Some of the world's best athletes, musicians, and actors call New Orleans, Louisiana their home. In honor of Mardi Gras, let's take a moment to celebrate the stars from the Big Easy.
Reese Witherspoon was born Laura Jeanne Reese Witherspoon March 22, 1976 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The star and executive producer of The Morning Show (2019-) then moved to Tennessee and was raised in Nashville.
Tyler Perry was born on September 13, 1969 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The owner of Tyler Perry Studios moved to Atlanta, Georgia around 1990, escaping a difficult childhood and looking to begin a career in writing.
DJ Khaled was born Khaled Mohamed Khaled November 26, 1975 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The record producer moved to Miami, Florida in 1998 and began his music career co-hosting The Luke Show on WEDR "99 Jamz."
Frank Ocean was born Christopher Edwin Breaux October 28, 1987 in Long Beach, California. The singer-songwriter's family then moved to New Orleans when the artist was five and Ocean in NOLA until 2006 when he moved to Los Angeles to pursue music.
The Grammy award winner's album Channel Orange (2012) put Ocean onto the charts and his album Blonde (2016) made him an icon.
The Manning Brothers
Both quarterbacks have made tremendous plays within the NFL. Peyton was the former quarterback of the Denver Broncos, recently awarded with a Pro Football Hall of Fame induction. Eli was the former quarterback of the New York Giants, winning the MVP title twice in his career.
Kelly Oubre Jr.
Kelly Oubre Jr. was born on December 9, 1995 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The basketball player's family moved to Richmond, Texas after Hurricane Katrina hit, transferred to Nevada his senior year, and collegiately played for the Kansas Jayhawks.
Oubre Jr. sports #12 on the court, playing for the Golden State Warriors as a shooting guard and small forward.
So many stars have come from NOLA, there's already reason to celebrate! Have a great and safe Mardi Gras celebration this year.
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