Thursday, October 25, 2012

15 Famous People From Iowa

Iowa is a state located in the Midwestern United States of the American Heartland. Native Americans have occupied Iowa for 13,000 years, well before American settlers arrived in 1833 due to the Black Hawk Purchase. This was after the United States defeated Native Americans in the Black Hawk War. Iowa was part of the Louisiana Purchase, but was only controlled by the United States after the war of 1812. Iowa is a state surrounded by interesting history and is a place where many famous people were born.
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Fran Allison (1907 - 1989) Fran Allison was born in La Porte City Iowa in 1907 and died in 1989. She was an American television and radio comedian, personality and singer. She is best known for her starring role on the weekday NBC-TV puppet show Kukla, Fran and Ollie, which ran from 1947 to 1957. The trio also hosted The CBS Children's Film Festival, introducing international children's films, from 1967-77. 

 Cap Anson(1852 - 1922) Cap Anson was born in Marashalltown, Iowa in 1852 and he died in 1922. Cap Anson was known as the greatest baseball player of the 19th century. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1939 by the Veteran's Committee.
Tom Arnold- Tom Arnold was born in Ottumwa Iowa in 1959. He is an American actor and comedian. He has starred in many films, most notably True Lies (1994). He was the host of The Best Damn Sports Show Period for four years. For some odd reason, he married Roseanne Barr, the marriage ended in divorce.

Johnny Carson(1925 - 2005) Johnny Carson was born in Corning, Iowa in 1925 and he died in 2005. Johnny Carson was a comedian who hosted The Tonight Show for 30 years.
William "Buffalo Bill" Cody (1846 - 1917) William "Buffalo Bill" Cody was born in Le Clare, Iowa. He was a Pony Express rider, cavalry scout, buffalo hunter, and showman in the late 1800s. 

Bob Feller(1918 - 2010) Bob Feller was born in Van Meter, Iowa. He was a Major League Baseball player. A member of the Baseball Hall of Fame. Many consider him to be the premier right-handed pitcher in baseball history. He won the Triple Crown as a pitcher in 1940.

Herbert Hoover(1874 - 1964) Herbert Hoover was born in West Branch, Iowa. He was the 31st President of the United States. 

Glenn Miller (1904 - 1944) Glenn Miller was born in Clarinda, Iowa. He was a Bandleader and Composer of many famous songs including "In the Mood," and "Moonlight Serenade". 

Theodore "Ted" Waitt (1963 - ) Theodore "Ted" Waitt was born in Sioux City, Iowa. He is an American billionaire who was a co-founder of Gateway, Inc. 
John Wayne (1907 - 1979) John Wayne was born in Winterset, Iowa. He was a famous actor who became famous for his hero image in western and war movies. One of the most famous actors who has been imitated by many.

Laurel Blair Salton Clark (March 10, 1961 – February 1, 2003) Laurel Blair Salton Clark was born in Ames, Iowa. She was a medical doctor, United States Navy Captain, NASA astronaut and Apace Shuttle mission specialist who was killed in the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster. 

 Ashton Kutcher (February 7, 1978),  Ashton Kutcher was born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.  He is an American actor, producer, former fashion model, and comedian, known for his portrayal of Michael Kelso in the Fox sitcom That 70's Show. He also created, produced and hosted Punk'd Ashton Kutcher currently co-stars in the hit CBS sitcom Two and a Half Men as the character Walden Schmidt. In 2012, Ashton Kutcher was named the highest paid male actor.

Esther Pauline "Eppie" Lederer (née Friedman) (July 4, 1918 – June 22, 2002) Ann Landers was born as Esther Pauline Lederer in 1918 in Sioux City, Iowa  Ann Landers, was an American advice columist and eventually a nationwide media celebrity who began her career writing the 'Ask Ann Landers' column in 1955, soon after the death of its creator, Ruth Crowley. Lederer not only wrote the column for 47 years, but publicly assumed the 'Ann Landers' name. As 'Landers', Lederer became a profile-raiser for several medical charities, via both her columns and media appearances. In 1977, President Carter appointed her to a six-year term on a cancer advisory board.

Donna Reed (January 27, 1921 – January 14, 1986) Donna Reed was born in Denison, Iowa and  was an American film and television actress. Donna Reed appeared in over 40 films and received the 1953 Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance as Lorene in the war drama From Here to Eternity. She also starred in It's a Wonderful Life and had her own sitcom called The Donna Reed Show. She also replaced Barbara Bel Geddes in the 1984 season of the popular television drama called Dallas.

Roger Timothy Craig (born July 10, 1960) Roger Craig was born in Davenport, Iowa. He is a former NFL running back who won three Super Bowls (1984, 1988, 1989) while playing with the San Francisco 49ers with Joe Montana and Jerry Rice.

Iowa is a great state known for its history and its involvement is important wars the United States were involved. The people of Iowa spilled their blood for our country. Many famous people were born in Iowa and are proud to call Iowa their home. Iowa City was made the first capital of Iowa in 1846. The larger city of Des Moines became the capital of Iowa in 1857 and remains the capital to this day. If you visit Iowa, make sure you check out all of the cool historical sites that make Iowa the place many people love to call home.

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