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Before these celebrities became famous in Hollywood movies, TV shows, sports, business, or government, they had regular jobs just like you and me. Click the links below to see what your favorite stars did before they were famous.

Ricki Lake
Ricki Lake was the waitress (Charlotte) that served David Arquette and Luke Perry the hot dog in Buffy The Vampire Slayer.
Burt Lancaster
Burt Lancaster once worked as an acrobat in a circus until an injury forced him to quit.
Nathan Lane
Nathan Lane had a job delivering singing telegrams.
Angela Lansbury
Just before being signed by MGM, Angela Lansbury was working in Bullocks department store in Los Angeles with her mother Moyna.
Queen Latifah
Queen Latifah worked for a short time at Burger King.
Cyndi Lauper
Cyndi Lauper used to have a job cleaning out dog kennels.
Cyndi had MANY odd jobs, ranging from a "hot walker" of horses at Belmont Race Track, an ear piercer, a salesclerk in a vintage clothing store, and a singing waitress in a Japanese piano bar.
Ralph Lauren
Fashion designer Ralph Lauren was once a salesman - selling gloves!.
Ralph Lauren was a sweater salesman at Bloomingdale's.
Avril Lavigne
When Avril Lavigne was 13 years old, she won a radio show contest and got to perform a duet with country music star Shania Twain on her first major tour.
Lucy Lawless
Before her notable role as Xena, Lucy Lawless had traveled to Australia and worked for a gold-mining company in a small outback town.
Simon Le Bon
Simon Le Bon (of Duran Duran) was once a milkman's assistant, tree surgeon and a hospital porter.
Matt LeBlanc
Long before the TV series Friends, Matt LeBlanc had trained to be a professional carpenter. LeBlanc also appeared in 1980s commercials for Heinz Tomato Ketchup, Levi's jeans, and Cherry 7-up, and two music videos: Alanis Morissette's "Walk Away" and Bob Seger's "Night Moves."
Heath Ledger
Ledger's first acting gig was in a 1996 Australian TV series called "Sweat" where he played a gay elite cyclist.
Jason Lee
Long before "My Name is Earl," Jason Lee was a pro skateboarder for eight years before Kevin Smith gave him his break in acting.
John Legend
Grammy Award-winning John Legend said he used to clean musical instruments & work at Sears.
Jennifer Jason Leigh
One of Jennifer Jason Leigh's first jobs was wrapping gifts in a gift wrap shop.
Jay Leno
In the 1970s, Jay Leno got his show biz start with a two-word part in an episode of the detective show Holmes & Yoyo.
David Letterman
Letterman was once a writer on the TV show "Good Times."
David Letterman did guest appearances on "Mork and Mindy" and "Open All Night."
Letterman was a stock boy at Atlas grocery store in Indianapolis. He also was a weatherman on the local news in Indianapolis.
Carl Lewis
Olympic medalist Carl Lewis once worked at McDonald's. He appeared in a 2006 commercial saying "Working at McDonald's really helped lay the foundation for my career."
Emmanuel Lewis
Before Emmanuel Lewis found fame on the TV series "Webster," he had appeared in over 50 TV commercials including Colgate toothpaste and Burger King.
Jerry Lewis
Jerry Lewis was once a bell boy.
Evangeline Lilly
Evangeline Lilly (from the TV show Lost) used to be a flight attendant.
Rush Limbaugh
Rush Limbaugh was a shoe shiner at one point.
Rush Limbaugh worked for the Kansas City Royals.
Lucy Liu
Lucy Liu was an aerobics instructor at one point.
LL Cool J
The only non-entertainment job LL had as a kid was a brief stint as a paper boy.
Lindsay Lohan
Lindsay Lohan began modeling at age three, then appeared in over 60 TV commercials (including a Jell-O commercial with Bill Cosby). Lohan also starred on "Another World" at age 10.
Eva Longoria
Eva Longoria can be seen in a 2000 episode of Beverly Hills, 90210. Her acting career didn't start until after she had graduated from college with a degree in Kinesiology.
Jennifer Lopez
In 1991, Lopez got her break as a "Fly Girl" dancer on the TV show "In Living Color." She had been rejected for the role twice before.
In the 90s, Jennifer Lopez was a back-up dancer for Janet Jackson.
Patty Lovelace
Patty was a waitress at Alston Bridges Barbeque restaurant in Shelby, NC before making it big in Nashville.


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