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Famous Bennington College Alumni

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

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

Alumni include Peter Dinklage, Alan Arkin and many more.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to Bennington College?” and “Which celebrities are Bennington College alumni?”
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Betty Ford is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Bennington College Alumni
Fashion Model, Actor, Women's rights activist

Age: Dec. at 93 (1918-2011)

Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States of America

Elizabeth Anne Ford (née Bloomer; April 8, 1918 – July 8, 2011) was the First Lady of the United States from 1974 to 1977, as the wife of President Gerald Ford. As First Lady, she was ...more

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Bret Easton Ellis is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Bennington College Alumni
Novelist, Film Producer, Screenwriter

Age: 54

Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, Southern California, Contiguous United States, 90731, + more

Bret Easton Ellis (born March 7, 1964) is an American author, screenwriter, and short story writer. Ellis was first regarded as one of the so-called literary Brat Pack, which also included Tama ...more

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Carol Channing is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Bennington College Alumni
Comedian, Actor, Singer

Age: 98

Birthplace: Seattle, Washington, United States of America

Carol Elaine Channing (January 31, 1921 – January 15, 2019) was an American actress, singer, dancer, and comedian, known for starring in Broadway and film musicals. Her characters usually ...more

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Judith Butler is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Bennington College Alumni
Professor, Writer, Philosopher

Age: 63

Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio

Judith Pamela Butler (born 1956) is an American philosopher and gender theorist whose work has influenced political philosophy, ethics, and the fields of third-wave feminist, queer, and literary ...more
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Alwin Nikolais is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Bennington College Alumni
Choreographer

Age: Dec. at 83 (1910-1993)

Birthplace: Southington, Connecticut, United States of America

Alwin Nikolais (November 25, 1910 in Southington, Connecticut – May 8, 1993) was an American choreographer.
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Peter Dinklage is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Bennington College Alumni
Actor, Voice acting

Age: 46

Birthplace: Morristown, New Jersey, USA

Peter Hayden Dinklage (; born June 11, 1969) is an American actor and producer. Dinklage studied acting at Bennington College, starring in a number of amateur stage productions. His film debut ...more

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Alan Arkin is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Bennington College Alumni
Television director, Musician, Screenwriter

Age: 84

Birthplace: New York City, New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division, Area code 917, Contiguous United States, + more

Alan Wolf Arkin (born March 26, 1934) is an American actor, director, and screenwriter. With a film career spanning six decades, Arkin is known for his performances in The Russians Are Coming, ...more

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Jonathan Lethem is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Bennington College Alumni
Novelist, Author, Essayist

Age: 55

Birthplace: New York City, New York

Jonathan Allen Lethem (; born February 19, 1964) is an American novelist, essayist, and short story writer. His first novel, Gun, with Occasional Music, a genre work that mixed elements of ...more
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Holland Taylor is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Bennington College Alumni
Holland Taylor Actor, Voice acting, Playwright

Age: 76

Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

Holland Virginia Taylor (born January 14, 1943) is an American actress and playwright. She won the 1999 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for her role as ...more
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Andrea Dworkin is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Bennington College Alumni
Novelist, Writer

Age: Dec. at 59 (1946-2005)

Birthplace: Camden, New Jersey

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Barbara Deming is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Bennington College Alumni
Writer

Age: Dec. at 67 (1917-1984)

Birthplace: New York City, New York

Barbara Deming (July 23, 1917 – August 2, 1984) was an American feminist and advocate of nonviolent social change.
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Paula Jean Welden is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Bennington College Alumni

Age: 91

Paula Jean Welden (October 19, 1928 – disappeared December 1, 1946) was an American college student who disappeared while walking on Vermont's Long Trail hiking route. The local sheriffs were ...more
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Chris Barron is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Bennington College Alumni
Guitarist, Musician, Singer

Age: 51

Birthplace: Pearl Harbor, Hawaii

Chris Barron is a singer and a member of the musical group Spin Doctors.
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Nathalie Handal is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Bennington College Alumni
Poet, Writer, Playwright

Age: 49

Birthplace: Haiti

Nathalie Handal (Arabic: نتالي حنظل‎) (born 29 July 1969) is an award-winning French-American poet and writer born to a Palestinian family from Bethlehem.
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Melissa Rosenberg is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Bennington College Alumni
Television producer, Film Producer, Screenwriter

Age: 56

Birthplace: California

Melissa Anne Rosenberg (born August 28, 1962) is an American screenwriter. She has worked in both film and television and has won a Peabody Award. She has also been nominated for two Emmy ...more
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Justin Theroux is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Bennington College Alumni
Film Producer, Screenwriter, Actor

Age: 47

Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States of America

Justin Paul Theroux (; born August 10, 1971) is an American actor, film producer, director, and screenwriter. He gained recognition for his work with director David Lynch in the mystery film ...more

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Tim Daly is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Bennington College Alumni
Tim Daly Television director, Television producer, Film Producer

Age: 62

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

James Timothy Daly (born March 1, 1956) is an American actor and producer. He is known for his role as Joe Hackett on the NBC sitcom Wings and his voice role as Clark Kent/Superman in Superman: ...more

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Michael Pollan is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Bennington College Alumni
Journalist, Author, Science writer

Age: 64

Birthplace: Long Island, New York, United States of America

Michael Aaron Pollan (; born February 6, 1955) is an American author, journalist, activist, and the Lewis K. Chan Arts Lecturer and Professor of Practice of Non-Fiction at Harvard University. ...more
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Helen Frankenthaler is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Bennington College Alumni
Painter, Artist

Age: Dec. at 83 (1928-2011)

Birthplace: Manhattan, New York City, New York

Helen Frankenthaler (December 12, 1928 – December 27, 2011) was an American abstract expressionist painter. She was a major contributor to the history of postwar American painting. Having ...more
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Donna Tartt is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Bennington College Alumni
Novelist, Writer

Age: 55

Birthplace: Greenwood, Mississippi

Donna Tartt (born December 23, 1963) is an American writer, the author of the novels The Secret History (1992), The Little Friend (2002), and The Goldfinch (2013). Tartt won the WH Smith ...more
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Anne Ramsey is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Bennington College Alumni
Actor

Age: Dec. at 59 (1929-1988)

Birthplace: Omaha, Nebraska, USA

Angelina Ramsey (née Mobley; March 27, 1929 – August 11, 1988) was an American stage, television, and film actress. She portrayed Mama Fratelli in The Goonies (1985) and Mrs. Lift, mother ...more
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Laura Furman is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Bennington College Alumni
Editor, Novelist, Writer

Age: 73

Birthplace: New York City, New York

Laura J. Furman (born 1945) is an American author best known for her role as series editor for the [O. Henry Prize Stories]. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, Mirabella, Ploughshares, ...more
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Sally Mann is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Bennington College Alumni
Artist, Photographer

Age: 67

Birthplace: Virginia

Sally Mann HonFRPS (born May 1, 1951) is an American photographer, widely known for her large-format, black-and-white photographs—at first of her young children, then later of landscapes ...more

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John Billingsley is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Bennington College Alumni
Actor

Age: 58

Birthplace: USA, Media, Pennsylvania

John Billingsley (, born May 20, 1960) is an American actor known for his role as Doctor Phlox on the television series Star Trek: Enterprise.
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Mark Barnes is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Bennington College Alumni
Lawyer

Age: 59

Mark Barnes is an American attorney serving as partner in the Ropes & Gray health care practice and advocate based in Boston. He was Director of Policy for the New York State Department of ...more