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The Top 10 Big-Brained Beauties

by girls   April 10, 2009 at 10:00AM  |  Views: 6,320

Hollywood is full of beautiful women who are ridiculously hot but thick as two bricks. These types of celebrity women trade on their looks, rather than their intellect. But what about those Hollywood women who are a package deal - those who are both beautiful and brainy?

10. Alicia Keys


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Alicia Keys is a talented woman who began writing songs at age 14. She is classically trained, having mastered classical music by great composers such as Beethoven, Mozart, and Chopin. She graduated valedictorian from the prestigious Professional Performing Arts School of Manhattan at age 16. She was offered a scholarship to Columbia University, but dropped out after four weeks to pursue her music career.

9. Claire Danes


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Claire Danes put her acting career on hold to study psychology at Yale University. Prior to attending Yale she finished high school at the Le Lycée Français de Los Angeles, a bilingual school that teaches in French and English. The Romeo + Juliet star, who describes her background as “WASPy as you can get” comes from a long line of Yale alums. Her grandfather was the dean of the School of Art and Architecture and her father also graduated from the Ivy League school. Danes had her letter of recommendation written by director Oliver Stone. However, like Stone, Danes has yet to complete her degree.

8. Danica McKellar


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Danica McKellar is best known for her role as Winnie Cooper on the television show The Wonder Years. After leaving the show, Danica studied mathematics at UCLA, graduating summa cum laude. While an undergraduate she co-authored a scientific paper with a fellow student and a professor. Their results are termed the "Chayes-McKellar-Winn theorem."

Since finishing college, Danica has authored two books on mathematics, Math Doesn't Suck: How to Survive Middle-School Math without Losing Your Mind or Breaking a Nail and Kiss My Math: Showing Pre-Algebra Who's Boss. The books aim to encourage young girls to enjoy math by showing “girls that math is accessible and relevant, and even a little glamorous” and to counteract “damaging social messages telling young girls that math and science aren't for them.” Danica’s books have been praised for inspiring young women to delve into the world of mathematics.

7. Jennifer Connelly


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Jennifer Connelly has been in the entertainment business for a long time. Her career started at the age of 10 when she appeared in print and television commercials. By age 11 she had made her feature film debut. In the midst of a promising career, Jennifer headed to college. She studied English literature at Yale and took her studies very seriously. She told Interview magazine in 2002, "I pulled a lot of all-nighters in the library right off the bat, and I didn't have a really strong social life." After two years, Jennifer transferred to Stanford University and completed her bachelor degree. She is also fluent in French and Italian.

6. Asia Carrera



Asia Carrera is a former adult entertainment star who has a really big brain. Born Jessica Steinhauser, the half-German, half-Japanese beauty had performed classical piano twice at Carnegie Hall before the age of 15. By 16, she was teaching English at a Japanese college. She was awarded a full academic scholarship to Rutgers University and is reportedly a member of the high IQ society Mensa. At age 17, she ran away from home and fell into the adult entertainment business. Asia was one of the first women in pornography to have her own website. She literally wrote the website’s code herself. Asia retired from the adult entertainment business in 2003.