Famous English Major Career Paths

“Years later, when my kids asked me what courses to take, my advice was always to get a good liberal arts education.  Although I am a great believer in the importance of learning from history, I really didn’t care if they mastered all the dates and places of the Civil War.  The key is to get a solid grounding in reading and writing.” –Lee Iacocca, Chrysler CEO and business guru

While there are many others, here are five examples of famous English majors in each of eight career paths:
Acting and Directing
 Matt Damon, actorMatt Damon, Academy Award-winner for original screenplay for Good Will Hunting
 Jodie Foster, actorJodie Foster, actor and director, star in many intellectual roles
 Paul Newman, actorPaul Newman, actor and director, adapted The Glass Menagerie and Sometimes a Great Notion
 Martin Scorsese, directorMartin Scorsese, director, adapted The Age of Innocence and The Last Temptation of Christ
Steven Spielberg, directorSteven Spielberg, director, adapted The Color Purple and Minority Report
Business 
 Michael Eisner, Walt Disney CEOMichael Eisner, former Walt Disney CEO
Kathryn Fuller, former CEO of World Wildlife FundKathryn Fuller, former World Wildlife Fund CEO
Andrea Jung, Avon CEO Andrea Jung, Avon CEO
Judy McGrath, CEO of MTVJudy McGrath, MTV CEO
Anne Mulcahy, CEO of XeroxAnne Mulcahy, Xerox CEO
 Journalism 
Katie Couric, host and anchor, Today, CBS Evening News, KatieKatie Couric, host and anchor, Today, CBS Evening News, Katie
Mary Hart, co-host Entertainment TonightMary Hart, co-host, Entertainment Tonight
Diane Sawyer, anchor, Good Morning America, ABC World NewsDiane Sawyer, anchor, Good Morning America, ABC World News
Barbara Walters, host and anchor, Today, 20/20, ABC Evening News, The ViewBarbara Walters, host and anchor, Today, 20/20, ABC Evening News, The View
Bob Woodward, columnist at The Washington Post, author of All The President's MeBob Woodward, columnist at The Washington Post and author of All The President's Men
Government 
Carol BrownerCarol Browner, head of the Environmental Protection Agency under Clinton
Mario Cuomo, Democratic Governor of New YorkMario Cuomo, Democratic Governor of New York
Thurgood Marshall, Supreme Court JusticeThurgood Marshall, Supreme Court Justice
Mitt Romney, Republican Presidential candidateMitt Romney, Republican Presidential candidate
Pete Wilson, Republican Governor of CaliforniaPete Wilson, Republican Governor of California
Science 
Sally Ride, astronaut and physicist, first American woman in spaceSally Ride, astronaut and physicist, first American woman in space
B. F. Skinner, behaviorist psychologist, author of Walden TwoB. F. Skinner, behaviorist psychologist, author of Walden Two
Benjamin Spock, pediatrician, author of Baby and Child CareBenjamin Spock, pediatrician, author of Baby and Child Care
Edwin Way Teale, naturalistEdwin Teale, naturalist, writer for Popular Science, author of The American Seasons
Harold Varmus, Nobel laureate in medicine and director of the National InstituteHarold Varmus, Nobel laureate in medicine and director of the National Institutes of Health
Songwriting 
Don Henley, of the Eagles and solo careerDon Henley, of The Eagles and solo career
Mark Knopfler, of Dire Straits and solo careerMark Knopfler, of Dire Straits and solo career
Kris KristophersonKris Kristofferson, many of his songs became hits for others, "Me and Bobby McGee"
Paul SimonPaul Simon, of Simon and Garfunkel and solo career
Sting, of The Police and solo careerSting, of The Police and solo career
Sports Industry 
Howard CosellHoward Cosell, one of the most esteemed sports journalists
A Bartlett Giamatti, Commissioner of Major League BaseballA. Bartlett Giamatti, Commissioner of baseball
Jim Henderson, New Orleans sportscasterJim Henderson, New Orleans sports broadcaster, "Voice of the Saints"
Tony Kornheiser Tony Kornheiser, sports journalist for ESPN
Marty Shottenheimer, head football coach of the Browns, Chargers, Chiefs and Red Marty Schottenheimer, head football coach for the Browns, Chargers, Chiefs and Redskins
Writing 
Gwendolyn BrooksGwendolyn Brooks, Pulitzer-prize winning poet
Stephen KingStephen King, horror novelist whose best works often highlight writing: The Shining, Misery
Toni MorrisonToni Morrison, author of Beloved, Jazz, The Song of Solomon
Amy TanAmy Tan, author of The Joy Luck Club, The Bonesetter's Daughter
Eudora WeltyEudora Welty, author of Delta Wedding, A Worn Path