By Sheyla

LifeBuzz Staff

Then And Now Celebrity Photos To Remind You How Time Flies.

Many of today's heavy hitter actors and singers have been around longer than you would expect. Success and wealth didn't come overnight but took years of working and staying true to their craft. The majority of A-list celebrities did not rely on nepotism to get them where they are, in fact the few who have had the famous Hollywood connection, have worked hard to be recognized for their own talent rather than their last name. Take a look at these heavy hitters and just how far they have come in their careers.

#1. Reese Witherspoon

Reese Witherspoon began modelling when she was only seven years old. What followed were many commercials until she landed a role in The Man in the Moon when she was just 14 years old. She won the Oscar for best actor in a female lead when she was 29 years old in 2005 for Walk the Line.

Reese Witherspoon

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#2. Elijah Wood

Elijah Wood was a favourite child actor in Hollywood appearing on hits like Paradise, Radio Flyer, and The Good Son. But many wondered if he would be able to transition into adulthood smoothly. He not only did that, but he did it playing the Hobbit Frodo in the Lord of the Rings epic movie franchise.

Elijah Wood

#3. Christian Bale

Christian Bale's role in Steven Spielberg's film Empire of the Sun was so convincing the media hounded him mercilessly. Bale recalls debating whether to quit showbiz as he found the demands too much. Instead, he chose to give lead a very private life while starring in major hits like American Psycho, Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy, American Hustle, and the Big Short. Bale won the Oscar for best supporting actor for the film The Fighter in 2011.

Christian Bale

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#4. Raven-Symone

She was the cute and overly articulate toddler in The Cosby Show when she made her TV debut in 1989. She turned into a teen star on That's So Raven. As she grew up, she joined the all-female panel on the daytime show The View. She left the show to do the spin-off of That's So Raven.



#5. Scarlett Johansson

Scarlett Johansson's career started in off-Broadway production of Sophistry. She was rejected all the time for commercials so her mom pushed her to audition for films instead. She landed her first movie role for North when she was just 10. Today she is Black Widow character in the Avengers franchise.

Scarlett Johansson

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