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Cosmo Top 10: Celebrities Who Took Daring Career Moves

One misstep and your career in showbiz could be over. Most stars don't take chances with their work. These celebs did. They dared, and it paid off!

The entertainment industry is a fickle one. Like Heidi Klum says on Project Runway, "one day you're in, the next day, you're out." She might be talking about fashion, but she's definitely talking about showbiz, too. You could be the biggest star in the world this week, and the next week, you could be a has-been who peaked at 25. One wrong move and your career could go up in flames.

One bad performance or one bad role and you could be casually dismissed by really important directors for the rest of your life. Say one wrong thing and you could go from showbiz sweetheart to public enemy number one.

That's why stars and celebrities are so careful about how they conduct their careers. That's why so few of them take major risks—they like the way things are. They don't want it to change. They don't take chances so that things don't go wrong.

Not these stars.

These 10 stars took big risks. They dared, and because they dared, they received critical acclaim. For some of them, taking that leap helped them reach greater heights than anyone ever thought they would.

Click through the Gallery to see which 10 stars took daring career moves—risks that ultimately worked in their favor. Tell us when you comment which other stars you think should be part of this list.

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