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Famous The New School Alumni

Updated May 20, 2019 13.2k 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?”
  • Marlon Brando1

    AgeDec. at 80 (1924-2004)

    BirthplaceOmaha, Nebraska, United States of America

    Marlon Brando Jr. (April 3, 1924 – July 1, 2004) was an American actor and film director. With...  more

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  • Eleanor Roosevelt2

    Eleanor Roosevelt

    Politician, Diplomat

    AgeDec. at 78 (1884-1962)

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, USA

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

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  • Bradley Cooper3

    Bradley Cooper

    Film Producer, Actor


    BirthplacePhiladelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

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

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  • Marc Jacobs4

    Marc Jacobs

    Fashion designer, Designer


    BirthplaceNew 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...  more

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  • Ani DiFranco5

    Ani DiFranco

    Poet, Guitarist


    BirthplaceUSA, Buffalo, New York

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

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  • Tennessee Williams6

    Tennessee Williams

    Screenwriter, Writer

    AgeDec. at 72 (1911-1983)

    BirthplaceColumbus, Mississippi, Lowndes County, United States of America, United States

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

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  • James Baldwin7

    James Baldwin

    Activist, Poet

    AgeDec. at 63 (1924-1987)

    BirthplaceHarlem, New York City, New York

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

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  • Tony Curtis8

    Tony Curtis

    Painter, Actor

    AgeDied at 85 (1925-2010)

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

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

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  • Veronica Webb9

    Veronica Webb

    Journalist, Model


    BirthplaceMichigan, USA, Detroit

    Veronica Webb (born February 25, 1965) is an American model, actress, writer, and television...  more
  • Peter Falk10

    Peter Falk

    Certified Public Accountant, Television producer

    AgeDec. at 84 (1927-2011)

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

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

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  • Harry Belafonte11

    Harry Belafonte

    Songwriter, Television producer


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

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

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  • Tom Ford12

    Tom Ford

    Fashion designer, Screenwriter


    BirthplaceAustin, Texas, United States of America

    Thomas Carlyle Ford (born August 27, 1961) is an American fashion designer and filmmaker. He...  more

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  • John Popper13

    John Popper

    Songwriter, Musician


    BirthplaceChardon, Ohio, USA

    John Popper (born March 29, 1967) is an American musician and songwriter. He is most famous...  more


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  • Jonah Hill14

    Jonah Hill

    Comedian, Film Producer


    BirthplaceLos Angeles, California, USA

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

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  • John Cage15

    John Cage

    Film Score Composer, Musician

    AgeDec. at 80 (1912-1992)

    BirthplaceLos Angeles, California, United States of America

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

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  • James Lipton16

    James Lipton

    Pilot, Television producer


    BirthplaceMichigan, USA, Detroit

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

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  • Soleil Moon Frye17


    BirthplaceGlendora, California, USA

    Soleil Moon Frye (; born August 6, 1976) is an American actress, director and screenwriter....  more

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  • Shelley Winters18

    AgeDec. at 86 (1920-2006)

    BirthplaceUSA, St. Louis, Missouri

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

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  • Elettra Rossellini Wiedemann19

    Elettra Rossellini Wiedemann

    Fashion Model, Actor


    BirthplaceNew York City, New York

    Elettra Rossellini Wiedemann (born July 26, 1983) is an American food editor and writer,...  more
  • Bea Arthur20

    Bea Arthur

    Comedian, Actor

    AgeDec. at 87 (1922-2009)

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

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

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  • Jesse Eisenberg21

    Jesse Eisenberg

    Actor, Voice acting


    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

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  • Narciso Rodriguez22

    Narciso Rodriguez

    Fashion designer, Designer


    BirthplaceNewark, New Jersey

    Narciso Rodriguez (American Spanish: [naɾˈsiso roˈðɾiɣes]) is a Cuban American fashion...  more
  • Elaine Stritch23

    Elaine Stritch

    Actor, Voice acting

    AgeDec. at 89 (1925-2014)

    BirthplaceDetroit, Michigan, United States of America

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

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  • Kevin Smith24

    Kevin Smith

    Comic book creator, Songwriter


    BirthplaceRed Bank, New Jersey, United States of America

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

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  • Donna Karan25

    Donna Karan

    Fashion designer, Designer


    BirthplaceForest Hills, New York City, New York

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

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