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Celebrities Who Dropped Out of School

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Jennifer Lawrence

Lawrence ended her formal education when she was 14 and dropped out of middle school.

“I dropped out of middle school. I don’t technically have a GED or a diploma,”she explained during a 60 Minutes interview. “I am self-educated.”

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Ryan Gosling

Gosling dropped out of Lester B. Pearson High School in Canada when he was 17 and went on to star in Disney’s All-New Mickey Mouse Club.

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Harry Styles

Styles dropped out of school when One Direction took off because he, understandably, didn’t have time for much else.

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Leonardo DiCaprio

The Oscar-winner dropped out of school after his junior year and started studying at a free local drama center instead.

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Gisele Bündchen

The model left school when she was 14 to pursue her career.

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Rihanna

Rihanna was just 16 when she signed a record deal with Def Jam and left school.

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Jay-Z

The rapper and producer bounced around high schools in Brooklyn and New Jersey before eventually dropping out.

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Johnny Depp

Depp dropped out of school when he was 15 to pursue a career as a rock star. Apparently, acting was his fallback plan.

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Damon Wayans

Wayans dropped out as a freshman to follow his older brother to Los Angeles.

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Robert Downey Jr.

The Iron Man star dropped out of Santa Monica High School after his junior year.

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Seth Rogen

The comedian dropped out of high school and moved to Los Angeles to pursue comedy instead.

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Cameron Diaz

Diaz dropped out of high school to pursue modeling full time.

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Jude Law

Law dropped out of high school when he was 17 to star in the soap opera Families.

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Nicole Kidman

The actressdropped out of school in Australia when she was 16.

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Hilary Swank

The actress now says she regrets dropping out of high school.

“I ended up dropping out of high school. I’m a high school dropout, which I’m not proud to say. I had some teachers that I still think of fondly and were amazing to me. But I had other teachers who said, ‘You know what? This dream of yours is a hobby. When are you going to give it up?’ I had teachers who I could tell didn’t want to be there. And I just couldn’t get inspired by someone who didn’t want to be there.”

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Avril Lavinge

Avril dropped out of school at 17 when she signed her record contract.

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Jim Carrey

Jim Carrey dropped out of school not to pursue acting, but to help support his family financially.

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Keanu Reeves

Reeves dropped out of school because he never fit in.

“It was a very small school, and I guess I didn’t fit in,” Reeves told The Daily Mail in 2008. “I had conflicts and run-ins with the staff. The principal and I didn’t see eye to eye,” he said. “I was one of those ‘Why?’ kids—I asked too many questions about everything. I couldn’t stop even if it got me into trouble.”

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Al Pacino

Pacino struggled academically and ended up dropping out of high school.

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Catherina Zeta-Jones

The actress dropped out of school at 15 to study acting full time.

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Tracy Morgan

Morgan says he’s glad he dropped out of high school.

“I’m glad I dropped out of high school, man. I wouldn’t be where I’m at. I would have had a net. I’m glad I didn’t have anything to fall back on, man, because that made me go for my dreams that much harder.”

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Patrick Dempsey

He famously played a doctor on TV, but Dempsey dropped out of school at 17.

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Christina Applegate

Applegate dropped out of high school her junior year and quickly found success on Married…With Children.

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Marlon Brando

Brando was actually expelled from high school for riding a motorcycle down the hallway.

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