6 Insanely Successful People (Who Had a Lot of Help)
You’re always hearing about celebrities who made it big despite the odds; those who were poor or unconnected who, through sheer will and tenacity, made it to where they were today. Hollywood loves a good underdog story, which is probably why these six celebrities, who had a lot of help, are so quiet about their own not-so-humble beginnings.
Arguably the biggest pop star in the world right now, Taylor Swift has made a name for herself by singing about her poor, oft-trampled heart and her underdog, “she wears short-skirts, I wear T-shirts” girl-next-door mentality. It would be true… if you lived next door to a billionaire.
Swift descends from a long line of bank presidents and both her parents are high-flyers in the financial industry, her father most notably being an advisor for Merrill Lynch. While Swift’s stage persona would have you believe she spent her teenage years as a dorky outcast who was riding around town on a charming vintage bicycle, she was actually driving around in her own Lexus convertible. When Swift wanted to pursue a career in country music, her father relocated to Merrill Lynch’s Nashville office, invested in the small record company that signed Taylor, and the rest is history.
You may be surprised to learn that actor Campbell Scott, best known for his roles in The Amazing Spider-Man franchise and USA Network’s Royal Pains, is actually descended from theatrical royalty. Scott is the result of the first of two marriages between George C. Scott of Patton fame and the legendary Canadian actress Colleen Dewhurst, aka Marilla Cuthbert from Anne of Green Gables. That’s right; General Patton and Marilla had a baby.
Although there’s no denying that Scott is a talented actor who has since made his own way in the business, his family background couldn’t have hurt when he was first getting his start in the theater.
There’s no denying that funnywoman and Bridesmaids star Melissa McCarthy has heaps of talent, but that doesn’t mean she didn’t need a leg up when she was starting out.
Melissa is actually the first cousin of actress and TV presenter Jenny McCarthy, who introduced Melissa to the business by giving her a production assistant gig on her short-lived 1997 sketch program, The Jenny McCarthy Show. By the end of the season’s run, Melissa was given her first onscreen role and the camera has loved her ever since.