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The path to fame and fortune can be a treacherous one, but many stars have proved that it doesn’t matter where you come from when it comes to following your dreams. In fact, several stars have been down on their luck to the point of homelessness, either at some point in their youth or a through a choice that allowed them to go after a career in Hollywood. Here are some rags to riches stars that have been homeless at one point in time. They didn’t let that temporary setback prevent them from achieving their goals.

1. Hilary Swank

Before she was a Million Dollar Baby, actress Hilary Swank was living out of her car with her mother. When her parents broke up, the ladies drove out to Los Angeles with little more than a dream. They used a payphone to book Hilary’s auditions until they could afford a place to live. Now she’s a two-time Oscar winner.

Hilary Swank
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2. Sylvester Stallone

Before Sylvester Stallone was a household name, he was once evicted from an apartment and forced to sleep in the New York City Port Authority bus station. His life started to change when he saw a casting notice for the soft-core porn film The Party at Kitty and Stud’s, which he booked. His fortunes really turned around, however, when he hit the big time with Rocky.

Sylvester Stallone
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