Thu, 14 Jun 2012 12:11:19 GMT | By Phil Boucher
Beauty and brains: the smartest female celebrities

Natalie Portman

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Some people would have you believe that the majority of female celebrities offer nothing more than a pretty face. But we know different.

Join us as we celebrate 10 actresses and models whose brains more than match their physical beauty.

At high school Natalie Portman said she'd "rather be smart than a movie star." Amazingly, she's achieved both: in addition to winning an Oscar, she also has a psychology degree from Harvard, did post-graduate studies at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and is fluent in Hebrew, French and Japanese.

As if that wasn't enough Natalie has also lectured in counterterrorism at Columbia University in New York and had research published in a US scientific journal within the catchily titled paper 'Frontal lobe activation during permanence: data from near-infrared spectroscopy'. Let's face it: if she was talking about it, we'd listen.

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