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Maria Montessori and 10 famous graduates from her schools

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Dakota Fanning arrives at the AFI Life Achievement Award Honoring Shirley MacLaine at Sony Studios on Thursday June 7, 2012 in Culver City, Calif.

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3. Dakota Fanning

Before starring in "Man on Fire" and "I Am Sam," Dakota Fanning attended a Montessori school in Georgia. Her family then moved to California so that she could pursue an acting career. 

Her few years in a Montessori environment gave Ms. Fanning an impressive point of pride: "I learned to read at two," she told About.com. "I was in a Montessori school and they teach you to read really, really young."

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