Willie Aames a case of a child star that was on top of the world one day, and nearly homeless and broke the next. Once a famous actor in the series ‘Gunsmoke’, Aames made a series of bad decisions and suffered from a serious substance abuse issue.
As the actor himself said in an interview, “I lost everything….at one point I went from eating at the White House to sleeping in the bushes and brought myself back again.” Good on you, Willie.
The 1993 TV comedy show, 'Grace Under Fire', ran for five successful seasons, and its star, Brett Butler, was making a lot of money. Unfortunately, in a few short years, Butler went from living in a mansion to living in a homeless shelter.
The cause? A very ugly addiction problem. Hopefully, she's managed to come out of it and recover in recent years.
Fantasia Barrino is a beautiful American singer that won the third season of 'American Idol' in 2004. Barrino had signed music deals, and even got nominated for a Grammy Award in 2006.
Unfortunately, she couldn't pay back a $1.1 million loan she took out for a house in North Carolina, and the once-famous singer ended up homeless.
The daughter of legendary television producer Aaron Spelling was born with a silver spoon in her mouth. Tori became widely known in her own right while starring in her father’s hit TV series Beverly Hills 90210. But when the series finished its incredibly long run, Spelling had a hard time finding a new gig.
She starred in a reality show with her husband Dean McDermott, called Tori & Dean, but was still overwhelmed by numerous lawsuits and loans she had no way of repaying. Hopefully, the new "90210" reboot will help the actress generate some revenue.
Country musician Willie Nelson’s renown is not limited to country music fans. He has been making music since 1956, so it would stand to reason that he knows a little something about managing his money. Apparently not, when Nelson was investigated by the IRS, they ended up serving him with a $16.7 million tax bill!
Fortunately, Nelson found himself a good lawyer and released an album titled ‘The IRS Tapes: Who’ll Buy My Memories?’ and succeeded in digging his way out of the hole, but his current lifestyle is certainly not as luxurious as what it used to be.