Even if the name doesn’t immediately strike a chord, Janet Leigh’s most famous movie certainly does. She was the star of Alfred Hitchcock’s “Psycho.” Leigh is one of those celebrities that owe their big break to another celeb. In this case — Norma Shearer.
Shearer, a former MGM actress, frequented a ski resort where Leigh’s parents worked and spotted Janet in a photo at the resort. A conversation began, and Janet Leigh would go on to become one of the biggest stars of the era, and also the mother of famous actress Jamie Lee Curtis.
Keira Knightley Just Looked Like Natalie Portman
Her first big role was that of a body double – and you've seen it, trust us. She was, in fact, the fake Queen Amidala in “Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace.” The character's name is known as Sabe, and she was cast purely for her physical resemblance to Natalie Portman, the true Amidala.
From there, she got more roles, such as Elizabeth Swan in the “Pirates of the Caribbean Movies.” Fun fact: Portman and Knightley looked so similar while on the set of Episode 1 that people frequently got them confused.
Bow Wow Had His Dogg Walking Him
If you have a favorite performer or entertainer of any kind, you might have daydreams of getting to meet this person, getting pulled on stage, and showing off your own chops. Bow Wow lived that dream, and it was when he was only six years old.
He was at a Snoop Dogg concert in Columbus, and the performance that young Mr. Wow gave was enough to impress both the crowd and Snoop Dogg. Snoop let him come backstage and gave him the nickname that would become his stage name.
Jennifer Aniston Just Needed Some Gas
She's currently one of the most famous women in the world thanks to her time on one of the most legendary sitcoms ever, but even the almighty Aniston had to be discovered somewhere. It almost didn't happen – it was all thanks to TV executive Warren Littlefield. Aniston, who had been in a number of failed comedy pilots, ran into Littlefield at a gas station on Sunset Boulevard and asked him if she would ever make it.
Littlefield encouraged her to keep going, and when he got the script for “Friends," he immediately thought of her.
Mila Kunis Was Just Trying to Fit in
Born in Ukraine during the Soviet era, Mila Kunis and her family won the Green Card lottery and were able to immigrate to the United States. At age nine, Kunis started taking acting classes after school to help adjust to the new country.
Her big break came from playing Jackie Burkhart on “That '70s Show.” She was only fourteen when she got the part, even though the producers were looking for someone who was eighteen. She told them she would be turning eighteen “on her birthday”...just not WHICH birthday. It worked out in the end.