03/28/2008 02:45 am ET | Updated Nov 17, 2011

7 Famous Career Switches

So great is the number of celebrities who try to make the transition between movies and music or modeling and acting that the trend has become somewhat of a Hollywood cliché -- and often the source of mockery (we're looking at you, Mariah Carey). Some public figures, however, take the career-switching road less traveled on their way to stardom.

The following well-knowns relied on skills from their previous education and experience -- not their famous names or connections -- to carve out successful second careers for themselves.

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