Celebrity Gleeks

As Glee returns to TV, view our gallery of celebs who sang in glee clubs and choirs, from Anne Hathaway and Ashton Kutcher to Snoop and Justice Scalia.

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Anne Hathaway

While many may have been surprised to see Hollywood starlet Anne Hathaway accompany Hugh Jackman in a song and dance opening number at the 2009 Academy Awards, those who knew the New Jersey native a decade prior were wise to her vocal talents. As a soprano in the All-Eastern U.S. High School Honors Chorus, the star of The Devil Wears Prada made it to the coveted stage at Carnegie Hall in 1999. Three days after her New York debut, 16-year-old Hathaway scored her first major role in the short-lived TV series, Get Real. But what probably better prepared Hathaway for a potential singing career were her many musical performances at Millburn High School, including a highly acclaimed role as Winifred in Once Upon a Mattress that garnered the Oscar nominee a Paper Mill Playhouse Rising Star Award nomination for Best Performance by a High School Actress.

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Ashton Kutcher

Much like Glee's Finn, Ashton Kutcher was a member of the show choir at Clear Creek-Amana High School in Tiffin, Iowa, and a wide receiver for the school's Clippers. Perhaps his under-the-radar history of gleeking out made this performance of Bon Jovi's " I'll Be There for You" in his 2005 film A Lot Like Love slightly less nerve-wracking.

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Blake Lively

Besides being a cheerleader at Burbank High School, Gossip Girl's Blake Lively was also a member of (the non-Justin Timberlake-affiliated) In Sync, her high school's show choir. In 2004, just a year before her breakthrough role in The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, Lively participated in a Total Request Live-esque medley at the Southern California Performance Invitational, performing a series of pop hits like "Livin' La Vida Loca," "Oops… I Did It Again," and "The Real Slim Shady" with In Sync. She also told W Magazine that Bon Jovi played a prominent role in the group's repertoire. Though there haven't been any musical roles on Lively's résumé thus far, the 22-year-old starlet has years to show off more of her range.

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Jason Mraz

Jason Mraz has won the hearts of many with his crooning, but Mr. A to Z briefly wondered whether or not the music was right for him after attending New York's American Musical and Dramatic Academy, also known as AMDA. The "I'm Yours" singer studied musical theater at the prestigious school, but soon realized he wasn't getting the most out of his education. "We called it ' SCAMDA,' because it really didn't do any good for any of us," Mraz told a Brandeis University paper. "Except it did get us to New York, where we experimented with a lot of drugs and sex, which we don't need to tell the young children." After a year training his tenor range, Mraz left the school. He then focused his attention on songwriting and took up the guitar, which was clearly "The Remedy" for his music blues.

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Antonin Scalia

Though he's now known as the voice of the Supreme Court's conservative wing, Justice Antonin Scalia's tenor served him well in his college glee club at Georgetown University. So well, in fact, that he continued singing as an adult. While teaching at the University of Chicago, Justice Scalia sang in the professional Rockefeller Chapel Choir, but was not paid. After joining the Court of Appeals, he joined Wareham Chorale. "We sang at the National Gallery, the National Cathedral, various other places," Justice Scalia told New York's classical radio station WXQR. "I miss it very much… Anyone who has sung in a choral group knows how wonderful it is to make music with other people. It's a distinctive pleasure quite different from making music just by yourself." But Justice Scalia's musical talents don't end with his voice—he also played the French horn in a marching band and is a trained pianist.

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Britney Spears

Long before her tabloid career, Britney Spears was once the star of her local church choir as a child at the First Baptist Church in Louisiana. "I think she realized the importance certainly of worship and I think she realized the importance as far as being dedicated in terms of things that are morally right and good," her former pastor told MSNBC of the Spears he once knew. "She's just always a cute little girl always happy and singing."

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Barbra Streisand and Neil Diamond

Decades before their hit ballad, "You Don't Bring Me Flowers," Barbra Streisand and Neil Diamond performed in Brooklyn's Erasmus Hall High School's choir. Their road from gleekdom to collaborators seemed written in the stars, despite the fact that the two reportedly did not know each other at the time, according to Diamond's biographer Jon Bream. Honor student Streisand graduated from Erasmus two years ahead of her classmates, eager to begin her career on stage, and Diamond only attended the school for two years before leaving for Abraham Lincoln High School, where he joined the fencing team. Little did he know, he would make Glee history when Noah Puckerman serenaded the club with his karaoke-favorite "Sweet Caroline."

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Snoop Dogg

When he was just a pup, Snoop Dogg (né Calvin Broadus) followed in the footsteps of his singing father. At Golgotha Trinity Baptist Church in Long Beach, California, young Snoopy—a nickname he earned from his family due to his appearance—sang in the choir and also played piano. But in sixth grade, he changed his tune and began rapping. Despite an enormously successful hip-hop career, Snoop never left his musical roots too far behind—his 1994 performance of " Murder Was the Case" at the MTV Video Music Awards included a church choir not unlike the one that got him started.

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FDR

On top of being a member of the Alpha Delta Phi fraternity and the president of The Harvard Crimson, Franklin Delano Roosevelt was once one of the 60 voices that make up the school's legendary all-male choral ensemble. While FDR was at the prestigious Ivy League institution, his cousin Teddy, also a former Harvard Glee Clubber, became president, another role the younger Roosevelt was destined to follow.

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Lance Bass

When a job opportunity forced his father to uproot his family to Clinton, Mississippi, 10-year-old Lance Bass threw himself into music. The future *NSYNC star began singing in his Baptist church choir and his best friend encouraged him to audition for local performance groups as well. Bass obliged and soon was a member of the state-wide Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum-funded Show Stoppers, in addition to the Attaché Show Choir, Clinton High School's award-winning musical group. But jazz hands were not enough to hold the aspiring singer over—he was also a member of a seven-man vocal group called Seven Card Stud and competed with them at state fairs and performed at events for Senator Trent Lott. And all that practice did make Bass boy-band perfect. The 65-year-old show choir Attaché, for example, had the coordinated costumes, bow ties, and vests to make one local boy an international sensation, as exemplified in this video of their 1995 performance of " Make It Happen."

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Leonard Bernstein

The late composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein also had a brief stint with the Harvard Glee Club before he was kicked out for being late to rehearsal, as classmate and fellow composer Harold S. Shapero told The Crimson. Despite the setback, Bernstein went on to become the longtime music director of the New York Philharmonic and the composer behind classic musicals such as West Side Story and On the Town. Still, Bernstein seemingly didn't bolster any hard feelings—his popular series The Unanswered Question helped the Harvard Glee Club garner national recognition.

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Dee Snider

In the years leading up to his "We're Not Gonna Take It" success, Twisted Sister's Dee Snider sang in a more civilized manner than the glam rock world he has lived in for decades. Growing up in Queens, Snider performed with his church choir as well as multiple school choruses, including the Baldwin High School Concert Choir. The longtime gleek's pre-rock 'n' roll singing career culminated with his being selected for the All-State Chorus by singing Henry Purcell's "Strike the Viol." The English organist's sound is a far cry from that of the heavy metal band Snider went on to create in 1970s, but his background from glee club to glee club proves that Dee truly wanted nothing more than to rock.

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Dr. Sanjay Gupta

Dr. Sanjay Gupta has chased life, cheated death, and if asked, he could probably sing about it. CNN's senior medical correspondent was born and raised in Michigan, where he went on to earn both his bachelor's and M.D. at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. But before he graduated from the school, Gupta made time for some extracurricular fun with Michigan's Men's Glee Club. The 100-member group is one of the oldest collegiate choirs in the country, with roots dating back to 1859. Besides boasting Gupta as a notable alumnus, the organization also touts Bob McGrath of Sesame Street fame.