Pope Benedict Quits the Vatican: 10 Stars Who Quit Hollywood

Pope Benedict Quits the Vatican: 10 Stars Who Quit Hollywood

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51025071 Pope Benedict XVI held his final general audience in St. Peter’s Square on Wednesday, February 27, 2013 in Vatican City, Italy. Benedic told the tens of thousands of believers in his public farewell that his nearly eight years in office had known “moments of joy and light but also moments that were not easy” when it seemed “the Lord was sleeping.” Tomorrow Benedict's resignation takes formal effect... FameFlynet, Inc - Beverly Hills, CA, USA - +1 (818) 307-4813 RESTRICTIONS APPLY: USA/AUSTRALIA ONLY

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It’s the end of an era only eight years long. On Thursday — capping off a popedom filled with controversy and car blessingsPope Benedict XVI left the Vatican.

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Benedict — who left for Castel Gandolfo, where he’ll stay for several months to finally give the top of his head some much-needed air — announced his resignation in early February, citing his advancing age and health. It was a shocking announcement to admirers of Benedict — only five popes have stepped away from religious fame and followings.

But perhaps more shocking are those who stepped away from Hollywood fame and fortune. Gene Hackman, Greta Garbo, Amanda Bynes — many stars at the top of their game have decided their dreams extend far beyond the Boulevard of Broken Dreams. So who, like Benedict, quit life at the top? Click below for our gallery of stars who quit Hollywood!

GALLERY: 10 Stars Who Quit Hollywood

Amanda Bynes

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