They’ve Got a Story To Tell: Celebs Who Went From Top Ramen to Top Dollar

June 25, 2012  |  
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Halle Berry

The Academy Award winning actress spent the first few years of her life in an inner-city neighborhood, located in Cleveland, Ohio. After her father abandoned her family, Berry’s mother relocated to a predominately white suburb, where she dealt with a great deal of discrimination. She thrived in school however, becoming a part of dozens of extracurricular activities, and during the 80’s she earned a number of beauty pageant titles. Deciding on a career as an entertainer, Berry moved to New York, where she was hoping to work as a model and actress, but things didn’t get off to the best start. After being in NYC for a little while, Berry ran out of money and wound up living in a homeless shelter for a little while. But after a few short-lived roles and unsuccessful television appearances, the roles and jobs started rolling in for her, and her first huge role was as a crackhead in Jungle Fever. With over three dozen movies under her belt now and a bevvy of awards and nominations, Berry’s net worth is $70 Million.

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