Celebrities Who Rose From Rags to Riches

Posted in Inspiration on Jan 20th, 2019


While some celebrities may have been blessed with the proverbial silver spoon at birth others struggled through life before striking gold in Tinseltown. Despite suffering numerous setbacks, they refused to give up and worked hard to turn their dreams into reality. Some of the best-known celebrities started out with nothing before defeating the odds and becoming household names.

13. Leighton Meester

Leighton Meester’s childhood was a far cry from that of Blair Waldorf, the rich spoiled brat she plays, but her real-life story was the total opposite. She was born while her mother served time in prison and was raised by her grandmother in Mango Island, Florida. When Meester’s mother was released from prison, they moved to New York, where Leighton began working as a model. They moved to Los Angeles in 2007 where Leighton began auditioning for film roles landing parts in three films.

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