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    Parade Magazine on Yahoo! News

    By Shep Morgan, PARADE Magazine



    It may seem that they were born into fame and fortune, but many stars will attest, that's not the case.


    From Red Lobster employees and Hooters waitresses to ice cream scoopers and janitors, these celebrities paid their dues to get where they are now.

    CATHERINE ZETA-JONES
    The homes of Catherine Zeta-Jones and her husband Michael Douglas are decorated with family mementos -- including their twin Academy Awards. But Catherine will be the first to tell you she didn't grow up in the lap of luxury. She started working at a very young age.
    "I didn't even think about movies where I came from. I wanted to be on the stage. When I was 10, I did Annie in the West End. I did Bugsy Malone when I was 11 and 12. And then at 16, David Merrick saw me in 42nd Street. I took over the lead and he cast me. I was there for two and a half years. Right now, these young kids are going crazy. I never had that because I had a work ethic. I had to turn up and be there six nights a week."

    JIM CARREY
    Today, Jim Carrey commands as much as $20 million per film, but when he was 15, his father lost his job. Carrey took after-school jobs as a security guard and janitor at a tire factory outside Toronto to help his family get by.
    His salvation? Visiting local comedy clubs.
    "My mother dressed me in a polyester suit, and I got booed off the stage, and I didn't go back for two years. But then when I went back, I was gangbusters," he told Larry King in 2001.

    JENNIFER LOPEZ
    These days, Jennifer Lopez is one of the biggest stars in the world. But there was a time when Jenny from the block had to sleep on the floor.
    "When I moved out to L.A. for the first time to do In Living Color, my grandmother and my aunt all came to visit me in the first week. And I thought, 'This is really weird.' But they just wanted to see that I was living in a nice place. At that time it was like, 'Why are they visiting me already? I'm not even settled in.' I didn't have furniture or anything. We all slept on the floor. Now that I think back, it was great."

    MARK BURNETT
    Mark Burnett is one of the top reality show producers in the world (Survivor, The Apprentice). But his past isn't nearly as glamorous.
    "When I arrived [in America] a friend of mine had a chauffeur job in Beverly Hills and it seemed like an easy thing, except for there were no jobs. The only position I could get was childcare. I thought I'd do it for two week. It was two years later before I moved on from nanny."

    AMY ADAMS
    Amy Adams, the sweet, innocent Giselle from Enchanted, laughs when she's asked about her previous life as a hostess at Hooters.
    "Everyone would agree, if they could see me, Hooters isn't necessarily the best way to describe me. I was a dancer, and I used to run around in a leotard and tights. I really didn't quite get it. I was so naive about that. And I just thought, 'Well, it's a leotard and tights and shorts; it's not a big deal.' But there is a difference, and I learned it. But I was a hostess there, and that was sort of fun. I was 17, and then when I was 18, I waited [tables] for about a month. I wasn't cut out to be a waitress, and I certainly wasn't cut out to be a Hooters waitress. That was a short-lived ambition."
    "I also worked at the Renaissance Festival, when I was growing up, so I'm familiar with what truly committed wenches dress like."

    QUENTIN TARANTINO
    Quentin Tarantino says one of his first jobs -- as an usher at an adult theater in Southern California -- actually had very little to do with his current career as a filmmaker.
    "To me, the greatest job a person could ever have is being an usher at a movie theater. You get to go to a movie theater all day long, and then you get to see all the movies for free. Irony of ironies, I end up getting a job at a movie theater where I could care less about the movies and was totally bored by them."
    Soon after that, he landed a job as a video store clerk, a job that he credits with igniting his passion for film.

    CHRIS ROCK
    Comedian Chris Rock recalls his days working for Red Lobster.
    "The thing about Red Lobster is that if you work there, you can't afford to eat there," he once told Jay Leno. "You're making minimum wage. A shrimp costs minimum wage. I cleaned up after the kids. Kids don't eat. I used to zero in on a kid. 'Don't touch that scallop. Please don't touch that scallop.'"

    DEBRA MESSING
    Debra Messing used to babysit to pay the rent. Now, she has an award-winning career and a kid of her own.
    "My first job was babysitting. Throughout graduate school, I was a nanny to a little baby because I love watching children. I learn a lot from them. They're really the most theatrical of all of us."

    QUEEN LATIFAH
    Queen Latifah earns big money now, raking it in with records, movies, cosmetics and an endorsement deal with Jenny Craig. But she says her very first check was a rude awakening.
    "I remember getting my first check. I couldn't believe how much taxes were taken out. I think the check was, like, $88 bucks. I was like, 'Oh, my god. All that work for $88 bucks.' But I was happy. I think I gave some to my mom. And then I probably went shopping with the rest of it."

    NIKKI BLONSKY
    Scooping ice cream was the first step towards Nikki Blonsky's big break on the silver screen.
    "I had just graduated high school and I was working part time at Coldstone Creamery, and doing an internship and getting ready to go to college. I didn't tell any of my friends that I had auditioned for Hairspray, because if it didn't happen I didn't want to explain to everybody. When it happened, I was like, 'Oh no, I have to tell everybody!' So I got the news the night before my senior prom. I went to my senior prom the next day, and I said, 'Hey, guys I tried out for the new Hairspray movie, and I got it.'"

    GERARD BUTLER
    Gerard Butler worked in a law office with little success -- and little enthusiasm. Getting fired opened the door for him.
    "I was trying to be a lawyer in a very traditional Edinburgh firm, but I hated it. Finally, they let me go -- which was the worst day of my life. But I went straight off to act, which is what I'd always wanted to do. Now I think, 'If that hadn't happened, where would I be?'"

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    From Red Lobster employees and Hooters waitresses to ice cream scoopers and janitors, these celebrities paid their dues to get where they are now
    Uh, excuse me, but most people "pay their dues" for their entire lives. Thanks a lot.
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    oh for the love of...... I have to agree with sparkly in the real world people continue to pay "their dues" 24/7.
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