10 Hollywood Success Stories Against All Odds

Added by Andrew Tyson on May 23, 2018
Hollywood Success Stories

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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Keanu Reeves

Career: Actor

Born in Lebanon to English and American parents who quickly separated, Reeves spent much of his childhood moving around, with no stable family or place to live. His mother remarried three more times, and moved Reeves around the world, from New York City to Sydney, Australia. For the most part, he was raised by grandparents and nannies in Toronto. Dyslexic and disruptive, he attended four different high schools in five years, never attaining a diploma. One thing he found to excel at was acting, taking on stage roles as early as age nine. Even when he was able to get to Hollywood and find a foothold, he still faced obstacles, with his close friend River Phoenix dying of an overdose, losing a stillborn daughter, and then losing his girlfriend in a car accident. Still, Keanu continued to work, getting a star on the Walk of Fame and continuing to act in and produce award-winning films.


Russell Brand

Career: Comedian/Actor

Born in to a tumultuous relationship, Brand’s parents divorced when he was only six months old, with his mother raising him. At the age of seven, he was sexually abused by a tutor, and at the age of eight his mother was diagnosed with uterine cancer, followed by breast cancer. This would scar him for life, leading to him developing bulimia and a taste for illegal drugs. Diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and bipolar disorder, Brand would also go through a period of self-harming. He would use these difficulties as fodder for his early stand-up acts, gaining him recognition and pushing him from small English clubs to become a widely recognized comedic actor.

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