Does going away to school bode well for a career in the arts?
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Alma Mater: Portsmouth Abbey (Class of 1994)
Fun Fact: The It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia actor returned to the Portsmouth, RI campus in 2012 to deliver a speech to the Catholic school’s community. He also donated a visit to his TV show’s sound stage—complete with a walk-on role—to a live auction that benefitted the school.
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Alma Mater: Emma Willard School
Fun Fact: Fonda told Larry King she’s glad she went to the all-girls school in Troy, NY: “It’s probably one of the great girls’ schools in the country… I was there for four years and I think I learned to not be afraid of my intelligence there. My father was really smart to send me there. I think if I had been in a situation with boys I would have gotten into a lot of trouble.”
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Alma Mater: The Taft School (Class of 1983)
Fun Fact: The Phish frontman started his first band, Space Antelope, while at Taft.
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Alma Mater: Groton School (Class of 1958)
Fun Fact: The actor, known for his lead role on Law & Order as district attorney Jack McCoy, graced the stage at Groton. “For a kid who was already bitten by acting, frustration and encouragement combined turned out to be the best thing,” he said. “That’s what I got at Groton: the thrill of performing in front of the whole community, the excitement of being around girls (Concord Academy girls played the women’s parts in those days), the encouragement of masters like Mr. Hawkes, and the frustrations—that, in the eyes of the school, the theater was a bit of a sideline, that there was only one play put on a year.”