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University of Michigan Celebrity Alumni Hall Of Fame

From pro athletes to music superstars, this historic Ann Arbor institution has seen its share of famous faces. 

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Arthur Miller

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.

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James Earl Jones

Known for his deep, iconic voice, the multi-faceted stage, movie, television and voice actor graduated from The University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance in 1955 with a degree in drama.

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Michael Phelps

Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympian of all time, followed his swim coach Bob Bowman to Michigan when Bowman was hired as head coach of the University of Michigan swim team. While at U-M, Phelps studied sports marketing and management and was a member of Club Wolverine.

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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.

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