Hello world! There are many celebrities that live in Arizona, especially the Greater Phoenix Area. This area includes not only Phoenix but also the surrounding cities within the Central Valley. Let’s see where those incredible people live!
1. Michael Phelps
Former Olympic and World swimming champion, Michael Phelps, lives in Paradise Valley, Arizona with his wife and three boys. After winning a total of 28 medals in the Olympics, making him the most decorated and successful Olympian of all time, he has retired and is now coaching the swim team at Arizona State University with coach Bob Bowman. In addition to coaching, he heads the Michael Phelps Foundation, a philanthropic foundation focused on helping people create healthier lifestyles and supporting the sport of swimming.
2. Stephanie Meyer
Bestselling author, Stephanie Myers lives in Cave Creek, Arizona with her husband and three children. She is best known for her thrilling vampire romance series, the Twilight Saga. After graduating from Brigham Young University with an English degree, and with no prior experience as an author, she wrote her bestselling series that sold over 100 million copies. The Twilight series was then made into five movies that gathered a large fan following. Meyer continues to write today, promising two more books to the Twilight Saga.
3. Alice Cooper
Formerly known as Vincent Furnier, Alice Cooper is an American singer, songwriter, and actor whose career spans 5 decades. He is currently living in Paradise Valley, Arizona. He is most well known for being the frontman for the heavy metal rock band Alice Cooper, for which he changed his legal name to Alice Cooper. Critics say that he has shaped the sound and look of heavy rock to what it is today, naming him the “Godfather of Shock Rock.” Since the break up of the band, Cooper has released 21 solo albums, starred in a movie and band with Johnny Depp, and performed as Herod in NBC’s live performance of Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert. Besides his love for golf, Cooper currently runs a DJ show called Nights with Alice Cooper on a local radio station.
Here is Alice Cooper sharing his favorite golf courses in Phoenix, Arizona!
4. Randy Johnson
Retired baseball pitcher, Randy Johnson lives in Paradise Valley, Arizona with his wife and five children. He played baseball for six different teams but is most well-known for playing for the Seattle Mariners and Arizona Diamondbacks. He has 303 wins and holds the record for most strikeouts for a left-handed pitcher and second place of all pitchers with a record of 4,875 strikeouts. Johnson became the oldest pitcher to throw a perfect game in major league history at the age of 40. He is now retired and works as Special Assistant to Derrick Hall, team president of the Arizona Diamondbacks.
5. Sandra Day O’Conner
Former attorney, politician, and Supreme Court Justice, Sandra Day O’Conner lives in Phoenix, Arizona. After serving as the Attorney General of Arizona and Senator for Arizona, she was appointed to the Supreme Court by Ronald Reagan. She was the first woman ever to be appointed as Judge in the Supreme Court and during her time in court, some publications labeled her as one of the most powerful women in the world. She came to be known as the Court’s swing vote after her decisive vote in the Planned Parenthood v. Casey case. Currently, at 90 years old, she is living in an assisted living facility where she has been diagnosed with Alzheimers disease and dementia.
6. Mike Wilbon
Popular ESPN commentator and former sportswriter for The Washington Post, Michael Wilbon lives in Maryland but has a house in Scottsdale, Arizona. His stories covered the culture and action of the Major Baseball League, the National Basketball Association, and the National Football League. Wilbon has covered every Super Bowl event since 1987 and has earned the reputation of being one of “the best deadline writer[s] in American newspapers.” (1) He currently works with ESPN and ABC as a co-host for the opinion forum Pardon the Interruption.
7. Bret Michaels
The former frontman for the band Poison, Bret Michaels lives in North Scottsdale, Arizona. Poison sold over 45 million records worldwide and created the number-one single “Every Rose Has its Thorns,” a song considered to be “the ultimate ’80s anthem about heartbreak.” (2) Michaels’ has released 5 albums, 4 compilation albums, and 26 singles. In 2019 he released a song with an accompanying music video co-written with his daughter, called “Unbroken,” and in 2020, he won seventh place on The Masked Singer. Currently, Michaels focuses on his philanthropic work donating to hospitals, specifically ones in Arizona.
8. Kurt Warner
Former American football quarterback, Kurt Warner lives in North Scottsdale, Arizona with his wife and seven children. He is best known for being the NFL’s greatest undrafted player. After playing college football for Northern Iowa, Warner remained un-drafted for four years before being signed on with the Green Bay Packers but was released before the season started. He played for the Iowa Barnstormers, Amsterdam Admirals, St. Louis Rams (where he lead the winning play for the Super Bowl in 2000), New York Giants, and Arizona Cardinals. He is the only NFL player to be inducted into the Arena Football Hall of Fame and the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He is currently an NFL analyst.
9. Eric Bennett
Three-time Paralympics champion Eric Bennett lives in Surprise, Arizona with his wife and two children. After losing his arm above the elbow in a car crash when he was 15, his father encouraged him to relearn archery. After ten years, he learned to shoot with only one arm. He competed in the Beijing Paralympics, won several rounds, but lost to a competitor who set a world record. Bennett currently holds seven world records in archery. In addition to competing, he teaches Physics at the local high school.
Here is a video of Bennett explaining how he shoots a recurve bow. If you’d like to see how Bennett shoots, skip ahead to minute 2!
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