Rags to Riches: 11 Celebrities Who Truly Embodied the “Self-Made” Success Story

The world has had enough of nepo-babies, the “celebrities” whose name outweighs their ability. Many of us miss the age of meritocracy when people found fame purely based on their talent. This notion is evident in a recent online post where people name those celebrities who came from nothing.

1. Viola Davis

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“Her memoir tells the ultimate ‘rags-to-riches’ story and shows the importance of having teachers and mentors who believe in you,” a fan shares. The Rhode Island-born actress became a sensation almost overnight following the success of The Help. Since then, her career has gathered practically unstoppable momentum.

2. Dolly Parton

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Many fans hail Dolly Parton, a lady born in a single-room shack whose father paid the doctor who delivered her “a bag of cornmeal.” We can safely say Dolly has made it now. America is a constitutional republic that prides itself on having no royalty, but should they ever decide they want a monarch, the Queen of Country would be a good choice.

3. Kevin Smith

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The self-made movie auteur bridged the gap between comic book geekery and outstanding filmmaking. His story is incredible for someone who once worked in a grocery store. “When he made Clerks, he maxed out his credit cards, he shot in black and white because it was less expensive, and the Mini Stop that he shot the movie in was actually a place that he had worked at,” reveals a follower.

4. Johnny Cash

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One commenter observes that most of the older stars had to make it from nothing, paving the way for the entitled celebrities that followed. “People often forget older stars who paved the way,” writes the commentator. “Most of them are truly rags to riches stories.” Johnny Cash paved the way, doing it on his terms. You have to love the Man in Black.

5. Elvis Presley

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The king of rock and roll came to life again recently with Baz Luhrmann’s emotionally charged biopic starring Austin Butler. The movie shows Presley’s humble beginnings, living in a shack in a poor part of Tupelo, Mississippi. “He was a truck driver who had to stop by Sun Records and ask around for opportunities regularly,” notes an Elvis-loving commenter.

6. Jessica Chastain

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The star of numerous box-office smash movies also came from simple roots. The actress struggled through early life and school, losing her sister to an early self-assisted departure. However, Chastain’s elite acting ability got her an audition for Julliard School. Following this moment, Chastaine “got accepted into Julliard on a scholarship funded by Robin Williams.”

7. Matt LeBlanc

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The actor was so financially exhausted before becoming Joey that he allegedly attempted his own dental work. “He had $11 to his name, and by the time the 9th season (of Friends) rolled around, he was making $1,000,000 per episode.” I give up on life if this story doesn’t embody the rags-to-riches label.

8. John Boyega

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When the Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer dropped in 2015, John Boyega’s face instantly became the most famous in the world for a moment. Regardless of how his character faded in the subsequent trilogy, Boyega had come a long way. Rising from the gray streets of Peckham, South London, to the sweeping dunes of Tatooine is one heck of a success story.

9. Margot Robbie

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This thread is littered with unique journeys, though not many people know that Margot Robbie once worked three jobs as a teenager, including in a Subway. “Imagine a future Oscar nominee making your footlong,” jokes a thread member. This story all sounds normal: one day, you’re working a meatball marinara; the next, you walk onto the set of Barbie opposite Ryan Gosling.

10. Arnold Schwarzenegger

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The Governator is the epitome of rags to riches. The three-time American Dream champion first made it to the top in bodybuilding before becoming the biggest movie star of his generation. Finally, he was elected governor of California. All this success came after growing up dirt-poor in an impoverished post-World War II Austria.

11. Mila Kunis

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The actress comes from wholesome roots and maintains a great connection with her family. Born in Soviet-era Ukraine, her working-class parents have nothing but pride for their girl. “Her parents refuse to take a dime from her, won’t even let her pay for dinner if they go out, and send food to her house to make sure they eat.”

Source: Reddit.

10 Hilarious Lightweight Comedies About Rich People

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Get ready to dive into luxury, laughter, and extravagant antics. We’re taking you on a whirlwind tour of ten sidesplitting lightweight comedies that revolve around the lives of the exceptionally wealthy. Having a lot of money can lead to plenty of absurd situations, and where there’s absurdity, there’s hilarity. From Crazy Rich Asians to Ruthless People, these ten films about rich people are perfect for a hilarious light viewing that doesn’t take itself too seriously. 10 Hilarious Lightweight Comedies About Rich People

10 Popular Movies With Perfect Endings Ruined by Lame Sequels

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When a movie becomes fans’ favorite, it’s not unusual to see filmmakers wanting to further explore its captivating storylines through sequels that may sometimes be below par. Lackluster follow-ups have been the death of perfect cinematic delivery in recent times, and a group of cineasts considers these popular movies ruined by successors that should never have been produced.

10 TV Shows People Wish They Could Watch for the First Time Again

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It feels like the first time. It feels like the very first time (I watched The Sopranos). As you endlessly scroll through the streaming verse of mediocre shows you know will leave you disappointed, why not fantasize about those shows that made you feel things you didn’t see a TV show could make you think?

10 Actors and Actresses People Watch No Matter What They Star In

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Great actors progress through stages. Early in their careers, fans catch a glimpse of the talent and, each time they see the actor in a new role, realize that the talent is no fluke. Once the actor has built a long enough resume, the great ones enter must-see-at-all-costs territory. These actors and actresses have achieved near cult-leader status, and boy, have they earned it.

10 Movies Everyone Should See at Least Once in Their Lifetime

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If you haven’t seen these movies, what are you waiting for? You won’t find any hidden gems on this list; you may have already seen most of them. If there are any on this list that you still need to see, bump them up your watchlist. These are bucket-list movies you can’t possibly justify leaving unwatched.

This was initially published and syndicated by The Cents of Money

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