David Duchovny and Tommy Lee Jones both have Ivy League studies in literature behind them. It's hard to tell how smart people are when you listen to them being interviewed about film projects. But I doubt either are idiots.
Ashley Judd likes people to think she's smart, but she's really not.
Brian May (Queen)
Wentworth Miller - a Princeton graduate and screenwriter. Marshall Allman gave an interview where he talked about how intelligent Miller was when they worked together on Prison Break.
Is it only celebs who went to college or business intelligence, or those who can form a complete intelligent sentence?
But Lisa Kudrow has Lisa Kudrow voice, so how can you tell, R5? Were you her SAT proctor?
Brooke Shields is no dummy.
But a Ph. D. in Astrophysics? Yeah, Dr. May wins.
Very difficult to determine. Some of them are smart in a very limited number of areas, or in one area. These things are also often "fluffed" by PR/image management. And then some intelligent ones don't want to put their intelligence to any use other than coming up with witticisms and jokes, for example, which shapes how they must appear to the general public from that point forward.
Natalie Portman can speak several languages
( including Hebrew) and has a degree in psychology from Harvard.
Blossom..she is a rocket scientist, or something like that
I have a degree in neuroscience from UCLA but I was too attached to me kids so my husband dumped me.
The chick who played Winnie on the Wonder Years, she has a PhD in Mathematics and has written books on the subject.
Ashton Kutcher studied biochemical engineering. According to Wikipedia, :Kutcher enrolled at the University of Iowa in August 1996, where his planned major was biochemical engineering, motivated by the desire to find a cure for his brother's heart ailment."
Lisa Kudrow has a degree in biology from Vassar. That's good enough for me.
I went to Vassar but I was to modest to put myself on the list.
Jodie Foster likes people to think she's smart, but she's really not.
Mayim Bialik. PhD in neuroscience.
Did Ashton cure his brother, or did he die? Because he didn't graduate.
who is Alicia Witt, nevr heard of her
Is Sharon Stone still telling people she was member of Mensa? Geena Davis is, or was. She also came close to making the Olympics in archery.
There is another thread on this topic. But this thread is more civil.
Wasn't there some other stupid thread like this, asking which celebrities are "extremely good-looking and extremely intelligent?"
There was already some stupid thread about celebrities who are "exceptionally good-looking and exceptionally intelligent." All I have to say is: who gives a rat's ass?
AnnE Hathaway went to Vassar it can't be that difficult.
Sharon is crazy and cunning, but Mensa material?
Bitter much, R32 ?
Charles Shaughnessy, of The Nanny & Days of our Lives. B.A. from Eaton and and studied law at University of Cambridge before turning his attention his attention to acting, full-time. Winner & semi-finalist of celeb Jeopardy tournaments.
Warren Beatty knows enough about politics that politicians consult him.
Sharon Stone is supposedly smart. She supposedly graduated high school early and had a lot of credits from a nearby college (Edinboro University of Pennsylvania)
Meryl Streep and Sigourney Weaver
[quote]Charles Shaughnessy, of The Nanny & Days of our Lives. B.A. from Eaton
Umm, Eaton? You must mean Eton, which is not a college in the American sense. Its a very posh British secondary school. He didn't earn a BA there.
Although I will grant he seems intelligent. A quick check of his Wikipedia entry states he's now a member of the UK peerage, having inherited a baronetcy from a distant relative a few years ago.
The idea that Warren Beatty is giving politicians any advice other than how to score pussy is laughable.
Alicia Witt is a red-headed actress who played Cybill Shepherd's teenaged daughter on that sitcom of hers. She was on [italic]Friday Night Lights[/italic] playing a bartender/single mother who had a fling with Tim Riggins, then became his landlady, and then kicked him out when she mistakenly thought he had taken advantage of her daughter. As a child, she played Alia, sister of the Kwisatz Haderach in the movie version of [italic]Dune[/italic].
I think James Woods is probably the most intelligent celebrity. He had a perfect score on the math portion of the SAT and reportedly has an IQ of 180.
Quentin Tarantino is also incredibly intelligent, with an IQ of 160.
I've read that Steve Martin has an IQ of 142, which is also pretty impressive. I think Geena Davis is supposedly in the same range, maybe about 140.
Emma Thompson and Stephen Fry are both pretty smart and well-read.
Nolan Gould, the kid who plays Luke on Modern Family. IQ of 150.
[quote]Nolan Gould, the kid who plays Luke on Modern Family. IQ of 150.
I'd have to see receipts, and furthermore, IQ doesn't make one intelligent on certain matters that you and I deem important.
[quote]I think James Woods is probably the most intelligent celebrity. He had a perfect score on the math portion of the SAT and reportedly has an IQ of 180.
And a rabid Republican, go figure.
A lot of IQs are "alleged." They used to allege that Madonna had this extremely high IQ when the thing was a total fabrication that just go repeated until it suddenly became true.
[quote]Woods was a vocal supporter of former U.S. President George W. Bush and the Iraq War, though he is still a registered Democrat. He is a supporter of former Mayor of New York Rudy Giuliani. Woods lobbied hard to play Giuliani in the biopic Rudy: The Rudy Giuliani Story, and considers the role one of the favorites of his career. In 2008, Woods appeared in David Zucker's comedy An American Carol, along with active Republican actors Kelsey Grammer, Kevin Farley, and Leslie Nielsen.
I'm glad no one has mentioned that pretentious fool James Franco who pays people to write his papers for him.
As for most intelligent, I'd go for Jodie Foster, Jon Stewart and Lauryn Hill, all for different reasons.
Jodie Foster is a total moron, a shame-based creep and a terrible actress with lizard face.
Nuance, R54, nuance.
Ellen Muth (Intertel and Mensa)
Nolan Gould (Luke from Modern Family). Mensa, finished high school at 13.
Geena Davis is a Mensa member.
Mensa is just a bunch of sad sacks who sit around and complain about why they're not rich if thy're so smart.
Kind of like you R59, only they're smart.
Madonna, Paul McCartney. Usually the richest ones are the smartest ones. The ones that got advanced degrees like Senator Ashley Judd are also smart.
Mick Jagger deftly managed the Stones finances and went to the London School of Economics on scholarship. I believe he was pondering a political career before he dropped out to join the Stones full time.
"Bitter much, R32?"
Bitter about WHAT? I just don't give a fuck about the intelligence of celebrities. Perhaps you do. Perhaps you have a lot of time on your hands to ponder such things. I think that's sad.
LAURYN HILL? She seems positively demented. What in the world would make anyone think she's "intelligent?"
Madonna's "intelligence" is way overrated. I mean, this is a woman who allowed herself to be photographed naked with her legs spread wide open (the forest of hair between her legs mercifully concealed her vulva) and with her nose in a guy's asshole. She's in her fifties and going onstage flashing her nipples and rump to aghast audiences. These are not things that an intelligent person does.
So, R66, how much money have you made from your prudery?
Your points are totally invalid, a person's degree of prudery or sluttiness, or tastelessness, have nothing to do with intelligence. Plenty of smart people feel free to do any ghastly thing they like, especially if it'll make them as much money as Madonna's exhebitionism has.
Diane Keaton - super smart. She was smarter than most men in Hollywood, which freaked them out.
Wasn't Jayne Mansfield some kind of genius?
People said that Cary Grant could have run a studio or an agency if he'd wanted to.
I cannot imagine George W. Bush, or Rudy Giuliani appealing to anyone who actually has a brain.
I think James Woods is probably very intelligent. I think he also has a personality disorder.
"how much money have you made from your prudery?"
Oh shut up, asshole. There are a lot of ways to make money besides showing your pubic hair and nipples and and bare ass. Madonna isn't intelligent. She's shrewd, not intelligent.
"Diane Keaton - super smart. She was smarter than most men in Hollywood, which freaked them out."
I've seen Keaton in interviews. She seems ditzy and nutty, not intelligent. She was so good in Annie Hall, because she IS Annie Hall.
She also said that Woody Allen had a great body, which would also indicate she's a kook.
Jill St John has an IQ of 162.
Cynthia Nixon owns this threat.
I went to grade school with her. She broke the grading curve singlehandedly. Went to Hunter then Columbia/Barnard. Absolute genius.
Smartest person I ever met, celebrity or not.
[quote]Emma Thompson and Stephen Fry are both pretty smart and well-read.
Stephen Fry is way more than "pretty smart." He is insanely clever. Also v. smart: his BFF, Hugh Laurie. Emma is no slouch either, of course. All three went to Cambridge.
Of American celebs: Matt Bomer seems reasonably smart. Articulate in interviews, and BFA from Carnegie Mellon.
[quote] I've seen Keaton in interviews. She seems ditzy and nutty, not intelligent. She was so good in Annie Hall, because she IS Annie Hall. She also said that Woody Allen had a great body, which would also indicate she's a kook.
I remember an interview with Woody Allen in which he said that she still thinks that there are little people living inside her radio. It doesn't sound like a ringing endorsement of her intelligence.
Blossom, neuroscience phd.
Russell Brand wrote a really compelling book and is very quick to make a quip. I rank him high on the list of celebrities that are intelligent.
On Chelsea Handler, he really showed her what's what.
It's possible to be very well-spoken and not especially intelligent; conversely, it's possible to appear ditzy but be quite intelligent.
Chelsea seemed pretty bright in that clip as well.
DChelsea even have a GED?
Hedy Lamarr. Invented frequency-hopping.
Ben Affleck was extremely articulate in his awards speeches, I loved Argo and his past directorial efforts but I agree that he or Matt Damon never seemed smart (Good Will script or not). He also really won me over with how heartfelt it was about him getting a second chance, all so moving.
Tarrantino is SUPER articulate and speed talks as shown by his Oscar appearance. You could criticize his direction being derivative and just remixes of his encyclopedic knowlege of films but this mega nerd is smarter than even most directors.
Tarrantino protege Christoph Waltz must be intelligent. His English is better than some natives. Arnold Schwarzeneger is also into languages big time, but intelligent? And he also seems to have forgotten his native language. Quite an accomplishment.
I also read Sylvester Stallone, Keanu Reeves and Jessica Simpson were intelligent or had high IQs(!?!?) so who can tell.
Neil Tennant - extremely literate. Same for Russell Brand.
Morrissey is not as intelligent as you'd think. Funny, poetic and articulate but not educated.
Sort of a celeb but you need a dictionary to understand Will Self. Obviously any authors or broadcasters will most likely fall into the cartegory.
Chris Martin got a first at Uni, but this isn't reflected in his Hallmark self help lyrics. I'm always interested when people get first class degrees, Jamie Cullum is another one.
A few British actors past and present went to Oxbridge, Emma Thompson being the obvious one.
I read something about Sharon Stone saying that old cokehead Richard Dreyfuss was the smartest person she knew.
Professor Brian Cox, the Physicist currently working at the CERN Hadron Collider, holds the title.
(From the #1 UK band, D-R-E-A-M)
OMG I didn't know he was in D:Ream. lmfao. That is the coolest career change ever. And yes, he is the #1 boffin just now. And he looks staggeringly young for his age.
Barbara Feldon won the $64,000 question when she was in her early 20's on the topic of English literatire and she is still one of the most well read, erudite people I've ever known. She is also an author, editor, and director besides being a wonderful actress.
Is "IQ" really a valid thing? I thought it was made-up, like hypnosis.
Madonna's success is a tribute to her intelligence. It's been clear since Like A Virgin that she is clearly in charge of her career that has lasted about 30 years longer than predicted. And for the haters that claim she doesn't really write her songs. So what, if true, she's been shrewd in picking the songs that will be hits. No one else has done as successfully or as consistently as her. Thems brains, people.
[quote]It's possible to be very well-spoken and not especially intelligent.
I think this is mostly not true. You can't really fake something like that on a consistent basis. Most such accusations probably come from people who disagree with the speaker's views on something, especially politics.
How intelligent are these people who have degrees, and advanced degrees, in fields where they might actually be making a differance in our world but choose acting instead?
r91, "intelligence" isn't defined by whether they share your priorities.
A common assumption of stupid people is that they think intelligence can be determined based on whether they agree with the person they're assessing.
"But a Ph. D. in Astrophysics? Yeah, Dr. May wins."
But isn't he married to 'Ang' from the Queen Vic? She doesn't seem to be the brightest bulb.
Tom Hiddleston graduated from Cambridge with a double first in Classics. The double indicates he was at the top of his class for the entire five years.
"Classics" encompasses the culture, language and philosophy that have affected the history of Western civilisation right up to the present day,
He also speaks four languages fluently.
R89 Madonna is more high EQ and drive than intelligence. She likes to come across as bookish and cultured and is conscious of looking like a bimbo but her vocab isn't that good and she can be really inarticulate, pausing all the time interviews. Even being asked to describe Kablahblah she was stumped.
She isn't stupid obviously but she is not academic either.
[quote]a degree in psychology from Harvard
Psychology is a bullshit discipline.
Madonna in intelligent? News to me.
Sure there are a ton of people who have business savvy, but don't possess much actual intelligence.
Madonna is never interesting in interviews, she always tries to be witty, yet fails miserably. She always sounds ignorant on talk shows. She still thinks she's sexy, she continues to use that to get over on the TV hosts which she can't articulate an answer, that shows she's not self aware.
She's never had one original idea in her head, her career has been based on mining the ideas of others, then presenting those ideas to a young clueless audience. Do you actually think many of her fans knew the underground artists she was ripping off? Highly doubtful.
You give her way too much credit, you do realize she has people working with her behind-the-scenes to help 'her' with 'ideas'.
Think about this, many criminals and thieves are very savvy, yet they never apply their skills to a legitimate job, they scam the system, work off the books and do whatever they do to make a very decent living, but are they intelligent? Not really, because criminals eventually get caught.
r90, it can be true. IQ tests are mostly based on pattern skills and visual-spatial intelligence. Neither of them has any relevance on how good/bad someone is articulated. Also, IQ tests, the real ones, the ones made with a psychologist, can be inaccurate if the person tested is someone weak on the emotional spectrum or have ADHD, since they are timed.
Anyway, I think many of these celeb. IQ are totally fake. I'd like to see the receipts.
[quote]Madonna in intelligent?
Yeah, she in.
Felica Day got a perfect score on her math SAT.
[quote]The double indicates he was at the top of his class for the entire five years.
No it doesn't. It means he scored high marks in each of his examinations, He was at university, like most Brits for three years.
Some say Vadge's greatest talent was marketing and surrounding herself with the best people. Even hardcore fans admit it's hard to define what her talent actually is.
There is truth to Joni Mitchell's claim that she knocked the importance of talent out of the arena. The fans also concede that she's directly responsible for all the talentless pop princesses who came after - she did change the landscape of pop music and the female voice became dominant.
As for her getting there on charisma, she was very pushy in the beginning and is especially cunty and charmless now. The biggest of fans also say she's a cunt and don't like her as a person.
r101, which doesn't mean much given that SAT tests are not exactly rocket science. If you are a hard working student with an average intelligence (and had a good teacher), SAT tests are not that difficult.
[quote]Neither of them has any relevance on how good/bad someone is articulated.
Oh, mea maxima dear.
"Yeah, she in."
I have very bad eye floaters, according to my ophthalmologist, basically nothing can be done, drops don't help, the bottom line, I can't see very well. Thankfully I am still able to work in my field.
Yes DL Posting Monitor, I have many typos in my post, sue me.
Once again, Madonna is a one-note dolt.
Success is never a barometer of intelligence, let alone talent. Success for many means the unwashed masses have bought into your useless hype! Kim Kardashian and her airhead family are a great example of that! The same goes for Madonna and that fug Lena Dunham. If you hype something enough, the general public will by into it. People waiting on lines for iPhones, sporting events, concerts etc, all based on hype.
"Nolan Gould (Luke from Modern Family). Mensa, finished high school at 13." Not so difficult a feat if you're being tutored. You can go at your own pace, you don't have to take scheduled classes but can make your own curriculum (without the "extras" to fill time at regular schools).
r105. If you are that intelligent the thought that English is not the mother tongue of every poster should have crossed your mind. Just saying...
I think some of the comedic types, like Craig Ferguson and Bobcat Goldthwait, tend to be on the bright side.
Virginia "Girl Talk" Graham. Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Chicago.
Doogie Howser, M.D.
R85 Came to say that. Brian Cox is hugely intelligent, and it doesn't hurt that he's charismatic and charming and ever so slightly self effacing in front of the camera.
Also, Stephen Fry is highly intelligent, highly educated and articulate on us about any subject.
Dr. Jonathan Miller is a theatre and opera director, actor, author, television presenter, humorist, sculptor and medical doctor.
To add to Stephen Fry, a couple more super bright Brits: Colin Firth and Hugh Grant. Grant has the fancy education.
R84 confuses being articulate and literate, owning a prestigious degree, possessing a large vocabulary, being capable of delivering a heartfelt and moving performance, speed-talking (?), or knowing more than one language (even though one grew up in a country where more than one language was taught) for intelligence.
All of those assets taken together could very well be seen as a valid indicator. Each of them individually is not. The poster gives far too much weight to prestige degrees when we all know the class system dynamics involved in conferring degrees on dolts like GWB.
R84 describes Morrissey as "not as intelligent as you'd think. Funny, poetic and articulate but not educated." Frankly, I'm more impressed that Morrissey is funny, poetic and articulate without being educated; that means he was bright enough to learn those things on his own.
R83 is right.
Heddy Lamar owns this thread. A Mathematician who co-invented frequency hopping which is what Wifi and Bluetooth technologies are based on.
I almost get the feeling that Natalie Portman tones down her intelligence in front of the cameras. Regardless of her major, getting into Harvard takes a terrifying amount of intellect. Would she be able to do any math problem you put in front of her?
Calling Felicia Day a celebrity is really pushing it, isn't it?
Yes so degrees don't necessarily mean anything r115, always knew that but I'm always interested in the ones who did well in them. Of course it just means they may have worked hard but sometimes it's natural intelligence that got them it.
I also was impressed how Moz never had an education, he's very well read. If you've read some of his recent quotes and things said through out his career you may reassess his intellect. He's an intolerant bigot basically. I say this as a fan, just as I am a critical fan of Madge.
[quote]Of course it just means they may have worked hard but sometimes it's natural intelligence that got them it.
Many times it's not based on hard work or intelligence, but family connections.
Having said that, I'm impressed with Hiddleston.
No, r121. He's a great bravado and the recipient of some very good fortune, but I don't believe for a minute that he's smart.
Definitely higher education was once more for the rich. But education doesn't necessarily denote intelligence does it?
I've saw alleged IQ tests that had mgeneral knowledge type questions which I never got.
R34 AnnE attended, but didn't graduate. Much like Jane Fonda.
Both Lisa Kudrow and Meryl Streep graduated from Vassar.
Meryl went to Vassar when it was basically a finishing school. I would hardly parade around that degree.
I had an IQ test years ago and it did have general knowledge type questions. In fact, I had to give the definition of a monarchy.
Famously, the question "who was Dr. Martian Luther King Jr?" was amended to include the response "Martian Luther King's son" as correct. That is, if I'm recalling the story correctly.
r119. It's more like "you can have natural, raw intelligence and still not have a degree". Spatial intelligence, like the pattern skills one to a less degree, is not taught. It can't be. In the same way some people can draw/paint and other don't.
On the other hand, crystallized intelligence can be improved with studies, etc. Obviously if you are stupid you'll have a hard time learning any of it.
It's been proved times and times again that success in life has more to do with EQ than IQ. And even in the IQ case, some scientists disagree on its importance. Meaning, there can be intelligences that the simple IQ test is not able to measure. Even more, the personality of the person tested can influence its IQ score a lot.
Keep in mind that for example many kids with a high spacial IQ intelligence were (some still are) deemed as not very bright in school and/or have low grades. That's because in school there is a standard method of teaching that is completely useless for their learning.
I've heard Lisa Kudrow is smart. I imagine that the smartest celebrities aren't concerned with how others perceive their intelligence. Versus others, who work so hard to project a "smart" image and usually come off as neurotic or annoying (see: AnnE).
EQ? Give me a break. "You're not retarded, you're just over-caring."
I worked at Columbia, one of the Ivies, and I assure you, nowadays many kids get 800s on SATs. the scores from the '60s and '70s were a more reliable indicator of a good education remembered well. There are plenty of very smart kids who never took these tests in the past and many who did not have the advantages of any kid in a prep school, and were therefore unprepared for SATs. Furthermore, they do not score above 800, in other words, nobody gets a perfect score since they do not count any more answers after you hit 800. IQ tests are variable, affected by the emotional state the tester is in at the time of the test. This means people who are nervous and anxious about being tested will naturally score lower than those who enjoy the process.
I agree on EQ R127 absolutely. Intelligence means nada if you're an aspergers-esque geek with no social skills. Unless of course you're a VGL aspergers-esque geek with no social skills, then the world's your oyster and all doors will be opened.
Streep is one of the few celebs I find funny and engaging in interviews. She is articulate and insightful.
Jodie is really smart about the film business.
Steve Martin and Madonna are major art collectors, which to me is smart but I like artists.
Je parle en francais, bitches!
How smart is Robin Williams? He always screamed it to be although another druggie, so hard to tell. He had a scholarship to Julliard though before that. Is he out of acting no, BTW?
[quote]I have very bad eye floaters, according to my ophthalmologist, basically nothing can be done, drops don't help, the bottom line, I can't see very well. Thankfully I am still able to work in my field.
And thank god, it hasn't reduced your capacity for whining, self-pity, and excuse-making.
[quote]Regardless of her major, getting into Harvard takes a terrifying amount of intellect.
Really? You have a strange idea of what's terrifying.
[quote]Would she be able to do any math problem you put in front of her?
Why the fuck would a psych major be able to do "any math problem you put in front of her"? I'm sure Portman is a bright enough person, but no, goofball, getting into Harvard does not require you to be some sort of freak genius show pony.
[quote]Famously, the question "who was Dr. Martian Luther King Jr?" was amended to include the response "Martian Luther King's son" as correct. That is, if I'm recalling the story correctly.
So was it kind of a trick question where you had to show that you knew he wasn't from Mars?
Someone get r136 a warm bottle of bleach to drink before bed.
Geena Davis is a member of mensa, a social organization whose members are in the top 2% of intelligence as measured by an IQ test entrance exam
[quote]To add to Stephen Fry, a couple more super bright Brits: Colin Firth and Hugh Grant. Grant has the fancy education.
Actually, no. Firth and Grant are not particularly intelligent specimens. Firth especially is rather dim and a bit of an airhead in real life. Don't let the posh accents fool you.
Hugh Grant is as thick as two short planks - joined together and measured lengthwise...
He is one of those who think that, because he's POSH, he's somehow, intrinsically, better than you...
Yup, I've met him several times...and, no, I won't "GET [YOU] A DRINK!!!"
Will Smith wanted to set up a school based on Platonic principles (don't know if he did...)
Since Plato was ALL FOR slavery (for everyone) plus many, many horrible things, I've thought that Smith is (a) fascist (b) never read Plato (c) has a superiority complex (d) a dick...
And that waste of oxygen that is his son would have been exposed at birth...
I don't particularly care what degrees or qualifications celebrities have but I regard Common Sense to be a major factor for if a person is intelligent or not.
And most of these people seriously lack it or a modicum of sanity or morality. Drug abuse, law breaking, promiscuity and self entitlement do not a smart person make. The only celeb I can think of is Mia Farrow's son who is super smart and makes clear to this day that despite his bohemian upbringing that he is still NOT impressed by his Father's sexual escapades with his sister. She may have been adopted but as far as the kid was concerned, she was his sister so it was highly inappropriate and incestuous behaviour on Woody's part. And Father and son still don't speak. So how's that for a bit of morality from Hollywood.
Mira Sorvino. and she joined sports professionally. and won.
r144 is the idiot r93 was talking about.
A lot of celebs who go to Ivy League schools only get accepted for the publicity they bring to the school. They're not necessarily smart.
Agreed R140. Firth is a lovely bloke but about as bright as a 20W bulb.
Many smart people in Hollywood and entertainment play dumb. It's just easier that way.
James Woods wins hands down
Alec Baldwin when he is not playing Alec Baldwin
winnie from Wonder Years
Bill Bradley he was a celeb when he was a Knick
honorable mention for being a box of rocks who threw herself into the an auto-didactic school of learning and is now one of the brighter female celebs
Michael Jackson don't laugh, he spent every waking moment reading every non fiction work he could get his hands on. His grammar and manner of expressing himself was poor, but he could sit down and discuss Proust with the best of them. And his business acumen is note worthy.
Wasn't MJ practically bankrupt when he died?
R95, you're certainly not too smart. Double first means Hiddleston got a first in Part One and Part Two of his tripos exams (i.e. exams in both his second and final year), not that he was top of his class. Classics at Cambridge is usually three years, four if you didn't have Latin to start with, but since Hiddleston went to Eton I'm presuming he did. Classics means ancient Greek and Latin/Roman language, culture and history.
I'm sure Tom Hiddleston is very smart but to go from Eton to doing well in Classics at Cambridge is not as demanding as it sounds.
Didn't Mira Sorvino major in Chinese studies at Harvard? She's fluent in Chinese - no small feat - and I think she graduated at the top of her class.
She should have stuck with it, she's a terrible actress.
Tim Gunn is very intelligent. It shows in his vocabulary and wise counsel in all matters.
[quote]Nolan Gould, the kid who plays Luke on Modern Family. IQ of 150.
Atticus Shaffer, who plays Brick on "The Middle" is studying German in order to read Gothe and is living with osteogenesis imperfecta.
r142, what Will Smith meant must have been very different - he wound up starting a school based on [b]Scientology[/b] principles.
I agree, Hedy Lamarr and Brian May win this one hands down. I'd add a common-sense bracket for people like musician Duff McKagan, formerly in Guns n' Roses and now Velvet Revolver. He's a high school dropout who realized he didn't have a clue on how to manage his new money, went back to school to learn and wound up founding a financial management firm for professional musicians.
[quote]Michael Jackson don't laugh, he spent every waking moment reading every non fiction work he could get his hands on. His grammar and manner of expressing himself was poor, but he could sit down and discuss Proust with the best of them. And his business acumen is note worthy.
I had also read that about Jacko but being well read does not intelligent make. I know plenty of . people who read tons of books but are not that bright. Some don't like to read all the time but are nonetheless intelligent, a lot of English Lit students are known for not reading a lot.
You either have a flair for a certain area like languages or not. I suppose sides of the brain come into it? Some are all rounders of course but I imagine most have weak spots.
Ed Norton - this Ivy Leauger is fluent in Japanese but supposedly one of those who makes sure you know how smart he is, maybe explaining his bad rep and dwindling career. Smug bitch.
Knowing another language doesn't make you that intelligent. If that were the case you'd have to add Jackie Chan and Jean Claude Van Damm to the list.
Real intelligence is someone like Hedy Lamarr and without her, more than half you bitches wouldn't be able to access DL so give it up to her already.
Who is Hedy Lamarr? One of the owners of datalounge?
Hedy Lamarr was an actress and Mathematician who invented frequency hopping which is what wifi and bluetooth technology is based on.