Learn how early life experiences propelled these personalities into fame and fortune. As a teen, Bruce Lee learned kung fu to defend himself from bullies. Walt Disney’s father taught him the importance of hard work, a lesson which led to the creation of Walt Disney Studios. Marilyn Monroe’s traumatic childhood played a role in her need to be in the spotlight. Music became a sanctuary for Jimi Hendrix, who grew up in a home with parents who struggled with alcohol.