The world today is full of stereotypes. Everyone likes to give others a label, categorizing them based on their appearance, profession or hobbies. Being judged is a common part of a person’s daily life. Women, with their increasingly rapid presence in everything that was previously considered man’s work, are the subject of most of these stereotypes.
One of the most common thoughts about women is that beauty and the brain cannot coexist. It is almost surprising to some people that a woman who has a beautiful face and remains beautiful can have some formal education or be smart. Of all women, those in the entertainment business are the most judged.
A woman who is an actress or model is supposed to be beautiful. This theory follows the common assumption that these women are stupid. So, here are the names of some women that the world only appreciates for their fair skin and attractive lips or great body, and silently opposes themselves as dumb. Take a look at 10 not-so-dumb Hollywood celebrities!
1. Hedy Lamarr
This Austrian actress was one of the most glamorous faces of her time. ‘Mrs Ecstasy’ has been seen in films like White Cargo, The Conspirators and many more, which were later recognized as classics of all time. But what most people don’t know about Hedy ‘Delilah’ Lamarr is that she was an inventor. In fact, without it, wireless data communication that human beings around the world depend on would not have been possible.
Working alongside George Antheil, she developed the “frequency hopping” and spread spectrum technology, which proved to be of immense importance to the national government. They developed a contraption to synchronize radio signals. So, the next time you use your wi-fi or mobile internet, don’t forget to thank this beautiful girl.
2. Natalie Portman
Leon’s little girl: The Professional grew up to surprise the world with her critically acclaimed role in The Black Swan. But, given the choice between a life as an actress and a life as an intelligent and educated lady, she chooses the latter! She is actually a graduate of Harvard University: she has an A.B. degree in psychology.
During her school years, she co-authored a research article on “A Simple Method to Demonstrate Enzymatic Hydrogen Production from Sugar” with Jonathan Woodward and Ian Hurley, who was eligible to enter the Intel Science Talent Search . During her studies in psychology, she made major contributions to a study on memory involving spectroscopy and frontal lobe activation.
3. Lisa Kudrow
Everyone who has a thing for television soap operas has watched F.R.I.E.N.D.S. and meets Lisa Kudrow for playing the role of Phoebe Buffay. Who doesn’t love you, Phoebe? She is random, she is crazy, she is beautiful to die for. Lisa won the Emmy for that role. She has also received accolades for her other performances and works, and her contribution to the entertainment industry is undeniable.
But, did you know that this pretty blonde majored in biology and was about to publish her research on types of headache and hemispheric dominance when Friends happened? The television world thanks you for your choice, of course!
4. Mayim Bialik
In The Big Bang Theory, Mayim Bialik plays the role of Amy Farah Fowler, the love interest of Dr. Sheldon Cooper, a mad scientist, who has been won over by his intelligence. Amy is certainly a neurobiologist. If any other actress had played this role, it would be quite possible that she had never heard the name of the specialization before. But not this lady. Mayim holds a Ph.D in neuroscience. She specializes in OCD in adolescents with Prader-Willi syndrome. That’s not all: she even studied Hebrew / Jew at UCLA.
5. Meryl Streep
Many people in the entertainment business say they accidentally opted for a career and discovered their hidden talent in due course in Hollywood. No Meryl Streep: her acting career started while she was pursuing a bachelor’s degree. in no other subject but Drama. Later, she obtained a master’s degree in Fine Arts at the Yale School of Drama. So, the next time you watch one of her films and marvel at its timeless beauty and its ability to make a visceral impact, remember that she is armed with the power of knowledge to enhance her talent.
6. Jodie Foster
“The Accused” Oscar winner, Jodie Foster, known for her roles in some of Hollywood’s best-known films such as The Silence of the Lambs, The Panic Room, Flightplan etc., and has a bag full of BAFTA, Globo de Gold and many other prizes. She started acting very young, but never gave up on her education. After passing through the Lycée Français in Los Angeles, she studied at Yale and graduated as a French academic with a higher education, before returning to her acting career.
7. Brooke Shields
Child actress and supermodel Brooke Shields breaks the main stereotypes about stupid models. Between modeling and appearing on the cover of Vogue as the youngest model to do so, she found time to graduate from Princeton University in French Literature. So, the next time you think all models are stupid, think again.
8. Lucy Liu
Known for her role as one of Charlie’s Angels, Lucy’s face reminds everyone of the perfect balance she has between beauty and strength, while the images of her kicks and punches in the movie’s henchmen flash in our memories. What people probably don’t know is that Lucy completed her B.Sc. in Asian Languages and Cultures. The actress is fluent in 5 different languages.
9. Ashley Judd
Before embarking on a rewarding career as an actress, Ashley Judd of Norma Jean & Marylin fame was busy graduating in French. In fact, when the majority struggles to deal with a single minor, she graduated in 4 disciplines: women’s studies, theater, art history and anthropology. Later, she also took a one-year master’s degree in Public Administration mid-career.
10. Jennifer Connelly
Jennifer has been the first choice for films of great depth and complexity, such as Blood Diamond or A Beautiful Mind. She was also the target of designers who wanted her to model for them. What makes her the perfect blend of beauty, talent and brains is the fact that she has a bachelor’s degree from Stanford University.
So, the next time you look at any of these women who have earned a place in the entertainment industry, or some of the others out there, and think that they are nothing but beauty, remember that there is so much more under surface layer.