Before they were hits in Hollywood, they were tikes in Texas. And before they cut their first hit records, or won their first gubernatorial campaign, they were teens in Detroit.
That's right, even the most glamorous stars and most influential politicos had to come from Somewhere, U.S.A. On that note, we're taking a trip back in time to take a peek at the childhood homes of some of these celebrities.
Although international phenomenon Madonna prefers to spend most of her time at her homes in London and New York, the entertainer grew up in a brick home in the neighborhood of Rochester Hills, about 30 minutes outside Detroit. Madonna’s childhood home is a two-story brick Colonial with four bedrooms and two baths, which the singer shared with seven siblings before leaving for fame and fortune at age 18. Madonna’s father and stepmother moved out in July 2001, selling the home for $270,000. In 2008, the home burned, reportedly due to arson, and sat empty until it sold for $91,700 in early 2012.
Before he cracked jokes on “Saturday Night Live” and as the host of “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon,” Fallon was like most kids: Days spent playing in the backyard of his childhood home in upstate New York. Fallon’s childhood home in Saugerties is now available for a new family (and perhaps future comic) to move into. The three-bedroom, two-bath home has 1,780 square feet of living space, hardwood and ceramic floors, a large country kitchen, and upstairs study.
Before she was one of “Charlie’s Angels,” blond beauty Farrah Fawcett was the daughter of an oil man in Corpus Christi. Fawcett’s four-bedroom, three-bathroom childhood home was recently given a nice facelift with new paint, tile, carpeting, lighting and bathroom fixtures before it was listed on the market earlier this year for $215,000. It also boasts an updated kitchen and fresh landscaping and new driveway.
Most celebrities move on from their childhood home. Except if you grew up the kid of Hollywood stalwarts. In 2011, actress Kate Hudson purchased the Pacific Palisades home she grew up in. The home was built in 1935 and owned by Hudson’s mother Goldie Hawn and stepfather Kurt Russell in the 1970s. They sold it and it was expanded to 7,000 square feet by new owners before Hudson bought it back for $5.3 million. Coincidentally, Hawn and Russell still live nearby and Hudson also owns the home next door.
The King of Pop’s first home in Gary has long been famous as part of the Jackson 5′s history-making story about the rise from poverty to international fame. The home was tiny, measuring just 672 square feet with 2 bedrooms and 1 bath. To apartment dwellers, that may not seem so bad, but considering that all 11 members of the Jackson family lived there, the space was the definition of cramped. The Jacksons moved out to Hollywood following the success of the Jackson 5, and in the latter years of Michael Jackson’s career, the home became a shrine of sorts. The home has not been sold and is likely still owned by the Jackson clan.
Presidential candidate Mitt Romney spent the first five years of his life in this 5,500-square-foot home in the upscale Palmer Woods neighborhood of Detroit before moving to that city's Bloomfield Hills suburb. Although Detroit real estate has been hard hit in the past few years, Palmer Woods has remained steady as a high-end neighborhood. However, even an upscale location couldn’t save Romney’s childhood home from foreclosure or the wrecking ball. After falling into disrepair in 2009, the house was one of 3,000 Detroit homes razed in the city’s renewal plan.