From Homeless to Having it All


As we have often mentioned, homelessness can happen to anyone. However, there is hope for those who are homeless. In fact,we’d like to share with you 10 formerly homeless celebrities who continued to work towards their goals and have now become extremely successful in their fields.

Tyler Perry-Actor; Director; Writer; Producer; Playwright

  • As a struggling playwright in Atlanta, Perry spent time living in his car before any of his plays gained national attention.

Drew Carey-Comedian; Actor; Writer; Producer; TV game show host;

  • Drew Carey revealed that as a teen he was homeless in Las Vegas,  selling blood plasma for $40 and scraping together money to buy boxed macaroni and cheese.

Steve Harvey Comedian; Actor; TV host

  • Before Steve Harvey was a successful comedian and talk show host, he was living out of his car and struggling to make ends meet. Harvey has shared that in the late ’80s, he was homeless for three years while waiting for his big break.

Dr. Phil (Phil McGraw) – Author; Television host; Former psychologist

  • As a young man, Dr. Phil was homeless with his father. In his words, “I was homeless living in a car with my dad. We eventually got a room at the downtown YMCA for five bucks a week.”

Suze Orman– Financial guru; TV host

  • In 1973,  young Suze lived out of her Ford van for four months.

Carmen Electra- Actress; Singer; Dancer

  • Carmen Electra was homeless in Hollywood in her early 20s. She remembers being stranded on a park bench in the Valley, having only a knife, a pager, Versace heels and some change in her pocket.

Jennifer Lopez- Dancer; Singer; Actress

  • Thinking back on her desire to make it as a dancer, Jennifer shares, “My mom and I butted heads. I didn’t want to go to college – I wanted to try dance full-time. I was homeless.” Jennifer says she spent many nights sleeping on a sofa in her dance studio.

Steve Jobs– Former CEO/Founder of Apple

  • During his college years, Steve Jobs had it rough. In the 2005 commencement address at Stanford University, Steve Jobs said, “I didn’t have a dorm room, so I slept on the floor in friends’ rooms, I returned coke bottles for the 5¢ deposits to buy food with, and I would walk the 7 miles across town every Sunday night to get one good meal a week at the Hare Krishna temple.”

Djimon Hounsou- Model; Actor

  • Before he found success and fame, Djimon Hounsou was a homeless teenager in Paris during the 1980s.

Jim Cramer –TV host

  • The host of CNBC’s “Mad Money” had to live out of his car after he graduated from Harvard Law School and was the victim of burglary. “I was living hand to mouth, and people would take me in now and then so I could get a shower, change, get a good night’s sleep,” Cramer told CNBC in an online article.

Did any of these surprise you? Feel free to share your thoughts.