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Hollywood's Best Cinderella Stories

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Striking faux fur coats, glittery designer gowns, and luxury vehicles define what we know of the Hollywood experience. At closer glance, however, it's easy to see how much blood, sweat, and hard work went into these achievements.

The ultra accomplished stars on this list have struggled with abuse and family issues, homelessness, and poverty, in addition to a variety of other harrowing experiences. Today, they are among the most successful people in the world. As the celebs on this list demonstrate, sometimes, the best way to get motivated is to have no other option — nowhere to go but up.