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  • Carlos Alazraqui

    A Sacramento native, Alazraqui is a comedian and actor best known for his role in Reno 911! and for voice work in movies and television, including the Chihuahua in the "Yo quiero Taco Bell!" advertisements.
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    Larry Bowa

    A McClatchy High School graduate, Bowa was a five-time All-Star shortstop who played stellar defense in 16 years in the major leagues while collecting 2,191 hits. He also managed two teams.
    RUSTY KENNEDY | AP
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    Dale Brown

    A former Folsom resident and U.S. Air Force captain, Brown is the author of a string of best-selling military-action-aviation adventure novels.
    DAVID HUNTER | AP
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    Timothy Busfield

    Busfield founded the Fantasy Theatre in Sacramento and with his older brother, Buck, the B Street Theatre. The Emmy Award-winning actor has appeared in more than 40 films, including "Field of Dreams," and 20 television shows, including "Thirtysomething" and "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip."
    RENE MACURA | AP
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    Ben Lighthorse Campbell

    Campbell, an Auburn native, captained the U.S. judo team in the 1964 Olympics and served six years as a U.S. representative and 12 years as a U.S. senator.
    JOHN DURICKA | AP
  • Craig Chaquico

    Chaquico, who grew up in Carmichael, was lead guitarist for 16 years (1974-90) for the rock band Jefferson Starship (later named Starship) before becoming a successful artist in the smooth-jazz genre.
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    Joan Didion

    The celebrated novelist and essayist was born and raised in Sacramento. Didion won the National Book Award in 2005 for The Year of Magical Thinking.
    Stuart Ramson | AP
  • Jackie Greene

    Greene, a Curtis Park resident, has attracted national attention as a multifaceted singer-songwriter who plays guitar, keyboards and harmonica. He has legions of "Greeneheads," who follow him from show to show. He joined Trigger Hippy in 2011.
    Paul Kitagaki Jr. | Sacramento Bee Staff Photo
  • Lee Greenwood

    Raised in North Sacramento, Lee Greenwood became an award-winning singer-songwriter whose "God Bless the USA" has been a patriotic favorite for more than two decades.
    Jose Luis Villegas | jvillegas@sacbee.com
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    Tom Hanks

    The Academy Award-winning actor lived in the area for a short time in the 1970s when he studied theater at Sacramento State. Hanks left school before he received a degree to work full time at the Sacramento Civic Theater, the forerunner to the Sacramento Theatre Company.
    Jose Luis Villegas | Sacramento Bee Staff Photo
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    Kevin Johnson

    Johnson, a Sacramento native, played 12 seasons in the NBA and was a three-time All-Star. Via his St. Hope organization, he's made a major investment in the economic and educational future of his childhood Oak Park neighborhood. He was elected Sacramento's mayor in 2008.
    Andy Alfaro | aalfaro@sacbee.com
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    Lisa Ling

    Ling, who grew up in Carmichael, is a television journalist who has been a co-host on ABC's "The View" and a special correspondent on "The "Oprah Winfrey Show."
    Hector Amezcua | hamezcua@sacbee.com
  • Tony Lopez

    Lopez was a three-time world champion boxer who compiled a 50-8-1 record with 34 knockouts. He was the first Sacramento-born fighter to win a world title.
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    Joan Lunden

    A Fair Oaks native, Lunden (originally Blunden) co-hosted ABC's Good Morning America from 1980 to 1997. She is author of eight books.
    ANDREW ECCLES | ABC
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    John McCrea

    McCrea of Cake is the lead singer and songwriter of the group's distinctive songs "The Distance," "Never There" and "Sheep Go to Heaven." McCrea moved from Berkeley to Sacramento as a child and formed Cake in 1991.
    Jose Luis Villegas | jvillegas@sacbee.com
  • Alice Miller

    The Marysville native is one the area's most successful golfers, winning eight tournaments during a 15-year career on the Ladies Professional Golf Association tour.
    Sacramento Bee Staff Photo
  • Molly Ringwald

    A Roseville native, actress and singer Molly Ringwald starred in a trio of films -- "Sixteen Candles," "The Breakfast Club" and "Pretty in Pink" -- that helped usher in the 1980s "Brat Pack" era. In 2006 she performed in Sacramento at the Community Center Theater in a touring production of "Sweet Charity."
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  • Richard Rodriguez

    A graduate Christian Brothers High School, he is an award-winning essayist and author of Hunger of Memory: The Education of Richard Rodriguez. He also has been a regular contributor to the PBS Newshour program.
    Owen Brewer | Sacramento Bee Staff Photo
  • Summer Sanders

    The Roseville resident won four swimming medals at the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona.
    DICK SCHMIDT | Sacramento Bee Staff Photo
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    Russ Solomon

    Solomon founded Sacramento-based Tower Records, which became a global entertainment giant before bankruptcy forced it to liquidate its 89 U.S. stores in December 2006.
    RANDY PENCH | rpench@sacbee.com
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    Mark Spitz

    Spitz, who trained at the Arden Hills Swim Club in Carmichael, won seven gold medals at the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich.
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    Rene Syler

    The Del Campo High School graduate spent nearly 20 years as a television reporter and anchorwoman, including four years as one of the hosts of CBS' The Early Show.
    JOHN FILO | CBS
  • Cornel West

    West, a John F. Kennedy High School graduate, is a social and economic philosopher. He has written 19 books and edited 13 books and is best known for his Race Matters, Democracy Matters. West is currently professor of religion and African American studies at Princeton University.
    BRYAN PATRICK | Sacramento Bee Staff Photo
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