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Famous Smith College Alumni

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List RulesPeople 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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  • 1
    Homemaker

    Age96

    BirthplaceFlushing, New York City, New York, United States of America

    Barbara Pierce Bush (born Barbara Pierce; June 8, 1925 – April 17, 2018) was the first lady of the United States from 1989 to 1993 as the wife of George H. W. Bush, who served as the 41st president...  more

    #2 of 25 Famous People From History You Had No Idea Were Foxy#5 of 43 The Most Loved American First Ladies#6 of 16 Every First Lady's Secret Service Code Name

  • 2
    Film Producer, Model

    Age74

    BirthplaceWhite Plains, New York, United States of America

    Shelley Marie Hack (born July 6, 1947) is an American model, actress, producer, and political and media advisor. Hack is best remembered as the face of Revlon's Charlie perfume from the mid-1970s...  more
  • 3
    Cook, Copywriter

    AgeDec. at 91 (1912-2004)

    BirthplacePasadena, California, United States of America

    Julia Carolyn Child (née McWilliams; August 15, 1912 – August 13, 2004) was an American chef, author and television personality. She is recognized for bringing French cuisine to the American public...  more

    Almost Nobody Knows That Julia Child Was A Secret Agent Before She Became A Celebrity Chef#260 of 344 Famous Role Models We'd Like to Meet In Person#60 of 319 The Most Inspiring (Non-Hollywood) Female Role Models

  • 4
    Journalist, Novelist

    AgeDec. at 48 (1900-1949)

    BirthplaceAtlanta, Georgia

    Margaret Munnerlyn Mitchell (November 8, 1900 – August 16, 1949) was an American novelist and journalist. Mitchell wrote only one novel, published during her lifetime, the American Civil War-era...  more

    #224 of 1,172 The Best Writers of All Time#74 of 345 The Greatest American Writers of All Time#106 of 306 The Best Novelists of All Time

  • 5

    AgeDec. at 94 (1921-2016)

    BirthplaceNew York, New York, USA

    Nancy Davis Reagan (born Anne Frances Robbins; July 6, 1921 – March 6, 2016) was an American film actress and the wife of Ronald Reagan, the 40th president of the United States. She was the first...  more

    How Nancy Reagan Used Astrology In Ronald Reagan's White House#105 of 243 The Most Trustworthy Celebrities In The World#1841 of 1,883 The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

  • 6
    Poet, Novelist

    AgeDec. at 30 (1932-1963)

    BirthplaceJamaica Plain, Boston, Massachusetts

    Sylvia Plath (; October 27, 1932 – February 11, 1963) was an American poet, novelist, and short-story writer. Born in Boston, Massachusetts, she studied at Smith College and Newnham College at the...  more

    #774 of 1,355 The Greatest Minds of All Time#499 of 753 People We Wish Were Still Alive#289 of 369 The Greatest Poets of All Time

  • 7
    Film Producer, Actor

    Age69

    BirthplaceCincinnati, Ohio, USA

    Patricia Wettig (born December 4, 1951) is an American actress and playwright. She is best known for her role as Nancy Weston in the television series Thirtysomething (1987–1991), for which she...  more
  • 8
    Politician, Lawyer

    Age59

    BirthplaceMadison, Wisconsin, USA

    Tammy Suzanne Green Baldwin (born February 11, 1962) is an American politician serving as the junior United States Senator from Wisconsin since 2013. A member of the Democratic Party, she served...  more
  • 9
    Author, Actor

    AgeDec. at 85 (1921-2006)

    BirthplacePeoria, Illinois

    Betty Friedan ( February 4, 1921 – February 4, 2006) was an American feminist writer and activist. A leading figure in the women's movement in the United States, her 1963 book The Feminine Mystique...  more
  • 10
    Poet, Lecturer

    AgeDec. at 44 (1917-1961)

    BirthplaceKiev, Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic

    Maya Deren (April 29, 1917 – October 13, 1961), born Eleonora Derenkowska (Ukrainian: Елеоно́ра Деренко́вська), was a Ukrainian-born American experimental filmmaker and important promoter of the...  more

    #537 of 732 The Greatest Directors In Movie History#57 of 131 The Greatest Female Film Directors

  • 11
    Television director, Actor

    AgeDied at 69 (1944-2013)

    BirthplaceSanta Monica, California, USA

    Bonnie Gail Franklin (January 6, 1944 – March 1, 2013) was an American actress, known for her leading role in the television series One Day at a Time (1975–1984). She was nominated for Emmy, Tony and...  more
  • 12
    Spokesperson, Public Servant

    Age73

    BirthplaceWashington, D.C.

    Julie Nixon Eisenhower (born July 5, 1948) is an American author who is the younger daughter of Richard Nixon, 37th President of the United States, and Pat Nixon, First Lady of the United States,...  more
  • 13
    Nicola Dickson "Niki" Sauvage Tsongas (; born April 26, 1946) is an American politician who served as a U.S. Representative from Massachusetts from 2007 to 2019. She held the seat held by her...  more
  • 14
    Television director, Theatre Director

    Age75

    BirthplaceStuttgart, Germany

    Jerry Zaks (born September 7, 1946) is an 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...  more
  • 15
    Author, Actor

    Age73

    BirthplaceRochester, New York, United States of America

    Mary Claire "Mimi" Kennedy (born September 25, 1948) is an American actress, author, and activist, best known for her performances in television comedies. She co-starred in a number of short-lived...  more
  • 16
    Conductor

    Age95

    BirthplaceBoston, Massachusetts

    Alice Parker (born December 16, 1925, Boston, Massachusetts) is an American composer, arranger and conductor. Many of her arrangements were done in cooperation with Robert Shaw....  more
  • 17
    Psychotherapist, Psychologist

    Age68

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York

    Amy Bloom (born 1953) is an American writer and psychotherapist. She has been nominated for the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award. ...  more
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    Historian
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    Professor, Writer

    Age76

    BirthplaceTacoma, Washington

    Diana L. Eck (born 1945 in Bozeman, Montana) 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...  more
  • 20
    Jennifer Chrisler is the Executive Director of Family Equality Council (formerly Family Pride Coalition). Chrisler holds a BA degree from Smith College[1] and resides in Northampton, MA with her...  more
  • 21
    Magazine editor, Journalist

    Age87

    BirthplaceToledo, Ohio, USA

    Gloria Marie Steinem (; born March 25, 1934) is an American feminist, journalist, and social political activist who became nationally recognized as a leader and a spokeswoman for the American...  more

    #1371 of 2,753 The Most Influential People of All Time#80 of 104 Celebrities Whose Lives You Want#51 of 94 The Most Influential Women of 2019

  • 22
    Professor, Economist

    Age74

    BirthplaceBayonne, New Jersey, United States of America

    Laura D'Andrea Tyson (born June 28, 1947) 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...  more
  • 23
    Spokesperson, Actor

    AgeDec. at 51 (1955-2007)

    BirthplaceMontgomery, Alabama

    Yolanda Denise King (November 17, 1955 – May 15, 2007) was an African American activist and first-born child of civil rights leaders Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Coretta Scott King. She was also...  more
  • 24
    Journalist, Author

    Age58

    Susan Lindauer (born July 17, 1963) is an American antiwar activist and former U.S. Congressional staffer who was charged with "acting as an unregistered agent of a foreign government" and violating...  more
  • 25
    Journalist, Newsreader

    Age80

    BirthplaceSavannah, Georgia, United States of America

    Sally Sterling Quinn (born July 1, 1941) is an American author and journalist, who writes about religion for a blog at The Washington Post....  more
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List Rules: People on this list must have gone to Smith College and be of some renown.