Los Angeles, the second most populous city in USA after New York City, was founded on September 4, 1781. It is known as the “Entertainment Capital of the World” for housing Hollywood. Many celebrities and famous personalities either hail from Los Angeles or have settled here. Listing down the top 5 famous people from Los Angeles would be as difficult as choosing the top 5 movies of all time. All the famous personalities have a charisma of their own. However, the following 5 people are noted because of their contributions to their respective fields and the immense popularity they enjoy world-wide.
Born on August 29, 1958, Michael Jackson or MJ is rightly called as the King of Pop. His association with dance, music and fashion along with a controversial personal life made him a global figure and an icon of America. Some of Michael Jackson’s music albums including Thriller, Bad, Off the Wall and Dangerous are amongst world’s most sold albums. He is often credited with popularizing dance techniques such as Robot and Moonwalk. He holds the Guinness world record for being the most successful entertainer of all times. He also holds a separate Guinness record for supporting most charities for a pop star. He had 13 Grammy and 26 American music awards to his credit. Michael’s personal life was mired with controversies related to child sexual abuse and drug usage. The twice divorced pop-star fathered three children. For most of his adult life, Michael stayed at his house in Holmby hills, Los Angeles. He died of drug intoxication after suffering a cardiac arrest on June 25, 2009.
Marilyn Monroe was the most famous American showgirl, considered as a sex symbol of her time. Marilyn Monroe was born in the Los Angeles county hospital in the Boyle Heights neighborhood on June 1, 1926. She first worked as a model and then as an actress in several blockbusters. For her contribution to American Film industry, Monroe was awarded the sixth greatest female star by the American Film Institute. Monroe married thrice, though all of them ended in divorce. She was also controversially involved with John F. Kennedy, Robert Kennedy and Marlon Brando. Marilyn Monroe died of acute barbiturate poisoning at her Brentwood home in Los Angeles on August 5, 1962. The events of her death were surrounded with controversies with allegations of homicide.
Born on June 4, 1975, Angelina Jolie is a true Angelenos, being born in Los Angeles to actors Marcheline Bertrand and Jon Voight. Jolie is known for her acting skills and humanitarian charities. She was declared to be Hollywood’s most paid actress by Forbes magazine twice. Jolie’s portrayal of the adventurous tomb raider Lara Croft in the Lara Croft: Tomb Raider movie shot her to fame. Her portrayal of a daring wife in search of her husband’s killer in The Mighty Heart established her as one of the most successful Hollywood actors and earned her a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actress. The twice divorced Jolie is now in a committed relationship with Hollywood’s blue-eyed boy, Brad Pitt. They have six children together, three adopted and three biological. Jolie has used her hugely influential public image in promoting humanitarian causes such as poverty, lack of education, etc. She has been awarded by the United Nations for her active work.
Paris Hilton became a well-known celebrity in the 2000’s because of her potential inheritance of the Hilton group of hotels, lavish lifestyle and participation in TV reality shows. Paris was born on February 17, 1981, to Kathy and Richard Hilton. She started her career as a fashion model and later ventured into movies. She also shot to fame as a socialite, attending social functions and events. Paris also tried her luck at singing and reality television. She started her life as a businesswoman by launching her own lifestyle products. Her personal life has been eventful with numerous short-lived relationships and release of a home-made sex tape. Paris Hilton stays at Beverly Hills, Los Angeles.
Kim Kardashian was born to Robert and Kris Kardashian in Los Angeles on October 21, 1980. Kim is known for being a model, television artist, socialite and businesswoman. She has been credited with being the highest paid reality star with her reality show “Keeping up with the Kardashians” becoming very popular. Kim has her own brand of fashion apparels and other lifestyle products. Kim married twice and both the marriages ended in divorce. She has been in and out of numerous well publicized relationships. In 2007, she became known for her controversial sex tape with singer Ray J. Kim currently stays at Beverly Hills, Los Angeles.
Apart from the famous personalities listed above many other famous celebrities have made Los Angeles their home at some point of their life. They include Drew Barrymore (actress), Nicolas cage (actor), Harrison Ford (actor), Ice Cube (singer), Leonardo Dicaprio (actor), Snoop Dogg (singer) et cetera.