Top 10 Best Educated Hollywood Actresses
10. Brooke Shields
Brooke Christa Shields is an American role model and actress. She was originally a child model and received critical attention at age 12 for her leading role in Louis Malle’s movie Pretty Baby (1978), in which she played a New Orleans child prostitute in the early 20th century. Shields gained widespread popularity in her role, and she continued to model into her late teenage years, starring in many dramas in the 1980s, including The Blue Lagoon (1980) and Endless Love (1981) by Franco Zeffirelli.
In 1987, at Princeton, the longtime model and actress received a Bachelor’s degree in French Literature and the title of her senior thesis was, “The Initiation: From Innocence to Experience: The Pre-Adolescent / Adolescent Journey in Louis Malle’s Films, Pretty Girl, and Lacombe Lucien”
9. Lucy Liu
Lucy Liu is an American actress known for playing Ling Woo’s role in Ally McBeal (1998–2002), O-Ren Ishii in Kill Bill, and Joan Watson in the crime-drama series Elementary (2012–2019). She has secured two Screen Actors Guild Awards during her career, and has won the Best Actress Seoul International Drama Award.
She attended Stuyvesant High School before graduating with a Baccalaureate in Chinese Language and Culture from the University of Michigan.
8. Gabrielle Union
Gabrielle Monique Union-Wade is an actress, voice artist, activist and author from the United States. She began her career in the 1990s, working on TV sitcoms, before taking on supporting roles in teenage comedy films She’s All That and 10 Things I Hate About You (1999). Her breakthrough role was in the film Bring It On in 2000.
She was the first African-American actor or actress to appear in 2001 on the hit situation comedy of NBC’s Friends. Graduated from Los Angeles University of California (UCLA), in 1996. She graduated with a Bachelor in Sociology.
7. Rooney Mara
The American actress Patricia Rooney Mara. Introduced into the sports family of Rooney and Mara, she graduated in 2010, from the Gallatin School of Individualized Learning. She started playing in television and independent films, such as the upcoming drama Tanner Hall (2009), and was first recognised as a supporter in the biographical drama The Social Network (2010) by David Fincher.
Mara graduated from Bedford’s Fox Lane High School in 2003 and enrolled in the Traveling Program, visiting Ecuador, Bolivia and Peru for the four-month study cycle. She then attended the University of George Washington for a year before moving to New York University to study psychology and non-profits.
6. Gemma Chan
Gemma Chan is an English playwright. She is known for her role as Astrid in the 2018 movie Crazy Rich Asians, in which she received widespread acclaim, and as Anita / Mia on the TV drama Humans.
Born in London and born in Kent, Chan studied law at Worcester College, Oxford, attending the Newstead Wood School for Girls. After graduation she took up a job in a law firm, but decided to pursue a career in acting instead, studying acting at the London Drama Centre.
The Crazy Rich Asians star graduated with a law degree from Oxford University in 2004 and Allure claims that the gorgeous Gamma Chan was offered a position with a leading law firm in London after graduation but turned it down to pursue an acting career.
5. Lisa Kudrow
She is an American comedian, actress, actor, singer, and producer. She came to prominence with her main role as Phoebe Buffay in Friends (1994–2004), earning a nomination for the Screen Actors Guild Award, after making guest appearances in many television sitcoms, including Cheers. Initially, Kudrow played twin sister Ursula of Phoebe on tv series Mad About You. Kudrow has received numerous accolades from six nominations, including a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series, two Screen Actors Guild Awards from 12 nominations, and a Golden Globe nomination.
She received the 1998 Emmy Award in a Comedy Series for Outstanding Supporting Actress. Kudrow attended Portola Middle School in Tarzana, CA and later went on to graduate from the Los Angeles Taft High School. She went to Vassar College after high school, where she received her B.Sc. in Biology in 1985.
She is best known for her portrayal of Lois Lane on the TV series Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman (1993–1997), as Paris Carver in the James Bond film Tomorrow Never Dies, and as Susan Mayer in the TV series Desperate Housewives (2004–2012) among several other TV and film roles. She has received the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Musical or Sitcom for her portrayal of Susan Mayer, three Screen Actors Guild Awards (one as the lead female actor and the other two as part of the best ensemble), and a nomination of Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series.
She graduated from De Anza College, Cupertino, with a degree in mathematics and engineering. The actress was the daughter of an electrical engineer and nuclear physicist and maybe she was inspired by it. She is one of the world’s most highly trained Hollywood actresses.
3. Emma Watson
Emma Charlotte Duerre Watson is a playwright, model and activist from England. Born in Paris and raised in Oxfordshire, Watson attended Dragon School and educated in the Stagecoach Theatre Arts branch of Oxford as an actress. She rose to fame as a child with her first professional appearance as Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter film series, having previously only acted in school plays.
She studied at Oxford’s Brown University and Worcester College, and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in English literature.
2. Natalie Portman
Natalie Portman is a former Israeli and American-born actress and director. She has acted in blockbusters and also portrayed mentally troubled women in independent films for which she has won numerous accolades, including an Academy Award and two Golden Globe Awards, prolific in film since a teenager.
She received a B.A. from Harvard University. 2003 in Psychology. At Harvard, Portman had been the research assistant to Alan Dershowitz. She was also a guest lecturer at a Terrorism and Counterterterrorism course at Columbia University.
1. Eva Longoria
An American actress, author, director, activist, and businesswoman, Eva Jacqueline Bastón. Longoria was remembered for her portrayal of Isabella Braña on the CBS daytime soap opera The Young and the Restless, which she appeared on from 2001 to 2003, following a variety of guest roles on many television shows. She is best known for her role as Gabrielle Solis on the Desperate Housewives television show that ran from 2004 to 2012 and for which she received nominations for the Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Award.
She continued her studies at California State University, where she earned her master’s degree in studies in Chicano. Her thesis tended to make STEM vocations absent of decent variety.