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

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

Items include everything from Joan Rivers to Susan Saint James.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to Connecticut College?” and “Which celebrities are Connecticut College alumni?”
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Joan Rivers is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Connecticut College Alumni
Talk show host, Comedian, Television producer

Age: Dec. at 81 (1933-2014)

Birthplace: New York City, New York

Joan Alexandra Molinsky (June 8, 1933 – September 4, 2014), known professionally as Joan Rivers, was an American comedian, actress, writer, producer, and television host. She was noted for her ...more

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Angela Bowie is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Connecticut College Alumni
Musician, Model, Actor

Age: 69

Birthplace: Southeast Europe, Nicosia District, Ayios Dhometios, Cyprus

Angela Bowie (born Mary Angela Barnett; September 25, 1949) is a Cypriot-born American model, actress and journalist who, along with her ex-husband David Bowie, influenced the glam rock culture ...more
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Susan Saint James is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Connecticut College Alumni
Actor

Age: 72

Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States of America

Susan Saint James (born Susan Jane Miller; August 14, 1946) is an American actress and activist, most widely known for her work in television during the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s, especially the ...more

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Estelle Parsons is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Connecticut College Alumni
Estelle Parsons Theatre Director, Actor, Singer

Age: 91

Birthplace: Lynn, Massachusetts, United States of America

Estelle Margaret Parsons (born November 20, 1927) is an American actress, singer and stage director.After studying law, Parsons became a singer before deciding to pursue a career in acting. She ...more

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Nancy S. Newcomb is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Connecticut College Alumni
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Mary Lake Polan is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Connecticut College Alumni

Age: 76

Mary Lake Polan, M.D., Ph.D., M.P.H., served as the chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Stanford University School of Medicine and was named the Katharine Dexter McCormick ...more
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Julia Alvarez is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Connecticut College Alumni
Novelist, Author, Writer

Age: 68

Birthplace: New York City, New York

Julia Alvarez (born March 27, 1950) is a Dominican-American poet, novelist, and essayist. She rose to prominence with the novels How the García Girls Lost Their Accents (1991), In the ...more
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Scott Lowell is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Connecticut College Alumni
Actor

Age: 54

Birthplace: Denver, Colorado, United States of America

Scott Lowell (born February 22, 1965 in Denver, Colorado) is an American actor best known for his role as Ted Schmidt on the Showtime drama Queer as Folk.
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Helen Lehman Buttenwiese... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Connecticut College Alumni
Lawyer

Age: Dec. at 84 (1905-1989)

Helen Lehman Buttenwieser (October 8, 1905 – November 22, 1989) was a 20th-century American lawyer, philanthropist, and later-life legal counselor of Alger Hiss.
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Donald Gallinger is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Connecticut College Alumni

Age: 65

Birthplace: Norwich, Connecticut

Donald Nelson Gallinger (born May 4, 1953) is an American writer. He is the author of several novels. His most recent work, The Master Planets (2008), which received strong reviews in Booklist, ...more
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Anita DeFrantz is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Connecticut College Alumni
Athlete, Lawyer

Age: 66

Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Anita Lucette DeFrantz (born October 4, 1952) is an American Olympic rower, member of the International Olympic Committee, and twice Vice-President of International Rowing Federation (FISA).
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Joshua Green is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Connecticut College Alumni
Journalist

Age: 47

Joshua or Josh Green may refer to: Joshua Green (businessman) (1869–1975), prominent figure in the history of Seattle, Washington Josh Green (politician) (born 1970), American politician in ...more
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Wallis Nicita is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Connecticut College Alumni
Film Producer, Casting Director

Age: 73

Wallis Nicita is a film producer and casting director.
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Kimba Wood is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Connecticut College Alumni
Kimba Wood Judge

Age: 75

Birthplace: Port Townsend, Washington

Kimba Maureen Wood (born January 21, 1944) is a Senior United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. Wood has presided over many high ...more
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Gayl Jones is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Connecticut College Alumni
Poet, Literary critic, Professor

Age: 69

Birthplace: Lexington, Kentucky

Gayl Jones (born November 23, 1949) is an African-American writer from Lexington, Kentucky. Her most famous works are the novels Corregidora (1975), Eva's Man (1976), and The Healing (1998).
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Patricia Wald is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Connecticut College Alumni
Patricia Wald Judge

Age: 90

Birthplace: Torrington, Connecticut, United States of America

Patricia Ann McGowan Wald (September 16, 1928 – January 12, 2019) was an American judge who served as the Chief United States Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the District ...more
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Alexandra Silverthorne ... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Connecticut College Alumni
Photographer

Age: 39

Alexandra Silverthorne (born 1980) is a Washington, D.C.-based artist and photographer. Her work focuses on spatial theory and exploration. She has been an adjunct professor at American ...more
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Luanne Rice is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Connecticut College Alumni
Novelist, Author, Writer

Age: 63

Birthplace: New Britain, Connecticut

Luanne Rice is an American novelist. Her 32 novels that have been translated into 24 languages. She often writes about nature and the sea, and many of her novels deal with love and family. She ...more
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David Haussler is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Connecticut College Alumni
Professor

Age: 66

David Haussler (born 1953) is an American bioinformatician known for his work leading the team that assembled the first human genome sequence in the race to complete the Human Genome Project and ...more
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Jeffrey Finn is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Connecticut College Alumni
Theatrical producer

Age: 48

Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts

Jeffrey Finn is a five-time Tony Award nominated theatrical producer. He is the Vice President of Theater Producing and Programming at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. He ...more
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Cecelia Holland is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Connecticut College Alumni
Novelist, Writer

Age: 75

Birthplace: Henderson, Nevada

Cecelia Holland is an American historical fiction novelist.
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Cynthia Enloe is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Connecticut College Alumni
Professor, Political scientist

Age: 80

Cynthia Holden Enloe (born July 16, 1938) is a feminist writer, theorist, and professor. She is best known for her work on gender and militarism and for her contributions to the field of ...more
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Edward Burger is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Connecticut College Alumni
Mathematician, Professor

Age: 55

Edward Bruce Burger (born December 10, 1964) is a mathematician and president of Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas. Previously, he was the Francis Christopher Oakley Third Century ...more
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Peter Som is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Connecticut College Alumni
Fashion designer, Designer

Age: 49

Birthplace: California

Peter Som is an American fashion designer, born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. Peter Som graduated from Connecticut College in 1993 with a degree in Art History. He continued his ...more
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Fernando Espuelas is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Connecticut College Alumni
Fernando Espuelas Businessperson, Entrepreneur

Age: 52

Birthplace: Montevideo, Uruguay

Fernando Espuelas (born August 6, 1966) is an American entrepreneur, author, media personality and philanthropist.Espuelas is one of the pioneers of the consumer Internet. He is the co-founder ...more