Before They Were Famous

They may look oh so glamorous on the red carpet, but here's your favorite celebs before they made it big.

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“Days of Thunder” was Nicole Kidman’s American movie debut. But, before she played a young doctor in the racing flick, Kidman paid the bills as a massage therapist in Australia.
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Before his days as the host of "American Idol," Ryan Seacrest interned with radio station. But, his first day on the Atlanta, GA airwaves only came about because the regular DJ called in sick.
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Jennifer Aniston has gained worldwide recognition for her role as Rachel Green, but in the early '90s, the "Friends" actress worked as a telemarketer, waitress and bike messenger.
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George Clooney is the quintessential movie star, but during his high school days, baseball was on the brain. He tried out to play professionally with the Cincinnati Reds. Lucky for Hollywood, he wasn't offered a contract.
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Halle Berry is an Academy Award-winning actress, but in 1986 she entered several beauty pageants, walking away with the runner-up title for Miss USA and placing sixth in the Miss World pageant.
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Before Matt Damon was starring in "Good Will Hunting" or "Saving Private Ryan," the Oscar-winning actor was a Harvard undergrad studying English. But, he traded in his diploma for a chance in Hollywood, leaving the Ivy League just 12 credits short of his degree.
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With Jon Voight as her father, acting has always been a part of Angelina Jolie’s life. But, at 14, she briefly left the stage aspiring instead to be a funeral director.
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James Franco's known for his role in high profile flicks like the "Spider-Man" Trilogy and "127 Hours", but long before the days of Academy Award nominations, he flipped burgers at an LA McDonald's.
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Natalie Portman’s fancy footwork in “Black Swan” wasn’t an act. She started dancing lessons at age four and performed in local troupes as a child.
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These days, actress Demi Moore's known as one of Hollywood's hottest A-List celebs. But when she first moved to California it was her job as a debt collection agency that paid the bills.
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Tom Cruise is Hollywood’s highest paid actor, but prior to “Taps” and “Risky Business” this leading man briefly attended a Franciscan seminary and aspired to become a Catholic priest.
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Before Katy Perry became everyone’s favorite “California Girl,” she was singing gospel music in her parents’ church every Sunday.
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Before Gwyneth Paltrow ever hit a red carpet, she worked as a restaurant waitress. With her nightly tips of $11, Paltrow's frequent purchases included "cigarettes, coffee, and toilet paper," she told UK newspaper "The Independent."
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Julia Roberts has been melting hearts with her coy smile for more than two decades. But before this Academy Award-winning actress ever read a movie script, she played clarinet in the school band.
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Whether his sunglasses are on or off, there's no denying Brad Pitt deserves his Sexiest Man Alive titles. Before making his screen debut on the NBC soap "Another World," this Academy Award-winning actor left University of Missouri for L.A. just two weeks before earning his degree.
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In 1978, Madonna dropped out of college and moved to New York City with only $35 in her pocket. To pay the bills, the Material Girl worked as a waitress at Dunkin' Donuts.
Before Destiny's Child, her acting career or marriage to Jay-Z, Beyonce Knowles worked at her mother's hair salon and swept up hair.
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Tom Hanks can credit his awkward teenage years for his Oscar-winning career. A school production of "South Pacific" was his first foray into acting.
Punk-rocker-turned-fashion-designer Gwen Stefani used to mop floors at a local Dairy Queen in Orange County, Ca.
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Long before becoming a billionaire media mogul and philanthropist, Oprah Winfrey got her start in media at the age of 17 when a local Tennessee radio station hired her to do the news part-time.
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Meryl Streep is widely regarded as one of the most talented actresses of all time. But in high school, there was more to Meryl than just theater; she also sang in the choir, acted as class treasurer, and served as homecoming queen.
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Today Ryan Reynolds is famous for his many sexy shirtless scenes, but the Canadian actor started his career in middle school theater productions.
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Christian Bale is best known for his superhero role in Christopher Nolan’s Batman triology, but his career began on the softer side. In 1982, he appeared in a Lenor fabric softener commercial.
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In the late ‘80s, Mariah Carey paid the bills with her many waitressing jobs and shared a one bedroom studio in Manhattan with four roommates.
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Picture Iron Man in a tutu. While living in England, Robert Downey Jr. began studying classical ballet at the age of 10.
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In an effort to supplement her early modeling career, Courtney Cox worked for a New York concert booking agency during the early '80s.
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Her acting style's been compared to Judy Garland and Audrey Hepburn. But, prior to her breakout role in "The Princess Diaries," Anne Hathaway was a student at NYU's Gallatin School of Individualized Study.
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Long before the days of Captain Jack Sparrow, Johnny Depp dropped out of high school to become a rock musician. At this year's MTV Movie Awards, he jammed alongside the Black Keys.
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Julianne Moore's known for big screen films like “Boogie Nights” and “The Kids Are All Right," but when the Oscar-nominated actress moved to New York in the early '80s, waitressing paid the bills.
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Today Will Smith is one of the most successful actors in Hollywood, but his first claim to fame was as the MC of hip-hop duo DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince.
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Jennifer Lopez can act, sing, and dance. But did you know she can file? After graduating from high school, she briefly worked in a law office.
While spending a year in Australia, charismatic heartthrob Matthew McConaughey cleaned chicken coops and washed dishes to make money.
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She’s known for her roles in “T.J. Hooker” and “Melrose Place.” But while Heather Locklear studied psychology at UCLA, she also modeled for the school bookstore.
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Before Martha Stewart became the housewife guru, she organized birthday parties and babysat Mickey Mantle’s four boys.
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How you doin'? He’ll always be know as Joey Tribbiani, but before the days of "Friends" Matt Leblanc trained as a carpenter and worked as a model.
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Before he was the face of political comedy, Jon Stewart debuted doing stand-up at "The Bitter End" in New York City.
Even though we'll always remember Sarah Jessica Parker for her iconic role as "Carrie" on "Sex and the City," the Ohio native started out as Lori Singer's gal pal, "Rusty" in "Footloose."
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Before Rod Stewart rocked his way onto the music scene in the 70s, he was rocking players on the field as a professional soccer player with England's Brentford Football Club.
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Before Leonardo DiCaprio stole our hearts in Titanic, and became one of Hollywood's biggest stars he was a child actor working in television commercials.
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Before Philip Seymour Hoffman became an Academy Award-winning actor, he studied drama and earned his BFA at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts in 1989.
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Before we had to keep up with Kim Kardashian's life on her reality show "Keeping Up with the Kardashians," she was just a regular girl who attended Catholic school, while growing up in Beverly Hills, California.
Before starring in countless Hollywood hits, comedic actor Bill Murray used to sell chestnuts outside of a Chicago grocery store two years after graduating college.
Before Megan Fox's good looks took Hollywood by storm, the model/actress used to wear a banana costume to attract customers to a smoothie shop in Florida.
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Before she became a household name, Sandra Bullock supported her acting ambitions in New York by working as a cocktail waitress, bar tender and coat checker.
Jon Hamm is now an Emmy-nominated actor for his performance in hit show "Mad Men." Before all this fairly recent praise, the dreamy actor was a set designer for porn films. He also used to teach an acting class to high school students.
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