education 50+ Celebrities Who Went to Yale  

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This list contains information about celebrities who went to Yale University, loosely ranked by fame and popularity. Several famous actors, musicians, and politicians attended Yale University. Some of these celebrities received degrees from the Ivy League school, while others dropped out to focus on their careers. Several U.S. Presidents attended Yale University including a father and son.

Who is the most famous person who attended Yale? Meryl Streep tops this list. Streep earned an M.F.A. from the Yale School of Drama in the 1970s. Jennifer Connelly studied English at Yale from 1988-1989. She later finished out her college education by studying drama at Stanford University

Several famous men also went to Yale. George H. W. Bush graduated from Yale with a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics in 1948. While there, he was a member of the Skull and Bones secret society. Bush's son, George W. Bush, also attended Yale.

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Meryl Streep is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 50+ Celebrities Who Went to Yale
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Meryl Streep earned an M.F.A. from the Yale School of Drama in the 1970s.

Age: 67

Birthplace: Summit, New Jersey, United States of America

Profession: Spokesperson, Actor, Voice acting

Credits: The Devil Wears Prada, Doubt, Fantastic Mr. Fox, Julie & Julia

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#4 on The Best American Actresses Working Today

#1 on The Best Actresses in Film History

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#7 on The Most Trustworthy Celebrities in the World

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Paul Newman is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 50+ Celebrities Who Went to Yale
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Paul Newman studied acting at the Yale School of Drama for one year before leaving to study with Lee Strasberg at the Actors Studio.

Age: Died at 83 (1925-2008)

Birthplace: Shaker Heights, Ohio, United States of America

Profession: Activist, Businessperson, Entrepreneur, Film Producer, Racing driver, + more

Credits: Cool Hand Luke, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, The Sting, Cars

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#19 on The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

#11 on The Best Actors in Film History

#2 on The Coolest Actors Ever

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Angela Bassett is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 50+ Celebrities Who Went to Yale
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Angela Bassett earned a B.A. degree in African-American studies from Yale in 1980. She went on to receive her M.F.A. from the Yale School of Drama.

Age: 58

Birthplace: Harlem, New York City, New York, United States of America

Profession: Film Producer, Actor, Voice acting

Credits: Boyz n the Hood, Meet the Robinsons, Malcolm X, Olympus Has Fallen

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#77 on The Best American Actresses Working Today

#41 on The Best Actors to Start Their Careers on Soaps

#77 on The Best Actresses in Film History

#1 on The Greatest Black Actresses of All Time

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Jennifer Connelly is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 50+ Celebrities Who Went to Yale
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Jennifer Connelly studied English at Yale from 1988-1989. She later finished out her college education by studying drama at Stanford University.

Age: 46

Birthplace: Cairo, New York, United States of America

Profession: Model, Actor, Voice acting

Credits: Requiem for a Dream, A Beautiful Mind, Blood Diamond, Hulk

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#6 on The Best American Actresses Working Today

#39 on The Best Actresses in Film History

#21 on The Best Living American Actresses

#16 on The Greatest Former Child Stars

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