|Famous people who became US citizens|
Famous people who became US citizens, Part of the appeal of the United States is that there are people here from all over the world. Some residents grew up thousands of miles away in nations with drastically different cultures but later found their ways to America – some pursuing the much sought “American Dream.” To celebrate these individuals on Citizenship Day, we’ve compiled a list of well-known politicians, athletes, entertainers and others who were born outside the U.S. but later gained American citizenship. Read on to find out which countries these stars were born in.
Madeleine Albright , the first woman to hold this major position in the U.S. government, was not actually born in the U.S. The European-born diplomat has, however, been a U.S. citizen for over 50 years .
Model-actress Pamela Anderson , who hit the rink on the most recent season of this British reality show , was born in a country in close proximity to the U.S. The former “Baywatch” star became a naturalized citizen in 2004 .
The late Desi Arnaz starred opposite Lucille Ball on this popular 1950s television series. Prior to that, the actor-musician , originally from an island country, gained U.S. citizenship and served in this war.
“The O.C.” actress Mischa Barton has had both British and American citizenship from a young age and, despite moving to the U.S. when she was just 6, has said she often feels more comfortable in her country of birth. The also-stage actress is set to star in this upcoming thriller.
Mikhail Baryshnikov , considered one of the greatest ballet dancers of all time , was born in a Northern European country. Dancing took him around the world and in 1974 he defected and settled in this hockey-loving country before later becoming a U.S. citizen .
Actor Pierce Brosnan was born in a European country – an island – full of rolling green hills and charming stone fences. The former James Bond received American citizenship in 2004 in this major U.S. city.
Nadia Comăneci is a five-time Olympic gold medal winner who represented her home country – a European nation – at the 1976 Summer Olympics, when she was 14 and again in 1980. The gymnast defected in the late 1980s and later became a U.S. citizen.
Renowned physicist Albert Einstein renounced his citizenship to his home country in 1896 and later became a U.S. citizen. The Nobel Prize recipient also held citizenship to this European nation until his death in 1955.
Former professional basketball player Patrick Ewing was born in the capital city of an island in the Caribbean Sea . The 7-foot center became a U.S. citizen while attending this prestigious university.
Diane von Fürstenberg
Renowned fashion designer Diane von Fürstenberg was born in what is considered to be the capital city of the European Union. The creator of her own, self-titled fashion company and this iconic wrap dress became a U.S. citizen in 2002.
Legendary actor Cary Grant was born in a city in southwest Britain that was later home to this famous author. The charming leading man became a naturalized U.S. citizen on June 26, 1942 .
Hockey superstar Wayne Gretzkywas born in one of America’s neighboring countries and played hockey there for years , but he actually holds dual citizenship with the U.S. “The Great One” became a U.S. citizen after marrying an American actress .
“Grown Ups 2″ actress Salma Hayek began her acting career in the country – a Spanish-speaking nation – she was born in . The star moved to the U.S. when she was in her mid-20s and later obtained American citizenship.
Legendary filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock got his start in the movie business in his home country – a fish and chips-loving nation across the pond. The director-producer became a U.S. citizen in the 1950s after living in Hollywood for several years.
Legendary actor Bob Hope was born in the capital of the United Kingdom around the turn of the century but moved to the U.S. when he was 4. “The Cat and the Canary” star became a U.S. citizen in 1920 and lived in the U.S. until his death at the age of 100.
Academy Award-winning actor Anthony Hopkins was born in a small suburban town in a country that this famous leading lady also calls home. The “Thor” actor became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 2000 and did this to celebrate.
Actor-model Djimon Hounsou was born in a small West African country. The Academy Award nominee moved to this European nation when he was a teen and later to the United States, where he became a citizen.
Well-known supermodel – and wife of this famous musician – Iman was born in the capital of a country in East Africa. The 5-foot-10 beauty moved to the U.S. in the 1970s and later gained citizenship. What made her feel more American?
News anchor Peter Jennings , a native of one of our nation’s neighboring countries, was a news reporter for ABC for decades before his death in 2005. The “World News Tonight” host became a U.S. citizen in 2003.
Former United States Secretary of State Henry Kissinger moved to America in the late 1930s from his European home. The future Nobel Peace Prize recipient became a U.S. citizen a few years later after he was drafted into the Army at age 20.
Former professional tennis player Ivan Lendl moved to the United States in 1981 shortly after he turned pro and wanted to become a citizen as soon as possible . The former world No. 1′s request for citizenship was delayed in part due to his home country, but he was finally able to become a citizen in July 1992.
Singer Dave Matthews hails from the last country to host the World Cup but he lived in the United States as a youngster. He formed his Grammy Award-winning band in this Southern state in 1991 and they are still popular today.
Arnold Schwarzenegger was born in a small village in a German-speaking nation. He moved to the U.S. when he was 21 and obtained citizenship in the early 1980s . He later became the 38th governor of California .
Annika Sörenstam is one of the most successful female golfers ever . The 42-year-old, who has represented Europe in eight Solheim Cups , moved to the U.S. to attend college and later became a U.S. citizen.
Charlize Theron became a U.S. citizen just a few years after she won the Academy Award for Best Actress in 2003. The talented actress grew up in an African country with nearly 2,000 miles of ocean coastline but moved to New York when she was a teen.
Actress Rachel Weisz was born in the land of Buckingham Palace and red double-decker buses. The “Oz the Great and Powerful” star became a U.S. citizen just a couple of years ago .
Political activist, author and former prisoner at this German concentration camp, Elie Wiesel was born in a European nation that borders Hungary, Serbia and Bulgaria. He moved to New York in the mid-1950s and was offered citizenship after this unfortunate incident.