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List Rules People on this list must have gone to Northwestern University and be of some renown.

List of famous alumni from Northwestern University, with photos when available. Prominent graduates from Northwestern University include celebrities, politicians, business people, athletes and more. This list of distinguished Northwestern University alumni is loosely ordered by relevance, so the most recognizable celebrities who attended Northwestern University are at the top of the list. This directory is not just composed of graduates of this school, as some of the famous people on this list didn't necessarily earn a degree from Northwestern University.

A list made up of graduates like Zooey Deschanel and Cindy Crawford.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to Northwestern University?” and “Which celebrities are Northwestern University alumni?”

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Zooey Deschanel is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Northwestern University Alumni
Zooey Deschanel Television producer, Musician Singer-songwriter

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Cindy Crawford is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Northwestern University Alumni
Cindy Crawford Pin-up girl, Fashion Model Supermodel

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Stephen Colbert is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Northwestern University Alumni
Stephen Colbert Television Show Host, Comedian Television producer

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Hugh Hefner is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Northwestern University Alumni
Hugh Hefner Editor, Publisher Businessperson

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Julia Louis-Dreyfus is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Northwestern University Alumni
Julia Louis-Dreyfus Comedian, Television producer Actor

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Cloris Leachman is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Northwestern University Alumni
Cloris Leachman Comedian, Actor Voice acting

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Megan Mullally is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Northwestern University Alumni
Megan Mullally Actor, Voice acting Singer

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Zach Braff is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Northwestern University Alumni
Zach Braff Television director, Television producer Film Producer

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Mary Ann Leeper is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Northwestern University Alumni
Mary Ann Leeper Biochemist, Radiobiochemist

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Jeri Ryan is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Northwestern University Alumni
Jeri Ryan Actor

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Charles Busch is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Northwestern University Alumni
Charles Busch Novelist, Drag queen Actor

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Warren Beatty is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Northwestern University Alumni
Warren Beatty Film Producer, Screenwriter Actor

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Ann-Margret is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Northwestern University Alumni
Ann-Margret Actor, Singer Dancer

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David Schwimmer is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Northwestern University Alumni
David Schwimmer Television director, Theatre Director Film Producer

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Patricia Neal is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Northwestern University Alumni

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Patti Davis is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Northwestern University Alumni
Patti Davis Author, Actor

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Samantha Harris is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Northwestern University Alumni
Samantha Harris Model, Actor TV Personality

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Shelley Long is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Northwestern University Alumni
Shelley Long Actor

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Robert Reed is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Northwestern University Alumni
Robert Reed Actor

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Charlton Heston is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Northwestern University Alumni
Charlton Heston Actor, Voice acting Political Activist

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Paula Prentiss is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Northwestern University Alumni

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Rod Blagojevich is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Northwestern University Alumni
Rod Blagojevich Prosecutor, Politician Lawyer

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Edgar Bergen is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Northwestern University Alumni
Edgar Bergen Comic book creator, Comedian Ventriloquist

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Paul Lynde is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Northwestern University Alumni
Paul Lynde Character actor, Comedian Actor

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Craig Bierko is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Northwestern University Alumni
Craig Bierko Actor, Singer

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Charlotte Rae is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Northwestern University Alumni
Charlotte Rae Comedian, Actor Voice acting

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Jennifer Jones is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Northwestern University Alumni

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Denis O'Hare is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Northwestern University Alumni
Denis O'Hare Actor

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Mary Frann is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Northwestern University Alumni
Mary Frann Actor

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John Cameron Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Northwestern University Alumni
John Cameron Mitchell Film Producer, Screenwriter Actor

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Charles Horace Mayo is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Northwestern University Alumni

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Gloria Root is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Northwestern University Alumni
Gloria Root Nude Glamour Model

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Clinton Kelly is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Northwestern University Alumni

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Ned Rorem is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Northwestern University Alumni
Ned Rorem Diarist, Author Composer

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Lloyd Hall is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Northwestern University Alumni
Lloyd Hall Chemist, Inventor

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Laura Linney is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Northwestern University Alumni
Laura Linney Television producer, Actor Voice acting

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Noah Wyle is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Northwestern University Alumni
Noah Wyle Television producer, Film Producer Actor

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Jerry Orbach is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Northwestern University Alumni
Jerry Orbach Actor, Singer

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George McGovern is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Northwestern University Alumni
George McGovern Politician, Soldier Historian

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Dermot Mulroney is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Northwestern University Alumni
Dermot Mulroney Musician, Film Producer Actor

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Saul Bellow is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Northwestern University Alumni
Saul Bellow Novelist, Author Essayist

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Leigh Taylor-Young is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Northwestern University Alumni

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Adlai Stevenson II is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Northwestern University Alumni
Adlai Stevenson II Politician

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Clyde Kusatsu is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Northwestern University Alumni
Clyde Kusatsu Actor, Voice acting

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Richard Kline is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Northwestern University Alumni
Richard Kline Television director, Actor

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Claude Akins is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Northwestern University Alumni
Claude Akins Actor, Voice acting

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Craig Sager is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Northwestern University Alumni
Craig Sager Journalist

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Debi Thomas is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Northwestern University Alumni
Debi Thomas Physician, Surgeon

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Greg Berlanti is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Northwestern University Alumni
Greg Berlanti Television producer, Film Producer Screenwriter

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Aimee Garcia is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Northwestern University Alumni
Aimee Garcia Screenwriter, Actor Voice acting