READ

Famous The New School Alumni

Reference
Updated May 20, 2019 12.8k views 160 items

List Rules People 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?”
1
Marlon Brando is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous The New School Alumni
Actor

Age: Died at 80 (1924-2004)

Birthplace: Omaha, Nebraska, United States of America

Marlon Brando Jr. (April 3, 1924 – July 1, 2004) was an American actor and film director. With a career spanning 60 years, he is well-regarded for his cultural influence on 20th-century film. ...more

More Marlon Brando 

17 Things You Didn't Know About Marlon Brando #33 of 1,139 The Best Actors in Film History #128 of 165 The Greatest Western Movie Stars

2
Eleanor Roosevelt is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous The New School Alumni
Politician, Diplomat, Author

Age: Dec. at 78 (1884-1962)

Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America

Anna Eleanor Roosevelt (; October 11, 1884 – November 7, 1962) was an American political figure, diplomat and activist. She served as the First Lady of the United States from March 4, 1933 to ...more

More Eleanor Roosevelt 

Fascinating Things Most People Don't Know About Eleanor Roosevelt #64 of 316 The Most Inspiring (Non-Hollywood) Female Role Models #889 of 2,835 The Most Influential People of All Time

3
Bradley Cooper is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous The New School Alumni
Film Producer, Actor

Age: 40

Birthplace: USA, Abington Township, Pennsylvania

Bradley Charles Cooper (born January 5, 1975) is an American actor and filmmaker. He has been nominated for many awards, including seven Academy Awards and a Tony Award, and has won a Grammy ...more

More Bradley Cooper 

The Best Bradley Cooper Characters #54 of 274 The Most Trustworthy Celebrities in the World #17 of 90 Who Is the Coolest Actor in the World Right Now?

4
Marc Jacobs is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous The New School Alumni
Fashion designer, Designer, Costume Designer

Age: 55

Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America

Marc Jacobs (born April 9, 1963) is an American fashion designer. He is the head designer for his own fashion label, Marc Jacobs, and formerly Marc by Marc Jacobs, a diffusion line, which was ...more

More Marc Jacobs 

#577 of 771 American Public Figures Who Are National Treasures #6 of 156 The Most Influential People in Fashion #20 of 70 The Most Influential Fashion Designers Of All Time

5
Ani DiFranco is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous The New School Alumni
Poet, Guitarist, Songwriter

Age: 48

Birthplace: Buffalo, New York, United States of America

Angela Maria "Ani" DiFranco (; born 1970) is an American singer/songwriter. She has released more than 20 albums. DiFranco's music has been classified as folk rock and alternative ...more

More Ani DiFranco 

#719 of 2,040 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #499 of 935 The Best Female Vocalists Ever #54 of 161 The Greatest Chick Rock Bands Ever

6
Tennessee Williams is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous The New School Alumni
Screenwriter, Writer, Playwright

Age: Dec. at 72 (1911-1983)

Birthplace: Columbus, Mississippi, Lowndes County, United States of America, United States, + more

Thomas Lanier Williams III (March 26, 1911 – February 25, 1983), known by his pen name Tennessee Williams, was an American playwright. Along with contemporaries Eugene O'Neill and Arthur Miller, ...more

More Tennessee Williams 

#99 of 1,176 The Best Writers of All Time #21 of 341 The Greatest American Writers of All Time #4 of 256 The Best Gay Authors

7
James Baldwin is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous The New School Alumni
Activist, Poet, Novelist

Age: Dec. at 63 (1924-1987)

Birthplace: Harlem, New York City, New York

James Arthur Baldwin (August 2, 1924 – December 1, 1987) was an American novelist, playwright, and activist. His essays, as collected in Notes of a Native Son (1955), explore intricacies of ...more

More James Baldwin 

#259 of 1,176 The Best Writers of All Time #89 of 177 The Best Short Story Writers of All Time #48 of 341 The Greatest American Writers of All Time

8
Tony Curtis is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous The New School Alumni
Painter, Actor

Age: Dec. at 85 (1925-2010)

Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America

Tony Curtis (born Bernard Schwartz; June 3, 1925 – September 29, 2010) was an American film actor whose career spanned six decades but who achieved the height of his popularity in the 1950s and ...more

More Tony Curtis 

Inside Janet Leigh And Tony Curtis’s Troubled Relationship #124 of 329 The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting) #189 of 1,139 The Best Actors in Film History

9
Veronica Webb is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous The New School Alumni
Journalist, Model, Actor

Age: 54

Birthplace: Michigan, USA, Detroit

Veronica Webb (born February 25, 1965) is an American model, actress, writer, and television personality. The first African-American to have a major cosmetics contract, Webb has appeared on ...more
10
Peter Falk is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous The New School Alumni
Certified Public Accountant, Television producer, Actor

Age: Dec. at 84 (1927-2011)

Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America

Peter Michael Falk (September 16, 1927 – June 23, 2011) was an American actor, known for his role as Lieutenant Columbo in the long-running television series Columbo (1968–2003), for which he ...more

More Peter Falk 

#215 of 362 The Funniest People Of All Time #244 of 925 People We Wish Were Still Alive #198 of 1,139 The Best Actors in Film History

11
Harry Belafonte is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous The New School Alumni
Songwriter, Television producer, Film Producer

Age: 92

Birthplace: Harlem, New York City, New York, United States of America

Harry Belafonte (born March 1, 1927) is an American singer, songwriter, activist, and actor. One of the most successful Jamaican-American pop stars in history, he was dubbed the "King of ...more

More Harry Belafonte 

The Best Harry Belafonte Songs #135 of 1,043 The Best Singers of All Time #52 of 313 Famous People Most Likely to Live to 100

12
Tom Ford is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous The New School Alumni
Fashion designer, Screenwriter, Designer

Age: 57

Birthplace: Texas, USA, Austin

Thomas Carlyle Ford (born August 27, 1961) is an American fashion designer and filmmaker. He launched his eponymous luxury brand in 2006, having previously served as the Creative Director at ...more

More Tom Ford 

#8 of 156 The Most Influential People in Fashion #14 of 70 The Most Influential Fashion Designers Of All Time #51 of 53 The Best Dressed Male Celebrities

13
John Popper is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous The New School Alumni
John Popper Songwriter, Musician, Singer

Age: 51

Birthplace: USA, Chardon, Ohio

John Popper (born March 29, 1967) is an American musician and songwriter. He is most famous for his role as frontman of rock band Blues Traveler performing harmonica, guitar, and vocals.

More John Popper 

#58 of 161 Libertarian Celebrities #5 of 38 35+ Celebrities Who Had Weight Loss Surgery #7 of 10 The Top 10 Celebrities Who Have Had Weight Loss Surgery

14
Jonah Hill is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous The New School Alumni
Comedian, Film Producer, Screenwriter

Age: 35

Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, USA

Jonah Hill Feldstein (born December 20, 1983) is an American actor, director, producer, screenwriter, and comedian. Hill is known for his comedic roles in films including Superbad (2007), ...more

More Jonah Hill 

The Best Jonah Hill Movies #117 of 289 The Best (Male) Actors Working Today #173 of 362 The Funniest People Of All Time

15
John Cage is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous The New School Alumni
Film Score Composer, Musician, Author

Age: Dec. at 80 (1912-1992)

Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States of America

John Milton Cage Jr. (September 5, 1912 – August 12, 1992) was an American composer, music theorist, artist, and philosopher. A pioneer of indeterminacy in music, electroacoustic music, and ...more

More John Cage 

#696 of 2,040 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #303 of 362 The Best Classical Composers #360 of 525 Which Artist Would You Bring Back From The Dead To Write One More Song?

16
James Lipton is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous The New School Alumni
Pilot, Television producer, Screenwriter

Age: 92

Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States of America

James Lipton (born September 19, 1926) is an American writer, lyricist, actor and dean emeritus of the Actors Studio Drama School at Pace University in New York City. He is the executive ...more

More James Lipton 

#28 of 57 The Best Male Talk Show Hosts in TV History #109 of 155 The Best Talk Show Hosts Of Daytime, Late Night, and All Time #63 of 92 Celebrities Who Died In 2020

17
Soleil Moon Frye is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous The New School Alumni
Actor

Age: 42

Birthplace: Glendora, California, United States of America

Soleil Moon Frye (; born August 6, 1976) is an American actress, director and screenwriter. She began her career as a child actor at the age of two. When she was seven years old, Frye won the ...more

More Soleil Moon Frye 

#99 of 227 The Greatest Child Stars Who Are Still Acting #1,321 of 2,004 The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History #18 of 40 The Coolest Celebrities Who Play Fantasy Football

18
Shelley Winters is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous The New School Alumni
Actor

Age: Dec. at 86 (1920-2006)

Birthplace: USA, St. Louis, Missouri

Shelley Winters (born Shirley Schrift; August 18, 1920 – January 14, 2006) was an American actress whose career spanned almost six decades. She appeared in numerous films, and won Academy Awards ...more

More Shelley Winters 

#105 of 940 The Best Actresses in Film History #424 of 925 People We Wish Were Still Alive #74 of 122 The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever

19
Elettra Rossellini Wiede... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous The New School Alumni
Elettra Rossellini Wiedemann Fashion Model, Actor

Age: 35

Birthplace: New York City, New York

Elettra Rossellini Wiedemann (born July 26, 1983) is an American food editor and writer, fashion model, and socialite of Italian, Swedish, French and German descent. She is the daughter of ...more
20
Bea Arthur is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous The New School Alumni
Comedian, Actor, Singer

Age: Dec. at 87 (1922-2009)

Birthplace: New York City, USA, New York

Beatrice Arthur (born Bernice Frankel; May 13, 1922 – April 25, 2009) was an American actress and comedienne. Arthur began her career on stage in 1947 and made her Broadway debut in The ...more

More Bea Arthur 

#201 of 362 The Funniest People Of All Time #213 of 925 People We Wish Were Still Alive #15 of 286 The Funniest Female Comedians of All Time

21
Jesse Eisenberg is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous The New School Alumni
Actor, Voice acting, Playwright

Age: 35

Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America

Jesse Eisenberg (born October 5, 1983) is an American actor, author, and playwright. He made his television debut with the short-lived comedy-drama series Get Real (1999–2000). Following his ...more

More Jesse Eisenberg 

The Best Jesse Eisenberg Movies #136 of 289 The Best (Male) Actors Working Today #195 of 258 The Hottest Men Of 2020, Ranked

22
Narciso Rodriguez is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous The New School Alumni
Fashion designer, Designer

Age: 58

Birthplace: Newark, New Jersey

Narciso Rodriguez (American Spanish: [naɾˈsiso roˈðɾiɣes]) is a Cuban American fashion designer.
23
Elaine Stritch is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous The New School Alumni
Actor, Voice acting, Singer

Age: Dec. at 89 (1925-2014)

Birthplace: Michigan, USA, Detroit

Elaine Stritch (February 2, 1925 – July 17, 2014) was an American actress and singer, known for her work on Broadway. She made her professional stage debut in 1944 and appeared in numerous stage ...more

More Elaine Stritch 

#171 of 286 The Funniest Female Comedians of All Time #42 of 136 The Greatest Broadway Stars of All Time #1,492 of 2,004 The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

24
Kevin Smith is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous The New School Alumni
Comic book creator, Songwriter, Comedian

Age: 48

Birthplace: Red Bank, New Jersey, USA

Kevin Patrick Smith (born August 2, 1970) is an American filmmaker, actor, comedian, comic book writer, author, and podcaster. He came to prominence with the low-budget comedy film Clerks ...more

More Kevin Smith 

Behind-The-Scenes Stories From The Making Of ‘Clerks’ #180 of 274 The Most Trustworthy Celebrities in the World #115 of 226 The Greatest Living Directors, Ranked

25
Donna Karan is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous The New School Alumni
Fashion designer, Designer

Age: 70

Birthplace: Forest Hills, New York City, New York

Donna Karan (born Donna Ivy Faske; October 2, 1948), also known as "DK", is an American fashion designer and the creator of the Donna Karan New York and DKNY clothing labels.

More Donna Karan 

#184 of 316 The Most Inspiring (Non-Hollywood) Female Role Models #45 of 156 The Most Influential People in Fashion #36 of 70 The Most Influential Fashion Designers Of All Time