Brandeis University

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Discover the notable alumni of Brandeis University. The list includes people like Angela Davis, Debra Messing, Tyne Daly, Thomas Friedman & Christie Hefner. This list of notable alumni is loosely sorted by popularity and has people from different domains of life, such as writers, intellectuals & academics, scientists, media personalities and engineers etc.
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 1 
Debra Messing
(American Actress Known for Her TV Series: ‘Ned and Stacey' and ‘Will & Grace’)
Debra Messing
12
Birthdate: August 15, 1968
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
 2 
Angela Davis
(Political Activist)
Angela Davis
31
Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: January 26, 1944
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Birmingham
 3 
Abbie Hoffman
(Political Activist, Co-Founder of the 'Youth International Party' and Member of the 'Chicago Seven')
Abbie Hoffman
13
Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: November 30, 1936
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Worcester, Massachusetts, United States
Died: April 12, 1989
 4 
Tony Goldwyn
(Actor, Producer and Director Known for His Role as President ‘Fitzgerald Grant III’ in the TV Series ‘Scandal’)
Tony Goldwyn
5
Birthdate: May 20, 1960
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
 5 
Tyne Daly
(Actress)
Tyne Daly
9
Birthdate: February 21, 1946
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Madison, Wisconsin
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)
 6 
Loretta Devine
11
Birthdate: August 21, 1949
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Houston, Texas, United States
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
 7 
Gates McFadden
3
Birthdate: March 2, 1949
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, United States
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
 8 
Christie Hefner
(Former CEO of Playboy)
Christie Hefner
1
Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: November 8, 1952
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Wilmette, Illinois, United States
 9 
Robin Weigert
(Actress)
Robin Weigert
2
Birthdate: July 7, 1969
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
 10 
Alexander Gould
2
Birthdate: May 4, 1994
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, USA
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
 11 
Louise Lasser
(Actress)
Louise Lasser
1
Birthdate: April 11, 1939
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: New York City, New York, USA
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
 12 
Leslie Lamport
(Mathematician, Computer scientist, Programmer, Engineer, Writer)
Leslie Lamport
1
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: February 7, 1941
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: New York City
 13 
Mitch Albom
(Writer)
Mitch Albom
4
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: May 23, 1958
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Passaic, New Jersey, United States
 14 
Thomas Friedman
(Journalist & Author)
Thomas Friedman
6
Birthdate: July 20, 1953
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Minneapolis, MN
 15 
Marta Kauffman
3
Birthdate: September 21, 1956
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
 16 
Sidney Blumenthal
(Journalist)
Sidney Blumenthal
0
Birthdate: November 6, 1948
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Chicago
 17 
Steven Culp
1
Birthdate: December 3, 1955
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: La Jolla, California, USA
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
 18 
Karen Lynn Gorney
2
Birthdate: January 28, 1945
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Beverly Hills, California, United States
Height: 5'2" (157 cm)
 19 
Jeffrey Lurie
(Producer)
Jeffrey Lurie
2
Birthdate: September 8, 1951
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, USA
 20 
Patricia Hill Collins
(Philosopher, Sociologist, University teacher, American Sociological Association Distinguished Scholarly Book Award)
Patricia Hill Collins
1
Birthdate: May 1, 1948
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Philadelphia
 21 
Jack Abramoff
(Producer)
Jack Abramoff
2
Birthdate: February 28, 1958
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
 22 
Barry Newman
(Film actor)
Barry Newman
0
Birthdate: November 7, 1938
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States
 23 
Veronica Taylor
(Voice Actress)
Veronica Taylor
1
Birthdate: December 4, 1965
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
 24 
Kathy Acker
(Author)
Kathy Acker
2
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: April 18, 1947
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: New York City, New York
Died: November 30, 1997
 25 
Paul L. Smith
1
Birthdate: June 24, 1936
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Everett, Massachusetts, United States
Died: April 25, 2012
Height: 6'4" (193 cm)
 26 
Allan Lichtman
(Historian)
Allan Lichtman
0
Birthdate: April 4, 1947
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Brownsville, New York, United States
 27 
Jon Landau
(record producer, music critic, talent manager, composer, journalist)
Jon Landau
1
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: May 14, 1947
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: United States of America
 28 
Aafia Siddiqui
(Criminal)
Aafia Siddiqui
15
Listed In: Criminals
Birthdate: March 2, 1972
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan
Height: 5'4" (163 cm)
 29 
Michael Walzer
(Political Theorist and Public Intellectual)
Michael Walzer
1
Birthdate: March 3, 1935
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States
 30 
Jerry Douglas
2
Birthdate: November 12, 1932
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Warren, Ohio, United States
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
 31 
Bernard Coard
(Prime Minister of Grenada (14 October 1983 – 19 October 1983))
Bernard Coard
0
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: August 10, 1944
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Victoria, Grenada
 32 
Elaine Showalter
(Literary critic)
Elaine Showalter
1
Birthdate: January 21, 1941
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States
 33 
Sam Shankland
(Chess player)
Sam Shankland
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 1, 1991
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Berkeley, California, United States
 34 
Ha Jin
(Writer)
Ha Jin
0
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: February 21, 1956
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: China
 35 
Gary David Goldberg
(Writer, Television producer)
Gary David Goldberg
1
Birthdate: June 25, 1944
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Died: June 22, 2013
 36 
Fatema Mernissi
(Sociologist)
Fatema Mernissi
0
Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: September 27, 1940
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Fes, Morocco
Died: November 30, 2015
 37 
Seyla Benhabib
(Philosopher, Writer)
Seyla Benhabib
0
Birthdate: September 9, 1950
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Istanbul, Turkey
 38 
Geir Haarde
(23rd Prime Minister of Iceland)
Geir Haarde
0
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: April 8, 1951
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Reykjavík, Iceland
 39 
George Saitoti
(Former Vice President of Kenya)
George Saitoti
2
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: August 3, 1945
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Maasailand, Kenya
Died: June 10, 2012
 40 
Arjun Appadurai
(anthropologist, sociologist)
Arjun Appadurai
0
Birthdate: February 4, 1949
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Mumbai
 41 
Allen Grossman
0
Birthdate: January 7, 1932
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
Died: June 27, 2014
 42 
Malidoma Patrice Somé
(West African writer and workshop leader, primarily in the field of spirituality)
Malidoma Patrice Somé
0
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: 1956 AD
Birthplace: Dano, Burkina Faso
 43 
Oscar Handlin
(Historian)
Oscar Handlin
0
Birthdate: September 29, 1915
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Died: September 20, 2011
 44 
James Miller
(Writer, Philologist)
James Miller
0
Birthdate: February 28, 1947
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
 45 
Haile Menkerios
(Diplomat who has served as the Head of the United Nations Office to the African Union (UNOAU))
Haile Menkerios
0
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: October 1, 1946
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Eritrea
 46 
Esther Rome
(Author)
Esther Rome
0
Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: September 8, 1945
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Norwich, Connecticut, United States
Died: June 24, 1995