Celebrities Who Faced Adversity And Refused To Give Up.

Normally when people are given a bad health diagnosis they have to make a decision from two choices. One of those choices is to crawl into a hole, stop living and just suffer in private. A lot of people actually make this decision and who can blame them really? Not many people want to be a spectacle for others to watch and talk about.

The other choice though is to continue to live out the rest of their lives and let the disease try to catch up. These types of people just keep on going and find a way to deal with whatever is affecting them. Those that are in the celebrity status will sometimes even become proactive and help drum up support to fight the disease.

Today you will see plenty of people who didn’t let their disorders and failures slow them down one bit.

#1 Jerry Seinfeld

Just about everybody knows who Seinfeld is, but the first time the young comedian walked on stage at a comedy club, he looked out at the audience, froze and was eventually jeered and booed off of the stage. Seinfeld knew he could do it, so he went back the next night, completed his set to laughter and applause, and the rest is history.

#2 Daniel Radcliffe

Daniel has dyspraxia, a developmental disorder in the brain that causes issues while performing activities that need coordination and movement. His experience allows him to share advice and support to those suffering from it as well.

#3 Jim Carrey

We all know Jim Carrey as a laugh-out-loud zany comic who’s brought us some of the highest-grossing comedies of all time such as The Mask, Dumb and Dumber and Ace Ventura. But, we don’t all know the story of Carrey’s struggle. He grew up in a lower-income family with a father who struggled to keep jobs. They were so poor that he had to drop out of high school at the age of 15 and get a job as a janitor just to help support the family.

On his first comic stand-up at a club called Yuk Yuk’s in Toronto, he was booed off the stage. Later, when he auditioned for Saturday Night Live for the 1980-81 season, he failed to land the part.

However, we all know about Carrey’s later success. In an interview with Oprah Winfrey, Carrey talks about how he used the Law of Attraction by writing himself a check for $10,000,000 million dollars for “Acting Services Rendered,” later placing the check in his wallet for 7 years until he received a $10,000,000 million dollar payment for his work in Dumb and Dumber.

#4 Sharon Stone

In 2001, Sharon Stone suffered a stroke that resulted in a ruptured aneurysm and cerebral bleeding that continued for a horrific nine days. The results afterward included impaired speech, inability to read and limping. She did manage to come back and was back on the silver screen just five years later. Now she helps and supports people who are seriously ill. In 2013, she even received the Nobel Peace Summit Award for her contributions to charity.

#5 Katy Perry

Most people know the name Katy Perry, but they don’t the struggles that she went through to finally get that breakthrough she was after. Perry started her career early in her life, dropping out of high school after freshman year in 1999 to pursue singing. Originally, she was a gospel singer, taking cues from her parents who were Born Again Christians.

In 2001 Katy Perry released her first gospel album with Red Hill Records, which was commercially unsuccessful. After selling only 200 copies of her album, the record company ceased operations and subsequently went out of business. Afterward, Perry switched gears to popular music, moving to Los Angeles to record with producer Glen Ballard.

In 2003 she was signed to Island Def Jam, which was also a contract that was terminated. In 2004 she signed with Columbia Records who sought to make her the lead vocalist in a band called The Matrix. However, that deal also fell through when Columbia Records shelved the project at about 80% completion.

After being dropped from three labels, you would think that Perry would have given up. She didn’t. She continued to pursue her career, working odd jobs and doing backup vocals until she was signed to the newly-formed Capitol Music Group in 2006. It was there that she worked on her first huge hit single, I Kissed a Girl, which started her career as a commercial success.

#6 Fred Astaire

In his first screen test, the testing director of MGM noted that Astaire, “Can’t act. Can’t sing. Slightly bald. Can dance a little.” Astaire went on to become an incredibly successful actor, singer, and dancer and kept that note in his Beverly Hills home to remind him of where he came from.

#7 Oprah Winfrey

Oprah had a rocky start in life. As the daughter of a teenaged low-income mother, her start was anything but glamorous. In her early years, Oprah recounts that not only were her living conditions rough, but she was always sexually abused, starting at the age of 9, by her cousin, uncle, and a family friend. At the age of 14 Oprah got pregnant, but her son died shortly after birth.

However, at the age of 14, Oprah was sent to live with her father, Vernon, in Tennessee. He helped her focus on her schooling, and she was subsequently accepted on a full scholarship to Tennessee State University, majoring in communications. In high school, and in her first two years of college, Winfrey interned at a local radio station, helping to develop a foundation for a career in media.

But, even after Oprah was hired on to a local television station for the news, things didn’t go so easily. She was fired by the producer because she “unfit for television,” later taking a position with another station in Baltimore. Eventually, she hosted a local talk show named, People are Talking.

Later, in 1983, Winfrey re-located to Chicago, to host a station’s low-rated talk show called AM Chicago. Within a few months, the show went from last in the ratings, to higher than Donahue, which was the number one show at the time. This led to the show being renamed The Oprah Winfrey Show, which was syndicated across the country.

#8 Sidney Poitier

After his first audition, Poitier was told by the casting director, “Why don’t you stop wasting people’s time and go out and become a dishwasher or something?” Poitier vowed to show him that he could make it, going on to win an Oscar and become one of the most well-regarded actors in the business.

#9 Julia Roberts

Many people don’t know that Julia Roberts is truly a trooper in life. She has immune thrombocytopenic purpura, a disease that affects the human body’s ability to stop bleeding. She also has several other ailments, one of them is being blind in the one eye. She has never let any of that bother her during her very successful career.

#10 Jay-Z

From an early age, Jay-Z had a knack for rhythm. But his meteoric rise to stardom didn’t happen overnight. He was faced with several roadblocks along the path to ultimate success. For example, in 1995 when Jay-Z tried tirelessly to strike a record deal, not a single label would sign him. It led him to establish his own record company called Roc-a-fella Records with partners Damon Dash and Kareem Biggs.

After being turned down by so many labels, and eventually starting up his own record company, Jay-Z worked tirelessly to strike a distribution deal for his first album’s release. Eventually, he successfully negotiated a contract with Priority, later releasing his debut album entitled, Reasonable Doubt, which would eventually go on to hit platinum.

Jay-Z met with many failures along the road. Those failures weren’t just in the beginning of his career, but the beginning does highlight the tremendous amount of resistance he faced to achieve success. And, even at the prime of his career, Jay-Z was charged with allegedly stabbing someone at a record release party. He was tried, pleading not guilty, but later pleaded to a lesser criminal misdemeanor, resulting in three years of probation.

Considering that Jay-Z’s roots stemmed from the housing projects of Brooklyn, NY, and grew up in extreme poverty, he faced many failures and roadblocks in his life. But he never gave up. No matter what happened to him, no matter what failures he faced, he pushed through, growing as a person, and maturing to become a better individual.

#11 Montel Williams

Back in 1999 Montel Williams was told that he had multiple sclerosis. He disclosed to Oprah Winfrey ten years later that the pain was unbearable. Sometimes during commercial breaks on his talk show, he would actually go backstage and cry from the pain. He has since learned psychological and psychiatric techniques to help him deal with the disease and pain.

#12 J.K. Rowling

Rowling is one of the most inspirational success stories of our time. Many people simply know her as the woman who created Harry Potter. But, what most people don’t know is what she went through prior to reaching stardom. Rowling’s life was not peaches and cream. She struggled tremendously.

In 1990, Rowling first had the idea for Harry Potter. She stated that the idea came “fully formed” into her mind one day while she was on a train from Manchester to London. She began writing furiously. However, later that year, her mother died after 10 years of complications from Multiple Sclerosis.

In 1992 she moved to Portugal to teach English where she met a man, married, and had a daughter. In 1993, her marriage ended in divorce and she moved to Edinburgh, Scotland to be closer to her sister. At that time, she had three chapters of Harry Potter in her suitcase.

Rowling saw herself as a failure at this time. She was jobless, divorced, penniless, and with a dependent child. She suffered through bouts of depression, eventually signing up for government-assisted welfare. It was a difficult time in her life, but she pushed through the failures.

In 1995 all 12 major publishers rejected the Harry Potter script. But, it was a year later when a small publishing house, Bloomsbury, accepted it and extended a very small £1500 advance. In 1997, the book was published with only 1000 copies, 500 of which were distributed to libraries.

In 1997 and 1998, the book won awards from Nestle Smarties Book Prize and the British Book Award for Children’s Book of the Year. After that, it was one wild ride for Rowling. Today, Rowling has sold more than 400 million copies of her books and is considered to be the most successful woman author in the United Kingdom.

#13 Charlie Chaplin

It’s hard to imagine the film without the iconic Charlie Chaplin, but his act was initially rejected by Hollywood studio chiefs because they felt it was a little too nonsensical to ever sell.

Charlie Chaplin considered The Gold Rush his best film. The film was shot in 1925 in Truckee!!! Charlie Chaplin studied the Donner Party. This following scene is based on the reports of Donner party eating their shoes.

Why I chose Charlie Chaplin

I chose Charlie because he is very funny and acrobatic. I also chose him because he is my favorite actor. His humor is unique.

WE Love You, Charlie!

Charlie’s father was an alcoholic.

His family was poor and had to work hard to earn money.

Charlie Chaplin was born in London in 1889

His mother, Hannah Chaplin, was an English stage and musical actress and the founding matriarch of the Chaplin family of actors as the mother of Sir Charlie Chaplin. Wikipedia

“Failure is unimportant. It takes courage to make a fool of yourself.” Charlie Chaplin

He achieved an Oscar for the movie

“The Circus.”

He directed films like “The Cure.”

He directed and starred in “The Rink.”

#14 Lucille Ball

During her career, Ball had thirteen Emmy nominations and four wins, also earning the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Kennedy Center Honors. Before starring in I Love Lucy, Ball was widely regarded as a failed actress and a B movie star. Even her drama instructors didn’t feel she could make it, telling her to try another profession. She, of course, proved them all wrong.

#15 Angelina Jolie

Recently when Angelina Jolie tested positive for the BRCA cancer-causing gene, it was a wake-up call for her. Her mom died of cancer and Angelina knew she had to be proactive. She decided to have a double mastectomy as a preventative and precautionary measure. A later study said that her actions caused a drastic increase in worldwide awareness of genetic cancer.

#16 Marilyn Monroe

While Monroe’s star burned out early, she did have a period of great success in her life. Despite a rough upbringing and being told by modeling agents that she should instead consider being a secretary, Monroe became a pin-up, model, and actress that still strikes a chord with people today.