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Star Wars: Revenge Of The Sith Actress Natalie Portman Is A Harvard Graduate

August 18, 2016
By SSLI Alumni Department

As seen on the University Herald, August 11, 2016

Not a lot of people know that some celebrities hold a degree. They are often hidden from the fact that they excel in acting and Hollywood likes to push their movies and television shows towards audiences.

For an actress like Natalie Portman who starred in Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith (Episode III), Black Swan and Thor, it can't be hidden for too long. According to Sioux City Journal, Portman holds a degree in psychology from Harvard College.

Currently, she is not only an actress but a film producer and director too. Born in 1981, she was born in Jerusalem but then moved to the United States. While living in Washington, DC, Natalie Portman attended the Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School in Rockville, Maryland. Later on, she also attended a Jewish Elementary school called the Solomon Schechter Day School of Nassau County in Jericho, New York.

At a young age, she studied dancing and acting in New York. She started acting at 1994 but her break out role was in Star Wars: Episode I - the Phantom Menace. She acted in this film while she was still in high school on Long Island. She was enrolled at Syosset High School. She also enrolled at the American Theater Dance Workshop and attended the Usdan Center for the Creative and Performing Arts. One thing to note, she did not attend the premiere episode of Star Wars: The Phantom Menace (Episode I) because she needed to study for her high school final exams.

Later on, she went to Harvard University to study psychology. They call it Artium Baccalaureus. She studied while she acted. She was able to complete her degree in 2003. During that same time, she also starred in a second Star Wars movie. Talk about a working student. "I don't care if college ruins my career," says Natalie Portman. She explained that she would rather be smart than a movie star.

Watch Natalie Portman's official Harvard commencement speech here.

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