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Famous people you didn’t know had Minnesota ties

There have been a lot of Hollywood personalities who have either come from or lived in the state of Minnesota for a period of time, most notably Judy Garland and Prince. However, a few other celebrities who have ties to the Land of 10,000 Lakes are ones you may not have even thought about. Here are five famous people who had some kind of relationship with Minnesota that may surprise you.

F. Scott Fitzgerald photo from WikiMedia Commons

F. Scott Fitzgerald

F. Scott Fitzgerald was an author who was born in St. Paul. Fitzgerald didn’t stay in Minnesota long, as he only attended St. Paul Academy until he was 13, then he moved to New Jersey to pursue a career in writing. As an author, he wrote classic novels such as “The Great Gatsby” and “Tender is the Night.” He married Zelda Fitzgerald in 1920 and lived in Hollywood until his death in 1940.

Chris Pratt at the Roosevelt Hotel in New Orleans (Edmund D. Fountain/Copyright 2017 The New York Times)

Chris Pratt

Chris Pratt was born in Virginia, Minn., in 1979. Pratt is an actor who has had roles such as Peter “Star-Lord” Quill in “Guardians of the Galaxy” and Owen Grady in “Jurassic World,” and he won an MTV Movie + TV Award for the latter in 2016. He also played the role of Andy Dwyer in the hit sitcom “Parks and Recreation,” for which he was nominated for a Critics’ Choice Television Award. Although he was born in Minnesota, Pratt was actually raised in Lake Stevens, Wash., and he is an avid fan of the Seattle Seahawks.

Vince Vaughn arrives on the Red Carpet before the 89th Academy Awards (Noel West/Copyright 2017 The New York Times)

Vince Vaughn

Vince Vaughn has a very vague connection with Minnesota, as he was born in Minneapolis and raised in Lake Forest, Ill. Vaughn has starred in movies such as “Hacksaw Ridge” and “Wedding Crashers.” Despite the little connection Vaughn has with the state, he has a star on the Minnesota Walk of Fame. In an interview with the Star Tribune, Vaughn said that he has “always felt a connection” with the Twin Cities and continues to visit the state any chance he gets.

Actress Winona Ryder at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel in Los Angele (Elizabeth Weinberg/Copyright 2017 The New York Times)

Winona Ryder

Winona Ryder was born near Winona, Minn. — she was named after the town — in 1971. Ryder spent three years in the farm home she was born in before moving to Petaluma, Calif. She got two big breaks when she starred as Lydia Deetz in “Beetlejuice” and alongside Johnny Depp in “Edward Scissorhands.” Currently, she stars in the hit Netflix show “Stranger Things” as Joyce Byers.

Ric Flair photo from WikiMedia Commons.

Ric Flair

Ric Flair is a wrestler who was born in Memphis, Tenn., but he was raised in Edina, Minn. Before his wrestling career took off, he was a medical student at the University of Minnesota. However, after one year, he dropped out of college, and he went to train with Verne Gagne — who was also a Minnesota native — at Gagne’s wrestling school in Edina. From there, he went on to win multiple world championships in both World Championship Wrestling and the World Wrestling Federation. An ESPN “30 for 30” documentary on Flair, titled “Nature Boy,” premiered on the network last month.

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