Which celebrities are from normal, average, middle-class homes?
SO many celebs are from money or fame - from Angelina Jolie to Gwyneth Paltrow to Drew Barrymore to Jake Gyllenhaal to, heck, even the Kardashians. \
Which current celebrities just come from ordinary humble families?\
Brad Pitt comes to mind. Who else?
The Joseph Gordon-Levitt troll
Hillary Swank is white trash.
Leonardo Dicaprio grew up working-class.
Sylvester Stallone, although I wouldn''t say normal, and not even sure about middle-class.%0D\
Robert De Niro, although I wouldn''t say normal.%0D\
Al Pacino - ditto%0D\
Mel Gibson''s father
Annette Bening''s family was such poor white trash, her mother turned tricks for food stamps at the trailer park they lived in.
De Niro''s dad was a very well known hipster painter. He didn''t grow up "normal".
Vanessa Williams parents were both public school music teachers in Westchester.
I think Hilary Swank grew up in a trailer park
Brad Pitt-born in Oklahoma and raise in Springfield Missouri.\
His mother was a high school counselor and his father worked in a trucking company.
Caroline Kennedy and Tom Shoelace
Demi Moore also grew up in a trailer park.\
Her step-father committed suicide and her alcoholic mother was rumored to be a prostitute.
what a terrible childhood
LOL @ R22
R24, well that explains a lot. No wonder she is attention seeking. I kinda feel bad for her now.
Lord knows not Glenn. Well, I never thought to inquire, but I can''t imagine she grew up in a normal home. I mean--look at her.
I thought there was a rumor that her mom pimped her out, too.
Well, our home was perfectly normal for me, but poor Elle had to bask in my reflected glory and be exposed to all my . . . proclivities.
Seann William Scott
Kris Allen or is it Chris ... or is it Alen ,,, remember him?
R24''s description of Demi''s childhood puts her creepy doll collection into perspective.
Actors who came from pretty poor backgrounds:\
Sarah Jessica Parker\
Demi''s and Hilary''s were particularly hard beginnings.
The vast majority of them. What a stupid thread.
How come Michael Pitt ended up a prostitute? Or am I thinking about someone else?
Didn''t SJP live in a public housing complex with like 12 siblings?
The SJP story is bs, she was working at 5, you can see her at young ages, so I don''t get where she "lived in a project" bs is relevant.\
As far as Pitt, his family were actually on the wealthy side of things, both parents worked as a hs counselor and his father was the owner of a company.
Glenn Close''s family was quite well to do but her parents were in the thrall of a cult - Moral Re-armament - the folks behind Up With People. She doesn''t talk about it much but her early life was dominated by this cult.%0D\
Streep was much more normal, upper-middle class New Jersey.
Annette Benning is a hot cougar. I never found her attractive until recently. I guess I have a thing for grannies, which kind of alarms me.
Diana Ross & The Supremes - along with the rest of 60''s Motown stars%0D\
Most 80''s Rap Stars%0D\
and if I stay with country music, ...%0D\
you know what, r40 is right, this thread is stupid
One more vote for "most of them" - invert the theme please
Michael Pitt has consistently lied about his background. He comes from an upper middle class family.
Wasn''t DeNiro''s father gay?
Rosie O''Donnell, Mariah Carey, Seinfeld, the Baldwins, L.L. Cool J., Edie Falco, Billy Joel, Michael Kors, Eddie Murphy, Howard Stern, Kevin James, Melissa Joan Hart, Judd Apatow are all from middle class sections of Long Island.
What was interesting about Brad Pitt was that he used to lived with a gay soap writer Thom Racina for 2 years when he was a struggling actor.
No way, R51! A gay person and a straight person were roommates? IMPOSSIBLE!!!
er r53, not the person you were talking to but BP was Racine''s "houseboy"/assistant & paid no rent.
He was also his pool boy. Hehehe.
Here''s what Thom Racina says about Brad Pitt (link to Racina''s website).
The divas Babs, Bette and Cher came from humble beginnings. Babs'' father died, leaving the family poor. Bette''s father had no emotions. Don''t think Cher ever knew her father.
William Hurt''s stepfather owned Time Magazine.
Aimee Mann''s dad invented American Cheese.
explains a lot, R59 - the apple doesn''t fall far from the tree....... no, not a fan.
Miles Davis'' father was a dentist. I''ve never heard anything else about his home life. It just seemed strange that such a gritty musician was the son of a dentist.
Shirl and Warren
As DL%E2%80%99s Jared Leto troll, I will repeat what I read on IMDB %E2%80%93 he was born poor, lived in a commune for a while, his mother remarried and he went to a posh private high school for awhile, before living on food stamps again.%0D\
There%E2%80%99s someone on that board who went to high school with him and who seems to lead a personal vendetta against him by spilling. I%E2%80%99ve been shamefully following that for a while.%0D
Martha Stewart (owns this thread)
Barbra was born in Madagascar, raised in Rangoon.
R53 do you actually believe that Pitt is heterosexual and that he and Thom were LOL "roommates"? BP was clearly kept and having sex with TC but that sort of thing has been going on in Hollyweird for years.
Angelina Jolie was not from money. Daddy never send the check and Angie and her mom had to RENT...an APARTMENT!!
The poor thing really has known great suffering.
Katie Heigl is from a very average background. It's why she doesn't do the kiss-ass glad handing so well. More moll than doll.
Katie heigl didnt do ass kissing well because she began to believe her own hype. Now that her career is in the toilet she is suddenly a lot more humble. Go figure.
not AnnE Hathaway r62...her father is a top NYC lawyer. Where do you think Mrs. Hathaway got all that money to produce Holland Taylor's Bway show?
Katie's career is actually on the upswing, R71. She's got a film or two in the can and is set to co-star in Zach Braff's record-breaking Kickstarter project.
Don't feed the Katie Heigel troll again....
I think Leighton Meester was born in prison.
Nathan Lane and Liv Schreiber both had cukoo mothers and no father in the picture
Woody Harrelson's father was a hit man who was arrested in Dallas with a couple of other hit men on the day that President Kennedy was assassinated. They were released.
There is speculation that he and the guys he was arrested with that day were the grassy knoll shooters. I think he died in prison many years later.
Obviously not a "normal" upbringing but not a child of privilege.
R19 Pitt's father tried to claim he owned a trucking company but he was just a truck driver and they lived in a trailer park.
Sarah Jessica Parker
Actually Jake & Maggie Gyllenhaal came from a very middle class home. Upper middle class but definitely not upper class. Their parents had financial ups and downs. I read somewhere that when they got divorced, both parents pleaded financial hardship and were on the brink of losing their home.
Newsflash, R82: everybody getting divorced claims "financial hardship."
The point of the thread is pointing out which celebrities made it big without major money or connections.
Jake and Maggie may not have had "major money" (in your book), but their dad's an Emmy and DGA-winning director and their mom's an Oscar-nominated screenwriter so you're kind of missing the point...
SJP's family fell on hard times. They even dipped to "marginal surroundings" when growing up. She was shocked to learn she was a Mayflower descendant later on.
Joan Crawford had about as trashy an upbringing as you can imagine
Connie Stevens was from a pretty average family. Unfortunately she grew up to be an entitled bitch. Even after her gay brother died of AIDS, she threw piles of $$$ at the GOP... I know for sure she made hefty contributions to the scumbags as recently as John McCain's campaign... maybe even more recently.
r2 - Hillary Swank is Mexican or some other Latino through her thirsty for fame mother.
OP - Brad Pitt is from wealth in Missouri. His father owned the trucking company that employed others, his mother was a hs counselor. They lived very very well off in that area.
Oprah Winfrey started out having to wear potato sacks.
David Geffen had no bedroom as a child and had to sleep on the couch.
J.K. Rowling was on the English version of welfare.
J.Z. lived in the projects and at age 12 shot his brother for stealing his jewelry.
Celine Dion's dad made 160 per week to feed a family of 16.
Shania Twain's family couldn't afford heat or food and by the age of 8, Shania was working the bars.