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Hilary Swank's parents divorced when she was 13, leading her and her mother to decide to move to Los Angeles for her acting aspirations. They lived out of their car and booked auditions over payphones until they scraped enough money to get an apartment.
When Jim Carrey's mother became seriously ill, he dropped out of school at age 16 to care for her. Soon after, his family was forced to live out of their VW bus.
After being evicted from his apartment, Sylvester Stallone was briefly homeless and turned to sleeping in the New York City Port Authority bus station before seeing a casting notice for the 1970 softcore pornography film "The Party at Kitty and Stud's." The $200 he earned help him get back on his feet.
Before breaking through on "American Idol," Kelly Clarkson once lived out of her car after her Los Angeles apartment burned down.
Before he found fame as James Bond, Daniel Craig had turned to sleeping on a park bench in London as a struggling actor.
After "Star Trek" went off the air in the late '60s, William Shatner found himself living out of his pickup truck while picking up some work in summer stock theater on the East Coast.
At the age of 21, Halle Berry lived in homeless shelters as she tried to pursue a Hollywood career in spite of her mom's disapproval.
In 1979, when Shania Twain was 14, her mother rounded her and her three siblings up and drove more than 400 miles to a homeless shelter in Toronto.
Jennifer Lopez couch-surfed at the age of 18 after her parents disagreed with her decision to pursue a career in Hollywood.
When Sam Worthington successfully auditioned for "Avatar," he was living out of a car he bought with the $2,000 proceeds from selling all of his possessions.
In 2009, Dr. Phil McGraw told Parade magazine that he and his father lived out of a car in Kansas City, Mo., when he was 12 years old while his father interned in psychology. Eventually the pair got a room at the downtown YMCA for $5 a week.
Lil' Kim's father kicked her out as a teenager, leaving the future star homeless for a while in Brooklyn, N.Y.
When he first made the move from Indiana to Los Angeles, David Letterman lived out of his red 1973 Chevy pickup truck for a while.
Djimon Hounsou, an Oscar nominee for "In America" and "Blood Diamond," found himself homeless as a teenager in Paris, France.
But before she got a taste of fame, Jewel traveled around the country living out of her van and performing wherever she could to make money.
In the early 1990s, Tyler Perry moved from New Orleans to Atlanta with the dream of staging his first play. When that production flopped, he found himself homeless and living out of his car.
In her early 20s, Carmen Electra found herself homeless in Hollywood after her boyfriend stole all of her savings and left her stranded, the actress told the Las Vegas Review Journal in 2009.
When he was 18, Drew Carey found himself homeless in Las Vegas while trying to make his way to California. The comedian has talked about selling plasma for money and seeking spare change to buy boxed macaroni and cheese.
The late Kurt Cobain was homeless for a time in Aberdeen, Wash. He's said to have lived under a bridge and slept in hospital waiting rooms.
Jim Morrison resorted to sleeping on Venice Beach for a period until he found rock stardom with The Doors.
In his 2002 autobiography "Random Acts of Badness," "The Partridge Family" star Danny Bonaduce wrote about having to live out of his car while he struggled with drugs in the 1980s.
Talk show host Don Imus reportedly sought refuge in laundromats when he was homeless after being discharged from the Marines.
Martin Sheen has said that he spent some nights sleeping on the subway during his first days trying to make it as an actor in New York City.
In 1997, Rose McGowan told Interview magazine that she spend a year homeless in Oregon and Washington.
In 1994, Kelsey Grammer told "Entertainment Tonight" that in the past he had found himself homeless, camping out with his motorcycle in an alleyway behind a theater.