Which of these movie stars who beat the odds on the rise to fame is the public favorite?
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... The Andrews family was "very poor and we lived in a bad slum area of London," Andrews recalled, adding, "That was a very black period in my life." According to Andrews, her stepfather was violent and an alcoholic. Ted Andrews twice, while drunk, tried to get into bed with his stepdaughter, resulting in Andrews fitting a lock on her door. But, as the stage career of Ted and Barbara Andrews improved, they were able to afford to move to better surroundings, first to Beckenham and then, as the war ended, back to the Andrews' hometown of Hersham. The Andrews family took up residence at the Old Meuse, in West Grove, Hersham, a house (now demolished) where Andrews' maternal grandmother had served as a maid. ...
I guess 2 Oscar nominations go to TV Actors and Talk Show Hosts only.
Did I mention 2 Oscar Nominations.
Did I forget She has been awarded an Honorary Oscar
Golden Globe Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
The Color Purple (1985)
BAFTA Film Award Best Supporting Actress
The Butler (2013)
AAFCA Award Best Supporting Actress
The Butler (2013)
Image Award Outstanding Lead Actress in a Motion Picture
It became a cliché to hear people telling you how tough it's been for them, they got no support, no money, they were poor, abused, they started from scratch, no one trusted them etc. Actually, and I am not a cynical man, I believe these are blessings in disguise, the less you have when you start, the hungrier, the more eager to conquer and triumph you are. I'm not saying it's a universal truth but only saying that it is easier to get from 0 to 1000 than to get from 500 to 1000.
Many kids grow up in a good family environment, surrounded with love and support, and are pampered all their lives, hearing how exceptional they are, destined to accomplish great things and since they believe and love their parents, they think it's gonna happen until they realize that the "great bookmaker of life" can bet against them as well.
Growing poor doesn't prevent you from becoming a heavyweight champion (on the contrary) or being beautiful, or being a nerd and studying hard and being a jurist or physicist (remember Will Hunting) so I can admire someone who beat the odds by defeating handicap or a disease or a really big trauma, but poverty has been associated to so many celebrities' real-life narratives that it became a cliché.
But if I had to suggest one celebrity, it would be Sylvester Stallone. I would have put him on the top of the list actually, it's one thing to become a star but being a two-bit actor, connected to a few thugs role and a soft-porn movie and then writing a script on your own, getting the role and making it the highest-grossing film of the year and the Best Picture winner, that's what I call beating the odds.
Halle Berry - Her physically abusive ???? abandoned
Joaquin Phoenix - His four siblings (including River Phoenix) also performed on the streets with him; he was born into the Children of God cult, known for sanctioning sexual abuse of children; his older brother River suffered a drug overdose and died on the sidewalk outside the Viper Room. The call Phoenix made to 911 seeking help for his brother was repeatedly played on radio and television.
Richard Pryor - Pryor was raised primarily by his grandmother, a violent woman who
Danny Trejo - I would add that he was in and out of prison for 11 years, starting when he was 14 and spent many years in San Quentin.
May I suggest one small edit to the intro.? ('A semi-colon, instead of a comma, after "doorstep.")
Not all movie stars were born or raised with stardom and privileges at their doorstep; some of them had to struggle to achieve the "American Dream."
After ETSing from the Army in 1983,
he returned to South Central with the intention of becoming a hip-hop musician.
More than music, his life got caught up in street life as a jewel thief and as a pimp.
Fred Dalton Thompson
Worked as a shoe salesman, truck driver, and even a factory worker
Was a lawyer/attorney before becoming an actor.
For 17 years (1975 to 1992) Thompson worked as a lobbyist in Washington, D.C.
representing such clients as Westinghouse, General Electric
When he joined the cast of Law & Order (1990) in the fall of 2002,
Thompson became the first serving U.S. Senator
to take a regular TV acting job. His term did not end until January 2003.
Dennis Farina (1944–2013)
Actor Dennis Farina is unique among thespians
in that he was one of the few to achieve success as a "late-bloomer."
He did not start acting until he was 37 years old,
after stints in the military and 18 years on the Chicago Police Department
Law & Order (1990-2010)
Dennis Farina ... Joe Fontana (46 episodes, 2004-2006) - detective
This should go on to Danny Trejo's Mini description.
This is how he went from rags to riches.
A screenwriter who did time with Trejo in San Quentin, by chance saw Danny on a movie set. He had remembered his boxing skills. The screenwriter went to the trainer and told him of his prowess. They offered Danny $320 per day to train the actors for a boxing scene. Director Andrey Konchalovskiy, who saw Trejo training Eric Roberts, immediately offered him a featured role as Roberts' opponent in the film. The rest is history
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