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Stars Discovered by Chance

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Ellen Pompeo

Many struggling actresses work as waitresses to pay the bills. Ellen Pompeo, on the other hand, is an actress because she was a waitress. The future star was bartending at the SoHo Bar & Grill in New York when a casting director spotted her and thought she'd be a good fit for a L'Oreal ad campaign. A few small TV and film roles later, and Pompeo landed the "Grey's Anatomy" gig that would make her a star.-XFINITY Entertainment Staff

(Photo: Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)

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