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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
Actor

Age: Dec. 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

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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, Area code 917, Contiguous United States, New York, United States of America, + more

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

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

Age: 44

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

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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

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

Age: 48

Birthplace: USA, Buffalo, New York

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

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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

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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

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

Age: Died 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

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

Age: 54

Birthplace: Michigan, USA, Detroit

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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

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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

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

Age: 57

Birthplace: Austin, Texas, United States of America

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

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

Age: 51

Birthplace: Chardon, Ohio, USA

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.

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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

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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

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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

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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

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

Age: Dec. at 86 (1920-2006)

Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri, United States of America

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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
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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

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

Age: 32

Birthplace: New York City, USA, New York

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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.
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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

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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

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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

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