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People

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

Born in Nevada

Famous Nevadans
Name Born / Died Place
Eva Bertrand Adams
Director: U.S. Mint, Educator, Administrator
Born: September 10, 1908 Wonder
Died: August 23, 1991 Reno
Ben Alexander
(Born: Nicholas Benton Alexander IV)
Actor
Born: May 26, 1911 Goldfield
Died: July 5, 1969 Hollywood, Calif.
Andre Kirk Agassi
Tennis player
Born: April 29, 1970 Las Vegas
Died:    
Henry Fountain Ashurst
Politician, U.S. Senator
Born: September 13, 1874 Winnemucca
Died: May 31, 1962 Washington, D.C.
Arthur W. "Art" Bell, III
Radio broadcaster, Author
Born: June 17, 1945 Pahrump
Died:    
Helen Delich Bentley
Politician, U.S. Congresswoman, Businesswoman, Lobbyist
Born: November 28, 1923 Ruth
Died:    
James Hubert Bilbray
Politician, U.S. Congressman, Lawyer
Born: May 19, 1938 Las Vegas
Died:    
Kurt Thomas Busch
Race car driver
Born: August 4, 1978 Las Vegas
Died:    
Kyle Thomas Busch
(Nickname: Rowdy Busch, Shrub)
Race car driver
Born: May 2, 1985 Las Vegas
Died:    
Charisma Lee Carpenter
Actress
Born: July 23, 1970 Las Vegas
Died:    
James E. Casey
Businessman, Founder: United Parcel Service
Born: March 29, 1888 Pick Handle Gulch near Candelaria
Died: June 6, 1983 Seattle, Wash.
Hobart Cavanaugh
Actor
Born: September 22, 1886 Virginia City
Died: April 27, 1950 Woodland Hills, Calif.
Abby Dalton
(Born: Marlene Wasden)
Actress
Born: August 15, 1935 Las Vegas
Died:    
Dat So La Lee
(Born: Dabuda, meaning "Young Willow" or "Quiet One"?)
(AKA: Louisia Keyser)
Washoe basket weaver
Born: c. 1829 Near Sheridan
Died: December 6, 1925 Carson City
Leah Donna Dizon
Model, Singer, Actress
Born: September 24, 1986 Las Vegas
Died:    
James Arthur "Jim" Gibbons
Politician, U.S. Congressman, Governor
Born: December 16, 1944 Sparks
Died:    
Michele Greene
Actress, Singer, Songwriter
Born: February 3, 1962 Las Vegas
Died:    
Curtis Lee Hanson
Filmmaker, Photographer, Writer
Born: March 24, 1945 Reno
Died:    
Velma Bronn Johnston
(AKA: Wild Horse Annie)
Animal Rights Activist
Born: March 5, 1912 Reno
Died: June 27, 1977 Reno
John Albert "Jack" Kramer
Tennis player
Born: August 1, 1921 Las Vegas
Died:    
Paul Dominique Laxalt
Politician, U.S. Senator, Lawyer
Born: August 2, 1922 Reno
Died:    
Robert Laxalt
Writer
Born: 1923 BIRTHPLACE
Died: March 23, 2001 Reno
Pat Nixon
(Born: Thelma Catherine Ryan)
First Lady
Born: March 16, 1912 Ely
Died: June 22, 1993 Park Ridge, N.J.
Edna Purviance
Actress
Born: October 21, 1895 Paradise Valley
Died: January 11, 1958 Hollywood, Calif.
Harry Mason Reid
Politician, U.S. Senator
Born: December 2, 1939 Searchlight
Died:    
David Derek Stacton
Novelist, Historian, Poet
Born: April 25, 1925 Minden
Died:    
Sarah Winnemucca Hopkins
(Born: Thocmentony, meaning "Shell Flower")
Educator, Lecturer, Writer
Born: ca. 1841 Humboldt River-Pyramid Lake region
Died: October 17, 1891 Monida, Mont.
Dawn Elberta Wells
Actress
Born: October 18, 1938 Reno
Died:    
Wovoka
Paiute religious leader
Born: c. 1856 Smith Valley, southeast of Carson City
Died: September 20, 1932 Yerington


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