The trip from the bottom of the chain to the absolute top is an extremely difficult jouney, and is riddled with various difficulties that you have to overcome to become successful in life. You might be at peak at times, while at trenches in the others. There are only a handful of people who have risen to the top of celebrity status swiftly; for others it has been a long and tiring journey. You will be surprised to know that some of these celebrities were even esc0rts before they became celebrities. Let’s take a look at the top 10 celebrities who were esc0rts before they got in the limelight.
1. Marilyn Monroe
Marilyn Monroe, whose original name was Norma Jean Mortenson, is often considered as the first and original blonde bombshell. She was extremely popular as an actor and $ex symbol throughout the world. She was also a singer. The Blue Book Modelling Agency offered her a modelling job when she was only 20. From modelling, Monroe gradually transitioned to acting. However, she did pose nude for Tom Kelly, a photographer in 1949, and that too at the low price of just $50.
Gradually she was noticed by a few directors and producers and there were rumours that Monroe used to hang out with these influential men sometimes for even $500 per day. There have been various biographies written on her which state that she herself said that she used to go on dates to have a good dinner or maybe receive money to pay her rent.
2. Brad Pitt
Currently, Brad Pitt is one of the biggest superstars in Hollywood but when he first joined this industry, he only had a few hundred bucks with him. He did have the talent and looks to become a good actor. However, he got first role when he was late to an interview with the gay soap star, Thom Racina. He used to work for him and run his errands, and do other housecleaning stuff for a room. That was his first job in this industry.
3. Al Pacino
Al Pacino is considered to be one of the best actors of his time and his movies – the GodFather, Scarface, have earned him a lot of reputation. But before he got his first job in Hollywood, he actually was quite poor.
Pacino didn’t have a house earlier and often couldn’t enjoy a good meal. He even reported in an interview that his only asset at the age of 20 was his body. In exchange of $ex, he used to receive a room to live and food from an older woman. After he came to the USA, he gradually transitioned to becoming one of the greatest actors of all times.
4. Denise Richards
Denise Richards was a $ex bomb in the 1990s, and rose to fame after her marriage to Charlie Sheen and even got the status of “Bond Girl”. But before her success in Hollywood, she was an esc0rt who worked for Heidi Fleiss.
It is definitely not a surprise that Charlie was actually the most popular customer of Heidi Fleiss, and that’s how she got into a relationship with him. She got her connections during that time, and using those she got into the industry and stopped being an esc0rt after getting her first role.
5. Russell Brand
Russell Brand has become quite popular as a comedian and actor and even got into the limelight after marrying Katy Perry. But his entire journey was not so smooth – he was abused as a child, and he became a drug addict. The drug addiction became so extreme that he had to sell his body to afford those drugs. His job as an esc0rt actually created connections which assisted him in his journey into Hollywood.
6. Raquel Welch
Raquel Welch’s name was Raquel Tejada before she became popular in the 1960s. She was a quite popular esc0rt at that time who later moved to Texas with her children. She became a model with Neiman Marcus and also used to work as a waitress. She even was featured in Playboy in 1979. Gradually, as she became successful in Hollywood, she left behind her esc0rt days.
7. Tony Danza
Tony Danza, a popular television star of “Who’s the Boss?”, didn’t have such a bright life earlyon in his career. When he was into boxing, a prostitute was interested inhim. She gave his number to a Hollywood producer to kick-start his career.
It did work but not how Danza hoped –Merv Griffin used to often put him in bizarre situations, for example, he had to get almost naked in various parties and functions. Griffin was often noted for such actions. However, Danza did get into Hollywood later so everything worked out in his favour at the end.
8. Joan Collins
Joan Collins had to face several difficulties initially to get roles in Hollywood. Finally she became frustrated and became an esc0rt, which helped her build connections with influential producers and directors.
After she got her first role, there were rumours that King Fahd of Saudi Arabia used to pay her a hefty sum for her service. People also believe that she had an important role in building Heidi Fleiss’s prostitution business.
9. Sophie Anderton
Sophie Anderton is a famous model and reality TV specialist. She often used this fame to be a prostitute, her rate for wealthy businessmen was a whopping $15,000 per hour. She was a drug addict and needed the money to fulfil her addictions. Cocaine and vodka were common in her home.
According to Sophie, modelling was the main culprit and she wasn’t the only victim. There have been reports that there are other models as well like Sophie who even charge around $40,000 per night!
10. Nancy Reagan
Nancy Reagan, the former First Lady, wanted to be an actress and had a hard time getting into Hollywood. Her first job was that of a hostess girl where she had to serve wine, dinner and entertain actors.
She actually dated several actors at that time, and after he married Ronald Reagan, all of her activities including esc0rting came to an end.