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Famous But Once Homeless: Halle Berry

Ted Williams has been made famous simply by being homeless with a “god-given” talent, but it turns out, it’s not all that rare for famous people to have homelessness in their history.

Halle Berry

Occupation: Actress

Birthday: August 14, 1966

Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio

Claim to Fame: Academy Award Winner, Emmy Award Winner, Golden Globe Award Winner.

Where she stayed: In a NYC homeless Shelter

Reason: Her mom refused to send her money.

Source: Reader’s Digest, US Magazine

Halle Berry is one of Hollywood’s most highly paid stars, but it wasn’t always that way. She started out in beauty contests in the 1980s, winning Miss Teen All-American in 1985 and Miss Ohio USA in 1986. She was the runner-up to Christy Fichtner in the 1986 Miss USA pagent, where in her interview she told the judges that she hoped to “become an entertainer or have something to do with the media”.

Somewhere in the transition between pageantry and acting, however, Halle had some trouble finding work. In a 2007 interview, she told Reader’s Digest, “I probably was about 21. But a girl had to do what a girl had to do. You can do that when you’re 21 and ambitious, and your eyes are this big and you don’t want to go home.”

In the April 22, 2007 edition of US magazine it was reported that “Halle Berry was homeless. Berry slept at a shelter in NYC after her mom refused to send her money.”

While that probably wasn’t the high point in her career, she seems to have made out all right for herself in the long run. She was nominated for Best Actress in a Motion Picture Drama in 2010 for her role in Frankie and Alice.

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