#SFBorn: 10 Celebrities You Didn't Know Were from San Francisco

Ever wondered who was born in San Francisco that grew up to be famous (or infamous)? Well, some won't surprise you, but we bet a few will! 

[jump] 1. Monica Lewinsky (former White House intern known for the Lewinsky Scandal)

A former White House intern with whom United States President Bill Clinton admitted to having had what he called an “inappropriate relationship” while she worked at the White House in 1995 and 1996. The affair and its repercussions, which included Clinton's impeachment, not only became known as a national scandal, it launched Lewinsky into fame as a handbag designer and television personality.

2. William Randolph Hearst (newspaper publisher)

A newspaper publisher who built the nation's largest newspaper chain and whose methods profoundly influenced American journalism.

[page]  3. Isadora Duncan (dance pioneer)

A dancer known for fostering natural free flow in dance rhythms, instead of classical rigidity popular at the time, her untimely death became a cause of national odd  news. Duncan's fondness for flowing scarves contributed to her death in an automobile accident in Nice, France. Her silk scarf, draped around her neck, became entangled around the moving, open-spoked back wheels, breaking her neck.

4. O.J. Simpson (football player, convicted felon)

Although he was an accomplished professional football player for NFL in the 70s, he forever became associated with the iconic phrase uttered by his lawyers during his murder trial: “If the glove doesn't fit, then the jury must acquit.”

5. Owen Chamberlain (physicist and Nobel Prize laureate)

 Born in 1920, this Nobel laureate in physics for his discovery, with collaborator Emilio Segrè, of antiprotons, a sub-atomic antiparticle. He died in Berkely at the age of 85.

6. Robert Ingersoll Aitken (sculptor)

Aitken was a famed San Franciscan sculptor at the turn of the 20th century, who created some of the most iconic works in American sculpture. His magnum opus decorates the Supreme Court Building in Washington D.C.: the West pediment depicting Lady Liberty under the inscription “Equal Justice Under Law.”

7 Steve Jobs (technology innovator)

Jobs (born in 1955) was the cofounder, chairman, and CEO of Apple Inc. Through Apple, he became the design-driven pioneer of the personal computer revolution and for his influential career in the computer and consumer electronics fields, transforming virtually industrie such as film to smartphones. 

8. Natalie Wood (Hollywood screen goddess)

A film and television actress best known for her leading lady screen roles in some of the greatest classic American films ever made such as Miracle on 34th Street, Splendor in the Grass, Rebel Without a Cause, and West Side Story.

9. Bruce Lee (martial arts master)

Lee was a catalyst of change, not just in the field of mixed martial arts, but in public perception. In 1959 a short, skinny, bespectacled 18-year-old guy who lived most of his life in Hong Kong traveled back to the United States — a country that was still in the throngs of casting Chinese people in stereotypical roles as house servants and other likeminded supporting roles. But he managed to carve a niche for himself, and became more than just a star — he became an icon of strength: with steely sinew, a threatening stare and a cocky, pointed finger.

10. Margaret Cho (comedian, actress, writer)

Born in SF in 1968, Cho made a career through her stand-up routines, through which she critiques social and political problems, especially those pertaining to race and sexuality. A few months ago, she was seen back in her hometown busking for a good cause. 

[page] Other celebrities also born in San Francisco include Robert Frost, Ansel Adams, Clint Eastwood, Courtney Love, Joe DiMaggio, Benjamin Bratt.

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