Beauty & Brains: Celebrity Babes with High IQs (Part 3 of 3)

1. Natalie Portman:

You may know her from: Star Wars, Garden State, The Professional and a host of other great films.

Why she's beautiful: If she was hot enough for Darth Vader to go over to the darkside, she's hot enough for me (and don't get me started on her sexy voice!). And of course, when you're done go see Closer.

Why she's brainy: Finished high school with a 4.0 GPA. Attended Harvard University where she completed a Bachelor's degree in Psychology. Also engaged in graduate studies at Hebrew University. Speaks Hebrew, French and Japanese fluently.

Extra Credit: Did you know Natalie also raps? Check it out.

2. Cindy Crawford:

You may know her from: The grocery checkout stand - she was on the cover of just about every fashion magazine you can think of during the 1990s.

Why she's beautiful: She made beauty marks cool (even supermodels can have a 'blemish'). And young 'uns take note, she's still gorgeous at 40.

Why she's brainy: High school valedictorian (4.0 GPA), enrolled at Northwestern University to study chemical engineering on full academic scholarship. Dropped out to pursue modeling full-time after a semester (but she coulda finished!!!).

Extra Credit: The classic Pepsi commercial. The girl is pretty nice too!

3. Aishwarya Rai:

You may know her from: Any of the dozens of Bollywood films she's been in.

Why she's beautiful: She won the 1994 Miss World pageant. Declared the most beautiful woman of all-time by numerous web polls, magazine articles and Julia Roberts.

Why she's brainy: Was an A student at the prestigious Ruparel College in India (part of the University of Mumbai). Wanted to study medicine or zoology but ultimately ended up majoring in architecture. She is fluent in several languages including Hindi, Marathi, English and Tamil (her native tongue is Tulu).

Extra Credit: 60 Minutes segment on Aishwarya Rai.

4. Kate Beckinsale:

You may know her from: Movies like Click, Serendipity, Underworld, Van Helsing and Pearl Harbor.

Why she's beautiful: Almost made me turn to vampirism with her Underworld films. Routinely places in FHM, Maxim and Stuff's annual lists of hot women.

Why she's brainy: Attended Oxford University (New College) studying French and Russian literature for 3 years. As a teenager she was a two-time winner of the W.H. Smith Young Writers' competition for her short stories and poems. Is also fluent in French, German and Russian.

Extra Credit: Kate Beckinsale's Diet Coke ad. She knows how to make guys, um, tingle.

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