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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 Hillary Diane Rodham Clinton is an American attorney, politician and member of the Democratic Party. As the wife of the 42nd President of the United States, Bill Clinton, she was First Lady of ...more

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Diane Sawyer is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Wellesley College Alumni
Journalist, Newsreader, Screenwriter Lila Diane Sawyer is an American television journalist. Previously, Sawyer had been the former anchor of ABC News's nightly flagship program ABC World News, a co-anchor of ABC News's morning ...more

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Elisabeth Shue is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Wellesley College Alumni
Actor Elisabeth Judson Shue is an American actress, known for her roles in the films The Karate Kid, Adventures in Babysitting, Cocktail, Back to the Future Part II, Back to the Future Part III, ...more

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Ana Alicia is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Wellesley College Alumni
Actor Ana Alicia is an American actress. She is best known for her role as scheming heiress Melissa Agretti on the long-running primetime soap opera Falcon Crest.

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Pamela Melroy is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Wellesley College Alumni
Astronaut Pamela Anne Melroy 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 mission STS-120 before ...more

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Tammy Lynn Sytch is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Wellesley College Alumni
Wrestler, Actor Tamara "Tammy" Lynn Sytch is an American professional wrestling manager, personality, and occasional wrestler. She achieved her greatest success under the ring name Sunny within the ...more

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Erna Schneider Hoover is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Wellesley College Alumni
Inventor, Scientist, Engineer Dr. Erna Schneider Hoover is an American mathematician notable for inventing a computerized telephone switching method which "revolutionized modern communication" according to several ...more

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Barbara Babcock is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Wellesley College Alumni
Actor Barbara Babcock is an American character actress. She is perhaps best known for her roles as the sensuous Grace Gardner on Hill Street Blues for which she won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead ...more

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Madeleine Albright is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Wellesley College Alumni
Politician, Diplomat, Professor Madeleine Jana Korbel Albright is a Czechoslovakian-born American politician and diplomat. She is the first woman to have become the United States Secretary of State. She was nominated by U.S. ...more

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Paula Rosput Reynolds is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Wellesley College Alumni
Businessperson 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 Elizabeth Alice "Ali" MacGraw is an American actress. She first gained attention with her role in Goodbye, Columbus in 1969, for which she won the Golden Globe Award for Most Promising ...more

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Nora Ephron is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Wellesley College Alumni
Journalist, Novelist, Film Producer Nora Ephron was an American journalist, essayist, playwright, screenwriter, novelist, producer, director, and blogger. Ephron is best known for her romantic comedies and was nominated three ...more

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Angelina Weld Grimké is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Wellesley College Alumni
Poet, Journalist, Author Angelina Weld Grimké was an African-American journalist, teacher, playwright and poet who was part of the Harlem Renaissance; she was one of the first African-American women to have a ...more

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Cathy Song is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Wellesley College Alumni
Poet, Writer Cathy Song is an Asian-American poet. She is the 1982 winner of the Yale Series of Younger Poets Award for her collection Picture Bride. Song now resides in Kahala, Hawaii.

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Charlotte Hawkins Brown is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Wellesley College Alumni
Author, Teacher Charlotte Hawkins Brown was an American educator, founder of the Palmer Memorial Institute in North Carolina.

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Sandra Lynch is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Wellesley College Alumni
Judge Sandra Lea Lynch is the chief 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, 2008, became its first female ...more

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Jean Kilbourne is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Wellesley College Alumni
Public speaker, Author, Writer Jean Kilbourne, Ed.D. is an author, speaker, and filmmaker who is internationally recognized for her work on the image of women in advertising and her critical studies of alcohol and tobacco ...more

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Margaret Henderson Floyd is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Wellesley College Alumni
Dr. Margaret Henderson Floyd was Professor of Architectural History at Tufts University. She was an expert on Boston architecture. Her writing includes several titles on the work of late ...more

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Helen Hooven Santmyer is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Wellesley College Alumni
Writer Helen Hooven Santmyer was an American writer, educator, and librarian. She is primarily known for her best-selling epic "...And Ladies of the Club", published when she was in her 80s.

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Wendy Liebman is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Wellesley College Alumni
Comedian Wendy Liebman is an American stand-up comedian.

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Marion Sandler is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Wellesley College Alumni
Marion Osher Sandler was the former co-CEO of Golden West Financial Corporation and World Savings Bank. In 2004, after 43 years running Golden West Financial Corporation, she was described by ...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.

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Ayesha Jalal is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Wellesley College Alumni
Sociologist, Educator, Historian Ayesha Jalal is a Pakistani-American historian. She is the Mary Richardson Professor of History at Tufts University and a 1998 MacArthur Fellow. The bulk of her work deals with the creation of ...more

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Belle Sherwin is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Wellesley College Alumni
Educator Belle Sherwin 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 Anne Woods Patterson is an American diplomat and career Foreign Service Officer. She currently serves as the Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs. She previously served as ...more

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Desirée Rogers is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Wellesley College Alumni
Businessperson, Public Relations Executive Desirée Glapion Rogers is an American business executive who is the Chief Executive Officer of Johnson Publishing Company. In November 2008 she was selected by Barack Obama's office as ...more

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Frances D. Fergusson is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Wellesley College Alumni
Educator Frances Daly Fergusson served as president of Vassar College from 1986 to 2006. A graduate of Wellesley College, Fergusson earned her A.M. and Ph.D. in Art History at Harvard University before ...more

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Annie Jump Cannon is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Wellesley College Alumni
Human computer, Astronomer Annie Jump Cannon was an American astronomer whose cataloging work was instrumental in the development of contemporary stellar classification. With Edward C. Pickering, she is credited with the ...more

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Cokie Roberts is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Wellesley College Alumni
Commentator, Journalist, Historian Mary Martha Corinne Morrison Claiborne Roberts, best known as Cokie Roberts, is an American journalist and author. She is a contributing senior news analyst for National Public Radio as well as ...more

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Soong May-ling is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Wellesley College Alumni
Politician Soong May-ling or Soong Mei-ling, also known as Madame Chiang Kai-shek or Madame Chiang was a First Lady of the Republic of China, the wife of Generalissimo and President Chiang Kai-shek. She ...more

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Marjorie Grene is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Wellesley College Alumni
Writer, Philosopher Marjorie Glicksman Grene was an American philosopher. She wrote both on existentialism and the philosophy of science, especially the philosophy of biology. She taught at the University of ...more

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Laura Allen is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Wellesley College Alumni
Actor Laura Allen is an American actress. She starred as Lily Tyler during the first two seasons of the USA Network show The 4400.

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Santha Rama Rau is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Wellesley College Alumni
Writer Santha Rama Rau was an Indian-born American writer.

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Lois Juliber is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Wellesley College Alumni
Businessperson Lois D. Juliber is an American businesswoman.

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Michele J. Sison is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Wellesley College Alumni
Diplomat Michele J. Sison is the United States Deputy Representative to the United Nations and a career member of the United States Senior Foreign Service, Class of Minister-Counselor. She earned her ...more

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Susan Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Wellesley College Alumni
Poet, Essayist, Writer Susan Mitchell is an American poet, essayist and translator who wrote the poetry collections Rapture and Erotikon.

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Marjorie Harris Loeb is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Wellesley College Alumni
Businessperson Marjorie Harris Loeb, is corporate secretary of Delphi Corporation. Prior to joining Delphi in 2002, her practice centered on transactional and general representation of both public and private ...more

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Susan P. Graber is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Wellesley College Alumni
Judge Susan Pia Graber is an American attorney and jurist. She is currently a circuit judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. A native of Oklahoma, she previously was the ...more

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Crandall Close Bowles is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Wellesley College Alumni
Businessperson Mrs. Bowles has been Chairman of Springs Industries, Inc., a windows home furnishings company, since 1998 and a member of its board since 1978. Bowles is the fifth generation of the Springs ...more

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Carolyn Gold Heilbrun is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Wellesley College Alumni
Novelist, Author Carolyn Gold Heilbrun was an American academic at Columbia University, the first woman to receive tenure in the English department, and a prolific feminist author of important academic studies. ...more

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Harriet Adams is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Wellesley College Alumni
Publisher, Writer Harriet Stratemeyer Adams was an American juvenile mystery novelist and publisher who authored some 200 books over her literary career. She wrote many books in the Nancy Drew series and a few in ...more

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Judith Martin is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Wellesley College Alumni
Judith Martin Writer Judith Martin, better known by the pen name Miss Manners, is an American journalist, author, and etiquette authority. Martin's uncle was economist and labor historian Selig Perlman.

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Carolina Barco is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Wellesley College Alumni
Diplomat María Carolina Barco Isakson is a Colombian-American diplomat, who has served as Ambassador of Colombia to the United States from 2006 to 2010, and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Colombia ...more

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Anne Revere is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Wellesley College Alumni
Actor Anne Revere was an American stage, film, and television actress.

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Phyllis S. Sewell is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Wellesley College Alumni
Businessperson

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Lynn Sherr is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Wellesley College Alumni
Journalist, Author Lynn Sherr is an American broadcast journalist and author, best known as a correspondent for the ABC news magazine 20/20.

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Persis Drell is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Wellesley College Alumni
Physicist Persis S. Drell is an American physicist best known for her expertise in the field of particle physics. She was the director of the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory from 2007 to 2012. In ...more

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Ellen R. Marram is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Wellesley College Alumni
Businessperson Ms. Marram has served as president of The Barnegat Group, LLC since 2006. Previously, she served as a managing director at North Castle Partners, LLC from 2000 to 2005 and is currently an ...more

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Nannerl O. Keohane is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Wellesley College Alumni
Professor Nannerl "Nan" Overholser Keohane is an American political theorist and former president of Wellesley College and Duke University. Until September 2014, Keohane was the Laurance S. ...more

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Betty Freeman is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Wellesley College Alumni
Photographer Betty Wishnick-Freeman was an American philanthropist and photographer. Freeman was born in Chicago, Illinois. At the age of three she moved with her parents and two brothers to Brooklyn, later ...more