Smith “alumnae” are well represented on film and television.
Susan (Candice Bergen), Carnal Knowledge
Joanne Kramer (Meryl Streep), Kramer vs. Kramer
Mrs. X (Laura Linney), The Nanny Diaries
Charlotte York (Kristin Davis), Sex and the City
Emily Gilmore (Kelly Bishop), The Gilmore Girls
Ainsley Hayes (Emily Procter), The West Wing
Dr. Cristina Yang (Sandra Oh), Grey’s Anatomy
Alice Washington (Cybill Shepherd), Mrs. Washington Goes to Smith
Selina Meyer (Julia Louis-Dreyfus), Veep
Real Smith alumnae have been portrayed on film as well.
Julia Child ’34 (Meryl Streep), Julie & Julia
Penny Chenery ’43 (Diane Lane), Secretariat
Sylvia Plath ’55 (Gwyneth Paltrow), Sylvia
Famous chefs, Pulitzer Prize winners, political columnists, environmental researchers, film directors, venture capitalists, physicists, poets, playwrights, CEOs—Smith women apply their learning throughout their lives in thousands of professions and communities.
You may have heard of our famous graduates, such as Julia Child, Gloria Steinem and Sylvia Plath. But there are many more stories of leadership and success that demonstrate where the Smith experience can take you.
She Went to Smith
If you’re still not sure where a Smith education can take you, consider our outstanding record of alumnae achievement. These women are among our accomplished alumnae.
Otelia Cromwell 1900, educator, author; first African American woman to receive a degree from Yale
Margaret Mitchell ’22, author of Gone With the Wind
Anne Morrow Lindbergh ’28, aviator and author of Gift from the Sea
Julia Child ’34, star of TV’s The French Chef
Madeleine L’Engle ’41, award-winning author of A Wrinkle in Time
Betty Friedan ’42, author of The Feminine Mystique
Nancy Reagan ’43, former First Lady of the United States
Marylin Bender Altschul ’44, author and former editor of Business World and the New York Times’ business and finance section
Barbara Bush ’47, former First Lady of the United States
Xie Xide ’49, physicist and former president of Fudan University in China
Sylvia Plath ’55, poet; author of The Bell Jar and Ariel
Gloria Steinem ’56, founder of Ms. magazine and noted feminist writer
Jane Yolen ’60, award-winning children’s book author
Marilyn Carlson Nelson ’61, former chairman and CEO of the Carlson Companies and former chair of the National Women’s Business Council
Sally Quinn ’63, author and commentator
Victoria Chan Palay ’65, a neurobiologist and former Olympic athlete
Molly Ivins ’66, political columnist and commentator
Jane Harman ’66, former U.S. Representative from California; head of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
Juliet Taylor ’67, casting director for more than 100 movies, including Taxi Driver and Woody Allen’s films