Which Movie Star Graduated From Harvard?

Have you ever wondered which Hollywood superstar has a degree from the prestigious Harvard University? It may surprise you to know that it’s none other than Natalie Portman!

Early Life and Career

Born in Jerusalem, Israel, Natalie Portman (born Neta-Lee Hershlag) moved to the United States with her family when she was just three years old. Growing up in Long Island, New York, Portman attended Syosset High School where she excelled academically and was even named a semifinalist in the Intel Science Talent Search.

Despite her academic achievements, Portman had always had an interest in acting. At age 12, she was discovered by a Revlon beauty agent at a pizza parlor and soon landed her first film role in “Léon: The Professional”. Her breakthrough came when she was cast as Padmé Amidala in the “Star Wars” prequel trilogy.

Harvard Years

After completing the “Star Wars” films, Portman took a break from acting to pursue higher education. In 1999, she enrolled at Harvard University to study psychology while still continuing her acting career on the side.

During her time at Harvard, Portman became involved in various student organizations such as the Harvard Advocate (a literary magazine) and even co-authored two research papers that were published in scientific journals.

In 2003, Portman graduated with honors with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. She also delivered the commencement speech at Harvard that year.

Post-Graduate Career

After graduating from Harvard, Portman continued to act and has since appeared in numerous critically acclaimed films such as “Black Swan” (which earned her an Academy Award for Best Actress), “Jackie”, and “Annihilation”. In addition to acting, she has also worked behind the camera as a producer and director.

Portman has also remained involved in various philanthropic endeavors, including serving as an ambassador for FINCA International (an organization that provides microfinance to low-income entrepreneurs) and supporting various environmental causes.


Natalie Portman may be best known for her acting career, but her academic achievements are equally impressive. As a Harvard graduate, she serves as an inspiration to young women everywhere that with hard work and dedication, anything is possible.

So the next time you’re watching one of her films, remember that behind the Hollywood glamour lies a highly educated woman who has accomplished great things both on and off the screen.