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Greenwich Notable Alumni

Celebrities who attended Greenwich's private schools



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Check out the stories of 8 notable celebrities — politicians, writers, entertainers — whose lives can be traced back to Greenwich’s many private schools.

Greenwich Academy

Jane Fonda

The two-time Academy Award winning actress attended the all girls school in the late 1950s, during her family’s four year stay in the suburb. This was no easy time for the actress: during these years, her mother committed suicide and her brother survived a bullet wound. In writings since, Fonda recalls spending much of her time at Round Hill Stables and Greenwich Riding Club, relishing in its horses.

It didn’t take long to discover that we shared a passion for horses and would both be in the same class that fall at the all-girls Greenwich Academy. Diana introduced me to the Round Hill Stables and Riding Club. I learned to take a horse over a jump there, and it was there that Teddy, the stable boy, broke my arm in a wrestling match.” -Jane Fonda, “Diane Dunn and Me”

Allison Williams

Native to New Canaan, Girls actress Allison Williams attended New Canaan schools during her formative years and Greenwich Academy for high school. Promising her parents she would get an education before pursuing acting, Williams did not even start on Girls until after completing college at Yale. After graduating, Williams was discovered by Girls director Judd Apatow through YouTube, and the rest was history.  

“This is the closest Greeniwch Academy and Brunswick have come to a student-run production…we've done most of the writing, directing and working out the logistics. That's a huge step.'' – New York Times, 2005 (on a play she was working on, an adaptation of “History of the World: Part I”)

Brooke Hayward

Brooke Hayward is an American actress/writer whose autobiography Haywire climbed 17 weeks on the New York Times Bestseller list. The autobiography focuses on her turbulent adolescence with parents Leland Hayward, a producer, and actress Margaret Sullivan. Hayward went to Greenwich Aacademy for several years with Jane Fonda.

In her autobiography, Hayward allegedly remembers the Academy as an“august-brick building” with students dressed in green uniforms.

Brunswick School

Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss

Fans of The Social Network? The powerhouse twins made famous in the flick for their real-life litigation battle with Mark Zuckerberg hail from none other than Greenwich, CT. The “mirror image,” 6’5 brothers attended Brunswick for high school before becoming two-time Olympic rowers and networking entrepreneurs. At 31, today they’re successful venture capitalists.

Bill Simmons

Many of you know Bill Simmons as the “The Sports Guy,” the high-profile sports writer whose online sports influence is unparalled. Turns out, Simmons lived in Stamford and attended both Greenwich Country Day School and Brunswick School during his teens. While at Greenwich Country Day School, Simmons dabbled into radio and was recognized by teachers for his writing chops.

"Those two schools were the best things that ever happened to me,” he said in Greenwich Magazine, 2009

Greenwich Country Day School

George H.W. Bush

Well, here’s a big one. The 41st President was raised in Greenwich and went to Greenwich Country Day before Phillips Academy for high school and Yale for college. After success in the fuel business, Bush entered into politics in the early 1960s, serving as Vice President from 1981 to 1989 and President from 1989 to 1993. Though he raised his two office-holding sons primarily in Texas, George W. was born in New Haven and came back to attend Yale.

Bryce Dallas Howard

Howard has been in a number of movies recently, from Spider Man 3 to The Help. Daughter to Happy Days star Ron Howard, the redheaded actress grew up in Greenwich on a family farm designed as a shade from show business (they didn’t own a TV). In place of usual distractions, the Howards engaged in outdoor activities — so much that Bryce even considered choosing UConn basketball over acting at one point.

"I feel very connected to the kind of life there…there's an elegance about Greenwich. I really enjoyed being raised there" – Hartford Courant, 2009

Helen Resor

The Winklevoss weren’t the only Olympians to come through Greenwich Country Day School. The ice hockey defender, who went to GCDS as a tyke, won the bronze medal in 2006 to become the Yale’s first female hockey Olympian and first man or woman to medal in the sport at 1932. Impressive feats. At 21, she was the second youngest member on this team.

Convent of the Sacred Heart

Rosario Kennedy

The daughter of a second-generation Cuban governor, Rosario Kennedy left Cuba in exile in 1960 and graduated with a scholarship from Convent of the Sacred Heart. Since then, she has gone on to achieve a momentous political career as the first Cuban woman on the City of Miami Commission, as well as a former Vice Mayor of Miami.

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