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Celebrity Summer Jobs – From Grave-Digging to Dairy Queen

Before they made their millions, many celebrities settled for minimum wage. Though it’s hard to imagine it now, what with their expensive houses, cars and vacations, people like Amy Adams, Gwen Stefani and Brad Pitt actually worked at restaurants, salons and, in the case of ‘Law & Order: SVU’ star Christopher Meloni, the morgue.

Here’s how 10 of the now rich and famous made ends meet during the summer months.

Amy Adams

Before she was cooking her way through ‘Julie & Julia,’ three-time Oscar nominee Amy Adams briefly worked at Hooters to save up for a car.

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Beyonce Knowles

Though she’s now a spokeswoman for L’Oréal, not to mention a 16-time Grammy winner, Beyonce got her start sweeping up hair at her mother’s hair salon.

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Christopher Meloni

Before investigating homicides on TV, soon-to-be-former ‘Law & Order: SVU’ star Christopher Meloni worked as a surgical orderly where he helped transport corpses to the morgue.

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Gwen Stefani

Pop star and fashion icon Gwen Stefani scrubbed the floors at Dairy Queen before joining No Doubt.

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Brad Pitt

Before starring in ‘The Mexican,’ Brad Pitt wore a giant chicken suit to promote the Mexican chicken restaurant El Pollo Loco.

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Warren Beatty

Instead of trying to break into show business, Warren Beatty worked the door. Before becoming a Hollywood icon, Beatty was the stage doorman and official rat catcher at the National Theatre in Washington, D.C.

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Orlando Bloom

Before flexing his archery skills in ‘The Lord of The Rings,’ Orlando Bloom worked as a clay trapper at a shooting range.

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Rod Stewart

Rod Stewart worked as a gravedigger while waiting for his dreams of super-stardom to come to life.

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Matthew McConaughey

Before Matthew McConaughey became a megastar, he spent a year in Australia washing dishes shoveling chicken manure.

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Eva Mendes

Before she decided to stick with acting, Eva Mendes worked at Hot Dog On A Stick

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