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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?

by Anonymousreply 9005/26/2013

Joseph Gordon-Levitt

by Anonymousreply 112/10/2010

Hillary Swank is white trash.

by Anonymousreply 212/10/2010

Leonardo Dicaprio grew up working-class.

by Anonymousreply 312/10/2010

Alice Cooper

by Anonymousreply 412/10/2010

Sylvester Stallone, although I wouldn't say normal, and not even sure about middle-class.%0D %0D Robert De Niro, although I wouldn't say normal.%0D %0D Al Pacino - ditto%0D %0D Marlon Brando%0D %0D Jesse Ventura%0D %0D Bill Clinton%0D %0D %0D %0D

by Anonymousreply 512/10/2010

Mel Gibson

by Anonymousreply 612/10/2010

Annette Bening's family was such poor white trash, her mother turned tricks for food stamps at the trailer park they lived in.

by Anonymousreply 712/10/2010

Johnny Depp

by Anonymousreply 812/10/2010

Matt Mcaughnehey

by Anonymousreply 912/10/2010

De Niro's dad was a very well known hipster painter. He didn't grow up "normal".

by Anonymousreply 1012/10/2010

Vanessa Williams parents were both public school music teachers in Westchester.

by Anonymousreply 1112/10/2010

ben affleck

jen garner

matt damon

j lo

by Anonymousreply 1212/10/2010


by Anonymousreply 1312/10/2010

Prince Charles

by Anonymousreply 1412/10/2010

Meg Ryan

by Anonymousreply 1512/10/2010

the Quaids

by Anonymousreply 1612/10/2010

Sam Overall

by Anonymousreply 1712/10/2010

I think Hilary Swank grew up in a trailer park

by Anonymousreply 1812/10/2010

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.

by Anonymousreply 1912/10/2010

Julianne Moore

by Anonymousreply 2012/10/2010

Caroline Kennedy and Tom Shoelace

by Anonymousreply 2112/10/2010

R20, seriously?

by Anonymousreply 2212/10/2010

Hatpin Stevens

by Anonymousreply 2312/10/2010

Demi Moore also grew up in a trailer park.

Her step-father committed suicide and her alcoholic mother was rumored to be a prostitute.

by Anonymousreply 2412/10/2010

what a terrible childhood

by Anonymousreply 2512/10/2010

LOL @ R22

by Anonymousreply 2612/10/2010

R24, well that explains a lot. No wonder she is attention seeking. I kinda feel bad for her now.

by Anonymousreply 2712/10/2010

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.

by Anonymousreply 2812/10/2010

I thought there was a rumor that her mom pimped her out, too.

by Anonymousreply 2912/10/2010

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.

by Anonymousreply 3012/10/2010

Michael Pitt

by Anonymousreply 3112/10/2010

Rosalind Russell

by Anonymousreply 3212/11/2010

John Barrowman

by Anonymousreply 3312/11/2010

Seann William Scott

by Anonymousreply 3412/11/2010



by Anonymousreply 3512/11/2010

Kris Allen or is it Chris ... or is it Alen ,,, remember him?

by Anonymousreply 3612/11/2010

R24's description of Demi's childhood puts her creepy doll collection into perspective.

by Anonymousreply 3712/11/2010

Actors who came from pretty poor backgrounds:

Sarah Jessica Parker Hilary Swank Demi Moore Jimmy Carrey Tom Cruise Leighton Meester

Demi's and Hilary's were particularly hard beginnings.

by Anonymousreply 3812/11/2010

William Hurt

by Anonymousreply 3912/11/2010

The vast majority of them. What a stupid thread.

by Anonymousreply 4012/11/2010

How come Michael Pitt ended up a prostitute? Or am I thinking about someone else?

by Anonymousreply 4112/11/2010

Didn't SJP live in a public housing complex with like 12 siblings?

by Anonymousreply 4212/11/2010

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.

by Anonymousreply 4312/11/2010

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 Hardly normal.%0D Streep was much more normal, upper-middle class New Jersey.

by Anonymousreply 4412/11/2010

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.

by Anonymousreply 4512/11/2010

Diana Ross & The Supremes - along with the rest of 60's Motown stars%0D %0D Most 80's Rap Stars%0D %0D Dolly Parton%0D %0D Loretta Lynn%0D %0D Elvis%0D %0D Johnny Cash%0D %0D and if I stay with country music, ...%0D %0D you know what, r40 is right, this thread is stupid

by Anonymousreply 4612/11/2010

Michael Pitt has consistently lied about his background. He comes from an upper middle class family.

by Anonymousreply 4712/11/2010

Wasn't DeNiro's father gay?

by Anonymousreply 4812/11/2010

Yes, r48.

by Anonymousreply 4912/11/2010

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.

by Anonymousreply 5012/11/2010

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.

by Anonymousreply 5112/11/2010

Keanu Reeves?

by Anonymousreply 5212/11/2010

No way, R51! A gay person and a straight person were roommates? IMPOSSIBLE!!!

by Anonymousreply 5312/11/2010

er r53, not the person you were talking to but BP was Racine's "houseboy"/assistant & paid no rent.

by Anonymousreply 5412/11/2010

He was also his pool boy. Hehehe.

by Anonymousreply 5512/11/2010

Here's what Thom Racina says about Brad Pitt (link to Racina's website).

by Anonymousreply 5612/11/2010

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.

by Anonymousreply 5712/11/2010

William Hurt's stepfather owned Time Magazine.

by Anonymousreply 5812/11/2010

Aimee Mann's dad invented American Cheese.

by Anonymousreply 5912/11/2010

explains a lot, R59 - the apple doesn't fall far from the tree....... no, not a fan.

by Anonymousreply 6012/11/2010

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.

by Anonymousreply 6112/11/2010

Michelle Pfeiffer

Jessica Lange

Anne Hathaway

Shirl and Warren

by Anonymousreply 6212/12/2010

Rache Zoe

by Anonymousreply 6312/12/2010

Nick Lachey%0D %0D Justin Timberlake

by Anonymousreply 6412/12/2010

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 %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

by Anonymousreply 6512/12/2010

Martha Stewart (owns this thread)

by Anonymousreply 6612/13/2010

Barbra was born in Madagascar, raised in Rangoon.

by Anonymousreply 6712/13/2010

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.

by Anonymousreply 6805/24/2013

Angelina Jolie was not from money. Daddy never send the check and Angie and her mom had to APARTMENT!!

The poor thing really has known great suffering.

by Anonymousreply 6905/24/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 7005/24/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 7105/24/2013

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?

by Anonymousreply 7205/24/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 7305/24/2013

Iggy Pop

by Anonymousreply 7405/24/2013

Don't feed the Katie Heigel troll again....

by Anonymousreply 7505/24/2013

I think Leighton Meester was born in prison.

by Anonymousreply 7605/25/2013

Carol Burnett

by Anonymousreply 7705/25/2013

Nathan Lane and Liv Schreiber both had cukoo mothers and no father in the picture

by Anonymousreply 7805/25/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 7905/25/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 8005/25/2013

Sarah Jessica Parker

Harrison Ford

Stephen Speilberg

George Lucas

Lawrence Kasdan

by Anonymousreply 8105/25/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 8205/25/2013

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...

by Anonymousreply 8305/25/2013

Meryl Streep

by Anonymousreply 8405/26/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 8505/26/2013

Joan Crawford had about as trashy an upbringing as you can imagine

by Anonymousreply 8605/26/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 8705/26/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 8805/26/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 8905/26/2013

Ryan Gosling, raised in a working-class Cornwall, Ontario, home. His father worked in a paper mill.

Marilyn Monroe and Barbara Stanwyck, both from the humblest beginnings of poverty and foster homes.

by Anonymousreply 9005/26/2013
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