Rags to Riches Movie Stars – How They Got Their Big Break and Became S…

Halle Berry was born in Cleveland Ohio in 1966 to a single mother and would become the first woman of African American descent to win an award for best actress. She is now one of the highest paid actresses in Hollywood in addition as a spokesperson for Revlon and has been for over ten years. After graduating from high school Halle Berry worked in the children’s department at a large department store. During this time Halle would go into various beauty contests in the 1980’s leading to her winning Miss Then-All American in 1985 and then winning Miss Ohio in 1986. Halle would pack her bags and leave to reside in Illinois to pursue a career in modeling and acting and landed her first project on the “Chicago Force” television series followed by a role in “Living Dolls” and then a recurring role in “Knots Landing.” Unfortunately during this time Halle lapsed into a coma from a diagnosis of diabetes mellitus kind 1. She was not without her difficulties, however despite her difficulties she went on to play the role in Spike Lees “Jungle Fever” where she played “Vivian” a drug addict in 1992, this led to many other roles placing her in the spotlight as a great actress where she would appear in world renowned films including the James Bond film “Die another Day”, “Cat Woman” and “X-Men.”

Jim Carrey started his career in 1979 doing stand up comedy at Yuk Yuks in Toronto where he rose to become a headliner in 1981. Shortly after his 19th birthday he received a positive review in the Toronto Star which raved that Carrey was a “genuine star coming to life.” Shortly thereafter Carrey moved to Los Angeles and started to work at the Comedy Store where he got noticed by comedian Dangerfield, who signed Carrey to open Dangerfield’s tour performances. Carrey would turn his attention to film and television and auditioned to be on NBC’s Saturday Live but was not chosen along with not being chosen for many following auditions. Carrey would not give up on his dream of becoming a successful actor and as a consequence would work smaller roles. He got his first break when he starred in the 1994 comedy “Ace Ventura”, it was totally trashed by the critics and Carrey already earned the nomination as the worst new star, but the fans loved “Ace Ventura” against the critic’s reviews and consequently made Carrey a superstar. It was in the same year Carrey would play leading roles in the “disguise” and “Dumber and Dumber”. Then in 1995 Carrey played the “Riddler” in Batman Forever which was a huge success, so successful Carrey earned 20million for his next film “The Cable Guy.” Jim Carrey proved that already when rejected and labeled the worst new actor, one can prove their critics wrong by throwing so many following great successes right back in the critic’s faces.

Demi Moore endured a very troubling childhood. Her father left before she was already born. Her mother and stepfather were both alcoholics who fought and beat each other frequently. Moore’s stepfather committed suicide in 1980. Moore suffered from cross eyes which were corrected with two surgeries in addition as kidney dysfunction. She would aim with John Casablancas which led to her first debut in 1982 in the film “Parasite.” Moore did not become recognized until her role on the soap opera “General Hospital” in 1982-1983. However, it was the commercial success of her role in the film “Ghost” Moore was given better roles: “A Few Good Men”, “Indecent Proposal”, “Disclosure” which resulted in Moore becoming the highest paid actress to reach 10million per film and became the best paid actress in the 1990’s. Moore would take a break from acting to raise her three children and would return to the big screen in “Charlie’s Angels” in 2003. Demi Moore has shown that no matter how turbulent ones beginnings maybe, ones dreams of becoming a successful movie star is possible despite ones circumstances.

Samuel Jackson was born in Washington in 1948 to a single mother who worked as a factory worker; Samuel Jackson only saw his father twice until his father had died of alcoholism. It was after the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. Jackson and several other students held the Morehouse College trustees hostage on campus demanding the school reform its governance. Jackson as a consequence was charged, convicted of a felony and suspended from the college for two years in which time he worked as a social worker. Jackson would return to the college to graduate with a BA in Drama in 1972. After graduation Jackson played many roles in various stage plays and appeared in several television films and made his debut in “Together for Days” in 1972. For the next 10 years Jackson would act in various stage plays in New York City where he became addicted to cocaine and alcohol. by the sustain of his friends and family Jackson in 1990 made the decision to go into rehab as he was unable to function or play any acting roles effectively. by rehab Jackson had successfully conquer his drug addiction, it was not surprising Jackson was offered to play the role of “Gator” a crack addict in the film “Jungle Fever” he played the role so well he won the best supporting actor award at the Cannes Film Festival in 1991. With so many ups and downs Samuel Jackson is an actor who has not allowed his difficulties to define him, but rather learned from his difficulties so as to become an asset in the entertainment industry. Samuel Jackson has been honored with a star on the Hollywood walk of fame and has appeared in over 100 films and is now a highly recognized actor and producer.

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