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

List of famous alumni from Barnard College, with photos when available. Prominent graduates from Barnard College include celebrities, politicians, business people, athletes and more. This list of distinguished Barnard College alumni is loosely ordered by relevance, so the most recognizable celebrities who attended Barnard College 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 Barnard College.

List is made up of many different graduates, including Joan Rivers and Lauren Graham.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to Barnard College?” and “Which celebrities are Barnard College alumni?”
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Joan Rivers is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Barnard College Alumni
Talk show host, Comedian, Television producer

Age: Dec. at 81 (1933-2014)

Birthplace: New York City, New York

Joan Alexandra Molinsky (June 8, 1933 – September 4, 2014), known professionally as Joan Rivers, was an American comedian, actress, writer, producer, and television host. She was noted for her ...more

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Cynthia Nixon is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Barnard College Alumni
Actor, Voice acting

Age: 52

Birthplace: New York City, USA, New York

Cynthia Ellen Nixon (born April 9, 1966) is an American actor and activist. For her portrayal of Miranda Hobbes in the HBO series Sex and the City (1998–2004), Nixon won the 2004 Primetime Emmy ...more

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Martha Stewart is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Barnard College Alumni
Business magnate, Publisher, Television producer

Age: 77

Birthplace: Jersey City, New Jersey, United States of America

Martha Helen Stewart (née Kostyra; Polish pronunciation: [kɔ'stɨra]; born August 3, 1941) is an American retail businesswoman, writer, television personality, former model, and convicted ...more

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Shari Lewis is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Barnard College Alumni
Film Producer, Screenwriter, Ventriloquist

Age: Dec. at 65 (1933-1998)

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

Phyllis Naomi Hurwitz (January 17, 1933 – August 2, 1998), better known as Shari Lewis, was an American ventriloquist, puppeteer, children's entertainer and television show host. She was best ...more
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Lauren Graham is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Barnard College Alumni
Television producer, Novelist, Actor

Age: 51

Birthplace: Honolulu, Hawaii, United States of America

Lauren Helen Graham (born March 16, 1967) is an American actress and author. She is best known for her roles as Lorelai Gilmore on the television series Gilmore Girls (2000–2007 and 2016), for ...more

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Patricia Highsmith is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Barnard College Alumni
Patricia Highsmith Crime writer, Novelist, Cartoonist

Age: Dec. at 74 (1921-1995)

Birthplace: Fort Worth, Texas

Patricia Highsmith (January 19, 1921 – February 4, 1995) was an American novelist and short story writer best known for her psychological thrillers, including her series of five novels featuring ...more

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Catherine de Castelbajac... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Barnard College Alumni
Corporate trainer, Model, Writer

Birthplace: Santa Barbara, California

Catherine "Kate" de Castelbajac, Marchioness de Castelbajac (born Katherine Lee Chambers in Santa Barbara, California) is a former model and fashion journalist who now works as an ...more
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Eileen Ford is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Barnard College Alumni
Businessperson, Television producer

Age: Dec. at 92 (1922-2014)

Birthplace: Great Neck, New York City, New York, United States of America

Eileen Cecile Ford (née Otte; March 25, 1922 – July 9, 2014) was an American model agency executive and co-founder of Ford Models with her husband, Gerard "Jerry" Ford, in 1946. ...more
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Zora Neale Hurston is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Barnard College Alumni
Anthropologist, Novelist, Author

Age: Dec. at 69 (1891-1960)

Birthplace: Notasulga, Alabama, United States of America

Zora Neale Hurston (January 7, 1891 – January 28, 1960) was an influential author of African-American literature, anthropologist, and filmmaker, who portrayed racial struggles in the ...more

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Jane Wyatt is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Barnard College Alumni
Actor

Age: Dec. at 96 (1910-2006)

Birthplace: Mahwah, New Jersey, USA

Jane Waddington Wyatt (August 12, 1910 – October 20, 2006) was an American actress. She starred in a number of Hollywood films like Frank Capra's Lost Horizon, but is likely best known for her ...more
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Margaret Mead is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Barnard College Alumni
Cultural Anthropologist, Anthropologist, Professor

Age: Dec. at 77 (1901-1978)

Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

Margaret Mead (December 16, 1901 – November 15, 1978) was an American cultural anthropologist who featured frequently as an author and speaker in the mass media during the 1960s and 1970s. She ...more

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Vinessa Shaw is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Barnard College Alumni
Model, Actor

Age: 42

Birthplace: Los Angeles, USA, California

Vinessa Elizabeth Shaw (born July 19, 1976) is an American film actress and model. She began her career as a child actor, and had her break-out role in Disney's 1993 Halloween comedy-fantasy hit ...more
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Christy Carlson Romano ... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Barnard College Alumni
Songwriter, Musician, Author

Age: 34

Birthplace: Milford, Connecticut, United States of America

Christy Carlson Romano (born March 20, 1984) is an American actress, comedian, voice actress and singer. She is known for her role as Ren Stevens in the Disney Channel sitcom Even Stevens, and ...more

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Jamie Babbit is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Barnard College Alumni
Television director, Television producer, Film Producer

Age: 48

Birthplace: Shaker Heights, Ohio

Jamie Merill Babbit (born November 16, 1970) is an American film director, producer and screenwriter. She directed the films But I'm a Cheerleader, The Quiet and Itty Bitty Titty Committee. She ...more
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Natalie Angier is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Barnard College Alumni
Journalist, Writer, Social activist

Age: 61

Birthplace: New York City, New York

Natalie Angier /ænˈdʒɪər/ (born February 16, 1958 in the Bronx, New York City) is an American nonfiction writer and a science journalist for The New York Times. Her awards include the ...more
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Jhumpa Lahiri is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Barnard College Alumni
Novelist, Author, Writer

Age: 51

Birthplace: London, United Kingdom

Nilanjana Sudeshna "Jhumpa" Lahiri (born July 11, 1967) is an American author of Indian descent known for her short stories, novels and essays in English, and, more recently, in ...more
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Mia Sara is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Barnard College Alumni
Actor

Age: 51

Birthplace: New York City, Brooklyn Heights, USA, New York

Mia Sarapochiello (born June 19, 1967) better known as Mia Sara, is an American actress. She is best known for her role as Sloane Peterson in the 1986 comedy film Ferris Bueller's Day Off, and ...more

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Suzanne Vega is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Barnard College Alumni
Record producer, Guitarist, Songwriter

Age: 59

Birthplace: Santa Monica, California, United States of America

Suzanne Nadine Vega (born July 11, 1959) is an American singer-songwriter, musician and record producer, best known for her folk-inspired music.Vega's music career spans more than 30 years. She ...more

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Lee Remick is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Barnard College Alumni
Actor

Age: Dec. at 56 (1935-1991)

Birthplace: Quincy, Massachusetts, United States of America

Lee Ann Remick (December 14, 1935 – July 2, 1991) was an American actress. She was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress for the 1962 film Days of Wine and Roses, and for the 1966 ...more

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Erica Jong is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Barnard College Alumni
Novelist, Author, Writer

Age: 76

Birthplace: New York City, Manhattan, USA, New York

Erica Jong (née Mann; born March 26, 1942) is an American novelist, satirist, and poet, known particularly for her 1973 novel Fear of Flying. The book became famously controversial for ...more
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Helen Gahagan Douglas is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Barnard College Alumni
Politician, Actor, Singer

Age: Dec. at 80 (1900-1980)

Birthplace: Boonton, New Jersey, United States of America

Helen Gahagan Douglas (November 25, 1900 – June 28, 1980) was an American actress and politician. Her career included success on Broadway, as a touring opera singer, and the starring role in the ...more
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Laurie Anderson is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Barnard College Alumni
Musician, Screenwriter, Actor

Age: 71

Birthplace: USA, Glen Ellyn, Illinois

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Ellen Kushner is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Barnard College Alumni
Radio personality, Writer

Age: 63

Birthplace: Washington, D.C.

Ellen Kushner (born October 6, 1955) is an American writer of fantasy novels. From 1996 until 2010, she was the host of the radio program Sound & Spirit, produced by WGBH in Boston and ...more
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Chelsea Peretti is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Barnard College Alumni
Comedian, Screenwriter, Actor

Age: 41

Birthplace: Oakland, California, USA

Chelsea Peretti (born February 20, 1978) is an American comedian, actress, and writer. She is best known for portraying Gina Linetti in the police comedy series Brooklyn Nine-Nine.

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Atoosa Rubenstein is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Barnard College Alumni
Editor

Age: 47

Birthplace: Tehran, Iran

Atoosa Rubenstein (born Atoosa Behnegar in Tehran, Iran in 1972) is an Iranian-American former magazine editor. She was the editor-in-chief of Seventeen magazine and the founding editor of ...more