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Friday, Nov. 28, 2014

10 celebrities who left their jobs for family

Compiled by Herb Scribner, Deseret News National Edition

Published: Fri, Aug. 8 8:37 p.m. MDT

 Working can be really beneficial. But it seems a lot of people — including celebs and others in the public eye — wouldn't mind leaving their work for a bit more family time.

Working can be really beneficial. But it seems a lot of people — including celebs and others in the public eye — wouldn't mind leaving their work for a bit more family time.

(Associated Press)

Max Schireson was at the top of a startup company he loved — until this week when he quit his position as CEO.

In a blog post, Schireson, CEO of document-oriented database company, MongoDB, announced that he was going to be resigning from his position to spend more time with his wife and kids.

“I love her, I am forever in her debt for finding a way to keep the family working despite my crazy travel. I should not continue abusing that patience,” he said of his wife.

But Schireson is far from the first person to leave his or her job because of family. In fact, it’s something that many dads seem to be interested in. A 2007 study by Career Builder found that 37 percent of working dads would quit their jobs to spend more time at home. And, it's a similar situation for working moms.

A Time magazine report found that the percentage of women in the workforce dropped between 1997 and 2000 as an increasing amount of women leave work to spend time with family. More recently, women have dropped out of the workforce for similar reasons, according to a Labor Department study.

Here are 10 other successful people who stepped down or changed jobs just to be closer to the ones they love:

LeBron James

Many will remember the time LeBron James decided to head back home to Cleveland and leave Miami behind, which happened earlier this summer. What was the reason for his decision? It was family, he said.

“I started thinking about what it would be like to raise my family in my hometown,” he wrote in a letter that announced his return. “I looked at other teams, but I wasn’t going to leave Miami for anywhere except Cleveland. The more time passed, the more it felt right. This is what makes me happy.”

Rick Moranis

He’s probably most known for shrinking his kids in the movies. But Rick Moranis — star of "Ghostbusters" and "Honey! I Shrunk the Kids" — decided to leave acting so that he could focus more on his family and become a stay-at-home dad (something not too uncommon these days), according to UPROXX.

“When my kids came home, there was music, and there were lights on, and there were great smells coming out of the kitchen,” he said, according to UPROXX. “And it was just a joyful place to be, and that’s what I wanted.”

Lily Allen

Allen puts family before all, according to Music News. The singer of the summer hit "Hard Out There" left the music around 2011 to take care of her family, putting her priorities as a mother ahead of everything else, she told Music News.

"She's a mother first and foremost, and is fully aware of how lucky she is to have Ethel back to full health and Marnie so well. She's only just able to talk about it — it took some time for her to get her head around what was the worst tie of her life," an inside source said, according to Music News.

Cary Grant

Cary Grant was a big star in the 1950s, but he left his career to take care of his daughter. NPR reported on Grant’s daughter, who reflected on her dad’s life and how he would care for her in so many ways while he was on the road.

"He wanted me to have accurate records of my life growing up with him because his own records were burned in the bombings of Bristol in World War II," she said to NPR. "So he made all of these tapes and Super 8 films, and took slides and photographs. And every note I wrote him, every note he wrote me — and letter — he saved in boxes. And he put them in a fireproof vault in our house to ensure the safety of these archives for me."

Lauryn Hill

Lauryn Hill of The Fugees is on a bit of a comeback. But why did she leave the game in the first place? It was because of family.

"I did not deliberately abandon my fans, nor did I deliberately abandon any responsibilities, but I did however put my safety, health and freedom and the freedom, safety and health of my family first over all other material concerns!” she wrote in a blog post, according to The Telegraph.

Dave Chappelle

Few people don’t know who Chappelle is. But one little known fact is that he left the television industry because he wanted to spend more time with his family, allhiphop.com reported. The famous comedian and celebrity said the spotlight was bringing him a certain level of attention, and “that kind of attention wouldn’t have been conducive to raising a family,” he said, according to allhiphop.com.

Katherine Heigl

Sure, Katherine Heigl is still making her name known in the acting world. But she left her famous gig on “Grey’s Anatomy” for her daughter. The Seattle Post Intelligencer reported that Heigl was upset that she was missing big family moments by being away acting.

"I would come home angry and frustrated that I'd missed everything with my kid that day," Heigl said, according to the Seattle PI. "I didn't get to wake her up from her nap, or do bath time or bedtime. I'd have to sneak into her room and kiss her when she was sleeping, hoping not to wake her up."

Elizabeth Hurley

Why did the famous actress leave Hollywood? Well, first she got married to an Indian businessman, and then she created her own clothing company and moved to a farm in England, New York Magazine reported.

"I have a large farm in the country in England," she said, according to NY Magazine. "And it's all organic. So basically, right now, I'm really into produce."

Sharon Osbourne

She might not be totally out of the spotlight yet, but Osbourne is looking to leave her celebrity life to focus more on the family, Entertainment Wise reported. Though most of her fame has come because of the success of her kids, Osbourne is still looking to spend time with the newer members of her family.

"She is ready to retire, give up the showbiz world and lead a quiet life. She is relishing the idea that she will be able to spend all the time in the world with her little granddaughter Pearl," one insider said, according to Entertainment Wise.

Jessica Simpson

Simpson’s known more for her musical career than her work in acting, but she’s decided to quit the acting industry to spend more time with her husband, Radar Online reported. In fact, her husband loves to golf, and it’s something she’s looking to take up with him.

Email: hscribner@deseretdigital.com

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1. alkag
Cedar Hills, UT,
Aug. 8, 2014

Good for them! Of course, having millions of dollars in earnings to fall back on sure makes leaving the workforce to stay home a LOT easier.