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Famous English Majors|Department of English

Famous English Majors

Whether teachers, lawyers, professors, doctors—the list goes on—they change and improve the world. They really do. Take a look at this list . . . and be surprised.

Actors  . . . by the handful. For example

Matt Damon

Jody Foster

Tommy Lee Jones

Paul Newman

Christopher Reeve

Susan Sarandon

Sigourney Weaver

Reese Witherspoon

Renee Zellweger

Emma Watson

Advertisers

William Bernbach, founder of Doyle Dane Bernbach

Astronauts

Sally Ride

Cartoonists

Cathy Guisewite

Comedians

Chevy Chase

Joan Rivers

CEOs

Michael Eisner, Disney

Kathryn Fuller, World Wildlife Fund

Michael Lynne, New Line Cinema

Hank Paulsen, Goldman Sachs

Mitt Romney, Bain Capital

Herb Scannell, President Nickelodeon and MTV Networks

Anne M. Mulcahy, Xerox

Steve Wynn, Real Estate developer

Curators

John Baur, curator of the Brooklyn Museum, Director of the Whitney Museum

Directors

Linda Bloodworth-Thompson

Ed Burns

James Cameron

Martin Scorcese

Steven Spielberg

Doctors

Benjamin Spock

Harold Varmus, Nobel Laureate in medicine, Director of the NIH

B.F. Skinner, psychologist

Dramatists

Arthur Miller

Economists

Alvin Hansen, president of the American Economics Association

Financiers

Mitt Romney, CEO Bain Capital

Donald Regan, President, Merrill Lynch

Government

Stella Rimington, Head of MI5

Carol Browner, Head of the EPA

Lynn Cheney (UW) Director of the National Endowment for the Humanities

Pete Wilson, Governor of California

Hank Paulson, Secretary of the Treasury

Mitt Romney, Governor of Massachusetts

Donald Regan, Secretary of the Treasury

Humorists

Dave Barry

S J. Perelman

Journalists (Print)

Blair Jenkins, Director of Broadcasting, Scottish Television Russell Baker

Bob Woodward

Helen Thomas, dean of the White House Press Corps

Journalists (Television)

Diane Sawyer

Barbara Walter

Tony Kornheiser, ESPN

Katie Couric

Paula Zahn

Lawyers

Thurgood Marshall, Supreme Court Justice

Clarence Thomas, Supreme Court Justice

Douglas Baird, Dean, University of Chicago Law School

John Paul Stevens, Supreme Court Justice

Librarians

Jesse Shera, Dean, Case Western Reserve Library School

Librettists

David Henry Hwang, M Butterfly

Musicians

Don Henley, The Eagles

Kris Kristofferson

Sting

Paul Simon

Mark Knopfler

Politicians

Mario Cuomo, Governor of New York

Mitt Romney, Presidential candidate

Scientists

Harold Varmus, Director of the National Institute of Health

Rachel Carson

Speechwriters

J. Terry Edmonds, for Bill Clinton

Peggy Noonan, for Ronald Reagan

Sports

Marty Shottenheimer, Head Coach, San Diego Chargers

A. Bartlett Giamatti, Commissioner of Baseball

TV & Radio Hosts

Mary Hart, Entertainment Tonight

Conan O’Brien

Johnny Carson

Garrison Keillor

University Presidents

A. Bartlett Giamatti, Yale

Writers . . . by the dozen:

Douglas Adams

Gwendolyn Brooks

Tom Clancy

Alan Ginsberg

Joseph Heller

Phillipa Gregory

Ian Rankin

Stephen King

Tom Wolfe

Dr. Seuss

Amy Tan

John Updike

Eudora Welty

Toni Morrison

Joyce Carol Oates

Philip Roth

Scriptwriters

Stephen Moffat, Coupling, Doctor Who, and Sherlock

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