When you see your favourite celebrities on TV and in magazines, it's hard to believe they were ever just regular people working to get by. But even the brightest stars had to start somewhere before making it big!

Whether you're a waitress, a cashier, or even a janitor, chances are that at least one of the famous faces you admire once worked a day job as crappy as yours. Some were even in the process of training to enter long-term careers, such as law and teaching, when their big break came, while others were fresh out of jail after getting caught up in crime.

The moral of the story? You might be stuck doing shifts at a burger joint right now, but you never know what opportunities lie ahead, so stay focused on your Hollywood dreams. Find out what xx+ stars were doing with their lives before they hit the screen below, and let us know which ones surprised you the most!

#1

Steve Buscemi Was A Firefighter. During The 9/11 Attacks He Returned To His Former Job As A New York Firefighter To Help Out

Steve Buscemi Was A Firefighter. During The 9/11 Attacks He Returned To His Former Job As A New York Firefighter To Help Out

Joseph Marzullo Report

Benny Lava 2 years ago

The coolest guy ever.

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#2

Christopher Walken Was A Lion Tamer, He Was 16 At The Time And Would Perform With A Lioness Named Sheba

Christopher Walken Was A Lion Tamer, He Was 16 At The Time And Would Perform With A Lioness Named Sheba

Laurence Agron Report

Raina Abigail Senryuji 2 years ago

He looks hot too..no wonder he could tame a lioness..😍😍

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#3

Danny DeVito Was A Hairdresser For Corpses, He Would Style Women's Hair To Make Them Look Beautiful Before They Went Six Feet Under

Danny DeVito Was A Hairdresser For Corpses, He Would Style Women's Hair To Make Them Look Beautiful Before They Went Six Feet Under

Matt Sayles Report

Grace Barclay 2 years ago

Just laughed out loud. No wonder he turned to the funny...thanks Mr DeVito!

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#4

Harrison Ford Was A Carpenter

Harrison Ford Was A Carpenter

Sergio Mendes , Alexandra Wyman Report

Etienne Pisano 2 years ago

Carpenter and pilot of Millennium Falcon.... Ahahahahahahah :-)

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#5

Christopher Lee Worked For The Intelligence Service

Christopher Lee Worked For The Intelligence Service

Pascal Le Segretain Report

Anna Sheridan 2 years ago

This man is actually one of the most awesome people ever seriously look up his bio

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#6

Johnny Depp Worked As A Telemarketer And Hated It, He Only Made One Sale - And Promptly Talked The Customer Out Of The Purchase

Johnny Depp Worked As A Telemarketer And Hated It, He Only Made One Sale - And Promptly Talked The Customer Out Of The Purchase

Dior Report

Juana 2 years ago

Before: smile After: scowl

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#7

Rihanna Was An Army Cadet

Rihanna Was An Army Cadet

rihannacoverage Report

Raina Abigail Senryuji 2 years ago

No wonder she doesnt look awkward in Battleship..

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#8

Pierce Brosnan Was A Professional Fire Eater In His Teens And Performed Under The Big Top For Three Years

Pierce Brosnan Was A Professional Fire Eater In His Teens And Performed Under The Big Top For Three Years

Frazer Harrison Report

Phyllicia Goh 2 years ago

James Bond. 🔫

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#9

Jim Carrey Quit School To Support His Family And Started Working As A Janitor

Jim Carrey Quit School To Support His Family And Started Working As A Janitor

Evan Agostini Report

Master Markus 2 years ago

Probably should've stayed in school in order to not be gullible enough for your wife to convince you that vaccines cause autism!

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#10

Brad Pitt Used To Dress Up As A Chicken For An El Pollo Loco Restaurant In Hollywood

Brad Pitt Used To Dress Up As A Chicken For An El Pollo Loco Restaurant In Hollywood

EMPPL PA Wire Report

Hope Floats 2 years ago

This gives everyone wanting to become an actor, but working in a similar job, hope for their future..

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#11

Barack Obama Was An Ice Cream Scooper At Baskin Robbins

Barack Obama Was An Ice Cream Scooper At Baskin Robbins

Obama White House Report

Sorata Mu 2 years ago

Better than Trump

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#12

Hugh Jackman Used To Be A Gym Teacher

Hugh Jackman Used To Be A Gym Teacher

thehughjackman , Gareth Cattermole Report

Mayank Devmurarjee 2 years ago

Suited him anyways

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#13

Bob Ross Was A Sergeant In The Air Force

Bob Ross Was A Sergeant In The Air Force

Bob Ross Inc Report

BREAK YOUr perceptions 2 years ago

more than that, i believe he was a drill sergeant. he actually hated it SO MUCH about yelling at people that when he quit he decided he was going to do something the complete opposite for the rest of his life. and so he went on to painting little trees and rivers in the most calming voice.

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#14

George Clooney Sold Women's Shoes, Was A Door-To-Door Insurance Salesman, Stocked Shelves, Was A Construction Worker, Cut Tobacco

George Clooney Sold Women's Shoes, Was A Door-To-Door Insurance Salesman, Stocked Shelves, Was A Construction Worker, Cut Tobacco

Kevin Wilkes , David Fisher/REX/Shutterstock Report

Gilda 2 years ago

I think he cut tobacco because his family owns a tobacco farm

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#15

Bill Murray Used To Sell Chestnuts Outside Of A Chicago Grocery Store

Bill Murray Used To Sell Chestnuts Outside Of A Chicago Grocery Store

Dominique Charriau Report

Amber Ice 2 years ago

Aww!

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#16

Gal Gadot Served In The Israeli Defense Forces

Gal Gadot Served In The Israeli Defense Forces

gal_gadot Report

Aahzmandus Pervect 2 years ago

In Israel, conscription was mandatory for men and women. It's not like it was her choice.

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#17

David Bowie Worked As A Butcher's Delivery Boy

David Bowie Worked As A Butcher's Delivery Boy

Steve Schapiro Report

Agnes Jekyll 2 years ago

He drew up plans for his first band in grade 7 (or earlier!)--lights, outfits, hair--the whole thing!

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#18

Katheryn Winnick Is An Accomplished Martial Artist Who Holds A Third-Degree Black Belt In Taekwondo And A Second-Degree Black Belt In Karate. By 21 She Had Founded And Owned 3 Martial Arts Schools

Katheryn Winnick Is An Accomplished Martial Artist Who Holds A Third-Degree Black Belt In Taekwondo And A Second-Degree Black Belt In Karate. By 21 She Had Founded And Owned 3 Martial Arts Schools

FayesVision / WENN Report

#19

Jason Lee Was A Professional Skateboarder

Jason Lee Was A Professional Skateboarder

Kevin Winter Report

León Felipe Cuenca 2 years ago

he still is, he owns Stereo Skateboards

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#20

Chris Pratt Worked As A Stripper While Struggling To Make A Living In Hawaii

Chris Pratt Worked As A Stripper While Struggling To Make A Living In Hawaii

Gregg DeGuire , prattprattpratt Report

Sick Boy 2 years ago

"Struggling" and "Hawaii" seem awkward put in the same sentence.

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#21

Helen Mirren Worked As A Promoter For An Amusement Park In Southend On Sea

Helen Mirren Worked As A Promoter For An Amusement Park In Southend On Sea

Bentley Archive/Popperfoto , Jeff Vespa Report

Alusair Alustriel 2 years ago

She was such a lovely fint young girl! Love the fresh looks she had! And she's a beautiful woman now! That's aging with class.

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#22

Tom Hanks Was A Popcorn And Peanuts Vendor

Tom Hanks Was A Popcorn And Peanuts Vendor

Dennis Plehn , Paul Treadway Report

Grace Barclay 2 years ago

OMG - he looks like Frodo before Frodo...

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#23

Kate Winslet Was A Sandwich Maker In A Delicatessen

Kate Winslet Was A Sandwich Maker In A Delicatessen

Ian Gavan Report

Anna Sheridan 2 years ago

She's so renaissance in the first pic. Lovely

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#24

Liam Neeson Trained To Be A Teacher

Liam Neeson Trained To Be A Teacher

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Raquel Bacardi 2 years ago

Aging like a fine wine mmmm

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#25

Whoopi Goldberg Was A Morgue Beautician

Whoopi Goldberg Was A Morgue Beautician

Jason Kempin Report

Pamela 2 years ago

It's shocking the amount of celebs who have worked in morgues !

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#26

Sandra Bullock Worked As A Bartender And Waitress At A Restaurant In Manhattan

Sandra Bullock Worked As A Bartender And Waitress At A Restaurant In Manhattan

Alessio Botticelli Report

cyberbird 2 years ago

Gorgeous

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#27

Tim Allen Was A Drug Dealer

Tim Allen Was A Drug Dealer

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Master Markus 2 years ago

I think I liked him better as a drug dealer.

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#28

Channing Tatum Used To Be A Stripper

Channing Tatum Used To Be A Stripper

George Pimentel Report

Phyllicia Goh 2 years ago

Real life Magic Mike.

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#29

Nicole Kidman Studied Massage So She Could Help Her Mother, Who Was Diagnosed With Breast Cancer, With Physical Therapy

Nicole Kidman Studied Massage So She Could Help Her Mother, Who Was Diagnosed With Breast Cancer, With Physical Therapy

Patrick Riviere , Georges Biard Report

Phyllicia Goh 2 years ago

Wow, look how different she looks now.

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#30

Gerard Butler Was A Trainee Lawyer But Got Fired Due To His Partying And Frequently Missing Work

Gerard Butler Was A Trainee Lawyer But Got Fired Due To His Partying And Frequently Missing Work

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#31

Charlize Theron Charlize Theron Studied At The Joffrey Ballet School In New York, But Had To Cut Her Dancing Career Short Due To A Knee Injury At The Age Of 19

Charlize Theron Charlize Theron Studied At The Joffrey Ballet School In New York, But Had To Cut Her Dancing Career Short Due To A Knee Injury At The Age Of 19

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Isabel Tamayo 2 years ago

Beautiful :)

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#32

Jon Hamm Was A Set-Dresser For Porn Films

Jon Hamm Was A Set-Dresser For Porn Films

Pascal Le Segretain Report

Brandon Collinsworth 2 years ago

If the rumors about him are true then he was equipped enough he could have starred in a few

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#33

Victoria Beckham Played A Sperm On Roller Skates For A BBC Sex Education Show Called ‘Body Matters’

Victoria Beckham Played A Sperm On Roller Skates For A BBC Sex Education Show Called ‘Body Matters’

Neilson Barnard Report

Victor Vakaras 2 years ago

lol

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#34

Michelle Pfeiffer Was A Cashier At A Supermarket

Michelle Pfeiffer Was A Cashier At A Supermarket

Gary Gershoff Report

Alusair Alustriel 2 years ago

I adore her looks. Ever since I was a kid I found her one of the prettiest women there were :D

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#35

Jake Gyllenhaal Was A Lifeguard

Jake Gyllenhaal Was A Lifeguard

Araya Diaz Report

troufaki13 2 years ago

He can save my life any time! ♥

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#36

Sheryl Crow Was A Music Teacher In An Elementary School

Sheryl Crow Was A Music Teacher In An Elementary School

Jason Merritt Report

Aahzmandus Pervect 2 years ago

How shocking and unexpected!

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#37

Evangeline Lilly Worked As A Flight Attendant

Evangeline Lilly Worked As A Flight Attendant

Albert L. Ortega Report

Lisbeth Lopez 2 years ago

And then she got lost

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#38

Adrien Brody Performed Magic Shows At Children's Birthday Parties As "The Amazing Adrien"

Adrien Brody Performed Magic Shows At Children's Birthday Parties As "The Amazing Adrien"

Jim Smeal , Daniel Zuchnik Report

Merilyn Horton 2 years ago

Why do I find this weird looking dude so attractive?

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#39

Rachel Mcadams Worked At McDonalds

Rachel Mcadams Worked At McDonalds

Christine Chew/UPI Report

Mimis Nachbarin 2 years ago

SHOCKING!

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#40

Lucy Liu Was A Secretary, Aerobics Instructor And A Hostess

Lucy Liu Was A Secretary, Aerobics Instructor And A Hostess

celebmafia Report

Meeow 2 years ago

Beautiful

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#41

Jon Bon Jovi Worked As A Christmas Decoration Maker

Jon Bon Jovi Worked As A Christmas Decoration Maker

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Hope Floats 2 years ago

What a fantastic job!! I'd love to do that!!

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#42

Matthew Mcconaughey Cleaned Chicken Coops And Washed Dishes

Matthew Mcconaughey Cleaned Chicken Coops And Washed Dishes

Peter Kramer Report

carey song 2 years ago

still gorgeous

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#43

Julia Roberts Worked As A Baskin Robbins Ice Cream Scooper

Julia Roberts Worked As A Baskin Robbins Ice Cream Scooper

Dan MacMedan Report

Alusair Alustriel 2 years ago

Widest smile on movie scene ever xD And a warm one too!

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#44

Bradley Cooper Worked As A Doorman At The Morgans Hotel

Bradley Cooper Worked As A Doorman At The Morgans Hotel

abaca Report

Sonja Götten 2 years ago

what a better hairstyle can do for your career...

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#45

Mick Jagger Was A Bexley Mental Hospital Porter

Mick Jagger Was A Bexley Mental Hospital Porter

ANGELA WEISS Report

Jessica Mills 2 years ago

That actually explains a lot.

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#46

Jennifer Aniston Was A Telemarketer

Jennifer Aniston Was A Telemarketer

Barry King , Ari Perilstein Report

Muffin 2 years ago

the woman who doesn't age

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#47

Jennifer Lopez Worked In A Law Office

Jennifer Lopez Worked In A Law Office

Jon Kopaloff Report

Isabel Tamayo 2 years ago

Jennifer Law-pez! *okay... walking out, in 1..2..3*

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#48

Walt Disney Was A Paper Boy

Walt Disney Was A Paper Boy

Mondadori Portfolio Report

Jim Gardner 2 years ago

He looks like Charlie puth

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#49

Halle Berry Used To Work At Daily Express

Halle Berry Used To Work At Daily Express

Douglas Morrison , Larry Busacca/MTV1415 Report

Meeow 2 years ago

Stunning!

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#50

Ashton Kutcher Swept Cereal Dust At A General Mills Factory, Sold His Blood For Extra Cash

Ashton Kutcher Swept Cereal Dust At A General Mills Factory, Sold His Blood For Extra Cash

NBC Report

cassiushumanmother 2 years ago

Sold his blood? This is not forbidden in US?

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#51

Queen Latifah Worked At McDonalds

Queen Latifah Worked At McDonalds

queenlatifah Report

Meeow 2 years ago

I love her!

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#52

Kate Bosworth Was A Competitive Horse Rider

Kate Bosworth Was A Competitive Horse Rider

David Crotty Report

Phyllicia Goh 2 years ago

Is that Scarlett Johansson? :o

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#53

Michael Fassbender Was An Altar Boy At Weddings And Baptisms, Conducted Market Research For Britain's Royal Mail And Had Numerous Bartending Positions

Michael Fassbender Was An Altar Boy At Weddings And Baptisms, Conducted Market Research For Britain's Royal Mail And Had Numerous Bartending Positions

Charles Sykes Report

Mimis Nachbarin 2 years ago

Altar Boy - a job?!???! My goodness...

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#54

Vince Vaughn Was A Lifeguard At The YMCA

Vince Vaughn Was A Lifeguard At The YMCA

Alberto E. Rodriguez , miramax Report

Daria B 2 years ago

That.... That one makes me wanna sing.... Young man.... YYYYYYYYYYMCA! YYYYYYYYYYYYMCA! ♬♪

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#55

Patrick Dempsey Was A Juggler

Patrick Dempsey Was A Juggler

Jeff Lipsky Report

Aahzmandus Pervect 2 years ago

Professionally, or he just knows how to juggle?

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#56

Jake Johnson Used To Sell Burritos Out Of A Van

Jake Johnson Used To Sell Burritos Out Of A Van

Alberto E. Rodriguez Report

Megan Anne Covert 2 years ago

How very "Nick" of him.

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#57

Ozzy Osbourne Used To Work At A Slaughterhouse

Ozzy Osbourne Used To Work At A Slaughterhouse

Jason LaVeris Report

Dylan Glatz 2 years ago

Do you think they do bats there?

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#58

Madonna Worked At Dunkin Donuts Until She Got Fired

Madonna Worked At Dunkin Donuts Until She Got Fired

Michael McDonnell , WENN Ltd Report

Phyllicia Goh 2 years ago

Am I the only one curious about why she got fired?

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#59

Demi Moore Was A Debt Collector

Demi Moore Was A Debt Collector

Jim Spellman Report

Ronja Rövardotter 2 years ago

Rumours say that she was really successful debt collector because everybody always paid her Moore :)

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#60

Elon Musk Shoveled Dirt In A Boiler Room For $18/hour

Elon Musk Shoveled Dirt In A Boiler Room For $18/hour

forbes Report

Susan Forbes 2 years ago

Where was this boiler that he got $18 an hour for shoveling in? Not too shabby

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#61

James Franco Worked At McDonalds

James Franco Worked At McDonalds

Joe Scarnici Report

cyberbird 2 years ago

With Pink

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#62

Megan Fox Was A Waitress, She Quit Because Customers Couldn't Keep Their Hands Off Her Body

Megan Fox Was A Waitress, She Quit Because Customers Couldn't Keep Their Hands Off Her Body

Genaro Molina Report

Meeow 2 years ago

Before pic look way more better then now. More natural

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#63

Gwen Stefani Worked At Dairy Queen

Gwen Stefani Worked At Dairy Queen

gwenstefani Report

Alusair Alustriel 2 years ago

I'd not recognize her one bit.

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#64

Eva Mendes Worked In A Pizza Place And A Hot Dog Stand In Local Mall

Eva Mendes Worked In A Pizza Place And A Hot Dog Stand In Local Mall

Alexander Tamargo Report

Chris Stea 2 years ago

Gotta start somewhere!!

#65

Courtney Cox Worked For A New York Concert Booking Agency

Courtney Cox Worked For A New York Concert Booking Agency

celebmafia Report

Juana 2 years ago

And she was in a Bruce Springsteen video.

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#66

Pink Worked At McDonalds

Pink Worked At McDonalds

Kathy Hutchins Report

Seb Cebien 2 years ago

So beautifull !

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#67

Amy Adams Was A Hooters Waitress

Amy Adams Was A Hooters Waitress

Steve Granitz Report

Pamela 2 years ago

Funny since she was raised Mormon

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#68

Nelly Furtado Used To Work As A Chambermaid

Nelly Furtado Used To Work As A Chambermaid

Tristar Media Report

Chris Stea 2 years ago

She's okay

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#69

Will Ferrell Was A Hotel Valet

Will Ferrell Was A Hotel Valet

Eva Rinaldi Report

Linda Gulley 2 years ago

And played drums for the Red Hot Chili Peppers. :o)

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#70

Lady Gaga Was A Waitress

Lady Gaga Was A Waitress

Malgorzata Saniewska , ladygaga Report

Kim Lorton 2 years ago

I like her better with dark hair, more sexy looking!

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#71

Tina Fey Was A Snack Bar Server At A Swim Club

Tina Fey Was A Snack Bar Server At A Swim Club

Jason Merritt Report

John Polyak 2 years ago

She's one of the brightest, funniest people alive. She's beautiful to boot.

#72

Marisa Tomei Worked At A Tony Roma's Steakhouse

Marisa Tomei Worked At A Tony Roma's Steakhouse

Gregg DeGuire Report

cyberbird 2 years ago

I just love this lady

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#73

Eminem Was A Short-Order Cook

Eminem Was A Short-Order Cook

Dimitrios Kambouris Report

Steve Woods 2 years ago

Have you not seen 8 mile?? haha

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#74

Blake Shelton Used To Paint Houses

Blake Shelton Used To Paint Houses

justjared Report

Jaclyn Castek 2 years ago

and had an amazing mullet

#75

Julianne Moore Was A Waitress

Julianne Moore Was A Waitress

CBS Photo Archive , celebmafia Report

Juana 2 years ago

She's always looked the same age.

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#76

Ewan Mcgregor Was A Stagehand At Perth Repertory Theatre

Ewan Mcgregor Was A Stagehand At Perth Repertory Theatre