This list tells the stories of public figures and celebrities who went from successful and rich to homeless and poor, with pictures whenever possible. Many of us have heard the success stories of famous poor people who worked their way up from nothing and celebrities who were once homeless who are now living in million dollar mansions. What about the other side? The once-rich homeless people who, despite years of success, have tumbled not only into obscurity, but have lost everything along the way.
Celebs and public figures who were evicted, went broke, or became homeless include Debbie Clark, Margot Kidder, Alex Lambert, Natasha Lyonne, and Brett Butler.
The former celebrities listed below made their living as actors, sports stars, and musicians with varying degrees of fame. No matter how high they soared, they all reached the same low and became homeless. The good news is that many of the celebrities listed here have entered recovery from drugs, started to work again, or have got back on their feet in other ways.
These days though, Sly is living out of a van on the streets of Los Angeles. The singer has made some poor spending choices in his life. This coupled with a history of drug abuse has forced him out of his homes and onto the streets.
Not that he is complaining. Sly has gone on record as saying that he doesn’t mind his lifestyle as he is still able to continue to write his music. He goes as far as saying that he doesn’t think that he will ever want to have another stationary house again, preferring to live out of his small camper.
John Drew Barrymore
After years of struggling in less than stellar roles, Barrymore gave up on acting and started to drift throughout the world. He was known to disappear for months at a time only to pop up in jail for drug abuse and public drunkenness.
John Drew Barrymore succumbed to cancer in 2004.
Debbie Clark, AKA Storm
She had then gone from job to job working as personal trainer, chef and even a country singer. Unfortunately, none of those jobs panned out for her. After years of this, compounded with the fact that she does not receive any royalty checks for the show and fleeing from domestic violence, Debbie Clark is now living on the streets of San Diego with her 10 year-old son.
First, he and his wife were charged with skipping out on a hotel bill of over $10,000. Now it seems that they are completely without a home as they were caught squatting in the guest house of a property that they used to own.
It looks like they need to make a new Vacation movie already.
After serving jail time in Vietnam for sex crimes against 10 year-old girls, he was released and made his way back to England.
Glitter tried to move into different areas but found that he was unwelcomed by the neighbors. He is currently living place to place without being able to settle down due to complaints.
Hawkins was born and lived in Mississippi where he was very poor. At the age of 15 he was arrested for stealing and sent to the penitentiary. After that he lived as a hobo, riding the rails up and down the east coast. He found himself in Los Angeles as it was warmer and easier to live outdoors.
Throughout his life, Ted Hawkins loved music. He made what little living he had playing on the Third Street Promenade. It was here that he was discovered by a record producer and was able to make his first, and only, studio album. Before he died in 1995, Ted Hawkins was able to live out his dream of playing around the world.
Lambert moved to LA from Texas to pursue a musical career after scoring a spot on American Idol. When he failed to win, he didn’t give up on his dream to become a working musician, he poured everything in to it.
He has been quoted as saying that he would rather live in his car here, than go back home and give up.
According to Daily Finance, Kidder battled schizophrenia and manic depression and even refused treatment at one time. “Plagued by paranoia, [Kidder] slept in cardboard boxes and backyards around Los Angeles in 1996. With her front teeth missing and her hair hacked off, a disheveled Kidder announced to the Glendale, Calif., woman whose yard she occupied, ‘I may not look like it, but I’m Margot Kidder.’”
She has since recovered and lives in Montana where she is a political activist.
“Sugar Ray” Williams
Through the support of the Bronx nonprofit BronxWorks and the Ring 10 boxing charity, the former world champion found housing and receives assistance so he can become self-supporting.
However, his meteoric rise was effectively ended by the American-led boycott of the 1980 Summer Olympics, and he subsequently fell into obscurity, drug abuse and homelessness. He ended up sleeping on Santa Monica Beach for years before being rescued by an older woman.
In 1993, he married former Swedish sprinter Linda Haglund.
On his own radio show on August 4, 1997, the actor told listeners that he had lived in his car behind Grauman’s Chinese Theatre for a time, while being greeted by fans and autograph seekers.
After Grace was cancelled in 1998, Butler moved out of LA and onto a farm in Georgia where she lived with 15 pets. When the money ran out, she turned to a homeless shelter for cover.
Lockridge recently had a comeback fight against an unknown opponent in an open air venue.