When you think of Indiana, your first thought could be corn; they are best known for it. But Indiana is a diverse state with a lot of talented and well known individuals. Indiana is also a home to famous singers, actors, actresses, sportsmen, journalists and a lot more. This list is of people we think are popular from this great state.
List of Top 10 Most Popular People from Indiana Ever until in 2017
10. Jo Anne Woley
Jo is an American actress working in television, movies, theatre, game shows, talk shows, commercials, and cartoons. She is best known for her work on the comedy-variety show Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In. She is from Lowell, Indiana.
9. Nicole gale Anderson
Nicole Gale Anderson was born in Rochester, Indiana. Gale was child gymnastics but retired due to injuries. She won a scholarship to Barbizon Modelling and Acting School at age 13. She landed several print ads and television commercials, including Mary-Kate & Ashley Online Clothing, Every Girl, Stand Up, and Bratz.
Anderson has been playing a recurring role on the Beauty and the beast television series as Heather Chandler since 2012. In May 2013, Gale joined the cast of Ravenswood (a spin-off series of Pretty Little Liars) playing the role of Miranda Collins.
Gale served as the first international spokesperson for Underwriters Laboratories Youth Safety Smart program and has participated in Disney’s Friends for Change.
8. Catt Sadler
Catt Sadler is an Emmy-winning journalist who was recently named by the Los Angeles Times as One of the Top 10 Next Broadcasters of Our Generation. She is a host on E! News. She returned to Indiana where she hosted the Indiana Lottery’s Hoosier Millionaire, which became the longest-running syndicated lottery game show in the country.
In 2006, Catt moved to Los Angeles and helped in launching The Daily 10, for E! She hosted the D10 for almost five years. In 2010, Catt launched her own company-Love Bug Entertainment.
7. Shelley Lee Long
Shelley Lee Long is an American actress from Fort Wayne, Indiana. She is well known for her role as Diane Chambers on the sitcom Cheers, Lee got five Emmy nominations for her role and won in 1983 for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series. She also won two Golden Globe Awards for the role as Diane Chambers.
Long has had a recurring role on the Modern Family series where she plays DeDe Pritchett.
Long has also starred in several films such as, Night Shift (1982), Irreconcilable Differences (1984) and Dr. T & the Women (2000).
6. Greg Kinnear
Greg is an American actor and television personality from Logansport, Indiana. He has appeared in over 40 films and was nominated for an Academy Award for his role in As Good as It Gets. Notable TV roles include Friends and Modern Family.
In 1991, Kinnear became the first host of Talk Soup, which he hosted until 1995, when he left the show for the NBC late-night talk show Later with Greg Kinnear.
Kinnear has been nominated and won many awards for his acting roles including Screen Actors Guild Award. He is one amongst the Top 10 Most Popular People from Indiana Ever until 2017.
5. Stephen Sommers
Stephen Sommers was born in Indianapolis, Indianaand grew up in St. Cloud, Minnesota. In 1999, he wrote and directed the remake of The Mummy which was a success and earned Sommers two Saturn Award nominations for Best Director and Best Writer in 2000 by the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films.
Sommers founded his own company along with Bob Ducsay in 2004, The Sommers Company, which has produced Van Helsing and a spin-off television series, Transylvania.
4. Adam Lambert
Adam Lambert is an American singer, songwriter and stage actor from Indianapolis, Indiana. Lambert came to fame in 2009 after finishing as runner-up on the eighth season of Idol. In 2009, he released his debut album, which reached number three on the U.S. Billboard 200.
Lambert released his second studio album in 2012. The album (trespassing) premiered at number one on the U.S. Billboard 200, making him the first openly gay artist to top the album charts. He released his third album, The Original High, in 2015 which debuted at number three on the U.S. Billboard 200.
Since 2009, he has sold over 3 million albums and 5 million singles worldwide.
3. David Letterman
David Michael Letterman is an American former television talk show host, comedian, and producer. He hosted a late night television talk show for 33 years. He is from Indianapolis, Indiana.
Letterman is also a film and television producer. His company, Worldwide Pants has produced several prime time comedies, the most successful being Everybody Loves Raymond.
2. Janet Jackson
Janet Jackson was born on May 16, 1966 in Gary, Indiana. She is the youngest child of the Jackson family. She has made a name for herself as a talented musician, dancer and actress. Janet started her acting career starring in The Jacksons television series in 1976.
She has recorded eight albums and the last five (excluding her first two albums “Janet Jackson”, “Dream Street” and her greatest hits album “Design of a Decade: 1986-1996”) have all gone to top the charts. She is also the only woman singer in the history of Rock & Roll to score five back to back #1 studio albums on the Billboard Album’s chart.
Janet became pregnant at the age of 50 with her third husband Wissam Al Mana.
1. Michael Jackson
Michael Jackson has to be the most popular person on this list. Michael Jackson was an American singer, songwriter, record producer, dancer and actor popularly known as the king of pop. His music, dance, and fashion made him a global figure. Michael was a member of the Jackson Five before starting a solo career in 1971. Thriller was his most successful album having sold over 65 million copies worldwide. He was awarded 13 Grammy awards including Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.
While preparing for his comeback concert series, Jackson died of acute intoxication on June 25, 2009, after suffering a cardiac arrest.
These above are the Top 10 Most Popular People from Indiana Ever until 2017. This list can’t comprehensively cover Indiana’s celebrities, we would love to hear from you. Who are your favourite celebrities?