Sarah Lawrence College in Pop Culture
10 Things I Hate About You
In 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."
In 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)
Broken English (2007)
Down and Out in Beverly Hills (1986)
The Hotel New Hampshire (1984)
Baby It's You (1983)
A Face in the Crowd (1957)
In 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
Parks & Recreation
Saturday Night Live
Too Close for Comfort
The Princess Diaries
In 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
Freedom by Jonathan Franzen
Jane, 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 Moviegoer by Walker Percy
Franny & Zooey by J.D. Salinger
In 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)
Sarah Lawrence College has been on the hit game show Jeopardy! nine times so far. The most recent occurrence was on March 25, 2011, when SLC was the correct answer for the $2000 question in a Double Jeopardy category called Colleges Named for People: "This private liberal arts college in Bronxville, N.Y. was named for the wife of its founding donor."