When They Were Teens: 20 Facts About Popular Celebrities When They Were Young

11Nikki Reed

Nikki Reed moved out of her mother's house and began living on her own at the age of 14. After the success of her movie "Thirteen", Reed returned to high school but dropped out again after a year because of "mothers who were sneaking into the school at lunchtime to confront and harass her about the film."

12Ringo Starr

Ringo Starr's first exposure to percussion happened when he contracted tuberculosis at the age of 13 and was admitted into a sanatorium for 2 years. The staff encouraged him to join the hospital band where he used a makeshift mallet to strike against the cabinets next to his bed.

13Warren Buffett

Warren Buffett made enough money selling Coke Bottles and magazines door to door to buy a 40-acre farm at the age of 14.

14Roseanne Barr

Roseanne Barr was hit by a car at the age of 16, and the hood ornament went into her brain and through her skull. Her behavior changed so radically that she was institutionalized for eight months at Utah State Hospital, where she had a baby, which she gave up for adoption.


Gandhi married at the age of 13. Recalling his wedding, he once said: "We didn't know much about marriage, for us it meant only wearing new clothes, eating sweets and playing with relatives." He first became a father at the age of 16 in spite of his wife spending most of her time at her mother’s.

16Delores Moran

When actress Delores Moran was 15 years-old she delivered a coffee to a man and never saw or heard from him again. He never mentioned her to anyone but, when he died over 20 years later, he had left her $300,000.

17Jamie Hyneman

Mythbusters' Jamie Hyneman ran away from home at the age of 14 and hitchhiked all over America. Since then, he has worked as a certified divemaster, wilderness survival expert, boat captain, linguist, pet shop owner, animal wrangler, machinist, concrete inspector, chef, and television show host.

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18Jackie Coogan

When child actor Jackie Coogan turned 18, he found out that all his money had been spent by his mother who argued that every dollar a child makes before the age of 21 belongs to his parents. Coogan's law was then passed to protect child actors.

19Andrew Jackson

Andrew Jackson participated in the American Revolution informally at the age of 13 as a courier, survived being captured by the British, and was the only member of his family to survive the revolution, becoming an orphan at the age of 14.

20Kurt Cobain

14-year-old Kurt Cobain announced to a schoolmate that he'd be a superstar musician, get rich and famous, kill himself and go out in a blaze of glory like Jimi Hendrix.


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