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Famous Mills College Alumni

Updated October 13, 2018 4.1k views64 items

List RulesPeople 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?”
  • Olivia de Havilland1


    BirthplaceTokyo, Japan

    Dame Olivia Mary de Havilland DBE (July 1, 1916 – July 26, 2020) was a British-American...  more

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  • Phil Lesh2

    Phil Lesh

    Bassist, Musician


    BirthplaceBerkeley, California, United States of America

    Philip Chapman Lesh (born March 15, 1940) is a musician and a founding member of the Grateful...  more
  • Sofia Coppola3

    Sofia Coppola

    Television producer, Film Producer


    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    Sofia Carmina Coppola (; born May 14, 1971) is an American screenwriter, director, producer,...  more

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  • Laurie Anderson4

    Laurie Anderson

    Musician, Screenwriter


    BirthplaceGlen Ellyn, Illinois, United States of America

    Laura Phillips "Laurie" Anderson (born June 5, 1947) is an American avant-garde artist,...  more

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    #336 of 356 Musicians Who Belong In The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame#390 of 816 These Poetic Geniuses Wrote Your Favorite Songs of All Time

  • Jane Rule5

    Jane Rule

    Novelist, Author

    AgeDec. at 76 (1931-2007)

    BirthplacePlainfield, New Jersey

    Jane Vance Rule, CM, OBC (28 March 1931 – 27 November 2007) was a Canadian writer of...  more
  • Kathryn Harrold6

    Kathryn Harrold



    BirthplaceTazewell, Virginia, United States of America

    Kathryn Harrold (born August 2, 1950) is an American counselor and retired film actress, best...  more
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    Kathy Change

    Kathleen Chang (October 10, 1950 – October 22, 1996), known by her performance name Kathy...  more
  • Dave Brubeck8

    Dave Brubeck

    Film Score Composer, Jazz Pianist

    AgeDec. at 92 (1920-2012)

    BirthplaceConcord, California, USA

    David Warren Brubeck (; December 6, 1920 – December 5, 2012) was an American jazz pianist and...  more
  • Barbara Lee9

    Barbara Lee

    Politician, Social Worker


    BirthplaceEl Paso, Texas, United States of America

    Barbara Jean Lee (born July 16, 1946) is the U.S. Representative for California's 13th...  more
  • Joanna Newsom10

    Joanna Newsom

    Songwriter, Pianist


    BirthplaceNevada City, California, United States of America

    Joanna Caroline Newsom (born January 18, 1982) is an American multi-instrumentalist,...  more

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    #1102 of 1,891 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time#320 of 559 The Most Hipster Bands

  • Elizabeth Murray11

    Elizabeth Murray

    Painter, Printmaker

    AgeDec. at 67 (1940-2007)

    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois, United States of America

    Elizabeth Murray (September 6, 1940 – August 12, 2007) was an American painter, printmaker and...  more
  • Dorothy Schwartz12

    Dorothy Schwartz

    Businessperson, Violinist

    AgeDec. at 94 (1913-2007)

    BirthplaceFort Dodge, Iowa

  • William Bolcom13

    William Bolcom

    Pianist, Author


    BirthplaceSeattle, Washington

    William Elden Bolcom (born May 26, 1938) is an American composer and pianist. He has received...  more
  • Dorianne Laux14


    BirthplaceAugusta, Maine

    Dorianne Laux (born January 10, 1952 in Augusta, Maine) is an American poet....  more
  • Nathan Oliveira15

    Nathan Oliveira


    AgeDec. at 82 (1928-2010)

    BirthplaceOakland, California

    Nathan Oliveira (December 19, 1928 – November 13, 2010) was an American painter, printmaker,...  more
  • Ann Hould-Ward16

    Ann Hould-Ward

    Costume Designer


    BirthplaceGlasgow, Montana

    Ann Hould-Ward (born April 8, 1954 in Glasgow, Montana) is an American costume designer,...  more
  • April Glaspie17


    BirthplaceVancouver, Canada

    April Catherine Glaspie (born April 26, 1942) is an American former diplomat and senior member...  more
  • Christopher Willits18

    Christopher Willits

    Record producer, Musician


    Christopher Willits (born April 8, 1978) is a San Francisco based guitarist, electronic music...  more
  • Steve Reich19

    Steve Reich

    Film Score Composer, Record producer


    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    Stephen Michael Reich ( born October 3, 1936) is an American composer who, along with La Monte...  more

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  • Dixy Lee Ray20

    Dixy Lee Ray


    AgeDec. at 80 (1914-1994)

    BirthplaceTacoma, Washington, United States of America

    Dixy Lee Ray (September 3, 1914 – January 2, 1994) was an American scientist and politician...  more
  • Jennifer Bartlett21

    Jennifer Bartlett



    BirthplaceLong Beach, California

    Jennifer Losch Bartlett (born March 14, 1941) is an American artist. She is known for...  more
  • Robert Arneson22

    Robert Arneson


    AgeDec. at 62 (1930-1992)

    BirthplaceBenicia, California

    Robert Carston Arneson (September 4, 1930 – November 2, 1992) was an American sculptor and...  more
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    Laleh Khadivi

    Novelist, Filmmaker


    BirthplaceIsfahan, Iran

    Laleh Khadivi (born Esfahan, Iran) is an Iranian American novelist, and filmmaker....  more
  • 24

    Melissa Farley

    Clinical psychologist, Researcher


  • 25

    Trisha Brown

    Choreographer, Dancer


    BirthplaceAberdeen, Washington

    Trisha Brown (November 25, 1936 – March 18, 2017) was an American choreographer and dancer,...  more