23 Surprisingly Highly Educated Celebrities

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23 Highly Educated Celebrities

Folks! Correct me if I am wrong, but isn’t it a general perception that those who couldn’t perform better in their studies are the ones that intend to join the entertainment industry? The reality however is upside down. There are many highly qualified and intellectual celebrities who earned fame due to their passion in the entertainment industry and not because of them being bad at their academics. With our list of surprisingly highly educated celebrities we would surely help you in negating the general public perception today:


23. Reese Witherspoon

 Reese Witherspoon

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While the world may know her as the blonde dumb due to her portrayal of the character Elle Woods in 2001’s super hit Legally Blonde, but Reese in reality is counted among the highly intelligent celebrities of Hollywood.

She enrolled at the prestigious Stanford University to major in English Literature but left within a year due to her interest in pursuing a career in acting.


22. Ron Jeremy

Ron Jeremy

Before he started his career in the adult entertainment industry, Ron was a special education teacher. Jeremy earned his BA degree in theatre and education from Queens College in New York.

He continued his educational endeavor even after his graduation and earned his Master’s degree in special education from the same institute.


21. Meryl Streep

Meryl Streep

She earned her B.A degree in Drama from Vassar College; it is the same institute from where she started her acting career. Later she enrolled in School of Drama at Yale University where she earned her degree in Masters of Fine Arts in 1975.

Eight years later Meryl Streep received an honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts from Princeton University in 2009 which is located in New Jersey (her home state).


20. Bradley Cooper

 Bradley Cooper

Bradley Cooper studied at Germantown Academy and after graduating enrolled in Villanova University. He later on got transferred to Georgetown University from where he earned a BA in English.

He continued his educational pursuit until he earned an MFA in acting from Actors Studio Drama School at The New School in New York City.


19. David Duchovny

David Duchovny

The X-Files actor earned a B.A degree from Princeton University, along with a Masters in English from Yale University. In 1987, he enrolled in PhD but abandoned it after being booked for a beer commercial.

Later on, he revealed in an interview that the title of his unfinished thesis was, “Magic and Technology in Contemporary Poetry and Prose.”


18. Conan O’Brien

Conan O Brien

Conan O’Brien earned his Master’s degree in American History majoring history and literature from Harvard University in 1985. He was titled as “preeminent jokester” by the school newspaper.

His thesis was titled as “The Old Child in Faulkner and O’Connor” and consisted of 72 pages.


17. Angela Bassett

 Angela Bassett

Angela Bassett earned Bachelor’s degree from Yale University in Afro-American studies on a scholarship. She later on accepted an MFA in drama from the same university.

As a graduate student she worked with Lloyd Richard (world-renowned director) which paved her career path in the entertainment industry.


16. Hugh Jackman

Hugh Jackman

Best known as the “Sexiest Man Alive” declared by the People Magazine in 2008, the Australian star combines brains and talent together.

Before he earned his recognition as one of the best known Australian faces, he trained himself to be a journalist and received BA degree in Communications from University of Technology in Sydney. In addition to that he has also been a part of the School of Practical Philosophy since 1992.


15. Jodie Foster

Jodie Foster

This Oscar winning glamorous light headed queen was graduated from Yale University in 1985 earning a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature.

Twelve years later Jodie was awarded an honorary PhD degree from the same University in 1997 due to her professional achievements.


14. Miuccia Prada

Miuccia Prada

This fashion world tycoon, best known for PRADA, earned a PhD in Political Sciences from University of Milan. She has also over five years experience of performing as a mime artist.


13. Spike Lee

Spike Lee

Regarded as the famous African-American filmmaker, who has revolutionized the participation of the Blacks in the entertainment industry, Spike Lee earned his BA degree from Morehouse College, Georgia.

Later on, Lee earned his Master’s degree in Fine Arts degree in Film and Television from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.


12. Lisa Kudrow

Lisa Kudrow

Lisa Kudrow (also known as Phoebe Lisa Kudrow) is totally opposite in her real life to what she appears on-screen. She is a graduate of Vassar College earning a degree in biology.

Before she was spotted on the prime show Friends (which later earned her an Emmy award), she was a medical researcher for over eight years.