Often we associate Hollywood with money, vanity, glamour and a rich and luxurious lifestyle. Most Hollywood actresses nowadays, get involved in a drug fueled lifestyle, but there are a few exceptions. I mean, who doesn’t love a beautiful woman? If she has brains, that’s an added bonus. Beauty and brains often go together and a brainy beauty is not only very appealing but is a stunning combination as well. While we may associate Hollywood actresses with a number of other things, a lot of them are also exceptionally talented and intelligent. We don’t normally see the words, “celebrity” and “brains” in the same sentence, do we? Think about it, in a world where the likes of Kim Kardashian, Paris Hilton, Miley Cyrus and Rihanna are worshiped and are followed everywhere by hoards of screaming fans, what else can you expect? But some celebs have it all, brains, beauty, money and academic degrees!! After all who can resist a woman with intelligence and brains? Quite intimidating, you see .Here is a list of some of the most gorgeous Hollywood beauties who are not only talented and have raked a number of Oscar nominations but also posses an actual thinking, working brain.
10. Emma Watson
The British beauty who gained prominence playing Hermione Granger in the well-known Harry Potter movies is quite book smart in real life as well. We’re all aware of how her character in the movies is a bookworm and Emma Watson is not far behind. Instead of following the usual routine that most young actresses do, she chose to continue her studies. She was reportedly accepted into Harvard, Yale and Columbia. During filming the harry potter movies, she studied up to 5 hours every day and In June 2006, she took the GCSE exams in about ten subjects, achieving eight A* and two A grades. Recently, she chose to attend the prestigious Brown University in Rhode Island, USA and continued to study English in Worcester College, Oxford University as a visitor student. Seems the pretty pixie haired actress has quite a serious head on her shoulders.
9. Jennifer Connelly
This beautiful lady with the most striking green eyes not only has immense talent but brains as well. She mesmerized us with her stellar performances in movies such as, A Beautiful Mind, Labyrinth and Requiem for a Dream but not many people know that she got accepted into the top two colleges, starting her undergraduate career at Yale and finishing it at Stanford. Quite remarkable, you see, since it is hard enough to be accepted into the top five colleges, let alone two. After starring in Labyrinth she was balancing both her acting career and school, studying English for two years in Yale University in 1988 and 1989 after which she transferred to Stanford University to study drama. This dark haired beauty is also quite fluent in French and Italian.
8. Ashley Judd
Ashley Judd who found fame through movies such as Smoke, Heat and Norma Jean & Marilyn is also a political activist. She has a career spanning more than two decades and has become involved in a number humanitarian efforts, but she also spent four years at the University of Kentucky. She has a major in French and a Minor in anthropology, history, theater and women’s studies. While most of us may find it hard to handle a single major, let alone four, she also spent a year studying in France as part of her semester studies. In 2010, she was awarded a Master’s Degree in public administration from Harvard’s Kennedy School of government. She became the global ambassador for YouthAIDS, travelling all over the world as part of the prevention program. A beauty with brains and compassion!
7. Elisabeth Shue
Elisabeth achieved critical acclaim through movies such as The Karate Kid, Adventures in Babysitting, Cocktail, Back to the Future, The Saint and Leaving Las Vegas for which she was nominated for an Academy Award, A golden globe and a BAFTA, which is quite impressive. She is known for her lovable ‘girl next door’ quality, but she is also quite a smartie. She not only attended Wellesley College for her junior year but also Harvard University in 1985.She left the college to pursue her acting career but returned 15 years later to complete her B.A in political Science. She may not be around much nowadays but a lot of us still remember her cute button dance from Adventures in Babysitting. Pretty Adorkable!
6. Mira Sorvino
This lovely actress came into prominence after playing a hopelessly stupid prostitute in Woody Allen’s Mighty Aphrodite. She also garnered Golden Globe and Emmy nominations for her roles in Norma Jean & Marilyn and Human Trafficking. In real life, Mira Sorvino is quite the intellectual, attending Harvard University where she graduated magna cum laude in East Asian Studies and gained a major in Chinese. Not many people know that wrote a Hoopes prize winning thesis on racial issues and conflict in China, researched when she spent a year in Beijing. She is also fluent in Mandarin Chinese. She is also known for her philanthropic and humanistic efforts, winning several awards for her work. Now that is truly, awe-inspiring.
5. Jodie Foster
Who doesn’t know Jodie Foster? If you’re a movie buff, you cannot not talk about memorable movies without mentioning her name. Who can forget her role as a preteen prostitute in Taxi Driver and her remarkable performance in Silence of the Lambs or the gang rape victim in The Accused? She has been awarded the Cecil B Demille award for her outstanding contribution to entertainment. Turns out this talented actress cum director has Yale University as her Alma mater form where she earned a bachelor’s degree in literature. She also attended the Lycée Français de Los Angeles, the famous French prep school and received an honorary doctor of fine art’s degree from Yale. She is fluent in French and Italian and understands German as well as Spanish. She has also dubbed a lot of her movies in French owing to her fluency in the language.
4. Famke Janssen
Fame Janssen is a well-known Dutch actress who played the villainous bond girl Xenia Onatopp in GoldenEye and Jean Grey in the X-Men film series. While her movie roles might scream ‘Bad ass’ , in reality she is quite the brainiac .She studied economics at the University of Amsterdam for a year and later enrolled in Columbia University to study creative writing and literature. Her role as a villain in GoldenEye, where she crushed men to death with her thighs, if you’re wondering about it, go watch it! This beautiful actress cum director was also appointed as the Goodwill Ambassador for Integrity by the United Nations.
3. Natalie Portman
Star Trek fans might remember Natalie Portman from her role as Padmé Amidala and a host of other movies that she did, including the recent critically acclaimed “Black Swan” for which she earned her second golden globe award. She has starred in a number of other great movies such as Closer, V for Vendetta, Garden State, and The Other Boleyn girl. Fans associate her with beauty, brains, sex appeal so it is not surprising to know that she went to Harvard University to study psychology while she was still working as an actress and completed her bachelor’s degree. She finished her high school with a 4.0 GPA and pursued graduate studies at Hebrew university of Jerusalem. Not only that, she has also published two research papers and once even lectured a course on terrorism in Columbia University. She is also fluent in French, Japanese, German and Arabic.
2. Jayne Mansfield
This voluptuous pin up queen of the 50’s and one of Hollywood’s most beautiful bombshell was not only a talented actress but also very smart. She was Hollywood’s original sex siren and also a major Broadway star, not only that she also boasted a 40 inch bust. She had an IQ of 163 and consistently received ‘B’ grade in all of her subjects, including Mathematics. She could play the violin, piano and viola and she also studied Dramatics at the University of Texas at Austin. She was considered to be one of Hollywood’s smartest dumb blonde and was fluent in Spanish and German. If you consider her high IQ and her striking figure, that is quite an impressive combination.
1. Hedy Lamarr
Known for her dark exotic looks, Hedy Lamarr was not only an actress but a mathematician as well. You don’t see that often, now do you? She was celebrated for her great beauty and was cast in a number of well-remembered movies because of her striking looks. Her most famous movie role was as Delilah in Cecil B Demille’s Samson and Delilah. Even though her educational credentials are not known, she and composer George Antheil invented a technique for spread spectrum communication and frequency hopping which came to be used in wireless communication and is used even today in internet Wi-Fi as well as Bluetooth. Both she and George Antheil submitted the idea of a secret communication system and they were granted U.S. Patent 2,292,387 in 1942. She truly personified the notion of beauty with brains.