A lot of people think high school dropouts are losers. Not true! There are many, many valid reasons people don't finish high school in the "regular" way.
Here is our growing list of celebrity dropouts who earned a GED, presented alphabetically. If they can be successful, so can you!
We strive to be accurate here. If you see a mistake, please comment!
Be sure to check out 25 More Celebrity Dropouts Who Earned a GED.
1. Wally Amos
Wally Amos sold the world's first gourmet chocolate chip cookie. He's an author, speaker, reading advocate, positive thinker, and GED earner.
His website proclaims: "Whatever you believe creates your reality." "Respect yourself as well as others." "Together everyone achieves more." "Enthusiasm is the wellspring of life."
2. Christina Applegate
A trivia item in IMDb's biography of Christina Applegate states, "Passed the GED with flying colors toward the end of her Junior year."
More on Christina Applegate from Diana Mimon.
Image: PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 06: Actress Christina Applegate arrives to the NBC Universal 2012 Winter TCA Tour All-Star Party on January 6, 2012 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
3. Bo Bice
Craig Spychalla of Capital Newspapers wrote this about Bo Bice for the Portage Daily Register:
"...He tried enrolling himself, but was stopped by a staff member at the school and questioned about his rocker looks with long hair and piercings.
"This guy says, "Excuse me. Where are you going?' I said, ‘I'm going to enroll in school. He said, ‘Not looking like that you're not. Cut your hair, take your earrings out, get that shirt tucked in and you come back tomorrow.'"
"The long and short of it, I did not end up finishing school, but I got my GED," Bice said.
More on Bo Bice from Bill Lamb.
Image: NASHVILLE, TN - APRIL 14, 2010: *EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE* Former American Idol's Bo Bice participates in the 'Idol Gives Back' Volunteer Program at the Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images)
4. David Bowie
Read about David Bowie at Classic Rock with Dave White.
Image: NEW YORK - JUNE 07: David Bowie attends the 2010 CFDA Fashion Awards at Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center on June 7, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images)
5. Nicholas Cage
Image: TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 14: Actor Nicolas Cage arrives at 'Trespass' Premiere at Roy Thomson Hall during the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival on September 14, 2011 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
6. 50 Cent
Read more about 50 Cent from Henry Adaso.
Image: NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 15: 50 Cent promotes the new STREET by 50 & SYNC by 50 headphones at J&R Music World on December 15, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images)
7. Bill Cosby
Image: NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 10: Actor Bill Cosby attends the 9th Annual TV Land Awards at the Javits Center on April 10, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)
8. Oscar de la Hoya
At JockBio.com, boxer Oscar de la Hoya's education is referred to in this paragraph: "His boxing schedule became so busy that eventually his family had to hire a tutor to help him with all the school he missed. Formal education, however, was of secondary importance."
Read about Oscar de la Hoya from Andrew Eisele.
Image: LAS VEGAS, NV - SEPTEMBER 14: President of Golden Boy Promotions Oscar De La Hoya laughs during the final news conference for the bout between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Victor Ortiz at the MGM Grand Hotel/Casino September 14, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Mayweather will challenge Ortiz for the WBC welterweight title on September 17, 2011 in Las Vegas. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Although there are references on the Internet to Eminem's efforts to earn a GED, I couldn't find a definite source.
Image: LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 13: Eminem accepts the Best Rap Album Award for 'Recovery' onstage during The 53rd Annual GRAMMY Awards held at Staples Center on February 13, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
10. Michael J. Fox
Read more about Michael J. Fox from Josh Bell.
Image: NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 09: Actor Michael J. Fox attends Love Heals, The Alison Gertz Foundation For AIDS Education 20th Anniversary gala at the Four Seasons Restaurant on November 9, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images)