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Miles Young Miles Young
March 24th, 2013 2:00pm EDT

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Long ago, Brad Pitt dressed in a chicken suit and handed out restaurant fliers at an L.A. parking lot.  Absolutely bizarre, but you better believe it!  Some of the most famous celebrities today had the saddest, weirdest, and downright shocking starts.  That’s right- many of the actors you watch on the silver screen were picked off from the street while tons of the musicians you love listening to began their careers in grimy bars.  Yet, these humble beginnings are some of the more “normal” starts for the stars.  Did you know that the legendary John Wayne began working in the props department at Fox Studios?  Even crazier, Sharron Stone, Jason Lee and Madonna all slaved away at popular fast food joints.  If you’re stunned now, your jaw just may drop with a deeper look at some more pre Hollywood stories. 

Sarah Jessica Parker: Parker wasn’t always the face of the female phenomenon, “Sex in the City.”  This blonde, blue-eyed beauty was daughter to a hard-working school teacher mother and a truck-driving, father. One of 8 children (including four half siblings), her parents went on welfare several times to make ends meet. You may remember this starlet as a young girl in the 80’s teen hit, “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” but before that, she was your favorite red, curly-haired orphan, “Annie” on Broadway.  Her role as “Annie” came after a part in an insignificant production of “The Sound of Music” in St. Louis, Missouri. Though Parker became successful at a very young age, she also had to grow up fast.  Prior to her Broadway beginnings, she landed roles in minor dance productions and brought home small paychecks that she’d turn over to her parents for bills.  Contributing to your family’s finances at the age of 10...well that is simply remarkable.  

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