No one can dispute the uneqivocal successes of Taylor Swift, LeAnn Rimes, Janet Jackson and Ron Howard. When they started out -- each of them except Janet -- began with no fame and little financial support. All, however, managed to get through childhood to become productive adults. Let's take a look.

Taylor Swift

You can watch Taylor at age 11 sing the National Anthem at a game in Philadelphia on this You Tube clip. You won't see much of it but you can hear how great she sounded even then. And, for the very latest of today's most successful female singer, check her out at Wikipedia.

LeAnn Rimes


LeAnn came in second on Star Search when she was eight years old. From 1990 here she belts out a performance. LeAnn has had her controversies but she also is very generous with her time and money. See more about her at Wikipedia.

Janet Jackson

Talk about controversial -- Janet Jackson is said to be one of the wealthiest women entertainers in the world. She started out as part of the Jackson Family (Jackson Five, Michael Jackson) -- lots of talent there! Even as a child in this "Good Times" episode she showed early talent.

Ron Howard

Movie directors, producers and actors like Mr. Howard don't have websites. She can check out his remarkable littany of  TV and Movie successes here.


For me, Ron Howard will always be Opie from The Andy Griffith Show. For others, Richie Cunningham in Happy Days. Ultra successful film producer and director, Ron Howard is a dandy.

And, on a personal note, Howard lived in Greenwich, CT. back in 1986. I lived in Stamford, CT., just north. One day when I rode the local Metro North train into Manhattan, he sat two rows in front of me. There he was -- little Opie!