The Huge Transformations Of Famous Celebrities

Aging is a natural process that everyone experiences the second they are born. As a society youth is usually viewed as something to desire and this is something people in the public eye are constantly thinking about. While some celebrities fall prey to aging out of Hollywood others simply live by the motto that age is but a number. These famous stars look completely different from their early years and it is astounding to see how much they’ve transformed in both their physical appearance and careers over time.

Angelina Jolie Stepped Out Of Her Father’s Shadow

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Angelina Jolie has been in the spotlight since before she could remember. Her father is veteran actor Jon Voight, known for his roles in Midnight Cowboy, Coming Home, and Runaway Train. She first appeared on screen in one of her father’s films called Lookin’ to Get Out in 1982 and decided to start acting professionally as a teenager.

After a few decades in the entertainment industry Jolie has built a very credible career with roles in Girl, Interrupted, Changeling, and Maleficent. When she’s not filming she focuses on her humanitarian work that deals with women’s rights, education, conservation, and more.

How Harrison Ford Got Over His Shyness

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In order for Harrison Ford to get over his shyness, he decided to take a drama class during the final quarter of his senior year of college. That was one of the biggest turning points in his life because it led to his fascination with acting.

Ford started with some small supporting roles in 1960s Hollywood but became a household name for his leading parts in the Star Wars and Indiana Jones franchises. At 77-years-old he is still keeping busy with plenty of film projects and climate action activism work with the United Nations.

Ellen DeGeneres Turned Her Life Around For The Better

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It’s almost impossible not to know who Ellen DeGeneres is in the 21st century. DeGeneres grew up in New Orleans, Louisiana and started stand-up comedy in the early 1980s. Her success as a comic led to some film and TV roles in the late 1980s and 1990s.

When her sitcom was canceled in May of 1998 she thought she wouldn’t be accepted by Hollywood again. Luckily, the launch of her hit daytime talk show in 2003 has made her one of the most famous and richest celebrities in the world. She lives her life with the notion of being kind to everyone and doing her part in charity work and activism.

Ryan Seacrest Blossomed Into TV’s Number One Host

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As of recently, it seems Ryan Seacrest is hosting everything on television. While he was attending high school he earned an internship at his local radio station, which trained him in many aspects of broadcast media. He started to host TV shows before he reached the age of 20 and was chosen to host American Idol shortly after.

Outside of hosting he has his own clothing line, a skincare line, a nonprofit, and produces a number of TV shows with the most famous being Keeping Up with the Kardashians. Currently, Seacrest has a net worth of $71.5 million.

Lady Gaga Had A Passion For Music Before Kindergarten

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Lady Gaga claimed that she was a natural with music starting in her preschool years. Growing up in the Upper West Side of Manhattan she was given the privilege of taking countless music and acting lessons, which allowed her to hone her craft from an early age.

She received her big breakthrough in 2008 after the release of her first studio album called The Fame. Lady Gaga even admitted that some of her most popular hits took her no longer than 10 minutes to write. Recently, she broke into the film industry with an Academy Award-nominated performance in A Star Is Born.

Christopher Walken Is No Longer A 1950’s Child Star

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Hollywood was first introduced to Christopher Walken when he was a little boy. His mother had dreams of stardom, so she took her three sons to auditions to become child stars. Walken booked his first role at 10-years-old on the 1953 TV show The Wonderful John Acton.

A couple of decades later he started to act in feature films with some of his most memorable roles in The Deer Hunter, Catch Me If You Can, and Hairspray. Many of his fans praise him for the larger-than-life characters he played on Saturday Night Live, which are only amplified by his unique vocal diction.

Going Solo Changed Beyoncé’s Life Forever

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When Beyoncé was a young girl she knew she had a knack for performing. She started doing dance classes where her teacher quickly picked up on her natural singing abilities and she soon went on to be in an all-girls group managed by her father.

It wasn’t until she became a solo artist that her popularity began to soar. Her record-breaking albums have earned her numerous accolades and millions of fans from around the world. She and husband Jay-Z are one of the most powerful couples in the entertainment world and say their biggest accomplishment is their three children.

John Travolta Didn’t Need To Finish School To Start Acting

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John Travolta was born February 18, 1954, as the youngest of six and became interested in performing after hearing the stories of his mother Helen Cecilia who used to be an actress and a singer. After dropping out of high school Travolta landed a role in the touring company of Grease.

He first appeared on screen in a TV show called Emergency! in 1972 and landed a starring role in the 1970s sitcom Welcome Back, Kotter a few years later. In the late ’70s, he broke out into movies such as Saturday Night Fever and Grease. His film career is still very much alive and he’s set to collaborate with comedian Kevin Hart in a new comedy show.

Scarlett Johansson Gave It Her All To Become An Actress

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When Scarlett Johansson was a child she knew that she was going to be an actress and did as much training as she could. At 10-years-old she got her first professional acting role in a film called North opposite Elijah Wood, Jason Alexander, and Julia Louis-Dreyfus.

From then on her career was at a steady incline with leading roles in Lost in Translation, Ghost World, and various movies within the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Recently, Johansson became the world’s highest-paid actress with a net worth of $140 million. She also announced her engagement to Saturday Night Live cast member Colin Jost.

Ben Stiller Was Born For Comedy

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Ben Stiller was exposed to the entertainment industry at a very early age because his parents, Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara, were both actors and comedians. They used to bring him and his sister to many of their stand-up sets and this led to a fascination with comedy that would last well into adulthood.

Stiller has kept busy since the mid-1980s by acting, producing, writing, and directing numerous comedy classics. He is best known for roles in There’s Something About Mary, Tropic Thunder, and Zoolander and has even collaborated with his parents on some of his projects.

Billie Eilish Went From SoundCloud To Multiple Grammy Winner

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Billie Eilish has come a long way since she first uploaded “Ocean Eyes” on SoundCloud. She was 13-years-old at the time, the song quickly went viral, and she was signed by Interscope Records shortly after.

In 2019, the boldly styled Eilish released her first full length album,When We Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? The album earned rave reviews and sold over 2.5 million copies. It also earned her three Grammy Awards including Album of the Year.

Jennifer Lopez Is More Than A Triple Threat

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Growing up in the Bronx is something that Jennifer Lopez will always remember. Starting at the age of five she took singing and dancing lessons with the encouragement from her parents. During her senior year of high school, she auditioned for her first acting role and was cast in a low-budget film called My Little Girl.

Lopez is one of the rare triple threats being able to get professional work as an actress, singer, and dancer. Outside of entertainment, she is active in the fashion industry, a multitude of charities, and being a mom to her twins Emme and Max.

George Clooney Could’ve Been A Professional Athlete

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The first inkling George Clooney had about acting was through his father, a former anchorman and TV host. Originally, Clooney had his eye on sports even trying out for the Cincinnati Reds, but wasn’t offered a contract. When he was 17-years-old he became an extra for a TV mini-series that was being filmed in his hometown of Augusta, Kentucky and hasn’t stopped working since.

His first claim to fame was playing Dr. Doug Ross on the medical drama ER, which gave him the opportunity to act in major motion pictures such as O Brother, Where Art Thou?, The Descendants, and The Ides of March.

Jane Fonda Will Act For As Long As She Can

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Jane Fonda comes from one of the most legendary famous families. Her late father and brother, Henry and Peter Fonda, were some of Hollywood’s most iconic actors and that certainly inspired her to become an actress. When Jane was a teenager she got the acting bug after acting alongside her father in a play.

In the 1970s and 1980s, she received a lot of praise for her movie roles and even won two Oscars for Klute and Coming Home. At 82-years-old she isn’t slowing down anytime soon, especially with her popular Netflix show Grace and Frankie with Lily Tomlin.

Steve Martin Started His Career At The Happiest Place On Earth

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Magic was Steve Martin’s first chance at performing for a crowd. In high school, he worked at Disneyland selling guidebooks and eventually doing magic tricks and illusions at a magic shop in Fantasyland. When he got to college he joined a comedy troupe at Knott’s Berry Farm where he started to develop his craft.

In the late 1960s and early 1970s he tried his hand at stand-up and would appear on various TV talk and variety shows. By the end of the 1970s, Martin had a massive following and was touring around the world. He later broke out into acting appearing in many famous comedies such as The Jerk, Parenthood, and Cheaper by the Dozen.

Emma Stone Calmed Her Nerves In The Best Way Possible

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As a child, Emma Stone was very anxious, but to get over her nerves she joined her local community theater. While there she would act in musicals and perform with the theater’s improvisational comedy troupe. In high school she convinced her parents to let her move to Hollywood where she auditioned non-stop.

When she eventually started to get roles it was mainly TV guest-spots. She got her big break in comedy movies for roles in Superbad, Easy A, and Zombieland. Stone proved that she’s more than a comedic actress and diversified her career in lead parts for The Help, La La Land, The Favourite, and more.

Success Came Very Early For John Stamos

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It didn’t take too long for John Stamos to make his acting dreams come true. Only three weeks after he started auditioning he booked his first role as Blackie Parrish on the soap opera General Hospital. His work earned him an Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series.

In the late 1980s, Stamos was chosen to play Jesse, the bad-boy uncle with a sweet side, on ABC’s Full House. It ended up becoming one of the most successful sitcoms of all time and ran for 192 episodes. He can most recently be seen reprising his role on Netflix’s spin-off, Fuller House.

Tina Fey Set A New Standard For Female Writers

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When Tina Fey was a kid her parents encouraged her to watch what they considered to be great comedy including Young Frankenstein, Monty Python, the Marx Brothers, and Saturday Night Live. After Fey finished college she moved to Chicago and trained in improvisational comedy at The Second City.

In 1997 she accepted a writing position at Saturday Night Live and eventually became the first female head writer in the show’s history. She would also act in the skits and host “Weekend Update.” Her decision to leave SNL was prompted by creating her own sitcom called 30 Rock, which ran for seven seasons. Fey just finished her run with Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and has several other projects in production.

Robert De Niro: From High School Drop-Out To Major Star

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In order for Robert De Niro to get over his shyness, he began performing in school plays. He quickly fell in love with acting and dropped out of high school to pursue it full time. By age 20 he booked his first professional acting role in The Wedding Party.

De Niro’s role as the young Vito Corleone in The Godfather Part II and his many collaborations with director Martin Scorsese have earned him many accolades and fans around the world. His other ventures include co-founding a production company, the Tribeca Film Festival, hotels, and restaurants.

Natalie Portman Went From Being A Child Star To Oscar Winner

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Natalie Portman was born on June 9, 1981, in Jerusalem, Israel and moved to the United States shortly after. She got her start in acting as a kid when she was approached at a pizza restaurant to be a child model for Revlon. After being chosen to understudy with Britney Spears in an off-Broadway musical she booked her first on-screen role in Léon: The Professional.

During her high school years, she got the part of Padmé Amidala in the Star Wars prequel trilogy, which immediately gave her worldwide fame. In 2010 she took on one of her most challenging roles as the lead in Black Swan and won an Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role.

Bob Dylan Set Out To Change The Music World

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Bob Dylan got his first taste for music when he would listen to blues and country stations on the radio. In high school, he formed a few cover bands for artists including Little Richard and Elvis Presley.

He moved to New York in the early 1960s and would play in various clubs around Greenwich Village. Soon after he got a record deal and released his first album. Dylan started to gain a following when he released “protest” songs about the current events of the late 1960s and early 1970s. His work has earned him countless awards including ten Grammys, an Oscar, a place in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and a Nobel Prize in Literature.