10 Hollywood Success Stories Against All Odds
Hollywood can eat talent up and spit it right back out. It’s hard to get a break, and even harder to stay relevant. The struggle to get to Hollywood can be difficult, and some have faced greater challenges than others. While these actors, writers, and directors have had to battle great odds to become successes, those battles have given them the strength to stay relevant in a town where fame is extremely fleeting.
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In Dumb and Dumber, Lloyd Christmas spends some quality time in a van with his buddy Harry. This location must have seemed somewhat auspicious for Jim Carrey, who as a child lived out of a van with his parents. After his father lost his job, Carrey had to quit high school to help support his family, taking odd jobs as a janitor. To help his family survive, and to care for his chronically ill mother, Carrey had to give up dreams of ever finishing high school. On top of this, he has had to battle depression and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder throughout his career. With all of these hurdles, Carrey has still managed to become one of the most recognizable and bankable comedians in the movie business.
While not born deaf, Marlee Matlin lost almost all ability to hear at the age of 18 months, with only 20% of hearing ability in her left ear remaining. Even so, she showed interest in acting from an early age, debuting on stage at age seven as Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz. Molested by a babysitter, and later a teacher in high school, Matlin continued to seek comfort on the stage. This would eventually lead to her being discovered by Henry Winkler. In her debut film at 21 years of age, she would become the only deaf performer to win the Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role for her performance in Children of a Lesser God, as well as the youngest person to ever receive the award. She also received a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress for the role. She continues to be one of the most recognizable faces for performers with handicaps, working in television and film to this day.