Is High School Necessary? How About Higher Education?

It is a given that high school for the majority of us is necessary.  The same goes for college or university.  While it might not get you what you thought you wanted, it has valuable lessons.  What about those who decided to drop out of high school or not go onto college or a university who are a part of Hollywood?  Here are some who dropped out of high school and doing fine when it comes to money and others who are also fine who stepped away from Hollywood to continue their education.  For all the ones who come and leave Hollywood within a few years, these are the ones who manged to start on the bottom rungs of the ladder and stayed.  The sources are from Bazaar, People, and IMBb.

The Drop Outs

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Jennifer Lawrence dropped out of middle school at age 14.  The first thing she starred in was a TV Monk episode in 2006.

Tom Cruise dropped out of high school at age 15.  The first thing he starred in was the movie Endless Love in 1981.

Catherine Zeta-Jones dropped out of high school at age 15.  The first thing she starred in was the movie Les 1002 nuits in 1980.

Johnny Depp dropped out of high school at age 15.  The first thing he starred in was the movie A Nightmare on Elm Street in 1984.

Chris Rock dropped out of high school at age 16.  The first thing he starred in was the movie Krush Groove in 1985.

John Travolta dropped out of high school at age 16.  The first thing he starred in was a TV Emergency! episode in 1972.

Nicole Kidman dropped out of high school at age 16.  The first thing she starred in was the movie Bush Christmas in 1973.

Cameron Diaz dropped out of high school at age 16.  The first thing she starred in was the movie The Mask in 1994.

Hilary Swank dropped out of high school at age 16.  The first thing she starred in was a TV ABC TGIF episode in 1989.

Patrick Dempsey dropped out of high school at age 17.  The first thing he starred in was the movie Heaven Help Us in 1985.

Daniel Radcliffe dropped out of high school at age 17.  The first thing he starred in was a TV miniseries David Copperfield in 1999.

Keanu Reeves dropped out of high school at age 17.  The first thing he starred in was a TV Hangin’ In episode in 1984.

Christina Applegate dropped out of high school at age 17.  The first thing she starred in was the movie Jaws of Satan in 1981.

Jude Law dropped out of high school at age 17.  The first thing he starred in was a TV movie The Ragged Child in 1988.

Ryan Gosling dropped out of high school at age 17.  The first thing he starred in was a TV  Are You Afraid of the Dark? episode in 1995.

Robert Downey Jr. dropped out of college at age 17.  The first thing he starred in was the movie Pound in 1970.

Whoopi Goldberg dropped out of high school at age 17.  The first thing she starred in was the movie Citizen in 1982.

Marlon Brandon was expelled from high school and military academy at age 17 or 18.  The first thing he starred in was a TV Actor’s Studio episode in 1949.

The Higher Educated

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Angela Bassett graduated from Yale in 1980 and 1983.  The first thing she starred in was a TV Ryan’s Hope episode in 1987

Conan O’Brien graduated from Harvard in 1985.  The first thing he wrote were TV Not Necessarily the News episodes in 1985 and 1986.

Jodie Foster graduated from Yale in 1985.  The first thing she starred in was a TV The Doris Day Show episode in 1969.

Brooke Shields graduated from Princeton in 1987.  The first thing she starred in was a TV The Doctors episode in 1963.

Connie Britton graduated from Dartmouth in 1989.  The first thing she starred in was the movie The Brothers McMullen in 1995.

Julie Bowen graduated from Brown in 1991.  The first thing she starred in was a TV Loving episode in 1992.

Maggie Gyllenhaal graduated from Columbia in 1995.  The first thing she starred in was  the movie Waterland in 1992.

Elizabeth Banks graduated from University of Pennsylvania in 1996.  The first thing she starred in was the movie Surrender Dorothy in 1998.

Rashida Jones graduated from Harvard in 1997.  The first thing she starred in was a TV miniseries The Last Don episode in 1997.

John Krasinski graduated from Brown in 2001.  The first thing he starred in was the movie State and Main in 2000.

Mindy Kaling graduated from Dartmouth in 2001.  The first thing she starred in was the movie The 40-Year-Old Virgin in 2005.

Ellie Kemper graduated from Princeton in 2002.  The first thing she starred in was a TV Neutrino episode in 1999.

Natalie Portman graduated from Harvard in 2003.  The first thing she starred in was the movie Léon: The Professional in 1994.

Julia Stiles graduated from Columbia in 2005.  The first thing she starred in was a TV Ghostwriter episodes in 1994.

Emma Watson graduated from Brown in 2014.  The first thing she starred in was the movie Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone in 2001.

Best of the Best

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If you’re wondering what are the best ranking U.S. colleges in 2019 from U.S. News & World Report, the top 20 are the following.  We all know someone doesn’t need to attend any of them to make a difference or be successful (in your own way), but for those that are smart enough to get accepted (I know a few), great job because not many do for one reason or another.

19. Washington University in St. Louis in St. Louis, MO

19. University of California-Los Angeles in Los Angeles, CA

18. University of Notre Dame in Notre Dame, IN

16. Rice University in Houston, TX

16. Cornell University in Ithaca, NY

14. Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN

14. Brown University in Providence, RI

12. Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH

12. California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, CA

10. Northwestern University in Evanston, IL

10. John Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD

9. University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA

8. Duke University in Durham, NC

7. Stanford University in Stanford, CA

3. Yale University in New Haven, CT

3. University of Chicago in Chicago, IL

3. Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, MA

3. Columbia University in New York, NY

2. Harvard University in Cambridge, MA

1. Princeton University in Princeton, NJ

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