Famous Celebrities You Had No Idea Were Adopted

Kristin Chenoweth

Junie and Jerry Chenoweth adopted little baby Kristin at only five days old. The Chenoweth family raised their new little girl in the state of Oklahoma. There, she began perfecting her singing chops and started performing in the local church circuit. She was a legend around town before she even entered high school, but even more so to this day. 

Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn Monroe lived in various foster homes throughout her youth as her unmarried mother couldn't afford to care for them both. A family friend, Grace McKee Goddard, fostered Marilyn at age 11 and would eventually become the child's legal guardian. When she was only 16, Marilyn got married so that she could escape the foster care system and pursue her acting career. It was a long road to a good life...


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The More You Know

  • Before she was a megastar, Madonna worked at Dunkin Donuts. She got fired for squirting jelly on a customer.
  • Growing up, Katy Perry wasn't allowed to eat Lucky Charms cereal because luck was "linked to the devil." Her family also called deviled eggs "angeled eggs."
  • In the early days of his career, Sylvester Stallone was so poor that he sold his dog Butkus for $50.
  • Lady Gaga taught herself to play the piano at only four years old!
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Post originally appeared on Upbeat News.