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
- Joanne Overleese, M.D. – one of few doctors to have played in All-American Girls Professional Baseball League history, born in La Jolla
- Bruce Robinson - Major League Baseball catcher, born and raised in La Jolla, graduated from La Jolla High School
- Dave Robinson - outfielder for San Diego Padres, raised in La Jolla, graduated from La Jolla High School
- 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 semifinalist 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
- Robin Wright - actress, attended La Jolla High School
- 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
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, 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
- 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
- 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, 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
- Bruce Robinson - singer-songwriter, Major League Baseball player for Oakland Athletics and New York Yankees, graduated from La Jolla High School in 1972
- Andy Skib - guitarist and keyboardist in David Cook's band
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, lived in La Jolla for several years
- 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
- 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
- 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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