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Childhood Photos Of Celebrities Before They Were Famous

Celebrities may seem like they are untouchable stars now, but before they were famous, most of them were just regular kids living regular lives. The road to greatness isn’t easy, and most of them worked day and night to achieve their dreams. Whether that be acting, singing or leading a country, these people put in the work and it eventually paid off. Everyone experiences obstacles in life and famous people are no exception to that rule. Read on to see what some of the biggest celebrities looked like growing up and how they reached their claim to fame.


Young Adele Laurie Blue Adkins, known by her first name only, was six years old in this picture. She grew up in England and had a passion for music early on in her life. Not having much of a knack for conventional school, her mother, who raised her alone, sent her to a performing arts school.

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While at the performing art school she recorded a three-track demo as a project. The demo eventually ended up on Myspace and led to her being discovered by a recording studio. From there, her career sky-rocketed. Today she is one of the best-selling artists in the world.

Gal Gadot

Prior to gracing the silver screen as the amazing Wonder Woman, Gal Gadot (or her married name Gal Gadot-Varsano) was just an average little girl growing up in Israel. According to the actress/model, young Gal Gadot was a tomboy.

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Growing up she was good at basketball because of her height, coming in just shy of 6 feet tall, and her very first jobs were babysitting in her neighborhood and working at the local Burger King. Her modeling career blew up after she won the Miss Israel beauty pageant, which helped her land her first film role in The Fast and the Furious.

Amy Winehouse

Amy Jane Winehouse grew up in the London area. According to her brother, Alex, young Amy Winehouse had no limits and nothing stopped her from doing what she wanted. After her parents divorced, she lived with her mother and stayed with her father and his girlfriend on weekends.

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Winehouse took to the guitar at the young age of 14 and started writing her own music. She is well known for her unique style, which is considered a modern blend of soul, R&B and jazz, and is considered one of the most influential musicians of the early 21st century.

Kate Hudson

Being the daughter of Academy Award-winning Goldie Hawn, Kate Hudson knew she was destined for greatness growing up. But just take a look at young Kate Hudson! Who knew that she would bloom into the beautiful woman she is today.

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But Hudson wasn’t about to make her greatness off of her famous parents. No, she went out of her way to be a hard worker and, as far as her career went, didn’t want to be associated with her parents. She definitely has made huge waves into stardom all on her own.

Lady Gaga

You can tell exactly who this is by the makeup and costume. Not much has changed, but it might surprise you to know how early it all started in Lady Gaga’s (also known as Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta) life.

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Lady Gaga’s own mother even confessed that there were times during her childhood that she feared young Lady Gaga “had a screw loose.” She might take some getting used to, but we would expect nothing else from the amazingly talented Lady Gaga.

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Kim Kardashian

Kimberly Noel Kardashian, who goes by Kim, grew up in Los Angeles and started gaining media attention for being friends with socialite Paris Hilton. She hit headlines nationwide after intimate footage of her and Ray J was released just a few months before the premiere of her reality TV show.

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The footage arguably helped ratings of the show and Keeping Up with the Kardashians became wildly popular, and also created a number of other spin-off reality shows based on the Kardashian family. The adorable ladybug pictured above eventually turned into a pop-culture phenomenon.

Orlando Bloom

He is one of the most sought-after actors in Hollywood now, but before that, he was just a regular English boy. Bloom didn’t excel in school due to his dyslexia but he found his place in arts and theater.

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Bloom was discovered by director Peter Jackson while he was performing at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Jackson approached Bloom with an offer to play the role of Legolas in Lord of the Rings. That was certainly his golden ticket to stardom.

Taylor Swift

Taylor Alison Swift tore up the music scene at a very young age but before all that happened she was just a cute little girl from Pennsylvania. She grew up on her family’s Christmas tree farm (sounds pretty magical) before moving to Tennessee to pursue country music.

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Young Taylor Swift started singing at local events at the age of 10 and even started writing songs and learning guitar. Her family also has a history of musicality, Swift’s grandmother was a professional opera singer. We’re sure to see a lot more from this talented artist!

Miley Cyrus

It didn’t take long for young Miley Cyrus, born Destiny Hope Cyrus, to rocket to stardom. She had a career breakthrough when she was only eleven years old with the Disney Channel TV series Hannah Montana. And it’s just been up from there.

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After her Disney Channel success, she moved to focus more on her music, which has topped Billboard charts worldwide. She is known for her “in your face” style and personality which you either love or hate. No matter what she’s doing, Miley Cyrus is a force to be reckoned with.

Kristen Stewart

Young Kristen Stewart grew up in Los Angeles and both of her parents worked in the entertainment industry, not as actors, but behind the scenes. After the seventh grade, she started getting more involved in acting and finished high school remotely.

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Stewart played in a few small roles then had a breakthrough at the young age of 14, then hit international success after landing the lead role of Bella Swan in The Twilight Saga. “I never wanted to be the center of attention — It wasn’t that ‘I want to be famous, I want to be an actor’ kid. I never sought out acting…” Stewart later said in an interview.

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James Franco

Young James Franco was a gifted child, he grew up in California and contributes some of his acting skills to his time spent working at McDonald’s as a kid. While working there he would practice different accents on the customers.

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During his childhood, Franco had a few run-ins with the law which almost landed him in juvenile detention. But the actor just chalks it up to what he calls “teen angst.” His first break came when he landed a role on the NBC series Freaks and Geeks, after that it was all uphill to stardom.

Barbra Streisand

Even when Barbra Streisand was young, she knew that she was destined for greatness. She grew up in Brooklyn with a family of modest means. She took to singing and was known all throughout the neighborhood as the “girl with the good voice.”

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After Streisand finished school she moved into a small apartment in the heart of the theatre district and was eager to work. In fact, she took any job that came her way. And, boy, did her dedication pay off in the end.

Blake Lively

Born as Blake Ellender Brown, young Blake Lively grew up in Los Angeles. Her parents, not wanting to leave her with a babysitter, would take her along to acting classes with them. That certainly gave her a head start in the acting game.

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Lively got her first break in the movie The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, then things really took off when she landed a role on the CW’s series Gossip Girl. She met her husband, Ryan Reynolds, during the filming of Green Lantern and now the couple has two kids together. At least something good came out of the Green Lantern movie…

Bruce Willis

Walter Bruce Willis, these days just known as Bruce Willis, was actually born in West Germany, where his father was stationed at the time. Growing up, young Bruce Willis had a sever stutter and was subjected to hateful bullying from other kids.

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Willis eventually overcame his stutter with the help of acting. He was even honored by the American Institute for Stuttering in 2016. Willis caught his first big break on the TV series Moonlighting, then went on to star in classic films such as Pulp Fiction, The Fifth Element, Sin City, the Die Hard series, and many more.

Robert De Niro

Robert De Niro, also known by his birth name Robert Anthony De Niro Jr., was only seven-years-old in this picture. Growing up, young De Niro loved going to the movies with his father frequently and started child acting classes very early in life.

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De Niro was allowed to take free acting classes growing up through his mother’s place of work. He didn’t really enjoy school and was a bit of a troublemaker growing up. He even joined an Italian street gang where he earned the nickname “Bobby Milk” due to his light complexion. That must be where he learned how to act the role of Italian criminals so well!

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Tiger Woods

Young Eldrick Tont Woods grew up in California and was given the nickname “Tiger” in honor of one of his father’s friends. Tiger was very much the child prodigy and started playing golf by the super young age of two.

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Since his father was in the military, Tiger was allowed to play on the Navy golf course growing up, so he got in a lot of practice in preparation for his amazing career. For a long time during his career, he was ranked as the best golfer in the world.

Barack Obama

Barack Obama was born in 1961 in Hawaii, where he mostly grew up. He also spent a year in Washington State and four years in Indonesia, where his stepdad was from. Obama reportedly learned the Indonesian language in a remarkable six months and attended school in the language.

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Obama attended Harvard Law school and then later taught law at the University of Chicago before being elected to the Illinois State Senate. He won the 2008 presidential race, becoming the 44th President of the United States, the first African-American president and the first president that was born in the state of Hawaii.

Marilyn Monroe

Blonde Bombshell Marilyn Monroe was born Norma Jeane Mortenson and grew up in California. Young Marilyn Monroe overcame extraordinary hardships growing up, but that didn’t stop her from becoming one of the biggest icons of the 20th century.

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Marilyn Monroe was first discovered by a photographer while she working in a radioplane factory, when she was just 18. Soon after that, Monroe found her way as a model and then got into acting, appearing in classics like Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and The Seven Year Itch. She will forever be remembered as a major part of popular culture.


Cherilyn Sarkisian, known just as Cher, came from very modest beginnings and her road to fame was not an easy one. Young Cher was dead-set on becoming famous any way she could. From a very young age she started putting on performances and emulating the great Audrey Hepburn.

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“I couldn’t think of anything that I could do… I didn’t think I’d be a singer or dancer. I just thought, well, I’ll be famous. That was my goal,” Cher later commented. She started singing in small clubs, then met Sonny Bono and her career took off. Now, she’s referred to as the “Goddess of Pop.”

George Clooney

George Timothy Clooney was born and raised in Kentucky. Now he’s a famous actor, but that wasn’t always his goal in life. He actually wanted to become a professional baseball player. At the age of 16, Clooney tried out for the Cincinnati Reds but didn’t make it through tryouts.

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Clooney attended college then, after spending a summer cutting tobacco, decided to up a move to Los Angeles to become an actor. He worked odd jobs and got acting gigs here and there, then his career skyrocketed when he landed the role of Dr. Doug Ross on the hit series ER.

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Bill Clinton

This might surprise you, but Bill Clinton’s birth name is actually William Jefferson Blythe III. At age 15 he officially took on his stepfather’s last name, Clinton. Young Bill Clinton was born and raised in the small town of Hope, Arkansas.

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Young Bill Clinton attended Oxford University and Yale Law School before he became famous. He was elected Governor of Arkansas in 1979 and went on to be elected president in 1992, making him the 42nd President of the United States.

Ivanka Trump

Being born in the Trump family might have made her an automatic celebrity, but Ivanka Trump was certainly earned her celebrity status. Young Ivanka Trump started her modeling career as a teenager while she was still in school and was wildly successful.

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Ivanka joined the family business as Executive Vice President of Development and Acquisitions in The Trump Organization. After marrying Jared Kushner she converted to Judaism and now that her father is president, she also has the honor of being the first Jewish member of a First Family.

Rashida Jones

This actress, producer, singer, and writer grew up in Los Angeles and as her father describes her, “she was a straight up nerd.” She would frequently be caught reading books under the covers after bedtime and loved computers before they were popular.

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Jones attended Harvard University (like any good nerd) and join the theater and drama clubs, paving the way for her successful career as an actress. She is best known for her roles on Parks and Recreation, The Office and Boston Public.

Donald Trump

Donald John Trump was born and raised in Queens, New York City where he attended school until the age of 13. After which he attended New York Military Academy. He graduated from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

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Trump got into real estate at an early age, vowing to make everything “bigger and better.” He is well known for his business and real estate developments all over the world, as well as his skills as a negotiator. In 2017, Trump became the 45th President of the United States.

Mike Tyson

Michael Gerard Tyson, known just as Mike Tyson, endured a difficult childhood to reach celebrity status. He grew up in the legal custody of boxing manager Cus D’Amato, which is probably why he excelled in boxing rink at such an early age.

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Tyson was arrested numerous times as a kid before finally finding his outlet through boxing. His legal guardian help train him, then he rose to stardom as a professional boxer. Tyson was only 20 years-old when he became the world heavyweight champion in boxing.

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Audrey Hepburn

Before she became a legendary actress, young Audrey Hepburn was just a little girl growing up in Europe. She spent her childhood growing up in the Netherlands, England and Belgium. After Britain declared war on Germany, her family returned to the Netherlands, hoping that the country would remain neutral as it did in WWI and not be invaded.

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That, however, was not the case. Nazi Germany invaded the Netherlands and Hepburn lived there for the entire duration of the occupation. She studied ballet growing up and performed as a chorus girl in West End productions before moving on to her film career.


Ever wondered what Eminem’s real name is? It’s Marshall Bruce Mathers III. Both of his parents were in a band and family members remember him being something of a loner during childhood and being bullied frequently.

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Eminem worked several jobs growing up to help his mother pay bills as his father was no longer in the picture. He overcame great struggles in the rapping industry being one of the very few white rappers. But his determination finally paid off and he is considered one of the greatest artists of all time by Rolling Stone.

Muhammad Ali

Before becoming one of boxing’s greatest legends and before he was known as Muhammad Ali he was a child named Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr. (pictured on the left, next to his brother), growing up in the segregated South.

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His first official boxing match occurred in 1954 and his boxing career took off, he joined the 1960 US Olympic team and won gold. The boxer joined the Nation of Islam in 1964 and then later changed his name to Muhammad Ali.

Robert Downey Jr.

Robert Downey Jr. was born in Manhattan and found early success as an actor. His first acting job was at the age of five, when he played a sick puppy in his father’s 1970 surrealist comedy, Pound. In the 1980s, Downey became a Hollywood staple for his roles in Weird Science and The Pick-up Artist.

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Robert Downey Jr. had a few setbacks in his career due to a turbulent past but finally pulled himself together and had a career comeback. These days he’s most well-known for his role as Iron Man in numerous hit movies.

The Dalai Lama

This little boy was named Lhamo Thondup and he was born in a small village called Taktser in the Chinese province of Qinghai. At the incredibly young age of two he was declared the reincarnation of the 13th Dalai Lama.

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He was renamed Jetsun Jamphel Ngawang Lobsang Yeshe Tenzin Gyatso (Tenzin Gyatso for short). The location of Tenzin Gyatso was seen in a vision by a holy monk and Gyatso underwent a series of tests to prove that he was indeed the reincarnation, which he passed with flying colors.

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