List of people from La Jolla
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This is a list of notable people who were born or who lived a significant amount of time in La Jolla, San Diego, California.
- Buzzie Bavasi - Major League Baseball executive; lived in La Jolla from 1968 until his death in 2008.
- Rolf Benirschke - placekicker for the San Diego Chargers, graduated from La Jolla High School.
- Dan Bilzerian - professional poker player; lives in La Jolla.
- Debbie Bramwell-Washington - IFBB professional bodybuilder.
- Chase Budinger - NBA player for Minnesota Timberwolves; born in La Jolla.
- Conor Chinn - professional soccer player for the New York Red Bulls.
- Gerry Driscoll, championship sailor and businessperson, lived in La Jolla until his death in 2011.
- Dick Enberg - sportscaster for NBC and CBS Sports, resided in La Jolla.
- Doug Flutie - quarterback for the San Diego Chargers and other NFL teams.
- J. J. Isler, yachtswoman, two-time Olympic medalist and America's Cup competitor.
- Gene Littler - professional golfer, graduated from La Jolla High School.
- John Michels - played for Super Bowl XXXI champion Green Bay Packers; born and raised in La Jolla.
- Rey Mysterio - World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) professional wrestler.
- Bruce Robinson - Major League Baseball catcher; born and raised in La Jolla; graduated from La Jolla High School.
- Dave Robinson - outfielder for the San Diego Padres, raised in La Jolla; graduated from La Jolla High School.
- Bob Skinner, Major League Baseball player, coach, manager, scout; born in La Jolla.
- Joel Skinner - manager and third base coach of Major League Baseball's Cleveland Indians, born in La Jolla.
- Craig Stadler - professional golfer, graduated from La Jolla High School in 1971.
- Alexandra Stevenson - professional tennis player and 1999 semifinalist at Wimbledon, born in La Jolla.
- Lou Thesz (1916-2002) - professional wrestler.
Arts and entertainment
Actors and actresses
- Izetta Jewel Miller, stage actress, women's rights activist and local radio personality.
- James Maslow - actor, songwriter and singer.
- Gregory Peck - actor.
- Robin Wright Penn - actress, attended La Jolla High School.
- Charlotte Henry- actress.
- Autumn Reeser - actress (The O.C.), born in La Jolla and lived there until age 17.
- Cliff Robertson - actor.
- Raquel Welch - actress.
- Danica McKellar - actress.
- Gary Erwin - TV personality.
- Shane Harper- actor and musician.
Film and television executives
- Donald De Line - studio executive and film producer (Pretty Woman) at Walt Disney Productions and its Touchstone Pictures division since 1985, native La Jollan.
- Gore Verbinski - director of Pirates of the Caribbean.
- Carlos Blanco Aguinaga, novelist and literary critic, founded the Spanish section of the Department of Literature at the University of California, San Diego
- Raymond Chandler, noir novelist, moved to La Jolla and uttered the aphorism about La Jolla, "A nice place — for old people and their parents."
- Theodor "Dr. Seuss" Geisel, a children's author and long-time resident of La Jolla. The Geisel Library at the University of California, San Diego, is named for him.
- Anne Rice - Novelist and author of Interview with the Vampire, moved to La Jolla from New Orleans in March 2005.
- Deepak Chopra, spiritual writer ran his Center for Well Being in La Jolla until recently.
- Debbie Ford (1955 - 2013), self-help author of best selling, The Dark Side of the Light Chasers' (1998)
- Robin Crosby - rock musician who played electric guitar for the metal band Ratt; born and attended high school in La Jolla.
- Warren DeMartini - rock musician who plays electric guitar for the metal band Ratt, attended high school in La Jolla.
- Michael Franks - musician, born in La Jolla.
- Sam Hinton - folk singer and marine biologist.
- Bruce Robinson - singer-songwriter and former Major League Baseball player for the Oakland Athletics and New York Yankees, graduated from La Jolla High School in 1972.
- Andy Skib - guitarist and keyboardist in David Cook's band.
- Nathan Williams - lead singer for the pop and punk band Wavves, went to high school in La Jolla.
Visual and performance art
- Armi Kuusela - winner of the first Miss Universe beauty pageant in 1952, lives in La Jolla with her husband, Albert Williams.
- Ivan Boesky - financier convicted of insider trading who lived in La Jolla for several years.
- Andrew Cunanan - infamous spree killer of Gianni Versace and three others, graduated from The Bishop's School in 1987.
- David Hall, Governor of Oklahoma from 1971-1975, moved to La Jolla after serving 19 months in Federal prison for racketeering and extortion, and went on to become a successful sales executive there.
- Betty Broderick - convicted of second degree murder, lived in La Jolla, found guilty on December 11, 1991 and sentenced to 32 years to life in prison for the murders of ex-husband Dan Broderick and his second wife, Linda Kolkena.
Government and politics
- David Hall, former Governor of Oklahoma, moved to La Jolla following his release from federal prison.
- John McCain, United States Senator from Arizona, 2008 Presidential nominee of the Republican Party, owns a home in La Jolla with his wife, Cindy McCain.
- Mitt Romney, former governor of Massachusetts and the Republican nominee for the 2012 presidential election, has a $12 million vacation home there.
- Former American Samoa Governor Hyrum Rex Lee and his wife, First Lady Lillian Lee, lived in a $5 million high-rise condo in the Shore Towers until their deaths in 2001 and 2010.
- Geoffrey R. Pyatt, United States Ambassador to Ukraine, born in La Jolla in 1963.
Business and finance
Jonathan Luevanos, financier.
- Margaret Anne Cargill, philanthropist, an heir to grain-trading conglomerate Cargill, and member of the Forbes 400.
- David C. Copley, former owner of the San Diego Union-Tribune and member of the Forbes 400 until his death in 2012.
- Benjamin Graham, noted economist and value investor lived in La Jolla at the end of his life.
- Trip Hawkins, 64th employee at Apple Computer and founder of Electronic Arts, The 3D0 Company and Digital Chocolate, graduated from Muirlands Junior High and La Jolla High School in 1972.
- Daniel Lawrence, founder of Charlotte Russe (clothing retailer)
- Irwin Mark Jacobs - electrical engineer, co-founder and chairman of the board of Qualcomm, and his wife, Joan.
- Warren Buffett, Lead share holder of Berkshire Hathaway has a 2nd house in La Jolla.
- William Lerach, securities lawyer (cases include Enron)
- Ted Waitt, founder of Gateway, Inc., and his family.
Science and technology
- Jonas Salk, virologist and founder of the Salk Institute for Biological Studies who developed the first successful inactivated polio vaccine
- Geoffrey Burbidge and Margaret Burbidge, astronomers holding positions at UCSD after many years, reside near La Jolla Shores.
- Francis Crick, Nobel Prize in medicine winner for his work to identify the essential structure of DNA, was a long-time resident of La Jolla.
- Hillman Curtis (1961–2012), pioneering web designer
- Robert Galambos (1914-2010), researcher who discovered how bats use echolocation.
- Clive Granger, (1934-2009) 2003 Nobel Prize in economics winner was a long-time resident of La Jolla.
- Kary Mullis, Nobel Prize in Chemistry-winning biochemist and surfer from La Jolla, invented the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) method of DNA analysis.
- Walter Munk, oceanographer, lives in La Jolla.
- Leslie Orgel, research chemist, lived in La Jolla from 1964 to 2007
- Sally Ride, astronaut.
- Carl Rogers, psychologist and researcher on psychotherapy.
- Ellen Browning Scripps, philanthropist, founder of Scripps Institute of Oceanography and Scripps College, member of the Forbes 400.
- K. Barry Sharpless, Nobel Prize in Chemistry winner, lives in La Jolla.
- Benjamin Elazari Volcani, microbiologist.
- The ESPN Baseball Encyclopedia. Sterling Publishing. 2007. p. 908. ISBN 1-4027-4771-3.
- Izetta Jewel Papers –Harvard University accessed August 30, 2012
- La Jolla Blue Book Community Directory
- "Anne Rice's rebirth", San Diego Union-Tribune, November 3, 2005.
- "Bestselling Self-Help Author and La Jollan Debbie Ford Dies at 57". La Jolla Patch. February 19, 2013.
- Rose Mary Taylor San Diego Master Chorale
- "Mrs. McCain, San Diego County Would Like a Word".
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