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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?”

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Marlon Brando is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous The New School Alumni
Marlon Brando Actor Marlon Brando, Jr. was an American actor and film director. He is hailed for bringing a gripping realism to film acting, and is widely considered to be one of the greatest and most influential ...more

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Eleanor Roosevelt is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous The New School Alumni
Eleanor Roosevelt Politician, Diplomat, Author Anna Eleanor Roosevelt was an American politician, diplomat, and activist. She was the longest-serving First Lady of the United States, holding the post from March 1933 to April 1945 during her ...more

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Bradley Cooper is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous The New School Alumni
Bradley Cooper Film Producer, Actor Bradley Charles Cooper is an American actor and producer. He has been nominated for four Academy Awards, three for acting and one for producing. He was named the "Sexiest Man Alive" by ...more

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Marc Jacobs is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous The New School Alumni
Marc Jacobs Fashion designer, Designer, Costume Designer Marc Jacobs is an American fashion designer. He is the head designer for Marc Jacobs, as well as Marc by Marc Jacobs, a diffusion line, with over 200 retail stores in 80 countries. He was the ...more

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Ani DiFranco is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous The New School Alumni
Ani DiFranco Poet, Guitarist, Songwriter Ani DiFranco is an American singer, guitarist, multi-instrumentalist, poet and songwriter. She has released more than 20 albums and is widely considered a feminist icon. DiFranco has received ...more

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Tennessee Williams is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous The New School Alumni
Tennessee Williams Screenwriter, Writer, Playwright Thomas Lanier "Tennessee" Williams III was an American playwright and author of many stage classics. Along with Eugene O'Neill and Arthur Miller he is considered among the three ...more

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James Baldwin is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous The New School Alumni
James Baldwin Activist, Poet, Novelist James Arthur Baldwin was an American novelist, essayist, playwright, poet, and social critic. His essays, as collected in Notes of a Native Son, explore palpable yet unspoken intricacies of ...more

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Tony Curtis is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous The New School Alumni
Tony Curtis Painter, Actor Tony Curtis was an American film actor whose career spanned six decades, but had his greatest popularity during the 1950s and early 1960s. He acted in more than 100 films in roles covering a ...more

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Veronica Webb is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous The New School Alumni
Veronica Webb Journalist, Model, Actor Veronica Webb is an American model, actress, writer, and television personality. The first African-American to have a major cosmetics contract, Webb has appeared on covers of Vogue, Essence and ...more

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Peter Falk is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous The New School Alumni
Peter Falk Certified Public Accountant, Television producer, Actor Peter Michael Falk was an American actor, best known for his role as Lt. Columbo in the television series Columbo. He appeared in numerous films such as The Princess Bride, The Great Race and ...more

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Harry Belafonte is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous The New School Alumni
Harry Belafonte Songwriter, Television producer, Film Producer Harry Belafonte is an American singer, songwriter, actor, and social activist. One of the most successful Jamaican-American pop stars in history, he was dubbed the "King of Calypso" ...more

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Tom Ford is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous The New School Alumni
Tom Ford Fashion designer, Screenwriter, Designer Thomas Carlyle "Tom" Ford is an American fashion designer and film director. He gained international fame for his turnaround of Gucci and the creation of the Tom Ford label before ...more

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John Popper is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous The New School Alumni
John Popper Songwriter, Musician, Singer John Popper 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. He is widely considered a ...more

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Jonah Hill is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous The New School Alumni
Jonah Hill Comedian, Film Producer, Screenwriter Jonah Hill Feldstein, better known as Jonah Hill, is an American actor, filmmaker, and comedian. He is a two-time Academy Award nominee, for his performances in the films Moneyball and The Wolf ...more

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John Cage is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous The New School Alumni
John Cage Film Score Composer, Musician, Author John Milton Cage Jr. was an American composer, music theorist, writer, and artist. A pioneer of indeterminacy in music, electroacoustic music, and non-standard use of musical instruments, Cage ...more

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James Lipton is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous The New School Alumni
James Lipton Pilot, Television producer, Screenwriter James Lipton is an American writer, composer, actor and dean emeritus of the Actors Studio Drama School at Pace University in New York City. He is the executive producer, writer and host of the ...more

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Soleil Moon Frye is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous The New School Alumni
Soleil Moon Frye Actor Soleil Moon Frye is an American actress, director and screenwriter. She began her career as a child actor at the age of 2. When she was 7 years old, Frye won the role of Penelope ...more

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Shelley Winters is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous The New School Alumni
Shelley Winters Actor Shelley Winters was an American actress who appeared in dozens of films, as well as on stage and television; her career spanned over 50 years until her death in 2006. Winters won Academy Awards ...more

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Elettra Rossellini Wiedemann is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous The New School Alumni
Elettra Rossellini Wiedemann Fashion Model, Actor Elettra Rossellini Wiedemann is an American fashion model, and socialite of Italian, Swedish, French and German descent. She is the daughter of Italian actress and model Isabella Rossellini and ...more

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Bea Arthur is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous The New School Alumni
Bea Arthur Comedian, Actor, Singer Beatrice "Bea" Arthur was an American actress, comedian, and singer whose career spanned seven decades. Arthur achieved fame as the character Maude Findlay on the 1970s sitcoms All in ...more

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Jesse Eisenberg is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous The New School Alumni
Jesse Eisenberg Actor, Voice acting, Playwright Jesse Adam Eisenberg is an American actor, playwright and humorist. He made his debut role with the comedy-drama television series Get Real. After his first leading role in the comedy-drama film ...more

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

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Elaine Stritch is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous The New School Alumni
Elaine Stritch Actor, Voice acting, Singer Elaine Stritch was an American actress and singer, best known for her work on Broadway. She appeared in numerous stage plays and musicals, feature films and many television programs. She was ...more

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

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Donna Karan is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous The New School Alumni
Donna Karan Fashion designer, Designer Donna Karan, also known under the alias "DK", is an American fashion designer and the creator of the Donna Karan New York and DKNY clothing labels.

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Ruth Benedict is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous The New School Alumni
Ruth Benedict Anthropologist Ruth Fulton Benedict was an American anthropologist and folklorist. She was born in New York City]], attended Vassar College and graduated in 1909. She entered graduate studies at Columbia ...more

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Lorraine Hansberry is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous The New School Alumni
Lorraine Hansberry Activist, Theatre Director, Screenwriter Lorraine Vivian Hansberry was an American playwright and writer. Hansberry inspired Nina Simone's song "To Be Young, Gifted and Black". She was the first black woman to write a play ...more

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Tobias Schneebaum is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous The New School Alumni
Tobias Schneebaum Anthropologist, Artist Tobias Schneebaum was an American artist, anthropologist, and AIDS activist. He is best known for his experiences living, and traveling among the Harakmbut people of Peru, and the Asmat people ...more

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Esther Rolle is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous The New School Alumni
Esther Rolle Actor Esther Elizabeth Rolle was an American actress. She is best known for her role as Florida Evans, a no-nonsense wife and mother on the CBS television sitcom Maude for two seasons and its spin-off ...more

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Jack Kerouac is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous The New School Alumni
Jack Kerouac Painter, Poet, Novelist Jack Kerouac was an American novelist and poet. He is considered a literary iconoclast and, alongside William S. Burroughs and Allen Ginsberg, a pioneer of the Beat Generation. Kerouac is ...more

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Walter Matthau is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous The New School Alumni
Walter Matthau Actor Walter Matthau was an American actor best known for his role as Oscar Madison in The Odd Couple and his frequent collaborations with Odd Couple star Jack Lemmon, as well as his role as Coach ...more

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Anna Sui is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous The New School Alumni
Anna Sui Fashion designer, Designer Anna Sui is an American fashion designer. Sui is one of the most celebrated names in American fashion, known for her timeless designs and ability to transcend eras with historical and culturally ...more

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Sufjan Stevens is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous The New School Alumni
Sufjan Stevens Songwriter, Musician, Singer-songwriter Sufjan Stevens is an American singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. He first came to wider recognition with the 2000 album A Sun Came, which was released on the Asthmatic Kitty label he ...more

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Ellen Johnson is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous The New School Alumni
Ellen Johnson Social activist Ellen Johnson is an American activist for the civil rights of atheists and for the separation of church and state in the United States. She served as the president of the organization American ...more

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Corliss Lamont is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous The New School Alumni
Corliss Lamont Politician, Writer, Philosopher Corliss Lamont was an American socialist philosopher, and advocate of various left-wing and civil liberties causes. As a part of his political activities he was the Chairman of National Council ...more

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Valerie Harper is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous The New School Alumni
Valerie Harper Actor Valerie Kathryn Harper is an American actress known for her roles as Rhoda Morgenstern in the 1970s television series The Mary Tyler Moore Show and its spin-off, Rhoda, and later as Valerie ...more

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Diane Arbus is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous The New School Alumni
Diane Arbus Writer, Artist, Photographer Diane Arbus was an American photographer and writer noted for photographs of "deviant and marginal people or of people whose normality seems ugly or surreal". Arbus believed a camera ...more

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Caroline Rhea is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous The New School Alumni
Caroline Rhea Comedian, Television producer, Film Producer Caroline Gilchrist Rhea is a Canadian stand-up comedian, actress and model who was the original host of the reality television show The Biggest Loser on NBC until she was replaced by Alison ...more

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Judith Malina is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous The New School Alumni
Judith Malina Theatre Director, Actor, Writer Judith Malina was a German-born American theater and film actress, writer and director. She co-founded The Living Theatre, a radical political theatre troupe that rose to prominence in New York ...more

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Jamaica Kincaid is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous The New School Alumni
Jamaica Kincaid Novelist, Essayist, Writer Jamaica Kincaid is an Antiguan-American novelist, essayist, gardener, and gardening writer. She was born in St. John's, Antigua, which is part of the twin-island nation of Antigua and Barbuda. ...more

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Andrew Robinson is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous The New School Alumni
Andrew Robinson Television director, Professor, Actor Andrew Jordt "Andy" Robinson is an American actor and director of the Master of Fine Arts acting program at the University of Southern California. Originally a stage actor, he works ...more

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Stacey Farber is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous The New School Alumni
Stacey Farber Actor Stacey Anne Farber is a Canadian actress who is best known for playing Eleanor "Ellie" Nash in seasons 2 through 7 of the television series Degrassi: The Next Generation. In May 2008, ...more

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Tatiana Santo Domingo is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous The New School Alumni
Tatiana Santo Domingo Tatiana Casiraghi is an heiress and socialite married to Andrea Casiraghi, the eldest son of the Princess of Hanover and fourth in the line of succession to the Monegasque throne. She is the ...more

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Gerda Lerner is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous The New School Alumni
Gerda Lerner Historian, Author, Writer Gerda Hedwig Lerner was a historian, author and teacher. She was a professor emeritus of history at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and a visiting scholar at Duke University. Lerner was one ...more

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Grace Paley is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous The New School Alumni
Grace Paley Poet, Author, Political Activist Grace Paley was an American short story writer, poet, teacher, and political activist.

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Fanya Heller is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous The New School Alumni
Fanya Heller Writer Fanya Gottesfeld Heller is a noted Holocaust survivor, author and philanthropist. Born into a traditional Jewish family in a small village in the Ukraine in 1924, she and her family hid from the ...more

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Andrea Casiraghi is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous The New School Alumni
Andrea Casiraghi Andrea Albert Pierre Casiraghi is the eldest son of Caroline, Princess of Hanover, and her second husband Stefano Casiraghi, and the eldest grandchild of Rainier III, Prince of Monaco, and ...more

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George Brecht is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous The New School Alumni
George Brecht Chemist, Composer, Artist George Brecht, born George Ellis MacDiarmid, was an American conceptual artist and avant-garde composer as well as a professional chemist who worked as a consultant for companies including ...more

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Medea Benjamin is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous The New School Alumni
Medea Benjamin Politician, Author, Social activist Medea Benjamin is an American political activist, best known for co-founding Code Pink and, along with activist and author Kevin Danaher, the fair trade advocacy group Global Exchange. Benjamin ...more

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Ahmad Sadri is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous The New School Alumni
Ahmad Sadri Professor Ahmad Sadri is a Professor of Sociology and Anthropology at Lake Forest College. He is the twin brother of Mahmoud Sadri. He has been the James P. Gorter Professor of Islamic World Studies since ...more