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 death in 2008
- Rolf Benirschke – placekicker for 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 New York Red Bulls, born in La Jolla
- Jonathan Compas – former center for Tampa Bay Buccaneers, other NFL teams, and member of the Boston Fitzgibbon family.
- Gerry Driscoll – championship sailor, businessperson, lived in La Jolla until death in 2011
- Dick Enberg – sportscaster for NBC and CBS Sports, resided in La Jolla
- Doug Flutie – quarterback for San Diego Chargers and other NFL teams
- J. J. Isler – yachtswoman, two-time Olympic medalist and America's Cup competitor, born in La Jolla
- Gene Littler – professional golfer, 1961 U.S. Open champion, 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
- Jo Anne Overleese, M.D. – one of few doctors to have played in All-American Girls Professional Baseball League history, born in La Jolla
- Gabrielle Reece – volleyball player, fashion model, and television celebrity, born in La Jolla
- Xander Schauffele – professional golfer, 2017 Tour Championship winner, born in La Jolla
- Junior Seau – linebacker for San Diego Chargers and other NFL teams, lived in La Jolla
- 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 semi-finalist at Wimbledon, born in La Jolla
- Lou Thesz (1916–2002) – professional wrestler
- Bradley Zimmer – outfielder for MLB's Cleveland Indians, born in La Jolla
Arts and entertainment
Actors and actresses
- Gary Erwin – TV personality and member of docu-series, Addicted to Beauty, which aired on the Oxygen (TV channel)
- Shane Harper – actor and musician
- Charlotte Henry – actress
- Izetta Jewel – stage actress, women's rights activist and local radio personality
- James Maslow – actor, songwriter and singer
- Danica McKellar – actress
- Zoe McLellan – actress
- Gregory Peck – actor, born in La Jolla
- Autumn Reeser – actress (The O.C.), born in La Jolla and lived there until age 17
- Cliff Robertson – actor, born in La Jolla
- Raquel Welch – actress, attended La Jolla High School
- Robin Wright – actress, attended La Jolla High School
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
- Ellen Goldsmith-Vein – producer of "The Maze Runner" Trilogy among other notable motion pictures and television series, attended La Jolla High School.
- Gore Verbinski – director of Pirates of the Caribbean, attended La Jolla High School
- Tucker Carlson – political commentator, journalist, writer, television talk show host, raised in La Jolla
- Raymond Chandler – noir novelist, moved to La Jolla and uttered the aphorism about La Jolla, "A nice place — for old people and their parents"
- Deepak Chopra – spiritual writer, ran his Center for Well Being in La Jolla until recently[timeframe?]
- Peter Economy – author, editor, ghostwriter, and publishing consultant
- Debbie Ford – self-help author of best-selling The Dark Side of the Light Chasers (1998)
- Theodor "Dr. Seuss" Geisel – children's author, long-time resident of La Jolla, namesake of the Geisel Library at the University of California, San Diego
- Audrey Geisel – Dr. Seuss' widow
- Udo Keppler – American political cartoonist, publisher, Native American advocate, contributor to Judge and Leslie's Weekly magazines, and son of cartoonist Joseph Keppler who founded Puck magazine.
- Anne Rice – novelist and author of Interview with the Vampire, moved to La Jolla from New Orleans in March 2005
- Alan Russell – best-selling mystery and crime novelist, attended La Jolla High School
- J. J. Cale – singer-songwriter and guitarist, lived and died in La Jolla
- Robbin 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, singer and recording artist, born in La Jolla
- Amelita Galli-Curci – Italian operatic coloratura soprano, lived and died in La Jolla
- Sam Hinton – folk singer and marine biologist
- Andy Skib – guitarist and keyboardist in David Cook's band
- Alicia Keys – pianist and singer-songwriter
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, lives in La Jolla with his second wife, Ana Boesky, and their child
- 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
- Andrew Cunanan – infamous spree killer of Gianni Versace and three others, graduated from The Bishop's School in 1987
Government and politics
- Richard Goodwin Capen Jr. – former United States Ambassador to Spain, chairman of Miami Herald and vice chairman of Knight Ridder, a longtime resident of La Jolla.
- David Hall – former Governor of Oklahoma, moved to La Jolla following his release from federal prison with his wife, former Oklahoma First Lady Jo Evans Hall; died 2016
- Hyrum Rex Lee – former American Samoa Governor; lived with his wife, First Lady Lillian Lee, in a $5 million high-rise condo in the Shore Towers until their deaths in 2001 and 2010, respectively.
- John McCain – United States Senator from Arizona, 2008 Presidential nominee of the Republican Party, owned a home in La Jolla with his wife, Cindy McCain
- Geoffrey R. Pyatt – United States Ambassador to Ukraine, born in La Jolla in 1963
- Mitt Romney – former Governor of Massachusetts and the Republican nominee for the 2012 presidential election, and his wife, former Massachusetts First Lady Ann Romney, purchased a $12 million vacation home in La Jolla in 2008
Business and finance
- David C. Copley – former owner of The San Diego Union-Tribune and member of the Forbes 400 until his death in 2012
- Benjamin Graham – 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 3DO Company and Digital Chocolate, graduated from Muirlands Junior High and La Jolla High School
- Irwin Mark Jacobs – electrical engineer, co-founder and chairman of the board of Qualcomm
- William Lerach – securities lawyer whose cases include Enron
- Joseph Tsai – founder of Alibaba Group
- Ted Waitt – founder of Gateway, Inc.
Science and technology
- 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, long-time resident of La Jolla
- Hillman Curtis – web designer
- Lawrence J. Fogel – inventor of active noise cancellation, studied artificial intelligence, long-time resident of La Jolla
- Robert Galambos – researcher who discovered how bats use echolocation
- Clive Granger – 2003 Nobel Prize in Economics winner; 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, lived and died in La Jolla
- Leslie Orgel – research chemist, lived in La Jolla from 1964 to 2007
- Sally Ride – astronaut, lived and died in La Jolla
- Carl Rogers – psychologist and researcher of psychotherapy
- Jonas Salk – virologist and founder of Salk Institute for Biological Studies in La Jolla who developed the first successful inactivated polio vaccine
- 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
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- La Jolla Blue Book Community Directory
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