15 Little-Known Underdog Stories (Of Celebs)

Hollywood has a terrible tendency to take true stories and embellish them until all that's left is a sad husk of truth stuffed with too much questionable artistic license.

So let's hope Hollywood doesn't touch the following celebrity biographies, because these underdog tales are dramatic enough.

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Nicki Minaj CRACKEDcO Nicki Minaj, real name Onika Tanya Maraj, was born into a family of 15 in Trinidad and lived in a three-room house. Al five, she

Source: Washington Post

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Wiliam Shatner CRACKED.COM Shatner hit his poverty low point AFTER Slar Trek. After the series was canceled, having to support an ex-wife and three ki

Source: AARP

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Chris Pratt Chris Pratt lived in a van in Hawaii. It wasn't until a chance encounter with actress-director Rae Dawn Chong at his job as a waiter for B

Source: CNBC

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Danny Trejo His uncle got him into marijuana at eight, and since then, he was in and out of prison over taking drugs. And dealing drugs. And committin

Source: BBC

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Leighton Meester CRACKED cO Leighton Meester was born in prison to a mother who was a drug smugGLEr, as were the rest of her immediate family. In fact

Source: New York magazine

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Louis Armstrong Louis was arrested- for running cocaine, said the police when he was nine years old. He'd be arrested again three years later and sent

Source: The Times-Picayune

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Source: Smithsonian

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Michael Caine or England Here.. World: L4G The Co Largest Ft Feening FIRE Sele ALARMS CRACKED CON Before his fame, Caine was unable to support his wif

Source: The Times

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Dr. Phil WILL GIVE BAD ADVICE FOR RATINGS CRACKEDO COM Dr. Phil was homeless. Al 12, McGraw lived out of a car with his father before securing a $5 a

Source: Parade

6

Jack Ma CRACKEDCON lack Ma, the founder of Alibaba Group, flunked his college examinations thrice. He applied for 30 jobs, including working for KFC,

Source: CNBC

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Tom Cruise Quite a few celebrities are dyslexic, actually. Tom Cruise was diagnosed at seven and graduated high school as a functional illiterate. Dur

Source: Washington Post

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Ingvar Kamprad CRACKEDOON IKEA founder Ingvar Kamprad managed to get good grades in school despite being dyslexic. The iconic swedish- sounding names

Source: The Independent

3

Drew Carey ERCY FOR ANIMALS CRACKED.CO Drew Carey tried killing himself twice. The first time, he was 18 and tried overdosing on pills. Then he went i

Source: Voice of America

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Demi Moore CRACKEDcO Demi Moore's real father abandoned her family before she was born, and the man she thought was her father left her mother then ki

Source: The Guardian

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Billie Holiday CRACKED .COM She was 10 when a neighbor tried to rape her. At 11, she dropped OUT of school. At 12, she was running errands for a broth

Source: Time

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