California, USA is known for its sunny temperature, beautiful beaches and steady stream of celebrities. If you want to be a star in America, the aim is either New York or California. Orange County, as depicted by most forms of media, is one of the most affluent areas in California with breathtaking properties scattered about the streets of the suburb. In fact, some of the wealthiest people can be found residing in the OC, even reality shows are based along this strip. The question is, who are the most famous celebrities to walk those shores? This article will provide a guide to some of the most famous residents from Orange County, California.
Whitney Elizabeth Houston, one of the most iconic R&B singers of the 1990s/2000s, may have been born and raised in New Jersey but she lived in the more affluent areas as her career progressed. After facing a troublesome period filled with drug and alcohol abuse caused by a sketchy marriage to Bobby Brown, Ms. Houston was rescued by her family and relocated across the country to California. Determined to pick up the pieces of her failing singing career and live a life of sobriety with her daughter, Whitney rented a property in Orange County in 2003 focusing on her new life away from substance abuse. Whitney died in February 2012 of an assumed drug overdose. Her body was found at the Beverley Hills Hotel where she was staying for the Grammy Awards.
Eldrick Tont Woods, also known as Tiger Woods, is a professional golfer who at the age of 40 has been announced one of the most successful golf players of all time. His legacy began at the age of 21 when he won his first professional golf tournament, the 1997 Masters Tournament, with a record-breaking performance of 12 strokes. Since then, he has broken numerous world records including being the professional World Number One for the most consecutive number of weeks. Woods was born and raised in Orange County, originally residing in Cypress, OC; however, he has since moved to Florida and continues to live there after his divorce from Swedish model Elin Nordegren.
Stephen Glenn Martin, most commonly known as Steve Martin, is an American actor, writer and comedian. While the majority of younger individuals will recognize Martin as a comedic actor, his introduction to the performing arts began as a writer for ‘The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour’ in 1967 where, at age 23, he won his first Emmy award. He then began moving in front of the camera and throughout the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s was cast as a comedian for many stand-up shows, including ‘The Sonny and Cher Show’ in 1967. Eventually, in 1987, Steve began acting in movies displaying his talent as a singer for the movie musical ‘Little Shop of Horrors’ where he was nominated for an American Comedy Award. His continued performances won him several awards, including the Lifetime Achievement Award in Comedy and an Honorary Academy Award. Martin may have been born in Texas, but this talented celebrity was raised and continues to reside in Garden Grove, Orange County.