Live Poll: Overcoming the Odds

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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".

Which of these movie stars who beat the odds on the rise to fame is the public favorite?

The list can be found here: https://www.imdb.com/list/ls029163733/

Poll: https://www.imdb.com/poll/dXPfiOIw6k0/
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I think you should include a short sentence explaining what obstacles they had to overcome. Most people are not going to be aware of the stories just by the name.
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Yes, you are right.

I added a small description to each one of them; I hope everything is ok now (:
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Suggestions/additions from Wiki (edit to make more succinct):

Oprah - Winfrey has stated she was molested by her cousin, uncle, and a family friend, starting when she was nine years old, something she first announced to her viewers on a 1986 episode of her TV show regarding sexual abuse. When Winfrey discussed the alleged abuse with family members at age 24, they reportedly refused to believe her account. At 13, after suffering what she described as years of abuse, Winfrey ran away from home. When she was 14, she became pregnant but her son was born prematurely and he died shortly after birth. Winfrey later stated she felt betrayed by the family member who had sold the story of her son to the National Enquirer in 1990

Swank - When she was 15, her parents separated, and her mother, supportive of her daughter's desire to act, moved with her to Los Angeles, where they lived out of their car until Swank's mother saved enough money to rent an apartment.

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Tyler Perry - Perry once said his father's answer to everything was to "beat it out of you". As a child, Perry once went so far as to attempt suicide in an effort to escape his father's beatings. In contrast to his father, his mother took him to church each week, where he sensed a certain refuge and contentment. At age 16, he had his first name legally changed from Emmitt to Tyler in an effort to distance himself from his father. Many years later, after seeing the film Precious, Perry was moved to reveal for the first time that he had been molested by a friend's mother at age 10; he was also molested by three men prior to this, and later learned his own father had molested his friend. A DNA test taken by Perry indicated that Emmitt Sr. was not Perry's biological father.

Ashley Judd - In her 2011 memoir “All That Is Bitter And Sweet,” Ashley Judd revealed the shocking details of her youth as a victim of incest, sexual abuse, neglect and exposure to drug use during her mother’s rise to fame as a country super star. Her many traumatic experiences even caused Judd to contemplate suicide on multiple occasions. She wrote, “I took to playing with mom’s gun, trying to decide if it would be worth it to shoot myself. There were many days after school I would expertly check the chamber, load bullets, give it a spin and with a jerk of my wrist click the chamber into place, cock the trigger and then hold then gun to my right temple. To me, the way my family lived was already killing me. The shame and the keeping ourselves sick through secretiveness is one of the things we all need to have the courage to undo,” she said of her decision to share her troubling history with the world.

Mo'Nique - During a 2008 Essence magazine interview, Mo'Nique revealed that she was sexually abused by her brother Gerald from ages 7–11; he went on to sexually abuse another girl and was sentenced to 12 years in prison. After her twin boys were born in 2005, Mo'Nique cut off all contact with Gerald. On April 19, 2010, he admitted on Oprah to sexually abusing her over several years. He also was abused by family members and struggled with substance abuse.

Kelsey Grammer - Grammer was two years old when his parents divorced. Grammer and his sister Karen were subsequently raised by their mother and grandparents in New Jersey. The family relocated to Florida, and shortly afterwards his grandfather died when Kelsey was twelve. Two years later, in 1968, Frank Allen Grammer, his father, was murdered. On July 1, 1975, Grammer's younger sister, 18-year-old Karen Grammer, was abducted, raped, and murdered by Freddie Glenn, Michael Corbett, and one other man. Grammer, then 20, identified her body. He and his sister had been close, and he was devastated by her death; his later bouts of alcoholism and drug addiction were fueled in part by guilt and depression. His two half-brothers, Stephen and Billy, perished in a scuba-diving accident in the Virgin Islands.

Dylan McDermott - Diane was fifteen and Richard was seventeen when McDermott was born; by 1967, the couple had divorced, and Diane and her two children were living with her mother. On February 9, 1967, Diane was killed. Her death was originally ruled an accident, but police later claimed that evidence they had found would be enough to file murder charges against John Sponza, who had been living with Diane at the time. Sponza told authorities that Diane accidentally shot herself after picking up a gun he had been cleaning. Sponza, who police say had ties to organized crime, was killed in 1972; his body was found in the trunk of a car in a Waltham, Massachusetts, grocery store parking lot.

Woody Harrelson - Harrelson was born in 1961 in Midland, Texas, to Diane (née Oswald) and Charles Voyde Harrelson. His father was a convicted contract killer, who received a life sentence for the 1979 killing of Federal Judge John H. Wood Jr. in San Antonio, Texas; Harrelson has stated that his father was rarely around growing up. He died in the United States Penitentiary Administrative Maximum Facility on March 15, 2007. The family was poor, reliant on his mother's secretary wage.

Richard Pryor - Richard Franklin Lennox Thomas Pryor grew up in the brothel run by his grandmother, Marie Carter, where his alcoholic mother, Gertrude L. was a prostitute. His father, LeRoy was a former boxer and hustler. After Gertrude abandoned him when he was ten, Pryor was raised primarily by Marie, a tall, violent woman who would beat him for any of his eccentricities. Pryor was one of four children raised in his grandmother's brothel. He was sexually abused at age seven, and expelled from school at the age of fourteen.

Liev Schreiber - When his mother was 12, her mother (Schreiber's grandmother) was lobotomized. When Schreiber was one year old, his family moved to Canada, winding up in the unincorporated rural community of Winlaw, Prior to this time, according to Schreiber's father, at the beginning of their marriage (in San Francisco), Schreiber's mother had a bad experience on LSD. Over the next four years, she was repeatedly admitted to hospitals and underwent therapy.After Schreiber's father threatened to admit her to a mental institution, she left with her son. With his father in pursuit, Schreiber and his mother were trailed by private detectives in various states; when he was three, his father kidnapped him from an upstate New York commune where Heather had gone to escape detection. By the time Schreiber was four, he was living with her on the fourth floor of a dilapidated walk-up at First Avenue and First Street in New York City (his half brothers from her first marriage were with their father in a duplex on Central Park West), and he was the object of a fierce custody battle, which bankrupted his maternal grandfather, Alex Milgram. Milgram, who was the most significant male in Schreiber's youth, played the cello and owned Renoir etchings, and made his living by delivering meat to restaurants. When Schreiber was five, his parents divorced; his mother won custody, and the two moved to a cold-water flat on the Lower East Side in Manhattan, where he was raised and first began his career in theater by enrolling in Joffrey Ballet School of NY. Growing up, they frequently had no electricity, hot water, or even beds. His mother was "a highly cultured eccentric" who supported them by splitting her time between driving a cab and creating papier-mâché puppets." On Schreiber's 16th birthday, his mother bought him a motorcycle "to promote fearlessness." The critic John Lahr wrote in a 1999 New Yorker profile that, "To a large extent, Schreiber's professional shape-shifting and his uncanny instinct for isolating the frightened, frail, goofy parts of his characters are a result of being forced to adapt to his mother's eccentricities. It's both his grief and his gift." He endured her mood swings and bohemian proclivities, which included making him take Hindu names, wear yoga shirts, and forcing Liev, briefly, to go to an ashram school in Connecticut when he was 12. Schreiber's mother forbade Schreiber from seeing color movies. As a result, his favorite actors were Charlie Chaplin and Basil Rathbone. In the late 1970s and early 1980s, Schreiber, known then as Shiva Das, lived at the Satchidananda Ashram, Yogaville East, in Pomfret, Connecticut. (obvs this will have to be cut way down. I just thought I'd include it all so you guys read how crazy his childhood was!)
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Thank you so much for your help. I added the additional information, and I added the actors to the list.

Regarding Liev Schreiber, just wow, but I had to cut so much, I can't tell if I did it right or wrong.

Again, thank you so much for your help :D
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Hey No Pants B
If this guy don't get the most votes if this gets turned into a poll!
Check out HIS BIO!!!!

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You are right. I added him to the list (:
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Suggested title revision: Overcoming the Odds
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I put that title because I thought it had more impact, but this new one does seem more appropriate. I made the change.
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Errors/additions:

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.
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Thank you again for your help. I believe I made the changes accordingly (:
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NoPantsBatmanTM,

I updated the title of this thread to match the update to the title of your list.

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Thank you (:
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A violent woman who....what?! Don't leave me hangin'
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You can read the rest of the sentence in the list, under Richard Pryor (:
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'Good idea for a poll, Batman. 

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."

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Thank you, and the change was made (: