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5 More Famous Virginians

5 More Famous Virginians

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We’ve talked a lot about Virginia’s history lately on the blog. We have plantations, natural wonders and historic sites galore. But did you know we’ve also got our fair share of celebrities born and bred in the Commonwealth? Well, we do! Check out these famous folks who were proudly born and bred in Virginia.

Wanda Sykes

This laugh-out-loud-funny comedian was born in Portsmouth in 1964 and raised in the Washington, D.C. area. She returned to the Commonwealth to attend college at Hampton University. Interestingly, she worked as a contracting specialist at the National Security Agency. While keeping her serious day job, she began performing at stand-up nights in the D.C. metro area. She’s since had roles in “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” “Will and Grace” and more, including two of her own shows. And she was the featured entertainer at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner in 2009 — impressive! See what she’s up to now via her website.

Patsy Cline

This famed country singer was born Virginia Patterson Henley in Winchester in 1932. Patsy always loved music and began singing in the church with her mother at an early age. She performed on local radio shows as a teen, which led to performances in talent and variety shows and at nightclubs around the Winchester area. In 1955, she got her first record deal and appeared on the “Grande Ole Opry”. Interestingly, her manager gave her the name Patsy, derived from her middle name, around this time. Her hits, including “Walkin’ After Midnight” and “I Fall to Pieces” are still country favorites to this day.

Willard Scott

Willard Scott was born in Alexandria in 1934. From an early age, he was interested in broadcasting and started working for NBC radio as a teen.  Before settling into his career as a TV weatherman,  he hosted a variety of radio shows and children’s television shows. Scott snagged his long-time role on “The Today Show” in 1980 and was well known for his wide-open sense of humor, coining famous quotes like “Viewers figure, ‘Uncle Willard doesn’t know any more about the weather than I do.’ They’re right.” In 1996, he partially retired but remained the commercial voice of Smucker’s jellies, which sponsors the birthday segments on “The Today Show.” Scott fully retired in 2015 after a long, successful career.

Dermot Mulroney

Alexandria seems to be the city of the Virginia stars, with Dermot Mulroney calling it home, too. Mulroney is well known for his roles in “Young Guns,” “My Best Friend’s Wedding” and “Must Love Dogs,” among others. (He excels at those romantic comedies!) He’s also an accomplished cellist, playing alongside Boyd Tinsley and Alanis Morrissette at the House of Blues in Hollywood — pretty cool!

Pharrell Williams

Doesn’t this just make you happy? This singer-songwriter, rapper, record and film producer was born and raised in Virginia Beach. Williams played the snare drum alongside best friend, and now business partner, Chad Hugo, in the Princess Anne High School marching band in the 1980s. In recent years, he became well known for his successful hit “Happy” from the “Despicable Me 2” soundtrack. Clap along …

We love to stay on top of what famous Virginians are up to! We’re also always on top of what’s going on in the Northern Virginia real estate market. If you’re looking for a home in Western Prince William County and beyond, contact us today!


Chris Colgan is the CEO and Team Leader of the Chris Colgan Real Estate Team. Chris was born and raised in Gainesville, Virginia and has been in real estate for 10 years. He is a member of the Re/Max Hall of Fame and is in the top 25 for sales in the state of Virginia out of all Re/Max agents. He has been recognized as one of the United States’ and Canada’s Top 500 Marketing Experts by the National Association of Expert Advisors.

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