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Can You Guess The Most Famous Person From Your Home State?

by Jess Catcher
Jess grew up in Oklahoma before moving to New York to become a writer. She has a cat named Agnes.

Have you ever wondered who the most famous person from your state is?

Over the years, tons of folks have made a name for themselves from each and every corner of the United States.

I remember when I found out Kristin Chenoweth, one of my favorite actresses, wasn’t just from Oklahoma like me but actually grew up in the same hometown!

We all have pride for our home states, and knowing the famous faces who were born or raised there make each one feel even more special.

Take a look to see which celebrity calls your state their birthplace or hometown! You might be surprised by which acclaimed actor, musician, author, or otherwise talented individuals can lay claim to the very same state you do.

Do you agree with the choice for most famous from your state? Don’t forget to SHARE with your friends on Facebook so they can find out their out state’s celebrity, too!

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Alabama

Alabama

Most Famous Resident: Hank Williams

Hometown: The original king of country was born as Hiram King Williams and born in Butler County before deciding the name Hank suited him better.

Alaska

Alaska

Most Famous Resident: Jewel

Hometown: Although the popular singer was born in Utah, she spent most of her time growing up in Homer, Alaska, with a family that embraced the rustic lifestyle without even any indoor plumbing.

Arizona

Arizona

Most Famous Resident: Linda Ronstadt

Hometown: Despite the the “Blue Bayou” songstress being known for her aquatic tune, she was born in the ironically more arid environment of Tucson.

Arkansas

Arkansas

Most Famous Resident: Johnny Cash

Hometown: The “Man in Black” was actually born J.R. Cash in Kingsland. He changed his name to John R. when he enlisted in the United States Air Force — because they wouldn’t allow him to use just initials for a first name — and eventually settled on Johnny when he signed with Sun Records.

California

California

Most Famous Resident: Cher

Hometown: Born Cherilyn Sarkisian in El Centro, her mother moved them to Los Angeles after her father abandoned the family when she was just 10 months old.

Colorado

Colorado

Most Famous Resident: Douglas Fairbanks

Hometown: Before he became one of the most famous actors of the silent movie era, he got his start onstage as a youngster growing up in Denver.

Connecticut

Connecticut

Most Famous Person: Katharine Hepburn

Hometown: The actress who turned heads with the simple act of wearing pants was born and raised in Hartford with a family that encouraged her originality.

Delaware

Delaware

Most Famous Resident: Valerie Bertinelli

Hometown: Before moving around the country with her family following her father’s executive career at General Motors, the One Day at a Time actress was born in Wilmington.

Florida

Florida

Most Famous Resident: Sidney Poitier

Hometown: The Oscar-winning actor was raised in the Bahamas, but he entered the world two months premature while his parents were on vacation in Miami.

Georgia

Georgia

Most Famous Resident: Ray Charles

Hometown: It’s not surprising the “Georgia” singer took his first breath in the state being born in Albany. His mother traveled from Greenville, Florida, to give birth near her family before returning.

Hawaii

Hawaii

Most Famous Resident: Bette Midler

Hometown: The multi-talented performer was born in Honolulu and remained on the islands all the way through college at the University of Hawaii at Manoa before making it big.

Idaho

Idaho

Most Famous Resident: Lana Turner

Hometown: The stunning actress was born Julia Jean Turner, known as “Judy” to her family, in the small mining town of Wallace before heading to Hollywood.

Illinois

Illinois

Most Famous Resident: Walt Disney

Hometown: The world’s most famous animator spent the first four years of his life in Chicago before his family moved to a farm in Missouri and you can still visit the church he was baptized in as a child.

Indiana

Indiana

Most Famous Resident: James Dean

Hometown: Born in Marion, he spent a few years living in California before the death of his mother caused his father to send him back to her family in Fairmount, Indiana, where he spent most of his young life.

Iowa

Iowa

Most Famous Resident: Johnny Carson

Hometown: The legendary talk show host was born in Corning and lived in nearby neighborhoods before his family moved to Nebraska when he was eight.

Kansas

Kansas

Most Famous Resident: Amelia Earhart

Hometown: Long before her mysterious disappearance, the aviation pioneer enjoyed an idyllic life born and raised in Atchison.

Kentucky

Kentucky

Most Famous Resident: Muhammad Ali

Hometown: Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr. was born and raised in Louisville and started his boxing training at the tender age of 12.

Louisiana

Louisiana

Most Famous Resident: Louis Armstrong

Hometown: Being born and raised in New Orleans certainly provided the jazz legend with plenty of inspiration for his iconic musical career.

Maine

Maine

Most Famous Resident: Stephen King

Hometown: The spooky novelist was born in Portland and spent a brief stint in Wisconsin before being raised in Durham by his single mother.

Maryland

Maryland

Most Famous Resident: John Waters

Hometown: The director of cult classics like Hairspray (the original, non-musical version) frequently stays true to his roots by filming in Baltimore where he was born and raised.

Massachusetts

Massachusetts

Most Famous Resident: Bette Davis

Hometown: The All About Eve actress was raised in Somerville, just outside of Boston, and attended boarding school in the Berkshires before making it big.

Michigan

Michigan

Most Famous Resident: Diana Ross

Hometown: The queen of Motown music was born and raised in Detroit where she actually went by Diane, the name her mother apparently intended for her.

Minnesota

Minnesota

Most Famous Resident: Judy Garland

Hometown: Named Frances Ethel Gumm after both of her parents at birth, Judy grew up in Grand Rapids performing with her vaudeville family pretty much since she could walk and talk at the same time.

Mississippi

Mississippi

Most Famous Resident: Elvis Presley

Hometown: Pretty much everyone knows about the boy from Tupelo who grew up to be the King of Rock and Roll, but others might be surprised to learn he was born with a twin brother who unfortunately didn’t survive birth.

Missouri

Missouri

Most Famous Resident: Dick Van Dyke

Hometown: The funnyman was born in West Plains before his family eventually moved to Danville, Illinois, where he and his brother Jerry spent most of their youth.

Montana

Montana

Most Famous Resident: Gary Cooper

Hometown: Born Frank James Cooper, he spent most of his early life as a rancher’s son in the state’s capital, Helena.

Nebraska

Nebraska

Most Famous Resident: Marlon Brando

Hometown: The method actor was born in Omaha and moved around from Chicago to Santa Ana, California, and back to a suburb of Chicago throughout his tumultuous childhood.

Nevada

Nevada

Most Famous Resident: Andre Agassi

Hometown: The tennis pro’s father, Emmanuel “Mike” Agassi, was his first coach while growing up in Las Vegas when he was known to best men more than twice his age by the time he was nine years old.

New Hampshire

jd salinger

Most Famous Resident: J.D. Salinger

Hometown: Although Jerome David Salinger was born in raised in New York City, which was also the setting for many of his stories, the author spent most of his life in the secluded town of Cornish where he avoided contact with the public as much as possible.

New Mexico

New Mexico

Most Famous Resident: John Denver

Hometown: Despite having the capital of Colorado for his last name, the folk singer was actually born in Roswell and spent most of his early life moving around frequently with his father’s job in the Air Force never letting them settle anywhere for too long.

New York

New York

Most Famous Resident: Lucille Ball

Hometown: The funny lady was born in Jamestown and spent much of her upbringing living with her mother, brother, and grandparents in nearby Celoron where she enjoyed spending time at the town’s amusement park.

New Jersey

New Jersey

Most Famous Resident: Frank Sinatra

Hometown: The “New York, New York” singer was actually born and raised across the Hudson River in Hoboken where he got his start singing as a child at his parents’ tavern.

North Carolina

North Carolina

Most Famous Resident: Andy Griffith

Hometown: Born in Mount Airy, the beloved actor remained in the state until graduating from the University North Carolina where he was president of the Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, a fraternity which focused on a love of music.

North Dakota

North Dakota

Most Famous Resident: Peggy Lee

Hometown: The jazz singer was born Norma Deloris Egstrom in Jamestown before changing her name at 17 when she moved to Los Angeles to become a star.

Ohio

Ohio

Most Famous Resident: Paul Newman

Hometown: The blue-eyed actor was born and raised in Shaker Heights and, according to legend, was kicked out of Ohio University for rolling a keg of beer down a hill (and hitting the university president’s car) before joining the U.S. Navy.

Oklahoma

Oklahoma

Most Famous Resident: Will Rogers

Hometown: Born to a Cherokee family in what was still known as Indian Territory near present-day town of Oologah, the multi-talented entertainer is still renowned as the state’s “favorite son.”

Oregon

beverly cleary

Most Famous Resident: Beverly Cleary

Hometown: The celebrated children’s author was born in McMinnville before her family moved to Portland where she spent most of her childhood.

Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania

Most Famous Resident: Gene Kelly

Hometown: The toe-tapping actor was born and raised in Pittsburgh where he notoriously got into fights with boys who tried to make fun of him for dancing.

Rhode Island

h.p. lovecraft

Most Famous Resident: H.P. Lovecraft

Hometown: Howard Phillips Lovecraft was born in Providence and spent much of his tragically short life living in the area while working on his now legendary fantasy novels.

South Carolina

South Carolina

Most Famous Resident: Eartha Kitt

Hometown: The sultry singer and actress had a troubled upbringing after being born without a father and eventually being abandoned by her mother in the small town of North before she finally found success.

South Dakota

South Dakota

Most Famous Resident: Bob Barker

Hometown: The quintessential game show host was born in Darrington, Washington, but spent most of his youth growing up on the Rosebud Indian Reservation as a member of the Sioux tribe.

Tennessee

Tennessee

Most Famous Resident: Dolly Parton

Hometown: The country queen famously pays homage to her rural Sevier County upbringing in her classic tunes and returned to Pigeon Forge to open her amusement park, Dollywood.

Texas

willie nelson

Most Famous Resident: Willie Nelson

Hometown: Born and raised in Abbott, the country singer’s grandparents encouraged his musical side by having him sing gospel music in church.

Utah

Utah

Most Famous Resident: Donny Osmond

Hometown: The former teen idol was born in Ogden and got his start with fame performing alongside his older brothers as The Osmonds.

Vermont

Vermont

Most Famous Resident(s): The Von Trapp Family

Hometown: Of course, the family obviously got their start in Austria as the film The Sound of Music fictionalizes, but they escaped in 1940 to set roots in Stowe where they continued performing together.

Virginia

Virginia

Most Famous Resident: Patsy Cline

Hometown: Born Virginia Patterson Hensley in Winchester, her family moved around the area a lot before settling right where they started when she was still a young girl.

Washington

Washington

Most Famous Resident: Bing Crosby

Hometown: Surprisingly not born with the quirky first name, Harry Lillis Jr. received his nickname while growing up in Spokane from a neighbor friend and it stuck the rest of his life.

West Virginia

West Virginia

Most Famous Resident: Don Knotts

Hometown: Born and raised in Morgantown, Jesse Donald took his middle name and was rumored to be related as sixth cousins to his young The Andy Griffith Show co-star, Ron Howard.

Wisconsin

Wisconsin

Most Famous Resident: Liberace

Hometown: Władziu Valentino Liberace began learning piano at four years old while growing up in West Allis and ultimately decided to go by just his last name.

Wyoming

Wyoming

Most Famous Resident: Jackson Pollock

Hometown: The abstract artist known for his messy style of painting was born in Cody, but moved while he was still an infant and spent most of his life growing up in Arizona and California.

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