Happy Single Working Women's Day!
Yes, according to the Single Working Women's Affiliate Network, August 4 is a day to pay homage to all the single ladies out there who work hard for the money. In celebration, we present a slideshow of five famous ladies who swiftly got back to business post-divorce.
Click through to see who they are and what they had to say about working again after a painful breakup.
In the wake of her public <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/06/28/sandra-bullockjesse-james_n_628121.html" target="_hplink">split from Jesse James in 2010</a>, Sandra Bullock said she doubted whether she'd ever return to acting. The actress <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/12/23/sandra-bullock-back-to-ac_n_1167251.html" target="_hplink">confided in the AP</a> that she was "perfectly content to be permanently broken" at the time. "I honestly didn't think I was in a place where I wanted to work or wanted to step out of where I was," Bullock said. "I wasn't prepared. But the opportunity was louder than my head." The film opportunity that lurred Bullock back to the big screen? Director Stephen Daldry's adaptation of <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/12/16/extremely-loud-and-incredly-close-premiere_n_1154579.html" target="_hplink">"Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close."</a>
Katie Holmes is wasting no time getting back to work after <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/06/29/tom-cruise-katie-holmes-divorce_n_1638050.html" target="_hplink">filing to divorce Tom Cruise</a> in late June 2012. In July, she announced that she'll be appearing on <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/19/katie-holmes-broadway-dead-accounts_n_1687917.html" target="_hplink">Broadway in playwright Theresa Rebeck's "Dead Accounts."</a> The play will be her first major project since splitting from Cruise.
After her own <a href="http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/august/8/newsid_2492000/2492903.stm" target="_hplink">divorce from Tom Cruise in 2001</a>, Nicole Kidman went to work on "The Hours," taking on the role of writer Virginia Woolf in the ensemble film. Kidman, who <a href="http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/august/8/newsid_2492000/2492903.stm" target="_hplink">suffered a miscarriage</a> shortly after her split from Cruise, said that the opportunity to play the suicidal novelist came at just the right time. "This role came along when I needed to play her...I was raw enough and open enough to play it," <a href="http://news.sky.com/story/162324/nicole-heartache-helped-the-hours" target="_hplink">the actress told Sky News</a>. "Roles fall into your lap at certain times when it's meant to happen. I was lucky to have this role at this time." A year later, the Aussie actress walked away <a href="http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2003/02/24/1045935319499.html" target="_hplink">with an Oscar for Best Actress</a> for her portrayal.
Before she was <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/04/28/mariah-carey-nick-cannon-wedding-vows_n_1461449.html" target="_hplink">Nick Cannon's better half</a> and mom to <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/14/mariah-carey-twins_n_1515298.html" target="_hplink"> twins "Roc" and "Roe,"</a> Mariah Carey was married to music exec <a href="http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/43547509/ns/today-entertainment/t/tommy-mottola-welcomes-son-singer-thalia/#.UAnhbDHLyRk" target="_hplink">Tommy Mottola from 1993 to 1998</a>. After the split, Carey recorded her seventh studio album, "Rainbow," which she said chronicled her <a href="http://music.msn.com/music/album-review/mariah-carey/rainbow.1/#Review_0" target="_hplink">"emotional roller coaster ride of the past year." </a>
Since <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/12/30/katy-perry-russell-brand-divorce-divorcing-split_n_1176737.html" target="_hplink">splitting from Russell Brand in December 2011</a>, Katy Perry released a concert flick "Katy Perry: Part of Me" and has plans for a new album. Wondering how divorce will influence Perry's famous bubblegum pop sound? "My music is about to get real f---ing dark," <a href="http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1682914/katy-perry-album.jhtml" target="_hplink">Perry said of the new album to <em>The Sun </em>in April 2012.</a>