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George Clooney

The Best of Cincinnatians

From the past and present eras, Cincinnati was and is an area full of celebrities ranging from famous Hollywood celebrities to presidents.

In Cincinnati, the Clooney's became a household name. Nick Clooney as an anchorman for Channel 12 and columnist for the Cincinnati Post. His sister was a popular actress and singer. His son, George, is one of Hollywood's A-list celebrities. Sarah Jessica Park, of Sex and the City, also a native of the area, came to fame with the popular television series, "Sex and the City". Born in Cincinnati, Steven Spielberg, Carmen Electrabecame one of Hollywood's biggest directors with movies such as "Jaws", "E.T.", "Indiana Jones", "Shindler's List", "Saving Private Ryan", and "Transformers". Actress, Doris Day, made a name for herself with several leading roles in movies such as "Calamity Jane" and "Please Don't Eat the Daisies". In the 60's she had her own television show called "The Doris Day Show". Carmen Electra was born in Cincinnati and attended Princeton High School and performed in live productions at Kings Island amusement park. She has appeared on Baywatch and is known for her modeling, acting, and hosting. Media mogul, Ted Turner, was born in Cincinnati. He started many television stations such as CNN, TBS, and TNT and is currently the vice president of AOL-Time Warner. Jerry Springer, of London, England, moved to the United States at an early age and eventually became a member of the Cincinnati city council. He moved on to be the mayor of Cincinnati. After quitting politics, he became a commentator for Channel 5. He began his talk show format in Cincinnati, which led him to the controversial "Jerry Springer Show".

Steven SpielbergWhen it comes to politics, Jerry Springer isn't the only one who made a name in Cincinnati. William Howard Taft, the 27th president of the United States, was born in Cincinnati. Many areas around Cincinnati are named in his honor such as the Taft Theater in Cincinnati. When it comes to contemporary politics, Tony Snow, who graduated from Princeton High School, was a Fox News Channel anchor and commentator. He started his own radio talk show, which aired on 55-WKRC-AM. He went on to become the White House Press Secretary for President George W. Bush, but lost his battle with cancer shortly after.

Cincinnati has seen its fair-share of singers and musicians. Nick and Drew Lachey attended the Cincinnati School of Creative and Performing Arts and became members of the band, "98 Degrees". Bootsy Collins, once a guitar player for James Brown, was born in Cincinnati and still currently lives there. Peter Frampton, of rock fame, currently resides in Indian Hill.

Harriet Beecher-Stowe, who lived right across the river of a neighboring Confederate state, wrote a book called "Uncle Tom's Cabin". The book, published in 1852, attacked the cruelty of slavery. It caused enormous controversy. Abraham Lincoln, who later met Stowe, responded to her by saying, "So your the little woman who wrote the book that made this great Peter Framptonwar."

In January of 2011, Aunt Flora, a Cincinnatian known for her soul food, appeared on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" as a top-10 finalist to win her own cooking show on the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN). Aunt Flora, of Price Hill, is no stranger to fame. She was personally invited by Martha Stewart as a guest cook on "Martha Stewart Living" after Martha Stewart tried one of her peach cobblers at Findlay Market.

When it comes to things beyond our atmosphere, Neil Armstrong, was the first person to walk on the moon. In 1969, it was estimated that over 500 million viewers watched the unforgettable event unfold. Cincinnati offers so many possibilities to those who are seeking. If a Cincinnati man can walk on the moon, who knows what's next on the horizon.