Category Archives: Celebrities

10 Most Surprising Celebrities from the Mid-west

Being that we are realty company from Minnesota,  it is important to show a little Midwestern pride!  One way to do this is to honor the celebrities that came from the Midwest.  Here are a list  10 celebrities you would have never have guessed are from the Midwest!

1) Ashton Kutcher


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This handsome fellow known for his roles in That 70’s Show, The Butterfly Effect, Just Married, and Valentines Day, was born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.  Such a talented actor, does the Midwest proud!!

2) Melissa McCarthy


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Ah Melissa McCarthy,  you are such a wonderfully hilarious and beautiful woman! Taking her talent to Hollywood, she has starred in major t.v. series like, Gilmore Girls and Mike and Molly, as well as popular movies, The Heat, Identity Theft, and Bridesmaids.   Such a popular and well liked actress, does her hometown of Plainfield Illinois proud!

3) Bill Murray


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Popular actor and Hollywood funny man, Billy Murray is from Evanston Illinois.  Known for starring in What about Bob,  The Royal Tenebaums,  and Lost in Translation,  Bill Murray has created quite a name for himself in Hollywood.

4) Elijah Wood

The bearer of the one ring,  the hobbit always up for adventure, and A list celebrity Elijah Wood is from Cedar Rapids Iowa.  Known for his leading role in the Lord of the Rings Trilogy, and the TV series Wilferd,  Elijah Wood, has transitioned from a childhood actor, to popular, down -to -earth, and wonderful  adult celebrity.

5) John C. Reilly

Yet another, funny man in Hollywood, John C Reilly has been making you laugh through his major roles in Step Brothers,  Tim and Eric Awesome Show, and Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby.   Such incredible talent can only be made, in the heart of the Midwest, Chicago Illinois.

6) Betty White

Betty White is an amazing women that has been a part of Hollywood for over 50 years!  This amazing actress from Oak Park, Illinois and has had major roles in Hot in Cleveland, Golden Girls, and the Proposal.

7) Chris Farley


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One Hollywood’s greats taken too soon,  Chris Farley was from Madison Wisconsin.   This hilarious and upbeat actor is known best for his hysterical SNL Skits, Tommy Boy, Black Sheep, and Beverley Hills Ninja.  With so much potential, it is sad to have lost his talent and big personality.

8) Jessica Biel


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Minnesota represent!!!!  This dashing beauty, popular actress, and wonderful women was born in Ely Minnesota.  Known for her roles in The Illusionist, Valentine’s Day, and Elizabethtown, she represents her home state amazingly.

9) Mark Ruffalo

Oh Mark Ruffalo,  you are adorable!  Born in Kenosha Wisconsin,  he took his talent and lovable personality to Hollywood to star in major films like The Hulk,  13 going on 30,  The Avengers,  and Now You See Me.   Way to go Mark Ruffalo!

10) Steven Spielberg

One of Hollywood’s most well known directors,  Steven Spielberg is from Cincinnati Ohio.  His talent and brilliant cinematic eye  has helped to create some of the best films ever produced.  He best known for his work in ET, Jurassic Park, and Jaws,  Saving Private Ryan, and War Horse.

5 quotes about Minnesota by Famous People

A lot of past and present influential characters have come out Minnesota; politicians, singers, actresses, actors, athletes, etc. The midwest has and always will be a part of them. That is why after reaching stardom, they look back and acknowledge how fortunate they were to be born and raised in Minnesota. Here are some quotes by some of these Minnesota natives:

1. Al Franken

“I grew up in Minnesota, where we treasure our tradition of civic engagement — and our record of having the nation’s highest voter participation.”  


2. Bob Dylan

“Well, in the winter, everything was still, nothing moved. Eight months of that. You can put it together. You can have some amazing hallucinogenic experiences doing nothing but looking out your window. There is also the summer, when it gets hot and sticky and the air is very metallic. There is a lot of Indian spirit. The earth there is unusual, filled with ore. So there is something happening that is hard to define. There is a magnetic attraction there. Maybe thousands and thousands of years ago, some planet bumped into the land there. There is a great spiritual quality throughout the Midwest. Very subtle, very strong, and that is where I grew up.”


3. Garrison Keillor

“Minnesota is a state of public-spirited and polite people, where you can get a good cappuccino and eat Thai food and find any book you want and yet live on a quiet tree-lined street with a backyard and send your kids to public school. When a state this good hits the jackpot, it can only be an inspiration to everybody.”


4. Sean William Scott

“I grew up in Minnesota and everyone is so nice there. It is like Fargo. Everyone’s so chipper and you make friends just grocery shopping. We kill each other with kindness.”


5. Jim Ramstad

“The Minnesota spirit of compassion and help for people in need has moved countless Minnesotans to step forward to provide relief for the survivors of Hurricane Katrina.”



Well dear reader, this is where we end our post. If you’re from Minnesota you’ll probably relate to many of these personalities’ opinions. If so, feel free to leave a comment and tell us which one you related to the most. Have a great Thursday!

11 Houses Haunted by Dead Celebrities

Even though they may be long gone, these departed celebrities still manage to seek out the lime light and stir up trouble. Check out this list of 11 dead celebrities and the spooky homes they like to haunt. Get a chilling look into the hauntings and unexplained events from the original article published by Business Insider here.


1). Marilyn Monroe’s Home

12305 5th Helena Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90049

2). Lucille Ball’s House

1000 N Roxbury Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

3). The Pickfair Estate

1143 Summit Dr Beverly Hills, CA 90210


4). Virginia Hill’s house (where gangster Bugsy Siegel died)

810 N Linden Dr Beverly Hills, CA 90210


5). Nicolas Cage’s LaLaurie House

1140 Royal St, New Orleans, LA 70116


6). George Reeves’ home

1579 Benedict Canyon Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210


7). The Harry Houdini House

2400 Laurel Canyon Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90046


8). The Mansion

2451 Laurel Canyon Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90046


9). Errol Flynn’s Mulholland Farm

3100 Torreyson Pl. Los Angeles, California 90046


10). The Ozzie and Harriet House

1822 Camino Palmero St, Los Angeles, CA 90046



11). Loretta Lynn’s Haunted Home

44 Hurricane Mills Rd, Hurricane Mills, TN 37078

There you have it readers- a list of 11 homes of dead celebrities and the spooky places they haunt. Again, you can read all the chilling details in the original article here. But wait! Have YOU ever had a ghostly or paranormal experience in a haunted house? We are dying to hear!

Top 5 Celebrity Home Listings in July

Celebrities are taking advantage of the fact that it’s a seller’s market and listing their homes for top dollar. Read on to find out more about the top five most expensive, all-star transactions during the month of July.

Chris Bosh of the Miami Heat. Photo Credit: Keith Allison © 2011 (CC BY-S.A. 2.0)

Chris Bosh of the Miami Heat. Photo Credit: Keith Allison © 2011 (CC BY-S.A. 2.0)

5. Chris Bosh recently decided to stay with the Miami Heat, so he and his wife have little need for their Pacific Palisades abode. The NBA star put the palatial pad on the market, and is asking $14.5 million for the 6 bedroom, 8 bathroom West Coast winner. Click here for photos or here to see listing information.

4. B. Makowsky might not be a household name, but the QVC businessman won’t let that stop him from listing his Beverly Hills mansion for top dollar. He’s currently offering his 8 bedroom, 10 bath stunner in the coveted locale for $25 million. Read about the property here and find listing info here.

TV star and acclaimed film director, Ron Howard. Photo Credit: David Shankbone © 2011 (CC BY 2.0)

TV star and acclaimed film director, Ron Howard. Photo Credit: David Shankbone © 2011 (CC BY 2.0)

3. Ron Howard, former teen star and current mega-director, recently sold his cherished family home for $27.5 million. The 32-acre plot that straddles the New York/Connecticut border was the Howard family’s escape from the Hollywood Life, and after making many memories in the mansion, the family is ready to have “Happy Days” somewhere else. See more of the home’s history here.

2. Bruce Cahill, chairman and CEO of the Centaur Corporation, is selling his Italian-style villa in Laguna Beach, Calif. for $39 million. The luxurious three-acre estate features 7 bedrooms, 7 bathrooms and a stunning view of the Pacific Ocean. View jealousy-inducing photos of the property here, and learn more about the listing here.

Ellen DeGeneres, dancing comedienne and expert house flipper. Photo Credit: Disney | ABC Television Group (CC BY-ND 2.0)

Ellen DeGeneres, dancing comedienne and expert house flipper. Photo Credit: Disney | ABC Television Group (CC BY-ND 2.0)

1. At the beginning of the month, Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi sold their Beverly Hills home to Napster co-founder Sean Parker for a whopping $55 million. With 6 bedrooms, 9.5 bathrooms and more than 13,000 square feet – not to mention a coveted zip code – it’s easy to see why they were able to flip the house for such a large profit (DeGeneres and de Rossi purchased it for $40 million less than a year ago). Read more about how the funny ladies danced away with the deal of the year here.

Which of these celeb homes do you wish you could afford? Let us know in the comments!

The Most Expensive Celebrity Homes for Sale in 2014…So Far

For the full original post, go to: The Most Expensive Celebrity Homes for Sale in 2014 (via

Last year, A-Rod sold his Miami beachfront property for $30 million. Photo Credit: Ines Hegedus-Garcia © 2013 (CC BY 2.0)

Last year, A-Rod sold this Miami beachfront property for $30 million. Photo Credit: Ines Hegedus-Garcia © 2013 (CC BY 2.0)

For us normal folk, buying a home is a pretty big deal and generally the largest investment we’ll ever make. For celebrities, on the other hand, the process of purchasing a home is comparable to how we commoners buy clothes or shoes (i.e., as soon as we outgrow them or basically whenever the mood strikes). In any case, celebrities are willing to frequently shell out quite a bit more than the average Joe to live in comfort and style (and with their massive paychecks, why not?). That means they’re also more inclined to list their homes for a steep price without feeling too much guilt or worrying that it will never sell. While most people could never afford the types of homes that celebrities seem to collect, it can still be fun to look at them from time to time to see how the other half lives. With that being said, here are some of the most expensive celebrity homes on the market this year via