Circus roadie, ice-cream scooper: The first jobs of famous couples

Thu Sep 3, 2015 2:45pm EDT
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By Chris Taylor

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Before they found fame, or found each other, what did celebrity couples like Dr Phil and Robin McGraw do in their first jobs?

In the latest in Reuters' monthly 'First Jobs' series, we talked to couples who work as TV personalities, actors, models or authors about their first gigs and found their starts were often humble.

Dr. Phil & Robin McGraw

Dr. Phil: Back in Oklahoma City, I had several jobs at one time, when I was around 13 years old. I had a paper route, worked at an A&W root beer stand, and at also a local chain called Pizza Planet. It was my stomach that encouraged me to do all that: We need money, and it was not for playing around. It was for paying utilities and stuff like that.

Soon after I got hired at the A&W was when they put us on skates. I was not a bad athlete, but I have the worst balance. So when they put me on skates, I was not long for that world. I was scattering stuff all over the parking lot. I think there are still some hamburgers rolling around.

This was around 1963, and we didn't even get minimum wage - it was 75 cents plus tips. You can always tell if someone's been really poor. They know that if you don't work and get paid that day, you don't eat.


Author Robin McGraw and TV personality Phil McGraw arrive at the 50th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards in Arlington, Texas April 19, 2015.    REUTERS/Mike Stone