What Stars (Bradley Cooper! Julia Roberts!) Did Before They Made it Big

PHOTO: Bradley Cooper and Julia Roberts both had humble beginnings before finding acting success.
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Before they were nominated for Oscars or became best selling artists, some of today’s famous celebrities had very humble beginnings.

SLIDESHOW: Before They Were Stars

From Bradley Cooper and Beyonce to Barack Obama and Julia Roberts, you’ll never guess what jobs these notable figures had on their resume.

Whether it was scooping ice cream or being a gym teacher, check out the following stars who had their fair share of odd jobs before rising to fame.

PHOTO:Bradley Cooper attends the Tom Ford show at London Fashion Week AW14 at The Lindley Hall on Feb., 2014.
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Bradley Cooper

Before Bradley Cooper, who played Richie DiMaso in “American Hustle,” worked at the Philadelphia Daily News.

PHOTO: Actress Lupita Nyongo attends the Dujour Magazine Winter 2013-2014 Cover Star in New York City on Feb, 19, 2014.
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Lupita N’yongo

Fashion icon and actress Lupita N’yongo, who stars in “12 Years a Slave,” was a production assistant for the film "The Constant Gardener” in 2004.

PHOTO: Barkhad Abdi poses in the winners room at the EE British Academy Film Awards 2014 at The Royal Opera House on Feb. 16, 2014.
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Barkhad Abdi

Just before landing his first role in “Captain Phillips,” Barkhad Abdi worked as a limo driver in Minneapolis, Minn. In high school, he worked at a Target store.

PHOTO: Actor Michael Fassbender attends the 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards held at The Beverly Hilton Hotel in this Jan. 12, 2014, file photo.
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Michael Fassbender

While in acting school, Michael Fassbender, who played Edwin Epps in “12 Years a Slave,” unloaded trucks and was a bartender.

PHOTO: Bruce Dern attends the EE British Academy Film Awards Nominees Party at Asprey London on Feb. 15, 2014.
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Bruce Dern

Before starring in “Nebraska,” Bruce Dern worked as a cab driver while studying at the Actors Studio.

PHOTO: Matthew McConaughey arrives at the 86th Oscars Nominees Luncheon at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on February 10, 2014.
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Matthew McConaughey

While he was an exchange student in Australia, “Dallas Buyers Club” star Matthew McConaughey worked in a bank.

PHOTO: Amy Adams
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Amy Adams

At 18, actress Amy Adams was a Hooters waitress. She also was a greeter at a Gap Store at Lenox Mall, in Atlanta, Ga.

PHOTO: Hugh Jackman
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Hugh Jackman

Before Hugh Jackman played Wolverine and Jean Valjean, he made a living as a boys gym teacher at England's Uppingham School. Jackman's resume also included being a clown at children's parties, where he made about $50 per show.

PHOTO: President Obama speaks during press conference
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Barack Obama and Julia Roberts

Both President Barack Obama and Julia Roberts scooped ice cream at Baskin-Robbins in their teens.

PHOTO: Lea Michelle
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Lea Michele

Before she rose to fame as Rachel Berry on "Glee," Lea Michele reportedly worked as a shop girl in a Bat Mitzvah dress shop.

PHOTO: Rod Stewart
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Rod Stewart

Singer-songwriter Rod Stewart is one of the biggest selling artists of all time. It's hard to believe that he was once reportedly a gravedigger before embarking on his musical career.

PHOTO: Beyonce headlines the Virgin Media Stage in England
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Beyoncé

The Bonnie to Jay-Z's Clyde, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter, used to sweep up hair in her mom's salon.

PHOTO: Lady Gaga is seen leaving her hotel, Aug. 28, 2013, in London.
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Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga was once a waitress at a Greek restaurant in New York before she became a successful singer-songwriter.

PHOTO: Carrie Underwood
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Carrie Underwood

As a teen, Carrie Underwood was a cashier at a gas station.

PHOTO: Rachel McAdams
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Rachel McAdams/James Franco/Jennifer Hudson/Queen Latifah

What do Rachel McAdams, James Franco, Jennifer Hudson, and Queen Latifah all have in common? They all worked at fast food restaurants before they started their show biz careers! Rachel McAdams and James Franco worked at McDonald's restaurants, while Jennifer Hudson and Queen Latifah worked at Burger King restaurants.

PHOTO: Brad Pitt Crashes Wedding
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Brad Pitt

A winner of People magazine's Sexiest Man Alive, Brad Pitt had to cover his face when he worked at El Pollo Loco dressed up as a chicken.

PHOTO: Eva Mendes
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Eva Mendes

Actress Eva Mendes began her working life in the food industry, at Hot Dog on a Stick.

PHOTO: Musician Kanye West attends the Diesel Black Gold fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2014 at Vanderbilt Hall at Grand Central Terminal on September 10, 2013 in New York City.
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Kanye West

It's been a long journey for style guru and rapper Kanye West. West was a sales associate at the Gap, an experience he even mentioned in the song, "Spaceship," on his debut album.

PHOTO: Johnny Deep
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Johnny Depp

Johnny Depp was a ball-point pen salesman to support his family, until Nicolas Cage told him to give acting a try.

PHOTO: Connie Britton
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Connie Britton

Nashville star Connie Britton was an aerobics teacher before she became famous.

PHOTO: Patrick Dempsey
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Patrick Dempsey

Dreamy "Grey's Anatomy" star Patrick Dempsey used to be a professional juggler.

PHOTO: Jon Hamm
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Jon Hamm

Jon Hamm of "Mad Men" fame made a living as a set-dresser for pornographic films.

PHOTO: Whoopi Goldberg
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Whoopi Goldberg

Actress and "The View" co-host Whoopi Goldberg was a mortuary beautician, putting makeup on the deceased.

PHOTO: Robin Williams
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Robin Williams

Actor and comedian Robin Williams made a living as a street mime.

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