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The renowned playwright's career was born and fostered in the libraries at the University of Michigan where he wrote his first play, No Villain. After graduating in 1938 with a degree in English, Miller maintained strong ties to his alma mater, establishing the Arthur Miller Award for Dramatic Writing and lending his name to U-M's Arthur Miller Theatre.
A talented dancer and straight-A student, Madonna was offered a dance scholarship to the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance in the late 1970s. Lucky for her fans, however, she dropped out in 1978 and relocated to New York City to pursue a career in the entertainment industry.
Most people know Darren Criss from his role as Blaine on the hit TV show Glee. But serious fans knew him first as Harry Potter in A Very Potter Musical — a wildly popular parody of J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter book series, produced and performed by U-M students in 2009. A senior at the time, Darren not only starred in the production, but co-wrote all of the music and lyrics as well.
Before he was the 38th POTUS, Gerald R. Ford attended U of M in the early 1930s. A star football player, he won the title of MVP his senior year and was offered contracts from the Detroit Lions and Green Bay Packers, both of which he declined in favor of continuing his education. Ford graduated from Michigan in 1935 with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics.
Baseball giant Derek Jeter signed a National Letter of Intent in the spring of 1992 to play for the University of Michigan, where he would attend classes on a full baseball scholarship. But, unfortunately, Jeter never saw play time in Ann Arbor as he was drafted by the New York Yankees the same year.
When she wasn't taking classes toward her B.A. in Asian languages and cultures, Lucy Liu was working as a waitress at the Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase club and performing with U-M's student-run theater group, Basement Arts. She landed her first lead role as Alice in a U-M production of Alice in Wonderland during her senior year.