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Rich And Famous Who Were Once Homeless

America’s most famous psychologist once lived in a car with his father.

America’s most famous psychologist once lived in a car with his father.

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According to BusinessPundit.com, when Phil McGraw (Dr. Phil) was 12 years old, he was homeless and living in a car in Kansas City with his father, who was interning as a psychologist.

McGraw later went on to obtain his own bachelor’s, master’s, and Ph.D., and he joined his father’s psychology practice in Texas.

In the 1990s, Oprah Winfrey invited McGraw to appear on her show. He later became a regular on “Oprah” and eventually launched his own syndicated advice program.

Today the author and TV personality is worth an estimated 243.35€ million.

Personal finance guru Suze Orman lived out of her van for four months in 1973.

Personal finance guru Suze Orman lived out of her van for four months in 1973.

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The well-known Emmy-winning financial adviser, who has published numerous New York Times bestsellers, could not afford to move out of her van when she first moved to Berkeley, California, in the 1970s.

Today Orman is worth an estimated 30.42€ million.

Before they rose to fame, many of the world’s wealthiest and most recognized celebrities struggled for money.

And some weren’t just poor — they were homeless.

Here are 15 incredible stories of famous people who at some point in their lives had nowhere to sleep but the streets.

They all eventually turned their lives around, becoming an inspiration to anyone who dreams of a professional career, despite starting from nothing.

Jim Carrey once lived out of a VW camper van and in a tent on his sister’s front lawn.

Jim Carrey once lived out of a VW camper van and in a tent on his sister's front lawn.

Yahoo reported that the comedian dropped out of high school and lived in a VW bus with his family parked in different places throughout Canada. They eventually moved into a tent on his older sister’s lawn and parked the van in the driveway.

Carrey said it was during these tough financial times growing up when he developed a sense of humor.

Oscar winner Halle Berry once stayed in a homeless shelter in her early 20s.

Oscar winner Halle Berry once stayed in a homeless shelter in her early 20s.

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When she first moved to Chicago to become an actress, Berry ran out of money, and her mother decided the best thing would be to not send her daughter more cash.

During these struggling times, the actress acknowledges, she stayed in a homeless shelter.

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.

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