Shia LeBoeuf Got Into Yale With A Recommendation Letter From Steven Spielberg by the Forward

Shia LeBoeuf Got Into Yale With A Recommendation Letter From Steven Spielberg

Image by Getty

Our society tends to focus so much on the downsides of being a child star (stunted adolescence, lack of an education, high rates of drug addiction and mental illness) that we forget about all the perks! Like, money, for example, or getting a college recommendation letter from the most famous director in the world.

In the first interview he’s given since he was arrested in Savannah, Georgia for public drunkenness, Shia LeBoeuf says that he once had a dream of attaining a higher education – and Steven Spielberg was the man he chose to recommend him.

Esquire’s Eric Sullivan writes of LeBoeuf, “For a time, he figured college offered an escape hatch, so he applied to Yale, bolstered by a letter of recommendation from Spielberg. He says he got in but decided not to go. He saved a copy of Spielberg’s letter. He keeps it in his safe.”

Had LeBoeuf pursued that particular ambition, it would’ve placed him in the ranks of our other favorite child star turned Ivy League graduate turned director and activist, Natalie Portman, who got her Bachelor’s degree from Harvard University.

LeBoeuf, who attended court mandated rehab after TMZ leaked the expletive ridden video of his arrest, is promoting his new movie “Borg vs. McEnroe”, in which LeBoeuf plays tennis player John McEnroe.

Becky Scott is the editor of The Schmooze. Follow her on Twitter, @arr_scott

Author

Steven Spielberg Wrote Yale Rec Letter for Shia LeBoeuf

Your Comments

The Forward welcomes reader comments in order to promote thoughtful discussion on issues of importance to the Jewish community. All readers can browse the comments, and all Forward subscribers can add to the conversation. In the interest of maintaining a civil forum, The Forward requires that all commenters be appropriately respectful toward our writers, other commenters and the subjects of the articles. Vigorous debate and reasoned critique are welcome; name-calling and personal invective are not and will be deleted. Egregious commenters or repeat offenders will be banned from commenting. While we generally do not seek to edit or actively moderate comments, our spam filter prevents most links and certain key words from being posted and the Forward reserves the right to remove comments for any reason.

Recommend this article

Shia LeBoeuf Got Into Yale With A Recommendation Letter From Steven Spielberg

Thank you!

This article has been sent!

Close