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Every state of the Union has given birth to people who have left a lasting impression on our history and culture. The following native Californians have played distinctive roles.

Born in California

Famous Californians
Name Born / Died Place
Ansel Easton Adams
Photographer, Environmentalist
Born: February 20, 1902 San Francisco
Died: April 22, 1984 Monterey
Marcus LeMarr Allen
Football player
Born: March 26, 196 San Diego
Died:    
Luis Walter Alvarez
Physicist, Inventor, Nobel Prize Winner
Born: June 13, 1911 San Francisco
Died: September 1, 1988 Berkley
Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton
Author
Born: October 30, 1857 San Francisco
Died: June 14, 1948 San Francisco
David Belasco
Playwright, Director, Theatrical producer
Born: July 25, 1853 San Francisco
Died: May 14, 1931 New York, N.Y.
Shirley Jane Temple Black
Actress, Ambassador
Born: April 23, 1928 Santa Monica
Died:    
Robert W. Bower
Scientist, Inventor
Born: June 12, 1936 Santa Monica
Died:    
David Warren (Dave) Brubeck
Jazz pianist, Composer
Born: December 6, 1920 Concord
Died:    
Julia Carolyn McWilliams Child
Gourmet cook, Author
Born: August 15, 1912 Pasadena
Died: August 13, 2004 Santa Barbara
Frederick Gardner Cottrell
Scientist, Inventor
Born: January 10, 1877 Oakland
Died: November 16, 1948 Berkeley
Leonardo Wilhelm DiCaprio
Actor
Born: November 11, 1974 Los Angeles
Died:    
Joseph Paul (Joe) DiMaggio, Jr.
Baseball player
Born: November 25, 1914 Martinez
Died: March 8, 1999 Hollywood, Fla.
James Harold (Jimmy) Doolittle
Air Force General
Born: December 14, 1896 Alameda
Died: September 27, 1993 Pebble Beach
Dora Angela (Isadora) Duncan
Dancer
Born: May 26, 1877 San Francisco
Died: September 14, 1927 Nice, France
Clinton (Clint) Eastwood, Jr.
Actor, Producer, Director
Born: May 31, 1930 San Francisco
Died:    
Maria de Lourdes Villiers (Mia) Farrow
Actress
Born: February 9, 1945 Los Angeles
Died:    
Sally Margaret Field
Actress
Born: November 6, 1946 Pasadena
Died:    
Carrie Frances Fisher
Actress, Screenwriter
Born: October 21, 1956 Beverly Hills
Died:    
Alicia Christian (Jodie) Foster
Actress, Director, Producer
Born: November 19, 1962 Los Angeles
Died:    
Robert Lee Frost
Poet
Born: March 26, 1874 San Francisco
Died: January 29, 1963 Boston, Mass.
Jerome John (Jerry) Garcia
Musician, Singer
Born: August 1, 1942 San Francisco
Died: August 9, 1995 Forest Knolls
Lillian Moller Gilbreth
Consulting engineer
Born: May 24, 1878 Oakland
Died: January 2, 1972 Phoenix, Ariz.
Charles P. Ginsburg
Inventor
Born: July 27, 1920 San Francisco
Died: April 9, 1992 Eugene, Ore.
Ricardo Alonso (Pancho) González
Tennis player
Born: May 9, 1928 Los Angeles
Died: July 3, 1995 Las Vegas, Nev.
Jeffrey Michael (Jeff) Gordon
Race car driver
Born: August 4, 1971 Vallejo
Died:    
Merle Ronald Haggard
Singer, Songwriter
Born: April 6, 1937 Bakersfield
Died:    
Thomas Jeffrey Hanks
Actor, Producer
Born: July 9, 1956 Concord
Died:    
William Randolph Hearst
Publisher
Born: April 29, 1863 San Francisco
Died: August 14, 1951 Beverly Hills
Mariel Hadley Hemingway
Actress
Born: November 22, 1961 Mill Valley
Died:    
Dustin Lee Hoffman
Actor
Born: August 8, 1937 Los Angeles
Died:    
Sidney Coe Howard
Playwright, Screenwriter
Born: June 26, 1891 Oakland
Died: August 23, 1939 Tyringham, Mass.
Steven Paul Jobs
Businessman
Born: February 24, 1955 San Francisco
Died:    
Anthony McLeod Kennedy
Associate Supreme Court Justice
Born: July 23, 1936 Sacramento
Died:    
John Griffith Chaney? (Jack London)
AuthorBorn: January 12, 1876 San Francisco
Died: November 22, 1916 Glen Ellen
George Walton Lucas, Jr.
Film director, Producer, Screenwriter
Born: May 14, 1944 Modesto
Died:    
Theodore Harold Maiman
Physicist, Inventor
Born: July 11, 1927 Los Angeles
Died:    
Mark David McGwire
Baseball player
Born: October 1, 1963 Pomona
Died:    
Norma Jeane Mortenson (Marylin Monroe)
Actress
Born: June 1, 1926 Los Angeles
Died: August 5, 1962 Brentwood
Emma Wixom (Nevada)
Opera singer
Born: February 7, 1859 Alpha mining camp near Nevada City
Died: June 20, 1940 Liverpool, England
Richard Milhous Nixon
President
Born: January 9, 1913 Yorba Linda
Died: April 22, 1994 New York, N.Y.
Isamu Noguchi
Sculptor, Landscape architect
Born: November 17, 1904 Los Angeles
Died: December 30, 1988 New York, N.Y.
George Smith Patton, Jr.
Army General
Born: November 11, 1885 San Gabriel
Died: December 21, 1945 Heidelberg, Germany
Eldred Gregory Peck
Actor
Born: April 5, 1916 La Jolla
Died: June 12, 2003 Los Angeles
Charles Robert Redford Jr.
Actor, Director, Producer, Philanthropist
Born: August 18, 1936 Santa Monica
Died:    
Sally Kristen Ride
NASA Astronaut (First American woman in space), Professor, Author
Born: May 26, 1951 Los Angeles
Died:    
Robert LeRoy Ripley
Cartoonist, Entrepreneur
Born: December 25, 1893 Santa Rosa
Died: May 27, 1949 New York, N.Y.
Cherilyn Sarkisian LaPierre (Cher)
Actress, Singer, Songwriter
Born: May 20, 1946 El Centro
Died:    
William Saroyan
Author
Born: August 31, 1908 Fresno
Died: May 18, 1981 Fresno
Adlai Ewing Stevenson
Public official
Born: February 5, 1900 Los Angeles
Died: July 14, 1965 London, England
John Ernst Steinbeck
Writer, Nobel Prize for Literature
Born: February 27, 1902 Salinas
Died: December 20, 1968 New York, N.Y.
Michael Tilson Thomas
Conductor, Pianist, Composer
Born: December 21, 1944 Los Angeles
Died:    
Richard Steven Valenzuela (Ritchie Valenz)
Singer, Songwriter
Born: May 13, 1941 San Fernando Valley
Died: February 3, 1959 Near Clear Lake, Ia.
Earl Warren
Supreme Court Chief Justice
Born: March 19, 1891 Los Angeles
Died: July 9, 1974 Washington, D.C.
Theodore Samuel (Ted) Williams
Baseball player
Born: August 30, 1918 San Diego
Died: July 5, 2002 Crystal River, Fla.
Eldrick (Tiger) Woods
Professional golfer
Born: December 30, 1975 Cypress
Died:    


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