16 Celebrities You Didn’t Know Are From Alabama

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Who knew Alabama is “Sweet Home” for so many celebrities?

1. Alabama

It would be weird if this band weren’t from Alabama, right? Their “Song of the South” began in Fort Payne.

2. Alabama Shakes

Another band named after their home state, but with a different sound; Grammy-winning band Alabama Shakes hails from Athens.

3. Jimmy Buffett

Everyone’s favorite Gulf-and-Western singer grew up in Mobile and Fairhope, which he has referred to as his hometown.

4. Courteney Cox

Everyone’s favorite “friend” and “cougar” was born in Birmingham and raised in Mountain Brook.

5. Kim Dickens

Known for her southern accent and character parts, Huntsville native Kim Dickens has most recently been seen in “Gone Girl” and “House of Cards.”

6. Mia Hamm

She helped make it cool for girls everywhere to play soccer by playing and winning on the Women’s National Team and the Women’s Olympic teams. She also happens to be from Selma.

7. Emmylou Harris

That beautiful voice and head of hair had to be born somewhere. It happens to be Birmingham for Emmylou Harris.

8. Orlando Jones

He has been in two of the best movies ever, “Office Space” and “Magnolia.” He also happens to be from Mobile.

9. Harper Lee

The author of the only book in school you enjoyed reading was born and raised in Monroeville, and was neighbors and playmates with Truman Capote there.

10. Condoleezza Rice

She was the first black woman to be the National Security Adviser and the first black woman Secretary of State. She was also born and raised in Birmingham.

11. Lionel Richie

Hello? Is it Lionel you’re looking for? You’ll find him and all of his country music buddies singing his hits on the album named after his hometown, Tuskegee.

12. Robin Roberts

Like Lionel, Robin Roberts was born in Tuskegee but raised in Pass Christian. Now she’s our favorite morning anchor.

13. Michael Rooker

You had seen him in a million things, but couldn’t quite place him until he played Merle in “The Walking Dead.” Now you also know that Daryl’s hard, devilish, complicated brother is from Jasper.

14. Octavia Spencer

Before she was a Golden Globe winner for Best Supporting Actress in “The Help,” Octavia Spencer was born in Montgomery and graduated in from Auburn University.

15. Channing Tatum

Born pretty in Cullman, he stays close to his roots by visiting his 300-acre ranch in Wetumpka.

16. The Band Perry

This trio of singing siblings originated in Mobile.

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