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These Shocking Celebrity Facts Totally Blew Our Minds

One of the side-effects of becoming famous is that your life suddenly becomes the property of the world. That means we all know quite a bit about the celebrities that we really love because the spotlight is always on them.

However, we'd bet that many folks don't know these shocking facts about the following celebrities. That's because famous people try very hard to keep their least understandable moments out of the public eye.

Take a walk with us and let's see inside the private lives of some of the most famous people in the world, it's a fascinating view point.

1. Leighton Meester Was Born Inside A Jail

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Leighton's mother was a convicted smuggler of illegal substances and she gave birth to Leighton in jail. Leighton's grandmother was responsible for raising her until her mother was released.

2. He Had A Dream And He Was A Trekkie

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The original Uhura (played by Michelle Nichols) was lucky enough to meet Martin Luther King Jr., and he told her he was a huge fan of her role on Star Trek.

3. Christopher Walken Tamed Lions

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These aren't metaphorical lions, either. Christopher Walken ran away from home as a teenager to join the circus where he tamed real live lions.

4. Amy Adams Worked As A Risque Watiress

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When Amy Adams was a struggling actress who needed a car, she raised the money by taking a proper job as a waitress at Hooters.

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5. Jeremy Renner Was A Wiz With Makeup

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Before he got into the acting game, Jeremy Renner was working as a makeup artist. They say that he was a very good makeup artist, too.

6. Basketball Isn't Kobe's Only Talent

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Kobe Bryant's family moved around a lot when he was young, and when he was six he ended up in Italy. He speaks fluent Italian and Spanish as a result of that.

7. Ke$ha's No Dummy

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Her stage persona may be a bit shocking, but she's definitely a bright girl. Ke$ha's SAT score was a very credible 1,500 (out of a maximum of 1,600).

8. Steve Buscemi Put Out Fires For A Living

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Steve Buscemi was a firefighter and in fact, he went back into action on 9/11 and was part of the team at Ground Zero.

9. LMFAO Is Related To A President

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Believe it or not, but the lads in LMFAO are related to President Carter. They're cousins of his via the Motown founder, Berry Gordy.

10. Chuck's Named After A Preacher

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Not only is Chuck Norris named after a preacher, but he's also named after his father (who was the preacher) and his real first name is Carlos.

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11. James Lipton Had A Dodgy Career

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James Lipton recently confessed that for a year, he had a job in France as a "pimp." Not a "pimp" like we understand it, per se. "A pimp exploits and often abuses his women. And it's just the reverse with a 'mec.' A 'mec' works for his women," he explained.

12. Jerry Springer Was A Mayor

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Yes, the world's most shocking talk show host was, in fact, the mayor of Cincinnati, though he only served in the role for a single year.

13. This Is Sonic The Hedgehog

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One thing people don't know about Jaleel White (or Steve Urkel) is that he was the original and classic voice of Sonic the Hedgehog in the games.

14. Scarlett Johansson Is One Of Twins

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Scarlett's twin brother isn't quite identical to her, but they do share a family look. His name is Hunter and he has been known to do some acting too.

15. Jim Carrey Dropped Out Of School

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Jim Carrey's family hit tight financial times when he was just 16, so he left school and got a job at The Titan Wheels factory in Toronto. 

Celebrities may be famous but they are just as human as the rest of us. We hope you enjoyed these insights into their lives. 

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