30 Celebrities Who Have Been Homeless During Their Youth

A list of famous people and their perfect-picture life have been homeless in the past. Yeah, that’s true. Actors, singers, musicians and businessmen have experienced homelessness at some point in their lives. But most of them used their struggles as an inspiration to achieve their greatest goals. Check out this list of celebrities who were homeless in the past.


Jennifer Lopez

The famous singer was kicked out of her house because she chose to pursue a dancing career rather than college education. She slept in her dance studio because she didn’t have a place to go.


Steve Jobs

The Apple mastermind used to crash on friends’ floors during college and returned glass Coke bottles to make money. During a commencement speech at Stanford University he said:

“I would walk the 7 miles across town every Sunday night to get one good meal a week at the Hare Krishna temple.”


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Halle Berry

She found herself homeless when starting her career in Chicago. The 50-year-old told Reader’s Digest that she is grateful for everything though:

“It taught me how to take care of myself and that I could live through any situation, even if it meant going to a shelter for a small stint, or living within my means, which were meager.”


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David Letterman

The 70-year-old lived out of his 1973 Chevy pickup truck when he started out first in LA. He got his start writing jokes for Jimmy Walker and then became a star on his own.


Shania Twain

Before she was a country music superstar, she was homeless. She stayed at a Toronto shelter with her mother and siblings then at the age of 16, she took shelter by squatting in a vacant house or sleeping on buses.


Tyler Perry

The TV director has become one of the most successful filmmakers in Hollywood but lived in his car when he was a struggling playwright in Atlanta.


Carmen Electra

When Carmen finished touring with Prince, her boyfriend stole her money and left her in the middle of nowhere. She spent some years homeless in LA but nailed auditions for Baywatch and Singled Out. 


Jim Carrey

During an interview with Inside the Actors Studio, the actor recalled his experience with homelessness:

“My father was a musician who got a ‘regular job’ to support his children. When he lost his job, that’s when everything fell apart. We went from ‘lower middle class’ to ‘poor.’ We were living out of a van. I quit school at age 15 to begin working to help support my family as a janitor.”



When the singer/songwriter/producer was 18, she lived out of her van.


Sylvester Stallone

The 70-year-old spent three weeks sleeping at the bus station when he came across an ad for an adult film that was paying $100 a day. After two days working there, he managed to get himself out of the bus station.


Kelly Clarkson

When the singer first moved to Los Angeles, her apartment burnt in a fire. Having no where to go, she lived out of her car and at shelters.


Kurt Cobain

After the young guitarist/songwriter’s parents got divorced, he ended up homeless living under a bridge. The Nirvana frontman spent time sleeping in the hallways, waiting rooms and porches.


Kelsey Grammer

Several members of the Frasier star’s family died in terrible ways, and his only shelter was his motorcycle.


Lil’ Kim

The rapper/songwriter lived with her mother in their car during her youth.


Jim Morrison

While he was a struggling poet and musician, he slept on rooftops, cars and under the pier at Venice Beach.




Cary Grant

When the actor Cary Grant,  was young, he used to sleep in alleys if he didn’t make enough money to stay at a flop house.


Hilary Swank

She lived in a car with her mother when they moved to Hollwyood before becoming a famous actress and film producer.


Benjamin Franklin

The diplomat Benjamin Franklin left his house in Boston when he was 17 years old. He hitched a ride on a ship to New York and then walked to Philedelphia.


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Phil McGraw

The talk show host spent his childhood living with his father in their car and staying at YMCAs when they could.



Ella Fitzgerald

She slept on the streets of New York until she won a singing competition and started her career.


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Daniel Craig

He slept on a park bench when he struggled to become an actor. In an interview he stated: “I’ve done awful things to survive, because I had no money.”


Patti Smith

The punk rocker slept in streets, parks and subways in NY.


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Charlie Chaplin

He was forced onto the streets of London after his father died and his mother had a mental breakdown.


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Suze Orman

Before becoming a famous financial guru, she lived in her van in Berkeley.


Steve Harvey

The talk show host was homeless after he split with his wife. He stayed in hotels when he traveled for comedy shows but when he wasn’t working, he had nowhere to go.

“It was so disheartening,” Harvey told People Magazine. “A week is really the maximum you can do. This was three years! It was rock bottom. But even in my darkest days, I had faith it would turn around.”


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Natasha Lyonne

The American Pie star Natasha Lyonne struggled with addiction and ended up homeless. Now she’s an actress in the Netflix series “Orange is the New Black.”


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Danny Bonaduce

Danny Bonaduce struggled being homeless. He lived in his car before he landed the radio gig that started his career.


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Sam Worthington

He lived in his car before getting the role in Avatar.


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Traci Lords

During her youth, the actress and writer spent night sleeping under a bridge with other runaways.


Harry Houdini

The pilot/historian/actor ran away from home when he was 12 and stayed in shelters and camped out on the streets.


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