7 Celebrities Who Started from the Bottom and Rose to the Top ...


Nowadays it seems like celebrities have money coming out of their ears, but sometimes we fail to realize that some of those stars are celebrities who started from the bottom and rose to the top with their own efforts. Just like any of us, they had their own share of struggles but were lucky enough to make it out of poverty. They took their fate into their own hands and got to a very comfortable place with continuous persistence. So let’s take a look at some of the celebrities who started from the bottom.

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Leighton Meester

Leighton Meester One of the celebrities who started from the bottom is Leighton Meester. She might have played the role of a privileged Upper East Side teenager on the CW’s Gossip Girl, but there are no parallels between the way she and Blair Waldorf were brought up. Leighton Meester was off to a rocky start from the beginning, ever since the day she was born in a federal jail in Texas. Her mother, Constance Meester, was actually serving time for smuggling drugs from Jamaica to the USA, but just take a look at her now!


Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Winfrey Oprah Winfrey was born into a less fortunate family with a single mother who struggled to make ends meet. As a child Winfrey had no choice but to live in extremely poor and dangerous neighborhoods, where she never felt safe. Due to the lack of her mother’s supervision, she was sexually molested at an early age. Yet today she is one of the world’s richest and most influential women with a value of $2.7 billion.


Oprah Winfrey is one of the most successful celebrities in the world. She is a businesswoman, talk show host, actress, producer, and philanthropist. She is best known for her award-winning talk show, The Oprah Winfrey Show, which was the highest-rated program of its kind in history. She has also been recognized for her philanthropic work, donating millions of dollars to charities and organizations around the world. Winfrey has been honored with numerous awards, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom. She has also been included on Forbes' list of the World's Most Powerful Women for many years. Winfrey's success story is a testament to her resilience and determination to rise above her humble beginnings.



Eminem There is a whole movie about Eminem’s upbringing, but to sum it all up, Marshall Mathers was brought up by a single mother who often coped with her emotions through alcohol and drugs. As a duo, they moved every two to three months for a few years, and as a result Eminem became a victim of intense bullying. However, he found music as an outlet for sorrow and pain, and we all know where that has brought him.


Jay Z

Jay Z Before Jay Z became one of the most successful rappers in the business, he was just a struggling teenager in Brooklyn, New York. In order to make ends meet, he sold drugs as a teen, which was considered normal in his neighborhood. On the topic of selling drugs, Jay Z once told US magazine, "I started looking at the community on the whole, but in the beginning, no. I was thinking about surviving. I was thinking about improving my situation. I was thinking about buying clothes."


Jay Z's journey is a blueprint of resilience and ambition. He used his experiences on the streets to fuel his lyrical prowess and climb the ranks of the music world. It was his sharp wit and entrepreneurial spirit that transformed him into a mogul with ventures extending beyond music into clothing and sports management. Despite his rough past, he has become an inspiration for many, showing that with talent and hard work, one can transcend their circumstances and achieve greatness.


Demi Moore

Demi Moore Demi Moore spent much of her traumatic childhood living in a trailer park with a very abusive father. When she could not take any more, she dropped out of high school and moved to Hollywood to pursue her dreams of becoming an actress at the age of sixteen. Today she is worth about $150 million. Removing herself from a threatening situation was the best thing that she has ever done for herself.


Selena Gomez

Selena Gomez The humble young starlet also grew up with a single parent for most of her life. Her mother had Selena at 16 years old and worked three jobs just to get their life together. For most of the time they would count coins just to get gasoline and eat macaroni and cheese as a staple in their diet.


J. K. Rowling

J. K. Rowling J. K. Rowling is living proof that it is not over until you say it so yourself. Before her success with the Harry Potter series, Rowling was a single mother who was struggling to support her family. It was at that time that she started writing the Harry Potter series and from there on her success just blasted off!

These celebrities have shared their stories publicly and showed that there is hope for everyone. So if they could show so much resilience while facing adversities, so can you. Whose success story were you most inspired by?

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the first update made it so everytime I tried to comment it closed the app, now with this update I can see any words. hmph :\

ya I think Demi Moore would of been homeless if she didn't make it

... Demi Moore ran away from hrr abusive father at 16, selena grew up with single mother working 3

all the words are not showing on my phone either so all the stories are incomplete :(

as should Mary j blige !

...3 jobs, and j.k.rowling was a struggling single mother before Harry Potter.

... For those who can't see stories..... Leighton was born in prison, Oprah was molested, eminem had a drug abused mothers, JayZ dealt drugs as a teen,..

for some reason not all the words were showing up in the description.. perhaps it's just my phone?

argh!!! this updated version is too bad.

great list! Rosario Dawson should be here as well 😊

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