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You May Be Surprised to Learn These 6 Famous People Are From North Carolina North Carolina

What do a boxer, comedian, and redhead have in common? A pretty incredible home state! While you may be familiar with Carolina-born country stars and American Idol contestants, you’ll surely be surprised to discover that North Carolina is also home to these six celebs.

  1. Julianne Moore 

    http://www.nbc.com/the-tonight-show/guest/julianne-moore

    www.nbc.com/the-tonight-show/guest/julianne-moore

    Born in Fayetteville, Julianne Moore is a native Carolinian. With her father being in the military, Moore was subject to several moves as a child but her home roots are here in NC!

  2. Michael Jordan

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    https://i.ytimg.com

    Although he was born in Brooklyn, NY, Michael Jordan relocated to Wilmington, NC when he was a toddler. He attended Laney High School where he was rejected from the varsity basketball team his sophomore year for being too short. Jordan played for the University of Chapel Hill for three years before he left to enter the 1984 NBA draft.

  3. Sugar Ray Leonard

    https://www.totalposter.com/Hall-of-Fame---Boxing-posters/Sugar-Ray-Leonard

    https://www.totalposter.com/Sugar-Ray-Leonard

    Boxing Hall of Famer, Sugar Ray Leonard was born Ray Charles Leonard in Rocky Mount, North Carolina in 1956.

  4. Zach Galifanakis

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    filmgarb.com/wp-content/uploads/film-the_hangover-2009

    Zach Galifianakis was born and raised in Wilkesboro, North Carolina. He attended North Carolina State University where he was one credit shy of graduating before dropping out and moving to New York.  

  5. Ava gardner

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    https://maxfactor.co.uk/heritage/iconic-look/ava-gardner

    Ava Lavinia Gardner was born in the southern town of Grabtown, North Carolina. She grew up on a farm and had difficulty losing her conspicuous southern accent at the start of her career. In 1990, Ava Gardner died of pneumonia in London and was brought back to North Carolina to be buried with her parents.  

  6. Andrew Jackson

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    http://mrnussbaum.com/presidents/andrew_jackson/

    Andrew Jackson, America’s seventh president, was born in the Waxhaws region in 1767. Jackson studied law in Salisbury before being appointed prosecuting attorney for the western district of NC. Jackson’s Carolina roots caused him to be the first chief executive living outside Massachusetts or Virginia.

Carly Rutledge

Growing up in various states along the east coast, I've developed a love of all things local. I currently live in North Carolina and wouldn't move for anything! I love the beach, animals, and creating my own adventures. I encourage everyone to travel and never be afraid to fail.

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