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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Just Some Famous People Who Were Homeless

The founder of Christianity who was born homeless in a barn and died homeless in a borrowed grave . . . In his own words Jesus said, "The foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man has nowhere to lay his head." (Matthew 8:20, Luke 9:58)

Ella Fitzgerald:
Grammy Award-winning singer and U.S. Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient . . . She lived on the streets of Harlem in New York City for a year as a teenager just before she won an amateur singing talent contest at the Apollo Theater that launched her career.

She is a Grammy Award-nominated singer-songwriter who in 1979 lived out of a VW van and was joined eventually by her mother/manager Lenedra Carroll. In her own words she said, "I was homeless when I was 18." (TV Guide magazine, March 16-22, 2009, pg. 9)

David Letterman:
He is an Emmy Award-winning television writer, comedian, talk-show host and author. As host of the television talk-show Late Show with David Letterman, he once lived out of a red 1973 Chevy pickup truck before making it in his television career.

"Dr. Phil" (Phil McGraw):
He is a well-known TV talk show host, best-selling author and psychologist. At the age of 12, he was homeless in Kansas City, Kansas after he and his father moved there. His dad was struggling to make it as he himself interned as a psychologist. In his own words, Dr. Phil once said, “I was homeless living in a car with my dad. We eventually got a room at the downtown YMCA for five bucks a week.”

Joan Rivers:
She is an Emmy Award-winning television talk-show host who frequently guest hosted the Tonight Show for Johnny Carson. She is a best-selling author, comedienne and once lived homeless early on in her career out of her car.

William Shatner:
The star and face of the Star Trek “cult”, he is an Emmy Award-winning actor-director and best-selling Canadian-born author. He once lived out of a pick-up truck with a walk-in camper on the back for a time after his divorce due to financial difficulties and after the cancellation of the television series Star Trek, in which he starred. He travelled in that time the east coast of the U.S. appearing in a play on the summer theater circuit and sleeping in the camper with his dog. Shatner said, "I now had three children and an ex-wife to support and I was just about broke. I even lived out of a pick-up truck for a while." (, May 11, 2008)
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