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Famous The New School Alumni

Updated May 20, 2019 13.4k views160 items

List RulesPeople on this list must have gone to The New School and be of some renown.

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

List ranges from Bradley Cooper to Marlon Brando and more.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to The New School?” and “Which celebrities are The New School alumni?”
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    Marlon Brando Jr. (April 3, 1924 – July 1, 2004) was an American actor and film director. With...  more

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    Eleanor Roosevelt

    Politician, Diplomat
    Anna Eleanor Roosevelt (; October 11, 1884 – November 7, 1962) was an American political...  more

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    Bradley Cooper

    Film Producer, Actor
    Bradley Charles Cooper (born January 5, 1975) is an American actor and filmmaker. He has been...  more

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    Marc Jacobs

    Fashion designer, Designer
    Marc Jacobs (born April 9, 1963) is an American fashion designer. He is the head designer for...  more

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    Ani DiFranco

    Poet, Guitarist
    Angela Maria "Ani" DiFranco (; born 1970) is an American singer/songwriter. She has released...  more

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    Tennessee Williams

    Screenwriter, Writer
    Thomas Lanier Williams III (March 26, 1911 – February 25, 1983), known by his pen name...  more

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    James Baldwin

    Activist, Poet
    James Arthur Baldwin (August 2, 1924 – December 1, 1987) was an American novelist, playwright,...  more

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    Tony Curtis

    Painter, Actor
    Tony Curtis (born Bernard Schwartz; June 3, 1925 – September 29, 2010) was an American film...  more

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    Veronica Webb

    Journalist, Model
    Veronica Webb (born February 25, 1965) is an American model, actress, writer, and television...  more
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    Peter Falk

    Certified Public Accountant, Television producer
    Peter Michael Falk (September 16, 1927 – June 23, 2011) was an American actor, known for his...  more

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    Harry Belafonte

    Songwriter, Television producer
    Harry Belafonte (born March 1, 1927) is an American singer, songwriter, activist, and actor....  more

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    Tom Ford

    Fashion designer, Screenwriter
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    John Popper

    Songwriter, Musician
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    Jonah Hill

    Comedian, Film Producer
    Jonah Hill Feldstein (born December 20, 1983) is an American actor, director, producer,...  more

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    John Cage

    Film Score Composer, Musician
    John Milton Cage Jr. (September 5, 1912 – August 12, 1992) was an American composer, music...  more

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    #696 of 1,891 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time#287 of 368 The Best Classical Composers

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    James Lipton

    Pilot, Television producer
    James Lipton (September 19, 1926 – March 2, 2020) was an American writer, lyricist, actor and...  more

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    Shelley Winters (born Shirley Schrift; August 18, 1920 – January 14, 2006) was an American...  more

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    Elettra Rossellini Wiedemann

    Fashion Model, Actor
    Elettra Rossellini Wiedemann (born July 26, 1983) is an American food editor and writer,...  more
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    Bea Arthur

    Comedian, Actor
    Beatrice Arthur (born Bernice Frankel; May 13, 1922 – April 25, 2009) was an American actress...  more

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    Jesse Eisenberg

    Actor, Voice acting
    Jesse Eisenberg (born October 5, 1983) is an American actor, author, and playwright. He made...  more

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    Narciso Rodriguez

    Fashion designer, Designer
    Narciso Rodriguez (American Spanish: [naɾˈsiso roˈðɾiɣes]) is a Cuban American fashion...  more
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    Elaine Stritch

    Actor, Voice acting
    Elaine Stritch (February 2, 1925 – July 17, 2014) was an American actress and singer, known...  more

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    Kevin Smith

    Comic book creator, Songwriter
    Kevin Patrick Smith (born August 2, 1970) is an American filmmaker, actor, comedian, comic...  more

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    Donna Karan

    Fashion designer, Designer
    Donna Karan (born Donna Ivy Faske; October 2, 1948), also known as "DK", is an American...  more