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Famous Montessori People

There are quite a number of famous and successful people who, in some form or another, have a Montessori connection. Check some interesting names below...

Below are some of the famous people who attended Montessori school as children:

  • Larry Page and Sergey Brin, co-founders of Google.comPrince William and Prince Harry
  • Jeff Bezos, financial analyst, founder, Amazon.com
  • Katherine Graham, owner/editor of the Washington Post
  • Prince William and Prince Harry, English royal family
  • Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis, editor, former first lady (John F. Kennedy)
  • Julia Child, famous chef, star of many TV cooking shows and author of numerous cookbook
  • Anne Frank, famous diarist from world war II
  • Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Nobel Prize winner for Literature
  • T. Berry Brazelton, noted pediatrician and authorJulia Child
  • Friedensreich Hundertwasser, Austrian painter and architect
  • George Clooney, Academy Award-winning actor
  • Kami Cotler, actress (youngest child on long-running series The Waltons)
  • Melissa and Sarah Gilbert, actors
  • Elizabeth Berridge, actress (Constanze in Amadeus)
  • Joshua Bell, American violinist, owner of Stradivarius violin
  • Sean “P. Diddy” Combs, rap star, music mogul


Bill and Hilary ClintonBelow are some of the famous people who chose Montessori schools for their own children:

  • Bill & Hillary Clinton, former president/senator, NY
  • John Bradshaw, psychologist and author
  • Dick Ebersol and Susan St. James, television executive and actress
  • Stephen J. Cannell, TV writer-producer-director (The Rockford Files and many others)
  • Willie Nelson, Yo Yo Mamusician, has a Montessori school on his ranch
  • Patty Duke Austin, actress
  • Cher Bono, singer-actress
  • Michael Douglas, actor
  • Yul Brynner, actor
  • Marcy Carcy, TV producer
  • Shari Lewis, puppeteer
  • Yo Yo Ma, cellist
  • David Blaine, street magician


And below are others with some kind of Montessori Connection:

  • Alexander Graham Bell, Alexander Graham Bellnoted inventor, provided financial support directly to Dr. Montessori. Helped establish the first Montessori class in Canada and one of the first in the United States
  • Thomas Edison, noted scientist and inventor, helped to found a Montessori school
  • Bruno Bettelheim, noted psychologist/author, was married to a Montessori teacher
  • Erik Erikson, anthropologist/author, had a Montessori teaching certificate
  • Jean Piaget, Thomas Edisonnoted Swiss psychologist, made his first observations of children in a Montessori school.
  • Alice Waters, restaurateur and writer, is a former Montessori teacher
  • President Wilson’s daughter trained as a Montessori teacher. There was a Montessori classroom in the basement of the White House during Wilson’s presidency
  • Mister Rogers, children's TV personality, strong supporter of the Montessori method

 

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Many famous people have studied at a Montessori school, ie. Larry Page and Sergey Brin (founder of Google), Jeffrey Bezos (founder of Amazon), Prince William and Prince Harry (English royal family), Katharine Graham (Owner/Editor of the Washington Post), Julia Child (famous chef), etc...

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