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1. Michelle Monaghan Michelle Monaghan Actress, Source Code Michelle Lynn Monaghan was born on March 23, 1976, in Winthrop, Iowa. She is the youngest of three children and the only daughter of Sharon (Hamel), who ran a day care center, and Robert L. Monaghan, a factory worker and farmer. She is of mostly Irish and German descent. After graduating from high school in Iowa...
2. Donna Reed Donna Reed Actress, It's a Wonderful Life Donna Reed was born in the midwestern town of Denison, Iowa, on January 27, 1921, as Donna Belle Mullenger. A small town - a population of less than 3,000 people - Denison was located by the Boyer River, and was the county seat of Crawford County. Donna grew up as a farm girl, much like many young girls in western Iowa...
3. Brandon Routh Brandon Routh Actor, Superman Returns Brandon James Routh (pronounced like "south") was born in Des Moines, Iowa, and grew up in nearby Norwalk. He is the son of Catherine LaVonne (Lear), a teacher, and Ronald Wayne Routh, a carpenter. Routh has English, Scottish, and German ancestry. He attended the University of Iowa and starred in many productions at the Norwalk Theater of Performing Arts...
4. Elijah Wood Elijah Wood Actor, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring Elijah Wood is an American actor best known for portraying Frodo Baggins in Peter Jackson's blockbuster Lord of the Rings film trilogy. In addition to reprising the role for the upcoming prequels of The Hobbit, Wood also plays Ryan in the FX television comedy Wilfred and voices the role of Beck in the Disney XD animated television series TRON: Uprising...
5. Ashton Kutcher Ashton Kutcher Actor, The Butterfly Effect Christopher Ashton Kutcher was born on February 7, 1978 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, to Diane (Finnegan), who was employed at Procter & Gamble, and Larry Kutcher, a factory worker. He has a fraternal twin brother, Michael, and a sister, Tausha. He is of Czech (father) and Irish, German, and Czech (mother) descent...
6. Lara Flynn Boyle Lara Flynn Boyle Actress, Men in Black II Lara Flynn Boyle was born in Davenport, Iowa on March 24, 1970 to 21-year old Sally Boyle. For Sally and young Lara, money was not plentiful so Sally was required to work three jobs in addition to raising baby Lara by herself. Since Lara was mostly around Sally, they developed a bond that still binds Lara and Sally today...
7. Danai Gurira Danai Gurira Actress, The Visitor Danai Gurira was born in Grinnell, Iowa to parents from Zimbabwe, when her father was teaching Chemistry at Grinnell College. When she was 5, the family moved back to Zimbabwe. Gurira studied social psychology at Macalaster College, and received an MFA from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. She is the co-author of the play, "In the Continuum", with Nikkole Salter.
8. John Wayne John Wayne Actor, The Searchers John Wayne was born Marion Robert Morrison in Iowa, to Mary Alberta (Brown) and Clyde Leonard Morrison, a pharmacist. He had English and Scots-Irish ancestry. Clyde developed a lung condition that required him to move his family from Iowa to the warmer climate of southern California, where they tried ranching in the Mojave Desert...
9. Kate Mulgrew Kate Mulgrew Actress, Throw Momma from the Train Katherine Kiernan Mulgrew, or Kate Mulgrew, was born on April 29, 1955. She grew up in Dubuque, Iowa, being the oldest girl in an Irish Catholic family of 8. When Kate, as a 12-year-old, expressed an interest in acting, her mother, Joan, brought home biographies of great actresses and sent Kate to summer acting schools...
10. Cloris Leachman Cloris Leachman Actress, The Iron Giant The record-breaking actress set a record when at age 82, she appeared on Dancing with the Stars. Cloris Leachman was born on April 30, 1926 in Des Moines, Iowa to Berkeley Claiborne "Buck" Leachman and the former Cloris Wallace. Her father's family owned a lumber company, Leachman Lumber Co. She is of Czech (from her maternal grandmother) and English descent...
11. Adam DeVine Adam DeVine Writer, Workaholics
12. Ron Livingston Ron Livingston Actor, Office Space Ron Livingston was born on June 5, 1967, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. His father is an aerospace engineer and his mother is a Lutheran minister. His younger brother, John Livingston, is also an actor. His sister, Jennifer Livingston, is a TV news personality at CBS/WKBT in La Crosse, Wisconsin. His youngest brother, Nick Livingston, is a student...
13. Michael Emerson Michael Emerson Actor, Saw
14. William Frawley William Frawley Actor, Miracle on 34th Street William Frawley was born in Burlington, Iowa. As a boy he sang at St. Paul's Catholic Church and played at the Burlington Opera House. His first job was as a stenographer for the Union Pacific Railroad. He did vaudeville with his brother Paul, then joined pianist Franz Rath in an act they took to San Francisco in 1910...
15. Riley Smith Riley Smith Actor, Radio Riley Smith was raised on his families Quarter Horse Ranch in Rural Iowa. The day after he graduated from high school, Riley took a modeling opportunity and moved to New York City. Using the money he earned while modeling, Riley enrolled in acting classes. A mere three months after Riley started taking acting classes...
16. Richard Beymer Richard Beymer Actor, West Side Story Iowa-born Richard Beymer's most famous role may have been Tony in West Side Story , but he has given good performances both before and since that film in his more than 50-year career. His debut was in Indiscretion of an American Wife (US title: "The Indiscretion of an American Wife) by famed Italian director Vittorio De Sica and he worked steadily...
17. Terry Farrell Terry Farrell Actress, Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth Terry Farrell was born on November 19, 1963 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. At age 15, she became a foreign exchange student to Mexico, and, from that experience, she decided she would like to live a more adventurous life in the big city. She sent several photos to a modeling agency and then, at age 17, dropped out of high school and became a model in New York...
18. Tom Arnold Tom Arnold Actor, True Lies Tom Arnold was born in Ottumwa, Iowa, to Linda (Graham) and Jack Arnold. After his parents divorced, he was raised by his father. In 1983, he got his first taste of stand-up comedy when he performed at open microphone nights at the University of Iowa. Tom's comedy career had its ups and downs over the next several years until 1988...
19. Stephen Collins Stephen Collins Actor, Blood Diamond
20. Kiersten Warren Kiersten Warren Actress, Independence Day Kiersten Nicolla Dale Warren was born on November 4, 1965 in Iowa. The daughter of Southern Baptist missionaries, Kiersten performed in churches everywhere from Mexico to Manila. Though signing Bibles like a rock star was exhilarating, she eventually sought the spotlight of a secular stage. After modeling for four years in Tokyo for the likes of Kanebo Cosmetics...
21. Jean Seberg Jean Seberg Actress, Breathless One month before her 18th birthday, Jean Seberg landed the title role in Otto Preminger's Saint Joan after a much-publicized contest involving some 18,000 hopefuls. The failure of that film and the only moderate success of her next, Bonjour Tristesse, combined to stall Seberg's career, until her role in Jean-Luc Godard's landmark feature...
22. Sue Lyon Sue Lyon Actress, Lolita Sue Lyon was born in Davenport, Iowa, the last of five children to Sue Karr Lyon. Her mother was forty-two when her husband died and Sue was 10 months old. Her mother had to work as a hospital house mother to take care of her children and money was tight. Around this time, the Lyon family moved out to Los Angeles...
23. Michael Mosley Michael Mosley Actor, The Proposal
24. Laura Leighton Laura Leighton Actress, Seven Girlfriends
25. Bobby Driscoll Bobby Driscoll Actor, Peter Pan Bobby Driscoll was a natural-born actor. Discovered by chance at the age of five-and-a-half in a barber shop in Altadena, CA. and then convincing in anything he ever undertook on the movie screen and on television throughout his career spanning 17 years (1943-1960). Includes such notable movie screen appearances as The Sullivans...
26. Hynden Walch Hynden Walch Actress, Groundhog Day 1989 Presidential Scholar while at Winston-Salem, NC, North Carolina School of the Arts. Did summer stock in Illinois and South Dakota while in high school.
27. Don DeFore Don DeFore Actor, It Happened on Fifth Avenue Don DeFore toured the country in stock companies for several years before making his Broadway debut in 1938. In films since 1941, he occasionally played leads in B pictures, but was more often cast as the good-natured buddy of the hero or a likable but gullible character whom the hero has to bail out of trouble...
28. Toby Huss Toby Huss Actor, Rescue Dawn
29. Johnny Carson Johnny Carson Self, The 52nd Annual Academy Awards Johnny Carson, the legendary "King of Late Night TV" who dominated the medium's nether hours for three decades, was born in Corning, Iowa, but moved with his family to nearby Norfolk, Nebraska when he was eight years old. It was in Norfolk, where he lived until he was inducted into the US Navy in 1943...
30. Joseph Kosinski Joseph Kosinski Director, Oblivion
31. George Reeves George Reeves Actor, Gone with the Wind George Reeves was raised in Pasadena, California, and educated at Pasadena Junior College. He was a skilled amateur boxer and musician. He interned as an actor at the famed Pasadena Playhouse, and was discovered there. He was cast as Stuart Tarleton in Gone with the Wind. Over the next ten years he was contracted to Warners...
32. India Summer India Summer Actress, Erotic Karma Slim, leggy, and sexy 5'5" brunette stunner India Summer was born Jody Jean Olson on April 26, 1976 in Des Moines, Iowa. She's of mixed Irish, German, English, and Native American descent. An only child growing up, Summer ran track and cross country in high school. She lost her virginity at age 17. Moreover...
33. Randi Oakes Randi Oakes Actress, Battlestar Galactica Pretty, sunny, and appealing blonde looker Randi Oakes was born Betty Lee Oakes on August 19, 1951 in Sumner, Iowa. Her father owned a farm in Randalia, Iowa. Oakes was encouraged by her parents to leave her small town and pursue a modeling career in New York, after she won the Miss Iowa Model of the Year contest...
34. Jon Foster Jon Foster Actor, Stay Alive Jon Foster has practiced his craft for many years. He started off in a local Iowa theatre and eventually furthered his career in Los Angeles with roles on television and on the big screen. He has very diverse interests and talents that include, playing drums, playing lead and bass guitar, and fixing up old muscle cars...
35. David Anthony Higgins David Anthony Higgins Actor, Snake Eyes
36. Paul Rust Paul Rust Actor, Inglourious Basterds
37. Hill Harper Hill Harper Actor, He Got Game Hill Harper, an accomplished film, television and stage actor, stars in the hit CBS drama series, CSI: NY. He portrays "Dr. Sheldon Hawkes", a reclusive coroner who walked away from a promising surgical career after the traumatic loss of two patients. This February, he will star in the HBO movie...
38. Priscilla Lane Priscilla Lane Actress, Arsenic and Old Lace Priscilla Lane attended the Eagin School of Dramatic Arts in New York before she began touring with her sisters in the Fred Waring and the Pennsylvanians Dance Band. She was a popular singer with her sisters and, after 5 years, she was signed to a Hollywood contract with Warner Brothers in 1937...
39. Gordon Gebert Gordon Gebert Actor, The Narrow Margin Gordon Alan Gebert was the only son of Gordon and Violette Gebert. His father was a salesman for a trailer company and later managed sales of truck and bus fleets for the Ford Motor Co. in Iowa. In 1946, a boy was needed for a role in a play for Drake University. Gordon was chosen and received acting lessons through the theatre...
40. Fred Grandy Fred Grandy Actor, Death Race 2000 Fred is lovingly known as Gopher by his millions of fans around the world who watched him became for 9 years in the 1970s hit series The Love Boat. But, before Fred became well known as an actor, he went to "Phillips Exeter Academy" with David Eisenhower. Later, he became David's best man when he married Julie Nixon...
41. Jerry Mathers Jerry Mathers Actor, The Trouble with Harry
42. David Yost David Yost Actor, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie
43. Andy Williams Andy Williams Self, Andy Williams and the NBC Kids Search for Santa The extraordinary, easy-listening crooning talents of Andy Williams were first unveiled when he was 8 years old and inducted into the Williams Brothers Quartet as its youngest member. Born in Wall Lake, Iowa on December 3, 1927, Andy started singing with his three older brothers (Bob Williams, Dick Williams and Don Williams) in his hometown's Presbyterian church choir...
44. Dana Davis Dana Davis Actress, Raise Your Voice She is a native of Davenport, Iowa. Attended Davenport North High School in Davenport, Iowa. Graduated with a music degree from Loyola Marymount University in 2001. Was a singer with the group "Necessity."
45. Marcia Wallace Marcia Wallace Actress, The Simpsons Movie Some might have easily doled out the phrase "laughing on the outside, crying on the inside" to describe funny lady Marcia Wallace and her many uphill battles, in both life and career, over the past three-and-a-half decades, but the carrot-cropped comedienne, with the ever-toothy smile, remains optimistic to this day as she forges on...
46. Phil Morris Phil Morris Actor, Atlantis: The Lost Empire
47. Kourtney Hansen Kourtney Hansen Actress, Beyond the Wall of Sleep Born and raised in Des Moines, Iowa, Kourtney made her way to Nashville in 2008 by way of a job in radio and her love of the South. After graduating from Drake University with a degree in theater, Hansen has appeared on stage in professional theater productions and served as a sidekick to Hatfield and McCoy on their morning show on radio station KJJY in Des Moines...
48. Neville Brand Neville Brand Actor, Stalag 17 Neville Brand joined the US Army in 1939, bent on a career in the military. It was while he was in the army that he made his acting debut, in Army training films, and this experience apparently changed the direction of his life. Once a civilian again, he used his GI Bill education assistance to study drama with the American Theater Wing and then appeared in several Broadway plays...
49. Beverley Owen Beverley Owen Actress, Another World Beverley Owen was born Beverley Ogg in Ottumwa, Iowa. In high school and college, she was always doing television, theatre, and radio things. She then moved to New York to pursue an acting career after graduating from the University of Michigan. She was fired many a time for her lack of typing skills while working at CBS...
50. Julie Adams Julie Adams Actress, General Hospital Born in Iowa, Betty May Adams grew up in Arkansas and made her acting debut in a third grade play, "Hansel and Gretel". When she grew up and decided to become an actress, she moved to California, where she worked three days a week as a secretary (to support herself) and spent the remainder of her time taking speech lessons and making the rounds at the various studios' casting departments...
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