60 International Stars, Amazing Contrast Between Childhood And Present

Such rarely seen photos of famous people give us an exceptional chance to glimpse into the life of well-known musicians, actresses, actors, film directors, etc.  (60 pics)

1.Britney Spears

Britney Spears was born on 2 December 1981 in McComb, Mississippi to Lynne Irene and James Parnell Spears. She was brought up in Kentwood, Louisiana. She was interested in performing arts from a very young age. her mother took her to Atlanta for an audition for Disney’s ‘The Mickey Mouse Club’. 

2. Angelina Jolie

Jolie, daughter of actor Jon Voight, spent much of her childhood in New York before relocating to Los Angeles at age 11. She attended the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute for two years and then enrolled at Beverly Hills High School. She later studied drama at New York University. 

3.Bruce Willis

Early Life. Willis was born Walter Bruce Willis on March 19, 1955, in Idar-Oberstein, West Germany, where his father was stationed in the U.S. military at the time. Willis is the oldest of David and Marlene Willis's four children, a group that includes three sons and a daughter.

4. Cher

The daughter of Arkansas-born Georgia Holt (the former Jackie Jean Crouch) and truck driver John Sarkisian. Cher's life was not always picture perfect. Her family experienced poverty to the point where her mother had to leave her at a Catholic orphanage for weeks at a time to survive.

5. Christina Aguilera

Christina María Aguilera (born December 18, 1980) . Christina has been forthcoming about her abusive childhood, both in her music and her interviews. She told Paper Mag that domestic violence was rather commonplace in her neighborhood in Staten Island, New York.

6. Courtney Love

Courtney Michelle Love (born July 9, 1964) is an American singer, songwriter and actress. her career has spanned four decades.Courtney Love early childhood was full of turmoil, and her parents divorced when she was a toddler. Following a court battle in which her father lost custody of the child.

7. David Duchovny

David William Duchovny was born on August 7, 1960, in New York City, New York, USA. His parents got divorced and he stayed in Manhattan with his siblings. He later earned a scholarship to The Collegiate School For Boys, Manhattan. He graduated as class valedictorian, in 1978.

8. Demi Moore

Moore was born November 11, 1962, in Roswell, New Mexico. spent her early childhood in New Mexico, and later, Canonsburg, Pennsylvania. Moore dropped out of high school as a teenager and left her mom's home to invent a future for herself. 

9. Drew Barrymore

Drew Blythe Barrymore (born February 22, 1975). Childhood. Barrymore grew up on Poinsettia Place in West Hollywood until the age of 7, when she moved to Sherman Oaks. In her 2015 memoir, Wildflower, she says she talks "like a valley girl" . 

10. Eminem

Mathers had a turbulent childhood, marked by poverty and allegations of abuse. At age 14 he began rapping in clubs in Detroit, Michigan, and, when unexcused absences kept him in the ninth grade for the third year, he quit school, determined to make it in hip-hop music.

11. George Clooney

George Timothy Clooney was born on May 6, 1961, in Lexington, Kentucky, USA, to entertainer Nick Clooney and beauty queen Nina Bruce.  As a child the future actor spent a lot of time on his father’s sets. His young participation in his father’s shows began his interest for the industry.

12. Hally berry

Halle Maria Berry was born on August 14, 1966, in Cleveland, Ohio, the youngest daughter born to Jerome and Judith Berry, an interracial couple. ... Berry attended a nearly all-white public school, and as a result, was subjected to discrimination at an early age.

13. Helen Hunt

Helen Hunt was born in Culver City, California. ... When she was three, Hunt's family moved to New York City, where her father directed theatre and Hunt attended plays as a child several times a week. Hunt studied ballet, and briefly attended the University of California, Los Angeles.

14. Janet Jackson

Janet Damita Jo Jackson was born on May 16, 1966 in Gary, Indiana, to Katherine Jackson (née Katherine Esther Scruse) and Joe Jackson, a musician. She is the youngest of ten children. After her birth, her brothers formed a band later called The Jackson 5. ... Janet was in the shadow but later also made a name for herself. 

15. Jean Claude Van Damme

Jean Claude Van Damme(born 18 October 1960), took to Shotokan karate when he was just 11-years-old, to build muscle in his body. He was taken under the wing of Claude Goetz at the Centre National De Karate. He also took up ballet and weight-lifting as a teenager.

16. Jean Reno

Jean Reno was born on 30 July 1948 in Casablanca, Morocco. Both his parents were Spanish natives who had moved to North Africa to escape Francoist Spain and to find employment. He has one younger sister, María Teresa. His mother worked as a tailor while his father was a linotypist.

17. Jennifer Aniston

Jennifer spent the first part of her childhood in Eddystone, Pennsylvania, where the family shared a three bedroom house with her grandmother. There she started her education in an elementary school. Later the family shifted to New York City. She was admitted to Waldorf School when she was six years old. 

18. John Lennon

Lennon's childhood was unsettled, with an absent father and a mother who simply couldn't handle motherhood… After the age of four, Lennon didn't even live with his mother, instead living with his childless Uncle George and Aunt Mimi.

19. Jennifer Lopez

Jennifer Lopez was born in 1969 into a family of Puerto Rican descent. Lopez took dance lessons throughout her childhood, and at age 16 she made her film debut with a small role in My Little Girl (1986). Her television break came in 1991 when she became a dancer on In Living Color.

20. Julia Roberts

Julia Fiona Roberts born on October 28, 1967 in Smyrna, Georgia, USA. Completed her education at Griffin Middle School, the girl then went on to Campbell High School. During her childhood, because of her love of animals she wanted to be a veterinarian, but later on opted to study journalism instead. 

21. Keanu Reeves

Born to English and American parents in Lebanon, Reeves lived in Sydney and New York with his family before moving to Toronto when he was approximately seven years old. Keanu is of Chinese-Hawaiian and European descent, and has spoken of feeling connected to both his Chinese and his English heritage.

22. Leonardo di Caprio

Early Life. Born on November 11, 1974, in Los Angeles, California, Leonardo Wilhelm DiCaprio is the only child of Irmelin and George DiCaprio. His parents divorced when he was still a toddler. DiCaprio was mostly raised by his mother, a legal secretary born in Germany.

23. Madonna

Early Life. Madonna Louise Veronica Ciccone was born in Bay City, Michigan, on August 16, 1958, to parents Silvio "Tony" Ciccone and Madonna Fortin. ... Her parents' strict observation of the Catholic faith played a large role in Madonna's childhood. "My mother was a religious zealot," Madonna explains.

24. Mariah Carrey

Carey was the youngest of three kids (she has a brother, Morgan, 60, and sister, Allison, 57), and her parents divorced when she was just three years old. She recalls being constantly afraid growing up, and could sense whenever violence was coming. 

25. Marilyn Manson

Marilyn Manson was born Brian Hugh Warner on January 5, 1969 in Canton, Ohio, to Barbara Jo (Wyer) and Hugh Angus Warner. He has German and English ancestry. During his childhood, one of his neighbors molested him several times until the young Brian broke down one day and told his mother what happened.

26. Meg Rayan

Ryan was born and raised in Fairfield, Connecticut, the daughter of Susan Jordan (née Duggan), a former actress and English teacher, and Harry Hyra, a math teacher. Her father has Polish ancestry. She was raised Catholic and attended St. Pius X Elementary School in Fairfield.

27. Michael Jackson

From a young age, Jackson and his siblings were allegedly physically and emotionally abused by their father through incessant rehearsals, whippings and derogatory name-calling. Jackson's abuse as a child had affected him throughout his later life.

28. Michael Jordan

Michael Jordan was born on February 17, 1963, in Brooklyn, New York, one of James and Deloris Jordan's five children. The family moved to Wilmington, North Carolina, when Michael was very young. His father worked as a General Electric plant supervisor, and his mother worked at a bank.

29. Mick Jagger

Michael Philip 'Mick' Jagger was born on 26 July 1943, in Dartford, Kent, England, to Basil Fanshawe Jagger and Eva Ensley Mary. He is the eldest of the two sons born to the couple. He began singing from a very young age and was a member of the church choir.

30. Natalie Imbruglia

Born to Elliot Imbruglia and mother Maxene Anderson, Natalie grew up in Berkeley Vale, New South Wales before moving to Sydney with her family. As a child she used to attend ballet, tap, and highland dancing classes and at the age of 16 she quit high school to pursue a career in acting.

31. Nicole Kidman

Nicole Kidman was born to David Kidman and Janelle Ann. While her father was a biochemist, clinical psychologist, and author, her mother was a nursing instructor. ... Since the young age, Kidman was bit by the acting bug which was prevalently seen all through her primary and high school years.

32. Pamela Anderson

“I did not have an easy childhood,” Anderson said. “Despite loving parents, I was molested from age 6 to 10 by my female babysitter.” The mother of two boys noted that her father was an alcoholic and her mother worked two jobs, but said they had tried to keep her safe.

33. Patrick Swayze

He spent his early life in Oak Forest, Houston, and received education from ‘St. Rose of Lima Catholic School,’ ‘Oak Forest Elementary School,’ ‘Black Middle School,’ and ‘Waltrip High School.’ He was involved in many extra-curricular activities, such as swimming, gymnastics, football, and dancing.

34. Phil Collins

One of three children, Collins grew up in a household that embraced creativity and drive. His older brother, Clive, would go on to become a professional cartoonist, while his sister competed as an ice skater. ... By the age of 12, Collins had a real set of drums and played every chance he could get.

35. Ricky Martin

Martin was born on December 24, 1971, in San Juan, Puerto Rico. As a child, he sang in the choir and performed in school plays. When he was six, he began acting in television commercials. Shortly afterward, he took professional singing and acting lessons, which paved the way for his auditions for Menudo.

36. Robbie Williams

Robbie Williams was born Robert Peter Williams in Stoke-on-Trent on 13th February, 1974. At the age of three, his parents divorced and he resided with his mother and sister. He went to high school and was renowned for being mischievous, so it wasn't surprising when he didn't pass any of his G.C.S. E's.

37. Robert de Niro

Robert Anthony De Niro Jr. ( August 17, 1943), Born in Manhattan in New York City. His parents separated when he was three years old, and he was thereafter taken care of by his mother. However, his father remained in contact with young Niro and played an influential role in his upbringing.

38. Sarah Jessica Parker

Actor and producer Sarah Jessica Parker was born on March 25, 1965, in Nelsonville, Ohio. The fourth of eight children, Parker grew up in relative poverty. After her parents divorced, she was raised by her mother, a school teacher, and her often out-of-work stepfather.

39. Tom Cruise

He had a difficult childhood and grew up in near-poverty. His father was an abusive man who often used to beat young Tom at the slightest pretext. The family moved to Canada when his father got a job with the Canadian Armed Forces.

40. Tom Hanks

Hanks was born on July 9, 1956, in Concord, California. Hanks' parents divorced when he was 5 years old, and he was raised, along with his older brother and sister, by his father, a chef named Amos. The family moved frequently, finally settling in Oakland, California, where Hanks attended high school.

41. Anne Hathaway

She became interested in acting at the age of three. She then expressed her intention of pursuing an acting career  when she was just eight years old. As a teenager, she started appearing in commercials and became the first teenager ever to be admitted to the Barrow Group's prestigious acting program. 

42. Blake Lively

She comes from a big family and is the youngest of five children.  She got introduced to acting at a very early age as her parents used to take her to the acting classes they taught in, instead of leaving her with a babysitter back at home. As a result, she learnt the tools of the trade when she was very young.

43. Leonardo DiCaprio

Early Life. Born on November 11, 1974, in Los Angeles, California, Leonardo Wilhelm DiCaprio is the only child of Irmelin and George DiCaprio. His parents divorced when he was still a toddler. DiCaprio was mostly raised by his mother, a legal secretary born in Germany.

44. Ryan Gosling

Gosling was educated at Gladstone Public School, Cornwall Collegiate and Vocational School and Lester B. Pearson High School. As a child, he watched Dick Tracy and was inspired to become an actor. He "hated" being a child, was bullied in elementary school and had no friends until he was "14 or 15".

45. Adele Adkins

Part of Adele's childhood was spent in a socially deprived area in south London. ... Adele originally attended a local comprehensive school but it didn't suit her and she played truant. Luckily her musical talent was such that at thirteen she was awarded a place atthe renowned BRIT School for Performing Arts & Technology.

46. Beyoncé Giselle Knowles

As a young child, Knowles was shy and had few friends. Her parents signed her up for a dance class when she was seven years old, "to make friends more than anything else," as Tina Knowles described to Essence. The first time Beyoncé's parents saw her perform, they were stunned.

47. Benedict Cumberbatch

Early Life and Parents. Hailing from London, Cumberbatch was born with theater in his blood. His parents, Timothy Carlton and Wanda Ventham, were well-known television actors when they had their son on July 19, 1976. ... After graduation, he spent a year at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.

48. Brad Pitt

William Bradley Pitt was born on December 18, 1963, in Shawnee, Oklahoma. The young boy pursued his secondary education from the 'Kickapoo High School'. In school, he showed interest in co-curricular activities like swimming, acting, golf, tennis, and debates. 

49. Hugh Grant

Hugh John Mungo Grant was born on September 9, 1960, and grew up in an unpretentious middle class suburban home. His father was an Army officer who later retired to retail carpets. Hugh attended Latymer Upper School before attending Oxford on a scholarship in the early Eighties.

50. Jim Carrey

Born on January 17, 1962 in Newmarket, Ontario, Canada, Carrey's early life was what he described as lower middle class. His father Percy was a musician, who got a job as an accountant, and provided well for the family until he lost his job when Carrey was a boy. ... Throughout his childhood, Carrey had his comedy.

51. Jennifer Aniston

Jennifer spent the first part of her childhood in Eddystone, Pennsylvania, where the family shared a three bedroom house with her grandmother. There she started her education in an elementary school. Later the family shifted to New York City. She was admitted to Waldorf School when she was six years old.

52. Justin Timberlake

Justin Randall Timberlake was born on January 31, 1981, in Memphis, Tennessee to parents Randall “Randy” Timberlake and Lynn Bomer. He spent his childhood days in Shelby Forest. Raised a Baptist, Timberlake grew up singing in the church choir.

53. Kate Winslet

Kate Elizabeth Winslet was born on 5 October 1975,  She was the second of the four children, born to her parents. She started studying drama at the age of 11 at ‘Redroofs Theatre School,’ where she was made the head girl. She appeared in her first television advertisement for ‘Sugar Puffs’ at the age of 12.

54. Robbie Williams

Robbie Williams was born Robert Peter Williams in Stoke-on-Trent on 13th February, 1974. At the age of three, his parents divorced and he resided with his mother and sister. He went to high school and was renowned for being mischievous, so it wasn't surprising when he didn't pass any of his G.C.S. E's.

55. Lindsay Lohan

A childhood spent in front of cameras. Born on July 2, 1986, Lindsay Morgan Lohan was a member of a family with close connections to show business. Her father, Michael, a former child actor, has dabbled in a number of careers,  produced films.

56. Russell Ira Crowe

Russell Crowe was born on 7 April 1964, in Wellington, New Zealand, to Jocelyn Yvonne and John Alexander Crowe. His father was a hotel manager and movie set caterer. His mother was also in the catering business. At the age of four, Crowe moved to Australia with his family.

57. Scarlett Johansson

Scarlett Johansson was born on November 22, 1984, in New York City, New York, to Karsten Johansson and Melanie Sloan. She grew up in a humble environment, in a household with limited means. She was educated at P.S. 41 in the elite Greenwich Village neighbourhood.

58. Taylor Swift

Swift spent her early years on her family's Christmas tree farm in nearby Wyomissing. Her grandmother had been a professional opera singer, and Swift soon followed in her musical footsteps. By the age of 10, Swift was singing at a variety of local events, including fairs and contests.

59. Ellie Goulding

Elena Jane Goulding was born on 30 December 1986 in Hereford, Herefordshire, England to Arthur and Tracey Goulding, and raised in the small village of Lyonshall, in Herefordshire. ... Goulding attended Lady Hawkins' High School in Kington, Herefordshire and, by the age of 15, started writing songs.

60. Selena Gomez

Selena had a hard childhood; her mother had her when she was just 16 years old and her parents split when she was young. Her mother worked hard to provide for the family while growing up, though they often had very little. ... Selena's big breakthrough came when getting involved with Disney.