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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
Homemaker
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 ...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 (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 ...more
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Julia Child is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Smith College Alumni
Cook, Copywriter, TV chef
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 ...more

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Margaret Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Smith College Alumni
Journalist, Novelist, Author
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

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#229 of 1,183 The Best Writers of All Time #68 of 385 The Greatest American Writers of All Time

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Nancy Reagan is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Smith College Alumni
Actor
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 ...more

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Sylvia Plath is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Smith College Alumni
Poet, Novelist, Author
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 ...more

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Patricia Wettig is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Smith College Alumni
Film Producer, Actor, Playwright
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
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Tammy Baldwin is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Smith College Alumni
Politician, Lawyer
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

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#56 of 114 Famous Politicians You'd Want to Have a Beer With #27 of 51 The Most Important Politicians Of 2019

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Betty Friedan is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Smith College Alumni
Author, Actor, Writer
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 ...more

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Maya Deren is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Smith College Alumni
Poet, Lecturer, Screenwriter
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
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Bonnie Franklin is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Smith College Alumni
Television director, Actor
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, ...more
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Julie Nixon Eisenhower ... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Smith College Alumni
Spokesperson, Public Servant, Author
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 ...more
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Niki Tsongas is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Smith College Alumni
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 ...more
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Jerry Zaks is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Smith College Alumni
Television director, Theatre Director, Actor
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 ...more
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Mimi Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Smith College Alumni
Author, Actor, Writer
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 ...more
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Alice Parker is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Smith College Alumni
Conductor
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.
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Amy Bloom is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Smith College Alumni
Psychotherapist, Psychologist, Author
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.
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Daisy Rooks is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Smith College Alumni
Historian
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Diana L. Eck is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Smith College Alumni
Professor, Writer
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 ...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 (formerly Family Pride Coalition). Chrisler holds a BA degree from Smith College[1] and resides in Northampton, MA with her ...more
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Gloria Steinem is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Smith College Alumni
Magazine editor, Journalist, Screenwriter
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

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Laura D'Andrea Tyson is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Smith College Alumni
Professor, Economist
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 ...more
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Yolanda King is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Smith College Alumni
Spokesperson, Actor, Human rights activist
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 ...more
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Susan Lindauer is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Smith College Alumni
Journalist, Author, Social activist
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" ...more
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Sally Quinn is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Smith College Alumni
Journalist, Newsreader, Author
Sally Sterling Quinn (born July 1, 1941) is an American author and journalist, who writes about religion for a blog at The Washington Post.