The Fight to Fame: 14 Stars Who Struggled Before They Made it Big

Nights in homeless shelters, sharing rooms, waiting tables – it takes a lot of work to become a star

HALLE BERRY STAYED IN A HOMELESS SHELTER

Today, she's an Oscar winner, but Berry struggled to get to that point, even sleeping in a homeless shelter for a period of time in her early 20's. Perseverance got her through it: "A girl had to do what a girl had to do," she told Reader's Digest. "You can do that when you’re 21 and ambitious, and your eyes are this big and you don’t want to go home.”