7 Celebrities Who Abandoned Fame ...


It’s really interesting to see the celebrities who abandoned fame for a life of peace and quiet. Whether they quit the celebrity lifestyle for good or just for a while, it is understandable that living your life in the spotlight can be really stressful. These celebrities who abandoned fame have all taken time for themselves after the whirlwind of fame and fortune has become too much.

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Meg Ryan

Meg Ryan First on this list of celebrities who abandoned fame is the lovely Meg Ryan, whom you may know from movies such as City of Angels, Sleepless in Seattle and When Harry Met Sally. Meg decided that the fame she was experiencing was becoming all a bit much in 2001, after her divorce with her husband, Dennis Quaid. She has since returned to the acting business, both in television and movies.


Lily Allen

Lily Allen It’s no wonder our darling Lily is famous with the upbringing she has had (her father is actor Keith Allen and her mother is Alison Owen, a film producer)! In 2009, however, she announced that she would not be renewing her recording contract, and stepped out of the spotlight to focus on her family and opening a vintage boutique with her sister. She has since shot back into the limelight with her new album, Sheezus.


Sir Sean Connery

Sir Sean Connery Sir Sean Connery is best known for his role as James Bond from 1962 until 1983. He has won a slew of awards and has been nominated for countless more. He was dubbed “The Sexiest Man of the Century” in 1999 at age 69. However, in June 2006, he announced that he was retiring from acting. Sir Connery has since turned down roles that have been offered to him, saying that he thinks retirement is just “too damned fun.”


Mara Wilson

Mara Wilson Cast your mind back to the adorable little girl who played Matilda Wormwood in the film adaptation of Roald Dahl’s book, Matilda. Where is she now, you ask? Well, that girl is Mara Wilson and she has taken a big step out of the spotlight, claiming that “film acting is not very fun.” Mara writes for her blog, called ‘Mara Wilson Writes Stuff’ (which is amazing) and is hoping to break into the Young Adult novel genre.


Harrison Ford

Harrison Ford When Harrison Ford was cast in his first few movies, even though they were considered rather successful, he made so little money that he simply gave up in frustration, and went back to his old life as a carpenter to support himself. Luckily, George Lucas wouldn’t take no for an answer and cast him in the multi-million dollar Star Wars franchise. Thank goodness!


Dylan and Cole Sprouse

Dylan and Cole Sprouse These two twins are best known for their role on The Suite Life of Zack & Cody alongside Ashley Tisdale. The two, after saying in an interview that the way their careers moved forward so fast was “scary” (understandably!), have quit Disney and are both attending university. They say they don’t regret their decision to quit acting.


Elizabeth Hurley

Elizabeth Hurley Austin Powers and Gossip Girl star Elizabeth Hurley gave birth to her son, called Damian, in 2002, which was the reason for her step out of fame. Elizabeth decided that giving her son the best start in life was more important than focusing on her career, and decided to take a couple of years off to raise him.

If I were a celebrity, I think I would definitely need to take some time off too. Being famous is a 24/7 job, and for a lot of celebs it is hard finding time to just really be themselves between photo shoots, interviews, and being chased by the paparazzi. If you were a celebrity, would you take some time off?

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Joni Mitchell? She was famous for being able to illude fame for years at a time, though she ally's ended up coming back after brief hiatuses I still think she'd have been a good mention

I only knew three people but LILY ALLEN I thought she loves to sing

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interesting article

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