My Journey by Donna Karan

Irvine FountainIrvine may be known as a Master-Planned community that was created by the Irvine Co., in the 1960s, as well as home to many major companies, but there are some pretty famous residents that have lived, were born or that currently reside in this city of more than 210,000 residents as reported by the US Census in 2009.

For example, did you know that actor and comedian, Will Ferrell was born in Irvine? Or that there are several athletes ranging from Olympic Swimmer, Amanda Beard, to Austin Daye of the National Basketball Association and professional tennis player Lindsay Davenport, former Major League Baseball Player Mark McGwire and Quinton Jackson, a professional mixed Martial Arts fighter and UFC Former Light-Heavyweight Champion are all linked to Irvine?

How about Carnell Lake, a five-time NFL Pro Bowl player and UCLA Bruins football coach?

And what’s a city without some Rock stars to call it home like Zack de la Rocha the lead singer for the Rock band Rage Against the Machine and Tom Dumont the guitarist for Rock band No Doubt.

A number of TV personalities, too, like Jack DeSena known as a sketch comedy actor on Nickelodeon’s All That, and Mishavonna Henson a season 8 American Idol contestant or contestant Kaysar Ridha who appeared on the reality television show Big Brother 6 and 7 can all be tied to Irvine.

Irvine Ferris Wheel

Others include those with brains like Larry C. Ford, the gynecologist who was found to have stored deadly biological toxins (including the agents of anthrax, botulism, cholera, and typhoid) in his home and office, or Hugh Hewitt, an author, radio talk show host, and blogger.

There is Leonard Peikoff known as an objectivist philosopher and intellectual heir to novelist-philosopher Ayn Rand and the former Mrs. Marilyn Manson, Dita Von Teese, a burlesque performer who is also associated with Irvine.

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