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Famous Smith College Alumni

Updated June 14, 2019 14.1k views233 items

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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    Barbara Bush is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Smith College Alumni

    Barbara Bush

    Homemaker

    Age95

    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... more

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    #2 of 25 Famous People From History You Had No Idea Were Foxy#6 of 15 Every First Lady's Secret Service Code Name

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    Shelley Hack is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Smith College Alumni

    Shelley Hack

    Film Producer, Model

    Age73

    BirthplaceWhite Plains, New York, United States of America

    Shelley Marie Hack (born July 6, 1947) is an American model, actress, producer, and political... more
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    Julia Child is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Smith College Alumni

    Julia Child

    Cook, Copywriter

    AgeDec. at 92 (1912-2004)

    BirthplacePasadena, California, United States of America

    Julia Carolyn Child (née McWilliams; August 15, 1912 – August 13, 2004) was an American chef,... more

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    Almost Nobody Knows That Julia Child Was A Secret Agent Before She Became A Celebrity Chef#289 of 403 Famous Role Models We'd Like to Meet In Person

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

    Margaret Mitchell

    Journalist, Novelist

    AgeDec. at 49 (1900-1949)

    BirthplaceAtlanta, Georgia

    Margaret Munnerlyn Mitchell (November 8, 1900 – August 16, 1949) was an American novelist and... more

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    #245 of 1,172 The Best Writers of All Time#97 of 303 The Best Novelists of All Time

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

    Age99

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

    Nancy Davis Reagan (born Anne Frances Robbins; July 6, 1921 – March 6, 2016) was an American... more

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    How Nancy Reagan Used Astrology In Ronald Reagan's White House#108 of 269 The Most Trustworthy Celebrities in the World

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    Sylvia Plath is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Smith College Alumni

    Sylvia Plath

    Poet, Novelist

    AgeDec. at 31 (1932-1963)

    BirthplaceJamaica Plain, Boston, Massachusetts

    Sylvia Plath (; October 27, 1932 – February 11, 1963) was an American poet, novelist, and... more

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    #399 of 753 People We Wish Were Still Alive#997 of 1,357 The Greatest Minds of All Time

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    Patricia Wettig is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Smith College Alumni

    Patricia Wettig

    Film Producer, Actor

    Age68

    BirthplaceUSA, Cincinnati, Ohio

    Patricia Wettig (born December 4, 1951) is an American actress and playwright. She is best... more
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    Tammy Baldwin is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Smith College Alumni

    Tammy Baldwin

    Politician, Lawyer

    Age58

    BirthplaceMadison, Wisconsin, United States of America

    Tammy Suzanne Green Baldwin (born February 11, 1962) is an American politician serving as the... more
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    Betty Friedan is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Smith College Alumni

    Betty Friedan

    Author, Actor

    AgeDec. at 85 (1921-2006)

    BirthplacePeoria, Illinois

    Betty Friedan ( February 4, 1921 – February 4, 2006) was an American feminist writer and... more

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    #62 of 232 The Best Female Authors of All Time#231 of 319 The Most Inspiring (Non-Hollywood) Female Role Models

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    Maya Deren is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Smith College Alumni

    Maya Deren

    Poet, Lecturer

    AgeDec. at 44 (1917-1961)

    BirthplaceKiev, Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic

    Maya Deren (April 29, 1917 – October 13, 1961), born Eleonora Derenkowska (Ukrainian:... more

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    #676 of 742 The Greatest Directors In Movie History#60 of 131 The Greatest Female Film Directors

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    Bonnie Franklin is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Smith College Alumni

    Bonnie Franklin

    Television director, Actor

    AgeDec. at 69 (1944-2013)

    BirthplaceSanta Monica, California, United States of America

    Bonnie Gail Franklin (January 6, 1944 – March 1, 2013) was an American actress, known for her... more
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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

    Age72

    BirthplaceWashington, D.C.

    Julie Nixon Eisenhower (born July 5, 1948) is an American author who is the younger daughter... 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... 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

    Age74

    BirthplaceStuttgart, Germany

    Jerry Zaks (born September 7, 1946) is an American stage and television director, and actor.... more
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    Mimi Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Smith College Alumni

    Mimi Kennedy

    Author, Actor

    Age72

    BirthplaceRochester, New York, USA

    Mary Claire "Mimi" Kennedy (born September 25, 1948) is an American actress, author, and... more
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    Alice Parker is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Smith College Alumni

    Alice Parker

    Conductor

    Age94

    BirthplaceBoston, Massachusetts

    Alice Parker (born December 16, 1925, Boston, Massachusetts) is an American composer, arranger... more
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    Amy Bloom is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Smith College Alumni

    Amy Bloom

    Psychotherapist, Psychologist

    Age67

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York

    Amy Bloom (born 1953) is an American writer and psychotherapist. She has been nominated for... more
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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

    Age75

    BirthplaceTacoma, Washington

    Diana L. Eck (born 1945 in Bozeman, Montana) is a scholar of religious studies who is... 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... more
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    Gloria Steinem is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Smith College Alumni

    Gloria Steinem

    Magazine editor, Journalist

    Age86

    BirthplaceToledo, Ohio, United States of America

    Gloria Marie Steinem (; born March 25, 1934) is an American feminist, journalist, and social... more

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    #1401 of 2,437 The Most Influential People of All Time#114 of 595 American Public Figures Who Are National Treasures

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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

    Age73

    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... more
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    Yolanda King is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Smith College Alumni

    Yolanda King

    Spokesperson, Actor

    AgeDec. at 52 (1955-2007)

    BirthplaceMontgomery, Alabama

    Yolanda Denise King (November 17, 1955 – May 15, 2007) was an African American activist and... more
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    Susan Lindauer is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Smith College Alumni

    Susan Lindauer

    Journalist, Author

    Age57

    Susan Lindauer (born July 17, 1963) is an American antiwar activist and former U.S.... more
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    Sally Quinn is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Smith College Alumni

    Sally Quinn

    Journalist, Newsreader

    Age79

    BirthplaceSavannah, Georgia, United States of America

    Sally Sterling Quinn (born July 1, 1941) is an American author and journalist, who writes... more
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