Photos: Ten Most Famous DU Attendees, Including Barbie's "Mom"

Barbie has some important roots in Denver. Additional photos and more below.
Barbie has some important roots in Denver. Additional photos and more below.

A few months back, we shared with you the top ten CSU attendees as listed by the Ranker website — and among those who made the cut was a porn star, Juli Ashton.

Sorry, but no one with that particular profession is on Ranker's roster of the ten most famous attendees at the University of Denver.

However, the woman who gave birth to the Barbie doll — creatively, anyhow — receives her just due, along with an eclectic collection of actors, comics, writers, diplomats, radio personalities, politicians and sports stars.

Note that even though Ranker identifies everyone as an alumni, not everyone emerged from DU with a degree — but before they were famous, they roamed the halls of the venerable institution.

Count down the photo-illustrated list below, supplemented by text from Wikipedia and other sites.

Michelle Kwan.
Michelle Kwan.

Number 10: Michelle Kwan

Michelle Wingshan Kwan (born July 7, 1980) is an American figure skater. She is a two-time (1998 and 2002) Olympic medalist, a five-time (1996, 1998, 2000, 2001 and 2003) World champion and a nine-time (1996, 1998–2005) U.S. champion (the all-time record, as tied with Maribel Vinson-Owen)....

Kwan attended Soleado Elementary School in Palos Verdes, California, but left public school to be homeschooled in 1994, when she was in the 8th grade. After graduation from Rim of the World High School in 1998, Kwan attended UCLA for one year. In the fall of 2006, she transferred to the University of Denver.  In June 2009, she graduated with a bachelor's degree in international studies and a minor in political science from Denver's Josef Korbel School of International Studies.  In 2009, she began graduate studies in international relations at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and graduated in 2011.On May 8, 2010, she was awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Southern Vermont College....

Lowell Thomas.
Lowell Thomas.

Number 9: Lowell Thomas

Lowell Jackson Thomas (April 6, 1892-August 29, 1981) was an American writer, broadcaster, and traveler, best known as the man who made Lawrence of Arabia famous....

Thomas was born in Woodington, Darke County, Ohio, to Harry and Harriet (Wagner) Thomas. His father was a doctor, his mother a teacher. In 1900, the family moved to the mining town of Victor, Colorado. Thomas worked there as a gold miner, a cook, and a reporter on the newspaper.

In 1910, Thomas graduated from Victor High School, where one of his teachers was Mabel Barbee Lee. The following year, he graduated from Valparaiso University with bachelor's degrees in education and science. The next year he received both a B.A. and an M.A. from the University of Denver and began work for the Chicago Journal, writing for it until 1914....

Reggie Rivers.
Reggie Rivers.

Number 8: Reggie Rivers

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From ReggieRivers.com: Reggie Rivers is a renaissance man whose talents and achievements have spanned many different disciplines. Among his accomplishments:

• He played six seasons as a running back with the Denver Broncos.
• He was a two-time Broncos NFL Man of the Year.
• He earned a Master’s Degree in Global Studies from the University of Denver.
• He was a radio talk show host.
• He was a television sports anchor.
• He was a newspaper columnist.
• He has published five books.
• He was a four-time All-American football player at Texas State University.
• He was a Southland Conference Scholar Athlete of the Year.
• He was inducted into the Texas State University Hall of Honor.
• He was inducted into the Southland Conference Hall of Honor.
• He has been a motivational speaker, MC, auctioneer and/or presenter at thousands of events.

Josh Taylor.
Josh Taylor.

Number 7: Josh Taylor

Josh Taylor (born September 25, 1943) is a long-time American comedy and dramatic television actor. He is best known for playing the roles of Chris Kositchek (he originated in 1977) and Roman Brady on the long-running American dramatic serial Days of Our Lives and as Michael Hogan, the father figure on NBC's long running situation comedy The Hogan Family....

Born in Princeton, Illinois as Tommy Tim Taylor and known as "Timmy", Taylor moved with his family to Chillicothe, Illinois when he was two years old. His dad became athletic director of Chillicothe Township High School (now Illinois Valley Central High School) as well as a respected football coach, and both Josh and older brother Ron played quarterback under him. Heavily recruited for his football skills, Josh chose Dartmouth College, where he was a member of two Ivy Championship teams and graduated from there with a Bachelor's degree in Sociology. He then received a full scholarship to the University of Denver law school, where he earned his juris doctor degree. After earning his law degree, he moved to the West Coast....

Mary Cheney.
Mary Cheney.

Number 6: Mary Cheney

Mary Claire Cheney (born March 14, 1969) is the second daughter of Dick Cheney, the former Vice President of the United States, and his wife, Lynne Cheney. She is politically conservative and is involved with a number of political action groups....

Cheney attended McLean High School in McLean, Virginia, graduating in the class of 1987. Following that, she attended Colorado College, her mother's alma mater, in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and graduated in 1991. She earned a graduate business degree from the University of Denver in 2002....



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