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Famous Vassar College Alumni

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List Rules People on this list must have gone to Vassar College and be of some renown.

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

A list made up of graduates like Anne Hathaway and Meryl Streep.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to Vassar College?” and “Which celebrities are Vassar College alumni?”
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Anne Hathaway is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Vassar College Alumni
Actor, Voice acting

Age: 36

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

Anne Jacqueline Hathaway (born November 12, 1982) is an American actress. One of the highest-paid actresses in the world in 2015, she has received multiple awards, including an Academy Award, a ...more

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Meryl Streep is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Vassar College Alumni
Spokesperson, Actor, Voice acting

Age: 69

Birthplace: Summit, New Jersey, United States of America

Mary Louise "Meryl" Streep (born June 22, 1949) is an American actress. Often described as the "best actress of her generation", Streep is particularly known for her ...more

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Jane Fonda is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Vassar College Alumni
Activist, Television producer, Film Producer

Age: 81

Birthplace: New York City, USA, New York

Jane Seymour Fonda (born December 21, 1937) is an American actress, political activist and former fashion model. She is the recipient of various accolades including two Academy Awards, two BAFTA ...more

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Ethan Zohn is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Vassar College Alumni
Actor, Athlete

Age: 42

Birthplace: Lexington, Massachusetts, USA

Ethan Zohn (born November 12, 1973), is a motivational speaker, a former American professional soccer player, and a reality television series contestant who won $1,000,000 on Survivor: Africa, ...more

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Jacqueline Kennedy Onass... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Vassar College Alumni
Editor

Age: Dec. at 65 (1929-1994)

Birthplace: Southampton, New York, United States of America

Jacqueline Lee Kennedy Onassis (née Bouvier ; July 28, 1929 – May 19, 1994) was First Lady of the United States during the presidency of John F. Kennedy and was regarded then and ...more

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Lisa Kudrow is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Vassar College Alumni
Comedian, Television producer, Film Producer

Age: 55

Birthplace: Encino, California, United States of America

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Anthony Bourdain is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Vassar College Alumni
Television producer, TV chef, Screenwriter

Age: 62

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

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Justin Long is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Vassar College Alumni
Film Producer, Actor, Voice acting

Age: 40

Birthplace: Fairfield, Connecticut, United States of America

Justin Jacob Long (born June 2, 1978) is an American actor, comedian and humorist known for roles in such films as Jeepers Creepers (2001), Dodgeball (2004), Accepted (2006), Alvin and the ...more

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Jay Severin is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Vassar College Alumni
Political Consultant

Age: 68

Birthplace: Hudson Valley

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Edna St. Vincent Millay ... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Vassar College Alumni
Poet, Writer, Playwright

Age: Dec. at 58 (1892-1950)

Birthplace: Rockland, Maine

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Martha R. Ingram is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Vassar College Alumni

Age: 83

Birthplace: Charleston, South Carolina

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Grace Hopper is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Vassar College Alumni
Programmer, Mathematician, Computer scientist

Age: Dec. at 86 (1906-1992)

Birthplace: New York City, New York

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Ruth Benedict is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Vassar College Alumni
Anthropologist

Age: Dec. at 61 (1887-1948)

Birthplace: New York City, New York

Ruth Fulton Benedict (June 5, 1887 – September 17, 1948) was an American anthropologist and folklorist. She was born in New York City, attended Vassar College and graduated in 1909. After ...more
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Andy Towle is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Vassar College Alumni
Writer

Age: 51

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Urvashi Vaid is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Vassar College Alumni
Writer

Age: 60

Birthplace: New Delhi, India

Urvashi Vaid (born 8 October 1958) is an American LGBT rights activist.
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Ellen Swallow Richards ... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Vassar College Alumni
Chemist

Age: Dec. at 69 (1842-1911)

Birthplace: Dunstable, Massachusetts

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Mary Oliver is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Vassar College Alumni
Poet, Author, Writer

Age: 83

Birthplace: Maple Heights, Ohio

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Elizabeth Bishop is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Vassar College Alumni
Poet, Writer

Age: Dec. at 68 (1911-1979)

Birthplace: Worcester, Massachusetts

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Patricia Goldman-Rakic ... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Vassar College Alumni

Age: Dec. at 66 (1937-2003)

Birthplace: Salem, Massachusetts

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Mike D is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Vassar College Alumni
Film Score Composer, Songwriter, Rapper

Age: 53

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

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Hope Davis is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Vassar College Alumni
Hope Davis Actor

Age: 54

Birthplace: Englewood, New Jersey, United States of America

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Evelyn Venable is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Vassar College Alumni
Actor, Teacher

Age: Dec. at 80 (1913-1993)

Birthplace: Cincinnati, Ohio, United States of America

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Lucy Burns is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Vassar College Alumni
Editor, Teacher

Age: Dec. at 87 (1879-1966)

Birthplace: New York City, New York

Lucy Burns (July 28, 1879 – December 22, 1966) was an American suffragist and women's rights advocate. She was a passionate activist in the United States and in the United Kingdom. Burns was a ...more
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Elizabeth Bentley is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Vassar College Alumni

Age: Dec. at 55 (1908-1963)

Birthplace: New Milford, Connecticut

Elizabeth Terrill Bentley (January 1, 1908 – December 3, 1963) was an American spy and member of the Communist Party USA who served the Soviet Union from 1938 until 1945. In 1945, she defected ...more
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Lisa Zane is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Vassar College Alumni
Songwriter, Actor, Voice acting

Age: 57

Birthplace: USA, Chicago, Illinois

Lisa Zane (born Elizabeth Frances Zane; April 5, 1961) is an American actress and singer.