Special Report

50 Famous Women Who Were Once Girl Scouts

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50. Shari Lewis
> Occupation: Puppeteer

Shari Lewis entertained generations of young Americans with her puppets, musical performances, and books (she wrote 60 of them). She introduced her most famous character, Lamb Chop, on the “Captain Kangaroo Show” in 1957. The puppet was soon the star of an award-winning television show and even appeared before the House Telecommunications Subcommittee to speak on behalf of children’s programming. Lewis was born in New York City, was an active Girl Scout, and served on the board of Girls Scouts of the USA.

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49. Helen Hayes
> Occupation: Actress

Born in Washington, D.C., in 1900, Helen Hayes worked in movies, television, and on radio, but her great love was the theater. She appeared in plays by Shakespeare, Eugene O’Neill, and Tennessee Williams, among many others, and is only one of a handful of people to win an Emmy, a Tony, a Grammy, and an Oscar. She was also a political activist and fundraiser. Hayes was a Girl Scout and remained a supporter of the organization as an adult.

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48. Jane Pauley
> Occupation: Journalist

Broadcast journalist Jane Pauley joined NBC in 1976 and remained with the network for more than 25 years, working as a correspondent, anchor, and host for various programs like the “Today” show and “Dateline.” She is now the host of “CBS Sunday Morning.” Pauley grew up in Indianapolis, Indiana, where she was a Girl Scout. She is one of several journalists on our list of former scouts.

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47. Elizabeth Dole
> Occupation: Politician, Author

Former Girl Scout Elizabeth Dole has also been a U.S. senator, secretary of transportation, secretary of labor, as well as the president of the American Red Cross (she was only the second woman to lead the organization after its founder Clara Barton in 1881). She now runs the Elizabeth Dole Foundation, which supports families and friends of America’s wounded veterans.

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46. Lisa Ling
> Occupation: Journalist

Sacramento native Lisa Ling has had a wide-ranging career as a television journalist and talk show host. She has reported from numerous countries, served as a war correspondent, and was co-host of fellow Girl Scout Barbara Walters’ Emmy-nominated talk show “The View.”