You’ll be shocked to learn that some of your very favorite celebrities were total troublemakers in school. And if they weren’t troublemakers, they had trouble making the grades, regardless of possessing gifted intelligence. The list of celebrities who have been kicked out of school–some many schools–is quite staggering, and it seems these people were looking for that special something to motivate them during their formative teenage years. Here are 11 of the biggest names in the business from today and yesteryear, and one very “special celebrity” who may have been the smartest person to ever live.
11. Salma Hayek
Sweet Salma Hayek. She may fill a frame quite wonderfully while gracing the silver screen, but in person, she’s barely bigger than a fairy, or perhaps a woodland sprite. Salma, barely standing five feet tall, had no trouble making the grades while going to a private Catholic school in New Orleans, Louisiana, but she did have a panache for making trouble with the nuns. If you’ve seen the strangely satisfying comedy, Problem Child, from the 1980s, that was pretty much Salma, in form of a cute little sprite. She was a little prankster, and got her jollies from torturing the nuns with various pranks and practical jokes. Eventually, she got the boot from school, and as a result worked up the courage to move to Los Angeles where she famously called William Morris Agency upon arriving, and asked for Mr. Morris…who had been dead for years.