Miley Cyrus Needs College, Says Former Child Star

by | July 6, 2010 at 10:15 AM | Celebrities, TV News

Miley Cyrus (Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

Miley Cyrus (Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

Miley Cyrus seems desperate to make the transition from wholesome Disney princess to teen pop star.  She has tried every trick in the book: sexy music video, scandalous photos purporting to show her not wearing any underwear, even kissing a girl during a performance.   Unfortunately, the opening week sales of her new, more adult album Can’t Be Tamed were an underwhelming 103,000 copies, far less than the opening week of her previous album The Time of Our Lives.

So what should 17-year-old Miley do now? Former child star Kellie Martin — best known for starring in the series ‘Life Goes On‘ and ‘Christy‘ and playing doomed intern Lucy Knight on ‘E.R‘ has some unexpected career advice for the starlet: go to school.  Martin, who will appear on ‘Drop Dead Diva‘ July 11th and stars in the upcoming NBC movie ‘The Jensen Project’ told Fancast,  “I would tell Miley to go to college.  I really think that saved me.  Fred [Savage] went to Stanford, Mayim [Bialik] went to UCLA, I went to Yale.”   For the record, Bialik now has a PhD in neuroscience and a role as Sheldon’s (Jim Parsons) new love interest on the red hot ‘Big Bang Theory.’  Savage moved behind the camera and is now a director and producer whose credits include ‘Party Down‘ and ‘It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.’  None have been arrested, had compromising photos taken of them, or gone bankrupt.  1990s teen stars: smarter and more talented than you ever imagined.

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Martin thinks that all entertainers need a college degree. “It’s really, really important to get an education because when all of this is gone, then at least you have your education.  Then you can do whatever it is you want to do.  If tomorrow I decided to stop being an actor I could go do a lot of other things. ” All of the under and unemployed recent college graduates might question Martin’s faith in the power of her degree.

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However its hard to argue with what she perceives as the less tangible benefits of college.”Knowing that makes me a whole person and have confidence in who I am as a whole person as opposed to confidence in who I am as just an actor. I’m capable of dealing with life things as opposed to having other people around me deal with all my life things, which I think is really important.  She’s actually wildly talented, little Miley Cyrus, and she has a sweet family.  If she went to college, she’d be totally set. She’d be set forever.”

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Will Miley soon trade in her booty shorts for a college sweatshirt?  It is doubtful.  In a May 24th radio interview with the  Bert Show she said,”I’m not gonna go to college right now. I am a firm believer that you can go back at any age you want, because my grandma went back to college at 62 years old.”

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What do you think? Is Martin right? Should Miley get a college degree?