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Alphabetical List of Famous and Celebrity Women High School Dropouts

Successful Women Who Dropped Out But Still Made It Big

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Dropping out of high school is not a wise choice because the vast majority of students who do drop out never become rich or famous, and are statistically unlikely to ever make it very far in the corporate world.

However, there are successful women who dropped out of high school and made it big without an education. But, as the list shows, most of these women made it on talent in the entertainment industry and not in the traditional business world.

Some of the women on the list below went back to school or got a GED, others just launched their careers.

Alphabetical List of Famous and Celebrity Women High School Dropouts

  • Christina Aguilera, Musician
  • Julie Andrews, Actress
  • Christina Applegate, Actress
  • Joan Armatrading, Musician
  • Brooke Astor, New York Philanthropist, Presidential Medal of Freedom Recipient
  • Pearl Bailey, Musician
  • Josephine Baker, Musician
  • Lucille Ball, Actress
  • Brigitte Bardot, Actress
  • Roseanne Barr, Comedian, Star of Two Variety Shows
  • Drew Barrymore, Actress
  • Shirley Bassey, Musician
  • Anne Beiler, Founder, Auntie Ann's Pretzels
  • Karen Black, Actress
  • Mary J. Blige, Rap Star
  • Clara Bow, Actress
  • Barbara Taylor Bradford, Author
  • Erin Brockovich, Legal Assistant, Consumer and Environmental Activist, Entrepreneur
  • Louise Brooks, Actress
  • Margaret Brown, Philanthropist, Titanic Survivor/American Socialite
  • Abner Burnett, Musician
  • Ellen Burnstyn, Actress
  • Gisele Bündchen, Model
  • Neve Campbell, Actress
  • Jennifer Capriati, Tennis Player, Won the Gold Medal in 1992
  • Viki Carr, Musician
  • Liz Claiborne, Fashion Designer
  • Toni Collette, Actress
  • Jackie Collins, Author
  • Joan Crawford, Actress
  • Beverly D'Angelo, Actress
  • Majandra Delfino, Actress
  • Bo Derek, Actress
  • Princess Diana, Philanthropist, Princess of Wales
  • Cameron Diaz, Actress
  • Celine Dion, Musician
  • Patty Duke, Actress
  • Jeanne Eagels, Actress
  • Lola Falana, Musician
  • Carrie Fisher, Actress
  • Ella Fitzgerald, Musician
  • Aretha Franklin, Musician
  • Eva Gabor, Actress
  • Greta Garbo, Actress
  • Jennie Garth, Actress
  • Mary Gauthier, Musician
  • Whoopi Goldberg, Comedian
  • Susan Hampshire, Actress
  • Beth Hart, Musician
  • Margaux Hemingway, Actress
  • Fiona Horne, Musician
  • Lena Horne, Musician
  • Janis Ian, Musician
  • Iman, Actress
  • Natalie Imbruglia, Musician
  • Elizabeth Jagger, Model
  • Joan Jett, Musician
  • Angelina Jolie, Actress
  • Jenny Jones, Talk Show Host
  • Rickie Lee Jones, Musician, Talk Show Host
  • Chaka Khan, Musician
  • Nicole Kidman, Actress
  • Eartha Kitt, Actress
  • Gladys Knight, Musician
  • Cyndi Lauper, Musician
  • Avirl Lavigne, Musician
  • Henrietta Leaver, Model, 1935 Miss America
  • Fran Lebowitz, Author
  • Jennifer Jason Leigh, Actress
  • Doris Lessing, Author
  • Juliette Lewis, Actress
  • Julie London, Musician
  • Trini Lopez, Musician
  • Traci Lords, Actress
  • Courtney Love, Musician
  • Loretta Lynn, Country Music Star, Country Music Hall of Fame
  • Shelby Lynne, Musician
  • Mary Lyon, Founder, The First American Woman's College (Mount Holyoke College)
  • Gwendolyn MacEwen, Poet
  • Jena Malone, Actress
  • Shirley Manson, Musician
  • Sophie Marceau, Actress
  • Vanessa Marcil, Actress
  • Audrey Marnay, Model
  • Moa Martinson, Author
  • Elaine May, Screenwriter
  • Kelly McGillis, Actress
  • Florence Melton, Inventor, Foam Lined Slipper and the Removable Shoulder Pad
  • Natalie Merchant, Musician
  • Melina Mercouri, Political Activist, Actress
  • Alyssa Milano, Actress
  • Heather Mills, Model, Nobel Prize Winner
  • Liza Minnelli, Musician
  • Ruth Ann Minner, Governor, Delaware's First Woman Governor 2001-05
  • Marilyn Monroe, Actress
  • Demi Moore, Actress
  • Samantha Mumba, Musician
  • Olivia Newton-John, Musician
  • Florence Nightingale, Nursing Pioneer
  • Sinead O'Connor, Musician
  • Annie Oakley, Entertainer, Old West Sharpshooter/ Wild West Performer
  • Kelly Osbourne, Musician, Talk Show Host
  • Elisha Otis, Inventor, Otis Elevator
  • Rosa Parks, Civil Rights Activist
  • Evita Peron, Politician, First Lady of Argentina 1946-1952
  • Mary Pickford, Founder, United Artist Corporation
  • Pink, Musician
  • Sarah Polley, Actress
  • Teri Polo, Actress
  • Paulina Porizkova, Model
  • Leah Remini, Actress
  • Mary Lou Retton, Olympic Gymnast and Gold Medal Winner
  • Nora Roberts, Author
  • Ann Marie Roberts, Olympian in 2000 Olympic Games
  • Theresa Russell, Actress
  • Rene Russo, Actress
  • Catya Sassoon, Actress
  • Alicia Silverstone, Actress
  • Anna Nicole Smith, Actress, The Anna Nicole Show
  • Donna Summer, Musician
  • Hilary Swank, Actress,
  • Valentina Tereshkova, Cosmonaut, First Woman in Space
  • Andrea Thompson, TV Host, CNN Headline News
  • Uma Thurman, Actress
  • Tanya Tucker, Musician
  • Twiggy, Actress
  • Tracey Ullman, Comedian
  • Gloria Vanderbilt, Fashion Designer
  • Diana Vreeland, Editor
  • Nancy Walker, Actress
  • Susan Ward, Actress
  • Estella Warren, Actress
  • Naomi Watts, Actress
  • Kitty Wells, Country Music Star
  • Mae West, Actress
  • Lucinda Williams, Musician
  • Kate Winslet, Actress
  • Tammy Wynette, Musician
  • Mildred "Babe" Zaharias, Olympian, Track and Field Six Gold Medals, National Women's Hall of Fame
  • Catherine Zeta-Jones, Actress

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