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List Rules 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?”
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Olivia de Havilland is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Mills College Alumni
Actor
Olivia Mary de Havilland is a British-born American actress known for her early ingenue roles, as well as her later more substantial roles. Born in Tokyo to English parents, de Havilland and her ...more
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Phil Lesh is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Mills College Alumni
Bassist, Musician, Singer-songwriter
Phillip Chapman Lesh 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 1995, Lesh ...more
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Sofia Coppola is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Mills College Alumni
Television producer, Film Producer, Screenwriter
Sofia Carmina Coppola is an American screenwriter, director, producer and actress. In 2003, she received the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for the comedy-drama Lost in Translation, ...more
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Laurie Anderson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Mills College Alumni
Musician, Screenwriter, Actor
Laura Phillips "Laurie" Anderson is an American experimental performance artist, composer and musician who plays violin and keyboards and sings in a variety of experimental music and ...more
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Jane Rule is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Mills College Alumni
Novelist, Author, Writer
Jane Vance Rule, CM, OBC was a Canadian writer of lesbian-themed novels and non-fiction.
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Kathryn Harrold is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Mills College Alumni
Actor
Kathryn Harrold is an American television and movie actress.
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Kathy Change is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Mills College Alumni
Kathy Change
Kathy Change was an American performance artist and political activist who killed herself in an act of self-immolation on the University of Pennsylvania campus in 1996. Born Kathleen Chang, she ...more
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Dave Brubeck is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Mills College Alumni
Film Score Composer, Jazz Pianist, Musician
David Warren "Dave" Brubeck was an American jazz pianist and composer, considered to be one of the foremost exponents of cool jazz. He wrote a number of jazz standards, including ...more
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Barbara Lee is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Mills College Alumni
Politician, Social Worker
Barbara Jean Lee is the U.S. Representative for California's 13th congressional district, serving East Bay voters from 1998 to 2013 during a time when the region was designated California's 9th ...more
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Joanna Newsom is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Mills College Alumni
Songwriter, Pianist, Singer-songwriter
Joanna Caroline Newsom is an American harpist, keyboardist, vocalist, songwriter and actress.
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Elizabeth Murray is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Mills College Alumni
Painter, Printmaker, Artist
Elizabeth Murray was an American painter, printmaker and draughtsman. Her works are in many major public collections, including those of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the Hirshhorn Museum ...more
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Dorothy Schwartz is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Mills College Alumni
Businessperson, Violinist
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William Bolcom is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Mills College Alumni
Pianist, Author, Composer
William Elden Bolcom is an American composer and pianist. He has received the Pulitzer Prize, the National Medal of Arts, two Grammy Awards, the Detroit Music Award and was named 2007 Composer ...more
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Dorianne Laux is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Mills College Alumni
Writer
Dorianne Laux is an American poet.
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Nathan Oliveira is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Mills College Alumni
Nathan Oliveira Artist
Nathan Oliveira was an American painter, printmaker, and sculptor, born in Oakland, California to immigrant Portuguese parents. Since the late 1950s Oliveira has been the subject of nearly one ...more
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Ann Hould-Ward is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Mills College Alumni
Costume Designer
Ann Hould-Ward is an American costume designer, primarily for the theatre and dance. She has designed the costumes for 19 Broadway productions. She won the 1994 Tony Award for Beauty and the
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April Glaspie is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Mills College Alumni
Diplomat
April Catherine Glaspie is an American former diplomat and senior member of the Foreign Service, best known for her role in the events leading up to the Persian Gulf War of 1991.
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Christopher Willits is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Mills College Alumni
Record producer, Musician, Artist
Christopher Willits is an American musician and multimedia artist located in San Francisco. His music is electroacoustic in nature, in that both analogue and digital sounds are meshed into one.
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Steve Reich is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Mills College Alumni
Film Score Composer, Record producer, Musician
Stephen Michael Reich is an American composer who, along with La Monte Young, Terry Riley, and Philip Glass, pioneered minimal music in the mid to late 1960s. His innovations include using tape ...more
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Dixy Lee Ray is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Mills College Alumni
Politician
Dixy Lee Ray was a scientist who served as the 17th Governor of the U.S. state of Washington. Variously described as idiosyncratic, and "ridiculously smart," she was the state's first ...more
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Jennifer Bartlett is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Mills College Alumni
Jennifer Bartlett Artist
Jennifer Losch Bartlett is an American artist. Her work combines abstract and representational styles.
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Robert Arneson is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Mills College Alumni
Robert Arneson Artist
Robert Carston Arneson was an American sculptor and professor of ceramics in the Art department at UC Davis for nearly three decades.
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Laleh Khadivi is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Mills College Alumni
Novelist, Filmmaker, Writer
Laleh Khadivi is an Iranian American novelist, and filmmaker.
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Melissa Farley is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Mills College Alumni
Clinical psychologist, Researcher, Psychologist
Melissa Farley Ph.D. is an American clinical psychologist and researcher and feminist anti-pornography and anti-prostitution activist. Farley is best known for her studies of the effects of ...more
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Trisha Brown is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Mills College Alumni
Choreographer, Dancer
Trisha Brown is a postmodernist American choreographer and dancer.