Burt Lancaster was a performer, producer, gymnast and iconoclast, and, from his earliest beginnings, always a star.
He earned an athletic scholarship to New York University but by the middle of his sophomore year he quit to join the circus, eventually working his way up to a tour with Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey.
An injury, however, led him to look for other work. He was a floorwalker in the lingerie department of the Marshall Field store in Chicago, a salesman in the same store's haberdashery department, a firefighter, a truck driver and an engineer for a meatpacking plant.
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The Times’ virtual tour puts readers on the streets of Hollywood to visit the nearly 2,400 stars on the Walk of Fame.
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