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Celebrities Who Are Actually Extremely Smart

Sunday, Aug 30, 2020, 3:40 pm

1.Jerry Springer (Talk Show Host)

Jerry Springer has become a shadow of his former self. Though he spends weekdays interviewing random weirdoes from around the globe, Springer is actually one smart cookie. He is a graduate of Northwestern University's School of Law. At the age of 26, he became a political campaign adviser to Robert F. Kennedy. And at the young age of 27, he won a seat on Cincinnati's Council-at-Large. He resigned in 1974 due to a "masseur" scandal, but won his seat back shortly thereafter.

2.Flavor Flav (Rapper/Reality Star)

Rapper Flavor Flav has had his share of woes over the years. He's had some run-ins with the law, but he's a huge figure in the Hip-Hop world. On top of being the most famed hype-man in the music industry, he was seen as a child prodigy growing up. He taught himself how to successfully play the drums, saxophone, guitar, trombone and the French horn. He may not be book smart, but when it comes to playing instruments, Flavor Flav is the leader of the pack.

3.Anderson Cooper (Journalist/Talk Show Host)

Anderson Cooper has both a successful journalism and collegiate career under his belt. He graduated from the Dalton School a semester early, at age 17. Cooper graduated from Yale University with a degree in political science in 1989. He was inducted into the Manuscript Society during his time at Yale. He then went on to study Vietnamese at the University of Hanoi in the 1990s. With all of these accomplishments, it's hard to believe Cooper suffered from dyslexia as a kid.

4.Elisabeth Shue (Actress)

Elisabeth Shue is one actress who pursued more than one dream. In 1994, Shue was inducted into her high school's Hall of Fame. Shue attended the prestigious school, Wellesley College but transferred to Harvard University in 1985. After realizing she had a love for acting, she left the university in 1988 just one semester shy of obtaining her degree. Shue went back to Harvard in 1997 and completed her BA in Political Science in 2000. She did all of this while consistently acting and raising a family.

5.Claire Danes (Actress)

Claire Danes must love school, because she attended so many before turning to acting. She attended the Dalton School in New York City, the New York City Lab School for Collaborative Studies, the Professional Performing Arts School, and the Lycee Fran´┐Żais de Los Angeles in Los Angeles, California. The amount of years Danes spent at each institution is not clear, but she was definitely a busy little bee. In 1998, Danes attended Yale University, but she dropped out after two years of study so she could focus on acting.

6.James Woods (Actor)

James Woods is one of the world's most seasoned actors and judging by his academics, he's probably one of the most intelligent people in Tinseltown. Woods attended Pilgrim High School and reportedly scored a perfect 800 on the verbal section of the SAT and 779 on the math section, making his total score 1579. He received scholarships from two top universities --Tufts University and Johns Hopkins University-- for both undergraduate and graduate. He eventually decided to go to MIT, where he studied political science. Sadly, he dropped out of the university to pursue an acting career.

7.Dolph Lundgren (Actor)

Dolph Lundgren will always be known for his role as 'Drago' in Rocky IV. His character didn't seem like the sharpest knife in the drawer, but the man behind the character is extremely intelligent. He holds a master's degree in chemical engineering from the University of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. In 1983 he was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to MIT. His IQ score is 160. Not bad for a guy who couldn't beat Rocky Balboa.


8.Jodie Foster (Actress)

Jodie Foster's superior intelligence should come as no surprise. Foster graduated as valedictorian from the French-speaking prep school Lycee Francais de Los Angelesin in 1980. She attended Yale University and graduated magna cum laude with a degree in literature; the college went on to give her an honorary degree in 1997. Foster began acting when she was only three-years-old. It has not been confirmed, but she reportedly has an IQ of 132.

9.Natalie Portman (Actress)

Winning an Academy Award for her work inBlack Swan isn't Natalie Portman's only accomplishment in life. Portman is fluent in not two, but five languages. She holds a bachelor's degree in psychology from Harvard University.During her time as a student, Portman even co-authored two research papers that were published in scientific journals.


10.Geena Davis (Actress)

Geena Davis is a Janet-of-all-trades. Aside from being a great actress, she plays the piano, flute, drums and organ.Davis attended Wareham High Schoolbefore becoming an exchange student in Sandviken, Sweden. Her time in Sweden led to her becoming fluent in Swedish.The actress went on to graduate with a bachelor's degree in Drama from Boston University. Davis is a member of MENSA and has an IQ of 140.

11.Alicia Keys (Singer)

Grammy award-winner Alicia Keys is more than just a pretty face. The singer began playing the piano at the age of seven. She Keys enrolled in the Professional Performing Arts School at the age of 12, and began writing songs two years later. Keys went on to graduate from the Professional Performing Arts School as the class valedictorian at the age of 16. She turned down a scholarship to Columbia University, to pursue a music career.


12.Cindy Crawford (Model)

Cindy Crawford is one of the world's most known Supermodels. But even if that career didn't take off, she would've had no problems finding an alternate one. Crawford was the 1984 DeKalb High School valedictorian; earning a 4.0 GPA. She enrolled at Northwestern University on a full academic scholarship to study chemical engineering. She dropped out of NU after only one quarter.

13.Shakira (Singer)

Shakira's hips don't lie and neither do her test scores. The Colombian singer has an IQ of 140. On top of that, Shakira is known to study the language and history of all the countries she visits. She currently speaks English and Portuguese fluently, as well as some Italian, Arabic, and French.

14.Sharon Stone (Actress)

Sharon Stone is recognized for her blonde locks and long legs. Though blondes are referred to as 'airheads,' Stone is far from it. Stone enrolled in Edinboro University in Pennsylvania at the age of 15. The Basic Instinct actress is also a member of Mensa. She has an IQ of 154.

15.Quentin Tarantino (Producer/Director/Actor)

Some people have referred to Quentin Tarantino as being a strange individual, while others see him as brilliant. Truth be told, the latter is an actual fact. Even though Tarantino dropped out of high school, he is actually a member of Mensa- a high IQ society open to individuals with a certain IQ level. Tarantino has an IQ of 160.


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