12 Celebrities Who Survived a Difficult Childhood

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As the time of the year when we remind ourselves to be grateful comes close, and with the festive spirits floating around and getting ready to sink in, reflection has brought us to look into the lives of those less fortunate souls who, in spite the hostile situation they were in, decided to beat the odds. People who had a rough start in life, but just in time got a lucky strike and gave it a push with their hard work and talent. Yes, 12 celebrities we thought were trauma-free, but who have had a tempestuous childhood that has made their path to stardom rocky and swampy. Read about their stories and how they scraped off the mud and dirt and managed to walk from one red carpet to the next. Their surprisingly inspirational bounce backs will leave you stupefied.

#12 – Charlize Theron

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Taking the darkest most terrifying moments of your life and turning them into experiences that help you become outstanding at what you do is precisely what Charlize Theron has done in many of the roles she has played throughout her career. The bravery she shows in her roles comes from a childhood that has shaped her: alcoholic father who, in drunk and emotional delirium, actually threatened to kill her, and a mother who, in fierce defense of her daughter and herself, shoots him dead. Despite it all, Theron’s only feeling towards these events is gratitude towards her mother, who, she says, has saved her life many times.

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