Celebrity Yearbook Photos That Are Too Good to Miss

Well before the paparazzi, these A-listers smiled big for another important photograph: Their school portrait

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Pam Grier

Pam Grier yearbook photo
Pam Grier/Twitter

The actress shared her East High School senior portrait on Twitter, adding that her "Big hair hid razor blades to fight off country ass girl gangs and scary hairy creatures hiding under the bed at night."

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Michelle Obama

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Michelle Obama/Instagram

To congratulate the class of 2021 on a particularly difficult school year, the Becoming author and former First Lady shared a photo of herself in her graduation attire, saying she could relate to whatever they might be feeling "I am so, so proud of you. Because after what we've seen this year, I know you will get through whatever life throws at you."

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Snoop Dogg

Snoop Dogg
Snoop Dogg/Instagram

Behold the artist formerly known as Calvin Broadus, or, as he put it, "High school snoopy."

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Matt Damon

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Ancestry.com

Excuse us, is this a yearbook shot or a headshot? Damon already had those Sexiest Man Alive looks as a teen.

Damon's pic comes via Ancestry.com, which recently expanded its Yearbooks collection to include more than 420,000 yearbooks from 1990 to 1999, covering all 50 states.

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Nick Offerman

Nick Offerman
Ancestry.com

Growing up outside Chicago, Offerman eventually made his way to the University of Illinois and later, began acting around the Windy City.

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Ellen DeGeneres

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Ancestry.com

By the twinkle in her eye, you can tell DeGeneres was already cracking people up in high school.

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Jimmy Fallon

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Classmates.com

We have Classmates.com to thank for Fallon's epic photo, which puts the Tonight Show host's growing mustache on full display.

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John Legend

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Classmates.com

Legend is truly ageless, proving that his high school self mirrors his present-day self in his cute yearbook pic.

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Anna Faris

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Classmates.com

Before starring in Scary Movie and Mom, Faris was a student at Edmonds-Woodway High School in Washington.

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Melissa McCarthy

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Classmates.com

McCarthy has always been interested in fashion — particularly in high school, when the Oscar-nominated actress experimented with her style. "I was super preppy, and by the end [of high school] blue black hair that I'd shave in patches," she told Anderson Cooper on his talk show.

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Matthew McConaughey

Matthew-McConaughey
Classmates.com

Surprise, surprise: McConaughey's high school superlative ("Most Handsome") still rings true to this day.

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Taraji P. Henson

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Taraji P Henson/Instagram

The Hidden Figures actress already had dreams of making it big in Hollywood as a high school student. "She knew she belonged in #Hollywood right here," Henson wrote on Instagram. "She just didn't know how she was getting there but she DREAMED BIG AF!!!"

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Kate Walsh

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Kate Walsh/Twitter

The 13 Reasons Why actress took it back to her junior year in high school, posting a throwback pic of herself on Twitter.

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Meryl Streep

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Streep started acting while in high school, though her list of extracurriculars also included swimming and cheerleading.

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Jessica Chastain

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Chastain was unable to graduate from high school with the rest of her class after having what she described as a "difficult time," though she later earned her GED and went on to get a BFA from Juilliard.

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Billy Bob Thornton

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Thornton graduated from Malvern High School in Arkansas in 1973. While attending school there, he lived in a house without electricity or running water with over 12 relatives.

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Matt Bomer

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Classmates.com

Fact: the Magic Mike actor continues to show off his signature megawatt smile in 2019.

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Jeff Bridges

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While attending University High School in Los Angeles, Bridges was a member of — go figure — the school's yearbook staff.

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Julia Louis-Dreyfus

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Louis-Dreyfus' parents divorced when she was a child, and she consequently split her time growing up between New York City and Washington, D.C.

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Emma Stone

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Seth Poppel/Yearbook Library

Doesn't Stone resemble a young Jodie Foster here?

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Annette Bening

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classmates.com

The actress graduated from Patrick Henry High School, where she studied drama, in 1975.

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Kelly Clarkson

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Seth Poppel/Yearbook Library

Clarkson was already well into her life as a singer when this photo was taken — by the time she was 10 or 11 years old, she told Reader's Digest, she had written her first song.

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Winona Ryder

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Ryder graduated from California's Petaluma high school with an impressive 4.0 GPA.

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Reese Witherspoon

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Seth Poppel/Yearbook Library

Pictured here in sixth grade in in 1988, Witherspoon was modeling and acting in commercials and had won the Ten-State Talent Fair at age 11.

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Viola Davis

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Davis started acting while attending Central Falls High School in Central Falls, Rhode Island.

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Jamie Foxx

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Seth Poppel/Yearbook Library

Pictured in sixth grade, Foxx — then known as Eric Bishop — had already been playing the piano for a decade at this point.

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Megan Fox

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Seth Poppel/Yearbook Library

"I remember having that unibrow, which I always hated," Fox, seen here in 1994 as a second-grader, told Allure of her elementary-school brows. "I used to beg my mother to let me pluck my eyebrows."

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Nick Nolte

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Nolte studied at Westside High School in Omaha, Nebraska, where he was the kicker on the football team. He also attended the area's Benson High, but was expelled for fighting and underage drinking.

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Natalie Portman

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Portman had to take some time off from attending Syosset High School in Long Island, New York, to film Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace.

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Mariah Carey

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Classmates.com

Like Portman, Carey also attended high school in Long Island.

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Keith Urban

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Urban was bit by the music bug pretty early — he was playing the guitar at age 6 and winning talent competitions while still in elementary school.

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Barbra Streisand

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Classmates.com

Brooklyn-born Streisand attended Erasmus Hall High School in the borough's Flatbush neighborhood.

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Ice Cube

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Classmates.com

Cube attended William H. Taft High School, in Woodland Hills, California, with his future NWA bandmate Eazy-E and House of Pain member Daniel "Danny Boy" O'Connor.

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Susan Sarandon

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Classmates.com

Sarandon attended high school in Edison, New Jersey, in the 1960s.

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Jerry Seinfeld

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Classmates.com

Another Long Islander, Seinfeld attended Massapequa High School.

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Dolly Parton

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Classmates.com

As you can see, Parton's always had a thing for big hair — "the higher the hair, the closer to God," it's often said.

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Chris Pratt

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Classmates.com

Pratt was well-liked at his high school in Lake Stevens, Washington. Not only was he a fullback for the football team, a state-qualifying wrestler, and a member of the track team, but he delivered his class's graduation speech.

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Heather Locklear

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Classmates.com

After being rejected for the Newbury Park High School cheerleading squad in California, Locklear tried at for drama club, where she fell in love with her eventual calling.

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Cloris Leachman

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Classmates.com

Check out the late Leachman's vintage 1940s-era victory rolls.

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