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Before they were famous (or infamous, in some cases), and well before they cashed million-dollar checks, these 11 celebrities called Dallas home. Some have never returned, but a few can still be seen snagging organic samples at Central Market on Lovers.


Robin Wright

The actress (she was in a little film called Forrest Gump and currently stars in a little show called House of Cards) spent her very early years here before relocating with her family to San Diego. When she’s back in town, chances are you can spot her getting a facial at Hanna Isul.


Meat Loaf

Marvin Lee Aday cut his entertaining chops at Thomas Jefferson High. Then, after a move to L.A., he landed roles in the stage musical Hair and the film The Rocky Horror Picture Show. And then he went on to record that one song we love/hate when played at weddings.



Erykah Badu

The Grammy Award-winning singer still calls Dallas home and has given a lot back to her hometown, including starting the nonprofit B.L.I.N.D., which provides community-based programs for inner-city youth. (P.S. Her cover of Drake’s latest track might be our favorite thing to have hit the Internet recently.)

Angie Harmon

True, the smoky-voiced actress rarely visits her hometown, but Harmon grew up, graduated and married (her now ex-husband) right in Highland Park.


Jordan Spieth

Ever since 22-year-old golf prodigy Spieth won the 2015 Masters, U.S. Open and Fed Ex Cup, it's no surprise that moms all over town have been handing their toddlers Titleist clubs in hopes they'll follow in his footsteps on the green.



Sure, the singer made the ATL famous. But Usher Terry Raymond, IV, was born right here in Dallas.


Melinda Gates

The philanthropist graduated as valedictorian of her class from Ursuline, and she recently donated $10 million to the Catholic prep school. Talk about paying it forward.


Nick Jonas

Just the youngest JoBro was born in Dallas. The rest were “raised” here, which doesn’t really count.


Chris Harrison

After graduating from Lake Highlands High School, the host of The Bachelor and The Bachelorette left Dallas in the dust (sans rose ceremony).


Vanilla Ice

Robert Matthew Van Winkle got his start rapping in the now-defunct nightclub City Lights in South Dallas, baby.


Aaron Spelling

Before creating fictional drama in the 90210, the producer/director walked the halls at Forest Avenue High (now Madison High School) in South Dallas.

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