One of the only jobs Oprah has had outside of the broadcast industry was as a grocery store clerk. She knew early in life what she wanted to do and got her first job in broadcasting while still in high school. Here is a sampling of some of the jobs 33 celebrities had prior to stardom.

Kanye West
Kanye West
In high school, Kanye folded clothes at the GAP. He references this experience in 'The College Dropout' album saying. "Let's go back, back to the GAP. Look at my check. was't no scratch. So if I stole, wasn't my fault. Yeah I stole, never got caught."
Brad Pitt
Brad Pitt
Brad dropped out of the University of Missouri and moved to LA to pursue acting. Before making it as a big time actor, he delivered refrigerators, drove exotic dancers around in a limousine, and danced around in a chicken suit for El Pollo Loco.
Johnny Depp
Johnny Depp
Before he was Captain Jack Sparrow, Johnny Depp was a telemarketer who sold pens.
Angelina Jolie
Angelina Jolie
Angeline pursued course work in mortuary science because she was disappointed with how her grandfathers funeral went. She did not receive her certificate. She started appearing in music videos at the age of 16 and films shortly after.
Michelle Pfeiffer
Michelle Pfeiffer
Michelle received her first taste of celebrity life when she won the Miss Orange County contest and then went on the win the title of Miss Los Angeles. She studied to become a court reporter, but while working as a cashier at a supermarket she realized she wanted to get into acting.
Ashton Kutcher
Ashton Kutcher
Ashton studied biomedical engineering at the University of Iowa. Before he dropped out to pursue modeling, he swept cereal dust at a General Mills factory to help with living expenses. He also sold his blood for extra cash.
George Clooney
George Clooney
When George was 16, he tried out for the Cincinnati Reds baseball team. He did not get a contract and decided to go the college to become a broadcast journalist. After dropping out of school, he held many odd jobs including shoe salesman and tobacco farm hand before moving to LA.
Jon Bon Jovi
Jon Bon Jovi
Jon sold newspapers as a young lad. After high school, he worked as a janitor at his cousins Tony Bongiovi's recording studio where he recorded his first single "Runaway" at the age of 18.
Sandra Bullock
Sandra Bullock
During her early ages of her acting career, Sandra supported herself by working as a waitress and a bartender in New York.
Harrison Ford
Harrison Ford
Before he became famous, Harrison Ford worked at a Boy Scout adventure camp as a counselor for the reptile merit badge. He also worked as a sports commentator for his high school prior to building custom furniture.
Madonna
Madonna
Modonna worked as a showgirl in France. She also worked at a Dunkin' Donuts in New York's Time Square. where she allegedly was fired after she squired jelly filling all over a customer.
Eva Mendes
Eva Mendes
As a teenager, Eva worked at several fast food restaurants including a pizza/pasta place at the local mall called Ciao. She also had a job at a hot dog stand called Hot Dog on a Stick.
Jim Carrey
Jim Carrey
In the late 1970's Jim Carrey supported his family by working as a janitor.
Betty White
Betty White
Betty White worked as model, after a photographer came to her high school and took pictures of her wearing school clothes. She has since worked for more than 50 years in the tv/movie industry.
Stacy Dash
Stacy Dash
Stacey started acting at the age of 15 starring in several sitcoms. Because of her early entry into acting one of the only jobs she had was at the retail clothing store United Colors of Benetton in Paramus, New Jersey.
Rob Stewart
Rob Stewart
Rob Stewart dropped out of school at the age of 15. He held various jobs including silk screen printer and grave digger.He also tried out for the Brentford F.C. football club, but never signed a contract.
Jennifer Aniston
Jennifer Aniston
Before Jennifer Aniston was Rachel on"Friends," she was a telemarkter, a waitress, and a bike messenger.
Gerard Butler
Gerard Butler
Gerard graduated from law school, then shortly took a job at a law firm. He quit this job and took a job as a casting assistant, this is where he landed his first role as the lead on Coriolanus.
Charlize Theron
Charlize Theron
When Charlize was a young child, she used to sing at the town square for money. She also tended livestock on her parents working farm. At the age of 16, Charlize won a one year modeling contract and following that, when knee injuries forced her from the Joffrey Ballet, she decided to give acting a try.
Rene Russo
Rene Russo
To help support her single mother, Rene Russo dropped out of high school in the tenth grade and took several part-time positions including cashier at a movie theater and line inspector at an eye glass factory.
Tim Allen
Tim Allen
Tim Allen's past jobs have included working at a student run radio station and a sporting goods salesperson. His most renowned past job however, was that of a drug dealer. Allen was arrested at the Kalamazoo airport with over a pound of cocaine.
Cindy Crawford
Cindy Crawford
Cindy had few jobs prior to her success. She was photographed detasseling corn and the positive feedback convinced her to sign a contract with Elite Modeling Management.
Mariah Carey
Mariah Carey
Mariah signed her first recording contract with Columbia at the age of 18. Prior to that, she studied cosmetology and had several jobs in salons before she gave up on that dream. She also held jobs as a waitress and a coat check person.
Hugh Grant
Hugh Grant
Hugh received a college degree in English Literature to help him with several jobs prior to his work on the big screen. He wrote book reviews, comedy sketches and radio commercials. He also worked as assistant groundsman at the Fulham Football Club
Halle Berry
Halle Berry
Halle worked in the children's department at Higbee's Department Store to help offset her college expenses while she studied broadcast journalism. After doing well in several beauty contests, she moved to NY to pursue a career in acting. She had difficulty finding work and eventually ended up at a homeless shelter.
Adrien Brody
Adrien Brody
Adrien Brody was in his first off broadway play and PBS movie at the age of thirteen. He did, however, make extra spending money doing birthday parties as the "Amazing Adrien."
Katie Lowes
Katie Lowes
Katie held a lot of different waitress jobs. Her main waitress job was at Ammo's in LA. She also worked for Connie Britton as a nanny. Katie was taking care of Connie's son before she got a role in "Scandal."
Sean Connery
Sean Connery
One of Sean's first jobs was delivering milk door to door. He later served in the Royal Navy. He later served in the Royal Navy. After his discharge from the navy, he worked as a truck driver, life guard and coffin polisher.
Suze Orman
Suze Orman
Suze had many jobs prior to her career taking off. The most influential job was working as a waitress at the buttercup Bakery. She wanted to open her own restaurant and told one of her regulars. The regular loaned her $50K to start her restaurant. She put the money in a brokerage account with Merrill Lynch. Shortly after , she had lost it all. Her next job was at Merrill Lynch!
Rachel McAdams
Rachel McAdams
Rachel worked at McDonald's for three years while on summer break from school.
Morgan Freeman
Morgan Freeman
In his young days, Morgan Freeman delivered newspapers in Mississippi. After graduating high school, he joined the Air Force, but never became the fighter pilot he wanted to be, so he quit after four years. While looking for acting work, Freeman performed as a dancer at the 1964 World's Fair.
Walt Disney
Walt Disney
Before Walt Disney won any of his 22 Academy Awards, he had many odd jobs. His entrepreneurial career started as a paperboy. He also worked for the railroad selling travelers snacks and magazines. When he was rejected by the army, he joined the Red Cross and drove an ambulance in France at the end of WWI.
Tom Cruise
Tom Cruise
Tom Cruise had a paper route as a youngster. He also worked as a bell hop at a hotel. But, oddly enough, he went to seminary in Cincinnati to become a Catholic priest.

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