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Famous Mills College Alumni

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People on this list must have gone to Mills College and be of some renown.

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

This list below has a variety of graduates, like Olivia de Havilland and Sofia Coppola, in it.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to Mills College?” and “Which celebrities are Mills College alumni?”
  • Dame Olivia Mary de Havilland DBE (July 1, 1916 – July 26, 2020) was a British-American actress. The major works of her cinematic career spanned from 1935 to 1988. She appeared in 49 feature films, ...more
  • Philip Chapman Lesh (born March 15, 1940) is a musician and a founding member of the Grateful Dead, with whom he played bass guitar throughout their 30-year career. After the band's disbanding in ...more
  • Sofia Carmina Coppola (; born May 14, 1971) is an American screenwriter, director, producer, and former actress. The daughter of filmmakers Eleanor and Francis Ford Coppola, she made her film debut ...more
  • Laura Phillips "Laurie" Anderson (born June 5, 1947) is an American avant-garde artist, composer, musician and film director whose work spans performance art, pop music, and multimedia projects. ...more
  • Jane Vance Rule, CM, OBC (28 March 1931 – 27 November 2007) was a Canadian writer of lesbian-themed novels and non-fiction.
  • Kathryn Harrold (born August 2, 1950) is an American counselor and retired film actress, best known for her female leading roles in films The Hunter (1980), Modern Romance (1981), The Pursuit of D. ...more
  • Kathleen Chang (October 10, 1950 – October 22, 1996), known by her performance name Kathy Change, was a Chinese-American political activist, writer, and performance artist. She was a familiar figure ...more
  • David Warren Brubeck (; December 6, 1920 – December 5, 2012) was an American jazz pianist and composer, considered one of the foremost exponents of cool jazz. Many of his compositions have become ...more
  • Barbara Jean Lee (born July 16, 1946) is the U.S. Representative for California's 13th congressional district, serving since 1998. She is a member of the Democratic Party. The district, numbered as ...more
  • Joanna Caroline Newsom (born January 18, 1982) is an American multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter, and actress. Born and raised in Northern California, Newsom was classically trained on the harp ...more
  • Elizabeth Murray (September 6, 1940 – August 12, 2007) was an American painter, printmaker and draughtsman. Her works are in many major public collections, including those of the Solomon R. ...more
  • William Elden Bolcom (born May 26, 1938) is an American composer and pianist. He has received the Pulitzer Prize, the National Medal of Arts, a (Bolcom n.d.) Grammy Award, the Detroit Music Award and ...more
  • Dorianne Laux (born January 10, 1952 in Augusta, Maine) is an American poet.
  • Nathan Oliveira (December 19, 1928 – November 13, 2010) was an American painter, printmaker, and sculptor, born in Oakland, California to immigrant Portuguese parents. Since the late 1950s, Oliveira ...more
  • Ann Hould-Ward (born April 8, 1954 in Glasgow, Montana) is an American costume designer, primarily for the theatre and dance. She has designed the costumes for 19 Broadway productions (as of February ...more
  • April Catherine Glaspie (born April 26, 1942) is an American former diplomat and senior member of the Foreign Service, best known for her role in the events leading up to the Gulf War.
  • Christopher Willits (born April 8, 1978) is a San Francisco based guitarist, electronic music composer and producer, pioneering technologist, visual artist and scholar. His music is electroacoustic ...more
  • Stephen Michael Reich ( born October 3, 1936) is an American composer who, along with La Monte Young, Terry Riley, and Philip Glass, pioneered minimal music in the mid to late 1960s.Reich's style of ...more
  • Dixy Lee Ray (September 3, 1914 – January 2, 1994) was an American scientist and politician who served as the 17th Governor of the U.S. state of Washington. Variously described as idiosyncratic, and ...more
  • Jennifer Losch Bartlett (born March 14, 1941) is an American artist. She is known for paintings and prints that combine the system-based aesthetic of Conceptual art with the painterly approach of ...more
  • Robert Carston Arneson (September 4, 1930 – November 2, 1992) was an American sculptor and professor of ceramics in the Art department at UC Davis for nearly three decades.
  • Laleh Khadivi (born Esfahan, Iran) is an Iranian American novelist, and filmmaker.
  • Trisha Brown (November 25, 1936 – March 18, 2017) was an American choreographer and dancer, and one of the founders of the Judson Dance Theater and the postmodern dance movement.