16 famous people who surprisingly started their careers in advertising

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Hugh Hefner was a copywriter before setting up Playboy.

Some of the world's most successful authors, actors, and directors kicked off their careers in advertising.

Many approached the ad industry with enthusiasm - rising to the C-suite and creating some of the most iconic slogans of all time. Others saw it as a means to an end, staying until they got their first big break indulging their true passion.

We gathered 16 of the most surprising names that began their careers using their innate creativity to sell products.

Laura Stampler compiled an earlier version of this report.

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