Celebrities Hometowns Before Hitting Hollywood
Andrew Parker - August 7, 2019

Lester

By Shel Silverstein

Lester was given a magic wish
By the goblin who lives in the banyan tree,
And with his wish he wished for two more wishes-
So now instead of just one wish, he cleverly had three.
And with each one of these
He simply wished for three more wishes,
Which gave him three old wishes, plus nine new.
And with each of these twelve
He slyly wished for three more wishes,
Which added up to forty-six -- or is it fifty-two?
Well anyway, he used each wish
To wish for wishes 'til he had
Five billion, seven million, eighteen thousand thirty-four.
And then he spread them on the ground
And clapped his hands and danced around
And skipped and sang, and then sat down
And wished for more.
And more...and more...they multiplied
While other people smiled and cried
And loved and reached and touched and felt.
Lester sat amid his wealth
Stacked mountain-high like stacks of gold,
Sat and counted -- and grew old.
And then one Thursday night they found him
Dead -- with his wishes piled around him.
And they counted the lot and found that not
A single one was missing.
All shiny and new -- here, take a few
And think of Lester as you do.
In a world of apples and kisses and shoes
He wasted his wishes on wishing.

Los Angeles might seem like the home of the rich and famous, but, surprisingly, not many of today’s hottest stars grew up even close to the entertainment capital of the world. In fact, some could have even been your neighbors. Take a look at where your favorite stars are from in the USA, some might even surprise you.

 

Tennessee

 

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Star: Megan Fox

Actress Megan Fox was born on May 16th, 1986, in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. Her father, Franklin Thomas, a parole officer, and her mother, Gloria Darlene, divorced when Fox was just three years old. Fox spent her early childhood in Rockwood, Tennessee. At the age of five, Fox attended dance and drama classes in Kingston, Tennessee. Five years later, when Fox was ten, she moved to St. Petersburg, Florida, where she continued her training.

 

 

Hawaii

 

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Star: Nicole Kidman

We all know actress Nicole Kidman is Australian, but did you know she was actually born in Hawaii? Yes, Nicole Kidman was born on June 20th, 1967, in Honolulu, Hawaii. Her parents, Anthony Kidman, a biochemist, clinical psychologist and author, and Janelle Ann, a nursing instructor, and editor are both Australian and were temporarily in the U.S on student visas. Because she was born in Hawaii, Kidman was also given a Hawaiian name – Hōkūlani – meaning “Heavenly Star”. The inspiration for the name was a baby elephant born around the same time at the Honolulu Zoo. The family lived in Washington, D.C. for a while, before returning to Australia when Kidman was four years old.

 

Oklahoma

 

 

Star: Brad Pitt

Actor Brad Pitt was born in Shawnee, Oklahoma on December, 18th, 1963. His father, William Alvin Pitt, was the owner of a trucking company, and his mother, Jane Etta, was a school counselor. The family soon moved to Springfield, Missouri, where he attended the Kickapoo High School. Two weeks short of completing the coursework for a degree in journalism with a focus on advertising, Pitt left the University of Missouri to pursue an acting career.

 

 

Maine

 

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Star: Anna Kendrick

Actress Anna Kendrick was born on August 9th, 1985, in Portland, Maine. Her mother, Janice Kendrick, is an accountant, and her father, William Kendrick, is a history teacher who also works in finance. Kendrick began her career as a child, earning a Tony nomination at the age of 12. Kendrick went back to Portland for high school, as she studied at Deering High School.

 

Nebraska

 

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Star: Gabrielle Union

Actress Gabrielle Union was born in Omaha, Nebraska, on October 29th, 1972. Union is the daughter of Theresa Union, a phone company manager and social worker, and Sylvester E. Union, a military sergeant. When she was eight, Union moved with her family to Pleasanton, California, where she grew up and attended Foothill High School. Although she moved to California, Union remains a huge Cornhusker fan to this day.

 

 

Idaho

 

 

Star: Aaron Paul

Born Aaron Paul Sturtevant on August 27th, 1979, Breaking Bad’s Aaron Paul grew up in Emmett, Idaho. When Paul was just two-years-old he moved with his family to California, before moving back to Twin Falls, Idaho at the age of six. Later, the family moved to Boise, Idaho, where Paul enrolled in Centennial High School, graduating in 1997. After graduation, Paul drove to Los Angeles in his 1982 Toyota Corolla with his mother and $6,000 in savings. Luckily for him, and us, he managed to make his dream of acting a reality.