The Quick 10: 10 Celebrities Who Didn't Go from Rags to Riches

While a fair number of celebrities come from classic rags-to-riches stories, or at least Gap-to-Gucci stories, there are also some who were born into wealth and success. I'm not saying that they didn't make it in their own right "“ I think our #1 spot on the list has certainly made his own name for himself. But the people on today's Q10 definitely had some connections and privileges that the average person didn't.

anderson1. Anderson Cooper is Gloria Vanderbilt's son, which definitely resulted in a privileged lifestyle: he was photographed by Diane Arbus as a baby, appeared on The Tonight Show at the age of three and modeled for Ford Models between the ages of 10 and 13. But life wasn't all rosy: his dad died when he was just 10 and his older brother committed suicide by jumping out of the window of a 14th-floor apartment building when Anderson was just 21. He graduated from Yale and hoped to get his foot in the door at ABC just answering phones, but couldn't even get that job. Eventually he landed a gig with Channel One as a fact checker and has been on the rise ever since.
2. Chevy Chase's dad, Ned Chase, was a prominent book editor in Manhattan and his mother was the heiress to a plumbing fortune (I didn't know there were plumbing fortunes, either). His parents divorced when he was just four, and each parent re-married "“ his dad, in fact, married into the Folgers coffee family. Despite this, Chevy says he was raised in an upper-middle class family and that his wealthy maternal grandfather didn't leave any money to his mother. He has also stated that his mother and step-father abused him as a child.

3. Carly Simon's dad is the "Simon" of Simon and Schuster: he co-founded it.

4. Barbara Walters is the daughter of Lou Walters, who founded the famous "Latin Quarter" nightclub. As the result of owning such a glamorous joint, celebrities were at her house all of the time and she spent a lot of time at the clubs. "This is where I spent Thanksgiving and Christmas and birthdays and prom nights," she once said. As rich as her dad once was, she said he was also very good at losing it all because of the business gambles he took.

bogie5. Humphrey Bogart's father, Belmont DeForest Bogart, was a heart and lung surgeon. His mother, Maud Humphrey, was a well-known illustrator who studied with James Whistler and was later the art director for a fashion magazine. They lived in a brownstone on the Upper West Side and had a summer home that sat on 55 acres in upstate New York. Because of his family connections, he was admitted to the Phillips Academy prep school in Andover, Mass. But he got expelled. He was raised to believe that, as a profession, acting was uncouth and beneath him. But the late hours and adoring
girls appealed to him, and thus we have one of the greatest film actors of all time.
6. Paul Giamatti is the son of A. Bartlett Giamatti, former Major League Baseball Commissioner and a former President of Yale University. He did, indeed, attend Yale University and was a member of the Skull and Bones society.

7. Linda McCartney was an heiress, but not to the obvious. Her maiden name was Eastman, and when she once told a reporter that her family had nothing to do with the Eastman-Kodak company, Paul feigned being upset and said, "What? I've been had!" But Linda was an heiress: her mother was Louise Lindner Eastman, whose dad founded Lindner Department Stores.

plimpton8. George Plimpton was the son of Francis Plimpton, the Plimpton in the law firm Debevoise and Plimpton, one of the most well-known law firms in the world. Their clients include CNN, Coca-Cola, the NFL, NBC, Sony, the New York Times and Yahoo!
9. Glenn Close's father was once the personal physician to Mobutu Sese Seko, the President of Zaire. Her grandfather was an investment banker and director of the American Hospital Association who was first married to Post Cereals' heiress Marjorie Merriweather Post. This didn't make her the heiress to the Post fortune, though "“ Glenn's mother was her father's second wife.

10. Oliver Stone's father was a prominent stockbroker in New York. His dad was anxious for him to follow in the family footsteps and arranged for him to attend all of the best schools and even work at a French financial exchange. He was admitted to Yale but dropped out twice, although he eventually attended film school at NYU. As you can see, that worked out for him.

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Ernest Hemingway’s Guide to Life, In 20 Quotes
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Though he made his living as a writer, Ernest Hemingway was just as famous for his lust for adventure. Whether he was running with the bulls in Pamplona, fishing for marlin in Bimini, throwing back rum cocktails in Havana, or hanging out with his six-toed cats in Key West, the Nobel and Pulitzer Prize-winning author never did anything halfway. And he used his adventures as fodder for the unparalleled collection of novels, short stories, and nonfiction books he left behind, The Sun Also Rises, A Farewell to Arms, Death in the Afternoon, For Whom the Bell Tolls, and The Old Man and the Sea among them.

On what would be his 119th birthday—he was born in Oak Park, Illinois on July 21, 1899—here are 20 memorable quotes that offer a keen perspective into Hemingway’s way of life.

ON THE IMPORTANCE OF LISTENING

"I like to listen. I have learned a great deal from listening carefully. Most people never listen."

ON TRUST

"The best way to find out if you can trust somebody is to trust them."

ON DECIDING WHAT TO WRITE ABOUT

"I never had to choose a subject—my subject rather chose me."

ON TRAVEL

"Never go on trips with anyone you do not love."


Ernest Hemingway Photograph Collection, John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Boston. [1], Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons

ON THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN INTELLIGENCE AND HAPPINESS

"Happiness in intelligent people is the rarest thing I know."

ON TRUTH

"There's no one thing that is true. They're all true."

ON THE DOWNSIDE OF PEOPLE

"The only thing that could spoil a day was people. People were always the limiters of happiness, except for the very few that were as good as spring itself."

ON SUFFERING FOR YOUR ART

"There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed."

ON TAKING ACTION

"Never mistake motion for action."

ON GETTING WORDS OUT

"I wake up in the morning and my mind starts making sentences, and I have to get rid of them fast—talk them or write them down."


Photograph by Mary Hemingway, in the Ernest Hemingway Photograph Collection, John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Boston., Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons

ON THE BENEFITS OF SLEEP

"I love sleep. My life has the tendency to fall apart when I'm awake, you know?"

ON FINDING STRENGTH 

"The world breaks everyone, and afterward, some are strong at the broken places."

ON THE TRUE NATURE OF WICKEDNESS

"All things truly wicked start from innocence."

ON WRITING WHAT YOU KNOW

"If a writer knows enough about what he is writing about, he may omit things that he knows. The dignity of movement of an iceberg is due to only one ninth of it being above water."

ON THE DEFINITION OF COURAGE

"Courage is grace under pressure."

ON THE PAINFULNESS OF BEING FUNNY

"A man's got to take a lot of punishment to write a really funny book."


By Ernest Hemingway Photograph Collection, John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Boston. - JFK Library, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons

ON KEEPING PROMISES

"Always do sober what you said you'd do drunk. That will teach you to keep your mouth shut."

ON GOOD VS. EVIL

"About morals, I know only that what is moral is what you feel good after and what is immoral is what you feel bad after."

ON REACHING FOR THE UNATTAINABLE

"For a true writer, each book should be a new beginning where he tries again for something that is beyond attainment. He should always try for something that has never been done or that others have tried and failed. Then sometimes, with great luck, he will succeed."

ON HAPPY ENDINGS

"There is no lonelier man in death, except the suicide, than that man who has lived many years with a good wife and then outlived her. If two people love each other there can be no happy end to it."

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