It's easy to characterize celebrities as a bunch of dimwitted narcissists, and let's face it, a whole bunch of 'em are. However, Hollywood has its fair share of outliers who're much smarter than you'd think, armed with advanced degrees and MENSA memberships. Can you guess who's got an IQ higher than Stephen Hawking's? Spoiler: it's not Jessica Simpson.
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Who: Queen lead guitarist, hair model Before hitting it big in the '70s, May was enrolled in a doctoral degree program in astrophysics at the Imperial College of London. He took a break when Queen got popular, but eventually finished and earned his PhD in 2007. He's the co-author of several scientific research papers and books about the universe, and even served as chancellor of Liverpool John Moores University from 2008 to 2013.
Who: actor, professional poker player Although he initially aspired to be an eye surgeon, Woods ultimately chose to study political science after being accepted to MIT. He never graduated, but who cares—he reportedly has an IQ of 184 (Einstein and Stephen Hawking clock in at a paltry 160) and is also a member of MENSA.
Who: former child star, current Big Bang Theory star During her hiatus from acting, Blossom earned a bachelor's degree and PhD in neuroscience, and drew upon her intimate knowledge of the subject to write a book about "attachment parenting."
Who: golden age moviestar, Wi-Fi inventor, wife to six different men Bored by her acting career, Lamarr pursued an interest in applied science and was hell bent on using it to aid in the war effort. Her experiments eventually led her to develop a method of protecting torpedoes from going off course due to signal interference. Her patented "signal-hopping" technology was advanced for the time but wasn't adopted by the military. However, it later served as the basis for hugely important modern innovations like Bluetooth and Wi-Fi.