Literature Famous People who Majored in Literature

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List of famous people who majored in literature, including photos when available. This list of famous literature majors is ordered loosely by relevance, meaning the most well-known people are at the top. This list includes popular actors, musicians, athletes and more that majored or minored in literature. You can find various bits of information below, such as what year the person was born and what their profession is. If you're looking for a particular celebrity who majored in literature you can use the "search" bar to find a specific name.

These people, like Kate Beckinsale and Reese Witherspoon include images when available.

This list answers the questions, "Which celebrities were literature majors?" and "Which famous people studied literature?"
Kris Kristofferson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People who Majored in Literature
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Kristoffer "Kris" Kristofferson is an American singer, songwriter, musician, actor, and former soldier. He is known for writing and recording such hits as "Me and Bobby McGee", "For the Good Times", "Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down" and "Help Me Make It Through the Night". Kristofferson is the sole writer of most of his songs, and he has collaborated with various other figures of the Nashville scene such as Shel Silverstein. In 1985, Kristofferson joined fellow country artists Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson and Johnny Cash in forming the country music supergroup, The Highwaymen. In 2004, Kristofferson was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. He is also known for his acting work, ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 81

Birthplace: Brownsville, Texas, United States of America

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Story Musgrave is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People who Majored in Literature
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Franklin Story Musgrave is an American physician and a retired NASA astronaut. He is a public speaker and consultant to both Disney's Imagineering group and Applied Minds in California. In 1996 he became only the second astronaut to achieve the record of six spaceflights. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 82

Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America

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John Lithgow is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People who Majored in Literature
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John Arthur Lithgow is an American actor, musician, and author. Lithgow has received acclaim and many accolades in his career including two Tony Awards, five Emmy Awards, two Golden Globe Awards, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, an American Comedy Award, four Drama Desk Awards and was also nominated for two Academy Awards and four Grammy Awards. Lithgow was inducted into the Hollywood Walk of Fame and American Theater Hall of Fame. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 72

Birthplace: Rochester, New York, United States of America

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Donald Hall is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People who Majored in Literature
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Donald Andrew Hall, Jr, known as Donald Hall is an American poet, writer, editor and literary critic. A graduate of Phillips Exeter Academy, Harvard and Oxford, Hall is the author of over 50 books across several genres from children's literature, biography, memoir, essays, and including 22 volumes of verse. Regarded as a "plainspoken, rural poet," Hall's work "explores the longing for a more bucolic past and reflects the poet's abiding reverence for nature." Early in his career, he became the first poetry editor of The Paris Review, a prominent quarterly literary journal, and was noted for interviewing poets and other authors on their craft. Hall is respected for his work as an academic, ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 89

Birthplace: Hamden, Connecticut, United States of America

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