8. Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Winfrey

Oprah is perhaps the most famous of the Hollywood stars with troubled pasts. Oprah was born to very poor, teenage parents who separated and moved away to work. Oprah describes being repeatedly molested by male relatives which led her to a life of drugs, alcohol and sex and gave birth to a preemie at the age of 14.

Oprah moved to live with her father where she landed a job as a news reporter and quickly moved up the ranks to compete against the big dogs of network TV to become one of the richest and most influential women in the world.

All of these stories of Hollywood stars with troubled pasts are very painful but they are also very moving and inspire the rest of us that although we go through difficult times, we can live to fight another day. I hope that these stories encouraged you and showed you that although we go through really challenging periods in our lives that we can still overcome our past and shine like a star!

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