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List of famous people who went to boarding school, loosely ranked by fame and popularity. For hundreds of years, rich and powerful families have maintained a tradition of sending their sons and daughters to expensive boarding schools around the world. For the rest of the world, the idea of a boarding school include vague images of dorms, gold-buttoned navy blazers, and burgundy striped ties à la Dead Poets Society. For graduates of these competitive institutions, however, memories include rigorous academics, team sports, and, OK fine, beautiful autumn leaves crunched by Bass Weejuns. Or stomping through heavy snow in Bean boots and Norwegian sweaters. Or going to class.

Some of the most prestigious boarding schools in New England are members of the Ten Schools Admissions Organization (TSAO), including Phillips Exeter and Phillips Academy (Andover), Choate Rosemary Hall, Deerfield Academy, and The Hotchkiss School. Several leading men and women in entertainment and politics have attended these famous schools, as well as others across New England, the Southeast, the Midwest, and the United Kingdom. A few notable boarding school alumni include actors Michael Douglas, Paul Giamatti, Allison Janney, and Judd Nelson. This list also includes a handful of the most famous Presidents and other politicians who are boarding school grads.

Michael Douglas is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Boarding School Alumni
Michael Douglas Choate Rosemary Hall, Eaglebrook School

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Uma Thurman is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Boarding School Alumni
Uma Thurman Northfield Mount Hermon School

John F. Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Boarding School Alumni
John F. Kennedy Canterbury School

Jamie Lee Curtis is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Boarding School Alumni
Jamie Lee Curtis Choate Rosemary Hall

George W. Bush is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Boarding School Alumni
George W. Bush Phillips Academy Andover

Joe Perry is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Boarding School Alumni
Joe Perry Vermont Academy

Laura Linney is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Boarding School Alumni
Laura Linney Northfield Mount Hermon School

Paul Giamatti is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Boarding School Alumni
Paul Giamatti Choate Rosemary Hall

Matthew Fox is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Boarding School Alumni
Matthew Fox Deerfield Academy

James Spader is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Boarding School Alumni
James Spader Phillips Academy Andover

Felicity Huffman is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Boarding School Alumni
Felicity Huffman The Putney School

Mark Zuckerberg is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Boarding School Alumni
Mark Zuckerberg Phillips Exeter Academy

George H. W. Bush is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Boarding School Alumni
George H. W. Bush Phillips Academy Andover

James Van Der Beek is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Boarding School Alumni
James Van Der Beek Cheshire Academy

Dana Delany is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Boarding School Alumni
Dana Delany Phillips Academy Andover

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Wallace Shawn is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Boarding School Alumni
Wallace Shawn The Putney School

Téa Leoni is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Boarding School Alumni
Téa Leoni The Putney School

Andrew Garfield is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Boarding School Alumni
Andrew Garfield City of London Freemen's School

Ali MacGraw is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Boarding School Alumni
Ali MacGraw Choate Rosemary Hall

Judd Nelson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Boarding School Alumni
Judd Nelson St. Paul's School

Allison Janney is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Boarding School Alumni
Allison Janney Hotchkiss School

James Stewart is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Boarding School Alumni
James Stewart Mercersburg Academy

Timothy Daly is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Boarding School Alumni
Timothy Daly The Putney School

Natalie Cole is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Boarding School Alumni
Natalie Cole Northfield Mount Hermon School

Elizabeth Berkley is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Boarding School Alumni
Elizabeth Berkley Cranbrook Kingswood School

Will Arnett is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Boarding School Alumni
Will Arnett Lakefield College School

Margot Kidder is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Boarding School Alumni
Margot Kidder Havergal College

Jay Chandrasekhar is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Boarding School Alumni
Jay Chandrasekhar Lake Forest Academy

Edie Sedgwick is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Boarding School Alumni
Edie Sedgwick St. Timothy's School

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Rufus Wainwright is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Boarding School Alumni
Rufus Wainwright Millbrook School

Blythe Danner is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Boarding School Alumni
Blythe Danner George School

Paul Thomas Anderson is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Boarding School Alumni
Paul Thomas Anderson Cushing Academy

Julie Bowen is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Boarding School Alumni
Julie Bowen St. George's School Newport

Joe Strummer is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Boarding School Alumni
Joe Strummer City of London Freemen's School

Seth MacFarlane is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Boarding School Alumni
Seth MacFarlane Kent School

Bette Davis is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Boarding School Alumni
Bette Davis Cushing Academy

Christopher Lloyd is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Boarding School Alumni
Christopher Lloyd Darrow School

Lake Bell is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Boarding School Alumni
Lake Bell Westminster School

Hugh Laurie is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Boarding School Alumni
Hugh Laurie Eton College

Nancy Spungen is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Boarding School Alumni
Nancy Spungen Devereux Glenholme School

Ethan Hawke is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Boarding School Alumni
Ethan Hawke Hun School of Princeton

Sigourney Weaver is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Boarding School Alumni
Sigourney Weaver Ethel Walker School

Franklin D. Roosevelt is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Boarding School Alumni
Franklin D. Roosevelt Groton School

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Glenn Close is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Boarding School Alumni
Glenn Close Choate Rosemary Hall

Steve Carell is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Boarding School Alumni
Steve Carell Middlesex School

Stockard Channing is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Boarding School Alumni
Stockard Channing Madeira School

John Kerry is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Boarding School Alumni
John Kerry St. Paul's School, Fessenden School

Lana Del Rey is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Boarding School Alumni
Lana Del Rey Kent School

Joey Santiago is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Boarding School Alumni
Joey Santiago Wilbraham & Monson Academy

J. D. Salinger is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Boarding School Alumni
J. D. Salinger Valley Forge Military Academy