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Based on some of her roles-40-Year-Old Virgin, Zack and Miri Make a Porno, Wet Hot American Summer-Elizabeth Banks seems like the kind of actress who appeals to frat guys. And there's a reason for that. At the University of Pennsylvania, Banks was in the Delta Delta Delta sorority and recently joked with Craig Ferguson (who was once married to a Delta himself) about meeting her husband on the lawn of a fraternity. "He was a sophomore, and I was a freshman," Banks told the late-night host. "And I still make fun of him because he was very much trying to take advantage of the 'new girl on the block.'" Other famous Deltas include Today show host Hota Kotb (Virginia Tech) and former Today show host Katie Couric, who attended the University of Virginia, where she was also a cheerleader. In 2008, she even made a surprise visit to the Tri Delta house at the University of Mississippi, where she clearly was impressed. "Wow," Couric said as she walked in, "this is like Elle Woods' sorority!"
As a student at the University of Kentucky, Ashley Judd not only joined the Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority, but the former French major also made Phi Beta Kappa. To this day, Judd's school spirit and love of academia are obviously important-she can often be found in the stands when the Wildcats play college basketball, and Judd recently got a master's from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. Another proud Kappa is University of Kansas alumna Kate Spade. "I adore all of the traditions of Kappa-the camaraderie, the support, and the family-like atmosphere," she told the sorority's website. And Sex and the City's Charlotte York was also a Kappa-at Smith.
Founded at Howard University in 1908 as the first sorority for black women, Alpha Kappa Alpha boasts an astonishing array of famous honorary members, including Rosa Parks, Toni Morrison, Jada Pinkett Smith, Alicia Keys, Ella Fitzgerald-even Eleanor Roosevelt. AKA's actual members are equally impressive, including comedian Wanda Sykes (Hampton), jazz singer Cassandra Wilson (Jackson State), and Mrs. Huxtable herself, Phylicia Rashad (Howard).
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After transferring from N.Y.U. following her freshman year, Lucy Liu "fulfilled her parents' dreams" by attending the University of Michigan, where she became an Asian-studies major and joined the Chi Omega sorority. Liu was also active in theater and was cast in the lead in the school's production of Alice in Wonderland. Chi Omega has other famous actresses who are alumnae, including Sela Ward (Alabama), Joanne Woodward (L.S.U.), and-because three's company-Joyce DeWitt (Ball State).
The sing-alongs at Oklahoma City University's Gamma Phi Beta sorority must have been pretty amazing considering that two future Broadway stars pledged within a few years of each other. In fact, both Tony Award winner Kristin Chenoweth-who won Miss OCU as an undergraduate and was runner-up as Miss Oklahoma-and Tony nominee Kelli O'Hara trained with the same vocal coach, Florence Birdwell. Other famous Gamma Phi sisters include Cloris Leachman (Northwestern) and Chelsea Lately comedian Heather McDonald (USC).
While an undergraduate at the University of Denver, Condoleezza Rice made a fateful decision-she changed her major from piano to political science. (She also joined Alpha Chi Omega, a sorority with musical origins. Its first constitution declared, "The object of this fraternity is as follows: To attain the highest musical culture and to cultivate those principles that embody true womanhood.") Although Rice still performs-including with Yo-Yo Ma and a cameo on 30 Rock-music's loss was the Bush administration's gain. Rice's famous musical sisters include Dannity Kane's Aubrey O'Day (UC Irvine) and Trista Rehn Sutter (Miami), who made beautiful music on The Bachelorette.
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