Arizonans are a proud bunch and for good reason. We have some of the most stunning landscapes in the country and, as you’ll see below, our state is also home to quite a number of celebrities. Whether they were born here or grew up in Arizona, it’s no surprise why many of them continue to live here.
1. Chester Bennington, Phoenix
Millenials and other younguns may recognize Bennington as the frontman for the rock band Linkin Park. He attended both Centennial and Greenway High School.
2. Lynda Carter, Phoenix
Who would have thought Wonder Woman was from Phoenix? Carter was born in Phoenix and later attended Arizona State University before dropping out to pursue a career in the entertainment industry.
3. Cesar Chavez, Yuma
A labor leader and civil rights activist, Chavez was born and raised in Yuma before his family moved to California after losing their home during the Great Depression.
4. Alice Cooper, Phoenix
Although he was actually born in Detroit, Cooper is an Arizona icon who moved here as a child. He later attended Cortez High School, and Grand Canyon University even presented the shock rocker with an honorary doctorate.
5. Ted Danson, Flagstaff
Danson was born in San Diego but his family later moved to Flagstaff. He was raised in the mountain town until he left to attend a boarding school in Connecticut.
6. Diana Gabaldon, Flagstaff
This scholar turned fiction writer is best known for her popular Outlander series, which recently became a mini series on Starz. Before turning to historical fiction, she taught environmental science at Arizona State University and was the editor for Science Software Quarterly.
7. Linda Ronstadt, Tucson
You'll recognize her 1975 rendition of “You're No Good,” which rephrased the song from R&B to rock.
8. Nate Ruess, Glendale
Now part of the band "Fun.", Ruess originally got his start in the music industry as one half of the band The Format. (Listen to their songs and you'll hear plenty of local references!) Ruess was born in Iowa but grew up in Glendale and attended Deer Valley High School.
9. Sandra Day O'Connor, Duncan
The former Supreme Court justice spent a significant amount of her childhood on a ranch outside of Duncan, Arizona. She later graduated from Stanford and served as Assistant Attorney General within the Arizona Court of Appeals before she was appointed to the Superior Court.
10. Emma Stone, Scottsdale
You've probably seen this famous actress in a string of recent movies, including: “Crazy, Stupid, Love,” “The Amazing Spiderman,” and “The Help.” She grew up in Scottsdale, participated in the Valley Youth Theatre, and began attending Xavier College Preparatory in Phoenix before dropping out to pursue a career in acting.
Have you seen these folks or any other celebrities across the state? Let us know in the comments section!