21 Celebrities Who Didn’t Get Famous Until Later in Life

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If you feel like you're about half a bottle of wine away from a full-blown quarter-life crisis don't worry — you're not alone. Adulthood sometimes feels like a roller coaster you can't get off of. And it's even harder when you see some of your peers inventing iPhone apps, making bank, and launching the latest tech startup.

But here's the good news: some of your favorite celebrities felt the same way into their 20s and 30s when they were struggling to achieve recognition. Many celebs didn't gain fame until later in life, making that retail job you're still working feel a little less like a dead end. Some celebs were even waiting tables or almost homeless before they got their big break. These actors and actresses also prove that your 20s aren't necessarily the ~prime of your life~ — they're the precursor to your best years.

If you're in need of some serious inspiration and motivation then keep reading for the most famous late bloomers!

1. Oprah Winfrey

The legend herself wasn't a household name until she was 29 and began hosting the show that would become The Oprah Winfrey Show. While she's a strong presence just about everywhere now (hello, did you watch the Emmy Awards? Everyone was fangirling hard!), she struggled to make it as an African American woman in the media. She was even fired from her first real media job in her early 20s. She's the prime example of how the grind matters — work your ass off and good things will come. Clearly she's made up for lost time, building a massive empire, OWNing her own dang TV network, and being generally the most famous person in any room.