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Former Jobs of 12 Celebrities

Whoopi Goldberg

With careers as a stand-up comedian, actor, and TV talk show host, Academy Award-winner Whoopi Goldberg has firmly established herself as an outspoken, emancipated, confident star. But Goldberg wasn't always living in the lap of luxury. Growing up in the tough Chelsea projects in New York City, her first job was as a bricklayer. When that position fizzled out, she took on the role of a garbage collector and then a funeral makeup artist -- whatever job she could get to make ends meet.