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Famous Celebrities From Your State

Famous Celebrities From Your State

The stars all started somewhere

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Every city and state has its own special something that makes it unique, whether it be the iconic food and drinks or historic landmarks. But every so often, we're reminded that a star we’ve only read about or seen on the big screen once walked the very same streets as us. Sure, plenty of influential figures make their way to Hollywood or New York City, but big dreams often have humble beginnings. Here are the most famous people born in all 50 states as well as Washington, D.C.

Alabama: Rosa Parks

Alabama: Rosa Parks

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Rosa Parks, known nationally as the “mother of the modern-day civil rights movement,” was born in Tuskegee, Alabama, and dedicated her life to activism in Montgomery. Parks is best known for spurring the Montgomery bus boycott after refusing to give up her seat to a white male passenger on her commute from work

Alaska: Mark Schlereth

Alaska: Mark Schlereth

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Born in Anchorage, Alaska, Mark Schlereth is a three-time Super Bowl champion and NFL broadcaster for Fox Sports. Nicknamed “Stink,” Schlereth began his career in 1989 when he joined the Washington Football Team, one of the most popular NFL teams in the country.

Arizona: Emma Stone

Arizona: Emma Stone

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Emma Stone is best known for her Academy Award-winning performance in "La La Land” — the 2016 film with catchy songs and intricate dance numbers — as well as for being the highest-paid actress of 2017. But before she graced the big screen, she was born in Scottsdale, Arizona. Fun fact: Stone's birth-given first name is Emily, but the actress went with Emma in honor of Baby Spice from the Spice Girls after realizing another "Emily Stone" was already a registered member of the Screen Actors Guild.

Arkansas: Johnny Cash

Arkansas: Johnny Cash

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Johnny Cash, the "Man in Black" and a country music icon, was born in Kingsland, Arkansas. Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1992, Cash is most known for hits like “Ring of Fire,” “I Walk the Line” and “Folsom Prison Blues.”

California: Tom Hanks

California: Tom Hanks

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Before he was everyone's favorite cartoon cowboy in “Toy Story,” Tom Hanks was a native of Concord, California. In his 30-plus-year career, Hanks has received two Academy Awards — one for his portrayal of Forrest Gump, a kind-hearted man from Alabama, and another for playing a lawyer with a life-defining secret in "Philadelphia." Fans of Hank can visit famous movie locations where the star has filmed some of his most acclaimed work.

Colorado: Tim Allen

Colorado: Tim Allen

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Speaking of "Toy Story," Tim Allen, who voices Woody's space buddy Buzz Lightyear, was born and raised in Denver, Colorado. Thanks to his hit family-friendly television show "Home Improvement" and his portrayal of Saint Nick in one of the most popular Christmas films, “The Santa Clause,” Allen is a household name.

Connecticut: Katharine Hepburn

Connecticut: Katharine Hepburn

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Katharine Hepburn, the 20th-century movie star featured in classics like "The Philadelphia Story" and "Bringing Up Baby," was born and raised in Hartford, Connecticut. Best known for her charismatic and rebellious personality, Hepburn holds the record for the most Academy Awards for acting.

Delaware: Valerie Bertinelli

Delaware: Valerie Bertinelli

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Before her days on the screen, sitcom and Food Network star Valerie Bertinelli resided in Wilmington, Delaware. On her cooking show, Bertinelli specializes in go-to recipes ranging from the perfect pasta dish to savory casseroles and hosts a recurring segment with her cousin called “My Delaware Days” during which she reminisces about favorite childhood memories. Fans of "One Day at a Time" and "Touched by an Angel" may recognize the two-time Golden Globe-winning actress from her recurring roles.

Florida: Tom Petty

Florida: Tom Petty

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Tom Petty, a three-time Grammy Award-winning artist, was born in Gainesville, Florida. Petty is best known for being the lead singer of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and releasing classic hits like "Free Fallin’." Fun fact: After meeting Elvis Presley at just 10 years old in his home state, Petty claimed he knew he was destined to make rock ‘n’ roll music.

Georgia: Martin Luther King Jr.

Georgia: Martin Luther King Jr.

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Martin Luther King Jr., a native of Atlanta, Georgia, is the most influential and well-known figure to emerge from the civil rights movement. More than 900 streets across the country bear his name in honor of his activism against segregation and racism in the U.S. Many of King’s historic and courageous achievements are honored at important African American landmarks across America.

Hawaii: Barack Obama

Hawaii: Barack Obama

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Barack Obama, the 44th president, was born in Honolulu, Hawaii. Obama’s road to the presidency was historical in more ways than one. Not only was he the nation’s first Black president, but he also received more votes than any other candidate in history. Obama stands out in other ways as well: He is left-handed and actually began his journey to the Oval Office as a teacher.

Idaho: Aaron Paul

Idaho: Aaron Paul

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Fans of "Breaking Bad," the 16-time Emmy Award-winning television show, may recognize Aaron Paul from his portrayal of Jesse Pinkman. But before Paul graced the big and small screen, he was born in Emmett, Idaho.

Illinois: Harrison Ford

Illinois: Harrison Ford

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Harrison Ford may be best known for flying the Millennium Falcon in "Star Wars" and dodging death traps as Indiana Jones, but before his films inspired popular rides at Disneyland, the megastar was born in Chicago, Illinois.

Indiana: James Dean

Indiana: James Dean

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James Dean is a pop culture icon who, despite having only three films under his belt, inspired many of today's critically acclaimed actors. Dean was born in Marion, Indiana, and is the first actor to have received a posthumous Academy Award nomination for his performance in “East of Eden.”

Iowa: John Wayne

Iowa: John Wayne

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John Wayne, or "The Duke," was born in Winterset, Iowa. For more than 30 years, Wayne was a movie icon, starring in films ranging from action-packed Westerns to war dramas. Fans of Wayne can take a tour through the actor's life at the John Wayne Birthplace Museum in Winterset.

Kansas: Amelia Earhart

Kansas: Amelia Earhart

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The mysterious disappearance of Amelia Earhart during a flight around the globe has inspired plenty of conspiracy theories, but the Atchison, Kansas, native did much more than vanish. Not only did she defy gender stereotypes by fearlessly navigating the sky, but she also contributed to the advancement of women in aviation by being the first woman to fly across the Atlantic.

Kentucky: Muhammad Ali

Kentucky: Muhammad Ali

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Muhammad Ali, who first earned the world heavyweight boxing title in 1964 and is considered one of the greatest athletes of the 20th century, was born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky. Ali was also a crusader for social justice and used his platform to fight for causes he believed in.

Louisiana: Louis Armstrong

Louisiana: Louis Armstrong

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Before revolutionizing the world of jazz with the sound of his trumpet and distinctive voice, Louis Armstrong was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana. Records produced by the legendary musician have been called the most influential in jazz.

Maine: Stephen King

Maine: Stephen King

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“The King of Horror,” responsible for terrifying audiences both young and old, was born in Portland, Maine. Author Stephen King attended the University of Maine as an English major and was a teacher at the local high school before signing his first major book deal: "Carrie." Since then, King has sold millions of copies of his books, which have also been turned into hit films. Many of his stories take place in three fictional towns in Maine that he invented: Castle Rock, Derry and Jerusalem’s Lot.

Maryland: Nancy Pelosi

Maryland: Nancy Pelosi

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Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi was born in Baltimore, Maryland. She made history in 2007 after being elected the first woman to serve as speaker of the House. Pelosi reportedly eats dark chocolate ice cream every morning to jump-start her day.

Massachusetts: John F. Kennedy

Massachusetts: John F. Kennedy

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John F. Kennedy, the 35th president of the United States, is known for his thick New England accent thanks to his time in Brookline, Massachusetts. Kennedy is the only president in United States history who has won a Pulitzer Prize, which he did for his book, “Profiles in Courage.”

Michigan: Madonna

Michigan: Madonna

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Madonna, born Madonna Louise Ciccone, is one of the biggest pop stars of her time and has been labeled the "Queen of Pop" because of her popular singles and overall influence in the recording industry. Before dominating the charts, Madonna was born in Bay City, Michigan, and raised in the Detroit area.

Minnesota: Prince

Minnesota: Prince

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Born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Prince Rogers Nelson grew up in a house full of sound thanks to his musician parents. He taught himself how to play the piano, guitar and drums at a young age, and his natural talent led to an Academy Award and multiple Grammy wins. Prince's legacy still lives on in Minnesota: His private estate in Chanhassen is open for touring.

Mississippi: Elvis Presley

Mississippi: Elvis Presley

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Elvis Presley, quite possibly the most significant American cultural icon of the 20th century, grew up in Tupelo, Mississippi, before building his legacy in Memphis. The "King of Rock ‘n’ Roll" was just as much a movie star as he was a powerhouse musician. He starred in more than 30 films and was a 14-time Grammy-nominated artist. On top of visiting Graceland, fans of Presley can tour his birthplace in Tupelo at the Elvis Presley Birthplace Museum.

Missouri: Mark Twain

Missouri: Mark Twain

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Mark Twain, born Samuel Clemens, was born in Florida, Missouri, and hopped around the state throughout his childhood. Under his pseudonym, Twain wrote American classics "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" and "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer." Today, Twain’s home is a historic site that can be toured by literary fans.

Montana: Dana Carvey

Montana: Dana Carvey

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Dana Carvey, a favorite on "Saturday Night Live" for more than five seasons, was born in Missoula, Montana, before making his way first to California and eventually to New York City. Carvey is best known for starring alongside Mike Myers in the movie "Wayne's World."

Nebraska: Warren Buffett

Nebraska: Warren Buffett

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Warren Buffett may be one of the richest people in the world, but the Omaha, Nebraska, native still calls the Cornhusker State home. As one of the most influential figures in American business, Buffett is often called the "Oracle of Omaha" because of his ability to choose companies to invest in that ultimately succeed.

Nevada: Andre Agassi

Nevada: Andre Agassi

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Tennis player Andre Agassi — an eight-time Grand Slam winner and career Grand Slam champion — was born in Las Vegas, Nevada. Agassi first picked up a tennis racket as a toddler and left school permanently in the ninth grade to pursue his tennis career. The rest, as they say, is history.

New Hampshire: Dan Brown

New Hampshire: Dan Brown

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Dan Brown, the author of fan-favorites like "The Da Vinci Code" and "Angels and Demons" was born in Exeter, New Hampshire. "The Da Vinci Code" is one of the best-selling novels of all time.

New Jersey: Frank Sinatra

New Jersey: Frank Sinatra

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Nicknamed "Ol’ Blue Eyes" because of his striking eye color, Frank Sinatra was born in Hoboken, New Jersey. Sinatra's striking voice made him a massive star and pop culture icon, and he enjoyed decades of success, recording timeless tracks like "Fly Me to the Moon," acting in numerous films and participating in radio programming.

New Mexico: Neil Patrick Harris

New Mexico: Neil Patrick Harris

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Neil Patrick Harris, born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, began acting at a young age as Doogie Howser in "Doogie Howser M.D.” He later rose to prominence for his Emmy-nominated performance as Barney Stinson in "How I Met Your Mother” and for hosting the Tony Awards, Emmy Awards and the Oscars.

New York: Donald Trump

New York: Donald Trump

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A real estate developer, tabloid icon, TV personality and the current president of the United States, Donald Trump was born in the borough of Queens in New York City. When not at the White House, at his mansion in Palm Beach or at one of his many golf courses, his home base of operations is Trump Tower in Manhattan.

North Carolina: Julianne Moore

North Carolina: Julianne Moore

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Academy Award-winning actress Julianne Moore might be one of Hollywood’s most famous faces, but the critically acclaimed actress was born in Fayetteville, North Carolina. Over the span of her career, Moore has earned more than 150 award nominations from a list of associations and has won more than 100 awards. 

North Dakota: Peggy Lee

North Dakota: Peggy Lee

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Singer, songwriter and actress Peggy Lee spent more than seven decades in Hollywood, but the Jamestown, North Dakota, native found her start as a singer for radio in her home state. Lee was awarded the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1995.

Ohio: Neil Armstrong

Ohio: Neil Armstrong

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The first man to walk on the moon was born in Wapakoneta, Ohio. At the age of 16, Neil Armstrong acquired a love for flying and airplane design and earned his flight certificate. You can fly high like Armstrong while taking a free online virtual tour of NASA’s Space Shuttle Trainer at the Museum of Flight.

Oklahoma: Brad Pitt

Oklahoma: Brad Pitt

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Brad Pitt is recognized for his Hollywood good looks and acting chops, but most are unaware that the Academy Award-nominated actor was born in Shawnee, Oklahoma, before making his way to Hollywood.

Oregon: Matt Groening

Oregon: Matt Groening

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Matt Groening may not be a common household name, but his signature creations — Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa and Maggie of “The Simpsons” — certainly are. Groening, born in Portland, Oregon, was also the creative force behind "Futurama" and Netflix’s "Disenchanted." Springfield, the fictional town where the Simpsons live, was actually inspired by Springfield, Oregon.

Pennsylvania: Will Smith

Pennsylvania: Will Smith

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As he says in "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" theme song, Will Smith was indeed born in West Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Smith has been nominated for a variety of music and acting accolades and won four Grammy Awards after inspiring audiences everywhere to "get jiggy with it."

Rhode Island: Harry Anderson

Rhode Island: Harry Anderson

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Fans of the show “Night Court” or the television series “It” will recognize Harry Anderson. Born in Newport, Rhode Island, Anderson had an expansive career that ranged from drama to comedy to horror.

South Carolina: Viola Davis

South Carolina: Viola Davis

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Viola Davis, star of fan-favorite shows like “How to Get Away with Murder” and critically acclaimed films like “Fences,” was born on her grandmother’s farm in St. Matthews, South Carolina. After growing up in Rhode Island, Davis accomplished a historic milestone by becoming the first Black actress to achieve the “Triple Crown of Acting”: an Academy Award, Emmy and Tony. Most recently, Davis made headlines for purchasing the former plantation home where she was born. 

South Dakota: Tom Brokaw

South Dakota: Tom Brokaw

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TV journalist and author Tom Brokaw was born in Webster, South Dakota. According to Brokaw, what inspired him to make a career in journalism was a passion for traveling.  He anchored “NBC Nightly News” from 1982 to 2004, becoming one of the most popular political reporters on the nation’s television screens.

Tennessee: Quentin Tarantino

Tennessee: Quentin Tarantino

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Quentin Tarantino is one of the most well-known directors. The mind behind films like "Kill Bill," "Reservoir Dogs" and “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” was born in Knoxville, Tennessee. 

Texas: Beyoncé

Texas: Beyonce

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Beyoncé, arguably one of the most famous women in history, was born in Houston, Texas. Other than being the voice of Nala in "The Lion King," and helming 2020’s “Black Is King,” Beyoncé is the second-highest-paid Black recording artist of all time and the most nominated woman in Grammy history.

Utah: Donny and Marie Osmond

Utah: Donny and Marie Osmond

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Donny and Marie Osmond's careers have spanned five decades. Between 1975 and 1979, the Ogden, Utah, natives hosted the widely popular variety show “Donny and Marie.” Throughout their career, the singing siblings frequently performed together, including during an 11-year Las Vegas residency that concluded in 2019.

Vermont: Calvin Coolidge

Vermont: Calvin Coolidge

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Calvin Coolidge, the 30th president of the United States, was born in Plymouth, Vermont. Coolidge was known for being a silent and stoic figure, earning the nickname "Silent Cal." He led the United States to tenuous prosperity during the roaring ‘20s, but a year after his departure from the White House, the Great Depression began.

Virginia: Pharrell Williams

Virginia: Pharrell Williams

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Pharrell Williams, the 13-time Grammy Award-winning artist who has collaborated with the likes of Beyoncé, Daft Punk and more, was born in Virginia Beach, Virginia. With songs like “Happy” and “Get Lucky” under his belt, Williams is a household name.

Washington: Bill Gates

Washington: Bill Gates

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Bill Gates, the principal founder of one of the world’s biggest businesses — Microsoft — and one of the most influential entrepreneurs of our time, hails from Seattle, Washington. Gates' work has taken him around the world, but the business mogul still calls Washington home. 

Washington, D.C.: Samuel L. Jackson

Washington, DC: Samuel L. Jackson

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Samuel L. Jackson, the acclaimed actor with iconic movie catchphrases, is a Washington, D.C., native. One of the highest-paid actors, Jackson has appeared in critically acclaimed dramas like "Pulp Fiction” and mega-franchises like "Star Wars,” "Jurassic Park” and the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

West Virginia: Steve Harvey

West Virginia: Steve Harvey

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Comedian Steve Harvey was born and raised in Welch, West Virginia. Harvey's career has spanned more than 30 years from comedy to reality television. He currently hosts two popular game shows: "Family Feud" and "Celebrity Family Feud."

Wisconsin: Gene Wilder

Wisconsin: Gene Wilder

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At the age of 8, while living in his native Milwaukee, Wisconsin, a young Gene Wilder, born Jerome Silberman, discovered comedy as a way to help his mother recover from a heart attack. More than 30 years later, Wilder would go on to perform in his most notable film, "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory."

Wyoming: Matthew Fox

Wyoming: Matthew Fox

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Matthew Fox is best known for playing the role of Dr. Jack Shephard on the hit TV show “Lost” and Charlie on “Party of Five.” But before he hit the silver screen, Fox was a Crowheart, Wyoming, native. “Lost” was famously filmed in Hawaii because the state is home to some of the most beautiful coastlines in the world.

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