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

Reese Witherspoon

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These days Reese is one of the highest paid and most respected actresses in Hollywood. But it's not so long ago that the Nashville gal was just an ordinary English literature student wandering around the library of Stanford University.

Unlike most students, however, Reese was offered a role in two Hollywood films midway through her studies and decided to ditch school and make it in Tinseltown instead. Which, if you ever see her, will always mean that you can call her a dropout. Not that she'll care.

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