Naturally, with Raleigh being a state capital, the list boasts its fair share of politicians and statesmen (and women). And a president. Oh, look, there's Josephus Daniels, Jesse Helms and John Edwards. And Elizabeth Edwards. Don't forget Andrew Johnson!
But it's a diverse list as well, not resting only on the city's policy-making laurels. Consider these folks and their various professions:
- David and Amy Sedaris
- Lauren Kennedy
- Ira David Wood and Evan Rachel Wood
- Clay Aiken
- Tift Merritt
- John Schultz
- Michael C. Hall
- The Hardy Boys (they are/were wrestlers)
- Scott McCreery (sorry, Garner. He's on this list for some reason)
- Emily Procter
- Anne Graham Lotz
- Peyton Reed
- even world-famous poker player Greg Raymer!
Of course, with this being Wikipedia, it's not a complete list. For instance, I don't see any notable N.C. State athletes on the list -- and understandably that could open up a can of worms as to whether someone is from a place or not. What about Russell Wilson? Philip Rivers? Zach Galifianakis**?
So this list got me thinking: who is the most famous person from Raleigh? It could be someone who is no longer with us, or someone who is no longer IN Raleigh. (Does Ryan Adams count?) Or the question could be: Who is the most famous LIVING person from Raleigh?
Heck, it is plausible that the most famous person on this list is one that most everyday Raleighites wouldn't admit to*** knowing: adult film star Brandi Love. After all, she is quite the award winner. (Also, unlike some of the folks in my list above, Love apparently still calls Raleigh home.)
So, who is it? Who is the most famous person from Raleigh?
*This list doesn't include bands, which would offer its own interesting snapshot in diversity, as mentioned in my Raleigh & Co. piece. Some musicians -- or music-related folks -- make the cut, like George Huntley of the Connells and Thomas O'Keefe.
**Not an athlete.
***"admit to" being the key word.