What does it mean to be a Jersey girl? To these ladies, who all grew up in Bergen County, it means taking their Garden State upbringing and going on to do fabulous things in the world of entertainment.
Stacey Dash is the Paramus High School graduate went on to star as Dionne in the forever popular film Clueless alongside Alicia Silverstone. She’s since gone on to become a conservative commentator and author of the memoir, There Goes My Social Life: From Clueless to Conservative.
Genie Francis, whose birth name is Eugenie Ann “Genie” Francis Frakes, made soap opera history playing Laura on General Hospital. She has since gone on to star on numerous other soaps, including Days of Our Lives and All My Children.
Lea Michele grew up in Tenafly and starred in Broadway shows as child, including Spring Awakening, Les Misérables, Ragtime, and Fiddler on the Roof. Best known for her role as Rachel Berry on Glee, Lea now stars on Scream Queens and is the author of the memoir Brunette Ambition and the journaling book You First.
Karen O grew up in Englewood (birth name: Karen Lee Orzolek) and is the lead singer for Grammy nominated rock band The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, who are currently on hiatus. In 2014, she put out solo album Crush Songs.
Daphne Oz grew up in Cliffside Park and then graduated from Princeton University. In addition to being one of the co-hosts of talk show The Chew. She’s also a natural foods chef and the author of Relish: An Adventure in Food, Style, and Everyday Fun.
Brooke Shields has been in the public eye since her childhood acting days, when she starred in Pretty Baby at age 12 and that infamous Calvin Klein jeans ad at age 15. She grew up in Englewood and went on to graduate from Princeton University, a period she details in her memoir, There Was a Little Girl: The Real Story of My Mother and Me.
Mira Sorvino grew up in Tenafly, and went on to have a major role in Mighty Aphrodite directed by Woody Allen, for which she won an Academy Award and Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress.
She also co-starred alongside Lisa Kudrow in Romy & Michele’s High School Reunion. Who could forget this infamous dance scene?
In 2007 Jordin Sparks who grew up in Ridgewood, became the youngest winner of American Idol at 17. She went on to release three solo albums, and was nominated for a Grammy in 2009 for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals for “No Air.”