There are tons of famous and influential people who are in Pennsylvania. So many, in fact, that while I was writing this post, I asked my friend to name any famous person at random, thinking that she may happen upon a Pennsylvanian without intending to– well, that exercise didn’t work out the way I wanted. Regardless, we claim many of America’s darlings. Here are some of the most beautiful from our state…
1. Grace Kelly
Grace Kelly, beloved Hollywood star, was born in Philadelphia and became the Princess of Monaco after marrying Prince Rainier III! By the time she retired from acting at the age of 26, she had already earned an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award, and she had starred in five films and acted in numerous others.
2. Keith Haring
You may recognize Keith Haring for his distinctive art style which reacted to New York street art of the 1980s (visible on his t-shirt in this photo). He was not only a famous artist, but a social activist. He was born in Reading and grew up in Kutztown.
3. Will Smith
Anyone who's grown up in the 90s most likely has seen the Fresh Prince and Bel-Air and could attest to the fact that Will Smith is from West Philadelphia, born and raised. Smith has gone on to star in numerous movies and win many awards for his acting.
4. Taylor Swift
America's favorite musician is from Reading and was raised in Wyomissing. She moved to Tennessee to pursue her music career when she was only 14.
5. Amanda Seyfried
Seyfried's debut film was Mean Girls, and it's a legacy that won't leave her anytime soon. She was born in Allentown.
6. Guion Bluford
Bluford was born in Philadelphia and stayed in Pennsylvania for college, graduating from Penn State in 1964. He is an aerospace engineer, U.S. Air Force officer, and former NASA astronaut who was the first African American in space.
7. Tina Fey
The hilarious and charismatic SNL and 30 Rock Star, Tina Fey, was born in Upper Darby and became interested in comedy from a young age.
8. Andy Warhol
Andy Warhol was born and raised in the Oakland area of Pittsburgh. Famous for his distinctive pop art style, Warhol also was a famous socialite in his day. Today the Andy Warhol Museum is the largest museum dedicated to a single artist in the country.
9. Bradley Cooper
Bradley Cooper was born in Philadelphia and worked briefly at the "Philadelphia Daily News" before going on to become a famous actor.
Who would you add to this list? Did any of these surprise you? Share your thoughts in the comments below.