Friday, February 24, 2006

Nebraska and Desperate Housewives? A Great Plains Education for Young Celebs

Print: The Chronicle: 2/24/2006: A Great Plains Education for Young Celebs: "A Great Plains Education for Young Celebs


From her tidy 'home' on Wisteria Lane, the 15-year-old actress Andrea Bowen submits her assignments to a school 1,500 miles away, in Lincoln, Neb.

Ms. Bowen, who plays Julie Mayer on ABC's Desperate Housewives, is enrolled in Independent Study High School, a program operated by the University of Nebraska at Lincoln's Office of Extended Education and Outreach. Every day the 10th-grader meets with a proctor on the Universal Studios lot and does schoolwork for five hours through the online program.

Other celebrities, like the pop musicians Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake, and the actress Emmy Rossum (who starred in The Phantom of the Opera), have obtained their high-school diplomas from the accredited program."

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