A lot of celebrities are born rich or come from show biz families, but believe it or not, there are famous people who literally started from the bottom and worked their way to the top with talent, perseverance, and of course luck. Here are 13 true-life rags-to-riches stories of celebrities who went from homeless to famous. These will either inspire you or make you feel bad you haven't achieved more.

1. Steve Harvey


Steve Harvey is on TV nearly every day, but before he hit it big he lived in his car. Harvey told People Magazine that he spent three years living in his 1976 Ford Tempo—he would wash up in gas stations, or swimming pool showers—until he got his big break performing on Showtime at the Apollo.

He currently has a net worth of $100 million dollars. Not too shabby.

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2. Halle Berry

She's an Oscar winner now, but when she first moved to New York at age 21, Halle Berry was a struggling actress who ran out of money and ended up in a homeless shelter. In an interview with Reader's Digest, she said, "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. I became a person who knows that I will always make my own way."