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By Rachel Miller, NewsCastic

Almost ever major city has had certain residents that have beat the odds and rose to stardom, Dallas is no different. Here’s a list of 11 celebrities with Dallas origins that have achieved some sort of mainstream success.


Erykah Badu

Grammy Award-winning singer, Erykah Badu is known for her soulful music and eccentric style. Since releasing her debut album, Baduizm in 1997, Badu is still active in the entertainment industry.

Back in 2010, Badu caused controversy across the Metroplex over her Window Seat video shoot when she decided to strip nude at the Dealey Plaza near the site of President JFK’s assassination.

Unlike many celebrities, Erykah Badu didn’t leave her hometown and still resides in the Dallas area.


Barney and Friends

Yes, that famous purple dinosaur was originated right here in Dallas. Barney was created by Dallas resident, Sheryl Leach who thought there wasn’t enough educational programming for children, so she created her own.

If you’re old enough, then you’d probably remember when Barney was originally called Barney and The Backyard Gang and was only available on VHS tapes.

This fictional Dallas-based character was a staple in the lives of many children as well as pop culture.


Aaron Spelling

It goes without saying how important Aaron Spelling was to the entertainment world. Spelling was born and raised in Dallas. The SMU graduate’s production company, Spelling Television, is responsible for creating some of the most iconic television shows such as Charmed, 7th Heaven, Dynasty, Beverly Hills, 90210 and Melrose Place, just to name a few.


Angie Harmon


Actress Angie Harmon hails from Highland Park. Harmon gained stardom after starring as A.D.A. Abbie Carmichael on Law & Order. The North Texas native can currently be seen on TNT’s Rizzoli & Isles as Jane Rizzoli.


Chris Bosh


NBA star, Chris Bosh grew up in Dallas and is a graduate of Lincoln High School. Bosh is now an NBA Championship winner and plays for the Miami Heat.


Demi Lovato

Demi Lovato is another familiar Dallas native. Her mother, Dianna Lee Hart, is also a former Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader. Before her Disney days and becoming a huge pop star, Lovato got her first acting gig starring on Barney and Friends alongside another famous Dallas resident.


Selena Gomez

Selena Gomez is Demi Lovato’s famous Barney and Friends co-star. Many may recognize this Grand Prairie native after she starred as Alex Russo on Disney’s Wizards of Waverly Place. Gomez has since shed her Disney roots and is now a successful pop star.


Jessica Simpson

Jessica Simpson is a former Richardson resident whose fame grew in the late 90s. Simpson eventually became a reality star, actress and is now the owner of a successful fashion line, The Jessica Simpson Collection.


Owen Wilson



This Thomas Jefferson High School graduate has made us all laugh with his hilarious films such as Zoolander, Wedding Crashers and The Internship.



While attending Prairie View A&M University, Dorrough’s rap career took off unexpectedly. Ice Cream Paint Job was a huge hit for the Lancaster native back in 2009.


Vanilla Ice

Robert Van Winkle aka Vanilla Ice was born and raised in South Dallas. During the 90s, Vanilla Ice’s hit single, Ice Ice Baby made history by becoming the first rap single to ever top the Billboard Hot 100 Charts.