These Celebrities Are Left-Handed and It Totally Shows In Their Creative Work

August 13th marks International Left-Handers Day, a time for all of us southpaws to whip out our custom-made lefty scissors and high-five each other (with our left hands, of course). Only about 10% of the world can call themselves a lefty and tout their research-proven advanced brain symmetry and knack for creativity.

It makes sense considering some of the most successful people have been left-handed including Aristotle, Pablo Picasso, and Mahatma Gandhi. Marie Curie, Albert Einstein, and Benjamin Franklin were also members of the left-handed club, so righties, you’re welcome for modern-day electricity.

It turns out a few of our favorite artists, actors, and comedians also know the plight of the left-handed life. You probably didn’t know these famous figures are lefties, but we believe their creative nature and path to success indicates research was right about the lefthanders’ brain.

Whoopi Goldberg

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Actress Whoopi Goldberg is a proud lefty. | Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images

Southpaws are proud to have Caryn Elaine Johnson (known as Whoopi Goldberg) on our team: she’s is one of the only entertainers to win an Emmy, Grammy, Tony, and Academy Award. Goldberg’s talent and adaptability are evident if you follow her life work where she mastered the balance between comedic and dramatic acting and instilled both into her work on films like Sister Act.

Goldberg’s creative prowess stretched past her acting and into her entrepreneurial endeavors. She co-founded Whoopi & Maya in 2016 to help women with extremely painful menstrual cramps, something she herself experienced throughout her life.

“I want to go nice and slow with this. I don’t want this to be a joke to people. It’s not a joke to women,” Goldberg told USA TODAY. Whoopi & Maya makes medical cannabis products for women, the only relief Goldberg herself found from “a lifetime of difficult periods.”

Goldberg’s success is evident in her awards and accomplishments as well as her finances. She was the highest-paid actress of all time in the 1990s with an income ranging from $2 million to $5 million a year depending on what endorsement deals she was involved with. As of 2015, she had a net worth of over $45 million.

Paul McCartney

Paul McCartney performs onstage during "The Night That Changed America: A GRAMMY Salute To The Beatles"

Paul McCartney | Larry Busacca/Getty Images for NARAS

The long list of successful left-handed musicians all would likely still list former Beatles singer and bass player Paul McCartney one of their musical idols. McCartney gives lefties a good name as one of the most successful performers of all time considering the fact he has one of the most covered songs in popular music history (“Yesterday”).

McCartney is the recipient of a few unique honors as a result of his fame: he’s a two-time inductee into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, a Member of the Order of the British Empire, and was knighted for his “services to music” by Queen Elizabeth II herself.

McCartney’s financial success is exceptionally impressive as well: as one of the wealthiest musicians worldwide he has an estimated $1.2 billion net worth. Despite his exceptionally unique accomplishments in music, it’s McCartney’s persistence despite his difficulty playing instruments lefty that we choose to celebrate today. McCartney found playing guitar right-handed difficult and took after Slim Whitman, choosing to learn the reverse order of the strings and go on to become one of the most successful bass guitarists in history.

Nicole Kidman

Nicole Kidman in 2014

Nicole Kidman in 2014 | Brendon Thorne/Getty Images

The Big Little Lies star is in good company as far as Hollywood lefties go, including Marilyn Monroe, Julia Roberts, Angelina Jolie, and Demi Moore. There’s no question that the Emmy, Golden Globe, and Academy Award-winning actress is successful. Kidman isn’t just a role model where her achievements are concerned: the lefty is exceptionally philanthropic and a well-known Goodwill ambassador for both UNICEF and UNIFEM. She’s even been appointed a “Citizen of the World” by the United Nations.

The Australian actress’ wealth was first recognized in 2002 by the Australian “rich list” which estimated her net worth at A$122 million and is considered one of the 30 richest self-made Australian women. In 2006 she was the highest-paid actress in the film industry. She and her husband, award-winning country singer Keith Urban, have an estimated combined net worth estimated at $350 million. While they invest a significant amount of money in real estate, the two donate significant amounts to charities including the Women’s Cancer Program.

If these celebrities are any indication, the myth that lefties are more creative may not be so far off after all.

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