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Famous Mills College Alumni

Updated October 13, 2018 4.3k 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?”
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    Dame Olivia Mary de Havilland DBE (July 1, 1916 – July 26, 2020) was a British-American...  more

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    Phil Lesh

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


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    Sofia Coppola

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

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    #66 of 250 The Greatest Living Directors, Ranked#14 of 51 The Best Celebrity Star Wars Cameos, Ranked

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    Laurie Anderson

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

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    #335 of 357 Musicians Who Belong In The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame#570 of 816 These Poetic Geniuses Wrote Your Favorite Songs of All Time

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    Jane Rule

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

    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
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    Dave Brubeck

    Film Score Composer, Jazz Pianist
    David Warren Brubeck (; December 6, 1920 – December 5, 2012) was an American jazz pianist and...  more
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    Barbara Lee

    Politician, Social Worker
    Barbara Jean Lee (born July 16, 1946) is the U.S. Representative for California's 13th...  more
  • 10

    Joanna Newsom

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

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    Elizabeth Murray

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

    Businessperson, Violinist
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    William Bolcom

    Pianist, Author
    William Elden Bolcom (born May 26, 1938) is an American composer and pianist. He has received...  more
  • 14
    Dorianne Laux (born January 10, 1952 in Augusta, Maine) is an American poet....  more
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    Nathan Oliveira

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

    Costume Designer
    Ann Hould-Ward (born April 8, 1954 in Glasgow, Montana) is an American costume designer,...  more
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    April Catherine Glaspie (born April 26, 1942) is an American former diplomat and senior member...  more
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    Christopher Willits

    Record producer, Musician
    Christopher Willits (born April 8, 1978) is a San Francisco based guitarist, electronic music...  more
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    Steve Reich

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

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    Dixy Lee Ray

    Dixy Lee Ray (September 3, 1914 – January 2, 1994) was an American scientist and politician...  more
  • 21

    Jennifer Bartlett

    Jennifer Losch Bartlett (born March 14, 1941) is an American artist. She is known for...  more
  • 22

    Robert Arneson

    Robert Carston Arneson (September 4, 1930 – November 2, 1992) was an American sculptor and...  more
  • 23

    Laleh Khadivi

    Novelist, Filmmaker
    Laleh Khadivi (born Esfahan, Iran) is an Iranian American novelist, and filmmaker....  more
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    Melissa Farley

    Clinical psychologist, Researcher
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    Trisha Brown

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