born a poor black child.
Viola Davis had to play a maid just to make ends meet.
My mother was a theatre actress. Can you believe that? She had to do those plays everyday for like months. Unbelievable.
Joan Crawford had the worst childhood of any star, past or present, that I have ever heard of.
I was born in New Jersey!!! Can you imagine?
R31, "G," Where is "horse country?" If "M" refers to Meryl Streep, then who's "G?"
It's part of secret New Jersey. They breed horses, race horses, have polo matches and go fox hunting.
That might be your wish, but it doesn't make it true, R46.
Mel Gibson. He is still nothing.
Wouldn't it be easier to list actors who come from family wealth? At this point, you're just listing every actor alive.
[quote] Jessica Chastain
Who's her daddy?
r9 said Brad Pitt. This is incorrect, BP comes from a well-to-do family. Father owns his own construction firm & mother was a school counselor. They were sending BP money to live, along with BP working.
Cynthia Nixon grew up on the UES and attended public school. If she had money she didn't flaunt it. Not sure about SJP.
Diane Lane's mother was in the business (many big stars had parents in the industry, often in smaller capacity).
Rodney Dangerfield was a construction salesman who did well enough to live in the rent-stabilized apartment in which he remained as the UES gentrified in the 1970s.
Sarah Michelle Gellar lived in Yorkville in the 1980s growing up, when it wasn't cheap, but I don't know her exact situation.
A kid I grew up with who was on AMC back in the day had nothing to speak of before he began acting.