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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
Joan Alexandra Molinsky, known as Joan Rivers, was an American actress, comedian, writer, producer, and television host noted for her often controversial comedic persona — where she was ...more

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Cynthia Nixon is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Barnard College Alumni
Actor, Voice acting
Cynthia Ellen Nixon is an American actress, best known for her portrayal of Miranda Hobbes. She has won two Emmy Awards, a Grammy Award and a Tony Award. Nixon began her acting career in 1979 in ...more

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Martha Stewart is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Barnard College Alumni
Business magnate, Publisher, Television producer
Martha Helen Stewart is an American businesswoman, writer, and television personality. As founder of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, she has gained success through a variety of business ...more

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Shari Lewis is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Barnard College Alumni
Film Producer, Screenwriter, Ventriloquist
Sonia Phyllis Hurwitz better known as Shari Lewis was an American ventriloquist, puppeteer, and children's entertainer and television show host. She was best known as the original puppeteer of ...more

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Lauren Graham is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Barnard College Alumni
Television producer, Novelist, Actor
Lauren Helen Graham is an American actress, producer and novelist. She is best known for playing Lorelai Gilmore on the WB Network dramedy series Gilmore Girls and Sarah Braverman on

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Patricia Highsmith is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Barnard College Alumni
Crime writer, Novelist, Cartoonist
Patricia Highsmith was an American novelist and short story writer, most widely known for her psychological thrillers, which led to more than two dozen film adaptations. Her first novel, ...more

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Catherine de Castelbajac is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Barnard College Alumni
Corporate trainer, Model, Writer
Catherine "Kate" de Castelbajac is a former model and fashion journalist who now works as an image consultant and educator. She is currently the founder of CdeC Academy of Santa ...more

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Eileen Ford is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Barnard College Alumni
Businessperson, Television producer
Eileen Ford was an American model agency executive and co-founder, in 1946, with her husband, Gerard "Jerry" Ford, of Ford Models, one of the earliest and internationally best known ...more

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Zora Neale Hurston is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Barnard College Alumni
Anthropologist, Novelist, Author
Zora Neale Hurston was an American folklorist, anthropologist, and author. Of Hurston's four novels and more than 50 published short stories, plays, and essays, she is best known for her 1937 ...more

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Jane Wyatt is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Barnard College Alumni
Actor
Jane Wyatt was an American actress best known for her role as the housewife and mother on the NBC and CBS television comedy series, Father Knows Best, and as Amanda Grayson, the human mother of ...more

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Margaret Mead is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Barnard College Alumni
Cultural Anthropologist, Anthropologist, Professor
Margaret Mead was an American cultural anthropologist who featured frequently as an author and speaker in the mass media during the 1960s and 1970s. She earned her bachelor degree at Barnard ...more

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Vinessa Shaw is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Barnard College Alumni
Model, Actor
Vinessa Elizabeth Shaw is an American film actress and model. Shaw has starred in numerous motion pictures since the early 1990s and is currently a supporting cast member in the Showtime Drama ...more

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Christy Carlson Romano is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Barnard College Alumni
Songwriter, Musician, Author
Christy Carlson Romano is an American actress and singer. She is known for her role in the sitcom Even Stevens and as the voice of the title character in the animated series Kim Possible. She ...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
Jamie Babbit 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 has also directed episodes of ...more

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Natalie Angier is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Barnard College Alumni
Journalist, Writer, Social activist
Natalie Angier is an American nonfiction writer and a science journalist for The New York Times.

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Jhumpa Lahiri is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Barnard College Alumni
Novelist, Author, Writer
Jhumpa Lahiri is an Indian American author. Lahiri's debut short story collection, Interpreter of Maladies, won the 2000 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, and her first novel, The Namesake, was ...more

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Mia Sara is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Barnard College Alumni
Actor
Mia Sara is an American actress known for her roles in films such as Legend, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, and Timecop.

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Suzanne Vega is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Barnard College Alumni
Record producer, Guitarist, Songwriter
Suzanne Nadine Vega is an American songwriter and singer known for her eclectic folk-inspired music. Two of Vega's songs reached the top 10 of various international chart listings: ...more

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Lee Remick is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Barnard College Alumni
Actor
Lee Ann Remick was an American film and television actress. Among her best-known films are Anatomy of a Murder, Days of Wine and Roses, and The Omen.

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Erica Jong is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Barnard College Alumni
Novelist, Author, Writer
Erica Jong is an American author and teacher best known for her fiction and poetry, and particularly for her 1973 novel Fear of Flying. The book became famously controversial for its attitudes ...more

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Helen Gahagan Douglas is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Barnard College Alumni
Politician, Actor, Singer
Helen Gahagan Douglas was an American actress and politician. She was the third woman and first Democratic woman elected to Congress from California; her election made California one of the ...more

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Laurie Anderson is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Barnard College Alumni
Musician, Screenwriter, Actor
Laura Phillips "Laurie" Anderson is an American experimental performance artist, composer and musician who plays violin and keyboards and sings in a variety of experimental music and ...more

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

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Chelsea Peretti is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Barnard College Alumni
Comedian, Screenwriter, Actor
Chelsea Vanessa Peretti is an American stand-up comedian, actress, and writer. She is known for portraying Gina Linetti on the FOX comedy series Brooklyn Nine-Nine. Paste named her Twitter one ...more

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Atoosa Rubenstein is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Barnard College Alumni
Editor
Atoosa Rubenstein was the editor-in-chief of Seventeen magazine. She was also the founding editor of CosmoGIRL!. She is currently the founder of Big Momma Productions, Inc. and Atoosa.com.