What’s luck got to do with celebrity? A lot. Bankrate.com researched the beginnings of seven big-name celebrities and discovered that without a healthy heaping of luck, the stars might not be where they are today.
Bankrate isn’t dismissing talent and other positive characteristics held by these seven wildly popular celebs.
“Most of our brightest stars rose to their heights through dedication, hard work and perseverance. But if somebody hadn’t recognized their potential greatness beyond the moment, they might still be tending bar in Hoboken, N.J., or selling cars in San Pedro, Calif.,” wrote Bankrate’s Jay MacDonald.
Here is a quick rundown of the seven lucky celebs.
Best known for: Bend it Like Beckham, Atonement, Pirates of the Caribbean
Lucky Break: Served as Natalie Portman’s body double in Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace
Best known for: Moonlighting, DieHard and a slew of other action films
Lucky Break: A childhood stuttering problem that disappeared whenever he went on stage to perform
Best known for: The Italian Job, Monster, North Country
Lucky Break: Threw a temper tantrum at a bank and was “discovered” by the talent agent standing behind her in line
Best known for: Star Wars, Indiana Jones and countless other movies in various genres
Lucky Break: Installed cabinets in the home of George Lucus
Best known for: Being Oprah Winfrey
Lucky Break: Chosen by radio station to enter a local beauty pageant. . .because of her spunky performance; said radio station offered her a job
Best known for: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, deadpan humor
Lucky Break: Being asked to give an economics lecture for the taping of a classroom scene in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
Best known for: Grindhouse, Alexander, Sin City
Lucky Break: Being spotted by a movie director while she was sitting on a stoop in the East Village