Here Are 26 Celeb Backstories That’ll Cook Your Noodle

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There's so much media devoted to revealing every detail of celebrity lives, you'd think we'd all be completely familiar with every nuance of every famous person's past. But as it turns out, the paparazzi have been falling down on the job.

Otherwise, how could we not know about:

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Adam Driver, the actor that portrays Kylo Ren in the latest Star Wars trilogy, decided to join the military after the 9 /11 tragedy. After two years i

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CRACKED.COM Comedic actor Steve Carrell was originally going to pursue a career in law! He changed his mind while filling out his law school applicati

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CRACRED.COIM The Barefoot Contessa was a Nuclear Policy Analyst during the Ford and Carter administrations. She left her high ranking position to buil

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Eccentric filmmaker David Lynch was a Boy Scout. CRACKED.COM Lynch achieved the rank of Eagle Scout. The director even got to participate in John F. K

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Before she was a superstar, Arlana Orande was known in the news as the 'BocA Kia' for getting struck by hockey BOCA KID GETS A PUCK pucks, AND not ICE

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CRACKED CON COM Dog the Bounty Hunter believes he spoke to an angel. On a flight home from prison, a 25-year-old Duane Chapman had a conversation with

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JIM GAFFIGAN WAS A WALK-ON PLAYER FOR A BIG TEN CONFERENCE FOOTBALL TEAM. PURDUE 60 Gaffigan played for the Purdue Boilermakers after walking on the t

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CRACKED Emma Stone used to work in a bakery... for dogs.

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CRACKED c COM Weird AI Yankovic grew up in a very conservative home. Indulgences like sleepovers were off the table, skipping church wasn't even a c

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Pope of Trash and Prince of Puke lohn Waters had parents. very supportive Although he was raised Roman Catholic, his parents were very accepting and u

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Glenn Close was raised in a cult. Close's parents joined the Moral Re-Armament, a right-wing religious cult, when she was seven and she was in it up u

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Arnold Schwarzenegger, Hollywood tough guy, also took ballet lessons.

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Jackie Chan was a very naughty boy. While being interviewed at the premiere of The Karate Kid, the actor revealed that he bullied a fellow child whe

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STAN LEE worked on written manuals, and training films for the U.S. Army during World War D. cartoonists charles Addams ORAOE and Theodore Geisel also

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Before developing an interest in acting, LeVar Burton dreamt of becoming a Catholic priest. He got as far as enrolling at St. Pius X, a theological se

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CRACKED.COM Leighton Meester was a prison baby. ab The Gossip Girl star was born in very unconventional circumstances - her mother gave birth to her w

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IDRIS ELBA USED TO SELL WEED BEFORE HE GOT HIS BIG BREAK. When Elba first came to the U.S. he had trouble finding acting work. He ended up DJ-ing in n

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Helen Mirren was a carnival barker. Her job was talking fast and loud to draw people to a dart stall.

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BdRoss CRACKEDC didn't actually like his trademark perm. He adopted the style to save money on haircuts while he was traveling the country in a motor

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Missy Elliott was bumped up two grades in school, because her IQ was super high. WANG She got so lonely, she decided to fail everything and get moved

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Rihanna used to be an army cadet... ...and Shontelle used to be her drill sergeant. CRACKED.COM

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NEil Gaiman gREW up in a h-Ranking Scientologisit household. His father worked in the Scientology public relations department. As a result, most of hi

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Angelina Jolie aspired to become a funeral director, and even took up mortuary science to prepare for it in case her Hollywood career didn't work out.

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CRACKEDcO Ozzy Osbourne, the man who famously bit off the head of a dead bat, gets freaked out by slasher movies.

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Hunter S Thompson, CRACKED COM the famous gonzo journalist and complete lunatic, started his career, of all places, in the military. Predictably, he w

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Emily Blunt suffered from a debilitating stutter as a child. After speech and relaxation coaches didn't work a teacher suggested she perform in the sc