Hollywood's smartest parents
Check out some of Hollywood's smartest parents!
In her teens, Kate Beckinsale won the W.H. Smith Young Writer's Competition — a well-known children's writing contest in the UK — not once, but twice. She went on to study French and Russian literature at Oxford before beginning her acting career.
Alicia Keys graduated at the young age of 16 as valedictorian from the Professional Performing Arts School of Manhattan. She also received a full scholarship to Columbia University but gave it up to pursue a career in music.
Conan O’Brien, the famous late-night talk show host and father of two graduated from high school as valedictorian and went on to graduate magna cum laude from Harvard with a bachelor's degree in history and literature.
In high school, Geena Davis went to study drama at Boston University. With an IQ of 140, Davis is a well-known member of Mensa, the international high IQ society, and has received an honorary degree from Bates College.
Before she was the first African-American to represent the United States in the Miss World competition — and long before she was Catwoman — Halle Berry studied broadcast journalism at Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland, Ohio.
Even though she started as a child star, Jennifer Connelly didn't put her studies by the wayside. She attended Yale for two years and then transferred to Stanford to complete her Bachelor's degree in English. She is also fluent in French and Italian.
Jodie Foster began reading at age 3, graduating as valedictorian from Lycee Francais, a French-speaking school in Los Angeles. Afterwards, she attended Yale and graduated magna cum laude with a degree in literature.
Before Lisa Kudrow went into acting, she received her B.S. in biology from Vassar and worked on her doctor father's staff for 8 years, earning recognition for her medical research on headaches.
A consistent straight-A student through grade school and high school, Matt Damon studied English at Harvard University. Although he left college a mere two weeks before graduation, he continues to fight for education issues today.
Natalie Portman reportedly told an interviewer, "I’d rather be smart than a movie star." She graduated with a bachelor's degree in psychology from Harvard University in 2003 and is fluent in five languages.
Sharon Stone enrolled in Edinboro University in Pennsylvania at the young age of 15, she is a Mensa member with an IQ of 154, there’s no disputing this celeb mom has the brains to choose her words more carefully next time.
Ashley Judd majored in French, with minors in anthropology, art history, theater, and women’s studies. After leaving school in 1990 just one course shy of graduation, she finally graduated in 2007.
Though an accomplished actress, Maggie Gyllenhaal studied Eastern religions at Columbia University. She received her degree in 1998.