List of Sarah Lawrence College people

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The following is a list of notable individuals associated with Sarah Lawrence College through attendance as a student, or service as a member of the faculty or staff.

Alumni[edit]

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Brian De Palma - American film director best known for his suspense and thriller films. De Palma is often cited as a leading member of the New Hollywood generation of film directors.
Tea Leoni - actress and wife of David Duchovny.
Barbara Walters - American journalist, writer, and media personality who has been a regular fixture on morning television and news magazine and evening news shows. She was the first female co-anchor of network evening news.
J.J. Abrams - Emmy Award-winning film and television producer, writer, actor, composer, director and founder of Bad Robot Productions.
Martha Graham - American dancer and choreographer regarded as one of the foremost pioneers of modern dance.
Rahm Emanuel - Former White House Chief of Staff under President Barack Obama; former member of the United States House of Representatives and chairman of the Democratic Caucus. He was the fourth-ranking Democrat in the House, behind Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Leader Steny Hoyer and Whip Jim Clyburn.
Alice Walker- Pulitzer Prize winning author, most famous for the critically acclaimed novel The Color Purple, for which she won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.
Vera Wang- fashion designer known for her wedding gown collection.
Maria Goeppert-Mayer - physicist and Nobel laureate in Physics for proposing the nuclear shell model of the atomic nucleus. She is the second female laureate in physics after Marie Curie.
E.L. Doctorow - award winning author whose fiction ranges throughout American social history, from the Civil War to the present.

Entertainment and media[edit]

Music[edit]

Politics and public service[edit]

Writing and poetics[edit]

Visual and performing arts[edit]

Other notable alumni[edit]

Fictional alumni[edit]

  • Loyd, of the HBO dramedy, Entourage
  • Karen Walker, of the sitcom Will & Grace
  • Kat Stratford, in the movie 10 Things I Hate About You
  • Allison "Allie" Hamilton, in the movie The Notebook
  • Jill Rosen, in the movie Baby It's You
  • Guinevere Turner, co-screenwriter of American Psycho, has a cameo in the film as one of the girls Patrick has in Paul's apartment. He asks if she wants to get it on with the other girl, and she says "I'm not a lesbian! Why would you think that?" Patrick replies "well, for one thing, you DID go to Sarah Lawrence"—the joke being that Turner is a lesbian, and she actually went to Sarah Lawrence.
  • Jenny Whiteman, of the movie Down and Out in Beverly Hills
  • Mia Thermopolis, of Meg Cabot's Princess Diaries series.
  • Hero Brown, a character in Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra's Y: The Last Man comic book series.
  • Marcia Jeffries from A Face in the Crowd (1957) studied music when she went east to Sarah Lawrence.
  • Gil Chesterton from sitcom Frasier claims to be married to Deb, a "Sarah Lawrence graduate and the owner of a very successful auto body repair shop" (and an Army Reservist), whom his co-workers had believed to be merely a pet cat.
  • Remy "Thirteen" Hadley of the popular Fox medical drama House.
  • "Sewage Joe" on the NBC sitcom Parks and Recreation is revealed to be an alumnus when he sends a lewd photograph to Ann from his alumni e-mail address.
  • In Franny and Zoey by Salinger, the girl on the train is "absolutely'".."a Sarah Lawrence type" . She “looked like she’d spent the whole train ride in the john, sculpting or painting or something, or as though she had a leotard on under her dress."
  • In The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Charlie’s older sister Candace has chosen to attend a “small liberal arts college back East called Sarah Lawrence.”
  • Parker Posey's character in Broken English had graduated from Sarah Lawrence.

Faculty[edit]

Current[edit]

Former[edit]

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