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Not every celebrity was born with a silver spoon. In fact, many of them came from humble beginnings — very humble. Before they made it big, these stars had to rely on government assistance to make ends meet.

Taraji P. Henson

Taraji P. Henson is sitting on top of the world now as one of the main characters on the hit show Empire. But there was a time early on in her career when Henson struggled to feed her son. After the sudden and tragic death of her son’s father, Henson moved to Hollywood with a dream and just $900 in the bank, relying on welfare for support. Henson’s career took off after starring in Hustle & Flow alongside Terrence Howard, her Empire co-star. Now she has plenty ocash in her account.

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