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Tue, 17 Apr 2012 10:20:13 GMT | By Alana Horowitz and Vivian Giang, Business Insider
17 people who got fired before they became rich and famous

Madonna lost her job at Dunkin’ Donuts for squirting jelly filling all over customers.

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When Madonna dropped out of college and moved to New York to find fame, she had a rough start. Strapped for cash, she took a job at Dunkin' Donuts in Times Square. She didn't even last a day. After squirting jelly filling all over a customer, her managers gave her the boot.

The Material Girl went through several fast food and waitressing jobs before she was introduced to the city's punk rock music scene in 1979.

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