New York University; Press, Literature, and Arts.

by Sylviastel | created - 24 Sep 2014 | updated - 25 Sep 2014 | Public

Jacob M. Appel; GSAS 2000 MFA; Author of "Arborophilia," and "Creve Coeur."

Leonard Baskin; sculptor.

Stacey Bradford; MA Journalism; financial journalist, author, commentator.

Bliss Carman; visiting scholar, Canadian poet.

Countee Cullen; GSAS; author

Noon Meem Danish; former teaching staff, Urdu poet.

Crystal Eastman; Law 1907 LL.B.; a leader in the early 20th century feminist and civil liberties activism.

Tom Ford; TSOA; Design Director for Gucci.

Yuru Gitman; TSOA MFA:

Raymond P. Hammond; GAL 2000 MA; Editor in Chief of NY Quarterly.

William Lashner; Law JD; author.

Paola Lawton; CAS; journalist.

Davi Napoleon; TSOA 1989 Ph.D.; arts journalist and reviewer, author of "Chelsea on the Edge; The Adventures of the American Theater."

William Phillips; GSAS 1930 MA: co-founder of the Partisan Review.

James Amos Porter; GSAS MA; African American painter and art historian.

Charles Reznikoff; Law 1916 LL.B.; Objectivist poet.

Robert Sobel; CAS 1957, Ph.D.; business historian, author of "For Want of a Nail."

John Paul Thomas; GSAS 1954 MA; studied with William Baziotes.

James N. Wood; former director and President of the Art Institute of Chicago (1980-2004); December 2006; Named President and CEO of the J. Paul Getty Trust.

1. Kenny Albert

Actor | Juwanna Mann

Kenny Albert was born on February 2, 1968 in New York City, New York, USA as Kenneth Aufrichtig. He is an actor, known for Juwanna Mann (2002), Game Day (1999) and MSG Network: New York Knicks Basketball (1969).

CAS 1990 BA; television broadcaster.

2. Kathy Acker

Actress | The Golden Boat

Kathy Acker was born on April 18, 1944 in New York City, New York, USA as Karen Lehmann. She was an actress and writer, known for The Golden Boat (1990), IDn4 (1991) and Variety (1983). She was married to Peter Gordon and Robert Acker. She died on November 30, 1997 in Tijuana, Mexico.

author of the "Blood and Guts in High School."

3. David Antin

The Man Without a World

David Antin was born on February 1, 1932 in New York City, New York, USA. He is known for his work on The Man Without a World (1992) and John Cage: Man and Myth (1990). He was married to Eleanor Antin. He died on October 11, 2016 in San Diego, California, USA.

GSAS 1966 MA; recipient of the PEN Los Angeles Award for Poetry.

4. Ann Shoket

Self | Project Runway: Threads

Ann Shoket was born on June 16, 1972.

BA 1994; current Editor in Chief of Seventeen magazine.

5. Ted Baehr

Producer | The 17th Annual Movieguide Awards

Ted Baehr was born on May 31, 1946 in New York, USA. He is known for his work on The 17th Annual Movieguide Awards (2009), The 18th Annual Movieguide Awards (2010) and The 20th Annual Movieguide Awards (2012).

Law JD; chairman of the Christian Film & Television Commission.

6. Maria Bartiromo

Actress | Arbitrage

Maria Bartiromo was born on September 11, 1967 in Brooklyn, New York, USA as Maria Sara Bartiromo. She is an actress and writer, known for Arbitrage (2012), The Taking of Pelham 123 (2009) and Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (2010). She has been married to Jonathan Steinberg since June 13, 1999.

CAS 1987 BA; CNBC news anchor and author.

7. Rita Mae Brown

Writer | I Love Liberty

Rita Mae Brown was born on November 28, 1944 in Hanover, Pennsylvania, USA. She is a writer, known for I Love Liberty (1982), The Slumberparty Massacre (1982) and The Long Hot Summer (1985).

Law 1964; author of "Rubyfruit Jungle" and others.

earned a BA at 62 years old. Author.

9. Candace Bushnell

Writer | Sex and the City 2

Candace Bushnell was born on December 1, 1958 in Glastonbury, Connecticut, USA. She is a writer and producer, known for Sex and the City 2 (2010), Sex and the City (2008) and Sex and the City (1998).


10. Fortuna Calvo-Roth

Actress | The Blacklist

Fortuna Calvo-Roth is an actress, known for The Blacklist (2013).

professor; President of the New York Chapter of Women in Communications.

11. Carson McCullers

Writer | Reflections in a Golden Eye

Carson McCullers was born on February 19, 1917 in Columbus, Georgia, USA as Lula Carson Smith. She was a writer, known for Reflections in a Golden Eye (1967), The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter (1968) and The Member of the Wedding (1952). She was married to Reeves McCullers. She died on September 29, ...


13. Midge Decter

Self | Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin

Midge Decter was born on July 25, 1927 in St. Paul, Minnesota, USA.

Arts; journalist.

14. Ralph Ellison

Writer | Invisible Man

Ralph Ellison was born on March 1, 1914 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA as Ralph Waldo Ellison. He was a writer, known for Invisible Man, King of the Bingo Game (1999) and The Fifties (1997). He was married to Fanny McConnell and Rose Poindexter. He died on April 16, 1994 in New York City, New York...

Faculty 1970-1980; American Academy of Arts and Letters.

15. Wayne Federman

Actor | Curb Your Enthusiasm

Wayne Federman is a Los Angeles-based comedian, actor, writer, and musician. He is best known for his stand-up comedy appearances, his recurring role on HBO's Curb Your Enthusiasm, and his many film and television roles.

Wayne grew up in Silver Spring, Maryland and Plantation, Florida. His first ...

TSOA: MARAVICH author, comedian

16. William M. Gaines

Writer | Perversions of Science

Willim Gaines became one of the most important figures in comic book and humor history by accident. Gaines' father, M.C. (Max) Gaines, was the publisher of Educational Comics (EC). When the elder Gaines died in 1947 as a result of freak boating accident, the younger Gaines found himself publisher. ...

CAS 1948 BA; founder of MAD magazine.

Law 1972 JD; 1997 Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Writing.

18. Adolph Green

Soundtrack | On the Town

Songwriter ("New York, New York", "The Party's Over", "Just in Time", "Make Someone Happy"), author and actor, educated at City College of New York. While he was a student, he acted with the Washington Square Players and had a part in the road company of "Having a Wonderful Time". A member of The ...

WSC 1938; met Betty Comden at NYU.

19. Sean Hannity

Actor | The Siege

Sean Hannity was born on December 30, 1961 in New York City, New York, USA as Sean Patrick Hannity. He is a producer and writer, known for The Siege (1998), The First American (2016) and Atlas Shrugged: Who Is John Galt? (2014). He has been married to Jill Rhodes since January 9, 1993. They have ...


20. Joseph Heller

Writer | Catch-22

Joseph Heller was born May 1, 1923, in the Coney Island section of New York City. He is best known for his 1961 novel 'Catch-22', whose title gave the English language a new phrase for a no-win situation. The situation was that of protagonist Yossarian, who claims that he is too crazy to fly any ...

GSAS 1945.

21. Don Hewitt

Producer | 60 Minutes

Don Hewitt was born on December 14, 1922 in New York City, New York, USA as Donald Shepard Hewitt. He was a producer and director, known for 60 Minutes (1968), Years of Crisis (1950) and Who's Who (1977). He was married to Marilyn Berger, Frankie Hewitt and Mary Weaver. He died on August 19, 2009 ...


22. Idil Ibrahim

Producer | Sega

Somali-American Filmmaker Idil Ibrahim's films have screened at festivals in the USA and throughout the world. Idil was selected as one of five women directors to direct a short film for Glamour Magazine's The Girl Project. She is a recipient of the 2017 Extraordinary Women Awards held by the 92nd ...

director and producer; founder of Zeila films.

journalism degree

24. Alen Pol Kobryn

Self | Nova

Kobryn was born in Utica, New York, known at the time as 'Sin City' for the extent of its political corruption and mob control. He attended local parochial schools and then Johns Hopkins, NYU, and the City University of New York, where he studied with John Ashbery.

Having worked in finance at the ...

CAS; poet

25. Ira Levin

Writer | Rosemary's Baby

Ira Levin decided on a career of a writer at the age of 15. Educated at the elite Horace Mann school, he went on to two years at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, before transferring to New York University, where he majored in philosophy and English. He earned his degree in 1950. In 1953 he was...

Arts 1950; BA;

26. Paul Levinson

Writer | The Chronology Protection Case

Paul Levinson, PhD, is Professor of Communication & Media Studies at Fordham University in NYC. His science fiction novels include The Silk Code (winner of Locus Award for Best First Science Fiction Novel of 1999), Borrowed Tides (2001), The Consciousness Plague (2002), The Pixel Eye (2003), The ...

WSC 1974 BA; Steinhardt 1979 Ph.D.; author of the "The Plot to Save Socrates."

27. Leonard Maltin

Actor | Gremlins 2: The New Batch

Leonard Maltin is one of the most recognized and respected film critics of our time. He recently completed his 30th season with the long-running television show, Entertainment Tonight (1981).

Maltin was born on Friday, December 18th, 1950, in New York City and grew up in suburban Teaneck, New Jersey...

WSC BA (Journalism)

28. Leonard Michaels

Writer | Black Force

Is the father of Jesse Michaels, lead singer of legendary late 80s punk rock group Operation Ivy.

WSC 1953 BA.

29. Frank McCourt

Writer | Angela's Ashes

Frank McCourt was born August 19, 1930, in Brooklyn, New York, to Irish immigrant parents; grew up in Limerick, Ireland; and, at the age of 19, returned to the United States. Surviving initially through a string of casual jobs, spending every spare minute reading books from the public library, ...

WSC 1953 BA; 1997 Pulitzer Prize Winner.

30. Dorothy Rabinowitz

Self | 60 Minutes

Wall Street Journal editorial board member.

GSAS 1960 Ph.D.; 2001 Pulitzer Prize for Commentary.

31. Charlie Rose

Actor | The Ides of March

Charlie Rose is the elegant, handsome, fiercely intelligent and inquisitive host of the self-titled Charlie Rose (1991).

Rose was born Charles Peete Rose, Jr. on January 5, 1942 in Henderson, North Carolina, the only child of Margaret (Frazier) and Charles Peete Rose, Sr., tobacco farmers. The Rose ...


32. J.D. Salinger

Writer | My Foolish Heart

U.S. writer whose novel "The Catcher in the Rye" (1951) won critical acclaim and devoted admirers, especially among the post-World War II generation of college students. His entire corpus of published works consists of that one novel and 13 short stories, all originally written in the period 1948-...


33. Gerald Schoenfeld

Producer | 'Master Harold'... and the Boys

Gerald Schoenfeld was born on September 22, 1924 in New York City, New York, USA. He was a producer and actor, known for 'Master Harold'... and the Boys (1985), Broadway Danny Rose (1984) and American Playhouse (1980). He was married to Patricia Miller. He died on November 25, 2008 in Manhattan, ...

Law JD; chairman of the Shubert Organization 1972-2008.

34. Ben Shahn

Art_department | Lincoln Center/Stage 5

Ben Shahn is known for his work on Lincoln Center/Stage 5 (1967), Monitor (1958) and Critic at Large (1948).


35. John Patrick Shanley

Writer | Moonstruck

John Patrick Shanley was born on October 3, 1950 in The Bronx, New York City, New York, USA. He is a writer and director, known for Moonstruck (1987), Doubt (2008) and Congo (1995).

Steinhardt 1977 MA; won the Pulitzer Prize, Oscar, and Tony Awards.

36. Arleen Schloss

Actress | Flaming Ears

Arleen Schloss is an actress, known for Flaming Ears (1992) and Agent of Paradise (1984).

Education 1965 BS; sound poet, performance, video artist, curator, early childhood educator.

37. Sara Shepard

Writer | Pretty Little Liars

Sara Shepard is a writer and actress, known for Pretty Little Liars (2010), Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists (2019) and The Lying Game (2011).

ARTS; author of Pretty Little Liars and The Lying Game series.

38. George Segal

Actor | Unstrap Me

George Segal was born on November 26, 1924 in Bronx, New York, USA. He was an actor, known for Unstrap Me (1968), House of the White People (1968) and Masters of Modern Sculpture Part III: The New World (1978). He was married to Helen Segal. He died on June 9, 2000 in South Brunswick, New Jersey, ...

ENG 1950 BS; sculptor.

39. Danielle Steel

Writer | Changes

Danielle Steel was born on August 14, 1947 in New York City, New York, USA as Danielle Fernande Dominique Schuelein-Steel. She is a writer, known for Changes (1991), Now and Forever (1983) and Jewels (1992). She was previously married to Thomas J. Perkins, John Traina, William George Toth, Danny ...

TSOA 1963-1967

40. Darin Strauss

Actor | World Gone Water

Darin Strauss is an actor, known for World Gone Water (2015), A Short History of Decay (2014) and As Smart As They Are: The Author Project (2005). He has been married to Samantha Meadows since 2004. They have two children.

ENG 1996 MFA; Guggenheim winning novelist; "Chang and Eng; The Real McCoy."

41. Harold C. Schonberg

Writer | The Bell Telephone Hour

Harold C. Schonberg was born on November 29, 1915 in New York City, New York, USA as Harold Charles Schonberg. He was a writer and producer, known for The Bell Telephone Hour (1959). He was married to Helene Cornell and Rosalyn Krokover. He died on July 26, 2003 in New York City.

GSAS 1939 MA; 1971 Pulitzer Prize for Criticism.

42. Amy Vanderbilt

Self | The Galloping Gourmet

Amy Vanderbilt was born on July 22, 1908 in New York City, New York, USA. She died on December 27, 1974 in New York City.

BA 1929.

43. Brian K. Vaughan

Writer | Lost

Brian K. Vaughan was born on July 17, 1976 in Cleveland, Ohio, USA as Brian Keller Vaughan. He is a writer and producer, known for Lost (2004), Under the Dome (2013) and Untitled Gundam Project.


44. Saul Williams

Actor | K-PAX

Acclaimed New York-based verbal stylist, who has risen to the level of one of the foremost slam poets today. Holds a B.A. in philosophy and acting from Morehouse College, as well as a Masters in Acting from NYU.

Was a staple of NYC's Nuyorican Poets Cafe, where he honed his skill, drawing from ...

GSAS 1995 MA.

45. Robert Anton Wilson

Writer | The Illuminatus! Trilogy

Robert Anton Wilson was born on January 18, 1932 in Flatbush, Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA as Robert Wilson. He was an actor and writer, known for The Illuminatus! Trilogy, Wilhelm Reich in Hell (2005) and Manual de Evasão (1994). He was married to Arlen Riley. He died on January ...


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