Even the rich and famous can't escape the recession, especially when their fame and fortune peaked long ago.
Hit by tough times and lack of opportunities, stars who include Michael Jackson, Jodie Sweetin, Ed McMahon and Annie Leibovitz have auctioned their wares, sold their multimillion dollar homes and declared bankruptcy and foreclosure. Below, ABCNews.com takes a look at seven stars severely strapped for cash.
Willie Aames, former star of 1970s and '80s hit shows "Eight is Enough" and "Charles in Charge," joined the ranks of recession-hit celebrities last week, when he held a garage sale at his suburban Kansas City, Kan., home. Dozens of fans showed up Thursday to score a piece of Aames' TV memorabilia along with antiques, artwork and mounted deer heads.
Aames filed for bankruptcy last year, and his home is in foreclosure. The garage sale was his latest move to stay afloat.
He may still be the king of pop, but Michael Jackson doesn't have royal amounts of wealth to go with his title. Last year, he sold his famous Neverland ranch, and he was supposed to auction 2,000 items from the estate in April. The auction is currently in doubt, however, after Jackson filed a lawsuit earlier this month to halt the sale because he said he did not give permission to sell the items.
That may be because Jackson has a new payday set: a series of 50 concerts kicking off in London in July. Some 750,000 tickets sold out in four hours. Jackson reportedly stands to earn between $1 million and $2 million per show.
Former "Full House" star Jodie Sweetin is struggling to keep a house of her own. In November, the mom and former meth addict filed court papers detailing her crumbling marriage to Cody Herpin and the sad state of their financial affairs.
"Our house is in foreclosure, our water has been shut off twice. Currently, all of our other utilities are overdue," Sweetin said in papers filed Nov. 19 in an Orange County, Calif., court.
Sweetin, 26, said she kept the couple afloat financially with "Full House" residuals. They also received help from their parents. Sweetin filed for separation after 16 months because she claimed Herpin, who stopped working as a film industry driver after they married, wasn't keeping up his end of the bargain.
"[He] kept finding one excuse after another for his failure to even attempt to find employment," she said in court papers.
Once one of Hollywood's most promising young stars, Lindsay Lohan may have fallen into financial trouble as her career goes downhill. The much-scrutinized star, whose new movie will go straight to cable TV instead of movie theaters, relies mostly on credit cards and cash from girlfriend Samantha Ronson, according to The New York Daily News.
The paper cited evidence that Lohan has been spending above her means, purchasing a new Rolex watch for $30,000 and a Maserati car for more than $100,000. The 22-year-old actress's lack of major acting roles can't be helping her bottom line.
She's photographed some of the world's most famous faces and is an icon herself, but Annie Leibovitz is struggling to stay out of debt. In September, the New York Post reported that the 58-year-old photographer has racked up $715,000 worth of debt, according to court documents