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50 Famous Women Who Were Once Girl Scouts

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4. Gwyneth Paltrow
> Occupation: Actress, Businesswoman

Gwyneth Paltrow is the daughter of another former Girl Scout on our list, Blythe Danner. She’s also a versatile actress and has appeared in edgy films such as “Se7en” and period dramas such as “Emma” and “Shakespeare in Love,” for which she won an Oscar. She is also the CEO of Goop, a $250 million lifestyle company.

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3. Carrie Fisher
> Occupation: Actress, Author

Carrie Fisher was the daughter of another famous former Girl Scout, Debbie Reynolds — Fisher and Reynolds died one day apart. Fisher had a very successful career as an actress. She was catapulted to fame by her role as Princess Leia in the Star Wars movies. In addition, she was an accomplished writer — she wrote screenplays and a memoir titled “The Princess Diarist.” She won a posthumous Grammy for Best Spoken Word Album for her reading of the book.

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2. Mariah Carey
> Occupation: Singer

Mariah Carey, who was a Girl Scout while growing up on Long Island, went on to become one of the most successful female singers of all time. She signed with Columbia Records at the age of 18, and her first album yielded four No. 1 singles. Carey has regularly released best sellers ever since. She has also appeared in movies and was a judge on the Fox television show “American Idol.”

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1. Taylor Swift
> Occupation: Singer, Songwriter

Taylor Swift, one of the most famous singer-songwriters in the world, has been in the public eye since childhood. She sang “The Star-Spangled Banner” before a Philadelphia 76ers basketball game at the age of 11, and her family moved to Tennessee to aid her music career when she was 13. While her roots are in country music, Swift has enjoyed huge crossover success with albums such as “Fearless” and “1989.” She hasn’t forgotten her Scouting roots either — Swift has given free concert tickets to Girl Scout troops.