Ranker, which specializes in (yes, you guessed it) ranking stuff, has created a list featuring "famous University of Colorado at Boulder alumni" -- but that's not quite right. As you'll see by the top ten, featuring photos and biographical information, not all of them actually graduated, including the site's number one pick. Count them down below.
Number 10: Lynne Cheney From her Wikipedia page:
Lynne Ann Cheney (née Vincent; born August 14, 1941) is the wife of former U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney and served as the Second Lady of the United States from 2001 to 2009. She is an author, scholar, and former talk-show host.... Cheney received her B.A. in English literature with highest honors from Colorado College, where she was a member of Kappa Alpha Theta sorority. She continued her education with a Master of Arts degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and a PhD in 19th century British literature from the University of Wisconsin at Madison.
Number 9: Kalpana Chawla From her Wikipedia page:
Kalpana Chawla (March 17, 1962[a] - February 1, 2003) was born in Karnal, India. She was the first Indian-American astronaut and first Indian woman in space. She first flew on Space Shuttle Columbia in 1997 as a mission specialist and primary robotic arm operator. In 2003, Chawla was one of the seven crew members killed in the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster.... Kalpana Chawla was born in Karnal, India. She completed her earlier schooling at Tagore Baal Niketan Senior Secondary School, Karnal and completed her Bachelor of Engineering degree in Aeronautical Engineering at Punjab Engineering College at Chandigarh in 1982. She moved to the United States in 1982 where she obtained a Master of Science degree in aerospace engineering from the University of Texas at Arlington in 1984. Determined to become an astronaut even in the face of the Challenger disaster, Chawla went on to earn a second Masters in 1986 and a PhD in aerospace engineering in 1988 from the University of Colorado at Boulder.
Continue to keep counting down the ten most famous CU Boulder attendees according to Ranker. Number 8: Franco Salvetti From FrancoSalvetti.com:
Dr. Franco Salvetti is the Principal Software Engineer managing the Reference Answer team at Bing (previously Natural Language Scientist at Powerset now acquired by Microsoft). He reports directly to Bing chief scientist, Dr. Jan Pedersen, and with his team he is responsible for various user facing features at Bing. His responsibility, beside people management, spans across science, engineering, businness and product regading aspects related to Web Search Technologies (e.g., Mapz, Factz and Instant Answers), and Human-Computer Interaction. Previously as a research scientist at UmbriaListens Inc. (acquaried by J.D. Power) he worked on projects involving Information Extraction, Sentiment Analysis, Text Analysis and Graph Theory. Prior to this, he worked for Google in the area of Relation Extraction, IBM Research on a project about Social Network Analysis, Bioserve Space Technology and various start-up companies in Italy. Salvetti earned his first Masters (summa cum laude) in Computer Science at the University of Milan (Italy), and a Masters in Computer Science from the University of Colorado at Boulder (USA).
Number 7: Judy Collins From Biography.com:
A folk-pop singer, Judy Collins rose to fame in the 1960s and 1970s with such hits as "Both Sides Now" and "Send In the Clowns"....
The oldest of five children, Judy Collins spent much of her childhood in Denver, Colorado. There she began studying classical piano with conductor Antonia Brico. At the age of 13, Collins made her debut with a local orchestra. She also performed with school groups and at church....
Education: University of Colorado.
Continue to keep counting down the ten most famous CU Boulder attendees according to Ranker. Number 6: Carey Lowell From her Wikipedia page:
Lowell broke into acting with a small role in the Robin Williams movie Club Paradise. She went to roles including those of Bond girl Pam Bouvier in the James Bond movie Licence to Kill (1989) and, starting in 1996, Assistant District Attorney Jamie Ross on the television drama Law & Order, a character she reprised in 2005 for a guest role on its spinoff, Law & Order: Trial by Jury.Immediately before that role, however, she had become frustrated with her acting career and had applied to study documentary filmmaking at New York University... Lowell was born in Huntington, New York, the daughter of geologist James Lowell She spent much of her childhood living in locales including Libya, the Netherlands, France, and in the US, in Houston, Texas and Denver, Colorado, where her family settled when she was 12.After a year at the University of Colorado at Boulder, where she majored in literature, she moved to New York City to pursue modeling, and modeled for such clients as Ralph Lauren and Calvin Klein, and at some unspecified time attended New York University.
Number 5: Karen Duffy From her IMDB.com page:
Karen Duffy was born on May 23, 1961 in New York City, New York, USA. She is an actress and producer, known for Dumb & Dumber (1994), Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009) and Last Action Hero (1993). She has been married to John Lambros since February 28, 1997. They have one child.....
From her Wikipedia page:
Duffy was born in New York City, the daughter of Carol, a homemaker, and Phil Duffy, a developer. She attended Park Ridge High School in Park Ridge, New Jersey, graduating in 1979. She received a bachelor's degree in recreational therapy from the University of Colorado.
Continue to keep counting down the ten most famous CU Boulder attendees according to Ranker. Number 4: Glenn Miller From his Wikipedia page:
Alton Glenn Miller (March 1, 1904 -- missing in action December 15, 1944) was an American big band musician, arranger, composer, and bandleader in the swing era. He was the best-selling recording artist from 1939 to 1943, leading one of the best known big bands. Miller's notable recordings include "In the Mood", "Moonlight Serenade", "Pennsylvania 6-5000", "Chattanooga Choo Choo", "A String of Pearls", "At Last", "(I've Got a Gal In) Kalamazoo", "American Patrol", "Tuxedo Junction", "Elmer's Tune", and "Little Brown Jug" While he was traveling to entertain U.S. troops in France during World War II, Glenn Miller's aircraft disappeared in bad weather over the English Channel.... In 1923, Miller entered the University of Colorado at Boulder, where he joined Sigma Nu Fraternity, but spent most of his time away from school, attending auditions and playing any gigs he could get, including with Boyd Senter's band in Denver. He dropped out of school after failing three out of five classes one semester, and decided to concentrate on making a career as a professional musician.
Number 3: Trey Parker From his Wikipedia page:
Randolph Severn "Trey" Parker III (born October 19, 1969) is an American actor, animator, screenwriter, director, producer, singer, and songwriter. He is best known for being the co-creator of South Park along with his creative partner and best friend Matt Stone, as well as co-writing and co-directing the 2011 musical The Book of Mormon. Parker grew up in Conifer, Colorado and was interested in film and music growing up. He attended the University of Colorado, Boulder following high school, where he met Stone. The two collaborated on various short films, and starred in a feature-length musical, titled Cannibal! The Musical, in 1993.
Continue to keep counting down the ten most famous CU Boulder attendees according to Ranker. Number 2: Matt Stone From his Wikipedia page:
Matthew Richard "Matt" Stone (born May 26, 1971) is an American actor, animator, screenwriter, television director, producer, singer, and songwriter. He is best known for being the co-creator of South Park along with his creative partner and best friend Trey Parker, as well as co-writing the 2011 multi-Tony Award winning musical The Book of Mormon. Stone and Parker launched their largely collaborative careers in 1989 when they met at the University of Colorado Boulder. In 1992 they made a holiday short titled Jesus vs. Frosty which would eventually become South Park. Their first success came from Alferd Packer: The Musical, subsequently distributed as Cannibal! The Musical. From there he made another short title Jesus vs. Santa, leading him and college friend Parker to create South Park, which has been airing for over fifteen years. He has four Emmy Awards for his role in South Park, winning for both "Outstanding Programming More Than One Hour" and "Outstanding Programming Less Than One Hour."
Number 1: Robert Redford From his Wikipedia page:
Charles Robert Redford Jr. (born August 18, 1936), better known as Robert Redford, is an American actor, film director, producer, businessman, environmentalist, philanthropist, and a founder of the Sundance Film Festival. He has received two Academy Awards: one in 1981 for directing Ordinary People, and one for Lifetime Achievement in 2002. In 2010, he was awarded French Knighthood in the Legion d'Honneur. Redford's career began in New York....
Redford's family moved to Van Nuys, California, while his father worked in El Segundo. He attended Van Nuys High School, where he was classmates with baseball player Don Drysdale. He has described himself as having been a "bad" student, finding inspiration outside the classroom, and being interested in art and sports. He hit tennis balls with Pancho Gonzales at the Los Angeles Tennis Club to warm him up. After high school, he attended the University of Colorado for a year and a half, where he was a member of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity. While there, he worked at the restaurant/bar The Sink; a painting of his likeness is prominent in the bar's murals. After being asked to leave the University of Colorado, he traveled in Europe, living in France, Spain, and Italy.
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