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15 Insanely Successful Dropouts

No degree? No problem! These dropouts went on to much bigger, much better. Catch Jobs, about the innovator--and yes, dropout--in theaters August 16.

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3. Edward Albee

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Great success: Pulitzer and Tony-winning playwright. Most well-known works include The Sandbox and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?.

Dropped out of: Trinity College, where he was expelled (also expelled from two high schools)

5. Dame Julie Andrews

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Great success: Singer and actress who has received one or more Academy Awards, Emmy Awards, Golden Globe Awards, Grammy Awards, BAFTAs, People's Choice Awards, Theatre World Awards, Kennedy Center Honors, and Screen Actors Guild Awards. Also she's Mary Poppins.

Dropped out of: High school

6. George Carlin

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Great success: An incredibly well-respected comic whose routine "Seven Dirty Words" heavily influenced a 1978 Supreme Court decision that upheld the government's right to censor indecent material on public air.

Dropped out of: Catholic high school

9. Warren Beatty

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Great success: Writer, director, and actor. Two times, he was nominated for Academy Awards as producer, director, writer, and actor all on the same film: once for Reds, and once more for Heaven Can Wait.

Dropped out of: Northwestern University

11. Sir Richard Branson

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Great success: Founder and chairman of Virgin Group (which includes Virgin Air and Virgin Records), eccentric billionaire.

Dropped out of: Boarding school

Check out Ashton Kutcher as the famous dropout in Jobs.

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