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Famous Wellesley College Alumni

Updated July 22, 2019 33.7k views217 items

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?”
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    Hillary Clinton is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Wellesley College Alumni

    Hillary Clinton

    Spokesperson, Politician

    Age72

    BirthplaceUSA, Chicago, Illinois

    Hillary Diane Rodham Clinton (born Hillary Diane Rodham, October 26, 1947) is an American... more on Wikipedia

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  • 2
    Diane Sawyer is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Wellesley College Alumni

    Diane Sawyer

    Journalist, Newsreader

    Age74

    BirthplaceGlasgow, Kentucky, United States of America

    Lila Diane Sawyer (born December 22, 1945) is an American television journalist. Sawyer has... more on Wikipedia

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    #128 of 131 The Most Annoying TV Hosts#13 of 65 The Most Influential News Anchors of All Time

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

    Age56

    BirthplaceWilmington, USA, Delaware

    Elisabeth Judson Shue (born October 6, 1963) is an American actress, best known for her... more on Wikipedia

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    #170 of 853 The Best Actresses in Film History#13 of 110 The Greatest '80s Teen Stars

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

    Age63

    BirthplaceMexico City, Mexico

    Ana Alicia (born December 12, 1956) is a Mexican-American former actress who performed in... more on Wikipedia

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    #356 of 595 American Public Figures Who Are National Treasures#88 of 124 The Best Hispanic Actresses of All Time

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

    Pamela Melroy

    Astronaut

    Age59

    BirthplacePalo Alto, California, United States of America

    Pamela Anne Melroy (born September 17, 1961) is a retired United States Air Force officer and... more on Wikipedia

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    #14 of 45 The Hottest Lady Astronauts In NASA History#23 of 43 Female Space Travelers: A Complete List

  • 6
    Tammy Lynn Sytch is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Wellesley College Alumni

    Tammy Lynn Sytch

    Wrestler, Actor

    Age47

    BirthplaceMatawan, New Jersey, USA

    Tamara Lynn Sytch (born December 7, 1972), widely known by her ring name Sunny, is an American... more on Wikipedia
  • 7
    Erna Schneider Hoover is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Wellesley College Alumni

    Erna Schneider Hoover

    Inventor, Scientist

    Age94

    BirthplaceIrvington, New Jersey

    Dr. Erna Schneider Hoover (born June 19, 1926) is an American mathematician notable for... more on Wikipedia
  • 8
    Barbara Babcock is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Wellesley College Alumni

    Age83

    BirthplaceUSA, Fort Riley, Kansas

    Barbara Babcock (born February 27, 1937) is an American character actress. She is perhaps best... more on Wikipedia
  • 9
    Madeleine Albright is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Wellesley College Alumni

    Madeleine Albright

    Politician, Diplomat

    Age83

    BirthplaceSmíchov, Czech Republic

    Madeleine Jana Korbel Albright (born Marie Jana Korbelová; May 15, 1937) is an American... more on Wikipedia

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    #962 of 2,443 The Most Influential People of All Time#907 of 1,357 The Greatest Minds of All Time

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

    Paula Rosput Reynolds

    Businessperson

    Age64

    BirthplaceNewport, Rhode Island

    Paula Rosput Reynolds is the current President and Chief Executive Officer of Safeco. She is a...
  • 11
    Ali MacGraw is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Wellesley College Alumni

    Ali MacGraw

    Activist, Model

    Age81

    BirthplaceUSA, Pound Ridge, New York

    Elizabeth Alice "Ali" MacGraw (born April 1, 1939) is an American actress, model, author, and... more on Wikipedia
  • 12
    Nora Ephron is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Wellesley College Alumni

    Nora Ephron

    Journalist, Novelist

    AgeDec. at 71 (1941-2012)

    BirthplaceNew York City, Manhattan, Area code 917, Contiguous United States, New York

    Nora Ephron ( EF-rən; May 19, 1941 – June 26, 2012) was an American journalist, writer, and... more on Wikipedia

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  • 13
    Angelina Weld Grimké is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Wellesley College Alumni

    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,... more on Wikipedia
  • 14
    Cathy Song is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Wellesley College Alumni

    Cathy Song

    Poet, Writer

    Age65

    BirthplaceHonolulu, Hawaii

    Cathy Song (born Cathy-Lynn Song; August 20, 1955) is an American poet who has won numerous... more on Wikipedia
  • 15
    Charlotte Hawkins Brown is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Wellesley College Alumni

    AgeDec. at 78 (1883-1961)

    BirthplaceHenderson, North Carolina

    Charlotte Hawkins Brown (June 11, 1883 – January 11, 1961) was an American author, educator,... more on Wikipedia
  • 16
    Sandra Lynch is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Wellesley College Alumni

    Age74

    BirthplaceOak Park, Illinois, United States of America

    Sandra Lea Lynch (born July 31, 1946) is a United States Circuit Judge of the United States... more on Wikipedia
  • 17
    Jean Kilbourne is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Wellesley College Alumni

    Jean Kilbourne

    Public speaker, Author

    Age77

    BirthplaceJunction City, Kansas

    Jean Kilbourne, Ed.D. (born January 4, 1943) is an public speaker, writer, filmmaker and... more on Wikipedia
  • 18
    Margaret Henderson Floyd is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Wellesley College Alumni
    Margaret Henderson Floyd (1932 – 18 October 1997) was Professor of Architectural History at... more on Wikipedia
  • 19
    Helen Hooven Santmyer is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Wellesley College Alumni

    AgeDec. at 91 (1895-1986)

    BirthplaceCincinnati, Ohio

    Helen Hooven Santmyer (November 25, 1895 – February 21, 1986) was an American writer,... more on Wikipedia
  • 20
    Wendy Liebman is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Wellesley College Alumni

    Age59

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    Wendy Liebman (born February 27, 1961 in Manhasset, New York) is an American stand-up... more on Wikipedia
  • 21
    Marion Sandler is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Wellesley College Alumni
    Marion Osher Sandler (October 17, 1930 – June 1, 2012) was the former co-CEO (with her husband... more on Wikipedia
  • 22
    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... more on Wikipedia
  • 23
    Ayesha Jalal is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Wellesley College Alumni

    Ayesha Jalal

    Sociologist, Educator

    BirthplaceLahore, Pakistan

    Ayesha Jalal (Punjabi, Urdu: عائشہ جلال‎) is a Pakistani-American historian who serves as the... more on Wikipedia
  • 24
    Belle Sherwin is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Wellesley College Alumni

    AgeDec. at 86 (1869-1955)

    BirthplaceCleveland, Ohio

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

    Age71

    BirthplaceFort Smith, Arkansas, United States of America

    Anne Woods Patterson (born 1949) is an American diplomat and career Foreign Service Officer.... more on Wikipedia
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