15 Successful People Who Started Their Careers At McDonald’s

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With all the news that McDonald’s is planning to add 50,000 new jobs to the country this year, why not see whose examples you can follow?

The company has employed several people we now know as singers, actors, or successful business people. CBS Moneywatch has this list of celebrities who worked for the fast food chain at one point in their lives before breaking through to their own success.

We dug around to find some more.

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content=”By her own admission, McAdams wasn’t a great employee.

‘I’m not sure why they kept me: I am something of a daydreamer and a dawdler, so they would only let me be the ‘friendly voice’ that greeted you when you entered the restaurant,’ she told the Huffington Post.”
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title=”Fred Durst”
content=”Before joining Limp Bizkit, he was working in the morning shift at a McDonald’s restaurant in Florida.”
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title=”Jeff Bezos”
content=”The Amazon founder used to work at McDonald’s, and he recently told Fast Company that “one of the great gifts I got from that job is that I can crack eggs with one hand. My favourite shift was Saturday morning. The first thing I would do is get a big bowl and crack 300 eggs into it.””
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title=”Sharon Stone”
content=”Stone is a movie star and McDonald’s alumnus.”
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title=”Macy grey”
content=”After making it as a singer, grey appeared in a McDonald’s commercial to deliver the line ‘The action, the fun, the people, the sense of accomplishment — it truly was my first big break!'”
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title=”Jay Leno”
content=”Leno used to work at the McDonald’s on Main Street in Andover, Massachusetts in the early ’70s.”
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title=”Seal”
content=”Seal worked at McDonald’s for two weeks – just long enough to earn one paycheck.”
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title=”Andy Card, Chief of Staff under George W. Bush”
content=”He’s the one who famously whispered news of the 9/11 attacks into President Bush’s ear while Bush was reading a book to schoolchildren.”
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title=”Carl Lewis”
content=”The Olympic gold medalist attributes some of his appreciation of timing to working at McDonald’s.

‘Time is very important … you couldn’t let the fries get cold. If I was 10 seconds off, I’d have no gold medal,’ he said.
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title=”Pink”
content=”Pink is less grateful. The singer says she is still haunted by nightmares about working at the fast food chain.

‘Sometimes I dream I am back there, broke and working at McDonalds. It’s like the worst nightmare because I would never want to be back there. I’ve worked hard to get where I am,’ she said.”
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title=”Joe Kernan, former governor of Indiana”
content=”After McDonald’s, he served in the Navy overseas and became mayor of South Bend, Indiana.”
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title=”Star Jones”
content=”Before her famous $1 million wedding, she was a fry cook for the Golden Arches.”
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title=”Keenan Wayans”
content=”Wayans managed his local McDonald’s before graduating high school.”
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title=”Shania Twain”
content=”Before becoming a country and pop artist, she worked at a McDonald’s in Ontario.”
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title=”DL Hughley”
content=”Hughley’s first job was cleaning the McDonald’s lobby. Now he’s hit mainstream success in film and television.”
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title=”BONUS: T-Pain very nearly worked there”
content=”Times were tough for him a few years ago.

‘I was eating mayonnaise out of the jar. I had an application in my hand,’ he told Associated Press.”
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title=”For more humble beginnings, check out:”
content=”The Humble First Jobs Of 15 Hotshots >>
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