People from Rockford, Illinois

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  1. Amy Lee

    Amy Lee


    Amy Lynn Hartzler (née Lee; born December 13, 1981), known professionally as Amy Lee, is an American singer-songwriter and classically trained pianist. She is co-founder and lead vocalist of the rock band Evanescence. She cites influences ranging from composers such as Mozart and Danny Elfman, to artists Björk, Tori Amos, Plumb and Shirley Manson. Along with her contributions to Evanescence, Lee has also participated on numerous other musical projects including Walt Disney Records' Nightmare Revisited and Muppets: The Green Album. Lee has performed collaborations with artists such as Korn, Seether, and David Hodges. Lee is also the American chairperson for the international epilepsy awareness foundation, Out of the Shadows. Revolver Magazine named Lee the #1 Hottest Chick in Hard Rock for their 2011 annual issue and she appeared on the front cover. In February 2012, VH1 placed Amy Lee at #49 in the Top 100 Greatest Women in Music. In April 2012, Lee won the Best Vocalist honor at the Revolver Golden Gods Awards. In 2013, Amy Lee was named the 2012 Rock Goddess of the Year in the Loudwire Music Awards and the Hottest Woman in Music 2013 in the NME Awards.

  2. Ginger Lynn

    Ginger Lynn


    Ginger Lynn (born Ginger Lynn Allen; December 14, 1962) is an American pornographic model who came to prominence in 1980s videos. She also had minor roles in various B-movies. AVN has ranked her at #7 in a list of the 50 greatest porn stars of all time. After ending her adult-entertainment career she began using her full name of Ginger Lynn Allen and found work in a variety of B-movies. She had a late career comeback to the adult industry and made a brief series of movies. Allen is a member of AVN, Legends of Erotica, NightMoves Adult Entertainment and XRCO Halls of Fame.

  3. Heather Nauert

    Heather Nauert


    Heather Nauert (born January 27, 1970) is an American news anchor for Fox News Channel. She is the news anchor of Fox & Friends and Fox & Friends First

  4. Andra Martin

    Andra Martin


    Andra Martin (born July 15, 1935, in Rockford, Illinois) is an American actress. She is most notable for appearing in many television series and a few movies while a contract player for Warner Bros. in the late 1950s and early 1960s, and more recently for being the voice of Mama Gromble in AAAHH!!! Real Monsters. In 1958, she appeared in the horror film The Thing That Couldn't Die, about a 400-year-old head that uses telepathic control of various people to help him find his body. She was James Garner's leading lady in the 1959 film Up Periscope, and the daughter/secretary on the Perry Mason TV-series episode "The Case of the Prodigal Parent". She also played the role of defendant Arlene Harris in the 1961 episode, "The Case of the Waylaid Wolf." She also played Wahleeah, a captive American Indian maiden who became the love interest of Clint Walker in Yellowstone Kelly (1959) and appeared in various television series, including Maverick in the episodes "Gun-Shy" with James Garner, "Hadley's Hunters" with Jack Kelly, and "Thunder from the North" with Roger Moore. She was also a leading lady, often more than once in different roles, in series such as The Alaskans, 77 Sunset Strip, Bourbon Street Beat, Hawaiian Eye, Surfside Six, Bronco, Lawman, Cheyenne, Bachelor Father, and Wagon Train, among others.

  5. Kelly Bensimon

    Kelly Bensimon


    Kelly Killoren Bensimon (born May 1, 1968) is an American former model, author, socialite and former editor of Elle Accessories. She has appeared on the Bravo television series The Real Housewives of New York City from seasons 2 to season 4.

  6. Nicole Manske

    Nicole Manske


    Nicole Briscoe (née Manske) (born July 2, 1980) is an American sportscaster who is currently employed by ESPN. Originally focused on covering auto racing for the network, which included stints as the host of NASCAR Countdown and NASCAR Now, Briscoe became a SportsCenter anchor in 2015. She is married to IndyCar Series driver Ryan Briscoe, whom she wed in an outdoor ceremony in Hawaii in 2009.

  7. Natasha Leggero

    Natasha Leggero


    Natasha Leggero (born March 26, 1974) is an American actress, comedian and former frequent roundtable panelist on friend Chelsea Handler's late-night talk show Chelsea Lately.

  8. Michelle Williams

    Michelle Williams


    Tenitra Michelle Williams (born July 23, 1980), commonly known as Michelle Williams, is an American recording artist and songwriter. Williams rose to fame in the 2000s as a member of R&B girl group Destiny's Child, one of the best-selling female groups of all time with over 60 million records, of which more than 35 million copies sold with the trio lineup with Williams. During their hiatus, she released her debut solo album Heart to Yours (2002) which topped the US gospel album chart and became the best-selling gospel release of the year. Also in 2002, Billboard, named her the fifth Top Gospel Artist of the year and she received a MOBO Award for "Best Gospel Act". Following this she released Do You Know (2004) which gained her a nomination for "Best Gospel Act" at the 2004 MOBO Awards.

  9. Aidan Quinn

    Aidan Quinn


    Aidan Quinn (born March 8, 1959) is an Irish-American actor. He made his film debut in 1984 in Reckless. His films include Desperately Seeking Susan, The Mission, Stakeout, Benny and Joon, Legends of the Fall, Frankenstein, The Handmaid's Tale, and Michael Collins.

  10. Stephanie Bellars

    Stephanie Bellars


    Stephanie Bellars, known by her ring name Gorgeous George (born January 25, 1976), is an American professional wrestling valet. She began her career in wrestling in 1999 as manager to her then-boyfriend "Macho Man" Randy Savage. She has worked for World Championship Wrestling (WCW), Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA), and Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW) under the names Gorgeous George, George Frankenstein, and simply George.

  11. Jodi Benson

    Jodi Benson


    Jodi Marie Marzorati Benson (born October 10, 1961), known professionally as Jodi Benson, is an American actress, voice actress, and soprano singer. She is best known for providing both the speaking and the singing voice of Disney's Princess Ariel in The Little Mermaid and its sequels. Benson voiced the character Barbie in the 1999 movie Toy Story 2, the 2010 Academy Award winning movie Toy Story 3 and the Toy Story toon Hawaiian Vacation. For her contributions to the Disney company, Benson was named a Disney Legend in 2011.

  12. Linda Wallem

    Linda Wallem


    Linda Wallem is a United States actress, writer, and producer.

  13. Cheap Trick

    Cheap Trick


    Cheap Trick is an American rock band from Rockford, Illinois, formed in 1973. As of 2010, the band currently consists of Robin Zander (vocals, rhythm guitar), Rick Nielsen (lead guitar), Tom Petersson (bass guitar) and Daxx Nielsen (drums). Their biggest hits include "Surrender", "I Want You to Want Me", "Dream Police" and "The Flame".

  14. Scott Styles

    Scott Styles


    Scott Styles (born on June 19, 1961 in Rockford, Illinois) is a former rocket scientist and currently an American pornographic actor. He currently resides in California.

  15. Betty Jane Rhodes

    Betty Jane Rhodes


    Betty Jane Rhodes (April 21, 1921 – December 27, 2011) was an American actress and singer, most active in film during the late 1930s and the World War II era. She was widely known to wartime movie audiences for her debut performance of the classic song, "I Don't Want To Walk Without You", in Sweater Girl in 1942. In 2012, Tom Vallance of The Independent wrote of Rhodes performance, "Her place in the history of popular song is secured by her having introduced on screen one of the great songs of wartime longing, "I Don't Want To Walk Without You."

  16. Paris Bennett

    Paris Bennett


    Paris Ana'is Bennett (born August 21, 1988) is an American singer and a former contestant on the fifth season of the reality television talent show, American Idol, finishing in fifth place. Bennett released her debut album Princess P on 306 Entertainment/TVT Records in 2007, as well as a holiday album in 2008 entitled "Royal Christmas."

  17. Rick Nielsen

    Rick Nielsen


    Richard Alan "Rick" Nielsen (born December 22, 1948) is the lead guitarist, backing vocalist, and primary songwriter of the rock band Cheap Trick. For the band's first few albums, Nielsen wrote the majority of the material himself. He is well known for having many custom-made guitars from Hamer Guitars, including his famous five-neck guitar.

  18. Marin Mazzie

    Marin Mazzie


    Marin Joy Mazzie (born October 9, 1960) is an American actress and singer known for her work in musical theater. She was nominated for the Tony Award, Drama Desk Award and Olivier Award for her role as Lilli/Katharine in Kiss Me, Kate, and won the Outer Critics Circle Award. In addition to appearing in many musical stage productions, Mazzie also performs in concert with her husband, Jason Danieley.

  19. Shawn Ryan

    Shawn Ryan


    Shawn Ryan (born October 11, 1966, Rockford, Illinois) is an American screenwriter and television producer best known as the creator and showrunner of the television series The Shield (2002-2008) and The Chicago Code (2011). Ryan also co-created the ABC series Last Resort (2012), and produced The Unit (2006-2009), Lie to Me (2009-2010) and Terriers (2010).

  20. Kathryn Layng

    Kathryn Layng


    Kathryn A. Layng (born September 20, 1960) is an American actress.

  21. Joe Mantello

    Joe Mantello


    Joseph Mantello (born December 27, 1962) is an American actor and director best known for his work on Broadway productions of Wicked, Take Me Out and Assassins, as well as earlier in his career being one of the original Broadway cast of Angels in America. Mantello directed The Ritz, his sixth production with playwright Terrence McNally, in 2007.

  22. Cap Anson

    Cap Anson


    Adrian Constantine Anson (April 17, 1852 – April 14, 1922), nicknamed "Cap" (for "Captain") and "Pop", was a Major League Baseball (MLB) first baseman. Including his time in the National Association (NA), he played a record 27 consecutive seasons. Anson was regarded as one of the greatest players of his era and one of the first superstars of the game. Anson spent most of his career with the Chicago Cubs franchise (then known as the "White Stockings" and later the "Colts"), serving as the club's manager, first baseman and, later in his tenure, minority owner. He led the team to five National League pennants in the 1880s. Anson was one of baseball's first great hitters, and the first to tally over 3,000 career hits.

  23. Kurt Elling

    Kurt Elling


    Kurt Elling (born November 2, 1967) is an American jazz vocalist, composer, lyricist and vocalese performer. Born in Chicago, Illinois, and raised in Rockford, Elling first became interested in music through his father, who was Kapellmeister at a Lutheran church. Growing up, Elling sang in choirs and played various musical instruments, but was not exposed to jazz until he attended Gustavus Adolphus College. Elling enrolled in graduate school at the University of Chicago Divinity School, but left school one credit short of a master's degree to pursue a career as a jazz vocalist.

  24. Steve Cherundolo

    Steve Cherundolo


    Steven Emil "Steve" Cherundolo (born February 19, 1979 in Rockford, Illinois) is an American former soccer defender and current assistant manager of Hannover 96. He was the captain of Hannover 96 of the German Bundesliga, where he spent his entire club career. He played for the United States men's national soccer team at the 2006 and 2010 FIFA World Cups.

  25. Ed Viesturs

    Ed Viesturs


    Edmund Viesturs (born June 22, 1959) is a high-altitude mountaineer and corporate speaker. He is the only American to have climbed all fourteen of the world's eight-thousander mountain peaks, and the fifth person to do so without using supplemental oxygen. He has summited peaks of over 8,000 meters on 21 occasions, including Mount Everest seven times; only two other climbers, Phurba Tashi Sherpa Mendewa and Juanito Oiarzabal, have more high-altitude ascents.

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