Celebs' colleges

Celebs' colleges
Celebs' colleges: Where did they go to school? - Before they hit the stage, the big screen or the political trail, these bigwigs hit the books. Find out where today's VIPs earned diplomas (or, at least, clocked in a few semesters) in the years before fame came knocking.

Morena Baccarin

The clues: This "Homeland" star has acting in her blood (her mom's big in Brazil), so it only makes sense that she would study the craft at one of the top arts schools in the U.S.

George W. Bush

The clues: After giving up his megaphone in high school, the future 41st U.S. president joined his college baseball team, becoming a second base starter while pursuing a degree in history.

George Clooney

The clues: The Academy Award-winning actor (the role) and Kentuckian didn't travel far to college, where he was a known party animal and class skipper who eventually dropped out to pursue acting.

Andy Cohen

The clues: The face of Bravo TV — known for hosting reunion specials and his own chat show — has cast bickering "Housewives" up and down the East Coast from New Jersey to Miami but so far has skipped over his college stomping grounds.

Sean "Diddy" Combs

The clues: The former business major at a Washington, D.C. university dropped out to intern at an up- and-coming record label, eventually becoming talent director in charge of developing Jodeci and Mary J. Blige.

Salvador Dali

The clues: The eccentric artist (see his work) was expelled from a Madrid academy after criticizing the qualifications of his professors.

Giada De Laurentiis

The clues: The celebrity chef studied baking and pastry at a prominent Paris culinary institute, but before studying abroad she was in California earning her bachelor's degree in social anthropology.

Michael Dell

The clues: While a freshman pre-med student at a Lone Star state university, the computer whiz (his company) sold and upgraded computers out of his dorm room. He eventually dropped out to further pursue his buy-direct concept.

Bobby Flay

The clues: After dropping out of high school at 17 and working at an ice cream franchise, the chef (his recipes) became part of the first graduating class at a culinary institute thanks to his father's business partner footing the tuition bill.

Robert Frost

The clues: The respected poet (shop for his works) was a bit of a prankster at a New Hampshire liberal arts college and was expelled for shaving a picture in another student's hair, which violated the school's hazing policy.

Terry Gross

The clues: The public radio host has given us compelling radio interviews for decades, interviewing everyone from Maurice Sendak to Bill O'Reilly. She had her broadcast journalism entrée in her upstate New York college town.

Carla Hall

The clues: Before going to cooking school, this "Top Chef" favorite and daytime talk show host studied to be a numbers cruncher at a revered HBCU.

William Randolph Hearst

The clues: The successful publisher was kicked out of an East Coast university after giving his professors personalized chamber pots

Mick Jagger

The clues: This member of The Rolling Stones enrolled in a London college with aspirations of becoming a journalist or politician but left to pursue music.

Steve Jobs

The clues: Although he dropped out of college after the first semester, the Apple co-founder credited a calligraphy course in the trailblazing Oregon town for inspiring various typefaces and fonts for the Mac.

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson

The clues: Long before he became an actor (his roles) or threw the "People's Elbow" in the wrestling ring, his skills as a defensive tackle helped earn his college football team a 1991 national championship.

Mindy Kaling

The clues: The TV writer and star of "The Mindy Project" (her real name?) wrote about her Massachusetts upbringing in her hilarious memoir, paying close attention to embarrassing college incidents.

Talib Kweli

The clues: Whether as part of a dynamic duo or as a solo act, this rapper (his new album) crafts lyrics that send listeners in search of both a dictionary and an encyclopedia. It's little wonder that he was raised by academics and attended university in his hometown.

Ann M. Martin

The clues: The prolific YA author of this Newbery Honor Book recently returned to her Massachusetts alma mater to discuss her beloved series about a group of plucky tween entrepreneurs.


The clues: The iconic entertainer studied dance in her home state but dropped out and moved to New York to pursue dance as a career.

Conan O'Brien

The clues: The late-night funny man served as president and writer for his university's humor magazine and graduated magna cum laude with a degree in history and literature.

Jamie Oliver

The clues: The "Naked Chef" (shop for his kitchen gadgets) dropped out of high school due to an acute learning disorder but later perfected his culinary skills at a college in his native England.

Michael Pollan

The clues: Long before achieving fame as the brainy food writer behind "The Omnivore's Dilemma," his latest best-seller and a slew of New York Times columns, Pollan honed his writing skills in a small Vermont town.

Zachary Quinto

The clues: From playing network TV's Sylar to Spock in Hollywood's newest "Star Trek" installment, Quinto brings major intensity to the screen. No doubt he picked up those skills while studying drama in Pittsburgh.

Franklin D. Roosevelt

The clues: The 32nd U.S. president was a C student, a member of a fraternity (which one?) and editor-in-chief of his college's daily newspaper.

Andy Samberg

The clues: The "SNL" funny guy and Lonely Island comedy rapper started his college career as a banana slug, but he switched gears to finish school on his current turf.

Sheryl Sandberg

The clues: After graduating summa cum laude from her prestigious alma mater, the highly motivated Sandberg went on to become chief of staff for the U.S. Treasury, then Facebook's COO and, most recently, the author of pro-femme best-seller "Lean In."

Howard Stern

The clues: Before being crowned the "Shock Jock," (his TV gig) he traded New York for Boston to attend college, working at the school's radio station and earning a degree in communications.

Oprah Winfrey

The clues: The media mogul and Mississippian left her Tennessee alma mater one credit shy of a degree in communication to become a news anchor but returned more than 10 years later to complete her coursework.

Elizabeth Warren

The clues: This senator has been a skilled orator since she was a teen — so much so that this D.C. school offered her a debate scholarship at age 16. She put college on hold temporarily, but went back to school after marriage and a move to Texas.

Reese Witherspoon

The clues: The "Legally Blonde" Southern actress majored in English literature at a university out West for one year before leaving to perfect her acting chops.

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