Natalie Portman 1 of 3A 4.0 high school student, Natalie Portman reportedly skipped the premiere of Star Wars: Episode I to study for final exams and told an interviewer, "I’d rather be smart than a movie star." And now she’s both (and a new mom, too)! Portman graduated with a bachelor's degree in psychology from Harvard University in 2003 and is fluent in five languages. She's twice been published in scientific journals and in 2006 appeared at Columbia to guest lecture on terrorism and counterterrorism.
Natalie Portman might retire from acting to raise her family »
Conan OBrien 2 of 3This 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. O’Brien wasn’t all seriousness during his school days though — he was also a writer for the humor magazine, The Harvard Lampoon, throughout his 4 years there.
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Lisa Kudrow 3 of 3Kudrow may play dumb as the Friends character Phoebe (“Smelly Cat,” anyone?), but this blonde actress is the exact opposite in real life. Before she went into acting, Kudrow 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.
Lisa is also on Babble’s list of 50 celeb moms who are making a difference »