Hard-Knock Past: Celebs Who Went From Rags to Riches

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  • T.I.
  • Tina Turner
  • Bill Cosby
  • Bob Marley
  • Tupac
  • Lil Wayne
  • Oprah Winfrey
  • Mariah Carey
  • Snoop Dogg
  • Jay Z
  • Mark Wahlberg
  • New Edition
  • Tyler Perry
  • Nicki Minaj
  • Mary J. Blige
  • 50 Cent

Bill Cosby

Raised in the Richard Allen Projects in Philadelphia, Bill Cosby worked both before and after school at a grocery store and shining shoes. After a brief stint in the Navy, Cosby attended Temple University, where he fully realized his talent for comedy. His years at Temple and his upbringing would later become the hallmarks of his hit series The Cosby Show and A Different World

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