Ah, the American dream. If you want it, you can have. Just build it and they will come they say. For most of us, we look at celebrities in awe and think that they must have been born with a silver spoon in their mouth (which would be pretty uncomfortable when you think about it). However, as these 17 famous people can tell you, life hasn’t always been as rosy or as profitable as it may appear. They too have had their share of hardships along the way, and some of their stories will surprise you. Here are 17 famous people who rose from the very bottom to the top.