From Amy Adams to Renee Zellweger, here we have more than 150 celebrity yearbook photos of actresses, actors, singers, musicians, politicians and other well-known people. The names you’ll probably recognize — but the faces in these pictures from years ago, when they were young and often long before they were famous — may surprise you!
Most of the images in this gallery are high school pictures (and the majority of those appear to be senior portraits), but there are still plenty of shots showing stars in grade school and preschool. Enjoy!
The stars featured in these old portraits, snapshots and celebrity yearbook photos include:
A – B – C: Amy Adams, Ben Affleck, Christina Aguilera, Jason Alexander, Jennifer Aniston, Alec Baldwin, Tyra Banks, Annette Bening, Halle Berry, Beyonce, Toni Braxton, Sandra Bullock, Steve Buscemi, George W Bush, Mariah Carey, Drew Carey, Johnny Cash, Jessica Chastain, Kelly Clarkson, Hillary Clinton, George Clooney, Stephen Colbert, Sean Connery, Mark Consuelos, Bradley Cooper, Billy Corgan, Kevin Costner, Cindy Crawford, Tom Cruise, Jamie Lee Curtis, John Cusack
D – E – F – G – H: Matt Damon, Jeff Daniels, Ted Danson, Viola Davis, Jenna Dewan, Cameron Diaz, Leonardo DiCaprio, Michael Douglas, Robert Downey Jr, Clint Eastwood, Jimmy Fallon, Farrah Fawcett, Fergie, Tina Fey, Jane Fonda, Harrison Ford, Megan Fox, Morgan Freeman, Jennifer Garner, Richard Gere, Jasmine Guy, Jake Gyllenhaal, Mark Hamill, Jon Hamm, Tom Hanks, Mark Harmon, Woody Harrelson, Teri Hatcher, Taraji P Henson, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Dustin Hoffman, Hulk Hogan, Whitney Houston, Jennifer Hudson
I – J – K – L – M – N – O: Iman, Samuel L Jackson, LeBron James, Bruce Jenner, Olivia Newton John, Don Johnson, Dwayne Johnson (The Rock), January Jones, Stephen King, Mila Kunis, Ashton Kutcher, Bruce Lee, Adam Levine, John Lithgow, Eva Longoria, Jennifer Lopez, Madonna, Marylin Manson, Meghan Markle, John Mayer, Rachel McAdams, Melissa McCarthy, Matthew McConaughey, Mary Tyler Moore, Shemar Moore, Jim Morrison, Eddie Murphy, Bill Murray, Paul Newman, Leonard Nimoy, Michelle Obama, Barack Obama, John Oliver, Kelly Osbourne
P – Q – R – S: Sean Penn, Katy Perry, Michelle Pfeiffer, Chris Pine, Amy Poehler, Ellen Pompeo, Chris Pratt, Prince, Ronald Reagan, Ryan Reynolds, Trent Reznor, Nicole Richie, Julia Roberts, Smokey Robinson, Axl Rose, Diana Ross, Paul Rudd, Meg Ryan, Winona Ryder, Ryan Seacrest, Steven Seagal, Jerry Seinfeld, Tom Selleck, Jessica Simpson, Britney Spears, Sylvester Stallone, Kristen Stewart, Meryl Streep, Patrick Swayze, Taylor Swift
T – U – V – W – X – Y Z: Mister T, Ice T, Channing Tatum, Charlize Theron, Fred Thompson, Uma Thurman, Justin Timberlake, Lily Tomlin, Alex Trebek, Usher, Dick Van Dyke, Eddie Vedder, Christopher Walken, Denzel Washington, Sigourney Weaver, Kanye West, Pharrell Williams, Vanessa Williams, Bruce Willis, Owen Wilson, Oprah Winfrey, Kate Winslet, and Renee Zellweger.
Celebrity yearbook photo gallery
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Is there life after high school?
An excerpt from “Is There Life After High School?” by Ralph Keyes, as published in the Statesman Journal (Salem, Oregon) –
August 8, 1976
Since high school is such an enrolling experience in this society, yearbooks are its register — an annotated list of those who belong. Marilyn Monroe, who did not graduate from high school and was sensitive about it, at age 29 had a photographer shoot her portrait as it might have appeared in an annual.
For all of the memories that are attached to high school annuals, they are not good predictors of destiny, either. Eydie Gorme’s yearbook emphasized her cheerleading, before adding, “sings a little, too.” Dwight Eisenhower’s high school annual had him becoming a history professor at Yale, his brother Edgar a two-term president of the United States. If Ed Muskie also was spotted as a future president, so was Mel Brooks.
The real question, however, is not whether yearbooks predict well, but whether high school does.