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TheDailyBeast: Stars’ Worst Pre-Fame Jobs

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J.K. Rowling: Secretary

Before amassing a $1 billion fortune from her "Harry Potter" series of wizardry novels, author Joanne “Jo” Rowling was a single mother on welfare. Shortly after her split from Portuguese television journalist Jorge Arantes, she was diagnosed with severe clinical depression and contemplated suicide, which inspired the soul-sucking Dementors in the Potter books. Rowling took a series of secretarial positions, but said she “proved to be the worst secretary ever,” according to "J.K. Rowling: The Wizard Behind Harry Potter." “All I ever liked about offices was being able to type up stories on the computer when no one was looking. I was never paying attention in meetings because I was usually scribbling bits of my latest stories in the margins of the pad or thinking up names for my characters. This is a problem when you’re supposed to be taking minutes of the meeting.”

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