Brainiacs: Celebs Who Attended Ivy League Schools

Who walked the halls of Harvard, Princeton and Yale?

Tyra Banks\r - Tyra?s wavy 'do can be achieved with a hot stick (clampless curling iron). Wrap tresses around the medium setting iron in small sections, and fluff.\r\r(Photo: Jason Kempin/Getty Images)

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Tyra Banks - Not all celebs are just about fame and beauty. For some stars, their brains are their best assets. Our list of celebs who went to Ivy League schools starts with Tyra Banks. The model proved she had business chops by launching the super-successful Top Model franchise, and took her acumen to the next level by enrolling in Harvard University's executive education course, a condensed version of business school for the already-successful.  (Photo: Jason Kempin/Getty Images)


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Aisha Tyler - The former Friends star is a triple threat: gorgeous, funny and a graduate of Dartmouth College, where she studied environmental policy. Tyler put her education to use when she started doing volunteer work for the Trust for Public Land, with the aim of raising awareness for the environment in the Black community. (Photo: Valerie Macon/Getty Images)

Attention to Detail - Mrs. Obama always has her man's back. As they wait to greet Mexican President Felipe Calderon and his wife in 2010, the first lady makes sure the president is picture perfect.  (Photo: Gary Fabiano-Pool/Getty Images)

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Barack Obama and Michelle Obama - America's first couple truly are role models when it comes to education. Combined, the president and first lady attended three of the top Ivy schools in the country: Princeton, Columbia and Harvard University. The latter is where they first met. (Photo: Gary Fabiano-Pool/Getty Images)


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Ryan Leslie - The record producer and Grammy-winning vocalist could have just as easily gone into politics with his degree in government from Harvard University. But the historic college wasn't the only Ivy that courted Leslie: he was accepted into Yale as well. (Photo: Frank Micelotta/Getty Images)


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Sanaa Lathan - She may have rocked USC gear in her breakout film, Love & Basketball, but in real life Lathan attended Yale University, where she earned a degree in drama. She also studied English literature at UC Berkeley. (Photo: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)


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Rashida Jones - As the daughter of famous producer Quincy Jones, Rashida may have grown up in the lap of luxury, but she's no trust-fund baby. The actress-writer-comedian worked hard to attend Harvard University, and put her brains to use writing for film and television so that she would never be dismissed as just another pretty face. (Photo: Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)

John Legend @John Legend - Tweet: "Just saw #DjangoUnchained. So good. See that as soon as you can."R&B crooner co-signs the new Quentin Tarantino film starring Jamie Foxx, Kerry Washington and Samuel L. Jackson. (Photo: Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)

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John Legend - The singer-songwriter and pianist was offered scholarships to Harvard, Morehouse and Georgetown, but settled on getting his degree in African-American literature from the University of Pennsylvania. A member of his a cappella group introduced Legend to Lauryn Hill, and got a career-launching opportunity playing piano on her track "Everything Is Everything."  (Photo: Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)

Hill Harper - @hillharper: "#Madiba an inspiration, a man of character, wisdom, intelligence & purpose. Thank you for all you have done for others! #RIPNelsonMandela"(Photo by Paul Morigi/Getty Images for Ovation)

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Hill Harper - The CSI: NY actor has not one, but two Ivy League degrees hanging on his wall: a Bachelor's from Brown University and a JD from Harvard Law School. While at Harvard, Harper made some powerful friends, including future president Barack Obama. (Photo: Paul Morigi/Getty Images for Ovation)

Angela Bassett in Mr. & Mrs. Smith  - As if this action flick wasn't hot enough already with Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie starring, just imagine if Angela Bassett appeared in the film as Pitt's cutthroat boss! The actress's role got  left on the cutting room floor, maybe because the director thought she might burn right through the celluloid.(Photo: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for NAACP Image Awards)

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Angela Bassett - Bassett channeled an interest in acting into a degree from the prestigious Yale School of Drama, and onwards into one of the most illustrious careers in Hollywood. (Photo: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for NAACP Image Awards)

Courtney B. Vance - Courtney B. Vance is known for a) being married to Angela Bassett and b) being in the Preacher's Wife.  (Photo: Scott Kirkland/PictureGroup)

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Courtney B. Vance - Bassett's husband can also boast a pair of Ivy League degrees, the first from Harvard and the second from Yale School of Drama, where he met his wife. (Photo: Scott Kirkland/PictureGroup)