1. Mortimer Adler
Biographybase.com states this about Adler: "After dropping out of high school at age 14, he worked as a copy boy for the New York Sun. Wanting to become a journalist, he took writing classes at night where he discovered the works of men he would come to call heroes: Plato, Aristotle, Thomas Aquinas, John Locke, John Stuart Mill, and others. He went on to study philosophy at Columbia University. Though he failed to complete the necessary physical education requirements for a bachelor's degree, he stayed at the university and eventually was given a teaching position and was awarded a doctorate in philosophy."
2. Hans Christian Andersen
Andersen has often been thought to have been dyslexic, but this is not true according to the center: "Andersen's spelling problems - which are most marked in private jottings, where he did not take pains! - are probably particularly due to the fact that his childhood school attendance was too haphazard and that only at a very late age (as a 17-year-old) did he receive systematic instruction (in the grammar school)."
Image: circa 1950: A statue in Copenhagen harbour based on Hans Christian Andersen's tale of the Little Mermaid. (Photo by Fox Photos/Getty Images)
3. Orlando Bloom
Image: LOS ANGELES - JAN. 14, 2012: Orlando Bloom at the Cinema For Peace event benefiting J/P Haitian Relief Organization at Montage Hotel in Los Angeles.(Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images For J/P Haitian Relief Organization and Cinema For Peace)
4. Albert Einstein
"When Einstein was 15 years old, his father's new business had failed and the Einstein family moved to Italy. At first, Albert remained behind in Germany to finish high school, but he was soon unhappy with that arrangement and left school to rejoin his family. Rather than finish high school, Einstein decided to apply directly to the prestigious Polytechnic Institute in Zurich, Switzerland. Although he failed the entrance exam on the first try, he then spent a year studying at a local high school and retook the entrance exam in October 1896 and passed."
Image: Portrait of German-born American physicist Albert Einstein (1879 - 1955), 1946. (Photo by Fred Stein Archive/Archive Photos/Getty Images)
5. William Faulkner
Image: US novelist William Faulkner (1897 - 1962). (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
6. Carrie Fisher
Internet lists show that Carrie Fisher also attended Sarah Lawrence College.
Image: LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 10, 2011: Debbie Reynolds (L) and Carrie Fisher attend the Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards at Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo by Noel Vasquez/Getty Images)
7. Alexander McQueen
McQueen was born in 1970, and died at 40 in 2010.
Image: PARIS - MARCH 10: Fashion designer Alexander McQueen walks down catwalk after his Ready-to-Wear A/W 2009 fashion show during Paris Fashion Week at POPB on March 10, 2009 in Paris, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
8. John D. Rockefeller, Sr.
That was the end of his formal education. You might recognize Rockefeller as the guy who organized The Standard Oil Company, as well as many other organizations, and is well known for his philanthropy.
Image: 1874: Headshot portrait of American businessman John Davison Rockefeller Sr (1839 - 1937) at age 35. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
9. Norman Rockwell
Image: American artist Norman Rockwell (1894 - 1978) looks up while seated at his drawing table, circa 1945. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
10. Carl Sandburg
At 20, he was accepted at Lombard College. "While at Lombard, Sandburg joined the Poor Writers' Club, an informal literary organization whose members met to read and criticize poetry. Poor Writers' founder, Lombard professor Phillip Green Wright, a talented scholar and political liberal, encouraged the talented young Sandburg."
Image: Portrait of American poet Carl Sandberg (1878 - 1967), 1956. (Photo by Fred Stein Archive/Archive Photos/Getty Images)