9 Famous Personalities You Didn’t Know Were From San Francisco

Here are some famous people who might have been standing in the same spot you’re standing now, or walking in the same road you take everyday.

1. Maya Angelou

Poet, dancer, actress and singer
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Born in Missouri, Maya Angelou moved with her family in San Francisco at the age of 13. She describes the place as “Friendly but never gushing, cool but not frigid or distant, distinguished without the awful stiffness.”


2. Robert Frost

Robert Frost, poet, writer

Robert Frost was born in San Francisco, California, to journalist William Prescott Frost, Jr., and Isabelle Moodie. He is highly regarded for his realistic depictions of rural life and his exemplary command of American colloquial speech.


3. Clint Eastwood

Actor, film director, producer and composer
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The icon of macho movie stars, Clinton “Clint” Eastwood, Jr. was born in San Francisco, California. He got his big break starring on the television western Rawhide and has been consistently brought back to the Bay Area by his career, particularly in Dirty Harry and Escape from Alcatraz.


4. Carlos Santana

Carlos Santana, famous guitarist, guitar player

Originally from Autlán, Mexico, Carlos Santana moved here where he got the chance to see his idols and musical influences (most notably B.B. King) perform live. Santana was a frequent spectator at Bill Graham’s Fillmore West. (“My alma mater was the Fillmore. Hanging around with Bill Graham and all the other musicians.” -Carlos Santana)


5. Margaret Cho

Comedian, fashion designer, actress, author, and singer-songwriter
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Margaret Cho, of Korean Ancestry, was born into a Korean family in San Francisco, California. She is  is best known for her stand-up routines, through which she critiques social and political problems, especially those pertaining to race and sexuality.


6. Joe DiMaggio

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Joe DiMaggio was married to Marilyn Monroe

Giuseppe Paolo DiMaggio, nicknamed “Joltin’ Joe” and “The Yankee Clipper”, was born in Martinez, California and later moved here when he was a year old. He was an American Major League Baseball center fielder who played his entire 13-year career for the New York Yankees. He is perhaps best known for his 56-game hitting streak, a record that still stands up to today.


7. Jerry Garcia

Jerry Garcia

Jerome John “Jerry” Garcia, musician and singer/songwriter for the band  Grateful Dead, was born in San Francisco, California, on August 1, 1942, to Jose Ramon “Joe” Garcia and Ruth Marie “Bobbie” (née Clifford) Garcia.


8. Courtney Love

Courtney Love

Singer-songwriter, musician, actress, visual artist, and model

Born Courtney Michelle Harrison in San Francisco, California, she is a known prolific in the hardcore and grunge scenes of the 1990s with her band Hole. Courtney Love’s father was the first manager of the Grateful Dead which was the reason why she appeared in a photo on the back of the band’s album Aoxomoxoa. She is also famously known as Kurt Cobain’s wife.


9. Jack London

Author, journalist, and social activist
Jack London

John Griffith “Jack” London, famous author, journalist, and social activist, was born here on January 12, 1876. Some of his most famous works include The Call of the Wild and White Fang, both set in the Klondike Gold Rush, as well as the short stories “To Build a Fire”, “An Odyssey of the North”, and “Love of Life”. He also wrote of the South Pacific in such stories as “The Pearls of Parlay” and “The Heathen”, and of the San Francisco Bay area in The Sea Wolf.


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