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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 Betty Ford was an actress and a writer

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Bret Easton Ellis is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Bennington College Alumni
Novelist, Film Producer, Screenwriter Bret Easton Ellis is an American novelist, screenwriter, and short story writer. His works have been translated into 27 languages. He was at first regarded as one of the so-called literary Brat ...more

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Carol Channing is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Bennington College Alumni
Comedian, Actor, Singer Carol Elaine Channing is an American actress, singer, dancer, comedian, and voice artist. She won the Golden Globe Award and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for ...more

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Judith Butler is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Bennington College Alumni
Professor, Writer, Philosopher Judith Butler is an American philosopher and gender theorist whose work has influenced political philosophy, ethics and the fields of feminist, queer and literary theory. Since 1993, she has ...more

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Alwin Nikolais is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Bennington College Alumni
Choreographer Alwin Nikolais 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 Peter Hayden Dinklage is an American actor. Since his breakout role in The Station Agent, he starred in many films, such as Elf, Find Me Guilty, Underdog, the British film Death at a Funeral ...more

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Alan Arkin is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Bennington College Alumni
Television director, Musician, Screenwriter Alan Wolf Arkin is an American actor, director, comedian, musician and singer. He is known for starring in such films as Wait Until Dark, The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming, The ...more

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Jonathan Lethem is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Bennington College Alumni
Novelist, Author, Essayist Jonathan Allen Lethem is an American novelist, essayist and short story writer. His first novel, Gun, with Occasional Music, a genre work that mixed elements of science fiction and detective ...more

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Holland Taylor is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Bennington College Alumni
Actor, Voice acting, Playwright Holland Virginia Taylor is an American actress of film, stage, and television, and playwright. Her notable television roles include Ruth Dunbar in Bosom Buddies, senator's wife Margaret Powers ...more

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Andrea Dworkin is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Bennington College Alumni
Novelist, Writer Andrea Rita Dworkin was an American radical feminist and writer best known for her criticism of pornography, which she argued was linked to rape and other forms of violence against women. An ...more

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Barbara Deming is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Bennington College Alumni
Writer Barbara Deming 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
Paula Jean Welden was a Bennington College, Vermont, USA, sophomore whose disappearance while walking on Vermont's Long Trail hiking route remains an unsolved mystery.

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Chris Barron is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Bennington College Alumni
Guitarist, Musician, Singer 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 Nathalie Handal is an American award-winning poet, writer, and playwright.

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Melissa Rosenberg is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Bennington College Alumni
Television producer, Film Producer, Screenwriter Melissa Anne Rosenberg is an American screenwriter. She has worked in both film and television and has been nominated for two Emmy Awards, and two Writers Guild of America Awards. She won a ...more

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Justin Theroux is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Bennington College Alumni
Film Producer, Screenwriter, Actor Justin Paul Theroux is an American actor, director, and screenwriter. He is best known for his work with film director David Lynch, appearing in Mulholland Drive and Inland Empire. He is also ...more

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Tim Daly is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Bennington College Alumni
Television director, Television producer, Film Producer James Timothy "Tim" Daly is an American stage, screen and voice actor, director and producer. He is best known for his television role as Joe Hackett on the NBC sitcom Wings and for ...more

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Michael Pollan is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Bennington College Alumni
Journalist, Author, Science writer Michael Pollan is an American author, journalist, activist, and professor of journalism at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism.

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Helen Frankenthaler is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Bennington College Alumni
Painter, Artist Helen Frankenthaler was an American abstract expressionist painter. She was a major contributor to the history of postwar American painting. Having exhibited her work for over six decades, she ...more

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Donna Tartt is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Bennington College Alumni
Novelist, Writer Donna Tartt is an American writer and author of the novels The Secret History, The Little Friend, and The Goldfinch. Tartt won the WH Smith Literary Award for The Little Friend in 2003 and the ...more

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Anne Ramsey is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Bennington College Alumni
Actor Anne Ramsey was an American stage, television, and film actress. She is probably most famous for her roles as Mama Fratelli in The Goonies and as Mrs. Lift, Danny DeVito's character's mother, in ...more

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Laura Furman is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Bennington College Alumni
Editor, Novelist, Writer Laura J. Furman is an American author best known for her role as series editor for the O. Henry Awards prize story collection. 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 Sally Mann is an American photographer, best known for her large black-and-white photographs—at first of her young children, then later of landscapes suggesting decay and death.

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John Billingsley is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Bennington College Alumni
Actor John Billingsley 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 Mark Barnes is a prolific attorney and advocate. Barnes is an expert on public healthcare law. He was Director of Policy for the New York State Department of Health AIDS Institute, and Associate ...more

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Hildegard Peplau is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Bennington College Alumni
Nurse, Psychoanalyst Hildegard E. Peplau was an American nurse and the first published nursing theorist since Florence Nightingale and created the middle-range nursing theory of interpersonal relations, which helped ...more

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Rider Strong is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Bennington College Alumni
Film Producer, Screenwriter, Actor Rider King Strong is an American actor, director, producer and screenwriter. He is best known for his role as Shawn Hunter on the 1990s sitcom Boy Meets World and its 2014 sequel Girl Meets

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Alley Mills is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Bennington College Alumni
Actor Alley Mills born May 9, 1951, is an American actress best known for her role as Norma Arnold, the mother in the coming-of-age series The Wonder Years, and her current role as Pamela Douglas, the ...more

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Jovita Moore is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Bennington College Alumni
Journalist, Newsreader Jovita Moore is an American news presenter and reporter. She presents the daily newscast of WSB-TV in Atlanta, Georgia, from 5:00 p.m. to 6 p.m. and 11:00 p.m to 11:30 p.m.. She also makes news ...more

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Kiran Desai is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Bennington College Alumni
Novelist, Author, Writer Kiran Desai is an Indian author. Her novel The Inheritance of Loss won the 2006 Man Booker Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Fiction Award.

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Victor Bumbalo is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Bennington College Alumni
Screenwriter, Actor, Writer Victor Bumbalo is an American actor and playwright.

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Charles Bock is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Bennington College Alumni
Charles Bock Novelist, Writer Charles Bock is an American writer whose debut 2008 novel Beautiful Children was selected by The New York Times as a Notable Book of the Year for 2008, and won the 2009 Sue Kaufman Prize for ...more

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Marian Zazeela is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Bennington College Alumni
Marian Zazeela Marian Zazeela is a light-artist, designer, painter and musician based in New York City.

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Anne Waldman is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Bennington College Alumni
Poet, Writer Anne Waldman is an American poet. Since the 1960s, Waldman has been an active member of the Outrider experimental poetry community as a writer, performer, collaborator, professor, editor, ...more

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Betsy Jolas is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Bennington College Alumni
Composer Betsy Jolas is a French composer. Betsy Jolas, one of the most important forces in contemporary music in France, has influenced a generation of French and American students, as much through her ...more

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Lynn Emanuel is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Bennington College Alumni
Poet Lynn Collins Emanuel is an American poet. Some of her poetry collections include Then, Suddenly— and Noose and Hook. She has received two grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the ...more

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Amy Gerstler is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Bennington College Alumni
Poet, Author Amy Gerstler is an American poet. Her books of poetry include Ghost Girl; Medicine - finalist for the Phi Beta Kappa Poetry Award; Crown of Weeds; Nerve Storm; Bitter Angel - winner of the 1991 ...more

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Jonathan Marc Sherman is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Bennington College Alumni
Writer, Playwright Jonathan Marc Sherman is a contemporary American playwright. He submitted plays for several years Young Playwrights Inc.'s National Playwrights Competition before they did a staged reading of ...more

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Susan Crile is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Bennington College Alumni
Susan Crile Artist Susan Crile is an American painter and printmaker. She has had over 50 solo exhibitions, and her work is in the collections of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, ...more

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Mary Ruefle is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Bennington College Alumni
Poet, Professor, Essayist Mary Ruefle is an American poet, essayist, and professor. She has published eleven collections of poetry, most recently, Trances of the Blast. Ruefle's debut collection of prose, The Most Of It, ...more

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Melinda McGraw is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Bennington College Alumni
Actor Melinda Leigh McGraw is an American actress. She has starred in movies such as Albino Alligator, Wrongfully Accused, and Nutty Professor II: The Klumps, and is also known for her television ...more

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Eve Sussman is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Bennington College Alumni
Film Producer, Screenwriter, Artist Eve Sussman is a British-born American artist. She was educated at Robert College of Istanbul, University of Canterbury and Bennington College. She resides in Brooklyn, New York, where her ...more

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Julia Randall is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Bennington College Alumni
Julia Randall Poet Julia Randall was an American poet. She was one of a number of female poets writing in English whose work retained rhyme and meter long past the time when they were considered fashionable by the ...more

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Gretel Ehrlich is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Bennington College Alumni
Poet, Novelist, Writer Gretel Ehrlich is an American travel writer, poet, and essayist. Born in 1946 in Santa Barbara, California, she studied at Bennington College and UCLA film school. She began to write full-time ...more

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Mitch Markowitz is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Bennington College Alumni
Screenwriter Mitch Markowitz is an American screenwriter best known for writing the film Good Morning, Vietnam. He also wrote the movie Crazy People. His television credits include M*A*S*H,Van Dyke and ...more

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Yasmin Aga Khan is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Bennington College Alumni
Actor, Philanthropist Princess Yasmin Aga Khan is an American philanthropist known for raising public awareness of Alzheimer's disease. She is the second child of American movie actress and dancer Rita Hayworth, and ...more

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Carolyn Cassady is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Bennington College Alumni
Painter, Costume Designer, Writer Carolyn Cassady is a writer.

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Kathleen Norris is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Bennington College Alumni
Kathleen Norris Author, Writer Kathleen Norris in Vermont in 1969, Norris became arts administrator of the Academy of American Poets, and published her first book of poetry two years later. In 1974 she inherited her ...more

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Jill Eisenstadt is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Bennington College Alumni
Jill Eisenstadt Novelist, Writer Jill Eisenstadt is an American novelist, screenwriter, teacher and freelance journalist. Eisenstadt was born in Queens, New York and attended Bennington College, graduating in 1985. She was ...more

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Rebecca Wolff is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Bennington College Alumni
Poet, Writer Rebecca Wolff is a poet, fiction writer, and the editor and creator of both Fence Magazine and Fence Books.