The celebrities that prove good grades are not a must if you want to become successful
Contrary to popular belief, doing well in school is not always necessary if you want to succeed in life. Stories of Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg dropping out of university are well known, but many other successful people didn’t get that far, according to the Independent.
Simon Cowell barely passed his exams
His opinion weighs hard in the music industry, but he wasn’t always at the top. He left school with only one O level – which is the equivalent of GCSEs – and dropped out at 16.
Drew Barrymore quit school after rehab
A successful actor, producer and businesswoman, Barrymore had a turbulent childhood after getting into the acting industry at three years old. She went into rehab at 13 and decided to quit school when she came out.
Steven Spielberg was rejected from film school
Possibly one of the most famous directors in the world, Spielber was rejected from the University of Southern California School of Theater, Film and Television three times. He returned to school 35 years later, in 2002, to get his BA, in order to thank his parents.
Carey Mulligan was rejected from drama school
The Oscar-nominated actress was turned down by Rada, Central, and Drama Centre London, according to the Guardian. “I went in and performed a monologue from 4.48 Psychosis by Sarah Kane, who subsequently killed herself,” she said. “I was 17 years old, this incredibly well-adjusted, happy person. Nothing bad had happened to me. And I was trying to conjure all this pain and drama. So they were like, ‘Who’s this pretentious public-school kid trying to trick us?'”
Cheryl was an awful student
Before coming into the limelight, Cheryl was a moody teen who got into trouble with teachers, as the Evening Standard reports. “I was awful. They used to throw me out of class,” she said.
Benedict Cumberbatch got lazy after his GCSEs
Cumberbatch said that his interest in school dropped after his GCSEs. “I did sort of blow my GCSEs out of the water. I couldn’t believe it and neither could my teachers,” he told The Metro. “And then there was a lot of pressure on me to achieve an Oxbridge level of brilliance at A-levels. But then adolescence came late and I discovered girls, pot, and all sorts of other things, so I got a bit lazy. That stagnated my growth a bit as far as being academic.”
Cameron Diaz dropped out of school to become a model at 16
One of Hollywood’s A-listers, Cameron Diaz dropped out of school at 16 to pursue a modelling career. Her success helped her land her first acting role.