Sarah Lawrence College in Pop Culture

10 Things I Hate About You

10 Things I Hate About YouIn the 1999 film 10 Things I Hate About You, a quasi-adaptation of Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew, high school senior Kat Stratford desperately wants to attend Sarah Lawrence College. Despite her father's wish for her to stay closer to home, at the end of the movie she is accepted to SLC and her father gives his blessing to attend.

Twist: Actress Larisa Oleynik, who plays Kat's younger sister Bianca in the film, went on to attend Sarah Lawrence in real life and graduated in 2004. She was quoted in entertainment magazines as saying that attending SLC was "the best decision I've made."

The Notebook

The NotebookIn the 2004 movie adaptation of Nicholas Sparks' bestselling novel The Notebook, main character Allie Hamilton, portrayed by Rachel McAdams, leaves home to attend Sarah Lawrence College.

Other films featuring characters who went to SLC:

Enough Said (2013)
Untitled (2009)
Broken English (2007)
Down and Out in Beverly Hills
The Hotel New Hampshire
Baby It's You
A Face in the Crowd (1957)

Gossip Girl

Gossip GirlIn the CW television series Gossip Girl, main character Blair Waldorf tries unsuccessfully to gain admission to Sarah Lawrence. In season four, Eric van der Woodsen has better luck, and announces he's headed to Sarah Lawrence in the fall.

Twist: Gossip Girl is produced by Alloy Entertainment, of which Leslie Morgenstein ’89 is CEO and Josh Bank '91 is Executive Vice President.

Other TV shows that have name dropped Sarah Lawrence College: 

Melissa & Joey
The Newsroom
Cold Case
Blue Bloods
Parks & Recreation
Saturday Night Live
The Simpsons
The Game
Gilmore Girls


Dawson's Creek
Too Close for Comfort

The Princess Diaries

The Princess DiariesIn The Princess Diaries, Volume X: Forever Princess, the final installment in author Meg Cabot's successful Princess Diaries series, main character Mia Thermopolis is accepted to and attends Sarah Lawrence. 

Twist: In the 2001 movie version of The Princess Diaries, Mia is portrayed by actress Anne Hathaway. In real life, Anne's younger brother is an SLC alumnus.

Other books that name drop Sarah Lawrence College:

Mad Dog House, by Mark Rubinstein
by Jonathan Franzen
, by April Lindner
Man in the Dark
by Paul Auster
American Psycho
and The Rules of Attraction by Bret Easton Ellis
A Nest of Ninnies
by John Ashbery and James Schuyler
The Hotel New Hampshire
by John Irving
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
The Gold Coast by Nelson DeMille
The Moviegoer by Walker Percy
Franny & Zooey by J.D. Salinger
Eremita a Parigi: Pagine Autobiografiche by Italo Calvino


EntourageIn the HBO series Entourage, the character of Lloyd, agent Ari Gold's assistant, holds a degree from Sarah Lawrence College.

Twist: The character of Hollywood super-agent Ari Gold is based on real-life agent Ari Emanuel, who is the brother of former White House Chief of Staff and Sarah Lawrence alumnus Rahm Emanuel '81.

Other TV shows featuring characters who went to SLC:

Gossip Girl (Eric van der Woodsen)
Will & Grace (Karen Walker)
House (Dr. Remy Hadley)
Mad Men (Bobbie Barrett's daughter)


Jeopardy!Sarah Lawrence College has been a question (or answer) on the hit game show Jeopardy! 11 times so far. The most recent occurrence was on September 10, 2015.

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