Look Familiar? 18 Surprisingly Normal Snapshots of Famous Celebs In Their Youth

RealClear Staff


These legends used to look like you and me, basically. You won't believe No. 11!

1. Anne Frank at 5, 1934

Time is already a factor.

2. Madonna at 24, 1983

The Material Girl was still on her way up when this photo was taken. A year later, she became internationally famous.

3. The Real Alice in Wonderland

Alice Liddell (1852-1934) was Lewis Carroll's inspiration for the legendary children's story.

4. Will Ferrell as a USC student, 1989

We don't know what's happening here, and we don't want to guess.

5. Amelia Earhart at 16, 1914

Already a look of determination.

6. Jackie Kennedy at 6, 1935

The future first lady was born Jacqueline Lee Bouvier. Her father was a wealthy stockbroker.

7. John F. Kennedy at 22, 1940

The future president was 12 years older than Jackie Kennedy. Here JFK is graduating from Harvard and will soon serve in the Navy during World War II.

8. Maggie Smith in the 1960s

Now 81, she's Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham on "Downton Abbey."

9. Ernest Hemingway, 1921

You're probably used to seeing him in his "Old Man and the Sea" later years, with gray, balding hair and cigarettes. He was quite a dashing young man on his wedding day at age 21 to Elizabeth Hadley Richardson.

10. Meryl Streep at 17, 1966

The future movie star was a cheerleader at Bernards High School in Bernardsville, New Jersey.

11. Freddie Mercury, 1958

The lead singer of Queen spent most of his childhood in India, and already seems to have won a trophy at age 12. Could this be where "We Are the Champions" originates?

12. Betty White in the 1950s

In her 30s, she posed for Life magazine.

13. Hillary Clinton at 21, 1969

She's a senior at Wellesley College. She became the first student in Wellesley history to deliver its commencement address.

14. The Real Christopher Robin and Winnie the Pooh

Christopher Robin Milne (1920-96) was the son of "Winnie the Pooh" author A.A. Milne.

15. Tobey Maguire and Leonardo DiCaprio, 1989

The future movie stars were about 14 here.

16. Marilyn Monroe at 24, 1951

Before she was a movie star, she was a pin-up model. Although beautiful (of course!), she looks surprisingly chunky here, but that was considered an ideal body shape in the early 1950s. Monroe would slim down when she started in movies.

17. Larry Bird in High School

The future Boston Celtics great and Basketball Hall of Famer played at  Springs Valley High School in French Lick, Indiana, in the early 1970s.

18. Stephen Hawking at 23, 1965

At Oxford with first wife Jane. Wow, Eddie Redmayne really nailed him in "The Theory of Everything."



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