We have a natural fascination with celebrities. Something about watching people who have “made it” gives us inspiration for our own lives.
We look up to celebrities as examples of how we should live our own lives and even as models for how we can achieve our own success.
Think about how many different celebrities write books on how they got success and how we can get success too.
There is a natural glamor and allure to the rich and famous that we are naturally attracted to.
Reading about celebrities gives us a way to distract ourselves from our own lives too—it is almost a way to project ourselves into their lives, a way for us to escape our own and live theirs.
However, the truth is that not all celebrities are as successful as those we read about.
Many famous actors and athletes and musicians are unable to handle the amount of success that they have achieved. Poor decision making and a lack of proper financial planning has derailed many careers before.
This article will describe ten celebrities who experienced the highs of being famous and plunged to the lows of being homeless. Each of these celebrities has had their own story, and they have all dealt with homelessness in their own ways.
Read on to find out how these household names fell into homelessness and how some managed to drag themselves back out.
10 Debbie Clark (Storm From American Gladiators)
Despite once being one of the most popular shows on American television, one of the gladiators, Storm, became homeless.
In fact, Storm was so successful on the show that she dominated her opponents for three years. Needless to say, she would have been a household name in the United States due to her success on a very popular show.
However, due to issues with domestic violence, Debbie Clark (Storm’s true name) was forced into homelessness. At the time, she lived on the streets of San Diego as a single parent with her son.
When volunteers who took it upon themselves to help the homeless of San Diego came by, she simply walked up to them and introduced herself: “Hi, I’m Storm the American Gladiator, this is my son Crayton—we’re homeless.”
Eventually, a CEO took Clark and her son into his home while volunteering. He and other homeless volunteers continue to support Clark to help her regain a stable life.