7) Mindy Kaling
She says she was named after the female character in the television series, Mork and Mindy and this may have been the first sign she would become a successful writer, producer and actor. Kaling was the first female writer to be hired for the American adaptation of The Office and portrayed Kelly Kapoor in the series soon after it debuted. Her talents came to the public’s attention earlier, though, in the off Broadway play, “Matt & Ben” where she was Ben Affleck to her co-writer, Brenda Withers’, Matt Damon. The play was regarded as “a deliciously spiteful sendup of Hollywood’s naked emperors” by the New York Times. Kaling credits her success to her time at Dartmouth, where she completed a Bachelor’s degree in playwriting. While there, she was involved in improvisational and singing groups and authored a widely popular comic strip for The Dartmouth, Badly Drawn Girl.