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Celebrity Childhood Photos You Won’t Believe

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Ever wonder what your favorite stars looked like when they were little? Some were born famous, others were just born to BE famous, and lived normal lives as children before becoming the polished picture-perfect images they are today. Read on to see some of the most hilarious childhood photos of actors, athletes and politicians.

Kate Hudson

Kate Hudson has always been famous, or at least Almost Famous. She was born into Hollywood royalty to Academy Award-winner Goldie Hawn and actor Bill Hudson, and raised by stepfather Kurt Russell. Kate went on to be nominated for her own Academy Award, win a Golden Globe, and found a fitness brand.

Miley Cyrus

Another starlet who started early is Miley Cyrus. Born Destiny Hope Cyrus to country music legend Billy Ray Cyrus, she started her own career young on the Disney Channel series Hannah Montana.

Bruce Willis

Bruce Willis’ father was an American soldier stationed in West Germany in the 1950s when he met a German woman and started a family. Walter Bruce Willis was their first child and moved to the US when he was two. Young Bruce struggled with a stutter, and got into acting to help him overcome it.

Marilyn Monroe

Norma Jeane Mortenson had a quite ordinary, even difficult, childhood before being discovered while working in a factory. She was born in 1926 and spent most of her childhood in foster care, although she looks young and carefree here in this early photo.

Lady Gaga

Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta seems to have always had a flair for the dramatic. There was a little Lady Gaga in her even as a child seen here, when she was interested in fashion, music and dance.

Taylor Swift

One of the biggest starlets of today began writing her own songs early. At 14, she had musical ambitions and convinced her parents to relocate from the Christmas tree farm where she grew up to Nashville, Tennessee to pursue a career in country music. From the looks of this picture, her adorable and expressive face predates even her famous voice.

Kristen Stewart

Though she is one of the most recognizable stars from her many film roles, including the popular Twilight series, Kristen Stewart does her best to stay out of the spotlight. She grew up in LA and both her parents actually worked in entertainment, but more behind the scenes, giving K-Stew a relatively normal childhood.

Barbara Streisand

Back when Barbara Streisand was growing up in Brooklyn, her neighbors used to call her “the girl with the voice.” They were right! Few singers can boast a more recognizable voice than Barbara, and it won her many acting roles as well.

Tiger Woods

Golf prodigy Tiger Woods got started at the age of two, when his athletic father would bring him along to the Navy golf course to play. At three, he competed in a putting competition against Bob Hope and by five he appeared in Golf Digest magazine. 

Jennifer Garner

Born in Houston, Texas and growing up in Charleston, West Virginia with her two sisters, Jennifer Garner was excited about being an entertainer from an early age. She played saxophone in the marching band and participated in community theater, became a theater major, and began her successful career in acting.

Bill Clinton

The 42nd President of the United States is looking awfully svelte these days, but take a look at his pre-teen photo from his childhood in Hope, Arkansas. William Jefferson Blythe III, as he was then known, changed his last name to match his stepfather, becoming Bill Clinton and later being elected Governor of Arkansas.


Behind this very normal school photo hides a rather difficult childhood for Marshall Mathers III, better known as Eminem. As a teen, he had to work several jobs to help pay the bills and support his mother, a background he often references in his award-winning lyrics.

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