55 Stars Who've Gone Broke

Celebrities who've spent, owed millions

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Jun 15, 2013 10:55 AM CDT

(Newser) – "Rich" and "famous" don't always go together. Radar rounds up 55 celebrities who've been broke:

  • Pamela Anderson was said to owe $1.1 million in back taxes and debts to construction companies that were working on her Malibu house last year. She reportedly had to put the house up for sale this year just to stay afloat.
  • How do you spend $70 million? Ask Terrell Owens, who somehow managed to do so, ending up broke and owing money to four different women for child support, among other things.
  • You may not have known that Larry King had to file for bankruptcy in 1978, after his former business partner accused him of stealing money.
  • When Toni Braxton filed for bankruptcy protection in 2010 (and that was the second time), her $50 million in debts included such swanky places as Tiffany and the Four Seasons.
  • Jose Canseco filed for bankruptcy last year, thanks in part to more than $500,000 he owed the IRS.
  • Game of Thrones star Lena Headey claimed recently that she had just $5 in the bank, thanks to a contentious divorce and custody battle.
  • Brendan Fraser went to court recently to claim he can no longer afford to pay child support and alimony to his ex-wife. He says he was injured during Hurricane Sandy, which hurt his earning power.

  • Courtney Love once said she was so broke she had to live in a rented apartment with her daughter and had just $4,000.
  • Kim Basinger filed for bankruptcy after losing an $8.1 million breach of contract lawsuit. She had to sell her share of the Georgia town she had bought for $20 million.
  • Cyndi Lauper filed for bankruptcy in 1981, but her solo album helped her make a comeback.
  • OK, so Donald Trump has never filed for personal bankruptcy, but he has filed for corporate bankruptcy twice.
  • "World's first supermodel" Janice Dickinson filed for bankruptcy this year, owing $1 million. Thousands of that is in unpaid medical bills to plastic surgeons and dermatologists.
  • Fun fact from Burt Reynolds' 1996 bankruptcy filing: He owed $100,000 to his wig maker.
  • Director Francis Ford Coppola started bankruptcy proceedings in 1982 after a musical he made failed, but he ended up becoming successful in the wine business.
Click for the complete list, which includes one broke dad who owed child support to nine kids.

Rich and famous don't always go together. Radar rounds up 55 celebrities who've been broke: Pamela Anderson was said to owe $1.1 million in back taxes and debts to construction companies that were working on her Malibu house last year. She reportedly had to put the house up for...
"Rich" and "famous" don't always go together. Radar rounds up 55 celebrities who've been broke: Pamela Anderson was said to owe $1.1 million in back taxes and debts to construction companies that were...   (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
How do you spend $70 million? Ask Terrell Owens, who somehow managed to do so, ending up broke and owing money to four different women for child support, among other things.
How do you spend $70 million? Ask Terrell Owens, who somehow managed to do so, ending up broke and owing money to four different women for child support, among other things.   (AP Photo/Joe Mahoney, File)
You may not have known that Larry King had to file for bankruptcy in 1978, after his former business partner accused him of stealing money.
You may not have known that Larry King had to file for bankruptcy in 1978, after his former business partner accused him of stealing money.   (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
When Toni Braxton filed for bankruptcy protection in 2010 (and that was the second time), her $50 million in debts included such swanky places as Tiffany and the Four Seasons.
When Toni Braxton filed for bankruptcy protection in 2010 (and that was the second time), her $50 million in debts included such swanky places as Tiffany and the Four Seasons.   (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)
Jose Canseco filed for bankruptcy last year, thanks in part to more than $500,000 he owed the IRS.
Jose Canseco filed for bankruptcy last year, thanks in part to more than $500,000 he owed the IRS.   (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
'Game of Thrones' star Lena Headey claimed recently that she had just $5 in the bank, thanks to a contentious divorce and custody battle.
'Game of Thrones' star Lena Headey claimed recently that she had just $5 in the bank, thanks to a contentious divorce and custody battle.   (AP Photo/Kristian Dowling)
Brendan Fraser went to court recently to claim he can no longer afford to pay child support and alimony to his ex-wife. He says he was injured during Hurricane Sandy, which hurt his earning power.
Brendan Fraser went to court recently to claim he can no longer afford to pay child support and alimony to his ex-wife. He says he was injured during Hurricane Sandy, which hurt his earning power.   (AP Photo/NBC, Peter Kramer)
Courtney Love once said she was so broke she had to live in a rented apartment with her daughter and had just $4,000.
Courtney Love once said she was so broke she had to live in a rented apartment with her daughter and had just $4,000.   (Photo by Barry Brecheisen/Invision for Fender/AP Images)
Kim Basinger filed for bankruptcy after losing an $8.1 million breach of contract lawsuit. She had to sell her share of the Georgia town she had bought for $20 million.
Kim Basinger filed for bankruptcy after losing an $8.1 million breach of contract lawsuit. She had to sell her share of the Georgia town she had bought for $20 million.   (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)
Cyndi Lauper filed for bankruptcy in 1981, but her solo album helped her make a comeback.
Cyndi Lauper filed for bankruptcy in 1981, but her solo album helped her make a comeback.   (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)
OK, so Donald Trump has never filed for personal bankruptcy, but he has filed for corporate bankruptcy twice.
OK, so Donald Trump has never filed for personal bankruptcy, but he has filed for corporate bankruptcy twice.   (AP Photo/The Detroit News, Ricardo Thomas)
'World's first supermodel' Janice Dickinson filed for bankruptcy this year, owing $1 million. Thousands of that is in unpaid medical bills to plastic surgeons and dermatologists.
'World's first supermodel' Janice Dickinson filed for bankruptcy this year, owing $1 million. Thousands of that is in unpaid medical bills to plastic surgeons and dermatologists.   (AP Photo/Peter Kramer, file)
Fun fact from Burt Reynolds' 1996 bankruptcy filing: He owed $100,000 to his wig maker.
Fun fact from Burt Reynolds' 1996 bankruptcy filing: He owed $100,000 to his wig maker.   (AP Photo/File)
Director Francis Ford Coppola started bankruptcy proceedings in 1982 after a musical he made failed, but he ended up becoming successful in the wine business.
Director Francis Ford Coppola started bankruptcy proceedings in 1982 after a musical he made failed, but he ended up becoming successful in the wine business.   (AP Photo/Evan Agostini)
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