As usual, I got caught up in a bunch of YouTube videos this evening that distracted me from the usual thrills and glamour of eBay. Must remember, eBay pays the rent, not YouTube! Anyway, I was abruptly woken back into a harsh reality as I saw videos showing that even famous celebrities can be just as close as one step away from sleeping on a concrete bench as the rest of us can!
It goes to show it’s not how much money you have, it’s how you manage it! When these stars light up your screens, they give off the illusion of somehow being untouchable, either that or they have lousy accountants …
5. Toni Braxton
Sinfully gorgeous and with a unique voice that sold millions of records, how does a Grammy award winner end up sleeping on a park bench?
Not quite sure how she went through all that money, but she filed bankruptcy twice and her house was foreclosed upon. She luckily ended up being taken under the care of her young sister Tamar.
4. Tom Sizemore
Under weird circumstances, I met Tom myself when he was homeless. Okay, he did have a roof over his head but it did not belong to him. He was illegally squatting in a loft in downtown Los Angeles, having quite the party.
That was one night I will never forget. The loft had no furniture, not even a bottle of water or milk in the refrigerator. It was freezing cold and I couldn’t tell you his outlook on life, any more than he could as he was somewhat under the influence.
All I could think of was that weird nipple pinching scene in Natural Born Killers! And no not in a kinky way, but because that part of the movie gave me the heebie-jeebies more than all the rest of the blood and gore in it put together!
Anyway, out of some respect for another person’s privacy, I will leave it at that. Since then, Sizemore has been arrested for meth, heroin, various attacks on women … He’s come a long way since Saving Private Ryan!
3. NATASHA LYONNE
I always thought she was kind of pretty, though haven’t seen her in quite a while. I would not have guessed she had suffered through the homeless route! Remember the cute teenager in American Pie and But I’m a Cheerleader!
Then drug addiction and Hepatitis C threw her out on to the cold mean streets of New York in the mid-2000s!
Lyonne managed to get back on her feet. She stars in Orange is the New Black these days. Though, she looks quite a bit different it is always great to hear stories of people recovering. You’d have to be a really rotten person in this world (the animal torturing kind) for me to wish homelessness on you!
2. Willie Aames
Great now that I got that annoying song stuck in my head, you may know of Scott Baio’s sidekick, Willie Aames. He starred in the 80’s hit show Eight is Enough and later graduated to the above-named sitcom.
Seriously can anyone of you resist splitting your pants with laughter over the hilarity of the 80’s style sitcom boosted with an obnoxious soundtrack that had to tell you when something was actually funny! How weird is that right? Brainwashed in being told when to laugh…
So, yep Aames became homeless and supposedly today he is back on his feet. He actually doesn’t even interest me enough to care to research. Not sure why I even mentioned this one!
1. Erin Moran
It must be some sort of Scott Baio curse! Co-star with him and you will either be molested or homeless or both! Erin Moran, we will always remember for playing Joannie on Happy Days or not remember for the extremely forgettable spin-off Joannie Loves Chachi didn’t fare so well in her later years after being a teen heartthrob in the early eighties.
Unfortunately, this story is similar to the other aforementioned dreams gone wrong. However, this one turns out very tragically. Moran became another former child star with drug addiction, ended up homeless and unfortunately was found dead in a trailer at age 56.
RIP Erin 😦
Okay now that I have depressed myself after writing that blog, eBay suddenly seems a lot more exciting!