There's nothing I love more than reading about celebrity gossip.  What comes along with that is learning about the lives of famous people I will probably never meet.

After reading about Betty White's long history in the entertainment industry, I realized she was born in Oak Park, Illinois! As an American actress for over 70 years, Betty is one of the first women to ever work in front of and behind the camera.

Betty White
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Now, this got me curious.  I started wondering how many other celebrities were also from Illinois so I did my research and found some interesting personalities you would say, "really?" to after seeing!

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Of course, Chance The Rapper has strong roots to Illinois.  He's an American rapper, singer, and record producer from Chicago.  In 2019, he donated $1 million to Chicago Public Schools from his personal earnings.

Chance The Rapper Visits KISS FM
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And if you don't know Jennifer Hudson, where have you been living??  She's an American singer and actress from Chicago, IL and has received many awards including an Academy Award, two Grammy Awards, and even a Golden Globe Award!

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If you thought I was going to just show you a list of 20 "predictable" famous people born in Illinois, you're wrong - I'm ((sometimes)) a creative genius. Surprisingly, I said "wow" to a lot of the people on this list.

Here's the full list of 20 celebrities I found who were born in Illinois and ended up making it big in the entertainment industry!


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