Celebs Who Gave Up Fame To Do What They Love (10 PICS)

Posted in CELEBS       1 Mar 2021       2213       13 GALLERY VIEW

Sarah Michelle Gellar

Sarah Michelle Gellar is an Emmy-award-winning actress most known for her work on the Buffy the Vampire Slayer series, which lasted for 5 years. Being a person who loves food and eating healthy, she co-founded Foodstirs, a junk-free bakery that sells organic baking kits and mixes. She’s also co-written a cookbook, Stirring Up Fun with Food.

 

Jim Carrey

James Eugene Carrey, known to the world as Jim Carrey, first appeared in Hollywood in the early ’80s. His energetic and comedic persona quickly jumpstarted a thriving career that has built up decades worth of acting experience. Now close to 60 years old, Jim is reliving his childhood love of drawing and painting.

 

Cameron Diaz

America’s sweetheart, Cameron Diaz, started out as a model then landed her first big role alongside Jim Carrey in The Mask. She then moved onto more noteworthy roles in films like Charlie’s Angels, Vanilla Sky, There’s Something About Mary, and Shrek. In 2015 she married Benji Madden as she shied away from the limelight to focus on her personal life and writing self-help books. Fast forward to 2020 when she gave birth at age 47 to their daughter Raddix, with whom she enjoys being a hands-on mom.

 

Ali MacGraw

Ali MacGraw is a Golden Globe awardee for the film, Goodbye, Columbus. She was also voted the “top female box-office star” in 1972. Having gone through years of living in the limelight and enduring tumultuous relationships, MacGraw decided to take a step back from it all and focus on healing herself. Now 81 years of age, she’s happy and strong, putting a lot of focus on meditation, pilates, yoga, and advocacy work.

 

Chuck Norris

Before Chuck Norris became known in Hollywood, he worked for the Air Force and was also a karate instructor. Having starred in slew of films, he is best remembered for his role alongside Bruce Lee in The Return of the Dragon and the crime television series, Walker, Texas Ranger. Apart from his acting career, Norris spent his time working in philanthropy. In 1990, he founded Kickstart Kids to help young teens build character through karate.

 

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Lucy Liu

Lucy Liu first made headlines for her supporting roles in Jerry Maguire and Ally McBeal. Impressing directors and audiences, she moved on to play bigger roles in movies like Shanghai Noon and Charlie’s Angels. While we occasionally see her in other films, Liu makes time for her art and advocacy as a UNICEF ambassador.

 

Mara Wilson

You might remember Mara Wilson for roles such as little Nattie in Mrs. Doubtfire or the young genius in Matilda. However, after her big role as Matilda, she was diagnosed with different forms of mental illnesses. The young star took a break from the big screen to pursue voice-over acting and writing.

 

Meghan Markle

When Meghan Markle married Prince Harry in 2018, her Hollywood career was pretty much over. Best known for her role as Rachel Zane on Suits, she remained on the series for 7 years! Currently, she and her family of 3 (soon to be 4) reside in Southern California where they’re focusing on their independence.

 

Peter Ostrum

Peter Ostrum was a child actor. At the age of 12, he worked alongside Gene Wilder as Charlie Bucket in Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory. After the film, he realized that he was not made for acting and instead found a love for taking care of horses. He then decided to pursue a medical career and graduated from Cornell University with a degree as a veterinarian.

 

Steven Seagal

Steven Seagal is best known for starring in action films. But before making his film debut in the late ’80s, he spent many years in Asia learning martial arts and studying Eastern philosophy. This allowed him to choreograph martial arts fight scenes and become a bodyguard for Hollywood A-listers. Apart from his acting career, he also enjoyed music and released a mixed-genre album that allowed him to tour the US and Europe. In 2011 he also helped train a UFC fighter who credited Seagal for his winning knockout.

 

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Frieda 1 month ago
Steven Seagal is a c#nt.
       
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Derrick 1 month ago
Frieda,

Seriously, he is. The guy committed multiple sexual assaults.
       
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Mira 1 month ago
Derrick,

who cares? its Hollywood if not him then another "weinstein" - they will do anything to get on the screen.
       
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Day 1 month ago
"gave up fame" as in "are so [email protected]#king rich they can do whatever they want"? Give me the average wealth of the average hollywood star and I will give up my current job too...
       
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Rolf 1 month ago
Day, still, many decide to go on acting, making loads of money or not, while they didn't
       
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Gerhardt 1 month ago
Merkin Meggle?

Really?
       
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Arnie 1 month ago
This is more like what do aging actors who have lost it do.

Especially Carrey .
       
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Jimmy 1 month ago
Arnie, exactly
       
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Estelle 1 month ago
What about Rick Moranis?
He gave up fame to raise his kids when his wife died!

The rest is stuck up sticky bits :-(
       
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Roberta 1 month ago
Jim is only doing that because of his mental breakdown since CableGuy and has serious TDS.
Norris is the only one here giving back personally.
       
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Mira 1 month ago
Roberta,
... seriously? do you know how much it cost to have a tour of his ranch in texas - per person, per day? He's pretty comfortable with commercials and royalties he's raking up every time you taking a piss while your movie is interrupted.
       
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Joshua 1 month ago
Apparently Cameron Diaz should have read more books before giving birth at 47. Nothing like a kid having a grandmother for a mother. Skank. On the plus side, she isn't ruining movies anymore.
       
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Cinderella 1 month ago
#8 "focusing on their independence"
Isn't that what all Americans do?
FREEDOM!
       
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