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List Rules People on this list must have gone to Smith College and be of some renown.

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

Examples of graduates on this list: Julia Child, Nancy Reagan and many more.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to Smith College?” and “Which celebrities are Smith College alumni?”

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Barbara Bush is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Smith College Alumni
Barbara Bush Homemaker Barbara Pierce Bush is the wife of the 41st President of the United States, George H. W. Bush, and served as First Lady of the United States from 1989 to 1993. She is the mother of the 43rd ...more

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Shelley Hack is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Smith College Alumni
Shelley Hack Film Producer, Model, Actor Shelley Marie Hack is an American model, actress, producer, and political and media advisor. Hack is best remembered for her role as Tiffany Welles in Season 4 of the ABC television drama ...more

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Julia Child is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Smith College Alumni
Julia Child Cook, Copywriter, TV chef Julia Carolyn Child was an American chef, author, and television personality. She is recognized for bringing French cuisine to the American public with her debut cookbook, Mastering the Art of ...more

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Margaret Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Smith College Alumni
Margaret Mitchell Journalist, Novelist, Author Margaret Munnerlyn Mitchell was an American author and journalist. One novel by Mitchell was published during her lifetime, the American Civil War-era novel, Gone with the Wind, for which she ...more

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Nancy Reagan is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Smith College Alumni
Nancy Reagan Actor Nancy Davis Reagan is the widow of the 40th President of the United States, Ronald Reagan, and was First Lady of the United States from 1981 to 1989. Although she was born in New York City, her ...more

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Sylvia Plath is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Smith College Alumni
Sylvia Plath Poet, Novelist, Author Sylvia Plath was an American poet, novelist, and short-story writer. Born in Boston, Massachusetts, she studied at Smith College and Newnham College at the University of Cambridge, before ...more

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Patricia Wettig is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Smith College Alumni
Patricia Wettig Film Producer, Actor, Playwright Patricia Wettig is an American actress and playwright. She received three Primetime Emmy Awards and a Golden Globe Award for her role as Nancy Krieger Weston in the ABC television drama ...more

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Tammy Baldwin is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Smith College Alumni
Tammy Baldwin Politician, Lawyer Tammy Suzanne Green Baldwin is the junior United States Senator from Wisconsin and a member of the Democratic Party. She previously served as the U.S. Representative from Wisconsin's 2nd ...more

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Betty Friedan is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Smith College Alumni
Betty Friedan Author, Actor, Writer Betty Naomi Goldstein Friedan was a writer, activist and actress.

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Maya Deren is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Smith College Alumni
Maya Deren Poet, Lecturer, Screenwriter Maya Deren, born Eleanora Derenkowskaia, was one of the most important American experimental filmmakers and entrepreneurial promoters of the avant-garde in the 1940s and 1950s. Deren was also a ...more

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Bonnie Franklin is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Smith College Alumni
Bonnie Franklin Television director, Actor Bonnie Gail Franklin was an American actress, best known for her leading role in the television series One Day at a Time. She was nominated for Emmy, Tony and Golden Globe Awards.

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Julie Nixon Eisenhower is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Smith College Alumni
Julie Nixon Eisenhower Spokesperson, Public Servant, Author Julie Nixon Eisenhower is the daughter of Richard M. Nixon, 37th President of the United States, and Pat Nixon, former First Lady of the United States. She is the younger sister to Patricia ...more

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Niki Tsongas is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Smith College Alumni
Niki Tsongas Nicola Dickson "Niki" Sauvage Tsongas is an American politician and the current U.S. Representative for Massachusetts's 3rd congressional district. From 2007 to 2013 she represented ...more

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Jerry Zaks is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Smith College Alumni
Jerry Zaks Television director, Theatre Director, Actor Jerry Zaks is a German-born American stage and television director, and actor. He won the Tony Award for Best Direction of a Play and Drama Desk Award for directing The House of Blue Leaves, ...more

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Mimi Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Smith College Alumni
Mimi Kennedy Author, Actor, Writer Mary Claire "Mimi" Kennedy is an American actress, author, and activist, best known for her performances in the television comedies. She co-starred in a number of short-lived sitcoms, ...more

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Alice Parker is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Smith College Alumni
Alice Parker Conductor Alice Parker is an American composer, arranger and conductor. Many of her arrangements were done in cooperation with Robert Shaw.

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Amy Bloom is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Smith College Alumni
Amy Bloom Psychotherapist, Psychologist, Author Amy Bloom is an American writer and psychotherapist. She has been nominated for the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award.

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Daisy Rooks is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Smith College Alumni
Daisy Rooks Historian

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Diana L. Eck is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Smith College Alumni
Diana L. Eck Professor, Writer Diana L. Eck is a scholar of religious studies who is Professor of Comparative Religion and Indian Studies at Harvard University, as well as a Master of Lowell House and the Director of The ...more

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Jennifer Chrisler is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Smith College Alumni
Jennifer Chrisler Jennifer Chrisler is the Executive Director of Family Equality Council, the national LGBT families. Formerly Chrisler was an assistant to her current wife, former MA state Senator Cheryl ...more

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Gloria Steinem is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Smith College Alumni
Gloria Steinem Magazine editor, Journalist, Screenwriter Gloria Marie Steinem is an American feminist, journalist, and social and political activist who became nationally recognized as a leader and spokeswoman for the feminist movement in the late ...more

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Laura D'Andrea Tyson is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Smith College Alumni
Laura D'Andrea Tyson Professor, Economist Laura D'Andrea Tyson is an American economist and former Chair of the US President's Council of Economic Advisers during the Clinton Administration. She also served as Director of the National ...more

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Yolanda King is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Smith College Alumni
Yolanda King Spokesperson, Actor, Human rights activist Yolanda Denise King was an American activist and first-born child of Coretta Scott King and civil rights leader Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. She was known also for her artistic and ...more

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Susan Lindauer is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Smith College Alumni
Susan Lindauer Journalist, Author, Social activist Susan Lindauer is an American journalist, antiwar activist and former U.S. Congressional staffer. She was charged with "acting as an unregistered agent of a foreign government" and ...more

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Sally Quinn is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Smith College Alumni
Sally Quinn Journalist, Newsreader, Author Sally Sterling Quinn is an American author and journalist, who writes about religion for a blog at The Washington Post.

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Anne Morrow Lindbergh is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Smith College Alumni
Anne Morrow Lindbergh Pilot, Poet, Author Anne Morrow Lindbergh was an American author, aviator, and the wife of fellow aviator Charles Lindbergh. She was an acclaimed author whose books and articles spanned the genres of poetry to ...more

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Molly Ivins is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Smith College Alumni
Molly Ivins Journalist, Writer Mary Tyler "Molly" Ivins was an American newspaper columnist, author, political commentator, and humorist. Born in California and raised in Texas, Ivins attended Smith College and the ...more

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Jessica Kagan Cushman is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Smith College Alumni
Jessica Kagan Cushman Jewelry designer Jessica Kagan Cushman is an independent jewelry and accessories designer.

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Marilyn C. Nelson is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Smith College Alumni
Marilyn C. Nelson Businessperson Marilyn Carlson Nelson is the CEO and Chairperson of one of the world's largest travel services business, Carlson Companies Inc. She took over as CEO in 1998 after her father Curtis L. Carson ...more

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Catharine MacKinnon is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Smith College Alumni
Catharine MacKinnon Professor, Author, Lawyer Catharine Alice MacKinnon is an American feminist, scholar, lawyer, teacher and activist.

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Kathleen Marshall is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Smith College Alumni
Kathleen Marshall Theatre Director, Choreographer, Consultant Kathleen Marshall is an American choreographer, director, and creative consultant.

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Mary Pillsbury Lord is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Smith College Alumni
Mary Pillsbury Lord Diplomat, Social Worker Mary Pillsbury Lord sometimes referred to as Mrs. Oswald B. Lord was a civic worker and officer in several charitable organizations, as well as serving as a U.S. delegate to the United Nations ...more

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Madeleine L'Engle is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Smith College Alumni
Madeleine L'Engle Novelist, Screenwriter, Author Madeleine L'Engle was an American writer best known for young-adult fiction, particularly the Newbery Medal-winning A Wrinkle in Time and its sequels: A Wind in the Door, National Book ...more

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Margaret Edson is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Smith College Alumni
Margaret Edson Playwright, Teacher Margaret Edson is an American playwright. She is a recipient of the 1999 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for her play Wit. She has been a public school teacher since 1992.

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Jane Harman is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Smith College Alumni
Jane Harman Politician Jane Margaret Lakes Harman is the former U.S. Representative for California's 36th congressional district, serving from 1993 to 1999, and from 2001 to 2011; she is a member of the Democratic ...more

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Rachel Hulstein-Lowe is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Smith College Alumni
Rachel Hulstein-Lowe Social Worker

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Halina Poświatowska is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Smith College Alumni
Halina Poświatowska Poet, Writer Halina Poświatowska was a Polish poet and writer, one of the most important figures in modern/contemporary Polish literature. Halina Poświatowska is famous for her lyrical poetry, and for her ...more

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Harriet Boyd Hawes is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Smith College Alumni
Harriet Boyd Hawes Archaeologist Harriet Boyd Hawes was a pioneering American archaeologist, nurse and relief worker. She is best known as the first director of an archaeological excavation to discover and excavate a Minoan ...more

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Kathryn D Wriston is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Smith College Alumni
Kathryn D Wriston Businessperson, Lawyer Kathryn D. Wriston has been a Director of Stanley Works since 1996 and is Member of Corporate Governance, Executive and Finance Pension Committees. She is also a Director of Goodyear Tire Rubber ...more

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Carolyn Dineen King is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Smith College Alumni
Carolyn Dineen King Judge Carolyn Dineen King is a Senior judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. Her chambers are in Houston, Texas.

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Jane Yolen is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Smith College Alumni
Jane Yolen Editor, Poet, Novelist Jane Hyatt Yolen is an American writer of fantasy, science fiction, and children's books. She is the author or editor of more than 280 books, of which the best known is The Devil's Arithmetic, a ...more

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Ernestine Gilbreth Carey is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Smith College Alumni
Ernestine Gilbreth Carey Writer Ernestine Moller Gilbreth, Mrs. Carey was an American author.

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Clare Winger Harris is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Smith College Alumni
Clare Winger Harris Author, Writer Clare Winger Harris was an early science fiction writer whose short stories were published during the 1920s. She is credited as the first woman to publish stories under her own name in science ...more

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Florence R. Sabin is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Smith College Alumni
Florence R. Sabin Physician Florence Rena Sabin was an American medical scientist. She was a pioneer for women in science; she was the first woman to hold a full professorship at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, the first ...more

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Dorothy Canning Miller is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Smith College Alumni
Dorothy Canning Miller Curator Dorothy Canning Miller was an American art curator and one of the most influential people in American modern art for more than half of the 20th century. The first professionally trained curator ...more

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Natalie Zemon Davis is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Smith College Alumni
Natalie Zemon Davis Historian, Professor, Writer Natalie Zemon Davis, CC is a Canadian and American historian of the early modern period. She is currently a professor of history at the University of Toronto in Canada. Her work originally ...more

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Tori Murden is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Smith College Alumni
Tori Murden Author, Lawyer Victoria Murden McClure is an explorer who was the first woman and the first American to row solo across the Atlantic Ocean, which she did in 1999. She was also the first woman and first ...more

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Joyce Chiang is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Smith College Alumni
Joyce Chiang Joyce Chiang was an attorney with the former Immigration and Naturalization Service, who was murdered. Chiang disappeared on January 9, 1999, in Washington, D.C., and was later found dead. The ...more

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Grace Ames is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Smith College Alumni
Grace Ames Venture capitalist Grace A. Ames joined Oak in 1999 as Chief Operating and Financial Officer and was promoted to General Partner for Oak XII. Prior to Oak, Grace's senior management career in the financial ...more

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Miriam Davenport is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Smith College Alumni
Miriam Davenport Miriam Davenport or Miriam Davenport Ebel was an American painter and sculptor who played an important role helping European Jews and intellectuals escape the Holocaust during World War II.