Walk into any college dorm and you’ll find one of them — Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn, Jackie Kennedy. There, covering the cinder blocks, is almost always a black-and-white poster of a glamorous icon still recognized more for her beauty than anything else.
But in her freshman dorm room at Harvard University, Natalie Portman left her walls bare.
“I feel like I had that serious-kid thing,” she said, rolling her eyes at herself. “I didn’t have style icons. The people I was into were, like, Jane Goodall. I loved Audrey Hepburn, but I was into what she did for kids with UNICEF and stuff.”
The irony, of course, is that at 35,...