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

HILARY SWANK MADE JUST $75 A DAY ON BOYS DON'T CRY

Back in 1999, Swank took the lead role in the film Boys Don't Cry – and was paid just $75 a day (total $3,000) for her work on the film. However, I think Swank would agree that the end result – her first Academy Award – was worth the lousy paycheck.