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Hollywood Stars who Attended Private School

Gwyneth Paltrow, Maggie Gyllenhaal, and the Wilson Brothers

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Hollywood Stars who Attended Private School

Owen Wilson

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Here are some of the Hollywood stars who attended private schools:

Gwyneth Paltrow

Actress and singer Gwyneth Paltrow attended the all-girls' Spence School on the tony Upper East Side of Manhattan. The daughter of legendary actress Blythe Danner (one of the few well-known people who share my first name), Paltrow spent her early years in California and then enrolled in the prestigious Spence School. Spence is a rigorous school that sends many of its graduates to top universities. Fellow alumnae include actresses Elizabeth Montgomery and Kerry Washington. During her teenage years, Paltrow also traveled to Spain and became a huge aficionado of Spanish cuisine and culture. She also has told pal Jay-Z in an interview that she is a long-time fan of rap, going back to her Spence days and earlier groups like Public Enemy and LL Cool J.

Laura Linney

Laura Linney grew up in New York City but went to Northfield Mount Hermon, a co-ed 9-12 boarding school in western Massachusetts. After graduating from Northfield Mount Hermon, Linney attend Northwestern University and then graduated from Brown. Linney went on to win many awards for acting, and she has been nominated for the Academy Award several times.

Tommy Lee Jones

Texas native Tommy Lee Jones attended the all-boys' St. Mark's School in Dallas. His mother was a police officer and school teacher, and his father was an oil field worker. He attended St. Mark's on a scholarship, and he went on to study and play football at Harvard, also on a scholarship. One of his Harvard roommates was future Vice-President Al Gore.

The Wilson Brothers

Luke and Owen Wilson also attended St. Mark's in Dallas (not of course at the same time as Tommy Lee Jones), though Owen, according to his website, was expelled from the school in tenth grade for allegedly stealing his teacher's math textbook to finish his homework more quickly. Owen was the second son of an advertising executive and a photographer, and his older brother Andrew also attended St. Mark's. Luke Wilson was elected class president at the school, and he went on to run track and study at Occidental College and Texas Christian University. He later appeared in Owen's 1994 break-out movie Bottle Rocket.

Maggie Gyllenhaal

Maggie Gyllenhaal was born in New York City to filmmakers Stephen Gyllenhaal and Naomi Foner. She and her younger brother, Jake Gyllenhaal, moved to Los Angeles and graduated from the Harvard-Westlake School in L.A. After attending this rigorous college-prep school, Maggie went on to study at Columbia University and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London.

Reese Witherspoon

Reese Witherspoon attended the all-girls' Harpeth Hall in Nashville, Tennessee. The self-described super-achiever earned top grades while appearing in movies even before she had graduated from high school. Witherspoon was also a cheerleader at the school. Harpeth Hall is a 5-12 girls' college-prep school. Singer-songwriter Ke$ha also attended this school for a period of time.

David Duchovny

X-Files star David Duchovny attended the all-boys' Collegiate School on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. At Collegiate, a rigorous college-prep school (where I formerly worked), Duchovny played basketball. He went on to study English at Princeton, where he also played on the junior varsity and varsity basketball teams. Duchovny's later studies took him to Yale, where he earned a Master's in English and started working on a Ph.D. that he hasn't yet finished. In 2011, Duchovny wrote an article for the Wall Street Journal in which he discussed how much the basketball coach at Collegiate meant to him and to confidence and belief in himself. Duchovny captained the 1978 Collegiate basketball team.

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