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February 18, 2005
Most Intelligent Actress
We don't often read about brainy actresses, so I thought I'd do my part to bring the spotlight on some of the women who grace the silver screen and are shining lights in the IQ department. So without further adieu, I bring you 10 nominees and a poll for you to vote for, not hotness, but how intelligent you think they are, or how they come across when not playing a character (ignoring that what you may see in interviews could be another level of characterization):
Heddy Lamar: Honored by the Electronic Frontier Foundation and granted a patent for a frequency hopping which is the basis for technology like the cell phone. See this account, and also this account from the delightful Britney Spears Guide to Semiconductor Physics.
Danica McKellar: Summa Cum Laude graduate of UCLA with a degree in mathematics. Co-author of Percolation and Gibbs State Multiplicity for Ferromagnetic Ashkin-Teller Models in Two Dimensions
Natalie Portman: A graduate of Harvard with a degree in psychology and while a high school student a co-author of A Simple Method To Demonstrate the Enzymatic Production of Hydrogen from Sugar
Cindy Crawford: Attended Northwestern University for a term on a chemical engineering scholarship until she was discovered.
Teri Hatcher: Born to a a nuclear physicist and a computer programmer Teri studied math and engineering at De Anza College in Cupertino, California with plans to transfer to California Polytechnic Institute until a chance casting on The Love Boat ended her academic career.
Ally Walker: Born to a physicist and a lawyer, Ally studied physics at UC Santa Cruz until Hollywood beckoned.
Lisa Kudrow: A 1985 graduate of Vassar College with a degree in Biology.
Brooke Shields: A 1987 graduate of Princeton University, receiving honors in French literature.