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Famous Wellesley College Alumni

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List RulesPeople on this list must have gone to Wellesley College and be of some renown.

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

List features Hillary Rodham Clinton, Elisabeth Shue and more.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to Wellesley College?” and “Which celebrities are Wellesley College alumni?”
  • 1

    Hillary Clinton

    Spokesperson, Politician


    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois, USA

    Alternative NameHillary Clinton

    Hillary Diane Rodham Clinton (born Hillary Diane Rodham, October 26, 1947) is an American politician, diplomat, lawyer, writer and public speaker. She was First Lady of the United States from 1993 to...  more

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  • 2

    Diane Sawyer

    Journalist, Newsreader


    BirthplaceGlasgow, Kentucky, United States of America

    Lila Diane Sawyer (born December 22, 1945) is an American television journalist. Sawyer has been the anchor of ABC News's nightly flagship program ABC World News, a co-anchor of ABC News's morning...  more

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    #13 of 65 The Most Influential News Anchors of All Time#69 of 105 The Most Influential Contemporary Americans

  • 3


    BirthplaceWilmington, Delaware, United States of America

    Elisabeth Judson Shue (born October 6, 1963) is an American actress, best known for her starring roles in the films The Karate Kid (1984), Adventures in Babysitting (1987), Cocktail (1988), Back to...  more

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  • 4


    BirthplaceMexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico

    Alternative NameAna Alicia Ortiz, Ana Alicia

    Ana Alicia (born December 12, 1956) is a Mexican-American former actress who performed in theatre and on televison. She is known for playing scheming vineyard heiress Melissa Agretti on the...  more
  • 5

    Pamela Melroy



    BirthplacePalo Alto, California, United States of America

    Pamela Anne Melroy (born September 17, 1961) is a retired United States Air Force officer and a former NASA astronaut. She served as pilot on Space Shuttle missions STS-92 and STS-112 and commanded...  more
  • 6

    Tammy Lynn Sytch

    Wrestler, Actor


    BirthplaceMatawan, New Jersey, United States of America

    Tamara Lynn Sytch (born December 7, 1972), widely known by her ring name Sunny, is an American professional wrestling manager, valet, and ring announcer. Sytch achieved great success as Sunny within...  more
  • 7

    Erna Schneider Hoover

    Inventor, Scientist


    BirthplaceIrvington, New Jersey

    Dr. Erna Schneider Hoover (born June 19, 1926) is an American mathematician notable for inventing a computerized telephone switching method which "revolutionized modern communication" according to...  more
  • 8


    BirthplaceFort Riley, Kansas, USA

    Barbara Babcock (born February 27, 1937) is an American character actress. She is perhaps best known for her role as Grace Gardner on Hill Street Blues, for which she won an Emmy Award for...  more
  • 9

    Madeleine Albright

    Politician, Diplomat


    BirthplaceSmíchov, Czech Republic

    Madeleine Jana Korbel Albright (born Marie Jana Korbelová; May 15, 1937) is an American politician and diplomat. She is the first female United States Secretary of State in U.S. history, having...  more


    #24 of 107 Famous Politicians You'd Want to Have a Beer With#1304 of 1,355 The Greatest Minds of All Time

  • 10

    Paula Rosput Reynolds



    BirthplaceNewport, Rhode Island

    Paula Rosput Reynolds is the current President and Chief Executive Officer of Safeco. She is a graduate of B.A. Economics from Wellesley College in Massachusetts....  more
  • 11

    Ali MacGraw

    Activist, Model


    BirthplacePound Ridge, New York, United States of America

    Elizabeth Alice "Ali" MacGraw (born April 1, 1939) is an American actress, model, author, and animal rights activist. She first gained attention with her role in the film Goodbye, Columbus (1969),...  more

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  • 12

    Nora Ephron

    Journalist, Novelist

    AgeDec. at 71 (1941-2012)

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    Nora Ephron ( EF-rən; May 19, 1941 – June 26, 2012) was an American journalist, writer, and filmmaker. She is best known for her romantic comedy films and was nominated three times for the Academy...  more
  • 13

    Angelina Weld Grimké

    Poet, Journalist

    AgeDec. at 78 (1880-1958)

    BirthplaceBoston, Massachusetts

    Angelina Weld Grimké (February 27, 1880 – June 10, 1958) was an American journalist, teacher, playwright and poet who came to prominence during the Harlem Renaissance. She was one of the first...  more
  • 14

    Cathy Song

    Poet, Writer


    BirthplaceHonolulu, Hawaii

    Cathy Song (born Cathy-Lynn Song; August 20, 1955) is an American poet who has won numerous awards including the Yale Series of Younger Poets Prize and the Shelley Memorial Award from the Poetry...  more
  • 15

    AgeDec. at 77 (1883-1961)

    BirthplaceHenderson, North Carolina

    Charlotte Hawkins Brown (June 11, 1883 – January 11, 1961) was an American author, educator, and founder of the Palmer Memorial Institute in Sedalia, North Carolina....  more
  • 16


    BirthplaceOak Park, Illinois, United States of America, United States, with Territories

    Sandra Lea Lynch (born July 31, 1946) is a United States Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. She is the first woman to serve on that Court, and on June 16,...  more
  • 17

    Jean Kilbourne

    Public speaker, Author


    BirthplaceJunction City, Kansas

    Jean Kilbourne, Ed.D. (born January 4, 1943) is an public speaker, writer, filmmaker and activist who is internationally recognized for her work on the image of women in advertising and her critical...  more
  • 18
    Margaret Henderson Floyd (1932 – 18 October 1997) was Professor of Architectural History at Tufts University. She was an expert on Boston architecture. Her writing includes several titles on the...  more
  • 19

    AgeDec. at 90 (1895-1986)

    BirthplaceCincinnati, Ohio

    Helen Hooven Santmyer (November 25, 1895 – February 21, 1986) was an American writer, educator, and librarian. She is primarily known for her best-selling epic "...And Ladies of the Club", published...  more
  • 20


    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    Wendy Liebman (born February 27, 1961 in Manhasset, New York) is an American stand-up comedian. Her standup style involves the use of gently paced, subtle wordplay....  more
  • 21
    Marion Osher Sandler (October 17, 1930 – June 1, 2012) was the former co-CEO (with her husband Herbert Sandler) of Golden West Financial Corporation and World Savings Bank. In 2004, after 43 years...  more
  • 22

    Sarah Warn

    Sarah Warn is an American writer and the former editor of entertainment website Warn graduated from Annie Wright School in Tacoma in 1992. She then attended Wellesley College in 1996...  more
  • 23

    Ayesha Jalal

    Sociologist, Educator

    BirthplaceLahore, Pakistan

    Ayesha Jalal (Punjabi, Urdu: عائشہ جلال‎) is a Pakistani-American historian who serves as the Mary Richardson Professor of History at Tufts University, and was the recipient of the 1998 MacArthur...  more
  • 24


    BirthplaceCleveland, Ohio

    Belle Sherwin (March 20, 1869 – July 5, 1955) was an American Women's rights activist....  more
  • 25


    BirthplaceFort Smith, Arkansas, United States of America

    Anne Woods Patterson (born 1949) is an American diplomat and career Foreign Service Officer. She served as the Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs from 2013 to 2017. She previously...  more
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List Rules: People on this list must have gone to Wellesley College and be of some renown.