Vassar College

Discover the notable alumni of Vassar College. The list includes people like Anne Hathaway, Mark Ronson, Anthony Bourdain, Lisa Kudrow & Justin Long. This list of notable alumni is loosely sorted by popularity and has people from different domains of life, such as writers, intellectuals & academics, film & theater personalities, singers and miscellaneous etc.
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Anne Hathaway
(Academy Award-Winning Actress Known for Her Films: 'Les Misérables', 'The Devil Wears Prada', 'Rachel Getting Married')
Anne Hathaway
108
Birthdate: November 12, 1982
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States

One of the highest-paid actresses in the world in the 2010s, Anne Hathaway is the recipient of many awards, including an Academy Award. She began acting as a teenager in the early 2000s and often portrayed princesses in her initial films. She started taking up versatile roles as her career progressed. She campaigns for gender equality and supports LGBTQA+ rights.

 2 
Anthony Bourdain
(American Celebrity Chef and TV Personality)
Anthony Bourdain
66
Listed In: Food Experts
Birthdate: June 25, 1956
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: June 8, 2018

Anthony Bourdain was an American celebrity chef. He was also a renowned author, media personality and travel documentarian. His shows about the exploration of international culture and cuisine were very popular. Apart from writing several books on food and cooking and travel explorations, Bourdain also wrote fiction and historical non-fiction. In June 8, 2018, he died by suicide in France.

 3 
Meryl Streep
(Regarded as 'The Best Actress of Her Generation')
Meryl Streep
110
Birthdate: June 22, 1949
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: SummitSummit, New Jersey, United States

Often described as the "best actress of her generation," Meryl Streep is acclaimed for her versatility. After debuting in the 1970s, she built a solid reputation by portraying challenging roles in dramatic films. In a career spanning over half a century, she has received numerous awards, including three Academy Awards and eight Golden Globe Awards.

 4 
Jane Fonda
(Actress)
Jane Fonda
60
Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: December 21, 1937
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States

Jane Fonda is hailed as one of the best actresses ever and has won two Oscars. She has acted in popular and acclaimed films like Barefoot in the Park, Barbarella, Klute, Coming Home, Julia, The Morning After, The China Syndrome and California Suite. She’s also known for her exercise videos and is famous for her opposition to the Vietnam War.

 5 
Mark Ronson
(DJ, Songwriter, Record Producer)
Mark Ronson
16
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: September 4, 1975
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: London, England, United Kingdom
Seven-time Grammy-winning music producer and DJ Mark Ronson shot to fame with Amy Winehouse’s album Back to Black and single Rehab, and his own single Uptown Funk, featuring Bruno Mars. He won both the Grammy and the Golden Globe for co-writing Shallow. He supports disadvantaged children and budding artists.
 6 
Grace Hopper
(Computer Scientist, Mathematician and One of the First Programmers of the ‘Harvard Mark I’ Computer)
Grace Hopper
15
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: December 9, 1906
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: January 1, 1992
Computer scientist and U.S. Navy rear admiral Grace Hopper was one of the first programmers of the Harvard Mark I computing system. She pioneered the machine-independent programming language technique, and the FLOW-MATIC language used by her was later used to create COBOL. She received a posthumous Presidential Medal of Freedom.
 7 
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.

 8 
Justin Long
(Know for His Roles in 'Jeepers Creepers', 'Dodgeball', 'Accepted')
Justin Long
21
Birthdate: June 2, 1978
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Fairfield, Connecticut, United States

Justin Long is an American actor and comedian. He is best known for playing the boy next door characters, thanks to his looks and physique. Long was applauded for his courage when he shared his story of being victimized of drugging and abduction by a group of local individuals in Michigan. His story encouraged others to share their own stories.

 9 
Katharine Graham
(American Newspaper Publisher and Heiress Who Led 'The Washington Post' (1963 - 1991))
Katharine Graham
5
Birthdate: June 16, 1917
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: July 17, 2001

The daughter of American publisher and financier Eugene Meyer, Katharine Graham later carried forward her family’s newspaper, The Washington Post. While the newspaper was initially handed over to her husband, Philip Graham, by her father, she took over as the owner, following Philip’s suicide. She later penned a Pulitzer Prize-winning memoir.

 10 
Jason Blum
(Producer)
Jason Blum
2
Birthdate: February 20, 1969
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, USA
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
 11 
Joe Hill
(Novelists)
Joe Hill
7
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: June 4, 1972
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Bangor, Maine, United States
Bram Stoker Award-winning author Joseph Hillström King, known by his pseudonym, Joe Hill, has gained famed with his novels such as Heart-Shaped Box and Horns and his short story anthologies such as 20th Century Ghosts and Strange Weather. He has also authored the comic book series Locke & Key.
 12 
Grace Gummer
(Actress)
Grace Gummer
11
Birthdate: May 9, 1986
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: New York City, New York, USA
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
 13 
Lecy Goranson
(Actress)
Lecy Goranson
11
Birthdate: June 22, 1974
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Evanston, Illinois, United States
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)
 14 
Mike D
(Rapper, Record producer, Singer)
Mike D
12
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: November 20, 1965
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: New York City
Edna St. Vincent Millay
6
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: February 22, 1892
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Rockland, Maine, United States
Died: October 19, 1950
 16 
Vera Rubin
(American Astronomer Known for Her Pioneering Work on Galaxy Rotation Rates)
Vera Rubin
3
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: July 23, 1928
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: December 25, 2016

American astronomer Vera Rubin is best known for her pioneering discoveries on galaxy rotation rates, her groundbreaking work confirming the existence of dark matter and for her life-long advocacy for women in science. She studied the galactic rotation curves and provided strong evidence of the existence of dark matter. The Vera C. Rubin Observatory in Chile is named after her.

 17 
Elisabeth Murdoch
(American Media Executive Best Known as the daughter of Media and Television Executive 'Rupert Murdoch')
Elisabeth Murdoch
4
Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: August 22, 1968
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Elisabeth Murdoch is an Australian-born media executive best known for founding the UK-based TV production company Shine Group in 2001. She is also known as the daughter of popular multi-billionaire media mogul Rupert Murdoch. In 2013, Elisabeth Murdoch was named UK’s fifth most powerful woman by Woman's Hour.

 18 
Kerri Green
(Actress)
Kerri Green
8
Birthdate: January 14, 1967
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Fort Lee, New Jersey, USA
Height: 5'1" (155 cm)
 19 
Mary Oliver
(Poet, Writer)
Mary Oliver
6
Listed In:
Birthdate: September 10, 1935
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Maple Heights
 20 
Jon Tenney
(Actor,)
Jon Tenney
5
Birthdate: December 16, 1961
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Princeton, New Jersey, United States
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
 21 
Louisa Gummer
7
Listed In: Fashion
Birthdate: June 12, 1991
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
 22 
Hope Davis
(Best Known for Her Roles in the Films: ‘The Secret Lives of Dentists’ and ‘Synecdoche, New York’)
Hope Davis
4
Birthdate: March 23, 1964
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Englewood, New Jersey, United States
Hope Davis is best known for her roles in films such as About Schmidt and Synecdoche, New York. She also delivered a Tony-winning performance in the Broadway play God of Carnage. Fans also loved her Emmy-nominated performances in the series In Treatment and the TV film The Special Relationship.
 23 
Ruth Benedict
(American Anthropologist)
Ruth Benedict
0
Birthdate: June 5, 1887
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: New York, United States
Died: September 17, 1948

Ruth Benedict was an American folklorist and anthropologist. Benedict, who played an important role in the American Folklore Society, also served as the American Anthropological Association's president; the association gives away an annual prize named after Ruth Benedict. In 2005, she was made an inductee of the National Women's Hall of Fame.

 24 
Marguerite Moreau
(Actress)
Marguerite Moreau
4
Birthdate: April 25, 1977
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Riverside, California, USA
Height: 5'3" (160 cm)
 25 
Alysia Reiner
(Actress)
Alysia Reiner
3
Birthdate: July 21, 1970
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Gainesville, Florida, USA
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
 26 
Lucy Burns
(American Suffragist and Women’s Rights Activist)
Lucy Burns
1
Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: July 28, 1879
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York City, New York, United States
Died: December 22, 1966
 27 
Edith Clarke
(Electrical Engineer)
Edith Clarke
6
Birthdate: February 10, 1883
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Howard County
Died: October 29, 1959
 28 
Elizabeth Bishop
6
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: February 8, 1911
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Worcester, Massachusetts, United States
Died: October 6, 1979
 29 
Jessi Klein
(Writer)
Jessi Klein
1
Birthdate: August 17, 1975
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: New York City, New York, USA
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
 30 
Sakina Jaffrey
4
Birthdate: February 14, 1962
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Manhattan, New York, United States
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
 31 
Brooke Hayward
0
Birthdate: July 5, 1937
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
 32 
Ethan Zohn
(Association football player)
Ethan Zohn
1
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: November 12, 1973
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Lexington
 33 
Dan Bucatinsky
(Actor)
Dan Bucatinsky
1
Birthdate: September 22, 1965
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: New York City, US
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
 34 
Owen King
(Writer)
Owen King
7
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: February 21, 1977
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: North Dakota, USA
Died: May 31, 1987
 35 
Ellen Churchill Semple
(American Geographer Who Made Immense Contributions to the Development of Geography as Discipline in the US)
Ellen Churchill Semple
1
Birthdate: January 8, 1863
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Louisville, Kentucky, United States
Died: May 8, 1932

Ellen Churchill Semple was an American geographer best remembered for her association with the Association of American Geographers, where she served as the first female president. Semple made immense contributions to the development of geography as discipline in the US, especially studies of human geography. In 1914, Semple was honored by the American Geographical Society with the Cullum Geographic Medal.

 36 
Sasha Velour
(Drag queen)
Sasha Velour
9
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: June 25, 1987
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Berkeley, California, U.S.
 37 
Shaka King
(For directing and co-writing the 2021 biopic Judas and the Black Messiah.)
Shaka King
5
Birthdate: March 7, 1980
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States
 38 
Natasha Bertrand
(American Journalist)
Natasha Bertrand
7
Birthdate: May 12, 1992
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: New York, United States
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)
 39 
Mary Pinchot Meyer
(Painter & Journalist)
Mary Pinchot Meyer
8
Birthdate: October 14, 1920
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: New York City, New York
Died: October 12, 1964
 40 
Neil Strauss
(Writer)
Neil Strauss
1
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: March 9, 1969
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
 41 
Lisa Zane
(Actress)
Lisa Zane
3
Birthdate: April 5, 1961
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, USA
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)
 42 
Erin Daniels
(Actress)
Erin Daniels
0
Birthdate: October 9, 1973
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri St. Louis, Missouri, United States U.S.
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
 43 
Victoria Legrand
(Lead Vocalist, Songwriter and Keyboardist of the Dream Pop Duo 'Beach House')
Victoria Legrand
0
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: May 28, 1981
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Paris, France

Victoria Legrand is a French-American musician best known as one-half of the popular dream-pop duo Beach House where she performs as the lead vocalist, keyboardist, and songwriter. Legrand is blessed with a contralto vocal range and her voice is often compared to those of Hope Sandoval and Nico.

 44 
Mary McCarthy
(Novelist)
Mary McCarthy
2
Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: June 21, 1912
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Seattle, Washington, United States
Died: October 25, 1989
 45 
Bernadine Healy
(American Cardiologist and the First Female Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH))
Bernadine Healy
0
Listed In: Physicians
Birthdate: August 4, 1944
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States
Died: August 6, 2011

Bernadine Healy created history by becoming the first woman to serve as the director of the National Institutes of Health. Apart from being a seasoned cardiologist, she had also taught medicine at institutes such as Johns Hopkins and had been the president of the American Red Cross and other non-profits.

 46 
Jane Smiley
(Novelist)
Jane Smiley
2
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: September 26, 1949
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
 47 
Greg Rucka
(Comics artist)
Greg Rucka
0
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: November 29, 1969
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: San Francisco, California, United States
 48 
Jonás Cuarón
(Co-Writer of the 2013 Film 'Gravity' and Son of Director Alfonso Cuarón)
Jonás Cuarón
1
Birthdate: 1981 AD
Birthplace: Mexico City, Mexico
Filmmaker Jonás Cuarón was no stranger to the world of entertainment, being the son of Oscar-winning Mexican director Alfonso Cuarón. Jonás, who is known for including the immigration theme in his projects, had collaborated with Alfonso on Gravity. He has also directed, written, and produced the award-winning movie Desierto.
 49 
Crystal Eastman
(Lawyer)
Crystal Eastman
0
Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: June 25, 1881
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Marlborough, Massachusetts, United States
Died: July 8, 1928
 50 
Margaret Floy Washburn
(American Psychologist)
Margaret Floy Washburn
1
Birthdate: July 25, 1871
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: New York, United States
Died: October 29, 1939