Often people compare the success you achieve with the education you have, and there's nothing wrong with it, but one thing that people need to understand is that not always can education be the parameter of success. And, if you have any doubts, just continue reading.

1Johnny Depp


Johnny Depp actually dropped out of high school to pursue a music career. He made his first film appearance in the horror classic "A Nightmare on Elm Street."

2Robert Downey Jr.


At the young age of 16, he dropped out of Santa Monica High School to pursue acting full time.The decision was based on his childhood days because he began acting at the age of 5 as a child actor.

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Eminem attended Lincoln High School in Warren, Michigan, where he failed the ninth grade three times and eventually dropped out at the age of 17. Despite being a poor student, Eminem always had a deep affinity for language, devouring comic books and even studying the dictionary.

4Nicolas Cage


At age 15, Cage fell in love with acting during a summer class at the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco. He dropped out of Beverly Hills High School to pursue an acting career, making his debut on television in 1981.

5Jennifer Lawrence


One of the most recent revelations about the schooling life was done by Jennifer during the promotion of her movie, Red Sparrow. During the 60 Minutes interview, the actress said, "I dropped out of middle school. I don't technically have a GED or a diploma."

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6Nicole Kidman


Nicole Kidman dropped out of high school to pursue her career in acting. She went on to win an Oscar for her performance in the film "The Hours."



Bad Girl RiRi earned her first record deal from Def Jam Recordings just at the age of 16 and that compelled Rihanna to leave the school.

8Kate Winslet


Kate Winslet began her acting journey at the young age of 17. Before starring in, Heavenly Creatures, the actress left her schooling at the age of 16. In an interview, she said, "I left school at 16 and I went to work in a delicatessen to save money to get the train to London to go on auditions."

9Tom Cruise


At a young age, Tom Cruise decided to become a priest, but during his schooling, he changed his mind and to pursue acting, the actor left the school.

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10Marilyn Monroe


Marilyn Monroe was a child who spent a lot of time being passed around to different foster homes. Rather than becomeing abandoned by another family, Monroe (then known as Norma Jean Baker) decided to marry her boyfriend and drop out of high school at the age of 16.


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