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Famous Wellesley College Alumni

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List Rules People 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?”
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Hillary Clinton is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Wellesley College Alumni
Spokesperson, Politician, Diplomat

Age: 71

Birthplace: USA, Chicago, Illinois

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 ...more

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Diane Sawyer is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Wellesley College Alumni
Journalist, Newsreader, Screenwriter

Age: 73

Birthplace: Glasgow, 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 ...more

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Elisabeth Shue is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Wellesley College Alumni
Actor

Age: 55

Birthplace: Wilmington, Delaware, USA

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 ...more

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Ana Alicia is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Wellesley College Alumni
Actor

Age: 62

Birthplace: Mexico City, Mexico

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
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Pamela Melroy is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Wellesley College Alumni
Astronaut

Age: 57

Birthplace: Palo 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 ...more
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Tammy Lynn Sytch is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Wellesley College Alumni
Wrestler, Actor

Age: 46

Birthplace: Matawan, New Jersey, USA

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 ...more
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Erna Schneider Hoover is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Wellesley College Alumni
Erna Schneider Hoover Inventor, Scientist, Engineer

Age: 92

Birthplace: Irvington, 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" ...more
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Barbara Babcock is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Wellesley College Alumni
Actor

Age: 82

Birthplace: USA, Fort Riley, Kansas

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
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Madeleine Albright is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Wellesley College Alumni
Madeleine Albright Politician, Diplomat, Professor

Age: 81

Birthplace: Prague, 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, ...more

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Paula Rosput Reynolds is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Wellesley College Alumni
Businessperson

Age: 63

Birthplace: Newport, 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.
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Ali MacGraw is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Wellesley College Alumni
Activist, Model, Author

Age: 79

Birthplace: USA, Pound Ridge, New York

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, ...more
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Nora Ephron is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Wellesley College Alumni
Journalist, Novelist, Film Producer

Age: Dec. at 71 (1941-2012)

Birthplace: New York City, Manhattan, Area code 917, Contiguous United States, New York, + more

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 ...more

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Angelina Weld Grimk&eacu... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Wellesley College Alumni
Poet, Journalist, Author

Age: Dec. at 78 (1880-1958)

Birthplace: Boston, 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 ...more
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Cathy Song is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Wellesley College Alumni
Poet, Writer

Age: 63

Birthplace: Honolulu, 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
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Charlotte Hawkins Brown ... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Wellesley College Alumni
Author, Teacher

Age: Dec. at 78 (1883-1961)

Birthplace: Henderson, 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.
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Sandra Lynch is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Wellesley College Alumni
Judge

Age: 72

Birthplace: Oak Park, Illinois, United States of America

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
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Jean Kilbourne is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Wellesley College Alumni
Public speaker, Author, Writer

Age: 76

Birthplace: Junction 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 ...more
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Margaret Henderson Floyd... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Wellesley College Alumni

Age: Dec. at 65 (1932-1997)

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
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Helen Hooven Santmyer is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Wellesley College Alumni
Writer

Age: Dec. at 91 (1895-1986)

Birthplace: Cincinnati, 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 ...more
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Wendy Liebman is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Wellesley College Alumni
Comedian

Age: 57

Birthplace: New 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.
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Marion Sandler is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Wellesley College Alumni

Age: Dec. at 82 (1930-2012)

Birthplace: Biddeford, Maine

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 ...more
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Sarah Warn is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Wellesley College Alumni
Sarah Warn Writer
Sarah Warn is an American writer and the former editor of entertainment website AfterEllen.com. Warn graduated from Annie Wright School in Tacoma in 1992. She then attended Wellesley College in ...more
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Ayesha Jalal is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Wellesley College Alumni
Sociologist, Educator, Historian

Birthplace: Lahore, 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 ...more
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Belle Sherwin is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Wellesley College Alumni
Educator

Age: Dec. at 86 (1869-1955)

Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio

Belle Sherwin (March 20, 1869 – July 5, 1955) was an American Women's rights activist.
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Anne W. Patterson is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Wellesley College Alumni
Diplomat

Age: 70

Birthplace: Fort 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 ...more