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Famous Barnard College Alumni

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List RulesPeople 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?”
  • 1
    Joan Rivers is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Barnard College Alumni

    Joan Rivers

    Talk show host, Comedian

    AgeDec. at 81 (1933-2014)

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York

    Joan Alexandra Molinsky (June 8, 1933 – September 4, 2014), known professionally as Joan... more on Wikipedia

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  • 2
    Cynthia Nixon is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Barnard College Alumni

    Cynthia Nixon

    Actor, Voice acting


    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    Cynthia Ellen Nixon (born April 9, 1966) is an American actor and activist. For her portrayal... more on Wikipedia

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  • 3
    Martha Stewart is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Barnard College Alumni

    Martha Stewart

    Business magnate, Publisher


    BirthplaceJersey City, New Jersey, United States of America

    Martha Helen Stewart (née Kostyra; Polish pronunciation: [kɔ'stɨra]; born August 3, 1941) is... more on Wikipedia

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  • 4
    Shari Lewis is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Barnard College Alumni

    Shari Lewis

    Film Producer, Screenwriter

    AgeDec. at 65 (1933-1998)

    BirthplaceNew York City, USA, New York

    Phyllis Naomi Hurwitz (January 17, 1933 – August 2, 1998), better known as Shari Lewis, was an... more on Wikipedia
  • 5
    Lauren Graham is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Barnard College Alumni

    Lauren Graham

    Television producer, Novelist


    BirthplaceHonolulu, Hawaii, United States of America

    Lauren Helen Graham (born March 16, 1967) is an American actress and author. She is best known... more on Wikipedia

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  • 6
    Patricia Highsmith is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Barnard College Alumni

    Patricia Highsmith

    Crime writer, Novelist

    AgeDec. at 74 (1921-1995)

    BirthplaceFort Worth, Texas

    Patricia Highsmith (January 19, 1921 – February 4, 1995) was an American novelist and short... more on Wikipedia


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  • 7
    Catherine de Castelbajac is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Barnard College Alumni

    Catherine de Castelbajac

    Corporate trainer, Model

    BirthplaceSanta Barbara, California

    Catherine "Kate" de Castelbajac, Marchioness de Castelbajac (born Katherine Lee Chambers in... more on Wikipedia
  • 8
    Eileen Ford is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Barnard College Alumni

    Eileen Ford

    Businessperson, Television producer

    AgeDec. at 92 (1922-2014)

    BirthplaceNew York City, Great Neck, New York, USA

    Eileen Cecile Ford (née Otte; March 25, 1922 – July 9, 2014) was an American model agency... more on Wikipedia
  • 9
    Zora Neale Hurston is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Barnard College Alumni

    Zora Neale Hurston

    Anthropologist, Novelist

    AgeDec. at 69 (1891-1960)

    BirthplaceNotasulga, Alabama, United States of America

    Zora Neale Hurston (January 7, 1891 – January 28, 1960) was an influential author of... more on Wikipedia

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

    AgeDec. at 96 (1910-2006)

    BirthplaceMahwah, New Jersey, United States of America

    Jane Waddington Wyatt (August 12, 1910 – October 20, 2006) was an American actress. She... more on Wikipedia
  • 11
    Margaret Mead is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Barnard College Alumni

    Margaret Mead

    Cultural Anthropologist, Anthropologist

    AgeDec. at 77 (1901-1978)

    BirthplacePhiladelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

    Margaret Mead (December 16, 1901 – November 15, 1978) was an American cultural anthropologist... more on Wikipedia

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

    Vinessa Shaw

    Model, Actor


    BirthplaceLos Angeles, USA, California

    Vinessa Elizabeth Shaw (born July 19, 1976) is an American film actress and model. She began... more on Wikipedia
  • 13
    Christy Carlson Romano is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Barnard College Alumni

    Christy Carlson Romano

    Songwriter, Musician


    BirthplaceMilford, Connecticut, United States of America

    Christy Carlson Romano (born March 20, 1984) is an American actress, comedian, voice actress... more on Wikipedia

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  • 14
    Jamie Babbit is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Barnard College Alumni

    Jamie Babbit

    Television director, Television producer


    BirthplaceShaker Heights, Ohio

    Jamie Merill Babbit (born November 16, 1970) is an American film director, producer and... more on Wikipedia
  • 15
    Natalie Angier is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Barnard College Alumni

    Natalie Angier

    Journalist, Writer


    BirthplaceNew York City, New York

    Natalie Angier /ænˈdʒɪər/ (born February 16, 1958 in the Bronx, New York City) is an American... more on Wikipedia
  • 16
    Jhumpa Lahiri is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Barnard College Alumni

    Jhumpa Lahiri

    Novelist, Author


    BirthplaceLondon, United Kingdom

    Nilanjana Sudeshna "Jhumpa" Lahiri (born July 11, 1967) is an American author of Indian... more on Wikipedia
  • 17
    Mia Sara is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Barnard College Alumni


    BirthplaceNew York City, Brooklyn Heights, USA, New York

    Mia Sarapochiello (born June 19, 1967) better known as Mia Sara, is an American actress. She... more on Wikipedia

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  • 18
    Suzanne Vega is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Barnard College Alumni

    Suzanne Vega

    Record producer, Guitarist


    BirthplaceSanta Monica, California, United States of America

    Suzanne Nadine Vega (born July 11, 1959) is an American singer-songwriter, musician and record... more on Wikipedia

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

    AgeDec. at 56 (1935-1991)

    BirthplaceQuincy, Massachusetts, United States of America

    Lee Ann Remick (December 14, 1935 – July 2, 1991) was an American actress. She was nominated... more on Wikipedia
  • 20
    Erica Jong is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Barnard College Alumni

    Erica Jong

    Novelist, Author


    BirthplaceNew York City, Manhattan, USA, New York

    Erica Jong (née Mann; born March 26, 1942) is an American novelist, satirist, and poet, known... more on Wikipedia
  • 21
    Helen Gahagan Douglas is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Barnard College Alumni

    Helen Gahagan Douglas

    Politician, Actor

    AgeDec. at 80 (1900-1980)

    BirthplaceBoonton, New Jersey, United States of America

    Helen Gahagan Douglas (November 25, 1900 – June 28, 1980) was an American actress and... more on Wikipedia
  • 22
    Laurie Anderson is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Barnard College Alumni

    Laurie Anderson

    Musician, Screenwriter


    BirthplaceGlen Ellyn, Illinois, United States of America

    Laura Phillips "Laurie" Anderson (born June 5, 1947) is an American avant-garde artist,... more on Wikipedia

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  • 23
    Ellen Kushner is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Barnard College Alumni

    Ellen Kushner

    Radio personality, Writer


    BirthplaceWashington, D.C.

    Ellen Kushner (born October 6, 1955) is an American writer of fantasy novels. From 1996 until... more on Wikipedia
  • 24
    Chelsea Peretti is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Barnard College Alumni

    Chelsea Peretti

    Comedian, Screenwriter


    BirthplaceOakland, California, USA

    Chelsea Peretti (born February 20, 1978) is an American comedian, actress, and writer. She is... more on Wikipedia

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


    BirthplaceTehran, Iran

    Atoosa Rubenstein (born Atoosa Behnegar in Tehran, Iran in 1972) is an Iranian-American former... more on Wikipedia
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