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15 Celebrities Who Are Legitimate Geniuses

Contrary to popular belief, it's not just possessing great looks that allows you to get through life easier than most. More often than not we really do need to have the brain power to be successful, b

Contrary to popular belief, it's not just possessing great looks that allows you to get through life easier than most. More often than not we really do need to have the brain power to be successful, but of course having the combination of good looks and brains doesn't hurt either. Nowadays, it seems that most people are under the impression that celebrities generally aren't that smart, and can we really blame them? With "role models" like Kim Kardashian, Paris Hilton, Kanye West... Oh, the list could go on and on when it comes to celebrities that seem to only be famous for their looks or for being part of crazy and unimportant antics that end up on every tabloid possible.

However, there are quite a few celebrities who are highly intelligent and deserve a notable mention for their educational backgrounds. You may be surprised to find out that some of your favorite celebrities  have high IQ's and have attended reputable Ivy League schools, and some of them have obtained degrees in different fields of study.

Here is our list of 15 of the smartest celebrities in the world.

15 James Woods

14 Rashida Jones

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13 Sharon Stone

12 Hugh Jackman

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11 Steve Martin

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10 Meryl Streep

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9 Jordana Brewster

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8 Jennifer Connelly

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7 Famke Janssen

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6 Julia Stiles

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5 Cindy Crawford

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4 Conan O'Brien

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3 David Duchovny

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2 James Franco

1 Mayim Bialik

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Mayim Bialik starred as the nerdy, eccentric pre-teen on NBC's hit show Blossom in the early '90s.  After the sitcom ended she studied Neuroscience and Hebrew studies at UCLA in 2000. In 2005, she took a step back from her studies and decided to go back into acting. She is now a regular on  The Big Bang Theory, where she plays  Amy Farrah Fowler, Sheldon Cooper's love interest. Despite being part of an extremely popular hit TV series, Mayim obtained her PH.D in Neuroscience in 2007.

Sources: herinterest.com, businessinsider.com

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