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Actors (Stage, Big Screen & TV) in Orange County, California

 
 
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Bette Davis 
 
 
According to the Laguna Beach Visitors & Conference Bureau: "Bette Davis resided at 1991 Ocean Way during the 1940s and dazzled audiences from the stage of The Laguna Playhouse"  
Bette Midler 
 
 
Lived in Laguna Canyon for a while.  
Buddy Ebsen 
 
 
A long-time Newport Harbor resident, remembered by Donna Stewart Hardway: "I have liked this actor for many years and for a probably a couple of very silly reasons. One of my family's favorite spots to hang out in California was the Balboa Bay, Newport Beach-Lido Isle area as we had a boat moored there in a slip. My kids also just loved the carousel on Lido Isle. We were walking along a walkway when I saw a man standing in a tall narrow window. I recognized him immediately and waved at him. He waved back at me with that wonderfully handsome way he has about him. My last reason is that we share the same month and day of birth. It doesn't come much better does it Buddy?"  
Charlie Chaplin 
 
 
Maintained a house in Laguna Beach.  
Diane Keaton 
 
 
Lives in Laguna Beach. According to Wikipedia: "Diane Keaton (born January 5, 1946) is an American actress, producer and director. She was born Diane Hall ... January 5, 1946 in Santa Ana, California.... Her big break came when she was cast in Francis Ford Coppola's blockbuster The Godfather (1972) (she also appeared in the sequel). Around this time, she became romantically involved with Woody Allen and has played eccentric characters in several of his comic films including Annie Hall (1977) (in which she won the Academy Award for Best Actress that year), but has also won acclaim in roles such as in Looking for Mr. Goodbar (1977), Marvin's Room (1996), and Mrs. Soffel (1984)."  
George Burns & Gracie Allen 
 
 
One of their homes is featured on the Newport Harbor Tour.  
Heather Locklear 
 
 
Heather Locklear lives with her husband Richie Sambora in Laguna Beach.  
Helene Modjeska 
 
 
According to Irvine Ranch History, Chapter 1: "The transition period between James Irvine's death and his son's inheritance of a relatively intact Rancho San Joaquin was highlighted by the arrival of the world famous Shakespearean actress, Madame Helene Modjeska. Madame Modjeska of the Imperial Theater of Warsaw, Poland, one of the highest paid actresses in the world at the time, arrived in Anaheim in the summer of 1876.... After trying their hand at farming, and failing, Modjeska, homesick for the mountains of her native Poland, determined that the only redeeming feature of Anaheim was the view of the Santa Ana Mountains.... Joseph Pleasants... sold his 400 acres in Santiago Canyon to Madame Modjeska." This was the genesis of "Modjeska Canyon". See the site for more detail.  
James Cagney 
 
 
According to TVNZ.com: "Cagney reputedly won Collins Island, one of seven in the harbour, in a poker game - with three queens, our commentator confided; he sold off block by block later."  
John Wayne 
 
 
John Wayne was probably one of our most famous residents, residing for many years in Newport Harbor. According to SeeingStars.com: "In the 1920's, when John Wayne was a lad named Marion Morrison, and played football for USC, he went bodysurfing one day near the Balboa Pier in Newport Beach, and was injured. That accident turned out to be a lucky break, since the injury helped convince him to give up football and pursue an acting career. In 1928, cowboy star Tom Mix (a fan of Wayne's football heroics) got him a $35-a-week job as a prop man at the Fox studios. Wayne was discovered by John Ford while loading furniture onto a truck on the Fox lot, and the rest is history." According to the Newport Beach Conference & Visitors Bureau: John Wayne was "an avid boater who spent a great deal of time at The Balboa Bay Club; even the resortís cocktail and entertainment lounge was named Dukeís Place in his honor." He was also known to frequent The Arches Restaurant. According to Wikipedia: "John Wayne died of lung cancer on June 11, 1979 in Newport Beach, California, and was interred in the Pacific View Memorial Park cemetery in Corona del Mar, Orange County, California."  
Judy Garland 
 
 
Maintained a house in Laguna Beach.  
Kevin Costner  
According to the Orange County Register (July 2008), "is a graduate of Villa Park High School and Cal State Fullerton, and he met his second wife Christine Baumgartner, 33, at the Clubhouse restaurant in Costa Mesa. She is an O.C. native."  
Marian Douglas (Ena Gregory) 
  
According to the OC Register's FreedomBlog silent film start Marian Douglas (Ena Gregory) built a mansion in Laguna Beach for her mother.  
Mary Pickford 
 
 
Maintained a house in Laguna Beach.  
Michelle Pfeiffer 
 
 
According to Wikipedia, Michelle grew up in Midway City. According to IMDB, Michelle was born in the City of Santa Ana.  
Mickey Rooney 
 
 
Maintained a house in Laguna Beach.  
Ozzie & Harriet Nelson 
 
 
Ozzie and Harriet Nelson retired in Laguna Beach.  
Rex Smith 
 
 
"REX SMITH made his Broadway debut as Danny Zuko in the original production of 'Grease!' He received the Theater World Award for his portrayal of Frederick in 'The Pirates of Penzance' on Broadway, and also starred in the film adaptation. Other starring roles on Broadway include 'The Human Comedy,' 'Grand Hotel,' 'The Scarlet Pimpernel' and most recently 'Annie Get Your Gun.' Rex has also starred in Lincoln Center's 'Anything Goes,' The Kennedy Center's 'West Side Story,' and the Canadian production of 'Sunset Boulevard.' National tours include 'Grease!,' 'Joseph...' 'Jesus Christ Superstar,' 'Godspell' and 'They're Playing Our Song.' On TV, Rex hosted 'Solid Gold,' starred in ABC's 'Street Hawk' and Daytime's 'As The World Turns.' TV movies include 'Sooner or Later' (also the title of his platinum album featuring the hit song, 'You Take My Breath Away'), 'Daredevil' and Danielle Steele's 'Once in a Lifetime.' Rex has guest starred on the primetime series 'Norm,' 'JAG,' 'Caroline in the City,' 'The Sentinel,' 'Baywatch' and 'Pacific Blue.' Most recently, Rex recorded his sixth album, SIMPLY...REX for MCA-Universal Records. Rex most recently starred in the national tour of 'Kiss Me Kate.'"  
Richie Sambora 
 
 
According to his Bio in the Answers.com Wikipedia: "Richie Sambora (born Richard Stephen Sambora on July 11, 1959) is best known as the lead guitarist for Bon Jovi, handles harmony and background vocals, and joins frontman Jon Bon Jovi in writing most of the band's songs over the course of their twenty year run." Lives with wife Heather Locklear - According to Instyle's article they have a "a contemporary 2,800 square-foot getaway high on a bluff in Laguna Beach, Calif., with heart-stopping, 180-degree views of an all-but-horizonless Pacific Ocean."  
Roy Rogers & Dale Evans 
 
 
According to the Newport Beach Conference & Visitors Bureau: "Just off the main channel is Bay Island, which was designed as a pedestrian residential enclave, and to this day, the islandís access bridge prohibits autos; Roy Rogers used to make his home here."  
Rudolf Valentino 
 
 
Maintained a house in Laguna Beach.  
Shirley Temple 
 
 
It is widely reported that Shirley Temple lived on Newport Harbor, and there is mention of her cutting the ribbon for the Newport Harbor dedication in this tribute page for The Arches Restaurant.  
Steve Martin 
 
 
Steve Martin grew up in Garden Grove, and, according to the Orange County Register cut his show business teeth at Disneyland and Knott's Berry Farm. He, like Will Ferrell, attended Santa Ana College. More at Wikipedia and IMDB.  
Will Ferrell 
 
 
An alumnus of the Santa Ana College TV/Video Communications program, Will Ferrell attended Irvine University High School. His father was a keyboardist for another famous OC act, The Righteous Brothers. More at IMDB and Wikipedia.  
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