Making It: Stars Who Were Once Homeless

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November 7, 2011 ‐ By

Anybody who’s ever achieved anything will tell you that realizing your dreams takes significant hard work and hustle. The word “hustle” may mean different things to different people; but it almost always means making moves, whether legal or…not so legal, to get where you need to go in life. While hustling, grinding and doing what you have to do, you might find yourself in less than comfortable situations. Which is what happened to the following celebs. On the path to their dreams they found themselves in some of the most uncomfortable predicaments as they were homeless, either on the street, or in their car, while they worked toward becoming the people we know them to be. Check out this list and use it as inspiration to go for what you want and deserve in life.


Tyler Perry

Best to start off with the obvious ones. Tyler Perry has told Oprah and the world that before he made it big, writing hit plays and eventually movies the writer, director, producer and actor lived in his car for three months in 1996- while he was using his rent and car payments to finance his plays. Perry says he rolled the dice one too many times but clearly it worked out pretty well… and that’s an understatement.

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  • blackmagic50

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  • Prissy

    The singer Jewel was also homeless at one point. 

  • http://twitter.com/TCGalltin T.C. Galltin

    Thank you so much for doing this article! Given the state of our economy, so many people are homeless. I was/am one of them. It feels good to know that I’m not alone. Like Eartha said, when I see a homeless person on the streets, I sympathize. It’s not a good feeling not knowing where you’re going to lay your head the next morning. Again, thanks. May we all learn to find strength in our struggle.