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Stars Who Never Graduated High School

No pomp and circumstance here. Whether they dropped out to pursue their careers or just didn’t fit in, check out this list of celebrities who never graduated high school. Demi Lovato While the Disney alum has two Grammy nominations, one thing she does not have is a high school diploma. The “Sorry Not Sorry” songstress,…

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Stars Who Never Graduated High School

No pomp and circumstance here. Whether they dropped out to pursue their careers or just didn’t fit in, check out this list of celebrities who never graduated high school.

Demi Lovato

While the Disney alum has two Grammy nominations, one thing she does not have is a high school diploma. The “Sorry Not Sorry” songstress, in fact, revealed in June 2019 that she “dropped out of middle school” when replying to former Big Time Rush member Logan Henderson’s Instagram post, which was captioned: “Comment your best high school yearbook quote.”

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Katy Perry

Though Perry earned her GED, she isn’t satisfied with the level of education she received before dropping out at 15. She told Yahoo in 2014, “I’m kind of bummed at this stage that I didn’t have a great education … I was being pulled out of school even in the middle of school and sometimes being home-schooled. Sometimes we were sent to these really half-Christian, half-education, I-don’t-know-what-they-were schools.” Thankfully, the pop star said she’s “learned to educate myself at this stage.”

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Simon Cowell

Cowell left school at 16, and he’s confident enough in his decision that he has said his son could do the same if he wanted. “Leave at 16 if you want to work, 100 percent I would encourage him,” the X Factor judge told BBC Radio 2 in 2016. “I don’t understand why you would want to torture someone to be somewhere they don’t want to be but actually want to go out into the real world and make a living.”

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Jennifer Lawrence

The Hunger Games actress revealed to 60 Minutes in 2018 that she dropped out of middle school to become an actress. “I dropped out of middle school. I don’t technically have a GED or a diploma,” the star said. “I am self-educated.” When asked if she regretted the decision, the Oscar winner responded, “No. I really don’t. I wanted to forge my own path. I found what I wanted to do, and I didn’t want anything getting in the way of it.”

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Seth Rogen

Rogen has spoken positively about his decision to drop out of high school in favor of working in the industry. “I worked really hard. It’s not like I dropped out of high school and just did nothing,” Rogen told CNN in 2013. “I dropped out of high school and went and worked on a TV show. We were writing a script all throughout high school. I probably worked harder than most people who were just doing high school stuff, honestly. I did stand-up comedy all throughout high school. I think, honestly, if you have a career in mind that isn’t academically oriented, then high school is probably not going to lead you to what you want to be.”

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Matt Dillon

Dillon was discovered at 14 years old while skipping class. The casting agent gave him a part in Over the Edge, and from there, the actor kept getting work, which kind of interfered with going to school. “I didn’t drop out in the classic sense,” he told The New York Times in the ‘90s. “But I kept getting incompletes constantly because I was on movie sets. Gym! Now how was I going to get my gym credits?”

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Jessica Chastain

In 2015, Chastain admitted a long-kept secret. “Nobody knows this about me — I dropped out of high school,” she told Entertainment Weekly. “I was not a hard worker. I was a terrible student.” Because the actress “cut school and [sat] in [her] car, reading Shakespeare,” she had too many absences at the end of the school year to graduate. She did, however, later get an adult diploma.

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Lil Wayne

It was actually Lil Wayne’s mother who made him drop out of school after his star rose. The rapper shared his story with Katie Couric: “I had an album out. I was platinum already, thank God, and I was still trying to go to regular public school.” When his mom saw him putting a gun in his backpack for protection, she decided it would be better for her son to leave school than risk his safety. “It wasn’t two minutes later, she walked back to my room and said, ‘You don’t go to school no more. You’re getting a GED.’”

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Keanu Reeves

Reeves recounted his high school trauma, which ultimately led to him being expelled, to The Daily Mail in 2008. “It was a very small school and I guess I didn’t fit in,” the Matrix actor recalled. “I had conflicts and run-ins with the staff. The principal and I didn’t see eye-to-eye. 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.” Reeves was not pleased with his expulsion either. “It’s a terrible letter to receive, saying you can’t come back to school next year. Getting asked to leave was very upsetting,” he said.

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Jude Law

When Law landed a role in Families at 16 years old, his parents were OK with letting him drop out of school and move to where the show was being filmed. “I can’t believe that now. It was so cool, and trusting of them,” the Fantastic Beasts actor told The Telegraph in 2013.

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Jim Carrey

Carrey was forced to leave school at the age of 16 to help support his family. The Ace Ventura actor was once a “straight-A student,” but as he revealed on Inside the Actor’s Studio, working in a factory made him want to “bash somebody’s head in.” He was eventually able to find an outlet for his frustrations in comedy.

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Jay-Z

Jay-Z (born Shawn Carter) empowers students through his scholarship foundation, but the rapper doesn’t have a diploma of his own. “Education is super important,” Jay-Z said in 2011. “I don’t have a high school diploma or a college diploma, but still for me to articulate, I had to have some form of schooling to articulate my thoughts.”

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Hilary Swank

“I’m not proud to say I’m a high school dropout,” Swank told the Today show in 2007. “I’m not proud that that’s something that happened, but it happened.” The Oscar winner often got in trouble at school for talking too much, but she was never hopeless about her future prospects, thanks to her mother.

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Daniel Radcliffe

Harry Potter may have been a top student at Hogwarts, but his portrayer can’t say the same for his educational experience. “I’m kind of sure of myself intellectually. And I know I wouldn’t have been if I had stayed in school because, before I did Potter, my confidence had been more or less destroyed by a couple of teachers. So I had it all restored by the people who taught me on the films,” Radcliffe told Parade in 2009 of dropping out.

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Avril Lavigne

Lavigne’s decision to leave school as a teenager happened practically overnight. Producer L.A. Reid signed her after hearing the artist sing on a trip to New York. “I was supposed to do home-schooling — I had books — but I didn’t do it. So basically, I’m a high school dropout,” Lavigne said on an episode of Private Sessions.

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Al Pacino

Pacino quit school after 10th grade to work, which, as an only child, he needed to do to support his single mom, who suffered from depression. “I wasn’t very good at school,” he told The Washington Post in 2016. “I wasn’t focused on my classes. My mother had problems, and there was no money coming in.” He didn’t begin his acting career for several more years, but Pacino remembers one of his junior high teachers telling his family, “You have to encourage your boy to act.”

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‘I am woman’ singer Helen Reddy has died

The Australian singer was also known for “Delta Dawn” and “Ain’t No Way to Treat a Lady.”A film biography of Reddy’s rise from single mother in New York City to hit artist — titled “I Am Woman” — premiered last month. The film stars Tilda Cobham-Hervey as Reddy and features a new song by Reddy’s…

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Helen Reddy, singer behind feminist anthem ‘I Am Woman,’ dies at 78

Helen Reddy, the 1970s pop star and cultural icon behind the hit song “I Am Woman,” has died at 78. Reddy died Tuesday afternoon at her home in Los Angeles. Her children, Traci Donat and Jordan Summers, confirmed the news on Reddy’s official Facebook page, writing, ″It is with deep sadness that we announce the…

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Helen Reddy, singer behind feminist anthem ‘I Am Woman,’ dies at 78

Helen Reddy, the 1970s pop star and cultural icon behind the hit song “I Am Woman,” has died at 78.
Reddy died Tuesday afternoon at her home in Los Angeles. Her children, Traci Donat and Jordan Summers, confirmed the news on Reddy’s official Facebook page, writing, ″It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved mother, Helen Reddy, on the afternoon of September 29th 2020 in Los Angeles. She was a wonderful Mother, Grandmother and a truly formidable woman. Our hearts are broken. But we take comfort in the knowledge that her voice will live on forever.″

Australian-born Reddy was regarded as a queen of 1970s pop, reigning as the world’s top-selling female singer in 1973 and 1974. Her biggest hit, 1971’s ″I Am Woman,″ catapulted Reddy to new heights as a feminist icon, and the song became the unofficial anthem of the women’s movement, still often played and quoted from at women’s marches today. Reddy won a Grammy for the song, and famously caused a stir by thanking God, ″because she makes everything possible.″

Her other hits included ″Delta Dawn,″ ″Angie Baby,″ Leave Me Alone (Ruby Red Dress),″ and ″Ain’t No Way to Treat a Lady.″
Reddy also made waves on screen, starring in her own weekly television variety program, The Helen Reddy Show. She also starred in Disney’s Pete Dragon, in which she sang the Oscar-nominated ″Candle On the Water.″ Reddy was nominated for a Golden Globe for her role in Airport 1975.

She was the subject of the biopic I Am Woman, which was released this month and stars Tilda Cobham-Hervey as Reddy.
Helen Reddy was born into a well-known show business family on Oct. 25, 1941, in Melbourne. Her mother was an actress, and her father was a writer, producer, and actor. From the age of 4, Reddy joined her parents as a performer on the Australian vaudeville circuit.

In 1966, Reddy came to New York City after winning a talent contest on Australian television show Bandstand, which touted its top prize as a chance to cut a single for Mercury Records in New York. When she arrived, with only $200 to her name and a return ticket to Australia, she was told that the prize was only a chance to audition — and Mercury did not wish to record a single with her.

She struggled for several years, performing in night clubs. Reddy famously met her husband and manager Jeff Wald at a party a friend threw for her that charged an admission price of $5 to help Reddy make her rent and afford to stay in the United States. The couple relocated to Los Angeles in 1969, and Wald eventually began to find success as a manager for musical groups.

After pressure from Reddy, Wald helped kickstart her recording career. She scored a hit with the B-side to her second single, a cover of ″I Don’t Know How to Love Him,″ from the rock musical Jesus Christ Superstar. Following the success of that single, Reddy signed a recording contract with Capitol Records.
″I Am Woman″ was to become her biggest success and her first No. 1 hit. She wrote the iconic lyrics, ″I am woman, hear me roar/In numbers too big to ignore″ and paired it with music penned by Ray Burton. The song made her the first Australian singer to ever top the U.S. music charts.

Throughout the 1970s, Reddy had over a dozen Top 40 hits, including two more No. 1s, ″Delta Dawn″ and ″Angie Baby.″ 1983’s Imagination marked her final original album as a recording artist, coming just after the finalization of her divorce from Wald, whose interference she cited as the reason for the decline of her career in the 1980s.
In addition to numerous guest-starring roles and appearances on various television series and variety shows, Reddy semi-regularly hosted NBC’s variety show The Midnight Special from 1973 to 1975. Throughout the 1980s, she also embarked on a successful career in musicals on Broadway and in London’s West End.

Reddy officially retired from show business in 2002, though she did occasionally make appearances, making a voice cameo as herself in a 2007 episode of Family Guy and performing in small nightclubs and at benefit performances. She found a second career as a practicing clinical hypnotherapist.
In 2006, she published the memoir The Woman I Am.
One of her final public performances came in 2017, where she was a guest at the Women’s March in downtown Los Angeles. Reddy was introduced by Jamie Lee Curtis and broke into an a capella rendition of ″I Am Woman.″

Reddy was diagnosed with dementia in August 2015.
She is survived by her daughter, Traci, and son, Jordan, as well as her granddaughter Lily, who made a cameo appearance in I Am Woman.
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Rose Leslie, Kit Harington and Sophie Turner baby news

“Game of Thrones” stars have been busy since the phenomenally popular HBO series went off the air in 2019 (HBO is owned by CNN’s parent company).Rose Leslie has revealed that she and her husband, “GOT” co-star Kit Harington, are expecting their first child.The couple played star-crossed lovers Ygritte and Jon Snow on the series and…

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“Game of Thrones” stars have been busy since the phenomenally popular HBO series went off the air in 2019 (HBO is owned by CNN’s parent company).Rose Leslie has revealed that she and her husband, “GOT” co-star Kit Harington, are expecting their first child.The couple played star-crossed lovers Ygritte and Jon Snow on the series and married in 2018.Leslie debuted her baby bump in the new issue of the UK magazine, Make, which noted “Not many people can pull off a Stella McCartney floor-length silk frock and a fashion shoot when expecting a baby but Rose Leslie shows no sign of fatigue.”She and Harington are well-known for being private and she told the publication that they have been quarantining in their new Tudor manor house in East Anglia which she jokingly called “the house that Jon Snow built.””It’s incredibly old. We have a thatched roof, which currently has an enormous hornet’s nest in it,” she said. “I do love to think about the house and all the people who have lived there. Were they happy, how did they live? All the families passing under those ancient beams.”The magazine notes that “After years of living in New York, it’s a return to nature for Rose and a chance to set up home with her husband, and new baby.””What a glorious thing to be able to run to the countryside and recoup,” she said. “It’s a great privilege to be surrounded by greenery, birdsong and hedgerows, and our delightful neighbours. It’s so peaceful.” Meanwhile their “Game of Thrones” co-star Sophie Turner shared some throwback photos of her pregnancy over the weekend on her verified Instagram account.Turner and her husband, singer Joe Jonas, welcomed their first child, daughter Willa, in July.

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