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50 Famous Women Who Were Once Girl Scouts

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9. Hillary Clinton
> Occupation: Politician

It’s hard to sum up Hillary Clinton’s career in a paragraph. Among other achievements, she was first lady of the United States, U.S. senator for New York, U.S. secretary of state, and the Democratic Party’s nominee in the 2016 presidential election. And she was a Girl Scout, too. Of her Girl Scout days, Clinton said she learned “songs that I still sing,” as well as “lifelong lessons about leadership and the value of public service and friendships that go back all those years and keep me grounded.”

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8. Bette Davis
> Occupation: Actress

Bette Davis was not only a decorated Girl Scout, but also a Scout leader as an adult. Meanwhile, Davis had an acting career that lasted some 60 years, and won Oscars for “Dangerous” and “Jezebel.” When the song “Bette Davis Eyes” became a hit, she reportedly wrote to singer Kim Carnes and the songwriters thanking them for making her “a part of modern times.”

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7. Dakota Fanning
> Occupation: Actress

Dakota Fanning joined the San Fernando Valley Girl Scout Council when she was 11 — and was already an established actress. She began her career with appearances in commercials and television shows, and then got into movies. Fanning has acted alongside some of Hollywood’s biggest stars, including Sean Penn in “I Am Sam,” Tom Cruise in “War of the Worlds,” and Robert De Niro in “Hide and Seek.”

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6. Vanessa Hudgens
> Occupation: Actress, Singer

Born in Salinas, California, former Girl Scout Vanessa Hudgens has been acting from an early age. She had a recurring role in the “The Suite Life of Zack and Cody” before achieving fame in Disney’s High School Musical movies. Hudgens and co-star Zac Efron had a big hit with the single “Breaking Free” — as well as an off-screen romance. She has also been a spokesperson for Neutrogena, Candies, and EcoTools.

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5. Celine Dion
> Occupation: Singer

French Canadian singer Celine Dion, and former Girl Guide of Canada, has had huge success in both her native tongue and English and had a remarkably international career. She even represented Switzerland in the Eurovision Song Contest. Her biggest hit was “My Heart Will Go On,” the theme from the blockbuster movie “Titanic.” Dion has been a regular performer in Las Vegas and recorded duets with such stars as Barbra Streisand, Luciano Pavarotti, and Stevie Wonder.