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The Top 10 Big-Brained Beauties

by girls   April 10, 2009 at 10:00AM  |  Views: 4,443

5. Famke Janssen

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Famke is an actress best known for playing sexy super-heroine Dr. Jean Grey in the X-Men films. She was born in the Netherlands and moved to the United States at age 20 to pursue a modeling career. She speaks her native Dutch, as well as English, German, and French. While living in New York City, she studied writing and literature at Columbia University. She later attended the University of Amsterdam to study Economics.  In early 2008, she was appointed a United Nations Goodwill Ambassador for Integrity at the Second Conference of the States Parties to the United Nations Convention against Corruption, held in Bali. This woman really can save the world with her mind.

4. Cindy Crawford

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Cindy Crawford has adorned more magazine covers than any model in history. She was one of the most in demand models of the 1980s and 1990s. Even since her retirement from modeling she is still in the public eye, endorsing products and launching her own furniture line. Cindy could have taken another route in life and become a scientist. The sexy supermodel graduated valedictorian from high school with a 4.0 GPA. She accepted a scholarship to study Chemical Engineering at Northwestern University. After one quarter she decided to leave college to focus on modeling full time.

3. Rashida Jones

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Rashida Jones is both gorgeous and intelligent. The star of I Love You Man and series regular on The Office is the daughter of music mogul Quincy Jones. She attended a private school in Los Angeles, where she made the National Honor Society and was voted "Most Likely To Succeed" by her classmates. She later attended Harvard University, where she studied philosophy and religion.

2. Kate Beckinsale

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Kate Beckinsale is a British brunette with a beautiful brain. The actress is fluent in German, Russian, French, and English. While in high school, she won the W.H. Smith Young Writer’s competition twice. She won the first time for a collection of three short stories and won the second time for three poems. After high school the Underworld star studied French and Russian literature at New College, which is part of the famed University of Oxford.

1. Natalie Portman

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Natalie Portman once stated she’d “rather be smart than be a movie star.” Well, she is both. Natalie first found fame at age 13, staring in Luc Besson’s Leon. Even as a child star she managed to juggle acting roles with her school commitments. She skipped the premiere of Star Wars: Episode 1 so she could study for her high school finals. She graduated from high school with a 4.0 GPA and was accepted to Harvard. While at Harvard she earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology. Later, she pursued graduate studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She is fluent in Hebrew and can speak French, Japanese, German, and Arabic.  Portman is also a published author. As a student she co-authored two research papers that were published in scientific journals. She also appeared as a guest lecturer at Columbia University.

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