7 Celebrities Who Are Originally from Kentucky ...


As a Kentucky girl, I was pleasantly surprised when I discovered that there are several celebrities who are originally from Kentucky. Some of these famous people are known for their films and some are known for their musical talents. Others are best known for being great athletes or leaders of our country. Regardless of what these celebrities are known for, all of them have left a lasting impression on us. Here are 7 celebrities who are originally from Kentucky.

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George Clooney

George Clooney When thinking about celebrities who are originally from Kentucky, the first one to comes to mind is George Clooney. Most of us were first introduced to this actor when he starred as Dr. Doug Ross on the hit drama, ER. Since then he has gone on to star in many successful films, such as Ocean's 11 and Syria. George has also won 3 Golden Globe awards and 2 Oscars. He has been named People Magazine's “Sexiest Man Alive” twice and made the list of Time magazine’s “100 Most Influential People” 3 times.


Jennifer Lawrence

Jennifer Lawrence Jennifer Lawrence is a very talented young woman, who was born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky. While growing up, she enjoyed acting at a local theater and dreamed about making it her career one day. At only 23 years old, she has achieved things that many actors only dream of. She has won an Academy Award and 2 Golden Globe Awards. She is also known as the third youngest woman to ever be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress.


Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln Abraham Lincoln had very humble beginnings. When he was born his family lived in a one-room log cabin that had dirt floors. Even though he had a poor upbringing, Lincoln went on to be very successful. In 1861 he became the 16th President of the United States. He is best known for leading the United States through the Civil War and abolishing slavery. Many people feel that Abraham Lincoln is one the greatest presidents who has ever lived.


Johnny Depp

Johnny Depp Johnny Depp was raised in Florida, but he was born in Owensboro, Kentucky in 1963. Depp admits that his original dream was not to become an actor because he wanted to be a rock star. He actually played in several garage bands and at one time played in a band called “The Kids.” Depp didn't pursue an acting career until persuaded to do so by fellow actor Nicholas Cage. Since then, Johnny Depp has gone on to star in tons of great movies, including Edward Scissorhands, Sleepy Hollow, and Pirates of the Caribbean. He has been nominated for and won multiple awards over the years.


Muhammad Ali

Muhammad Ali Boxing great Muhammad Ali was born in Louisville, Kentucky in 1942. In 1960 he brought home a Gold Medal at the Summer Olympics in Rome. That same year he began his professional boxing career and for the next 3 years he was undefeated. Ali is considered by many people to be one of the greatest professional boxers who has ever lived. In fact, he is the only boxer who has won 3 World Heavyweight Championships.


The Judds

The Judds The Judds are a musical group comprised of Wynonna Judd and Naomi Judd. Together these two ladies have won 5 Grammy Awards and 8 Country Music Association Awards. In 1991 this mother-daughter duo decided to end their partnership after Naomi became ill. Wynonna went on to have a very successful music career of her own. Naomi has appeared on many television programs, including "Can You Duet?" This team has also started on the reality show “The Judds,” which followed them while they were on tour.


Diane Sawyer

Diane Sawyer Successful news anchor Diane Sawyer is originally from Glasgow, Kentucky. Sawyer knew early in life that she wanted to be part of the news. In high school she became the editor-in-chief of the school newspaper. She then went on to earn a degree in journalism. Sawyer has worked for several different news outlets, including CBS and ABC. She is currently the anchor for ABC World News.

I'm glad that I've been able to share some of the celebrities who are from Kentucky with you. Now I would love to hear from you. What famous celebrities are originally from your home state?

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In an interview, Jennifer said that she never took acting classes nor did any plays as a child.

I live in Owensboro, KY...we're quite proud of the Johnny Depp thing around here. ☺️ Great article!

Also josh hutcherson , Tom cruise , lead singer of pussycat dolls , katie couric :) thanks so much for writing bout my state !!

Josh hutcherson is actually from union, ky. His family lives down the street.

I'm from Louisville Ky and my sister had one of Jennifer Lawrence's teacher and learned that he gave her the nickname J-Law.

George Clonney I love you

I love Jennifer

I love Kentucky!

I'd love to go to Kentucky!!

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