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The Surprising Post-Fame Lives of Celebrities You’ve Long Forgotten About

By Tiffany White

Not all celebrities want to be famous forever. For some, they reach a level where they get sick of the business, while others simply stop finding work and give up. So what do actors do after fame? Apparently write books and become MMA fighters. It's a little surprising, but totally understandable. After all, with so many celebrities suffering from burnout, it's no wonder some of them say, "Screw it, I'm going to law school."

Below, a few actors who decided to pursue wildly different careers after fame.

1. Nikki Blonsky

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Source: New Line Cinema, Instagram

Nikki was working at Cold Stone when she was picked to appear in Hairspray after submitting an audition video. Although she got to dance next to Zac Efron and John Travolta, when job offers started to dry up, she took a job working at an upscale shoe boutique in her hometown of Great Neck, NY. However, when websites started reporting that the former star of Hairspray was now selling shoes for a living, Nikki quickly backtracked and said she was only working there to "try something new." Riiiight. Today, she works part-time as a hairstylist and makeup artist and often makes appearances at conventions.