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Discover the notable alumni of Smith College. The list includes people like Barbara Bush, Nancy Reagan, Gloria Steinem, Anne Morrow Lindbergh & Patricia Wettig. This list of notable alumni is loosely sorted by popularity and has people from different domains of life, such as writers, media personalities, miscellaneous, critics & connoisseurs and film & theater personalities etc.
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Sylvia Plath
(Famous for Her Books 'The Bell Jar' and 'Ariel')
Sylvia Plath
58
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: October 27, 1932
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Died: February 11, 1963

Sylvia Plath was an American short-story writer, novelist, and poet. Plath is credited with popularizing confessional poetry and won a posthumous Pulitzer Prize in Poetry. Sylvia Plath achieved popularity and critical acclaim despite suffering from clinical depression for the most part of her adult life. Her story inspired the 2003 film Sylvia in which she was portrayed by Gwyneth Paltrow.

 2 
Jackie Kennedy
(First Lady of the United States from 1961 to 1963)
Jackie Kennedy
51
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: July 28, 1929
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Southampton, New York, United States
Died: May 19, 1994

Jackie Kennedy was a literature editor, photographer, and socialite who was once married to the former American President John F. Kennedy. She became the First Lady of the United States when her husband became the president. She was known for her iconic fashion style. She is considered one of the most popular and recognizable First Ladies in American history.

 3 
Barbara Bush
(Former First Lady of the United States as the Wife of President George H. W. Bush)
Barbara Bush
24
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: June 8, 1925
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Manhattan, New York, United States
Died: April 17, 2018

The first lady of the United States from 1989 to 1993, Barbara Bush was the wife of the 41st US President George H. W. Bush. She was also the mother of  George W. Bush, the 43rd president of US. As the first lady, she focused on family literacy and was the founder of the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy.

 4 
Nancy Reagan
(Former First Lady of the United States)
Nancy Reagan
23
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: July 6, 1921
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Midtown Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States
Died: March 6, 2016

Nancy Reagan was an American actress who also served as the first lady of the US between 1981 and 1989. One of her major initiatives as the first lady was her role in founding a drug awareness campaign called Just Say No. She had a strong influence on President Ronald Reagan, having an impact on many of his diplomatic decisions.

 5 
Gloria Steinem
(American Feminist Journalist and Co-Founder of ‘Ms,' Magazine)
Gloria Steinem
24
Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: March 25, 1934
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Toledo, Ohio, United States

Hailing from a humble background, Gloria Steinem went on to become a celebrated journalist and an iconic feminist. Founder of the New York magazine and Ms Magazine, her life has been dedicated to writing, talking and fighting for women’s rights, gender equality, legalisation of abortion, among other things. She brought issues like female genital mutilation to the forefront in America.

 6 
Sara Haines
(Television host)
Sara Haines
11
Birthdate: September 18, 1977
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Newton, Iowa, United States
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)
 7 
Piper Kerman
(Known for Memoir of Her Prison Experiences, ‘Orange Is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison’)
Piper Kerman
3
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: September 28, 1969
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States
 8 
Julie Nixon Eisenhower
(Writer and Daughter of Former U.S. President Richard Nixon)
Julie Nixon Eisenhower
2
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: July 5, 1948
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States
Youngest daughter of the 37th President of United States, Richard Nixon, Julie Nixon Eisenhower is an author who wrote Pat Nixon: The Untold Story, which became a New York Times best-seller. She is also one of the board of directors of the Richard Nixon Foundation. 
 9 
Yolanda King
(Civil Rights Activist and Daughter of Civil Rights Leader 'Martin Luther King Jr.')
Yolanda King
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Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: November 17, 1955
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Montgomery, Alabama, United States
Died: May 15, 2007

African American activist, Yolanda King, was the first-born child of civil rights leaders Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King. Exposed to social justice activism at a young age, she grew up to be an outspoken supporter of civil rights and LGBTQA+ rights. She was also known for her artistic endeavors. She died of heart disease at 51. 

 10 
Margaret Mitchell
(Writer of 'Gone with the Wind')
Margaret  Mitchell
9
Birthdate: November 8, 1900
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Died: August 16, 1949
 11 
Madeleine L'Engle
(Best Known for Her Children’s Book, 'A Wrinkle in Time')
Madeleine L'Engle
2
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: November 29, 1918
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: New York City, New York,United States
Died: September 6, 2007

Madeleine L'Engle soared to fame with her Newbery Medal-winning bestselling young adult novel A Wrinkle in Time, which was made into a Disney film later. Born to a writer father and a pianist mother, L’Engle had penned her first story at age 5 and had also tried her luck in theater.

 12 
Anne Morrow Lindbergh
(American Aviator and Writer Who Became the First Woman to Receive a U.S. Glider Pilot License)
Anne Morrow Lindbergh
5
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: June 22, 1906
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Englewood, New Jersey
Died: February 7, 2001

Anne Morrow Lindbergh was an American aviator and writer. She is best remembered for her exploratory flights along with her husband and pioneer aviator, Charles Lindbergh. Anne was the first woman to earn a US glider pilot license in 1930. In 1996, Anne Morrow Lindbergh was inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame.

 13 
Mimi Kennedy
(Actress)
Mimi Kennedy
2
Birthdate: September 25, 1948
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Rochester, New York, USA
 14 
Penny Chenery
(Horse Breeder and Owner of the Legendary 1973 Triple Crown Champion Race Horse 'Secretariat')
Penny Chenery
3
Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: January 27, 1922
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: New Rochelle, New York, United States
Died: September 16, 2017

Penny Chenery was introduced to the world of Thoroughbred racing world by her father, Christopher Chenery. Penny owned the famed Secretariat, the 1973 Triple Crown owner. She was also one of the rare few women at the Columbia Business School back in her time. She also inspired a Disney film.

 15 
Patricia Wettig
(Actor, Playwright, Stage actor, Television actor)
Patricia Wettig
3
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: December 4, 1951
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Cincinnati
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)
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Shelley Hack
(Actress)
Shelley Hack
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Birthdate: July 6, 1947
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: White Plains, New York, USA
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
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Toks Olagundoye
(Actress)
Toks Olagundoye
4
Birthdate: September 16, 1975
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Lagos, Nigeria
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
 18 
Tammy Baldwin
(Political Leader)
Tammy Baldwin
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: February 11, 1962
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Madison, Wisconsin, USA
 19 
Desiree Akhavan
(Director)
Desiree Akhavan
6
Birthdate: 1984 AD
Birthplace: New York City, New York, USA
 20 
Hanya Yanagihara
5
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: September 20, 1974
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
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Jean Harris
(Author)
Jean Harris
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Listed In: Criminals
Birthdate: April 27, 1923
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: December 23, 2012
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Ruth Ozeki
(Writer, Film director, Novelist)
Ruth Ozeki
1
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: March 12, 1956
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: New Haven, Connecticut, United States
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Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy
(Pakistani-Canadian Journalist, Filmmaker and Activist)
Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy
2
Birthdate: November 12, 1978
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Karachi, Pakistan
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Natalie Babbitt
(Writer)
Natalie Babbitt
1
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: July 28, 1932
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Dayton, Ohio, United States
Died: October 31, 2016
 25 
Jane White
(Actress)
Jane White
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Birthdate: October 30, 1922
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: July 24, 2011
 26 
Leyla McCalla
(Musician)
Leyla McCalla
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: October 3, 1985
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: New York, United States
 27 
Sally Quinn
(Writer)
Sally Quinn
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Birthdate: July 1, 1941
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Savannah, Georgia, U.S.
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Lucy R. Lippard
(Writer)
Lucy R. Lippard
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Birthdate: April 14, 1937
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
 29 
Sandy Skoglund
(Photographer)
Sandy Skoglund
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Listed In: Photographers
Birthdate: September 11, 1946
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Weymouth, Massachusetts, United States
 30 
Meg Greenfield
(Editor)
Meg Greenfield
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Birthdate: December 27, 1930
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Seattle, Washington, United States
Died: May 13, 1999
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Florence R. Sabin
(American Anatomist and Investigator of the Lymphatic System)
Florence R. Sabin
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: November 9, 1871
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Central City, Colorado, United States
Died: October 3, 1953

Florence R. Sabin was an American medical scientist best remembered as a pioneer for women in science. Sabin was the first woman to hold a membership at the National Academy of Sciences and a full professorship at the prestigious Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Florence R. Sabin was made an inductee of the National Women's Hall of Fame in 1973.

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Barbara Cooney
(Writer)
Barbara Cooney
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Birthdate: August 6, 1917
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Died: March 10, 2000
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Carolyn Dineen King
(Senior Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit)
Carolyn Dineen King
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Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: January 30, 1938
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Syracuse, New York, United States
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Jerry Zaks
(Director)
Jerry Zaks
1
Birthdate: September 7, 1946
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Stuttgart, Germany
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Mignon McLaughlin
(Journalist)
Mignon McLaughlin
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Listed In:
Birthdate: June 6, 1913
Sun Sign: Gemini
Died: December 20, 1983
 36 
Cheryl Crawford
(Theatre Producer)
Cheryl Crawford
1
Birthdate: September 24, 1902
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Akron, Ohio, United States
Died: October 7, 1986
 37 
Evelyn Boyd Granville
(Mathematician)
Evelyn Boyd Granville
1
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: May 1, 1924
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States
 38 
Tori Murden
(First American Woman to Row Solo Across the Atlantic Ocean)
Tori Murden
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: March 6, 1963
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Brooksville, Florida, United States
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Eleanor J. Gibson
(Psychologist)
Eleanor J. Gibson
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Birthdate: December 7, 1910
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Peoria, Illinois, United States
Died: December 30, 2002
 40 
Anthony Hecht
(Poet, Writer)
Anthony Hecht
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: January 16, 1923
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: New York City
Died: October 20, 2004
 41 
Mary Van Kleeck
(Author)
Mary Van Kleeck
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Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: June 26, 1883
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Glenham, New York, United States
Died: June 8, 1972

Dutch-American social reformer Mary Van Kleeck is remembered for her relentless work for female factory workers and child laborers. She also headed the department of international studies of the Russell Sage Foundation for more than 3 decades. She supported Soviet socialism and also penned books such as Creative America.

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Suzanne Corkin
(Neuroscientist)
Suzanne Corkin
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: May 18, 1937
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Hartford, Connecticut
Died: May 24, 2016
 43 
Margaret Farrar
(Journalist)
Margaret Farrar
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Birthdate: March 23, 1897
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Died: June 11, 1984
 44 
Florence Merriam Bailey
(American Birdwatcher, Ornithologist, and Nature Writer)
Florence Merriam Bailey
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: August 8, 1863
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Locust Grove, Syosset, New York, United States
Died: September 22, 1948

Florence Augusta Merriam Bailey was an American birdwatcher, ornithologist, and nature writer. Over the course of her career, Merriam wrote more than 50 articles for journals like The Condor. Among her best known works are Birds Through a Looking-Glass and Birds of New Mexico. Florence Augusta Merriam Bailey was the first woman to be honored with the prestigious Brewster Medal.

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Vida Dutton Scudder
(Writer)
Vida Dutton Scudder
1
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: December 15, 1861
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Madurai, India
Died: October 9, 1954
 46 
Mary Joseph Rogers
(American Roman Catholic Nun and the Founder of the Maryknoll Sisters)
Mary Joseph Rogers
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: October 27, 1882
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Roxbury, Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Died: October 9, 1955

The founder of the Maryknoll Sisters, a woman’s congregation that took up missions abroad, Mary Joseph Rogers was initially a zoology student but later devoted her life to her faith. Her group of Christian nuns were initially known as Teresians. The first foreign mission of the Sisters was in China.

 47 
Fannie Hardy Eckstorm
(US Author, Folklorist, and Ornithologist Known for Her Writings on Maine)
Fannie Hardy Eckstorm
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: June 18, 1865
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Brewer, Maine, United States
Died: December 31, 1946

US author and ornithologist Fannie Hardy Eckstorm is remembered for her extensive writings on the folklore and culture of Maine, her native land. She also scripted history as the first female school superintendent in Maine and later penned countless books, such as The Woodpeckers and The Penobscot Man.

 48 
Kay Fanning
(Journalist)
Kay Fanning
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: October 18, 1927
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Joliet, Illinois, United States
Died: October 19, 2000
 49 
Laura Drake Gill
(Educator)
Laura Drake Gill
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: August 24, 1860
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Chesterville, Maine, United States
Died: February 3, 1926
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Nancy Newhall
(Writer)
Nancy Newhall
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: May 9, 1908
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Lynn, Massachusetts, United States
Died: July 7, 1974