There are many ‘famous’ people that attended a Montessori school in some stage of their life. While one can argue, that there are many successful people who were not exposed to Montessori education, what's interesting is that many of those who attended Montessori school praise it as one of their important success factors.
Other famous people who attended Montessori school as children include:
- Prince William and Prince Harry, English royal family
- Friedensreich Hundertwasser, Austrian painter and Architect
- Katherine Graham, former owner-editor of the Washington Post. “The Montessori method—learning by doing— once again became my stock in trade…” from Personal History by Katharine Graham
- Helen Hunt, Academy Award-winning actress
- Lea Salonga, multi-awarded Filipino-American singer and Broadway actress
- Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis, former editor, former first lady (John F. Kennedy)
- Berry Brazelton, noted paediatrician and author
- Kami Cotler, actress (youngest child on long-running series The Waltons)
- Melissa and Sarah Gilbert, actors
Famous people who chose Montessori schools for their own children:
- Stephen J. Cannell, TV writer-producer-director (The Rockfor Files and many other)
- Patty Duke Austin, actress
- Bill and Hillary Clinton, Former President and New York Senator
- Cher Bono, singer, actress
- John Bradshaw, psychologist and author
- Yul Brynner, former actor
- Marcy Carcy, TV producer
- Michael Douglas, actor
- Shari Lewis, former puppeteer
- Yo Yo Ma, cellist
- Willie Nelson, musician, has a Montessori school on his ranch
- Elizabeth Berridge, actress
- Jennifer Granholm and Daniel Mulhern, Governor of Michigan
Others with a Montessori connection:
- Bruno Bettelheim, noted psychologist/author, was married to a 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.
- Jean Piaget, noted Swiss psychologist, made his first observations of children in a Montessori school. He was also head of the Swiss Montessori Society for many years.
- Mister Rogers, children’s TV personality, strong supporter of Montessori education
- Alexander Graham Bell (inventor) and his wife Mabel founded the Montessori Education Association in 1913. They also provided financial support directly to Dr. Maria Montessori and helped establish the first Montessori class in Canada and one of the first in the United States.
- Alice Waters, restaurateur and writer, is a former Montessori teacher.